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As the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development got underway earlier this week, delegates were quick to connect its current focus on agriculture, land, rural development, drought, desertification and Africa to two other high-profile issues – climate change and food security. article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 8 May 2008
New York, 7 May—Delegates to the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16), which is meeting in New York from 5-16 May 2008, have highlighted links between the session’s thematic cluster of issues and the current food crisis and climate change. The session is reviewing the issues of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. More.
Photo: CSD-16 Chair Francis Nhema, Minister of Environment and Tourism of Zimbabwe (center, right) and Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (center, left)
New York, 3 May—The Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group of the General Assembly to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction, convened from 28 April - 2 May 2008, at UN headquarters in New York. Delegates acknowledged differences of opinion over legal interpretations and the existence or nonexistence of regulatory and governance gaps, and concentrated on practical measures to conserve and protect marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction. More.
Photo: Robert Hill (Australia, left) and Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo (Mexico) co-chaired the Working Group
Geneva, 24 April—The 17th meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the 23rd meeting of the CITES Animals Committee were held in Geneva, Switzerland from 15-19 and 19-23 April 2008, respectively. More.
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Sixteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development: 5-16 May 2008, New York, US
UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy: 10-11 May 2008, New Haven, Connecticut, US
Fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: 12-16 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
Ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9): 19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
ECOSOC Special meeting on Global Food Crisis: 20 May 2008, New York, US

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