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Comings and Goings
Canadian Environmentalist Charles Caccia Passes Away
New WIPO Director General Nominated
New General Director of the World Water Council Appointed
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CAN International Seeks Director
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New Reports and Resources
High Food Prices: The What, Who, and How of Proposed Policy Actions
Saving Water: From Field to Fork – Curbing Losses in the Food Chain
Water and the Rural Poor
Freshwater Ecoregions of the World
Energy Security and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
‘If You Saw It with My Eyes’: Collaborative Research and Assistance with Central American Forest Steward Communities
Downsizing Development: An Introduction to Nano-Scale Technologies and the Implications tor the Global South
Alternatives for Projecting MDG Indicators
Stepping Up the Ladder: How Business Can Help Achieve the MDGs
Mitigating Climate Change: What Impact on the Poor?
Measuring the Impact of Business on Development
Rising Food Prices: A Global Crisis
Development and Globalization: Facts and Figures 2008
Climate Change and Security: Challenges for German Development Cooperation
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Latest News - Friday, 23 May 2008
Bonn, 23 May—The ninth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP9) opened on 19 May 2008 and will continue until 30 May. During the two-week meeting, the COP will consider, inter alia: agricultural biodiversity, including biofuels; the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation; invasive alien species; forest biodiversity; incentive measures; the ecosystem approach; progress in implementation of the Strategic Plan and towards the 2010 target and relevant Millennium Development Goals; and financial resources and the financial mechanism. More.
Photo: During the opening ceremony, CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf drew attention to the plight of sharks and the impacts of climate change on coral reefs. He underscored the essential role of pollinators, highlighting their decline and its potential devastating impacts on mankind, noting the current food crisis should be a wake up call to maintain diversity.
Bonn, 17 May—The fourth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP4) was held from 12-16 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany, and was dominated by discussions on liability and redress. While the meeting did not complete its mandate to adopt an international regime on liability and redress in the context of the Protocol, it achieved a political compromise that envisions a legally binding supplementary protocol focusing on an administrative approach, but including a provision on civil liability to be complemented by non-legally binding guidelines on civil liability. The meeting also established an ad hoc technical expert group on risk assessment and risk management. More.
Photo: View of the opening plenary, presided over by Ambassador Raymundo Santos Rocha Magno on behalf of Marina Silva, Former Minister of Environment, Brazil
New York, 23 May—Delegates to the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16), which convened at UN headquarters in New York, US, from 5-16 May 2008, reviewed the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. Participants highlighted the connections between the session’s thematic agenda and both the current food crisis and climate change. A Chair’s Summary outlines the issues discussed, and delegates will negotiate policy recommendations on these issues at the May 2009 meeting of CSD-17. More.
Photo: CSD-16 Chair Nhema (Zimbabwe) gavels the meeting to a close as other Bureau members look on
Other News
ECOSOC discusses climate change and global food crisis
UN High-level Task Force on global food crisis holds first meeting
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Forum considers intellectual property, climate change
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Chemicals Management
Pesticide exposure linked to Gulf War Syndrome, study finds
DDT persists in Antarctic penguins
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN System-wide Coherence consultations address gender
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP tree-planting campaign raises target to seven billion
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges Business leaders highlight water and sanitation crises
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges Delivering as One stocktaking summary made public
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G-8 considers long-term target, EC urges CDM reform
Carbon Expo considers market outlook, post-2012 talks
CFC-free asthma inhalers cause consumer concern
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UN and UK launch business push for MDGs
FIFA and UN join forces to score on development goals
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Conference reviews progress towards meeting MPA networks targets
GPPN coordinates CSD16 side events
Marshall Islands accedes to five UN treaties on marine pollution and safety
Australian request for jurisdiction over larger seabed area approved
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Intact mangroves could have reduced Myanmar cyclone damage – FAO
Ghana and EU to formalize partnership to combat illegal logging
UNFF hosts online forum on forest loss and degradation
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Trade, Finance and Investment
WTO Committee on Trade and Environment continues debating its Doha mandate
FfD process reviews international cooperation for development
AfDB considers climate change's impacts on agriculture and fuel and food prices
GEF workshop assesses best practices on evaluating climate change and development projects
Asian Development Bank launches new climate fund
European Banks set up a post-2012 carbon credit fund
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
G8 Environment Ministers’ Meeting: 24-26 May 2008, Kobe, Japan
High-Level Policy Dialogue on the Operationalization of the UNCCD Ten-Year Strategic Plan: 27 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
Commission on Science and Technology for Development: 26-30 May 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
14th Session of the International Seabed Authority: 26 May-6 June 2008, Kingston, Jamaica
Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV): 28-30 May 2008, Yokohama, Japan
37th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee: 2-6 June 2008, Gland, Switzerland
Bonn Climate Change Conference: 2-13 June 2008, Bonn, Germany
High-Level Conference on World Food Security: The Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy: 3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy
Fifth African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP-5): 4-6 June 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
12th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN): 7-12 June 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa

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