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Numerous recent meetings have focused on food security and biofuels, and it is interesting to see how the issues have been discussed, based on how they are framed in the meetings’ agendas. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Latest News - Friday, 6 June 2008
Rome, 6 June—The High-Level Conference on World Food Security: the Challenges of Climate Change and Bioenergy convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-6 June 2008. Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, noted the meeting had become a “de facto summit,” in light of the food crisis. Delegates adopted a Declaration that outlines immediate as well as medium- and long-term measures to ensure food security. More.
Photo: L-R: Jacques Diouf, FAO Director-General, and COW Chair Denis Soussa N'Guesso
Bonn, 6 June—The latest round of talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol are underway in Bonn, Germany. The talks, running from 2-13 June 2008, are focusing in particular on the period after 2012, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period expires. The meetings include the twenty-eighth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) of the UNFCCC, taking place from 4-13 June. In addition, the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 2), and the resumed fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 5) are being held from 2-12 June. More.
Photo: View of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action: Workshop on advancing adaptation through finance and technology, including national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs)
Bonn, 31 May—The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which convened from 19-30 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany, adopted 37 decisions on a wide range of items. Key agreements included the adoption of a roadmap for negotiations on access and benefit-sharing, a Resource Mobilization Strategy, scientific criteria for marine protected areas, and language cautioning against ocean fertilization. More.
Bonn, 28 May—The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) convened a High-Level Policy Dialogue to discuss “Coping with Today’s Global Challenges in the Context of the UNCCD Strategy” on 27 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany. The Dialogue consisted of three segments, which addressed policy development, mobilizing for a forward-looking strategy, and Parties’ views on responses to emerging challenges. More.
Foz do Iguaçu, 22 May—The Global Renewable Energy Forum convened in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from 18-21 May 2008, to promote dialogue on strengthening interregional bonds and to set up joint actions between countries and regions that aim to reduce poverty and enhance energy security through the use of renewable energy sources. During the Forum, which was jointly organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy, Eletrobras and Itaipu Binacional, UNIDO and some participating countries and institutions developed bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding. More.
Photo: L-R: Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General of UNIDO; Jorge Miguel Samek, Brazilian General Director of Itaipu Binacional; and Ubirajara Meira, Eletrobras
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Human Development
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UNDP and CBD to promote biodiversity in development
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Intergovernmental Organizations
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Fortieth session of Codex Committee on Pesticides advances 29 compounds
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Experts identify lack of adequate governance of transboundary aquifer systems in Africa
Floodplain Declaration adopted
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European forest-based techonology platform conference addresses innovation in forest businesses
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Trade, Finance and Investment
World Bank members reach agreement on climate investment funds
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FfD process reviews international trade as an engine for development
WTO Committee on Trade and Environment continues debating Doha mandate
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Bonn Climate Change Conference: 2-13 June 2008, Bonn, Germany
12th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN): 7-12 June 2008, Johannesburg, South Africa
Meeting on Operational Modalities of Future Work of the ITTC: 9-12 June 2008, Accra, Ghana
Changing Landscapes: Towards a Sustainable Economy in Asia - Dialogue on Sustainable Finance, Responsible Investment and Corporate Citizenship: 17-18 June 2008, Seoul, Republic of Korea
FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector: 18 June 2008, New York, US
Ninth Meeting of the United Nations Open-Ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 23-27 June 2008, New York, US
FAO Technical Consultation on IUU: 23-27 June 2008, Rome, Italy
60th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission: 23-27 June 2008, Santiago, Chile
Ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention: 23-27 June 2008, Bali, Indonesia

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