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Latest News - Friday, 20 June 2008
Bonn, 14 June—Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn, Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention, which was launched in Bali, started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol began the process of listing issues for further negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol’s market-based mechanisms and on carbon sinks. The Subsidiary Body for Implementation advanced preparations for a second review of the Kyoto Protocol under Article 9 in December 2009, and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice made some progress on methodologies for reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation in developing countries (REDD). Collectively, these meetings resulted in the adoption of 30 conclusions and 4 draft decisions that will be taken up at subsequent meetings. More.
Photo: A bird’s eye view of the plenary of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 2)
Johannesburg, 13 June—The twelfth session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN-12), which convened from 7-12 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa, adopted the AMCEN Johannesburg Declaration on the Environment for Sustainable Development, in addition to decisions on: implementation of the Action Plan of the Environment Initiative of NEPAD; climate change, including sections on Africa’s preparations for developing a common negotiating position on a comprehensive international climate change regime beyond 2012 and on a comprehensive framework of African climate change programmes; AMCEN’s Constitution; the status and use of the general trust fund; chemicals and hazardous waste management; environmental education and technology-supported learning; Africa Environment Day; and the Africa Environment Outlook process and the Africa Environment Information Network. More.
Photo: L-R: Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and André Okombi Salissa, outgoing President of AMCEN (Republic of Congo), officially launching Africa: Atlas of our Changing Environment, during the opening ceremony of AMCEN-12.
Johannesburg, 11 June—The first extraordinary meeting of the contracting parties to the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African region (Abidjan Convention) convened on 10 June 2008, in Johannesburg, South Africa, to receive a report on the revitalization process of the Abidjan Convention and consider related decisions. Delegates adopted decisions on: enhancing institutional arrangements and collaboration for the Abidjan Convention; strategies for ratification/accession of the Convention; a review of the title, mandate and objectives of the Convention; transferring the Secretariat’s location to the Côte d’Ivoire; strategies for improving contributions to the West and Central African Trust Fund; strengthening the roles of National Focal Points; and an Action Plan for the Revitalization of the Abidjan Convention. More.
Other News
UK adopts IAASTD recommendations
Marrakech Process meetings convene
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Uganda high court bans DDT
NRDC claims EPA scientists’ analysis hindered by White House
Study finds household waste is an effective fertilizer
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Trade, Finance and Investment
FfD process discusses outcome document for Doha review conference
OECD Ministerial Council and Forum focus on the economics of climate change
World Bank, GEF and others join to save endangered tigers
Regional Consultation convenes on climate change strategies for African Development Bank and World Bank
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Japan proposes carbon trading trial and domestic emission targets
Climate bill stalls in US Senate
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ITTO pledges US$3 million for sustainable forest management
UNCCD highlights links between land degradation, agriculture and climate change on World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN considers business practice aspects of System-wide Coherence
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNGA considers role of global private investments in climate change
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges Renewable energy projects receive UNEP prize
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP releases atlas documenting African environmental change
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IUCN Red List 2008 for birds shows climate change puts birds at risk of extinction
Switzerland bans GM crops until 2012
Transboundary parks created in the Balkans, new protected areas in Brazil
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Human Development
Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor launches report
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Indian Ocean Tuna Commission advances seabird protection
World Expo opens on the theme “water and sustainable development”
EC announces early closure of the Mediterranean Bluefin tuna fishery
Ocean day focuses on climate change
European project on ocean acidification launched
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Ninth Meeting of the UN 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
11th African Union Summit: 24 June-1 July 2008, Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt
41st Session of UNESCO’s IOC Executive Council: 24 June-1 July 2008, Paris, France
ECOSOC Substantive Session: 30 June-24 July 2008, New York, US
Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector: 1-2 July 2008, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
G8 Summit: 7-9 July 2008, Hokkaido, Japan
28th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer: 7-11 July 2008, Bangkok, Thailand

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