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As we head into the traditionally slower period of the Northern summer, recent high-level events have produced plenty of material to contemplate regarding climate change politics. The latest political declarations and decisions on climate change targets and actions will play an important role in shaping negotiators’ expectations in the Bali Roadmap talks leading to Copenhagen in 2009. Such declarations also provide strong clues as to the focus that related projects will pursue in the interim. … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 11 July 2008
Bali, 28 June—The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Basel Convention, which convened from 23-27 June 2008, in Bali, Indonesia, adopted more than 30 decisions prepared by the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG). Decisions addressed, inter alia: the recommendation of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Cooperation and Coordination of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; evaluation of the effectiveness of the Convention and the new strategic framework beyond 2010; the budget; and technical matters. Delegates also considered the legal interpretation of Article 17(5), relating to the entry into force of the Ban Amendment. Switzerland and Indonesia announced a joint initiative to convene an informal gathering prior to OEWG7 on substantive issues related to the Ban Amendment. More.
Photo: L-R: Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary of the Basel Convention; Rachmat Nadi Witoelar Kartaadipoetra, COP9 President; and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director
New York, 28 June—The ninth meeting of the UN Open-Ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP9) took place from 23-27 June 2008, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Sticking points in the final hours of negotiations related to the inclusion of references to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and transport of nuclear waste, although compromise language was agreed on both of these elements and delegates forwarded their recommendations to the UN General Assembly for consideration at its 63rd session under the agenda item “Oceans and the law of the sea.” More.
Photo: A view of Friday’s plenary in the General Assembly Hall.
Tokyo, 28 June—A workshop on methodological issues relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD) has convened at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop, which was organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), took place from 25-27 June 2008. It involved presentations and discussions on the development of methodologies specific to REDD (establishing reference emission levels, scale of implementation, implications and guidance), as well as challenges related to estimating, monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and options for assessing the effectiveness of actions and criteria. Participants also discussed needs and implications related to linking methodologies and policy approaches. More.
Grenada, 27 June—A regional meeting to consider sustainable energy for Caribbean small island developing States (SIDS) has convened at St. George’s University, Grenada. The First Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) was held from 24-26 June 2008, in conjunction with the Fourth Caribbean Environmental Forum (CEF-4), and focused on energy efficiency, energy policy, wind energy production, solar energy, biofuels, advances in renewable energy, and financing of renewable energy projects. More.
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ECOSOC Ministerial Declaration: “Implementing the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments in Regard to Sustainable Development”
UNWTO Executive Council funds ST-EP Programme
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WTO members still divided on biodiversity-related issues
African rhinos increasing, northern white near extinction
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Trade, Finance and Investment
GEF holds subregional meetings in Africa
G8 finance ministers support, and World Bank Board approves, climate investment funds
Sustainable banking awards winners announced
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G8 Summit endorses long-term climate change “vision”
Hokkaido Toyako Major Economies Meeting adopts declaration, minus targets
Private sector urges G8 to support “green industrial revolution”
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Study examines efforts to limit chemical use through taxation
New pesticides law discussed for EU
Endosulfan hazard on sunken Philippines ferry
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP children’s conference aims to increase awareness
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP considers environmental refugees on World Refugee Day
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNGA considers gender aspects of System-wide Coherence
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UNFF hosting web forum on forests and climate change
Congo Basin Fund launched
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Human Development
MDG Africa Steering Group recommendations launched at African Union Summit
UNDG launches core course on MDGs
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Groundwater and climate in Africa addressed for the first time
IMO working group makes progress on GHG emissions from ships
IMO Council holds 100th session
Plummeting penguin populations indicate changes in oceans - study
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
ECOSOC Substantive Session: 30 June-24 July 2008, New York, US
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
57th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES): 14-18 July 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

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