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Latest News - Thursday, 4 September 2008
Libreville, 30 August—The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) organized the First Inter-ministerial Conference on Health and Environment in Africa, from 26-29 August 2008, in Libreville, Gabon. The conference, which sought to catalyze the reduction of environmental threats to health, closed with the adoption of the Libreville Declaration which, inter alia, called on WHO and UNEP to establish a network for addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases. More.
Photo: Ministers and Heads of Delegation in a group photo after the official opening of the ministerial segment.
Accra, 28 August—Limited progress has been reported from the latest round of UN climate change negotiations. The talks, which were held in Accra, Ghana, from 21-27 August 2008, involved the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA 3) and the first part of the sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-KP 6). The talks resulted in the adoption of conclusions on long-term cooperative action and on the 2009 work programme under the AWG-LCA. Parties also adopted conclusions on spillover effects, LULUCF, the flexible mechanisms, methodological issues, greenhouse gases, sectors and source categories, and means to reach emission reduction targets under the AWG-KP. Parties agreed to compile ideas and proposals on the elements contained in paragraph 1 of the Bali Action Plan for discussion in Poznan, Poland, in December 2008. More.
Photo: A view of the main hall where the AWG-LCA contact group sessions were held.
Geneva, 4 September—The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has marked its 20th anniversary with a high-level event in Geneva, Switzerland. The event, which took place on 31 August 2008, was attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other senior officials. The IPCC is meeting for its 29th session from 31 August to 4 September 2008. Participants are discussing several agenda items, including the IPCC’s programme and budget for 2009-2011, use of funds from the Nobel Peace Prize, election of its Bureau and Task Force Bureau, various procedural matters, future IPCC activities and planning for the 5th Assessment Cycle, outreach and matters relating to the UNFCCC. More.
Other News
African Green Revolution conference addresses food security and increased productivity
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Trade, Finance and Investment
GEF meeting in West Africa develops programme for access to renewable energy and energy efficiency
GEF approved environmental fiscal reform project in Kyrgyztan
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IAEA showcases use of nuclear technology to protect water resources at international expo
IOSEA Marine Turtle meeting highlights coastal development and harmful fishing activities
Stockholm World Water Week focuses on sanitation
Sea-level rise threatens mangroves
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UNEP launches glacier report at IPCC29
Symposium on climate change and food security in South Asia adopts declaration
Ozone secretariat releases documents in preparation for COP8
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Asia workshop supports efforts to report on DDT production and use
Indian Government agrees to take legal action over Bhopal
Study finds increased poisoning by ‘safe’ pesticides
Study finds falling concentrations of toxic chemicals in Arctic animals
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Human Development
Youth report calls for active role to combat climate change
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Biofuel update: sustainability standards endorsed, Malaysia and Indonesia cooperate in development programme, Kenyan courts consider halting biofuel plans
Major population of endangered gorillas discovered, half of world’s primates threatened with extinction
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Preparatory meeting discusses UNFF CLI on forest financing
Delegates to discuss draft European guidelines for afforestation and reforestation
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Toyota joins UNEP's Climate Neutral Network
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP launches plan to protect bees and birds
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Informal Consultations on the Financing for Development Process: 8-10 September 2008. New York, NY, US
International Dialogue on Financing Sustainable Forest Management: 8-12 September 2008. Paramaribo, Suriname
Southern Lights Dialogue on Climate Change: 15-18 September 2008. El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds: 15-19 September 2008. Antananarivo, Madagascar
Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety VI: Global Partnership in Chemical Safety Contributing to the 2020 Goal: 15-19 September 2008. Dakar, Senegal

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