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As each year draws to a close, activities in the international sustainable development policy realm seem to reach a frantic pace. Many of these events seek to influence the annual Climate Change Conference, which traditionally takes place at the end of the calendar year. Others respond to the cycles of other processes and events, such as the September-December UN General Assembly session, or seek to prepare inputs for events in following year. … article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 30 October 2008
Changwon, 30 October—The tenth meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP) to the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971) opened on 28 October 2008, in Changwon, Republic of Korea, under the theme “Healthy Wetlands, Healthy People.” The meeting, which will conclude on 4 November 2008, will consider over 20 agenda items, including the Convention’s Strategic Plan 2009-2014 and its budget for the triennium 2009-2011, as well as reports and recommendations submitted by parties and by the Convention’s Standing Committee. More.
Photo: Children from the 10 countries which have hosted Ramsar COPs presented the message of COP 10.
Rome, 30 October—The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (PIC) is convening from 27-31 October 2008, in Rome, Italy. COP4 is considering, inter alia: a programme of work for technical assistance for 2009–2010; procedures and institutional mechanisms on non-compliance; the inclusion of chrysotile asbestos, tributyltin compounds and endosulfan in Annex III of the Convention and adoption of the associated decision guidance documents; and the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Joint Working Group on Enhancing Cooperation and Coordination among the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions. More.
Photo: Dais during the opening plenary of Rotterdam COP4.
Rome, 25 October—The first meeting of the Open-ended Legal and Technical Working Group (OELTWG) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) and informal discussions on preparations for the second meeting of the ICCM (ICCM2), convened from 21-24 October 2008, in Rome, Italy. The OELTWG discussed the rules of procedure for the ICCM, using the rules of procedure for the preparatory committee for the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) as a guide. Although some progress was made on the composition of the Bureau, delegates were unable to reach agreement on the entire text. Negotiations will continue at ICCM2 in May 2009. More.
Rome, 25 October—Delegates from 45 countries met in Rome, Italy, from 20-24 October 2008, to discuss collaboration on sustainable forest management issues during the first European Forest Week (EFW), held in conjunction with the joint meeting of the Sixty-sixth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Council and Thirty-fourth session of the FAO European Forestry Commission. European Forest Week was held in fulfillment of a Ministerial Statement adopted by the fifth Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe in Warsaw in November 2007, which declared 20-24 October 2008 the Pan-European Forest Week 2008. More.
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Regional Consultation Mechanism meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa convenes
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WIPO Committee on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge consultations to continue
New CMS MOU to protect migratory birds of prey
Delhi Summit Declaration addresses international ABS regime
CITES and INTERPOL launch new support manual
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Trade, Finance and Investment
World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility expands to 30 countries
Countries selected to serve on World Bank Climate Investment Fund Boards
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EU, Asian nations reaffirm need for Copenhagen deal
CDM Board makes Poznan recommendations
Conference considers cities’ climate adaptation
Financial crisis must not slow climate action, says Secretary-General
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Pesticides damage brain growth: Study
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Human Development
UN Chief Executives Board meeting calls for protection to the poor
Over 100 million people ‘Stand Up’ with UN against poverty
UN-HABITAT report focuses on coastal cities’ vulnerability to climate change
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ITTO posts statements from forest dialogue on climate change
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP launches green economy initiative
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN Global Compact and UNEP convene first meeting of ‘Caring for Climate’ initiative
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP children’s art exhibit focuses on climate change
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Mediterranean marine turtle conference emphasizes the value of regional cooperation
IMO environment committee makes progress on emissions from ships, ballast water management and ship recycling
New convention on shared transboundary aquifers submitted to UNGA
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
CBD Expert Workshop on Integrating Protected Areas into Wider Land- and Seascapes: 1-4 November 2008. Isle of Vilm, Germany.
Forty-fourth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC): 3-8 November 2008. Yokohama, Japan.
Seventh Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 7) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and First Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST): 3-14 November 2008. Istanbul, Turkey.
CBD Expert Meeting on South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development: 6-7 November 2008. Montreal, Canada.
International Conference: The European Forest-Based Sector: Bio-Responses to Address New Climate and Energy Challenges?: 6-8 November 2008. Nancy, France.
Second Meeting of Signatory States to the Great Bustard MOU: 9-12 November 2008. Feodosia, Ukraine.
Intergovernmental and Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: 10-12 November 2008. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
GEF Council Meeting and NGO Consultation: 10-13 November 2008. Washington DC, US.
Ad Hoc Expert Group to Develop Proposals for the Development of a Voluntary Global Financial Mechanism/Portfolio Approach/Forest Financing Framework: 10-14 November 2008. Vienna, Austria.
Global Indigenous Peoples Consultation on REDD: 12-14 November 2008. Baguio, Philippines.
Better Air Quality 2008: 12-14 November 2008. Bangkok, Thailand.

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