Linkages Update
Editor’s Note
While news about the change in leadership and anticipated policy shifts in the United States have overshadowed most other media reports this week, the information we have gathered for this issue of Linkages Update suggests that this new year also holds the promise of new possibilities and directions for international sustainable development policy. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

Editor, Linkages Update and
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World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009
Improving Access to Land and Tenure Security
Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Development Programs: A Practical Guide
Climate Change and Transport: Promoting Environmentally Sustainable Transport in China
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Latest News - Friday, 23 January 2009
By Kimo Goree, Director of IISD Reporting Services -
For several years after we started the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 1992, I would write a letter each year to our small group of subscribers around the world, telling each of them how we were doing, who on our team of writers had gotten married, had babies, finished his or her Ph.D., etc. Our readership was small, the Internet had not been invented and few people had email accounts. In those days, we knew most of our readers from the meetings we attended and they knew us as the “ENB Team” sitting at the back of the room, taking notes. More.
Other News
SEED Initiative calls for nominations
FAO signs agreement to collaborate in Mediterranean region
Sustainable Development News

UNEP/CMS projects unveiled during Year of the Gorilla ice-skating event
More Biodiversity News

Ocean fertilization experiment suspended
International award for sustainable watershed management seeks nominations
More Water News
Transport ministers discuss climate change measures
More Climate News

Human Development
Update on the UN High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis
IFAD announces financing for rural and land degradation projects
More Development News

Trade, Finance and Investment
UNGA President convenes experts meeting on international monetary and financial system reform
GEF develops five new programmatic approaches
More Trade News

Digital map of Africa’s depleted soils to be produced
UNECE, FAO launch indicators database for sustainable management of European forests
FAO releases forests and climate change video
More Forests News

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN Secretary-General: Climate change is the “one true existential threat to our planet”
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP’s Global Green New Deal gains momentum with investments from Japan and South Korea
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP Champion of the Earth begins Antarctic expedition
More IGO News
Key meetings in the next two weeks
Founding Conference of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA): 26-27 January 2009. Bonn, Germany.
High-Level Meeting on Food Security for All: 26-27 January 2009. Madrid, Spain.
FAO Technical Consultation to Draft a Legally-Binding Instrument on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing: 26-30 January 2009. Rome, Italy.
CBD Expert Group on Compliance for ABS: 27-30 January 2009. Tokyo, Japan.
Climate Investment Funds Committee Meetings: 27-30 January 2009. Washington, DC, US.
Capacity Development Workshop on Improving Agricultural Productivity, Water Use Efficiency and Strengthening Rural Livelihoods: 28-30 January 2009. Bangkok, Thailand.
Fifth Session of the CGRFA ITWG-ANGR: 28-30 January 2009. Rome, Italy.
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009: 28 January-1 February 2009. Davos, Switzerland.
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2009: 4-7 February 2009. New Delhi, India.
UN Commission for Social Development: 4-13 February 2009. New York, US.

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