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Director’s Cut
Kimo GoreeIt was during the Third PrepCom for UNCED, back in August of 1991, that I convinced a small group of colleagues to join me at a hotel in Ferney-Voltaire, across the French border from Geneva, to write a summary of the first week of negotiations. As one of the co-chairs of the NGO Strategy Sessions, I thought that having a summary of progress on issues would be a useful tool for civil society as we prepared to do our lobbying each morning. … article continues

Kimo Goree
Director, IISD Reporting Services

Editor’s Note
Lynn WagnerAs we move from January’s meeting lull into a very busy 2009 sustainable development meeting schedule, our teams are preparing to follow the year’s early policy debates from Nairobi to New York. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
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Development and Climate Change: A Strategic Framework for the World Bank Group: Technical Report
Global Employment Trends 2009
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Latest News - Friday, 6 February 2009
International Renewable Energy Agency established
Iberian Renewable Energy Centre to be established
Capacity Development Workshop assesses effectiveness of national policies on irrigation water management
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CBD Expert Group on Compliance for ABS meets
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Trade, Finance and Investment
Davos meeting addresses climate change in light of the financial crisis
Climate Investment Funds committees identify first recipient countries
General Assembly President proposes modalities for meeting on financial crisis
Latin American Presidents participate in World Social Forum
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EC releases climate change proposal, US appoints special climate change envoy
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MCPFE external review begins
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Ocean fertilization experiment proceeds despite protests
World Water Forum PrepCom makes progress on global action plan
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Stockholm Convention awareness raising workshop convenes in Asia
UNEP Chemicals announces mercury project
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Human Development
UNCTAD expert meeting discusses enterprise development policies
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Intergovernmental Organizations
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2009: 4-7 February 2009. New Delhi, India.
UN Commission for Social Development: 4-13 February 2009. New York, US.
High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century: 9-10 February 2009. Windhoek, Namibia.
Pew Whales Commission: 9-10 February 2009. Lisbon, Portugal.
Maritime Transport and the Climate Change Challenge: 16-18 February 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
25th UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum: 16-20 February 2009. Nairobi, Kenya.
Third Meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change (GIACC/3): 17-19 February 2009. Montréal, Canada.

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