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Kimo GoreeKnowledge-based organizations, like IISD’s Reporting Services, are essentially worth no more than their accumulated intellectual capital. Our value as an institution cannot be measured in equipment, patents, buildings or land. Instead, our value lies in the contribution that our team members make, based on their knowledge, to the reports and information that we produce. We succeed or fail as a conference reporting service and knowledge broker on the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of our work, and for this we rely on our writers, editors and Thematic Experts to be the best of the best. … article continues

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Editor’s Note
Lynn WagnerSometimes sustainable development policy developments seem to proceed at the speed of “a snail, taking a turn, with full brakes applied,” to put it in the words of one of many chairs that I have enjoyed watching practice their craft during my years as an Earth Negotiations Bulletin writer. Other times, the rate at which delegates have taken up new policy directions has seemed, by contrast, almost astonishing. … article continues

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Editor, Linkages Update and
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Comings and Goings
Next IFAD President named
Turkey will lead WTO Committee on Trade and Environment in 2009
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UNEP seeks senior programme officer on ecosystem-based marine management
IGES accepting applications for internship programme
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New Reports and Resources
The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment’s Role in Averting Future Food Crises
Crop Prospects and Food Situation
Understanding Farmers’ Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability: The Case of the Limpopo Basin, South Africa
Climate Variability and Maize Yield in South Africa
The Impact of Climate Change and Adaptation on Food Production in Low-Income Countries: Evidence from the Nile Basin, Ethiopia
Global Carbon Markets: Are There Opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa?
Freshwater Under Threat: South Asia
Kenya Atlas of Our Changing Environment
World Bank Annual Report 2008: Year in Review
International Investment Rule-Making: Stocktaking, Challenges and the Way Forward
World Demographic Trends
Assessing the Impact of the Current Financial and Economic Crisis on Global FDI Flows
Tropical Forest Update: Climate Changing in Tropical Forests
The State of the Microcredit Summit Campaign Report 2009
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Latest News - Friday, 20 February 2009
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has convened the 25th session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-25/GMEF), in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16-20 February 2009. Ministers considered the themes of “Globalization and the Environment: Global Crises: National Chaos?” and “International Environmental Governance and United Nations Reform – IEG: Help or Hindrance?” Delegates also discussed decisions on strengthening the scientific and financial base of UNEP, developing a legally-binding agreement on mercury, support to Africa in environmental management and protection, and UNEP’s budget and programme of work. More.
Photo: Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, signs the UNEP guest book with Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, and Jamil Ahmad, Secretary to the Governing Council
The High-Level Meeting on African Agriculture in the 21st Century, which took place in Windhoek, Namibia, from 9-10 February 2009, was a ministerial-level meeting convened in preparation for the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17), which is taking place in May 2009, in New York, US. At the close of the meeting, delegates adopted the Windhoek High-Level Ministerial Declaration on African Agriculture in the 21st Century, which notes a number of recommendations for consideration by CSD 17. More.
The Pew Commission on Whale Conservation in the 21st Century met from 9-10 February 2009, in Lisbon, Portugal, and brought together 13 Pew Whales Commission members and around 25 observers, who reached consensus on issues including: that the best way forward would be to develop a protocol to the current Convention that modernizes both the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and its constituent instrument, the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW); and the need for high-level participation in the IWC’s Annual Meetings. Areas of disagreement included: the possibility of officially permitting small-type coastal whaling in Japan; ceasing all whaling operations in the Southern Ocean; and bringing scientific whaling under the authority of the IWC Scientific Committee, rather than that of individual States. More.
Photo: L-R: Rémi Parmentier, Pew Environment Group; Humberto Rosa, Environment Secretary of State, Portugal; Peter Bridgewater, Chair of the Pew Whales Commission; and Charles Buchanan, Managing Director of the Luso-American Foundation
Other News
Expert meeting advises Great Green Wall project on species and management system issues
Sustainable Development News

UNFF to hold consultations on forest finance
EU, China establish bilateral forest law enforcement and governance mechanism
EC Parliament considering illegal logging proposal
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Human Development
UN Commission for Social Development discusses social integration
World Bank says 2009 will add 53 million more people to poverty
WFP uses food vouchers to combat hunger
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Maritime transport and climate change meeting convenes
ICAO calls for increased global coordination on alternative aviation fuels
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EU launches plan to protect sharks in European waters
EC’s Dimas highlights challenges towards the 2010 biodiversity target
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European conference on peace with water elaborates memorandum for a world water protocol
High-level symposium on water security calls for urgent action to solve the conflict between water supply and demand
Third General Assembly of the Global Water Partnership in West Africa focuses on IWRM
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Informal workshop on stakeholders’ chemical information needs convenes
Workshop considers managing perfluorinated chemicals (PFCS) and transitioning to safer alternatives
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Co-Chairs of UNGA consultations on IEG report on stalled process
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP’s CN Net announces new members: sporting events
UNGA adopts climate change resolution FAO consultations make progress on draft treaty to combat IUU fishing
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Trade, Finance and Investment
ADB considers revised energy policy to incorporate climate change challenges
World Bank seeks feedback on climate change strategy in South Asia
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
IWC Workshop on Climate Change and Cetaceans: 21-25 February 2009. Sienna, Italy.
Third International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change: 22-24 February 2009. Dhaka, Bangladesh.
G-77 Ministerial Forum on Water: 23-25 February 2009. Muscat, Oman.
First Meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: 23-27 February 2009. Mexico City, Mexico.
Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17): 23-27 February 2009. New York, US.
40th Session of the UN Statistical Commission: 24-27 February 2009. New York, US.
28th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries: 2-6 March 2009. Rome, Italy.
UN Commission on the Status of Women: 2-13 March 2009. New York, US.
Tenth Session of the Human Rights Council: 2-27 March 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
Beyond Kyoto: Addressing the Challenges of Climate Change: 5-7 March 2009. Aarhus, Denmark.

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