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Director’s Cut
Kimo GoreeIn the early years of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, from 1992 through about 1995, one of our biggest challenges was finding the funding to attend and report from meetings. Although IISD had “acquired” us in 1993, their early attempts to secure a “timely and predictable flow of resources” were not particularly successful. So, in July 1993, I left my job as the Director of a small Brazilian NGO in the Western Amazon and moved to Winnipeg, Canada, where IISD is headquartered, to take up the newly created position of Managing Director for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, with the responsibility of fundraising for our fledgling publication. … article continues

Kimo Goree
Director, IISD Reporting Services

Editor’s Note
Lynn WagnerIf two is company and three is a crowd, what is 1097? We would call it a critical mass in the new Sustainable Development ListServe (SDG) virtual community that we launched last week. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor, Linkages Update and
MEA Bulletin

Comings and Goings
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Co-Chairs on System-wide Coherence Appointed
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New Reports and Resources
HarvestChoice Website
Our Planet
UNEP Year Book 2009
From Conflict to Peacebuilding: The Role of Natural Resources and the Environment
Environment Outlook in the Amazonia: GEO Amazonia
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games: Final Environmental Assessment
FAO’s ETO Calculator
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2008
Planning for a Water Secure Future: Lessons from Water Management Planning in Africa
Coping with Water Scarcity: What Role for Biotechnologies?
A Climate for Change: Climate Change and its Impact on Society and Economy in Croatia
WTO Trade Profile 2008
Industrial Development Report 2009: Breaking in and Moving Up: New Industrial Challenges for the Bottom Billion and the Middle-Income Countries
New WFP Website
Study on the Relationship between the ABS International Regime and Other International Instruments Which Govern the Use of Genetic Resources: WTO, WIPO and UPOV
The Governance of Nature and the Nature of Governance: Policy that Works for Biodiversity and Livelihoods
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Latest News - Friday, 6 March 2009
The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17), which convened from 23-27 February 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, discussed policy options and possible actions to enable the implementation of measures and policies concerning agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. Delegates also considered inter-linkages, cross-cutting issues and means of implementation, as well as small island developing states. The IPM’s deliberations were reflected in a Chair’s Negotiating Text, which was developed with the expectation that it could form the basis for further discussions and negotiations during CSD17, scheduled to convene from 4-15 May 2009. More.
Photo: Delegates at opening of session
The first Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which convened from 23-27 February 2009, in Mexico City, Mexico, continued negotiating international rules and procedures on liability and redress for damage resulting from transboundary movements of living modified organisms in the context of the Biosafety Protocol. Delegates produced a draft text for a supplementary protocol on liability and redress, which will serve as a basis for further consideration at the second meeting of the Group of Friends of the Co-Chairs, to be held in early 2010, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More.
Photo: L-R: Co-Chairs René Lefeber (the Netherlands) and Jimena Nieto (Colombia)
Participants at the Third International Workshop on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, which convened in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 18-24 February 2009, agreed to establish the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change. The Global Initiative will seek to support CBA-related activities by generating and sharing relevant knowledge. More.
Delegates to the 25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC25/GMEF), which met from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, took 17 decisions including on international environmental governance, a significantly increased UNEP budget, support to Africa on climate change, and mercury. In the decision on support to Africa, the GC requests the UNEP Executive Director to work with the UN Economic Commission for Africa to provide technical support to the African Climate Policy Centre once established, and to promote the mainstreaming of climate change into social and economic development processes. Delegates also agreed to elaborate a legally binding instrument on mercury. More.
Other News
D-8 ministers adopt initiative to address food security
Sustainable Development News

UNEP GC25/GMEF takes historic decision on chemicals management
Capacity-building workshop on BAT and BEP meets in Brazil
National consultation on the Rotterdam Convention convenes in South Africa
EU outlines priorities for its chemicals industry
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution EMG holds technical meeting
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN-HABITAT hosts meeting of African mayors
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EU environment ministers adopt conclusions on a comprehensive post-2012 climate agreement
US and Canada launch Clean Energy Dialogue
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India launches traditional knowledge database, grants access to EPO examiners
Kenya blames elephant poaching on 2008 ivory sale
Svalbard global seed vault celebrates first anniversary
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Group of 77 Water Forum adopts Muscat Declaration on Water
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Human Development
Clinton Global Initiative University meeting discusses 21st Century challenges
UN peacekeepers boost food security with ‘ideal village’ project
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF organizes sub-regional workshop for Europe and CIS
GEF and World Bank support new tiger conservation project
GEF approves climate-related projects
World Bank approves environmental loan for Peru
IDB announces energy innovation contest
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
UN Commission on the Status of Women: 2-13 March 2009. New York, US.
UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Integrating Practices, Tools and Systems for Climate Risk Assessment and Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies into National Policies and Programmes: 10-12 March 2009. Havana, Cuba.
Informal consultations on financing sustainable forest management: 12-13 March 2009. Rome, Italy.
International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions: 16-17 March 2009. Paris, France.
Eighth Round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the UNFSA: 16-19 March 2009. New York, US.
19th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO): 16-20 March 2009. Rome, Italy.
Fifth World Water Forum: 16-22 March 2009. Istanbul, Turkey.
First GEF5 Replenishment Meeting: 17-18 March 2009. Paris, France.
18th meeting of the Plants Committee of CITES: 17-21 March 2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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