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Director’s Cut
Kimo GoreeAt almost half of the meetings where IISD RS provides conference reporting services, we do not publish the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Instead, we are hired by the conference organizers to write and distribute the meeting report, which we call “Your Meeting Bulletin,” using our pool of ENB writers. … article continues

Kimo Goree
Director, IISD Reporting Services

Editor’s Note
Lynn WagnerMany of the meetings we cover recommend that actors at various levels should identify lessons learned and consider how to scale-up successful approaches. … article continues

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

Comings and Goings
Stockholm Convention Secretariat seeks Programme Officer
FAO Seeks Regional Manager and Technical Advisor for Fisheries Programme
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New Reports and Resources
State of the World’s Forests 2009
UN World Water Development Report 3 – Water in a Changing World
State of African Cities Report 2008
Understanding Farmers' Perceptions and Adaptations to Climate Change and Variability: The Case of the Limpopo Basin, South Africa
National Basic Food Prices Data and Analysis Tool
Plant Conservation Report
ITTO/IUCN Guidelines for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Tropical Timber Production Forests
State of Biodiversity in the Nordic Countries – An Assessment of Progress towards Achieving the Target of Halting Biodiversity Loss by 2010
IUCN Case Studies on Water and Protected Areas
The Two Analysis – Introducing a Methodology for the Transboundary Waters Opportunity Analysis
Report of the Follow-Up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus
Swimming against the Tide: How Developing Countries Are Coping with the Global Crisis
Climate Change and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Review
Green Transport: Resource Optimization in the Road Sector in the People’s Republic of China
“From Ridge to Reef” Water, Environment, and Community Security: GEF Action on Transboundary Water Resources
Civil Society Consultation on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System
A New Climate for Forests: GEF Action on Sustainable Forest Management
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Latest News - Friday, 20 March 2009
A UNFCCC technical workshop on adaptation planning and practices took place from 10-12 March 2009, in Havana, Cuba. This workshop was convened by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in collaboration with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), and brought together experts to share integration practices and lessons-learned, identify gaps and needs, and address barriers in order to facilitate successful integration. The workshop was convened under the Nairobi Work Programme and the outcomes will be presented to the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) for further consideration. The meeting aimed to identify successful examples of using tools and integrating climate risk assessment and management and disaster risk reduction into national policies and programmes. The workshop generated a number of recommendations regarding climate-related hazards, and sectoral and national level planning. The report of the workshop will be presented to the thirtieth session of SBSTA, which will take place from 1-12 June 2009, in Bonn, Germany, for its consideration. More.
Other News
Fifth World Islamic Economic Forum adopts declaration on food and energy security
Marrakech Process: second newsletter released
Sustainable Development News

Pacific islands hold meeting on marine turtles
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP’s Carbon Finance Initiative proceeds
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and partners launch “50 by 50” Global Fuel Economy Initiative
UNGA adopts climate change resolution 28th session of the World Customs Organization Enforcement Committee convenes
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Informal consultations on System-wide Coherence resume
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNWTO Tourism Resilience Committee discusses role of tourism industry in economic recovery
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Scientists meet in Copenhagen to consider climate change
IPCC co-organizes workshop on science relevant to fifth assessment report
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Trade, Finance & Investment
World Bank designs Forest Investment Program
Six countries work on sustainable management plan for coral triangle
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IWC intersessional meeting concludes with cautious optimism
Special meeting of states parties to UNCLOS elects ITLOS judge
FAO Fisheries Commission adopts guidelines to reduce accidental deaths of seabirds
IMO and UNDP launch Bioinvasions Alliance
More Water News
Secretariat announces new parties to the Basel Convention
Swiss-Indonesian initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention
NGOs launch “REACH - your right to know” leaflet
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EC releases report on soil’s role in climate change mitigation
UNFF holds informal consultations on finance
More Forests News

Human Development
UNESCO meeting calls for including indigenous Arctic peoples in climate consultations
UN releases new global population growth estimates
More Development News

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Fifth World Water Forum: 16-22 March 2009. Istanbul, Turkey.
Expert Meeting on Methodological Issues Relating to Reference Emission Levels and Reference Levels: 23-24 March 2009. Bonn, Germany.
Clean Development Mechanism Board Meeting: 23-25 March 2009. Bonn, Germany.
IPCC Scoping Meeting for Special Report on Extreme Events and Disasters: 23-26 March 2009. Oslo, Norway.
Fifth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee: 23-27 March 2009. Rome, Italy.
Fifth Adaptation Fund Board Meeting: 24-27 March 2009. Bonn, Germany.
Seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5): 29 March-8 April 2009. Bonn, Germany.
GEF-STAP Workshop on Climate Change Science and Technology Advice: 30 March 2009. Washington, DC, US.
GEF-STAP Workshop on REDD, Forest Conservation and Sustainable Forest Management: 31 March 2009. Washington, DC, US.
World Bank Group Energy Week 2009: 31 March-2 April 2009. Washington, DC, US.
Mercury Partnership Advisory Group Meeting: 31 March-2 April 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development – Moving into the Second Half of the UN Decade: 31 March-2 April 2009. Bonn, Germany.
G20 Summit In Response to the Global Financial Crisis: 2 April 2009. London, UK.
Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the CBD: 2-8 April 2009. Paris, France.

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