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Director’s Cut
Kimo GoreeThis week in Bonn, during the Climate Change Talks, IISD Reporting Services team members can be found not only in the negotiating rooms, but also taking notes and photos at a number of key side events. Each morning, side-by-side with the Earth Negotiations Bulletin at the documents counter, you can find copies of our “companion” publication at this meeting, ENB on the Side. … article continues

Kimo Goree
Director, IISD Reporting Services

Editor’s Note
Chris SpenceIn the global marketplace of sustainable development ideas, how does an international consensus to take action on a particular issue take shape and inspire other actors to direct their attention and resources towards that policy option? … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor, Linkages Update and
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Agriculture and Climate Change: An Agenda for Negotiation in Copenhagen
Climate in Peril: A Popular Guide to the Latest IPCC Reports
The Environmental Food Crisis: The Environment’s Role in Averting Future Food Crises
The Wader Atlas – An Atlas of Wader Populations in Africa and Western Eurasia
Wildlife Law and the Legal Empowerment of the Poor in Sub-Saharan Africa
A Thirst for Distant Lands: Foreign Investment in Agricultural Land and Water
Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into Development Planning: A Handbook for Practitioners
Making the Economic Case: A Primer on the Economic Arguments for Mainstreaming Poverty-Environment Linkages into National Development Planning
IUCN’s Compilation of Case Studies on the Economic Benefits of MPAs
Biofuels for Sustainable Rural Development and Empowerment of Women
Tropical Forest Tenure Assessment: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities
The Economic Report on Africa 2009: Developing African Agriculture through Regional Value Chains
Update: World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009
2009 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction
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Latest News - Friday, 5 June 2009
Bergen, 29 May—The High-level Conference on Fighting Climate Change with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) took place in Bergen, Norway from 27-28 May 2009. The Chair’s summary of the meeting concluded that: a comprehensive approach to reduce CO2 emissions must include CCS; CCS can play a key role in the transition to a low-emission society; more large-scale demonstration plants, research and development and a major scaling-up of present CCS efforts are needed; stimulating framework conditions are necessary to encourage wide-scale capture and storage; private sector companies have a particular role to make CCS commercially viable; CCS must be made accessible to developing countries; and CCS should feature in discussions at the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in December 2009 and in other relevant fora. More.  
  New York, 16 May—Delegates to the 17th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD17), which convened from 4-15 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. In addition to negotiating policy options related to the thematic cluster of issues, CSD17 delegates also engaged in dialogues with Major Groups and the policy research community, and a High-level Segment and Ministerial Roundtables focused on the food crisis, a sustainable green revolution in Africa, and integrated management of land and water resources for sustainable agriculture and rural development. The results from the Ministerial Roundtables were summarized in a Shared Vision Statement, which was annexed to the CSD17 report. A Partnerships Fair, Learning Center and side events also took place during the two weeks. More.
Photo: CSD Chair Gerda Verburg gavels CSD 17 to a close.
Geneva, 16 May—The second session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM2) convened from 11-15 May 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates adopted resolutions on, inter alia: rules of procedure; emerging issues; a process for considering emerging issues; the establishment of an open-ended working group; and financial resources. Delegates also took the decision not to integrate the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) as a subsidiary body of the ICCM. As a result, the Forum Standing Committee will convene via teleconference in June 2009 to take a decision on IFCS’ future. More.
Photo: L-R: Tarek Elruby, Egypt, and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director.
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G8 energy ministers launch energy efficiency partnership
ADB-backed conference calls on transport sector to curb emissions
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ITTO and RRI co-organize conference on forest tenure in Africa
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Council designates new reserves
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Business summit on climate change issues “Copenhagen Call”
Second preparatory meeting for Major Economies Forum convenes
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Plant treaty Governing Body convenes in Tunis
WHO meeting discusses ABS framework for influenza viruses
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Human Development
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues considers climate change and land tenure issues
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Trade, Finance & Investment
UNCTAD convenes first global economic crisis and development symposium
World Bank funds environment and GHG reduction in China
World Bank approves first Climate Investment Fund project
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International Marine Conservation Congress highlights role of oceans in fighting climate change
IMO adopts ship recycling convention
Ramsar SC40 concludes
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Bonn Climate Change Talks: 1-12 June 2009. Bonn, Germany.
UNCCD Land Day: 6 June 2009. Bonn, Germany.
ICLEI World Congress 2009: Connecting Leaders - Advancing Local Action for Sustainability: 14-18 June 2009. Edmonton, Canada.
Second Session of the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction: 16-19 June 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
First ASEM Ministerial Conference on Energy Security: 17-18 June 2009. Brussels, Belgium.
Tenth Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 17-19 June 2009. New York, NY.

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