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Chris Spence“A week is a long time in politics,” said a former British Prime Minister reflecting on how quickly political fortunes can change. This phrase certainly rings true in the case of global climate change politics, where a series of recent events and announcements appears to have energized the diplomatic community. … article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 24 September 2009
Buenos Aires, 23 September—The ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) began on Monday afternoon, 21 September. Parties are also convening for the eighth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 8), and the ninth session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST 9). The UNCCD First Scientific Conference met from 22-24 September, in conjunction with CST 9, to consider the theme “biophysical and socio-economic monitoring and assessment of desertification and land degradation, to support decision-making in land and water management.” More.
Photo: L-R: Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, and Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina and President of COP 9.
Manila, 13 September—The International Conference on Green Industry in Asia concluded with the adoption of a non-binding Declaration and Framework of Action outlining steps to reduce the resource intensity and greenhouse gas emissions of industries in Asia, and to track the progress towards a low-carbon industrial future. More.
Photo: Delegates from the High-level plenary with Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, President of the Philippines.
Other News
IFAD Executive Board approves over US$200 million in grants
Sustainable Development News

SAICM Secretariat issues update on emerging policy issues
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Discussions continue on legally binding agreement for European forests
Forest law enforcement and governance initiative for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific launched
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP calls for “Champions of the Earth” nominations
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UN Secretary-General hosts climate summit in New York
Disagreements persist in Major Economies Forum
African nations promote climate “rights”, consider compensation demand
Japan announces new emissions target
US submits revised amendment proposal to phase down HFCs under Montreal Protocol
Ozone Day celebrated
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“Assessment of Assessments” report launched at UNHQ
GPA regional training workshop convenes in Ecuador
New Ramsar site designated in China; Bolivian site enlarged
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EU ministers call for stronger links between REDD, biodiversity and development
ASCOBANS MOP adopts action plans for harbor porpoises in the North and Baltic Seas
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Human Development
UN General Assembly sets up new agency to address rights of women
UN MDG report puts pressure on donors ahead of UNGA and G20 meetings
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Trade, Finance & Investment
IDB releases new version of biofuels sustainability scorecard
World Bank exceeds target on investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
G-20 Summit of World Leaders: 24-25 September 2009, Pittsburgh, US.
Second Consultation on the UNDP-Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Initiative on Biodiversity and Ecosystems: 24-25 September 2009, Lima, Peru.
Bangkok Climate Change Talks - 2009: 28 September - 9 October 2009, Bangkok, Thailand.
Second Intergovernmental and Multi-Stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES): 5-9 October 2009, Nairobi, Kenya.

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