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Latest News - Friday, 6 November 2009
Bali, 30 October—The 31st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) convened from 26-29 October 2009, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, with approximately 350 participants in attendance. The meeting focused primarily on the scoping of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Among other decisions, delegates agreed to treat Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a cross-cutting theme in the AR5 and to revise the timetable for the preparation of the report. More.
Photo: The Indonesian delegation with Rajendra Pachauri, IPCC Chair, and Renate Christ, IPCC Secretary.
New York, 31 October—Member States to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) adopted a decision on means of implementation on 30 October 2009, during a special session of the ninth session of UNFF (UNFF 9), held at UN Headquarters in New York, US. More.
Bangkok, 24 October—The Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to Prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on Mercury convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. The OEWG agreed to recommend rules of procedure to the INC, as well as intersessional work for the Secretariat to prepare documentation for the first meeting of the INC, to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 7-11 June 2010. More.
Rome, 24 October—The twelfth regular session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 12), which convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Rome, Italy, adopted: the Strategic Plan 2010-2017 for implementation of its multi-year programme of work; a resolution on policies and arrangements for ABS for genetic resources for food and agriculture; and a funding strategy for implementation of the Global Plan of Action for animal genetic resources. More.
Other News
ITU Council addresses climate change and environmental protection
FAO Committee on World Food Security adopts reforms
FAO begins consultations on international guidelines on land tenure
IISD and OECD announce new set of principles for measuring sustainability
Sustainable Development News

Bushmeat Liaison Group develops recommendations
Working group on the future shape of CMS reviews draft report
ASEAN conference assesses biodiversity status
CITES listing proposed for bluefin tuna, polar bears, sharks
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP Finance Initiative 2009 Global Roundtable Convenes
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New Delhi conference highlights technology development and transfer
EU finalizes climate package ahead of Copenhagen
MOP-21 addresses proposal to phase down HFCs
Asia-Pacific network addresses illegal trade
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Human Development
Global Parliamentarians’ Conference considers population issues
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World Forestry Congress delivers message on improving the balance between forests and development
UNECE-FAO forum underscores importance of forests and wood products in combating climate change
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Sub-regional training for Francophone African Designated National Authorities on Rotterdam Convention convenes
UN Special Rapporteur visits toxic dumps in Kyrgyzstan
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF's Fifth International Waters Conference discusses measures to cope with climatic variability
World Bank launches MultiCat program to insure against floods, hurricanes and wind storms
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Ramsar and UN-HABITAT discuss collaboration on urban wetlands
South Africa and Mozambique create Africa's largest marine protected area
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
GEF Council Meeting and NGO Consultation: 9-13 November 2009. Washington, DC, US.
Forty-fifth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC): 9-14 November 2009. Yokohama, Japan.
Eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): 9-15 November 2009. Montreal, Canada.
2009 Ministers� Summit: Roadmap for Recovery - Sustainable Tourism in Challenging Times: 10 November 2009. London, England.
Fifth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Water Convention: 10-12 November 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
World Summit on Food Security: 16-18 November 2009. Rome, Italy.
Eighth Adaptation Fund Board Meeting: 16-18 November 2009. Bonn, Germany.
Country-Led Initiative in Support of the UNFF: Forests for People - The Role of National Forest Programmes and the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests: 17-20 November 2009. Guilin, China.
7th World Forum of Sustainable Development: Paris 2009: 19-20 November 2009. Paris, France.

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