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Latest News - Friday, 12 March 2010
Lilongwe, 6 March—The 15th meeting of the Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP 15) was held from 1-5 March 2010, in Lilongwe, Malawi, and was convened under the theme “Climate and Environment Mainstreaming and the Green Economy to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals.” Sessions during the event addressed: climate and environment mainstreaming; development agencies’ strategies; the green economy; aid effectiveness and the environment; and supporting African stakeholders to put ideas into practice. More.
Photo: PEP 15 participants
Dar es Salaam, 28 February—Participants at the fourth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change, which convened in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, from 21-27 February 2010, discussed, inter alia: strengthening institutions; water; building adaptive capacity; insurance and microfinance; policy linkages; agriculture; economics; drylands and pastoralism; urban areas; managing and communicating knowledge; scaling up and replicating best practice; vulnerable groups; role of ecosystems in adaptation; disaster risk reduction; methodologies; and funding. At the conclusion, participants agreed to further develop the Global Initiative on Community-Based Adaptation (GICBA), a network that seeks to support CBA-related activities by generating and sharing relevant knowledge. More.
Photo: Saleemul Huq, International Institute for Environment and Development, welcomed participants to the conference and said that more actions are needed to address human-induced climate changes.
Bali, 27 February—The eleventh Special Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-11/GMEF) convened from 24-26 February 2010, in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting considered the theme of “environment in the multilateral system.” During the meeting, Ministers agreed to the Nusa Dua Declaration, which underscores the importance of biodiversity, the urgent need to combat climate change and work towards a good outcome in Mexico in November-December 2010, and the key opportunities from accelerating a transition to a low-carbon resource-efficient green economy. The statement also highlights the need to improve the overall management of the global environment, accepting that that the “governance architecture” has become complex and fragmented. More.
Other News
Stockholm Convention contributes to preparations for CSD 18
NEPAD coordination on agriculture progresses
Sustainable Development News

Eight countries join UN-REDD programme policy board
Brazil and US sign agreement on deforestation
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IWC’S SWG discusses whale conservation and management
Ramsar STRP’s mid-term workshops achieve progress on urban wetlands management, carbon storage and G-WOS
Indian workshop on the blue flag beach conservation project held
Ramsar signs MoU with World Bank
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Informal meeting in Japan addresses outcomes from Copenhagen and prospects for Cancun
Africa Carbon Forum hopes to help boost Africa’s share of carbon market
InterAcademy Council to review the IPCC’s processes and procedures
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP launches carbon finance collaboration in Africa
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Trade, Finance & Investment
World Bank holds consultations on new environment strategy
WTO Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment discusses environmental goods and services
WTO seeks comments on report on trade in natural resources
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ITTO and CBD sign collaboration agreement
CITES Secretary General releases statement on elephants and ivory
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Regional training workshop on PCBs and POPs wastes convenes
UNITAR/UNU-IAS executive workshop on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials convenes
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Human Development
UN marks International Women’s Day with calls to meet the challenges of development
UN backs initiative to turn trash into cash in Asian Pacific cities
UN warns of harmful impact on poor farmers from narrow use of biotechnology
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
CITES COP 15: 13-25 March 2010. Doha, Qatar.
Rotterdam Convention Sixth Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee: 15-19 March 2010. Geneva, Switzerland.
Ninth Round of Informal Consultations on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement: 16-17 March 2010. New York, NY, US.
International Expert Group Meeting: UN Forum on Climate Change Mitigation, Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Urban Transport: 16-17 March 2010. Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Caribbean Regional Meeting for the MSI +5 High-Level Review: 17-18 March 2010. Grenada.
Fourth Policy Board Meeting of the UN-REDD Programme: 17-19 March 2010. Nairobi, Kenya.
International Consultative Meeting on Expanding Waste Management Services in Developing Countries: 18-19 March 2010. Tokyo, Japan.
2010 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum: 18-19 March 2010. Manila, Philippines.
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Annual Meeting: 19-23 March 2010. Cancun, Mexico.
60th session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee: 22-26 March 2010. London, UK.
53rd meeting of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board: 22-26 March 2010. Bonn, Germany.
CBD ABS 9: 22-28 March 2010. Santiago de Cali, Colombia.
CSD-18 Thematic Seminar Series: Sustainable Consumption and Production: 23 March 2010. New York, US.
High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development: 23-24 March 2010. New York, US.

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2010 CIF Partnership Forum | 18-19 March 2010, Manila, Philippines

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