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Following the simultaneous meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs) in Bali earlier this year, chemicals and waste management are again front-and-center in major UN discussions this month. … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 7 May 2010
New York, 6 May—The 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development is almost at its halfway mark at UN Headquarters. Meeting from 3-14 May, delegates are reviewing the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns. More.
Photo: L-R Tariq Banuri, Director of the UN Division for Sustainable Development; Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development; and CSD Chair Luis Alberto Ferrate Felicé of Guatemala
Port of Spain, 29 April—A consultation for Caribbean nations has been held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. The event was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean as part of a regional initiative entitled “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.” More.
Seoul, 25 April—The fourth UN Business for the Environment Global Summit (B4E Summit) convened in late April to consider the outcome of the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and discuss the role of business in realizing a low carbon future. The event drew CEOs and leaders of governments, international agencies and civil society. More.
Other News
Mediterranean dialogue addresses environment and renewable energy
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Regional commissions discuss forests and climate change in Europe, Latin America
Dialogue on large-scale international land acquisitions initiated
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Pacific Islands close high seas to purse seine fishing
Five countries join illegal fishing treaty
UNICEF hosts high-level sanitation and water meeting
Water Framework Directive conference held
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BASIC group issues joint statement
Global research alliance on agricultural greenhouse gases starts work
Spain gives €45 million to Adaptation Fund
South Asian meeting adopts climate statement
UN Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Energy and Climate Change launches report
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Chemicals and wastes conventions hold Asian workshop
Stockholm Secretariat invites comments on proposed chemicals
SAICM launches information clearinghouse
SAICM quick start programme funding window open
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UN-backed study highlights rapid and continuing biodiversity loss
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Human Development
UNPFII urges development models based on indigenous values
UNDP announces energy-poverty initiative in Burkina Faso
UN humanitarian chief and WFP focus on West African food crisis
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Intergovernmental Organizations
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World Bank Spring meetings increase developing country voice
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Eighteenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18): 3-14 May 2010, New York, USA
Multistakeholder Consultation on the World Bank Group's Environment Strategy 2010: 10 May 2010, Washington, DC, USA
Seventh Session of the Basel Convention Open-ended Working Group: 10-14 May 2010, Geneva, Switzerland
Fourteenth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity: 10-21 May 2010, Nairobi, Kenya
First Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD): 17-19 May 2010, New York, USA

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