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Development Cooperation Report 2010
South-South Cooperation - The Same Old Game or a New Paradigm?
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Making African Forests Fit for Climate Change
Wildland Fire Management: Handbook for Trainers
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Latest News - Friday, 21 May 2010
New York, 20 May—The first session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place from 17-19 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) began its work in planning for UNCSD (also referred to as “Rio+20”), which will take place in 2012, with delegates taking up both substantive and procedural matters. On the substantive side, delegates assessed progress to date and the remaining gaps in implementing outcomes of major summits on sustainable development, new and emerging challenges, a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. On the procedural side, participants organized their work in the lead up to 2012, and considered the UNCSD’s rules of procedure. More.
Photo: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang, who is also Secretary-General of the 2012 UNCSD, urged delegates to do business in an open and transparent manner and said he would not tolerate any “turf battles and tricks and games”
New York, 15 May—Delegates at the 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18), which convened in New York, US, from 3-14 May 2010, focused on the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and sustainable consumption and production patterns. Delegates also conducted a one-day preparatory committee meeting for the five-year high-level review of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. More.
Photo: L-R: UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and CSD-18 Chair Luis Alberto Ferraté
Paris, 8 May—The Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, which took place in Paris, France, from 3-7 May 2010, was organized around three thematic sessions: ensuring survival; preserving life; and improving governance. More.
Other News
ESCAP Commission calls for green growth strategies in Incheon Declaration
Sustainable Development News

WIPO Committee agrees on intersessional work for traditional knowledge protection
Signatories to Aquatic Warbler MOU adopt action plan
UN Secretary-General Conveys message on the occasion of International Day for Biodiversity
World Migratory Bird Day 2010 focuses on globally threatened migratory birds
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP-WCMC Global Island Database launched
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP announces sustainable tourism partnership
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Norway provides US$34 million to UNEP’s transformational strategy
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Petersberg Climate Dialogue gathers environment and climate ministers
TEAP report on environmentally sound alternatives to HCFCs released
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Chemicals and wastes conventions hold Asian workshop
Basel OEWG 7 convenes
Rotterdam Convention convenes consultation on severely hazardous pesticides
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Human Development
UN-HABITAT conference endorses declaration on green building rating in Africa
UNDP supports indigenous communities in Samoa to record the impact of climate change on their livelihoods
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Workshop addresses forest fire prevention in Europe
Cameroon, EU sign timber trade agreement
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Trade, Finance & Investment
Fifth GEF Replenishment negotiations conclude
ADB annual meeting launches three-gigawatt solar energy initiative
EIB launches “Interact Climate Change Fund,” issues climate awareness bonds
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Wetlands remote sensing project makes progress
Ramsar’s Standing Committee reviews discussions regarding hosting arrangement with UNEP
Protocol to the HNS Convention adopted
Pacific territory of Tokelau designates whale sanctuary
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
International Day for Biological Diversity: 22 May 2010. Worldwide.
Fourth GEF Assembly: 24-28 May 2010. Punta del Este, Uruguay.
Third Meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI): 24-28 May 2010. Nairobi, Kenya.
Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks: 24-28 May 2010. New York, NY.
26th Session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission: 24-28 May 2010. Guatemala City, Guatemala.
African Development Bank Annual Meeting: 27-28 May 2010. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
Resilient Cities 2010: First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change: 28-30 May 2010. Bonn, Germany.
CBD Second Expert Meeting for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development: 29-30 May 2010. Nairobi, Kenya.
Bonn Climate Change Talks - May/June 2010: 31 May-9 June 2010. Bonn, Germany.

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