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Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.The busy past fortnight’s events and announcements will give sustainable development policy makers and observers a lot of food for thought as we enter the traditionally slower months of the Northern summer. … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 4 June 2010
New York, 29 May—The resumed Review Conference of the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement or UNFSA) developed an outcome document that establishes that the Informal Consultations of States Parties would continue and the formal Review Conference could resume, although not until at least 2015. More.
Photo: The dais at the Review Conference. L-R: Serguei Tarassenko, Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS); Conference President David Balton (US); André Tahindro, UNDOALOS; and Michael Shewchuk, UNDOALOS.
Nairobi, 29 May—The third meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI), which met in Nairobi, Kenya, from 24-28 May 2010, adopted 12 recommendations to be submitted to the tenth meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) to the CBD. More.
Punta del Este, 27 May—The fourth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on 25-26 May 2010, to review the policies and operations of the Facility. Assembly participants took note of the report on the results of the Fifth GEF Replenishment and approved amendments to the Instrument for the Establishment of the Restructured GEF. More.
Nairobi, 22 May—The 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened in Nairobi, Kenya, from 10-21 May 2010. SBSTTA 14 launched the third edition of the Global Biodiversity Outlook (GBO 3) and adopted 18 recommendations to be submitted to the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held from 18-29 October 2010, in Nagoya, Japan. More.
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OECD ministerial meeting addresses green growth
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Oslo meeting reaches agreement on financing and quick-start measures for REDD
Experts discuss REDD+ governance safeguards
UNCCD and UNFF sign Memorandum of Understanding
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Human Development
UNDP presents climate strategy at second Lagos Climate Change Summit
UN/ISDR launches Making Cities Resilient campaign
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Climate talks open in Bonn        
First World Congress on Cities and Adaptation adopts Bonn Declaration
Multilateral Fund releases 60th meeting summary
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNWTO to celebrate tourism and biodiversity
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and GEF to help reduce World Cup's carbon footprint
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IMO Safety Committee adopts ship construction regulations
Greece and Turkey to collaborate on protection of Evros River
West Africa marine agreement transfers to Côte d’Ivoire
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Fourth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium focuses on climate and biodiversity
Ian Redmond appointed CMS Ambassador
Nestle accused of biopiracy
Mass saiga antelope die-off in Kazakhstan
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Stockholm Convention Global DDT Alliance convenes
Stockholm Convention convenes Latin American regional workshop
Basel Convention invites nominations for intersessional group on mercury
Rotterdam Convention national planning meeting convenes in Libya
UNITAR joins Global Mercury Partnership
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Bonn Climate Change Talks - May/June 2010: 31 May-9 June 2010. Bonn, Germany.
Land Day 2: 5 June 2010. Bonn, Germany.
INC to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury: 7-11 June 2010. Stockholm, Sweden.
IPBES III: 7-11 June 2010. Busan, Republic of Korea.
International Conference on Biological and Cultural Diversity: 8-10 June 2010. Montreal, Canada.
62th Session of the WMO Executive Council: 8-18 June 2010. Geneva, Switzerland.
Seventh Meeting of Signatories to the Siberian Crane MOU: 10-11 June 2010. Bonn, Germany.
OEWG 30: 15-18 June 2010. Geneva, Switzerland.
Second East Asia Climate Forum: 16 June 2010. Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Third Meeting of the Group of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Biosafety Protocol: 15-19 June 2010. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Sixth Meeting of the Standing Committee of AEWA: 16-17 June 2010. The Hague, the Netherlands.

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