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Chris Spence

Editor, Linkages Update &
Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services

Coming and Goings


Julia Marton-Lefevre new IUCN director

Hans Verolme appointed WWF climate chief

Alison Drayton new head of UNDP UN Affairs division

New regional forest coordinator named


Mario Ramos Passes Away

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UNEP seeks director, regional coordinators
Vacancy in the UNEP/GEF Division
SAICM Secretariat seeks associate programme officer
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New Reports and Resources

Doha Development Agenda and Aid for Trade

Linking the Dots: MDGs and the 2010 Global Biodiversity Challenge

Making Poverty Reduction Irreversible: Development Implications of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment

REACH in Brief

The Impacts of Fishing on Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems

The State of World Aquaculture 2006

UNFPA world population report 2006

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Latest News - 22 September 2006

Biodiversity, Kyoto meetings conclude

Riyadh and Paris, 21 SeptemberTwo high-level meetings, one on biodiversity in the context of European development cooperation, the other on the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism, have just ended on Thursday afternoon, 21 September. The biodiversity conference in Paris is expected to contribute to European and international efforts to reach the 2010 Biodiversity Target and 2015 Millennium Development Goal. Meanwhile, the CDM meeting in Riyadh involved discussions on the role of CDM in supporting development and a roundtable on carbon dioxide capture and storage, ahead of the major UN climate conference taking place in Nairobi in November. IISD summary reports on both meetings will be available online by 24 September.

Photo: New UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer addresses participants at the CDM conference in Riyadh on 19 September.

IMF-World Bank talk voting rights, governance

Governance issues and the voting strength of several developing countries were high on the agenda at the latest meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The meetings, which took place in Singapore and concluded on 20 September, also involved a meeting of the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, which stressed the need to foster sustainable private sector development. Full Story.

First "Strategic" Chemicals Meeting for Africa held

The first regional meeting since governments agreed to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) earlier this year has taken place in Cairo. The meeting, held from 11-14 September, focused on a draft regional action plan, a focal point, funding issues, and other matters of importance to the region. Full Story.
Other News
Sustainable Development

UN General Assembly convenes high-level dialogue on international migration, development

UN DPI’s annual conference focuses on partnerships for security, sustainable development

Experts discuss institutionalizing sustainable development
More Sustainable Development News

Chemicals Management

Basel Secretariat investigates illegal waste imports

WHO supports DDT in malaria fight

More Chemicals News

Intergovernmental Organizations

Momentum continues on UN reforms

More IGO News
Climate and Atmosphere

Joint Implementation committee kick-starts “Track 2”

EU, Asia back Kyoto implementation

U.S. EPA releases data on methyl bromide stockpile

More Climate News

Human Development

UN-HABITAT convenes global youth employment summit

More Development News

Water, Wetlands, Oceans

Shrimp farming guidelines supported

Regional wetlands meeting held, Vietnamese network launched
Bluefin tuna disappearing from Mediterranean—WWF
More Water News
Biodiversity and Wildlife

High-level task force focuses on 2010 biodiversity target

Incorporate 2010 biodiversity target into MDGs—Annan
More Biodiversity News

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues

Meetings in Japan, Mali consider desertification

First tree genome sequenced

Illegal logging costing billions—World Bank
More Forests News

Trade, Finance and Investment

Private sector’s role in Africa’s development stressed

More Trade News

Key Meetings in the next two weeks

UNFCCC African Regional Workshop on Adaptation: 21-23 September 2006, Accra

Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety V: 24-29 September 2006, Budapest

Iberoamerican Ministerial on Energy Security: 26-27 September 2006, Montevideo

CITES Standing Committee (54th meeting): 2-6 October 2006, Geneva

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