Editor's Note

For those of us following the world of multilateral environmental agreements and policy making, the busy season is here once more. A major focus of many upcoming events will be Africa’s sustainable development and environmental wellbeing. From giant conferences like the UN climate change meetings in Nairobi in November, to a slew of smaller workshops and meetings covering issues as diverse as chemicals management and desertification, African countries are playing host to a wide array of meetings in the coming weeks and months.
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Chris Spence

Editor, Linkages Update &
Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services

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Ban Ki-Moon Leads Race to Head UN

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World Bank seeks methodologies consultants for carbon finance unit
European environmental bureau seeks EU policy officer
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New Reports and Resources

The World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation

Man-made Chemicals in Food Products

SciDev.net Desert Science Resource

Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination and Violence against the Girl Child

An Investment Framework for Clean Energy and Development: A Progress Report

How the World Bank’s Investment Framework Sells the Climate and Poor People Short

September Edition of GPA Outreach

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Latest News - 5 October 2006

Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety ponders future

Budapest, 1 October 2006The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) has concluded following lengthy discussions on the Forum’s future. The latest session, held from 25-29 September, ended with agreement on the need to avoid duplication of functions between IFCS and the recently-adopted Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM). Other topics discussed included toys and chemical safety, and heavy metals. Full Story.

Photo: Previous IFCS President Suwit Wibulpolprasert (left) and President-elect Zoltán Szabó.

Major polluters’ meeting in Mexico addresses climate change

Monterrey, 4 October 2006—Ministers from the world’s 20 major polluters have held talks in Mexico aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The meeting in Monterrey, which took place from 3-4 October, was the “second Gleneagles Ministerial Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development,” a process established during the UK’s recent term as president of the G8 in 2005. Full Story.
Iberoamerican Ministerial targets energy security, renewables

Montevideo, 28 September 2006—A high-level meeting on energy security in Latin America has concluded with agreement on first steps towards a regional observatory that will facilitate information sharing related to renewable energy technologies. The event took place ahead of the Iberoamerican Summit, scheduled for November. Full Story.
Other News
Sustainable Development

UN General Assembly reviews action on least developed countries

Small island states issue environmental warning

Green treaties’ relevance to Arctic discussed
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
Conference on biodiversity in European development cooperation concludes
Northern cetaceans meeting adjourns after busy session
India, China must cooperate to save tigers—report
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UN General Assembly addresses UN reform, environment

UNESCO announces BBC link, work in Africa and Asia

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Climate and Atmosphere

African regional workshop on adaptation held

Bush climate plan announced

Antarctic ozone hole worst ever

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Chemicals Management
Lead and cadmium working group reviews scientific information
Workshop on REACH implementation held
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Event on ecosystem goods and services from planted forests convenes
ITTO-sponsored Congo Basin workshop meets
Grassroots desertification initiatives honored
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Human Development
“Fourth Africities Summit” considers discrimination, decentralization
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Trade, Finance and Investment
UN Second Committee to Discuss Financing for Development
Second annual Clinton Global Initiative secures US$7 billion in pledges
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
Environment, safety discussed for Straits of Malacca and Singapore
African Water Facility meeting supports monitoring, evaluation
Australia supports moratorium on high seas bottom trawling
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Key Meetings in the next two weeks

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

Third Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention: 9-13 October 2006, Geneva

Second Intergovernmental Review of the Global Plan of Action (GPA): 16-20 October 2006, Beijing

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