Editor's Note

Compliance and governance are taking a high profile in current multilateral environmental negotiations. As this issue of Linkages Update reports, countries’ compliance was a major topic at last week’s Rotterdam Convention conference, although no final agreement was reached. Meanwhile, parties’ long-term compliance with their Kyoto Protocol pledges will be an underlying theme at the upcoming UN climate change conference in Nairobi.
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Chris Spence

Managing Editor, Linkages Update & Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services

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Latest News - 18 October 2006
Rotterdam Convention COP-3 Makes Progress on Sustainable Financing and Capacity Building, Defers Decision on Chrysotile Asbestos

Geneva, 14 October 2006—The Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade has deferred a decision on whether to make chrysotile asbestos subject to the PIC procedure until its fourth session in October 2008. The meeting, which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 9-13 October 2006, also did not reach agreement on the mechanisms and procedures for non-compliance, but progress was reported on issues related to sustainable financing, capacity building and synergies between the chemicals and waste conventions. Full Story.

Photo: Yue Ruisheng, PIC COP-3 President.

CITES Standing Committee Convenes

Geneva, 7 October 2006—The Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has agreed to designate Japan as a trading partner for the one-off sale of ivory stockpiles from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, but not to proceed with the sale at this point. Additional decisions taken at the 2-6 October 2006 meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, included approval of the Secretariat’s estimated expenditures for 2006, deferral of consideration of trade in tigers until COP-14, and agreement to not revise the 2006 caviar export quotas. Full Story.

Photo: On 2 October, SC-54 opened in Geneva with record attendance of more than 300 delegates.

Other News
Sustainable Development

UNGA discusses African development initiatives

Bioenergy’s role in sustainable energy stressed

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Biodiversity and Wildlife
CMS Standing Committee nominates additional scientific councillors
WIPO General Assembly addresses development agenda, genetic resources and traditional knowledge
Experts discuss options for a biodiversity scientific advisory body
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA discusses MDGs, UN reforms initiative launched

UNESCO promotes science parks in developing countries

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Climate and Atmosphere

Costs of delaying climate action huge—study

Current climate talks may last until 2010

EC proposes energy risk capital fund

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Chemicals Management
Probo Koala ship leaves Estonian port
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
Regional Seas meeting exchanges experiences
Shark fin trade killing millions – study
US to strengthen efforts to protect sustainable fisheries
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Human Development
UN focuses on discrimination and violence against women
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNECE/FAO Forum addresses illegal logging, procurement policies
First-ever forestry policy for Liberia
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Trade, Finance and Investment
WTO’s Public Forum 2006 discusses Doha and biofuels
UNGA evaluates results of Monterrey Consensus
GEF presents country allocations for biodiversity and climate focal areas
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Key Meetings in the next two weeks
First International Conference of Parliamentarians on the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems: 24-27 October 2006, Yaound�

18th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 30 October – 3 November, New Delhi

Forty-first Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees: 6-11 November, Yokohama

UN Climate Change Conference: 6-17 November, Nairobi

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