Editor's Note

The “busy season” is truly upon us. In the past two months, government delegates and representatives from international and civil society organizations have discussed international sustainable development issues in Accra, Beijing, Budapest, Geneva, Montevideo, Nairobi, New Delhi, Paris, Riyadh, Yaoundé and Yokohama. And these are just the cities to which IISD RS has sent a team, some of them multiple times. Soon, there will be a lull in the international meeting calendar, allowing us to reflect upon and assess the new developments and directions that international sustainable development policy is moving. In the meantime, we hope that this issue will help you in your efforts to do the same.

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Coming and Goings
World Bank seeks senior environmental specialist
UNDESA seeks sustainable development officer
WWF seeks project co-manager for its Greater Mekong Programme, Director for its Canadian Bycatch Campaign
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New Reports and Resources

Linking Trade, Climate Change and Energy

Fisheries, International Trade and Sustainable Development

Living Planet Report 2006

Managing Climate Risk: Integrating Adaptation into World Bank Group Operations

Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change

Promoting Gender Equality in New Aid Modalities and Partnerships
Up in Smoke? Latin America and the Caribbean: The Threat from Climate Change to the Environment and Human Development

Pursuing Gender Equality through the Millennium Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific

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Latest News - 10 November 2006

New Delhi, 4 October—The Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depletion has succeeded in coming to a compromise on exemptions for an ozone depleting pesticide. In the meeting, which convened in New Delhi, India, from 30 October – 3 November 2006, progress was achieved on a variety of issues, including on the budget, a tracking system for trade in ozone-depleting substances (ODS), difficulties faced by developing countries in phasing out asthma inhalers powered by CFCs, the future of the Montreal Protocol, and the treatment of stockpiles of ODS. Full IISD RS Coverage.

Photo: MOP-18 High-Level Segment Dais.


Beijing, 21 October—The Second Intergovernmental Review (IGR-2) of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA), which convened from 16-20 October 2006, Beijing, China, endorsed the “Beijing Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA” at its closing session. The Declaration will be submitted for endorsement to the next UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in February 2007. Full IISD RS Coverage.

Photo: Veerle Vandeweerd, UNEP/GPA Coordinator, and Zhou Shengxian, Minister, State Environmental Protection Administration, China, and IGR-2 Chairman, at the opening session of IGR-2.


Yaoundé, 28 October—The First International Conference of Parliamentarians on the Sustainable Management of Central African Forest Ecosystems, which convened in Yaoundé, Cameroon, from 24-27 October 2006, adopted the Yaoundé Message. Through this Message, participants endorsed an action plan that highlights three priority actions: institutional development of REPAR, enhancement of REPAR’s involvement in forest sector monitoring, and combating transboundary forest crime. Full IISD RS Coverage.

Photo: Delegates focus intently as Yaoundé Message is read.

Other News
Sustainable Development

Annan addresses colloquium on enforcement and compliance

Young leaders meet to promote MDGs

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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Seminar discusses energy and forest products industry
Desertification and migration symposium recommends new initiatives
Amazonian deforestation decreases - Brazilian government
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNEP holds civil society consultations
UNESCO approves 25 new biosphere reserves

UNEP puts environmental research online

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Climate and Atmosphere

Nairobi climate conference underway

High-speed winds have large impact on ozone layer - study

Ozone hole deepest ever

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Human Development
UNGA Second Committee tackles human settlements
Communication for development discussed in Rome

IFPRI releases Global Hunger Index

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Water, Wetlands, Oceans

Social and economic impact of coral bleaching recognized

Study calls for protection measures for large fish
Iceland resumes commercial whaling
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Biodiversity and Wildlife

TRIPS Council still divided on genetic resources and traditional knowledge

World’s agricultural gene bank collections to come under the FAO international treaty
Study questions protected area approach to conservation
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Chemicals Management
Workshop addresses chemical hazard communication and GHS implementation in Arab countries
European Commission proposes ban on EU mercury exports
Green computers and e-waste issues attracting attentions
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Trade, Finance and Investment

UNGA to consider finance for development resolution

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Key Meetings in the next two weeks

UN Climate Change Conference: 6-17 November, Nairobi, Kenya

International Forum on the Eradication of Poverty: 15-16 November 2006, New York, NY, US

Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes: 20-22 November 2006, Bonn, Germany

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