Editor's Note

November certainly has been interesting for those involved with international sustainable development policy. Several possibilities for future policy and organizational directions have been discussed or unveiled this month. From the High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence in the Areas of Development, Humanitarian Assistance, and the Environment’s Delivering as One report, which included recommendations to upgrade the UN Environment Programme and to increase the Global Environment Facility’s resources, to the climate change conference in Nairobi, which included discussions of implementation of commitments and long-term action on climate change, to the UN General Assembly’s resolution on strengthening the Economic and Social Council, attention has been drawn to strengths and weaknesses of the sustainable development architecture, and some proposals for change have emerged. We are following the deliberative processes that have developed these proposals, and will continue to monitor these processes and any resulting decisions in 2007.

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Latest News - 27 November 2006



Nairobi, 18 November—The “UN Climate Change Conference – Nairobi 2006” has ended with many delegates expressing satisfaction at progress on a number of issues. The two-week event, held in Nairobi, Kenya from 6-17 November 2006, involved a series of UN meetings, including the twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the second Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP 2). These events were attended by almost 6000 participants. More.

Photo: View of COP/MOP 2 Closing Plenary.


Yokohama, 12 November 2006Delegates to the forty-first session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-41) approved 13 new projects and seven pre-projects, pledging US$5.4 million in project financing. Additional funding from the European Commission was allocated to support capacity building in ITTO member states for the implementation of Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) listings of timber species. The Council also decided to extend ITTA, 1994 until the provisional or definitive entry into force of the ITTA, 2006, among other decisions. More.

Photo: Council Chair Koichi Ito (Japan) receives a gift from Council Chair-elect Ambassador Luis Macchiavelo (Peru) on behalf of the ITTC, in recognition of his leadership and hard work.

Other News
Sustainable Development

Forum at UN discusses NGO’s access to UNGA

UNITAR to support efforts to strengthen capacities for democratic environmental governance

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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Great Britain’s Forestry Commission Convenes Meeting on Forestry and Climate Change
US$1.4 billion anticipated over 10 years for Central Asian Sustainable Land Management Programme
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
South Pacific States discuss the establishment of an RFMO
Study predicts wild fisheries to collapse by 2050
Wings Over Wetlands project launched
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Climate and Atmosphere

Volcanic eruptions can destroy stratospheric ozone

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Chemicals Management
Concerns raised over implications for waste trade from Phillippines-Japanese economic agreement
EU discusses REACH options
Study finds that agent orange affected the reproductive health of Vietnam Veterans
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Human Development
Forum marks end of UN Decade for the Eradication of Poverty
2006 Human Development Report on water and sanitation launched, 2007 report to focus on energy and climate change
High-level panel recommends reforming the UN gender architecture
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES Great Ape Enforcement Task Force meets
Annan warns of biotech dangers
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UN high-level panel releases report
Environmental NGOs to consult on UN coherence report
General Assembly adopts resolution strengthening ECOSOC, Second Committee approves resolution on SIDS
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Trade, Finance and Investment
Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund approves US$48 million for projects
World Bank 2006 Green Award presented to shrimp farming consortium
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Key Meetings in the next two weeks
Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal: 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya

Sixth Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-6): 29 November - 1 December 2006, Vienna, Austria

The East Asian Seas Congress: 12-16 December 2006, Haikou, China

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