Editor's Note

2006 has been an eventful year for the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and processes we follow. From the launch of UNEP’s Colombo process on compliance with and enforcement of MEAs in January, to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’s review of energy, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere and climate change in May, … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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New Reports and Resources

When Are Payments for Environmental Services Beneficial to the Poor?

Valuing Wetlands: Guidance for Valuing the Benefits Derived from Wetland Ecosystem Services

Water Law and Standards Online Database

Protecting Groundwater for Health

Decentralization and the Human Development Approach

Guidance for Promoting Synergy among Activities Addressing Biological Diversity, Desertification, Land Degradation and Climate Change
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State of the African Carbon Market
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Arab Human Development Report 2005: Towards the Rise of Woman in the Arab World

National Aquaculture Legislation Overview Fact Sheets

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Latest News - 15 December 2006

Nairobi, 2 December—The eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP8) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal adopted a declaration on e-waste and more than 30 decisions during its 27 November to 1 December 2006 session in Nairobi, Kenya. An additional decision included agreement to establish an ad hoc joint working group to consider synergies among the chemicals conventions. More.

Photo: View of one of the sessions of the Committee of the Whole.


Nairobi, 9 December—A Capacity Building Workshop on Partnerships for Improving the Performance of Water Utilities in the Africa Region has discussed implementation of the global water and sanitation agenda in the African context. The workshop, which convened from 6-8 December 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on strengthening the capacities of water utilities in meeting the dual challenge of service expansion and efficient delivery of services. More.


Vienna, 2 December—Africa was the focus of the sixth meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy held recently in Vienna. The event, which took place from 29 November to 1 December 2006, convened under the theme “Africa is energizing itself” and focused on such topics as sub-regional issues, biofuels, hydropower, the Clean Development Mechanism, and financing. More.

Photo: Organizers and speakers at the GFSE-6 meeting.

Other News
Sustainable Development

African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology prepares for 2007 AU Summit

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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNFF experts group discusses non-legally binding instrument
Largest tropical forest certification in the world
Washington, Indonesia sign deal to combat illegal logging
Seven new protected areas created in Brazilian Amazon
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA committee approves sustainable development resolutions, concludes session
UN debate on MDGs stresses partnerships for progress
Viet Nam becomes pilot country in UN reform programme

UNGA President on status of UN reform processes

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Climate and Atmosphere

“Development and Adaptation Days” tackle energy, LDCs’ issues

Study suggests ozone may be destroyed faster than previously thought

Penalty agreed for distributor of toy propelled by ozone-depleting substance

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Human Development
Food security summit commits to combat poverty in Africa
UN marks international days for human rights and elimination of violence against women
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Trade, Finance and Investment
GEF CEO proposes shorter project cycle and reduced pipeline at Council meeting
UNEP launches Responsible Property Investment group
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Biodiversity and Wildlife

EU will not appeal WTO biotech ruling

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Chemicals Management
SAICM regional meetings discuss future activities
EU legal bodies compromise on REACH
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
UNGA calls for immediate action to sustainably manage fish stocks
Parties to the UNECE Water Convention adopt Recommendations on the Payments for Ecosystem Services
Global warming reduces the number of microscopic marine plants – study
Mediterranean bluefin tuna quota cut by one fifth
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Key Meetings in the next month

Desertification and the International Policy Imperative: 17-19 December 2006, Algiers, Algeria

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2007: 22-24 January 2007, New Delhi, India

Joint Meeting of Regional Tuna Fisheries Management Organizations: 22-26 January 2007, Kobe, Japan

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