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IISD Reporting Services hasn’t yet reported from a meeting in 2007, but we already can see some of the year’s key sustainable development issues emerging. … article continues

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Latest News - 26 January 2007



Leaders of the member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and ASEAN’s dialogue partner States adopted the Cebu Declaration on East Asian Energy Security as one of the outcomes of the 12th ASEAN Summit in Cebu, the Philippines, from 10-15 January 2007. The meeting consisted of a series of summits, with the energy security declaration being considered during the 2nd East Asian Summit on 15 January. The Declaration declares five goals, including improved efficiency and environmental performance of fossil fuel use and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions, and identifies 12 measures to achieve these goals. More.
Photo: Leaders of the ASEAN and dialogue partner States after they signed the Cebu Declaration on Energy Security, (from left) President Roh Moo-hyun of the Republic of Korea (partly hidden), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. Photo courtesy 12th ASEAN Summit Secretariat.

The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2007 has concluded its examination of the natural resource dimension of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). During the 22-24 January 2007 meeting in New Delhi, India, keynote speaker Jeffrey Sachs, highlighted water as the primary challenge for Asian countries, and proposed setting up an IPCC-like body for water. More.

Photo: Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University.

Other News
Sustainable Development

Despite global economic slowdown, developing countries expected to grow in 2007 – UN report

ECOSOC President outlines 2007 goals
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
“Heart of Borneo” initiative officially endorsed – WWF announces discovery of new species
EU wild birds ban causes friction
Governments submit proposals for CITES listings
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Brazilian government to auction timber rights and increase monitoring in Amazon; Atlantic Forest law passed
EU, Indonesia target illegal logging
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Climate and Atmosphere
US civil society groups urge climate action; Bush speech targets oil dependence
Yvo de Boer proposes climate change summit, challenges economic assumptions
African lessons on climate change highlighted; UK announces carbon scheme action
Major US grocery chain begins using ozone-friendly refrigerants
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Human Development
UN committee monitoring compliance with women’s anti-discrimination treaty opens 37th session
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Trade, Finance and Investment
World Bank seeks feedback on governance and anti-corruption
IDB’s multilateral investment fund finances clean energy markets
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Chemicals Management
European Council adopts world’s strictest chemicals law
UNEP leads Cote d’Ivoire clean up
IFCS solicits input for Forum VI agenda
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Intergovernmental Organizations
EU stresses upgrading UNEP at UNGA environment consultations
Strengthened UNEP top team announced
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
European fishing countries adopt conservation measures
Ramsar and joint UNEP/OCHA environment unit sign MOC
Anti-whaling campaign against Japan escalates in Southern ocean
NGO denounces use of driftnets in the Mediterranean
More Water News
Key Meetings in the next two weeks
Joint Meeting of Regional Tuna Fisheries Management Organizations: 22-26 January 2007, Kobe, Japan
8th African Union Summit: 22 January 2007 - 30 January 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2007: 24 - 28 January 2007, Davos, Switzerland

10th Session of IPCC Working Group I: 29 January - 1 February 2007, Paris, France
Exploratory Dialogue on Promoting Sustainable Land Management through Trade: 31 January-1 February 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Citizens of the Earth: The Paris Conference on Global Ecological Governance: 2-3 February 2007, Paris, France

UNEP GC-24/GMEF: 5-9 February 2007, Nairobi, Kenya

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