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After the big Conferences of the Parties, Governing Councils and Summits meet, the real work begins. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Secretary-General Makes High-Level Appointments
WTO Appoints Chairpersons for 2007
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Several Positions Sought at GEF
Assistant Director (Water & Health), UNU-INWEH
WRI Climate Openings
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Policy Space: Are WTO Rules Preventing Development?

Privatizing Basic Utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa: The MDG Impact

Decentralized Governance of Natural Resources

When Do Rural Roads Benefit the Poor and How?

UNEP 2006 Annual Report
Where the Land is Greener: Case Studies and Analysis of Soil and Water Conservation Initiatives Worldwide
Unlocking Value: The Scope for Environmental, Social and Governance Issues in Private Banking
Our Precious Coasts: Marine Pollution, Climate Change and Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: Assessment of International Designations within the United States
Challenges and Opportunities within the Water Sector
International Trade in Biofuels: Good for Development? And Good for Environment?
High Conservation Value Forests: The Concept in Theory and Practice
Blocking Loopholes with Law: Why FLEGT VPAs Require New EU Legislation
Last Stand of the Orangutan: State of Emergency
Results from the FAO Biotechnology Forum: Background and Dialogue on Selected Issues
Protecting Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources and Folklore: The Way Forward
Global Employment Trends Brief, January 2007
World Water Day 2007 Brochure
Special Edition of the GPA Outreach
Outside The Large Cities: The Demographic Importance Of Small Urban Centres and Large Villages in Africa, Asia and Latin America
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Latest News - Thursday, 1 March 2007

Nairobi, 10 February—The 24th session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-24/GMEF), which convened from 5-9 February, in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on emerging policy issues of globalization and the environment, and UN reform. GC-24/GMEF adopted 15 decisions, including an agreement to establish an ad hoc open-ended working group to assess options for enhanced voluntary measures and new international legal instruments on mercury. More.

Photo: Dais during the opening session of GC-24/GMEF. L-R - front row: Rachmat Witoelar, Indonesia's State Minister for the Environment and outgoing GC/GMEF President; UNEP Deputy Executive Director Shafqat Kakahel; Anna Tibaijuka, UN-HABITAT Executive Director; UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner; and Moody Awori, Vice-President of Kenya.


Bali, 17 February—The Country-Led Initiative in Support of the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF): Charting the Way Forward to 2015, which convened from 13-16 February 2007 in Bali, Indonesia, developed guidance for the seventh session of the UNFF (UNFF-7) regarding: the structure and substance of the MYPOW; inter-linkages between the MYPOW and the non-legally binding instrument (NLBI) on forests; strengthening the regional dimension in the work of the international arrangement on forests through the MYPOW; and possible approaches to accomplishing the global objectives on forests and the new principal functions of the UNFF. More.

Photo: Jose Doig, Peru, Co-chair of Working Group 3 (WG3) on the "Regional and sub-regional Dimension," noted that the purpose of the working group was to link ongoing regional work with the UNFF. 


Montréal, 24 February—The third meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which convened from 19-23 February 2007, in Montreal, Canada, focused on a working draft prepared by the Co-Chairs synthesizing proposed texts and views on approaches, options and issues identified pertaining to liability and redress in the context of Article 27 of the Biosafety Protocol. Delegates expressed satisfaction that this meeting had achieved progress in preparing to enter the negotiating phase at the Working Group’s next meeting, to be held in Montreal in October 2007. More.

Photo: A Memorandum of Understanding between the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was signed during the meeting in Montréal. L-R: Taïeb Cherif, Secretary General of ICAO and Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary.

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Sustainable Development
EU energy ministers discuss biofuels and renewables
Global Energy Assessment launched

International Polar Year launched

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Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking meets in Nairobi
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EU citizens call for GMO labeling of meat and eggs
USDA GMO approvals criticized by courts
Norway presents design of Svalbard seed vault
Sharks added to the IUCN red list
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Trade, Finance and Investment
WTO discusses relationship to MEAs
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Politicians push for post-2012 pact
Indonesia confirmed as COP 13 host
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Chemicals Management
Cote d’Ivoire toxic dumping case settled for US$198 million
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Intergovernmental Organizations
Next steps on UN environmental reform articulated
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UNDP and UNEP launch poverty and environment facility
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
A third of Borneo’s rainforest to be conserved
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Human Development
Committee to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women convenes 37th session
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
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IMO announces new rules to allow storage of carbon dioxide in the seabed
Ramsar enhances collaboration with GRASP
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Key meetings in the next two weeks

CSD-15 Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting: 26 February-2 March 2007, New York, United States

African Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism Of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB): 1-3 March 2007, Yaound�, Cameroon
Third Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the CBD Protocol: 5-7 March 2007, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Industry Joint Seminar: Successful Cases of Technology Transfer in Asian Countries: 7-8 March 2007, New Delhi, India
Shared Learning and Review Workshop: Republic of Korea's National Strategy for Sustainable Development: 12-16 March 2007, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Fifth Session of the Committee for the Review of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification
12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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