Editor's Note

All roads lead to climate change. For those following the climate change debates, this is not news. Issues and interlinkages related to climate change have commanded significant attention from policy makers, scientists, academic researchers and others for many years. Nonetheless, the variety of angles from which the issue has received attention in the last few weeks is striking. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Latest News - Thursday, 15 March 2007

New York, 3 March—The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the fifteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15), which convened from 26 February to 2 March 2007, at UN headquarters in New York, provided a forum to discuss policy options and possible actions related to the issues on the CSD-15 agenda. The IPM accordingly conducted broad-based discussions on energy for sustainable development, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere and climate change. Delegates’ deliberations were reflected in a Chair’s negotiating document, which is expected to form the basis for further discussions and negotiations during the 30 April to 11 May 2007 meeting of CSD-15. More.

Photo: The podium during the CSD IPM’s opening day. CSD-15 Chair Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar, is in the center. To his left (in red) is JoAnne DiSano, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UN DESA.


Yaoundé, 4 March—The African Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB) brought together over 90 experts in the second of a series of regional meetings for the IMoSEB process. Participants at the consultation, which convened from 1-3 March 2007, in Yaoundé, Cameroon, heard presentations, exchanged views and discussed needs identified and various options on a possible IMoSEB. They considered expertise for Africa and potential users of an IMoSEB; discussed institutional and financial aspects of an IMoSEB; reached general consensus on the need for an IMoSEB; and identified an interest in exploring a pilot project for the African region. More.

Photo: Jo Molongoy wearing traditional Cameroonian dress, donated by Musa Usman Ndamba, and presented to him by Jacques Weber. L-R: Musa Usman Ndamba; Jo Molongoy; Jacques Weber; Didier Babin, Executive Secretary of the IMoSEB process secretariat; Djamel Echirk, GEF Focal Point and Ministry for Planning and the Environment, Algeria; and Jean Claude Lefeuvre

New Delhi, 9 March—The Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Industry Joint Seminar on Successful Cases of Technology Transfer in Asian Countries, which took place from 7-8 March 2007, in New Delhi, India, provided an opportunity to review best practices for technology transfer related to the energy sector in the Asian region, with particular focus on biomass fuel, biomass power generation and the role of Energy Service Companies (ESCOs). Organized by the CTI in cooperation with The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), India, and supported by the International Centre for Environmental Technology Transfer (ICETT), Japan, the seminar was attended by 120 participants from seven Asian countries. More.

Dhaka, 29 February—The second international workshop on community-based adaptation to climate change, held from 24-28 February 2007 in Dhaka, Bangladesh, sought to share the latest developments in community-based adaptation programmes, priorities and solutions with a view to integrating the lessons into national and international development programmes. The workshop consisted of field trips to visit community-based adaptation initiatives followed by discussions in Dhaka. Its outputs included a two-page summary with key points from the discussions, a 10-15 page report, an edited volume of collected papers presented at the workshop, and the formation of a community-based adaptation network (CBA Network). More.

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Intergovernmental Organizations
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Water, Wetlands, Oceans
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Japanese call off Antarctic whaling due to ship fire
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Climate and Atmosphere
EU agrees to cut emissions, boost renewables
Montreal Protocol better for climate than Kyoto—report
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US utility buyout shows green trend

American Meteorological Society starts climate policy blog

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Biodiversity and Wildlife
ACCOBAMS to consider whale protection for Strait of Gibraltar
With CITES COP approaching, elephants controversy looms
Species (re)discovered in Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand
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Trade, Finance and Investment
Three million Euro available for clean energy projects
International Biofuels Forum launched at UN
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Chemicals Management
African Basel Centre for training and technology transfer launched
StEP e-waste initiative launched
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
FAO committee addresses forestry issues
UNFF e-forum discusses community forest management
Investments in Sahel show positive economic effects
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Human Development
Fifty-first CSW session and UN General Assembly discuss gender equality and empowerment
International women’s day focuses on “ending impunity for violence against women and girls”
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Key meetings in the next two weeks

Shared Learning and Review Workshop: Republic of Korea's National Strategy for Sustainable Development: 12-16 March 2007, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Eighteen Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO): 13-16 March 2007, Rome, Italy
Fifth Session of the Committee for the Review of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC-5): 12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
CTI/UNIDO Joint Seminar: Small-Scale Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects in CCM and JI and Expert Group Meeting on Energy Management Standards in Industry: 19-22 March 2007, Vienna, Austria
Multilateral Fund Executive Committee 51st Meeting: 19-23 March 2007, Montreal, Canada
Basel, Rotterdam And Stockholm Conventions Ad Hoc Joint Working Group On Synergies: 26-28 March 2007, Helsinki, Finland
The Oslo Conference on Good Governance, Social and Environmental Responsibility: 28-30 March 2007, Oslo, Norway
ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review Global Preparatory Meeting: 2 April 2007. New York, United States

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