Editor's Note

The opening of the 2007 UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) session was preceded by numerous meetings and reports related to its agenda topics, providing testament to the timeliness of its agenda – energy for sustainable development, industrial development, air pollution and the atmosphere, and climate change. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Latest News - Thursday, 3 May 2007

UN headquarters, New York, 28 May—The seventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF7), which convened from 16-27 April 2007, at UN headquarters in New York, US, negotiated a non-legally binding instrument (NLBI) for sustainable forest management (SFM) for all types of forests and a Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) for the period 2007-2015. The final day of negotiations extended into the night, with both documents adopted by 6:00 am on Saturday, 28 April. Delegates also adopted the draft resolution to which the NLBI will be annexed, for consideration by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). During the meeting, delegates participated in two Multi-Stakeholder Dialogues, a panel discussion with member organizations of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests and the launching of preparations for the International Year of Forests 2011. More.

Photo: UNFF7 Chair Hans Hoogeveen (the Netherlands) declared the meeting closed at 6:30 am, 28 April 2007.


Geneva, 29 April—The European Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB) took place from 26-28 April 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants reached general consensus on a list of “needs” for an IMoSEB, an option for an IMoSEB to meet these needs, as well as on the goals and guiding principles for effective communication of scientific information on biodiversity. More.

Photo: Participants at the European Regional Consultation of the Consultative Process Towards an IMoSEB. 

UN headquarters, New York, 25 April—The sixth round of Informal Consultations of States Parties to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA or the Agreement) convened from 23-24 April 2007, at UN headquarters in New York. Participants considered implementation of the Agreement, progress in the implementation of the outcomes of the Review Conference of the Agreement, and preparatory steps for the resumption of the Review Conference. A side event on recommended criteria for reviewing the performance of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) made progress towards drafting a list of suggested criteria for RFMO review. More.

Photo: Participants during the side event on criteria for reviewing the performance of RFMOs. 
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Key meetings in the next two weeks

Third Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants: 30 April-4 May 2007, Dakar, Senegal

Ninth Session of IPCC Working Group III and 26th Session of IPCC: 30 April-4 May 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
Fifteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development: 30 April-11 May 2007, New York, US
30th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting: 30 April-11 May 2007, New Delhi, India
26th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies and Kyoto Protocol Ad Hoc Working Group: 7-18 May 2007, Bonn, Germany
Workshop to Reduce Mercury Use and Release in Products for the Asia Pacific: 17-19 May 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea: 23-25 May 2007, Baku, Azerbaijan

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