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To adopt or not to adopt? That was the question facing delegates to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) when the Chair presented a “take it or leave it” draft during the meeting’s final hours. … article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 24 May 2007

Bonn, 19 May—Delegates to the twenty-sixth sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 7-18 May 2007, have adopted 27 conclusions and six draft decisions to forward to the climate change meetings to take place in December 2007 in Bali, Indonesia. Also taking place in Bonn were the third session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG) and the third workshop under the Dialogue on long-term cooperative action to address climate change by enhancing implementation of the Convention. More.

Photo: L-R: UNFCCC Executive Secretariat Yvo de Boer; SBI Coordinator Vitaly Matsarski; and SBI Chair Bagher Asadi after the conclusion of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) session.


UN headquarters, New York, 12 May—Delegates at the fifteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15), which convened from 30 April-11 May 2007, at UN headquarters in New York, US, attempted to negotiate an agreement on policy options in the areas of energy for sustainable development, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere and climate change. However, as the scheduled close of the meeting approached, numerous unresolved issues remained in the energy for sustainable development and climate change sections of the document. Chair Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (Qatar) presented a compromise document on a “take it or leave it” basis, but the EU and Switzerland rejected it so a “Chair’s Summary” of CSD-15 will be issued. More.

Photo: CSD-15 Chair Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (Qatar) presented a compromise document on a “take it or leave it” basis.


Port Moresby, 13 May—The forty-second session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-42), which took place from 7-12 May 2007 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, selected Emmanuel Ze Meka (Cameroon) as the new Executive Director of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), after much heated debate.  More.

Photo: The Council voted on whether to hold a vote on the selection of Executive Director.


Bangkok, 5 May—The ninth session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (WGIII) met in Bangkok, Thailand, from 30 April-4 May 2007, followed by the 26th session of the IPCC on 4 May. The meeting resulted in the acceptance of WGIII’s contribution to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, titled “Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change,” including approval of the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) and acceptance of the underlying report and technical summary. More.

Dakar, 5 May—Participants at the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-3) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which convened from 30 April-4 May 2007, in Dakar, Senegal, adopted 22 decisions on, inter alia: a revised process for the review of entries in the register of specific exemptions; DDT; measures to reduce or eliminate releases from wastes; guidelines on the standardized toolkit for identification and quantification of releases; and guidelines on best available techniques (BAT) and draft guidance on best environmental practices (BEP). More.

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Key meetings in the next two weeks

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

Sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water: 28-31 May 2007, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Fifty-ninth Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission: 28-31 May 2007, Anchorage, Alaska, US
World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower: 29-31 May 2007, Antalya, Turkey
Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to CITES: 3-15 June 2007, The Hague, the Netherlands
27th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Montreal Protocol: 4-7 June 2007, Nairobi, Kenya
GEF Council Meeting: 4-8 June 2007, Washington DC, US
World Environment Day Celebrations: 5 June 2007, Berlin, Germany
First session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: 5-7 June 2007, Geneva, Switzerland

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