Editor's Note

This week, climate change has once again claimed center stage, with World Environment Day on Tuesday focusing on “Melting Ice – A Hot Topic?” and the G8 summit’s pre-meeting posturing and focus on commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the post-2012 period. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Latest News - Thursday, 7 June 2007

Berlin, 6 June—On the occasion of World Environment Day, several events were held in Berlin, Germany, on 5 June 2007. Participants attended a press conference to convey a message to the G8 summit, (convening 6-9 June 2007 in Heiligendamm, Germany), a policy dialogue on strategic opportunities and priority actions for G8 members and global leaders to build upon synergies between the climate change and biodiversity agendas, and the 2006 Equator Prize award ceremony. The message to the G8 summit calls on G8 leaders to take leadership for renewed commitments to climate change and biodiversity conservation. The policy dialogue addressed policies such as compensation for avoided deforestation and a review of the economic impacts of biodiversity loss. More.

Photo: Ahmed Djoghlaf (left), CBD Executive Secretary, and Gudrun Grosse-Wiesmann (right), BMZ, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the CBD and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) for increased support by the GTZ to the implementation of the CBD (Photo courtesy of GeoMedia)


Antalya, 1 June—The International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower convened in Antalya, Turkey, from 29-31 May 2007, for the IHA’s inaugural international congress. The event provided a forum for dialogue between hydropower companies, investment and development banks, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders involved in the development and operation of hydropower projects for discussion of: technical hydropower innovation; social and environmental performance; the role of the public and private sectors; social responsibility; and certification of good practice in the hydropower sector. More.

Photo: Doğan Altinbilek (left) presented Suleyman Demirel (right), former President of Turkey, with an IHA Outstanding Achievement Award for his work in the field of hydropower development


Brazzaville, 1 June—The sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW-6) took place from 30-31 May 2007, in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The meeting focused on strengthening regional and international cooperation and solidarity to address the African water and sanitation crisis and to make progress on achieving the water-related targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Ministers adopted a meeting report summarizing their discussions, and the Brazzaville Declaration containing ministerial decisions on future work. Key issues addressed in these decisions include governance, institutional and operational matters, financial issues and means of implementation, and partnerships and other initiatives. Ministers also decided on the composition of the AMCOW subsidiary bodies for 2007-2009 and confirmed the new President of AMCOW. More.

Photo: Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua (left), incoming AMCOW President, confers with Maria Mutagamba (right), outgoing AMCOW President

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Biodiversity and Wildlife
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Intergovernmental Organizations
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Water, oceans and wetlands
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Marine scientists urge WTO to end fishing subsidies
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Key meetings in the next two weeks

Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to CITES: 3-15 June 2007, The Hague, the Netherlands

Capacity Building Workshop on Partnerships for Improving the Performance of Water Utilities in the Latin America and Caribbean Region: 11-13 June 2007, Recife, Brazil
GEF Council Meeting: 11-15 June 2007, Washington DC, US
Eleventh Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-11): 11-15 June 2007, Rome, Italy
Financing Development to Achieve the MDGs: 17-18 June 2007, Doha, Qatar
International Workshop on Mainstreaming the Environment into National Development Frameworks: 18-20 June 2007, Bamako, Mali
Workshop on Climate Related Risks and Extreme Events under the Nairobi Work Programme: 18-20 June 2007, Cairo, Egypt
The Seventeenth Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea: 18-22 June 2007, New York, US
Eighth Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 25-29 June 2007, New York, US
Third International Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production: 26-29 June 2007, Stockholm, Sweden

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