Editor's Note

The international agenda has been particularly full for those following biodiversity policy issues. Specialists and policy makers have recently addressed, and will be addressing, topics ranging from species-specific to strategic questions, in meetings from Anchorage to Paris, and many points in between. … article continues

Elsa Tsioumani, LL.M.

Guest Editor, Linkages Update Biodiversity and Wildlife Cluster Expert

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Latest News - Thursday, 28 June 2007

The Hague, 16 June—Following the achievement of a landmark regional consensus on ivory trade by the African elephant range states, the fourteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-14) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) amended the annotation on African elephants to allow a one-off sale of ivory from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe with a nine-year resting period for further ivory trade. Delegates at the 3-15 June 2007 meeting in The Hague, the Netherlands, also agreed that no cetacean species should be subject to periodic review while the International Whaling Commission moratorium is in place, and decided to list slender-horned and Cuvier’s gazelles and slow loris on Appendix I (species endangered due to international trade, trade permitted only in exceptional circumstances), and Brazil wood, sawfish and eel on Appendix II (species that may become endangered if their trade is not regulated). More.

Photo: CoP14 President Gerda Verburg, Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Netherlands, during the opening ceremony.


Rome, 16 June—The eleventh regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-11) reached agreement on most of the major outputs and milestones of the multi-year programme of work, which spans the next five regular sessions of the Commission. Delegates at the 11-15 June 2007 session in Rome, Italy, also agreed to forward to the International Technical Conference on animal genetic resources (AnGR), to be held in September 2007, in Interlaken, Switzerland, a draft Interlaken Declaration on AnGR and the elements of a Global Plan of Action for AnGR, incorporating Strategic Priorities for Action, with some parts of the text still bracketed. More.

Photo: Bert Visser (Netherlands) was elected Chair of CGRFA-11.


Geneva, 8 June—The first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (Global Platform), which convened from 5-7 June 2007, in Geneva, Switzerland, offered a multistakeholder forum for all parties involved in disaster risk reduction and aimed to raise awareness on reducing disaster risk, share experience, and guide the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) system. Discussions at the Global Platform resulted in a draft Chair’s Summary that will be included in the ISDR report of the meeting and will feed into the Secretary-General’s report to the General Assembly on implementation of the ISDR. More.

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon by video message stressed that risk reduction is the frontline defense against disaster threats and called on participants to act with common purpose at the first session of the GP/DRR to fulfill the promise of the Hyogo Framework for Action.

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Water, oceans and wetlands
Parties to the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea hold their first meeting
Workshop considers draft articles on the law of transboundary aquifers
Eighth UNSGAB session on water and sanitation held
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
Disclosure requirement gains support at TRIPs Council meeting, consultations to begin on CBD observer status
Ebay to ban ivory trade
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Trade, Finance and Investment
GEF Council adopts work programme and initiatives on land management
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Chemicals Management
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
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Intergovernmental Organizations
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MDG debate asserts partnerships essential for progress
Consultations on System-Wide Coherence Continue
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Key meetings in the next two weeks

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
UNIDO Expert Group Meeting on Designing Mechanisms to Facilitate the Removal of Barriers to Chiller Replacements: 2-4 July 2007, Vienna, Austria
Twelfth Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): 2-6 July, 2007, Paris, France
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2007 Substantive Session: 2-27 July 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Global Compact Leaders Summit: 5-6 July 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Global Forum on Migration and Development: 9-11 July 2007, Brussels, Belgium
Second Meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI-2) of the CBD: 9-13 July 2007, Paris, France

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