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As we head into what is traditionally considered a slower period – the July-August northern summer break – recent events and appointments provide us with plenty of material to contemplate and follow during the coming months. … article continues

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Coming and Goings
New USG for Economic and Social Affairs assumes post
Yannick Glemarec appointed UNDP/GEF Executive Coordinator
New Executive Secretary for Basel Convention
UNCCD Executive Secretary resigns
UK PM appoints Malloch Brown as Minister for Africa, Asia and the UN
UK Defra appoints Robert Watson as Chief Scientific Advisor
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UNEP Seeks Programme Officer for Biodiversity Related Conventions
UNU posts openings
Mountain Forum Secretariat seeks Executive Secretary
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New Reports and Resources
Cost of Pollution in China: Economic Estimates of Physical Damages
Re-Thinking Policies to Cope with Desertification
Climate Change and Trace Gases
Future Investment – A Sustainable Investment Plan for the Power Sector to Save the Climate
Adaptation to Climate Change: How We Are Set to Cope with the Impacts
UNDP-GEF International Waters Programme – Delivering Results
Fair Deals for Watershed Services in Bolivia
The Millennium Development Goals Report 2007
The United Nations Development Agenda: Development for All
Land Registration in Mali: No Land Ownership for Farmers?
Trees Are Our Backbone: Integrating Environment and Local Development in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia
Emerging or Illusory? Community Wildlife Management in Tanzania
Haramata: Bulletin of the Drylands
Pipedreams: River Basin Transfers Threaten World’s Most Vital Resource
Smart Investments in the Fishing Sector
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Latest News - Thursday, 12 July 2007

Paris, 7 July—The twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 2-6 July 2007, in Paris, France. SBSTTA 12 adopted a number of recommendations to be forwarded to the ninth Conference of the Parties to the CBD, including on: the application of the ecosystem approach; the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation; dry and sub-humid lands; biodiversity and climate change; and biofuels. A number of issues with regard to climate change and biofuels remained outstanding and as a result, recommendations on these issues contain bracketed language. Immediately following SBSTTA 12, the second meeting of the CBD Working Group on the Review of Implementation convened in the same venue. This meeting is taking place from 9-13 July 2007. More.
Photo: L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary; Christian Prip, Chair of SBSTTA; and Jo Mulongoy, CBD Secretariat.

Vienna, 5 July—The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) hosted an expert group meeting in Vienna, Austria, from 2-4 July 2007, addressing the barriers to replacing CFC-based chillers. Discussions focused on the necessary technologies, financial mechanisms and regulatory support needed to transition to more energy-efficient and ozone-friendly chillers. More.
Photo: The Expert Group Meeting brought 46 experts from 16 countries to discuss ways to overcome barriers to replacing CFC based chillers.

New York, 30 June—The eighth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-8) convened from 25-29 June 2007 in New York, US. The meeting organized its discussions around the topic of “Marine genetic resources” (MGRs), as recommended by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in resolution 61/222. Co-Chairs Cristián Maquieira (Chile) and Lori Ridgeway (Canada) developed a draft text of elements to be suggested to the UNGA, drawing on panel discussions, although delegates were unable to agree on key language referring to the relevant legal regime for MGRs in areas beyond national jurisdiction. As a result, no consensus text on elements will be forwarded to the UNGA at its next session. However, the Co-Chairs announced that they would include the draft elements and recommendations within the Co-Chairs’ Report of ICP-8 to the UNGA, including an explanation of the divergence of views. More.
Photo: L-R: UN-DOALOS Director Václav Mikulka; Co-Chair Cristián Maquiera, Chile; Co-Chair Lori Ridgeway, Canada; Gabriele Goettsche-Wanli, UN-DOALOS; and UN-DOALOS Deputy Secretary Alice Hicuburundi
Other News
Sustainable Development
ECOSOC holds first Annual Ministerial Review
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
AU Summit recommends that SG appoint African to head UNCCD
FAO and ITTO sponsor forest law enforcement workshop in Central America
European experts discuss linkages between forests, water and energy
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Trade, Finance and Investment
Three-phase approach proposed for FFD follow-up
WTO discusses pesticide residue limits as barriers to trade
IFC promotes sustainability in stock exchange trading
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Climate and Atmosphere
China closes plants producing ozone-depleting chemicals
EU considers adaptation strategy, Germany strengthens renewables target
Indonesia pushes deforestation deal, France sets out 2008 goals
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
High-level meeting focuses on biofuels
WIPO committee addresses genetic resources, traditional knowledge
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Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNCLOS State parties hold 17th meeting
Workshop focuses on strengthening port controls in Indian Ocean
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Chemicals Management
Asian mercury workshop identifies actions to decrease use of mercury in products
Chile urged to not sell warships on scrap market
Pesticide use linked to Parkinson’s disease – study
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Human Development
Largest urban growth rate in history – UNFPA report
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Intergovernmental Organizations
Global Compact Summit urges climate agreement, adopts declaration on responsible business practices
UNESCO removes sites from world heritage in danger
UNEP FI launches climate change declaration by finance sector
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Key meetings in the next four weeks
Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2007 Substantive Session: 2-27 July 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Second Meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 2) of the CBD: 9-13 July 2007, Paris, France
Community Forest Management and Enterprises: Global Issues and Opportunities: 16-20 July 2007, Rio Branco, Brazil
Multilateral Fund Executive Committee 52nd Meeting: 23-27 July 2007, Montreal, Canada
Regional Forum on UNCCD Implementation in the SADC Region: 30 July - 1 August 2007, Gaborone, Botswana
First AU/Brazil/UNIDO High Level Meeting on Biofuels: 30 July – 1 August 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
UNGA Informal Thematic Debate: Climate Change as a Global Challenge: 31 July - 1 August 2007, New York, US
GEF Biennial International Waters Conference: 31 July - 3 August 2007, Cape Town, South Africa
Asia-Pacific Tropical Forest Investment Forum: Issues And Opportunities For Investing In Natural Tropical Forests: 6-8 August 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
World Water Week In Stockholm 2007: Progress And Prospects On Water – Striving For Sustainability In A Changing World: 12-18 August 2007, Stockholm, Sweden

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