Friday, 17 August 2007

Although the last month has been relatively quiet on the multilateral environmental agreement front, many of the stories in this issue leave no doubt that the last part of 2007 will proceed at a hectic pace.

Speakers at the early August UN General Assembly climate change talks laid out the preferences for participation and commitments that we are likely to hear during the coming months at meetings in Vienna, New York, Washington DC and Bali. Meanwhile, non-governmental organizations have begun releasing studies in an effort to influence the shape of a post-2012 climate change agreement. Moreover, ozone negotiators are preparing to celebrate that agreement’s first two decades and consider options to strengthen its provisions. Desertification negotiators will take up key issues related to the structuring and strategic plan for the Convention to Combat Desertification. Biodiversity negotiators will spend much of October in Montreal, Canada, discussing elements related to that regime. Also in October, States will gather at UN headquarters in New York to discuss innovative finance for sustainable development, followed several days later by the High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development. So don’t blink, but if you do, we will be attending many and following the debates at all of these meetings, reporting on the key issues raised in the debates and the outcomes negotiators are able to reach.

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
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