Editor's Note
After a relatively quiet couple of months in July and August, the calendar has filled up again over the past two weeks. As this issue of Linkages Update shows, climate change continues to hold center stage, with a major meeting in Vienna in late August marking the first of a series of events leading up to the Bali conference in December, when delegates will try to agree on a framework for negotiating a post-2012 agreement.
But climate change is not the only important issue on the multilateral radar. …
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Chris Spence

Managing Editor, Linkages Update and Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services

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Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Business Realities and Opportunities
Hearing a Different Drummer: A New Paradigm for the "Keepers of the Forest"
The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Key Issues for the Relationship between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
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Latest News - Friday, 14 September 2007

Madrid, 12 SeptemberThe eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is negotiating proposals that could alter its institutional structures. The meeting, which is taking place from 3-14 September, in Madrid, Spain, has already adopted a decision by its Committee on Science and Technology (CST) that calls for future sessions of the CST to be organized in a conference-style format, organized by the CST Bureau in consultation with a lead institution or consortium with experience related to the selected thematic focus. More.
Photo: COP 8 President and Spain’s Environment Minister, Cristina Narbona.

Interlaken, 8 September—The first International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture has resulted in agreement on a Global Plan of Action. The meeting, which was held from 3-7 September, in Interlaken, Switzerland, adopted both the Global Plan and Interlaken Declaration, which stresses the importance of animal genetic resources and confirms the adoption of the Plan. The successful completion of the Global Plan and Interlaken Declaration provides a framework for future action and represents the beginning of a challenging long-term process for countries and the FAO to sustainably manage the world’s animal genetic resources for food and agriculture. More.
Photo: Conference Chair Manfred Bötsch and Conference Secretary Irene Hoffman, FAO, during the closing plenary.

Selfoss, Iceland, 6 SeptemberThe International Forum on Soils, Society and Global Change has explored the synergistic roles of soil conservation and vegetation restoration in meeting local, regional and global environmental and social challenges. The meeting, which resulted in a programme of action, was held from 31 August to 4 September. More.

Vienna, 2 September—The Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG 4) and fourth workshop under the “Dialogue on long-term cooperative action” under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change have been held in Vienna, Austria. The events, which took place from 27-31 August, were generally seen as a successful step towards constructive negotiations on the post-2012 framework in Bali in December. More.
Other News
Climate and Atmosphere
APEC agrees non-binding climate declaration
DPI/NGO conference focuses on climate change
Record Arctic melting recorded
Ozone hole makes early appearance
UN launches “CDM bazaar” website
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Intergovernmental Organizations
Environmental reform meeting reviews options paper
“One UN” pilots report progress, challenges
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
Campaign launched to save critically endangered birds
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
MCPFE experts prepare for ministerial conference
More Forests News

Trade, Finance and Investment
EU appeals WTO ruling on environment-related import ban
UN prepares for high-level dialogue on financing for development
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Chemicals Management
North American industrial chemicals partnership launched
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Human Development
UN expert meeting on financing for gender equality
UN-HABITAT launches global alliance of public water operators
More Development News

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Conservation NGOs call for western Mediterranean bluefin tuna sanctuary
Sustainable fishing management success in the Amazon
More Water News

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Montreal Protocol MOP 19: 17-21 September 2007, Montreal, Canada
UN High-level Event on Climate Change: 24 September 2007, New York, US
IMoSEB Asian Regional Consultation: 24-25 September 2007, Beijing, China
CTI Seminar on Energy in CIS Countries: 28-29 September 2007, Kiev, Ukraine

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting in late September and early October 2007 from the Asia and Latin America regional meetings of the:

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