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Regional Decline of Coral Cover in the Indo-Pacific: Timing, Extent and Subregional Comparisons
Establishing Marine Protected Area Networks
Basel Convention Guidelines on Ship Dismantling
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2006 Survey on Monitoring the Paris Declaration
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Latest News - Thursday, 27 September 2007

Montreal, 22 September—The twentieth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was commemorated on 16 September 2007, with events including a seminar in Montreal, Canada entitled “Celebrating 20 Years of Progress.” Following the seminar, the Nineteenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 19) convened from 17-21 September 2007, also in Montreal. Delegates reached agreement on numerous issues, including on an accelerated phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and on critical and essential-use exemptions from the phase-outs of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and methyl bromide. The agreement on HCFCs, which moved up the phase-out date for both developing and industrialized countries by a decade, is being hailed as an important step in reducing the production of chemicals that are both potent ozone depletors and greenhouse gases. Coverage of MOP 19 & Anniversary Seminar.
Photo: L-R: Preparatory segment Co-Chairs Marcia Levaggi (Argentina) and Mikkel Sorensen (Denmark) following the adoption of the HCFC accelerated phase-out decision.

Rome, 13 September—The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) organized a workshop on adaptation planning and practices under the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change (NWP). The workshop, which took place at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, from 10-12 September 2007, aimed to identify action pledges from organizations to fill capacity gaps and address challenges and develop recommendations in adaptation planning and practice. The report of the workshop will be forwarded to the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) for consideration at its 28th session in June 2008. More.
Photo: L-R: Workshop Chair Kishan Kumarsingh (Trinidad and Tobago) and Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE, during the closing plenary

Madrid, 30 June—The eighth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which convened in Madrid, Spain, from 3-14 September 2007, approved twenty-nine decisions before the final gavel at 7:43 am on Saturday, 15 September. The decision on the ten-year strategic plan attracted the most attention from COP 8 delegates, because they saw it as an opportunity to refocus the Convention with the goal of furthering implementation. The decision on programme and budget, however, was not adopted. As a result, an Extraordinary COP will take place in New York, US, during the UN General Assembly to finalize this decision. More.
Photo: Dais of the Committee of the Whole
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Sustainable Development
Brazilian President proposes Rio+20 event
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China announces renewable energy support and targets
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Trade, Finance and Investment
GEF seeks projects on clean lighting technology for Africa
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Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Water Monitoring Day emphasizes role for citizens
Experts review draft international guidelines on deepwater high seas bottom fisheries
International convention banning harmful ship paint set to come into force
Three-quarters of world's fish stocks depleted – WorldWatch report
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Climate and Atmosphere
UN holds “largest-ever” leaders’ meeting on climate change
CDM Board approves fossil fuel efficiency rules
Airline emissions dispute surfaces
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
IUCN Red List grows, includes corals, dolphins, apes, vultures
Meeting in Indonesia discusses conservation plan for tigers, elephants
New protected area designated in Colombia, wildlife declining in Africa’s parks
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Human Development
UNGA adopts Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Working group of MDG Africa Steering Group sets agenda
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Chemicals Management
Communication disruption between organisms linked to pollutants
Atmospheric mercury linked to elevated mercury levels in fish
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Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Forest conference addresses poverty reduction, tenure reform
Scientific congress examines role of forests in rural development
Malaysia strengthens laws on illegal logging
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Intergovernmental Organizations
Reform agenda and climate change touched upon as UNGA ends 61st session, opens 62nd
UNESCO adds new sites to biosphere reserve network
UNEP to step up environmental involvement in DRC
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
CTI Industry Joint Seminar: Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Technologies in CIS countries: 27-28 September 2007, Kiev, Ukraine
Second International Conference on Tourism and Climate Change: 1-3 October 2007, Davos, Switzerland
South American Regional Consultation: Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity: 2-3 October 2007, Bariloche, Argentina
Technical Workshop on Emissions from Aviation and Maritime Transport: 4-5 October 2007, Oslo, Norway
Fifth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing: 8-12 October 2007, Montreal, Canada
Sixth Ministerial Conference: Environment for Europe: 10-12 October 2007, Belgrade, Serbia

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