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Latest News - Friday, 9 November 2007

Rome, 3 November—The second session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened from 29 October–2 November 2007, at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, in Rome, Italy. The meeting addressed a series of items, including implementation of the funding strategy, the material transfer agreement for non-Annex I crops, cooperation with the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), and sustainable use of plant genetic resources. Following difficult budget negotiations, the meeting adopted the work programme and budget for 2008/09. It also adopted a resolution on farmers’ rights, and a joint statement of intent for cooperation with the CGRFA. Consideration of procedures on compliance was deferred to the Governing Body’s next session. More.
Photo: Dais at the close of ITPGR GB 2

Trondheim, 3 November—Hosted by the Norwegian government, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme, the fifth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity convened from 29 October–2 November 2007, in Trondheim, Norway. The theme of the conference was “Ecosystems and people – biodiversity for development – the road to 2010 and beyond.” Through scientific studies, policy presentations and practical case studies, participants discussed why biodiversity is an important component of sustainable development and poverty alleviation. The Conference adopted a set of conclusions and recommendations, which will be transmitted to the thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More.
Photo: Rita Ottervik (right), Mayor of Trondheim, signed the 2010 Declaration on Significantly Reducing Biodiversity Loss with Jeffrey McNeely (left), IUCN-The World Conservation Union

Montreal, 27 October—The fourth meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety met from 22-26 October 2007, in Montreal, Canada. The Working Group focused on the elaboration of options for rules and procedures referred to in Article 27 of the Protocol, based on a working draft compiled by Co-Chairs RenĂ© Lefeber (the Netherlands) and Jimena Nieto (Colombia), synthesizing submissions of operational texts with respect to approaches and options identified. During the week, delegates addressed most sections in the Co-Chairs’ synthesis, focusing on streamlining options for operational text related to damage, administrative approaches and civil liability, and reduced it from 80 pages, in the Co-Chairs’ synthesis, to 53 pages, in Annex II of the meeting’s report. The Co-Chairs were also given a mandate to streamline specific parts of Annex II during the intersessional period. The Working Group is scheduled to hold one more meeting before reporting to the fourth Meeting of the Parties in May 2008 in Bonn, Germany. More.
Photo: L-R: CBD Executive Secretary Ahmed Djoghlaf and Working Group Co-Chairs René Lefeber, the Netherlands, and Jimena Nieto, Colombia

Addis Ababa, 26 October—The first Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) for the sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 16) took place in the context of the fifth meeting of the African Committee on Sustainable Development, which convened from 22-25 October 2007, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The meeting convened under the theme “Transforming African Agriculture and Rural Economy for Sustainable Development.” Participants revised and accepted four reports to forward to CSD 16 for consideration and adopted the African Regional Statement to CSD 16 on Agriculture and Rural Development, Land, Drought and Desertification, and Africa. More.
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Trade, Finance and Investment
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Ministers discuss future commitments in Bogor
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CMS holds series of meetings, finalizes new agreements
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Water, Oceans and Wetlands
IMO Legal Committee addresses carriage of hazardous substances
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Ramsar and GRASP sign MoU
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Human Development
MDG Monitor offers new tool in the battle against global poverty
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNEP report assesses current state of global environment
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IEG consultations resume
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
20th General Meeting of ICCAT: 9-18 November 2007, Antalya, Turkey
Workshop on International Exchange of Experience in Underground Coal Gasification Technologies (UCG) and Sustainable Energy Development: 12-13 November 2007, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Integrating Climate Change into National Sustainable Development Strategies: 12-13 November 2007, New York, US
27th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 12-16 November 2007, Valencia, Spain
First Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on Mercury: 12-16 November 2007, Bangkok, Thailand
GEF Council Meeting and NGO Consultation: 13-16 November 2007, Washington DC, US
Final International Steering Committee of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB): 15-17 November 2007, Montpellier, France
Second World Renewable Energy Assembly (WREA) 2007: 19-21 November 2007, Bonn, Germany
Stockholm Convention PORPC-3: 19-23 November 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Seventh Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-7): 21-23 November 2007, Vienna, Austria
Fourth Meeting of the Compliance Committee under the Biosafety Protocol: 21-23 November 2007, Montreal, Canada

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