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Latest News - Thursday, 10 January 2008

Bali, 16 December—The December 2007 UN Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, has concluded with an agreement on a “Bali roadmap.” The agreement, which was reached a full day after the 3-14 December 2007 meeting was scheduled to conclude, establishes a process to reach agreement by 2009 on commitments for emissions reductions in the post-2012 period, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period expires. Delegates also agreed on a draft decision establishing an Adaptation Fund. The Fund will have a Global Environment Facility-based secretariat, the World Bank as trustee, and 16 representatives of parties to the Kyoto Protocol on the board. These institutional arrangements will be reviewed every three years. More.
Photo: L-R: UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer; COP President Rachmat Witoelar; and COP Secretary Richard Kinley

Mahé, 14 December—The Meeting to Identify and Elaborate an Option for International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) took place in Mahé, Seychelles from 11-13 December 2007. Although the meeting uncovered a divergence in NGO and government preferences on the legal nature and species scope of a possible agreement on migratory sharks, there was broad support for the involvement of existing regional and intergovernmental organizations and agreement on key elements for the instrument. Participants established an intersessional steering group to advance the work, with the expectation of concluding the instrument at the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CMS, scheduled for 1-5 December 2008. The discussions resulted in two outputs: a general statement on the purpose and process of the meeting, and a statement on the outcomes of the meeting, which will guide future work on the process. More.
Other News
International Year of Sanitation commences
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WTO informals address CBD issue
WIPO event addresses protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources
IUCN survey places biodiversity at center of climate debate
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UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNGA Second Committee concludes work, approves resolution on UN Financing for Development activities
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNEP tree-planting campaign reaches goal
UNEP establishes science panel Barclays Capital launches global carbon index
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WMO event considers climate change and agriculture in Asia
Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period begins
EU to include aviation in emissions trading scheme
Objections to new generation of asthma inhalers continue
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Chile approves forest law after 15 years of negotiation
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International collaboration to establish Asia-Pacific Water Museum
EU countries agree on 2008 fishing quotas
Japan drops humpback whale hunt
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Education not enough as youth jobless rate grows – UN report
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Chemicals Management
Cote D’Ivoire residents still suffering from spill
China to undertake first national pollution survey and increase pesticide control
Pesticide handling linked to asthma in women
Ad Hoc group on cooperation between the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions holds second session
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Trade, Finance and Investment
EU, US propose liberalizing trade in climate-friendly goods and services
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
High-Level Symposium: Results-Oriented Development Cooperation: Pursuing National Interests: 19-20 January 2008, Cairo, Egypt
Sixth Meeting of the CBD Open-Ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-Sharing: 21-25 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland
The International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting: 22-25 January 2008, Washington, DC, US
Fourth Austrian JI/CDM Workshop: 24-25 January 2008, Vienna, Austria
CSD Regional Implementation Meeting for Europe and North America: 28-29 January 2008, Geneva, Switzerland

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