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Our challenge is to move sustainable development from the margins to the core of our activities. I first heard this charge from Nitan Desai, then UN Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Development, at an early session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. I was reminded of it while reading the stories for this Linkages Update issue. article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Towards A Strategic Framework on Climate Change and Development for the World Bank Group
Building Biodiversity Business
Climate Change and Forced Migration
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Recognizing the Achievements, Addressing the Challenges and Getting Back on Track to Achieve the MDGs by 2015
Africa and the Monterrey Consensus: Tracking Performance and Progress
Strengthening Efforts to Eradicate Poverty and Hunger - Dialogues at the Economic and Social Council
MDG Reports and Indigenous Peoples: A Desk Review
Mechanisms for the Protection of Water Resources in Arab Countries
How to Climate Proof Development: Adapting to the Inevitable - Challenges in a Water Stressed World
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Latest News - Friday, 11 April 2008
BANGKOK CLIMATE TALKS ESTABLISH 2008 WORK PROGRAMME
Bangkok, 5 April—The first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action (AWGLCA 1) and the fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG 5) attracted over 1000 participants, including more than 100 media representatives, to their “Bangkok Climate Change Talks” in Bangkok, Thailand, from 31 March to 4 April 2008. The AWGLCA developed a 2008 work programme that aims to further discussions on all elements of the Bali Action Plan at every session of the AWGLCA in a coherent, integrated and transparent manner. It establishes a timetable and elements to be addressed, as well as eight in-session workshops to be held during 2008. The AWG convened an in-session workshop on analyzing the means for Annex I parties to reach their emission reduction targets. In its conclusions, AWG 5 indicated that emissions trading and the project-based mechanisms under the Protocol should continue in the post-2012 period, and be supplemental to domestic actions in Annex I countries. The next round of discussions will convene in Bonn, Germany, beginning on 2 June 2008. More.
Photo: Luiz Machado (Brazil) chaired AWGLCA 1
FIRST AFRICAN WATER WEEK ADDRESSES ACCELERATING WATER SECURITY
Tunis, 29 March—The First African Water Week (AWW-1), convened under the theme “Accelerating Water Security for the Socio-Economic Development of Africa,” took place from 26-28 March 2008, in Tunis, Tunisia. The meeting’s three objectives were to provide a forum for key actors in Africa’s water sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges of achieving water security for Africa’s socio-economic development, take stock of the status of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and related targets on water in Africa, and make recommendations for consideration by the 2008 African Union and G8 summits, and the 2009 Fifth World Water Forum (WWF-5). Participants agreed on two key outputs. The “Summary of Proceedings and Outcomes” highlights the issues and recommendations made in plenary and working groups, and the “Ministerial Declaration on Accelerating Water Security for Africa’s Socio-economic Development” reflects the specific commitments that ministers agreed to act on. WWF-5 launched its regional preparatory process during the meeting. More.
Photo: L-R: His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander; B. Ahmadu, African Union Commission; and Mandla Gantsho, Vice President, AfDB and Co-Chairman of the Water Week Steering Committee
Other News
Neglecting agriculture may drive 218 million to poverty – UNESCAP report
Human Rights Council establishes independent expert on right to safe water and adopts resolution on climate change
G8 development ministers highlight climate change- development link
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Study shows better protection against wildfires and deforestation in certified areas of biosphere reserve
FAO calls on countries to report on forests for Global Assessment
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Trade, Finance and Investment
IDB holds annual meeting
GEF-funded biomass gas plant inaugurated in rural India
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Adaptation Fund Board holds inaugural meeting
Environment crime highlighted as serious problem
ISO to develop an energy management standard
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Working group on collaboration and coordination between the chemical conventions proposes joint Ex-COP
Mercury partnership meeting finalizes framework
Working group on the future of IFCS outlines three options
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UNGA holds Thematic Debate on MDGs
UNESCAP offers to review MDG achievement in Pacific island States
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Potato is the food of the future, conference told
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP-supported meeting discusses clean fuels
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges Climate-health links highlighted on World Health Day
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges FAO supports project to manage water resources in Afghanistan
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges CEO water mandate meeting releases summary report
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNDP receives US$ 137 million grant from Japan
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IMO environmental committee considers revised regulations on ship emissions
Five international organizations develop new agricultural water strategy
Istanbul Urban Water Consensus launched
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Spring Meeting of ECOSOC with BWIs, WTO and UNCTAD: 14 April 2008, New York, US
CITES Plants and Animals Committees: 15-24 April 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
International Conference on Renewable Energy in Africa: 16-18 April 2008, Dakar, Senegal
Twelfth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XII): 20-25 April 2008, Accra, Ghana
First Meeting of the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events under the Protocol on Water and Health to the UNECE Water Convention: 21-22 April 2008, Rome, Italy
GEF Council Meeting and NGO Consultation: 21-25 April 2008, Washington DC, US
Seventh Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 21 April-2 May 2008, New York, US
OECD-UNEP Conference on Resource Efficiency: 23-25 April 2008, Paris, France
Forest Day: Shaping the Debate on Forests and Climate Change in Central Africa: 24 April 2008, Yaoundé, Cameroon
Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Informal Working Group on Marine Biodiversity beyond National Jurisdiction: 28 April-2 May 2008, New York, US
ITTO Expert Meeting Addressing Climate Change through Sustainable Forest Management: 30 April-2 May 2008, Yokohama, Japan

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