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Climate change events will no doubt continue to command center stage as the sustainable development calendar picks up the pace in the coming weeks, but the final quarter of 2008 also will bring a number of key events focused on the development agenda that should not be overlooked. … article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 7 August 2008
CITES STANDING COMMITTEE CONCLUDES, DESIGNATES CHINA AS AN IVORY TRADING PARTNER
Geneva, 19 July—The 57th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 14-18 July 2008, adopted a number of recommendations, including on: development of indicators; costed programme of work for 2009-2011; review of the status of the elephant, trade in its specimens and the impact of the legal trade; and designation of China as an ivory trading partner. The Committee also established many intersessional working groups to carry out work on, inter alia: CITES and livelihoods; introduction from the sea; the Monitoring of Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme; decision-making mechanism for authorizing ivory trade; intensive operations breeding tigers on a commercial scale; review of the scientific committees; cooperation between parties and promotion of multilateral measures; trade in crocodilian specimens; and purpose codes on CITES permits and certificates. These working groups are expected to report back to the next meeting of the Standing Committee in July 2009. More.
Photo: L-R: SC Chair Cristian Maquieira and Jonathan Barzdo, CITES Secretariat
Other News
ECOSOC concludes July substantive session
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Atmospheric emissions of mercury report released
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Revised draft resolution on international environmental governance considered
UNEP FI meeting in Melbourne addresses sustainable finance challenges UNGA consideration of System-wide Coherence moves forward
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Trade, Finance and Investment
ADB establishes US$100 million carbon fund
Equal weight given to developed and developing countries in governance of World Bank Climate Investment Funds
Monterrey review process draft outcome document recognizes climate change-development linkages
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South Africa, India and Japan announce climate plans
North American regional climate initiative sets out work plan
Montreal Protocol’s 28th OEWG convenes
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Following WTO ministerial collapse, future of biodiversity issues uncertain
Brunei Darussalam becomes 191st CBD party
EU ministers back away from biofuel target
Kenya promotes traditional crops for food security
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Human Development
International forum raises awareness on gender issues
WHO and UNICEF report on drinking water and sanitation progress
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One-fourth of the world’s population affected by land degradation – FAO study
Brazil launches international Amazon fund, stressing sovereignty
Global forest partnership consultation document released
EU countries add to illegal logging trade – WWF report
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Experts gather to prevent wetland destruction and consequent carbon releases
UNESCO names new marine world heritage sites
SADC countries agree on IUU fishing curbing measures
Special areas discharge requirements take effect
Philippines seeks IMO’s guidance on salvage plans
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Key meetings in the next month
2008 World Water Week: 17-23 August 2008. Stockholm, Sweden
Third Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action under the UNFCCC and Sixth Session of the AWG under the Kyoto Protocol: 21-27 August 2008. Accra, Ghana
Adaptation of Forests and Forest Management to Changing Climate with Emphasis on Forest Health: A Review of Science, Policies and Practices: 25-28 August 2008. Ume�, Sweden
Second Session of the Technical Consultation on International Guidelines for the Management of Deep-Sea Fisheries in the High Seas: 25-29 August 2008. Rome, Italy
First Inter-Ministerial Conference on Health and Environment: 26-29 August 2008. Libreville, Gabon
29th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 1-4 September 2008. Geneva, Switzerland
Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness: 2-4 September 2008. Accra, Ghana
Informal Consultations on the Financing for Development Process: 8-10 September 2008. New York, NY
International Dialogue on Financing Sustainable Forest Management: 8-12 September 2008. Paramaribo, Suriname

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