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Editor’s Note No. 111
Thursday, 7 August 2008
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor,
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and MEA Bulletin
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.

Following closely on the heels of the 21-27 August 2008 meetings in Accra, Ghana, of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action and Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol, the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness will convene in Accra from 2-4 September. This High Level Forum is expected to adopt an Accra Agenda for Action, which will seek to evaluate the targets that were agreed in the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and consider emerging aid effectiveness issues that have arisen since 2005.

Attention will then turn to the two High Level events at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 and 25 September 2008. First, the High Level meeting on the implementation of the new partnership for Africa’s development will review the implementation of all commitments made to and by Africa, in order to comprehensively address the special development needs of the continent. The High Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will review progress and identify gaps related to the achievement of the MDGs by 2015, and will provide an opportunity for world leaders to announce concrete plans and proposals to translate commitments into action and help accelerate implementation of the MDGs.

This discussion will then move to Doha, Qatar, for the 29 November-2 December 2008 Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development. This conference will assess progress made since the Monterrey Consensus was adopted at the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development, as well as reaffirm goals and commitments, and share best practices and lessons learned.

Some analyses of the collapsed WTO mini-Ministerial negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland, during the final week of July have suggested that the trade ministers’ failure to reach an agreement there may affect the international community’s trust in multilateral goodwill, with implications for the climate change negotiations. The development talks in the coming months are likely to also feed into this increasingly connected web of international negotiations, with signals sent and received in those talks reflecting back into the climate change negotiators’ expectations and offers. This issue of Linkages Update details how three countries have recently staked out their positions in the climate change negotiations; we will continue to present the positions and events that may influence them as the countdown to Copenhagen continues.
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