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In the coming week, we will closely watch the two high level events that will accompany the opening of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, with our trademark reports being produced at both the High Level Meeting on Africa’s Development Needs and the High Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, as well as at selected partnership side events. … article continues

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Latest News - Thursday, 18 September 2008
MIGRATORY WATERBIRD CONFERENCE CONVENES IN MADAGASCAR
Antananarivo, 18 September—The fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP4) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, also known as the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA), is meeting from 15-19 September 2008, in Antananarivo, Madagascar. The MOP4 agenda includes the implementation of the Agreement and Action Plan, International Implementation Priorities 2006-2008, Communication Strategy, and African-Eurasian Flyways Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project. More.
Photo: L-R: Sergey Dereliev, AEWA Secretariat; Bert Lenten, AEWA Executive Secretary; Vice-Chair Abdoulaye N’Diaye, Senegal; Vice-Chair Olivier Biber, Switzerland; and Tim Jones, report writer
IFCS FORUM VI CONVENES IN SENEGAL
Dakar, 18 September—The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) VI is convening from 15-19 September 2008, in Dakar, Senegal, under the theme “Global Partnership in Chemical Safety Contributing to the 2020 Goal.” During the meeting, delegates have considered the future of IFCS, as well as: exchanged information on nanotechnology and manufactured nanomaterials to help raise awareness about the potential new opportunities, challenges and risks posed by nanotechnology; addressed substitution and alternatives for harmful substances and processes with less harmful ones or with non-chemical alternatives; and considered integrated pest management and key elements of pesticide risk reduction strategies. More.
Photo: L-R: Judy Stober, Executive Secretary, IFCS; and Zoltán Szabó, President IFCS
COUNTRY-LED INITIATIVE DISCUSSES FOREST FINANCING
Paramaribo, 13 September—The Country-Led Initiative on Financing for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF): The Paramaribo Dialogue met from 8-12 September 2008 in Paramaribo, Suriname. Participants discussed: producer, consumer and community perspectives on financing SFM; financing from ecosystem services; and institutional and governance strategies at the national and international levels for increasing SFM financing. A Co-Chair’s Summary Report was produced, which aims to inform discussions at the meeting of the UNFF Ad Hoc Expert Group on Finance, to be held from 10-14 November 2008 in Vienna, Austria, and at UNFF8’s deliberations on adopting a decision on SFM financing, which will take place from 20 April-1 May 2009, in New York, US. More.
IPCC ELECTS BUREAU
Geneva, 5 September—The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met for its 29th session from 31 August to 4 September 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, during which participants re-elected Rajendra Pachauri as IPCC Chair, and also elected a new IPCC Bureau and Bureau of the Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. Participants also continued discussions on the future of the IPCC, agreed to create a scholarship for young climate change scientists from developing countries with the funds of the Nobel Peace Prize, and asked the Bureau to consider a scoping meeting on disaster risk reduction. More.
Other News
ECLAC seminar addresses food and energy crises
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Conference addresses forest adaptation and climate change
African regional workshop focuses on forest law compliance
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World Water Congress focuses on climate change
WWF reports that ICCAT performance review calls for immediate closure of Mediterranean bluefin tuna fishery
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Copenhagen climate talks “most important gathering since the Second World War”
European Parliament reconsiders biofuels target
USEPA expands ozone partnership, ozone day celebrated
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Nigeria and Cameroon cooperate to save endangered gorilla
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Human Development
UN releases Millennium Development Goals Report 2008
UN: Gaps remain for the achievement of MDGs
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Ghana bans 25 pesticides
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNGA considers System-wide Coherence and international environmental governance
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Climate change to be a priority during UNGA’s 63rd session
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Trade, Finance and Investment
Aid effectiveness high level forum concludes in Accra
Negotiations for FfD Doha Review Conference officially launched
IDB launches biofuels sustainability scorecard, invites comments
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
High Level Meeting on Africa’s Development Needs: 22 September 2008. New York, US
High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals: 25 September 2008. New York, US
GEF Sub-Regional Workshop for the Pacific SIDS: 18-19 September 2008. Auckland, New Zealand
WTO Public Forum: 24-25 September 2008. Geneva, Switzerland
ICCAT 2008 Meeting of the Standing Committee on Research and Statistics (SCRS): 29 September-3 October 2008. Madrid, Spain
GEF Sub-Regional Workshop for Latin America: 1-2 October 2008. Mexico City, Mexico

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 22-25 September 2008 from the High-Level Meeting on Africa’s Development Needs, High-Level Event on the Millennium Development Goals, and other related events:
 

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