As each year draws to a close, activities in the international sustainable development policy realm seem to reach a frantic pace. Many of these events seek to influence the annual Climate Change Conference, which traditionally takes place at the end of the calendar year. Others respond to the cycles of other processes and events, such as the September-December UN General Assembly session, or seek to prepare inputs for events in following year.
Reflecting this busy season, we will have teams at seven meetings in the coming two weeks. Our coverage will include the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the International Tropical Timber Council, and the subsidiary body meetings for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. We are also reporting from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a conference on the European Forest Sector and “bio-responses to address Climate and Energy Challenges,” the Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2008 workshop, and the North American Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
In the midst of this flurry of activity, communication strategies become all the more important. Leaders have emphasized in the past month the interconnectedness of climate change, and the food security, energy and the financial crises, but how can policy makers learn about and incorporate relevant events into their decision making processes? The strategic plans that Conferences of the Parties are adopting for their respective multilateral environmental agreements have incorporated objectives related to education, awareness raising and advocacy, and related efforts are underway to develop appropriate programmes.
IISD Reporting Services’ Climate Change Policy & Practice knowledge management platform offers a pioneering effort to keep up with the UN’s efforts related to climate change. In the coming months we will be improving the searching options and capacity, to make it easier to identify answers to questions about which UN agencies are doing what types of projects related to a range of issues. Recognizing that our potential users are as busy as we are, we have also started delivering an e-newsletter about our daily updates to this website, called the Climate Change Policy & Practice Daily Feed
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