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Latest News - Thursday, 11 December 2008
2008 UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE SCHEDULED TO CONCLUDE FRIDAY
Poznań, 11 December—The UN Climate Change Conference in Poznań is convening in Poland from 1-12 December 2008. Delegates are meeting in the fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and fourth Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and four subsidiary bodies: the fourth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention; the resumed sixth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol; and the twenty-ninth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice. More.
Photo: A view of the dais during one of the COP/MOP plenaries
CMS COP 9 AND ASSOCIATED MEETINGS CONCLUDE, SHARKS AND CHEETAH LISTED ON APPENDICES
Rome, 9 December—The ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP9) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) was held from 1-5 December 2008, in Rome, Italy. COP9 was preceded by several associated meetings from 27-30 November: the first Meeting of the Parties (MOP1) to the Gorilla Agreement; the seventh UN Environment Programme (UNEP)/Global Environment Facility (GEF) Siberian Crane Wetlands Project Steering Committee meeting; the 34th CMS Standing Committee meeting; and the Aridland Mammals meeting. The second meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks Under the Convention on Migratory Species convened from 6-8 December 2008, immediately following COP9. CMS COP9 adopted 17 resolutions and five recommendations, and listed 11 species on Appendix I of the Convention, including three dolphin species and the West African manatee, as well as the cheetah, with the exception of the populations of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia for which quotas are in place under the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). More CMS COP 9. More Sharks.
Photo: Group photograph at the end of the meeting.
OVER 300 PARTICIPANTS ATTEND DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE DAYS
Poznań, 8 December—The “Development and Climate Days at COP 14” (D&C Days) event took place in Poznań, Poland, from 6-7 December 2008, in parallel to the UN Climate Change Conference. The event sought to provide a platform for individuals and organizations working on the issues of development and climate change to exchange experiences, share the latest science and best practices, and promote linkages between development and climate change. More.
FOREST DAY 2 ADDRESSES FORESTS AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Poznań, 7 December—The second Forest Day event, held in Poznań, Poland, on 6 December 2008, brought together nearly 900 participants to facilitate discussions on the potential to incorporate forests into climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies at both the global and national level. A drafting committee representing members of the CPF produced a summary of key messages that emerged in the course of the day, to be forwarded to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Key messages included: that climate change adaptation and mitigation are linked, particularly in the context of forests; that it is important to involve women, the poor, and indigenous peoples in the design and operation of forest-related climate change policies; and that forests provide significant co-benefits beyond carbon storage. Differing views were expressed on whether and how these benefits should be monetized and included in a potential regime for REDD. More.
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FAO releases preliminary findings of CarboAfrica
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Second Committee approves draft resolutions
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Financing for Development Review Conference expresses concern over impact of climate change on development
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CPF launches strategic framework on forests and climate change
UNFF requests inputs on financing mechanism
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AMCOW meetings discuss Sharm El Sheikh Declaration and commitments on water and sanitation
Regional seas global meeting adopts statement on impacts of climate change on coastal and marine ecosystems
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
UN Climate Change Conference – Poznań: 1-12 December 2008. Poznan, Poland.
Drylands, Deserts and Desertification 2008: 14-17 December 2008. Beersheba, Israel.
FAO High-Level Conference on Water for Agriculture and Energy in Africa: The Challenges of Climate Change: 15-17 December 2008. Sirte, Libya.

IISD Reporting Services is reporting from 9-11 December 2008 from:
Fifteenth Session of the Committee for Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture of Africa (CIFAA)
 

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