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Kimo GoreeAs the new internet technologies have developed, IISD Reporting Services has been far out in front of the curve, pioneering new and innovative ways to communicate. It’s easy to forget that when we first began publishing the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 1992, there were no websites, no digital photos, no social networking sites and very few people had email. Most organizations were structured around limited flows of information and there was a strong link between access to knowledge and power. As the internet grew, so did we, helping to change the way that knowledge and information on environment and sustainable development is communicated. … article continues

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Lynn WagnerSometimes it seems like following international sustainable development policy making requires the skills of a good detective. The large number of actors, issues, fora and potential actions and reactions can be at the same time overwhelming and intriguing, given the multiple opportunities they represent for moving the sustainable development agenda forward. … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 3 April 2009
5TH WORLD WATER FORUM DISCUSSES BRIDGING DIVIDES FOR WATER
Istanbul, 23 March—The 5th World Water Forum, the largest international event on freshwater, convened in Istanbul, Turkey, from 16-22 March 2009. The 5th Forum’s main theme, “Bridging Divides for Water,” was addressed through six framework themes: global change and risk management; advancing human development and the Millennium Development Goals; managing and protecting water resources; governance and management; finance; and education, knowledge and capacity development. The Forum’s main outputs include a Ministerial Declaration and the Istanbul Water Consensus, agreed to by local authorities. More.
Photo: L-R: Oktay Tabasaran, Secretary General, 5th World Water Forum, and Veysel Eroğlu, Minister for Environment and Forestry, Turkey, who shared a Turkish proverb with participants.
CITES PLANTS COMMITTEE FORWARDS RECOMMENDATIONS TO COP
Buenos Aires, 22 March—The 18th meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 17-21 March 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The meeting addressed proposals for amendments to the Appendices for possible consideration at the 15th Conference of the Parties to CITES, progress on the implementation of the action plan for bigleaf mahogany, Review of Significant Trade (RST) in specimens of Appendix II species, and the outcomes of the recent international expert workshop on non-detriment findings. More.
Photo: PC18 participants.
FAO’s COFO URGES MEMBERS TO DELIBERATE ON FOREST SECTOR RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Rome, 21 March—Over 550 participants gathered at the 19th session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO), from 16-20 March 2009, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. The final report, inter alia, urges members to deliberate on national and international responses of the forestry sector to climate change, recommends that FAO and other organizations strengthen members’ capacities to implement SFM, and recommends that FAO prepare a report on the State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources by 2013. More.
INTERNATIONAL POLICY DIALOGUE CONSIDERS CLIMATE AGENDA FINANCING
Berlin, 21 March—The “International Policy Dialogue on Financing the Climate Agenda: The Development Perspective” took place in Berlin, Germany, from 19-20 March 2009. Among the main themes highlighted during the closing session were the need to: move beyond technical negotiations in light of the urgency of the problem; scale-up support for developing countries immediately and significantly; and fully integrate climate goals into development policy. More.
EIGHTH ROUND OF INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS OF FISH STOCKS AGREEMENT CONTINUES DIALOGUE
New York, 20 March—The Eighth round of Informal Consultations of States parties to the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UNFSA, or the Agreement) was held from 16-19 March 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The outcome was a summary report prepared by the Dialogue’s Moderator that captures the debates on the subtopics on promotion of wider participation in the Agreement, capacity building, compatibility of conservation and management measures, enforcement and port State measures, and the relationship between the UNFSA and UNCLOS and other international instruments. Both outcomes will be appended to the Chair’s Summary for submission to the 64th session of the UNGA. More.
Other News
Global preparatory meeting prepares for ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review
First TICAD ministerial follow-up meeting develops communiqué
Sustainable Development News

High-level working group addresses the future of policy for biodiversity and ecosystems
World Migratory Bird Day 2009 to focus on obstacles to migration
Project to strengthen waterbird and wetland conservation in North Africa
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Human Development
53rd Commission on the Status of Women calls for shared responsibility for caregiving
UNESCAP to support disaster risk efforts in Asia and Pacific
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US to host Major Economies Forum
US and Canada petition IMO to create emissions control area around their coastlines
Millions observe earth hour
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FAO and Finland develop SFM partnership
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UNITAR organizes workshop on water governance
UN-HABITAT and International Water Association to strengthen cooperation towards the MDGs
World Water Day celebrates “shared waters, shared opportunities”
New global water stewardship program announced
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Caribbean workshop on SAICM and related chemicals and hazardous waste instruments convenes
EU concludes negotiations on pesticides package
Rotterdam Convention invites feedback on resource kit
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Discussions on System-wide Coherence to focus on gender
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Trade, Finance & Investment
First GEF-5 replenishment meeting convenes in Paris
GEF STAP workshop considers how to measure success
Brazil receives US$1.3 billion environmental loan from World Bank
World Bank Climate Investment Framework requests feedback on forest program
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) and the fifth meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 5): 29 March-8 April 2009. Bonn, Germany.
Seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the CBD: 2-8 April 2009. Paris, France.
32nd Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting: 6-17 April 2009. Baltimore, Maryland, US.
World Economic Forum on Latin America: 14-16 April 2009. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Sustainable Land Management & Agricultural Practices in Africa: Bridging the Gap between Research & Farmers: 16-17 April 2009. Gothenburg, Sweden.
Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation for Land and Water Management: 16-17 April 2009. Nairobi, Kenya
Second Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: 16-18 June 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.

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