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Kimo GoreeWith some luck, the creation of our organization, IISD Reporting Services, occurred during a very propitious time in history. Or, perhaps, looking at the situation in reverse, it might be said that the panoply of new communication tools that were invented in the last two decades provided the right environment for an organization like ours to flourish. Either way, we have certainly taken advantage of the emerging internet technologies to create a new way for a team of environment and sustainable development policy wonks to work together from all over the planet, creating a steady stream of highly regarded knowledge products. … article continues

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Editor’s Note
Lynn WagnerThe flurry of activity that accompanied the most recent Bonn Climate Change Talks has given way to a slower period of publication launches, workshops and other events aimed at influencing climate policy, as has been the pattern in the weeks immediately following past climate change negotiations. With the recent agreement to add two weeks to the climate change negotiation schedule before the Copenhagen Climate Change Talks, these lulls will be few and far between until after December 2009. … article continues

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Editor, Linkages Update and
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Latest News - Friday, 17 April 2009
BONN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS ADD TWO WEEKS TO 2009 NEGOTIATION SCHEDULE
Bonn, 9 April—The fifth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (AWG-LCA 5) and the seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 7) took place from 29 March-8 April 2009, in Bonn, Germany. The main objective of the session was to work towards developing negotiating text under both AWGs. The AWG-KP reached agreement to request its Chair to prepare two documents for the June session, and elected John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) as the new Chair. Both AWGs agreed to add to their negotiating schedules an informal meeting from 10-14 August 2009 in Bonn, Germany, and a resumed session from 2-6 November 2009, at a location to be announced. More.
Photo: The dais during the last day of the meeting.
ABS 7 NEGOTIATIONS STUMBLE UPON PROCEDURAL ISSUES
Paris, 9 April—The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was held from 2-8 April 2009, at UNESCO headquarters, in Paris, France. The meeting continued the negotiation of an international regime on ABS, focusing on operational text on the objective, scope, compliance, fair and equitable benefit-sharing, and access. The Working Group encountered several procedural obstacles, most of which related to the structure of the negotiating document agreed upon at ABS 6 and ratified by CBD COP 9. The outcome of the meeting, consisting of a streamlined working document on the objective, scope, compliance, benefit-sharing, and access, albeit highly bracketed, provides draft language on most items and will form the basis for negotiations at ABS 8, to be held from 9-15 November 2009, in Montreal, Canada. More.
Photo: L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary, and Timothy Hodges (Canada), ABS Working Group Co-Chair.
UN-HABITAT GOVERNING COUNCIL ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON CITIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Nairobi, 4 April—The 22nd session of the Governing Council of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) was held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 30 March-3 April 2009. The Governing Council adopted a resolution on cities and climate change and requested the UN General Assembly to convene a third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The Council also adopted a resolution on affordable housing finance. More.
Other News
UNECE’s 63rd session calls for a new paradigm of sustainable growth
IFC provides guarantee for sustainable finance trade deals
Sustainable Development News

Stockholm Convention Pacific Regional Meeting convenes
Stockholm Convention POPs regional monitoring reports released
EC calls for high level UN Panel on chemicals risks
IMO Legal Committee approves draft protocol to Convention on Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea
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Human Development
UN Commission on Population and Development considers linkages of population dynamics and climate change, food and financial crises
UNGA hosts interactive dialogue on food crisis and the right to food
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NATO Summit Declaration stresses energy security, Danish PM elected as new SG
Caribbean ozone officers convene
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CMS and CITES endorse elephant work programme
Arctic Council and CBD sign Memorandum of Cooperation
UNEP-WCMC carries out survey to evaluate CBD indicators
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Support for the UN Global Compact grows
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Seminar on the effects of the economic crisis on European tourism convenes
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Trade, Finance & Investment
International business leaders participate in GEF Earth Fund Board
World Bank holds Energy Week
EBRD funds clean energy investments across Eastern Europe and the Balkans
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UNCCD seeks comments on draft communication strategy
UNECE and FAO hold workshop on estimating sustainable wood supply for energy
Liberia and EC agree to negotiate VPA on FLEGT
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Commission on Limits of Continental Shelf concludes 23rd session
EU-organized meeting considers marine ecosystems in the North East Atlantic
Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean makes progress towards sustainable fisheries management
World Bank stresses importance of valuing coastal and marine ecosystem services
IMO publishes revised regulations and technical code on air pollution from ships
Italy proposes G8-Africa Water Alliance
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Second Meeting of the CBD AHTEG on Biodiversity and Climate Change: 18-22 April 2009. Helsinki, Finland.
International Meeting on Water and Cooperation in Africa: 20-22 April 2009. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
24th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora: 20-24 April 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change: 20-24 April 2009. Anchorage, Alaska, US.
Eighth session of the United Nations Forum on Forests: 20 April-1 May 2009. New York, US.
30th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: 21-23 April 2009. Antalya, Turkey.
Round Table on Ecolabelling and Certification in the Fisheries Sector: 22-23 April 2009. The Hague, the Netherlands.
G8 Environment Ministers Meeting: 22-24 April 2009. Siracusa, Italy.
Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF: 25-26 April 2009. Washington, DC, US.
Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate: 27-28 April 2009. Washington, DC, US.
Expert Meeting on Trade and Climate Change: Trade and Investment Opportunities and Challenges under the CDM: 27-29 April 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
Implementation of Renewable Energy in the Emerging Markets of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 (REEM09): 27-29 April 2009. San Francisco, US.
UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Increasing Economic Resilience to Climate Change and Reducing Reliance on Vulnerable Economic Sectors through Economic Diversification: 28-30 April 2009. Cairo, Egypt.
Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF): 28-30 April 2009. Rome, Italy.
First Session of the Committee on Development Information Science and Technology of the Economic Commission for Africa: 28 April-1 May 2009. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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