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Latest News - Friday, 19 June 2009
SECOND ROUND OF 2009 CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS CONSIDERS INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
  Bonn, 13 June—Delegates convened in Bonn, Germany, from 1-12 June 2009, to participate in four meetings as part of ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The main focus in Bonn was to enhance international climate change cooperation, including in the post-2012 period when the first commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol expires. The Convention’s two subsidiary bodies adopted 31 conclusions and seven draft decisions that will be forwarded to the COP or to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP/MOP) in December 2009, in Copenhagen, Denmark, for their consideration. More.
Photo: L-R: Michael Zammit Cutajar, AWG-LCA Chair; Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary; and John Ashe, AWG-KP Chair.
PLANT TREATY GOVERNING BODY CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL SESSION
  Tunis, 6 June—During the third session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which convened from 1-5 June 2009, in Tunis, Tunisia, delegates agreed to: a set of outcomes for implementation of the funding strategy; a resolution on implementation of the Treaty’s Multilateral System including setting up an intersessional advisory committee on implementation issues; a resolution on farmers’ rights; and procedures for the Third Party Beneficiary. They also adopted the work programme and budget for the next biennium; agreed to the urgent need to finalize the outstanding financial rules at the fourth session; and established intersessional processes to finalize compliance procedures by the fourth session, and review the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA). More.
Photo: L-R: Shakeel Bhatti, ITPGR Secretary, congratulates Chair Modesto Fernández, during the closure of the session.
UNCCD’S LAND DAY DISCUSSES LINKAGES BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND ISSUES
  Bonn, 7 June—On 6 June 2009, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat hosted “Land Day” to help climate change negotiators and other stakeholders attending the concurrent Bonn climate change talks consider the linkages between climate change and desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD). UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja closed the event by highlighting that: adaptation financing is a sound way to secure everybody’s future; synergies will not occur by accident but must be promoted and monitored; carbon sequestration is measurable, cost-effective and provides multiple co-benefits; agriculture must be integrated into a future climate regime; and a comprehensive study on the economics of sustainable land management should be conducted. More.
Other News
G8 Finance Ministers call for action on climate change
Third C40 large cities summit addresses achievements and challenges in fighting climate change
African ministers adopt Nairobi Declaration on climate change
Joint ACP-EC Council of Ministers adopts declaration on climate change and development
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UNCCD marks World Day to Combat Desertification, drylands projects announced
UNCCD and UNDP agree to establish strategic working partnership
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Frankfurt meeting marks Year of the Gorilla, calls for better protection
First global private donor forum on biodiversity meets in Berlin
CBD Secretariat launches new outreach initiative
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNWTO releases study on low carbon travel
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP signs MOU on green games with Russian Sochi Olympic organizers
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF posts documents for June’s Council and Replenishment meetings
Application process announced for observers in World Bank Climate Investment Funds
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Best environmental techniques and practices of sound chemicals management training meeting convenes
Rotterdam releases PIC Circular
UNEP Mercury Programme supports country efforts
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Human Development
UNDP consults with civil society on Platform HD2010
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food proposes measures to regulate land grabbing
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UNDOALOS accepts applications for 2010/11 fellowship programme
World Oceans Day celebrated
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Key meetings in the next three weeks
Third Preparatory Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate: 21-23 June 2009. Mexico.
GEF Council, NGO Consultation and Replenishment Meeting: 21-26 June 2009. Washington, DC, US.
International Energy Conference 2009: 22-24 June 2009. Vienna, Austria.
IWC-61: 22-26 June 2009. Madeira, Portugal.
International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress 2009: 23-26 June 2009. Reykjavik, Iceland.
Regional Expert Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production: 24-25 June 2009. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development: 24-26 June 2009. New York, US.
Seventh Session of the Implementation and Compliance Committee of the Basel Convention: 25-26 June 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting: 26 June 2009. Trieste, Italy.
Second Session of the Preparatory Commission of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA): 29-30 June 2009. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Greenland Dialogue: 30 June-3 July 2009. Illulissat, Greenland.
UN ECOSOC 2009 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR): 6-9 July 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
Multilateral Fund 58th Executive Committee Meeting: 6-10 July 2009. Montr�al, Canada.
58th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee: 6-10 July 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
G8 Summit 2009: 8-10 July 2009. L�Aquila, Italy.

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