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Latest News - Thursday, 30 July 2009
OZONE MEETING BEGINS DISCUSSION ON HFC PHASE-DOWN
Geneva, 19 July—Discussions at the 29th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 29) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15-18 July 2009, were dominated by consideration of a proposal submitted jointly by the Federated States of Micronesia and Mauritius (UNEP/OzL.Pro.WG.1/29/8) to amend the Montreal Protocol to include destruction of ozone depleting substance (ODS) banks and phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Many parties were reluctant to support the proposal to phase-down HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, because they are included in the basket of greenhouse gases being considered under the climate negotiations, expected to conclude in Copenhagen this December. Most parties agreed the range of possibilities for phasing-down HFCs would likely involve action under both fora, and the proposal will be considered again by parties at the 21st session of the meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol, scheduled to convene in Port Ghalib, Egypt, from 4-8 November 2009. More.
Photo: During the meeting, delegates broached discussions on matters relating to the 2009 TEAP Progess report, including on process agent related emissions.
CITES STANDING COMMITTEE FORWARDS RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE COP
Geneva, 11 July—The 58th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 6-10 July 2009. The Committee adopted a number of recommendations on, inter alia: national wildlife trade policy reviews; national reports; reviews of significant trade; revision and publication of CITES Appendices; introduction from the sea; trade in crocodilian specimens; stock assessment and a total allowable catch methodology for sturgeons; and bigleaf mahogany. The Committee also established an intersessional working group on the participation of the African region in CITES. Recommendations will be forwarded to the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, to be held from 13-25 March 2010, in Doha, Qatar. More.
Photo: L-R: Victoria Zentilli, Penelope-Anne Benn, and Maritza de Campos received well-deserved recognition for their extensive service to the CITES Secretariat.
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2009 ECOSOC Substantive Session Adopts Four Resolutions and Seven Decisions on Economic and Environmental Questions
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Human Development
UN Secretary-General launches Millennium Development Goals Report 2009
UN-HABITAT Executive Director addresses housing ministers in Latin America and the Caribbean
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Trade, Finance & Investment
Sixth Adaptation Fund Board meeting informed of first CER sales
Second meeting for GEF replenishment discusses GEF-5 strategy
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US and China sign MOU to enhance climate change cooperation
EU environment ministers call for increasing the speed of climate change negotiations
IPCC convenes AR5 scoping meeting
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Conference and Action Plan promote intra-African timber trade
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IMO circulates interim GHG reduction measures
UNESCO holds meeting on sanitation and the right to water
Fishing nations call for global bluefin tuna ban
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CBD holds meetings on South-South exchange for forests
Enola bean patent rejected
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Swiss country-led initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Basel Convention convenes
Basel Convention works with World Customs Organization to address hazardous waste
Protocol to the Aarhus Convention to enter into force
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and ICRAF developing carbon measuring methods
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and UNIDO assisting Iraq to comply with Montreal Protocol
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Key meetings in the next month
Informal Meetings of the AWG-LCA and AWG-KP: 10-14 August 2009. Bonn, Germany.
2009 World Water Week: 16-22 August 2009. Stockholm, Sweden.
Second World Congress on Agroforestry: 23-28 August 2009. Nairobi, Kenya.
World Climate Conference - 3: 31 August-4 September 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.

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