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Latest News - Friday, 11 September 2009
WORLD CLIMATE CONFERENCE ADOPTS DECLARATION ON GLOBAL FRAMEWORK FOR CLIMATE SERVICES
Geneva, 5 September—The World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31 August-4 September 2009, under the theme “Better climate information for a better future.” In a Conference Declaration, the heads of State, ministers and heads of delegation, inter alia: decide to establish a Global Framework for Climate Services to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction services; request the World Metrological Organization to convene an intergovernmental meeting within four months to approve the terms of reference and approve the composition of a high-level task force, and decide that the task force shall prepare a report on the development and implementation of the framework, to be considered by the 2011 WMO Congress. More.
Photo: L-R: Kofi Annan, President of the Global Humanitarian Forum; Michel Jarraud, Secretary General, WMO; and Hans-Rudolph Merz, President of Switzerland
EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSES OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
New York, 4 September—The Expert Panel on Ocean Acidification convened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 3 September 2009. The event was organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, and the UN Foundation. The meeting aimed to increase awareness and highlight options to avoid adverse impacts of ocean acidification on marine life and ecosystems by bringing together key stakeholders. More.
Photo: L-R: Patricio Bernal, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; Melinda Kimble, Senior Vice President, UN Foundation; Thomas Lovejoy, Biodiversity Chair at the Heinz Center for Science, Economics and the Environment; Dessima Williams, Permanent Representative of Grenada to the UN and current AOSIS chair; and Ken Caldeira, Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institute for Science
INFORMAL CLIMATE CHANGE MEETING CONCLUDES WITH CALLS FOR FASTER PROGRESS
Bonn, 15 August—The Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) held intersessional informal consultations in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 August 2009 (also referred to as Bonn III). After a week of consultations by five main informal groups and several sub-groups on mitigation, the AWG-LCA began to produce reading guides, tables, matrices and non-papers aimed at consolidating text and facilitating negotiations at the next meeting. The various tools will be compiled in a new information document. The revised negotiating text will remain largely as it was at the beginning of the Bonn III consultations. Under the AWG-KP, discussions continued on Annex I parties’ emission reductions beyond the first commitment period ending in 2012. The AWG-KP’s work at the informal session will be taken into account in documents that the AWG-KP Chair will prepare for Bangkok. More.
UNDP REGIONAL PROGRAMME FOR LAC CONVENES CONSULTATION ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS
Mexico City, 15 August—The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) held a consultation in Mexico City, Mexico, on 13-14 August 2009 as part of a regional initiative entitled “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.” This initiative will contribute to the preparation of a report on the role of biodiversity in wealth generation and support of wellbeing in the region. More.
Other News
UN-Water plans fourth report
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Trade, Finance & Investment
ECLAC hosts second Latin American and Caribbean dialogue towards Copenhagen
IDB organizes regional policy dialogue on national and sectoral strategies and programs for climate change
GEF funds innovative payment for ecosystem services (PES) project
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World Water Week experts call for Copenhagen deal
FAO-organized negotiations on treaty on illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing finalized
Global Water Roundtable created
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G-20 finance ministers fail to agree measures to combat climate change
Evaluation of costs of adaptation to climate change published
North American leaders commit to phase down HFCS under Montreal Protocol
Nitrous oxide the most serious cause of ozone loss: report
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CBD Secretariat strengthens cooperation with UNEP-WCMC, UNWTO
Europeans consider bluefin tuna CITES listing proposal
TEEB update highlights ecosystem preservation’s key role in countering climate change
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Human Development
UN Agencies to use climate-related data to fight hunger
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Amendments to the Stockholm Convention deposited
EU discussing environmentally hazardous ship dismantling
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Agroforestry conference promotes sustainable land use
UNFF submits CPF paper on SFM to UNFCCC
ITTO funds projects on forest governance and building a voluntary carbon market scheme
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNESCO convenes broadcaster media and climate change conference
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP youth conference demands action on climate change
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2009: 10-12 September 2009. Dalian, China.
Meeting of the Bern Convention Group of Experts on Protected Areas and Ecological Networks: 17 September 2009. Strasbourg, France.
UNCCD COP 9: 21 September-2 October 2009. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
High-Level Event on Climate Change: 22 September 2009. New York, US.
High-Level Event on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries: 23 September 2009. New York, US.
G-20 Summit of World Leaders: 24-25 September 2009. Pittsburgh, US.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from the
Seventieth Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee on Housing and Land Management
23-25 September 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland
 

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