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Lynn WagnerThere are many similarities between the discussions at the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), during the meeting of the Committee on Science and Technology and the first UNCCD Scientific Conference, and the Second Ad hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 23 October 2009
WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS CONVENES IN BUENOS AIRES
Buenos Aires, 23 October—The XIII World Forestry Congress, co-organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Argentina, opened on the evening of Sunday, 18 October 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Themed “Forests in Development: A Vital Balance,” the Congress brought together approximately 7000 participants to focus on: forests and biodiversity; producing for development; forests in the service of people; caring for our forests; development opportunities; organizing forest development; and people and forests in harmony. A workshop on Regional Forest Cooperation took place on 17 October 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and developed a series of recommendations to the World Forestry Congress. More.
Photo: Jan Heino, Chair, Assistant Director-General Forestry Department, FAO, urged participants to review and comment on the draft message of WFC 2009 to the UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen.
AD HOC OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON MERCURY PREPARES FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE
Bangkok, 23 October—The Ad hoc Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) to Prepare for the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) on Mercury convened from 19-23 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand. More.
CGRFA-12 SPECIAL EVENT ADDRESSES ABS FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE
Rome, 18 October—On Saturday, 17 October 2009, in the prelude to the twelfth regular session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-12), a special information seminar was held at the headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy, titled “Policy Arrangements for Access and Benefit-Sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture”. More.
STOCKHOLM CONVENTION POPRC-5 CONSIDERS THREE CHEMICALS
Geneva, 17 October—The fifth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-5) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) took place from 12-16 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland. More.
GLOBAL FORUM DISCUSSES “SCALING UP RENEWABLE ENERGY”
León, 10 October—Co-organized by the Ministry of Energy of Mexico and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Global Renewable Energy Forum 2009 took place from 7-9 October 2009, in León, Mexico. More.
BANGKOK TALKS END WITH LITTLE PROGRESS ON FINANCE AND MITIGATION
Bangkok, 10 October—At the conclusion of the Bangkok Climate Change Talks, which took place from 28 September- 9 October 2009, progress on issues such as adaptation, technology and capacity building was described as satisfactory, as were discussions on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF). Most felt, however, that no significant progress was made on Annex I parties’ aggregate and individual emission reductions in the post-2012 period, and differences also surfaced between developed and developing countries concerning whether the outcome from Copenhagen should be an amendment to the Kyoto Protocol or a single new agreement. Following the Talks, a Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning convened from 12-14 October 2009, under the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change. Workshop. Climate Change Talks.
UNEP-SPONSORED MEETING ADDRESSES SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Nairobi, 10 October—Held from 5-9 October 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, the second Ad Hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-II) discussed the findings of a gap analysis on the existing science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services, options to strengthen such interface, and possible functions and governance structures of an intergovernmental science-policy platform. More.
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Third GEF-5 replenishment meeting discusses allocations for focal areas
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New Ramsar sites designated in Argentina and US
Water Think Tank Initiative agreement signed
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CITES COP to discuss Atlantic tuna and sharks listing proposals, meeting preparations under way
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UN satellite communications to boost disaster preparedness and recovery efforts
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development: 26-29 October 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.
31st Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 31): 26-29 October 2009. Bali, Indonesia.
Fifth Biennial GEF International Waters Conference: 26-29 October 2009. Cairns, Australia.
CSD Regional Implementation Meeting for Africa: 27-30 October 2009. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Special Session of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests: 30 October 2009. New York, US.
Barcelona Climate Change Talks: 2-6 November 2009. Barcelona, Spain.
Sixth Meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(J): 2-6 November 2009. Montr�al, Canada.
Third Global Forum on International Migration and Development: 4-5 November 2009. Athens, Greece.
21st Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 4-8 November 2009. Port Ghalib, Egypt.

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