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Latest News - Friday, 20 November 2009
WORLD FOOD SECURITY SUMMIT DISCUSSES CHALLENGES TO FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE
Rome, 19 November—At the conclusion of the World Summit on Food Security, which convened from 16-18 November 2009, in Rome, Italy, world leaders adopted a declaration in which they pledged to: face the challenges posed by climate change; renew efforts to halve hunger by 2015; improve international coordination and governance for food security; and reverse the downward trend in funding for agriculture, food security and rural development in developing countries. More.
Photo: Jacques Diouf, Director-General, FAO, welcomed His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
ABS 8 ADOPTS CONSOLIDATED NEGOTIATING DOCUMENT, ESTABLISHES INTERSESSIONAL PROCESS
Montreal, 16 November—The eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which met from 9-15 November 2009, in Montreal, Canada, continued the negotiation of an international regime on ABS, in view of its mandate to finalize the international regime and to submit an instrument/instruments to effectively implement the provisions in Articles 15 and 8(j) of the Convention and its three objectives for consideration and adoption by COP 10 in October 2010. More.
CBD WORKING GROUP ON ARTICLE 8(J) MAKES PROGRESS
Montreal, 7 November—The sixth meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Intersessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 2-6 November 2009, in Montreal, Canada, and worked towards concluding negotiations on an ethical code of conduct to ensure respect for the cultural and intellectual heritage of indigenous and local communities. More.
ITTC-45 PLEDGES US$9.3 MILLION IN FUNDING FOR FOREST MANAGEMENT
Geneva, 15 November—The 45th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-45) and the associated sessions of its four Committees convened in Yokohama, Japan, from 9-14 November 2009, during which delegates considered the current status of implementation of the International Tropical Timber Organization Thematic Programmes, including on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests (REDDES), and on Tropical Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (TFLET), among other agenda items. More.
AFRICAN POLICY MAKERS CONSIDER WATER ISSUES
Johannesburg, 14 November—The Second African Water Week took place from 9-11 November, followed by the second Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water, on 11 November. Both meetings fed into AMCOW 7, which convened from 12-13 November, and concluded with the adoption of reports from the Council of Ministers and Executive Committee, as well as the Johannesburg Ministerial Statement. More.
MOP-21 AGREES 30 DECISIONS, HFC AMENDMENT PROPOSAL WITHDRAWN
Port Ghalib, 9 November—The 21st Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP-21), which meet in Port Ghalib, Egypt, from 4-8 November 2009, adopted 30 decisions, including on examining alternatives to hydrochlorofluorocarbons and environmentally sound management of ozone depleting substance banks. More.
BARCELONA CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS SET STAGE FOR COPENHAGEN
Barcelona, 7 November—The resumed ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 9) and resumed seventh session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 7) were held from 2-6 November 2009, in Barcelona, Spain, bringing together approximately 3,100 participants for the final round of negotiations under both AWGs before the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UNFCCC in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7-18 December 2009. More.
UNDP CONSULTATION IN VENEZUELA CONTRIBUTES TO REPORT ON ROLE OF BIODIVERSITY IN WEALTH GENERATION
Caracas, 6 November—The UN Development Programme’s Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean organized a consultation in Caracas, Venezuela, from 4-5 November 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.” More.
Other News
Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development agrees on initiative to convene Global Commodities Forum
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Rotterdam Convention hosts training for Anglophone African countries
Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions convene joint workshop on effective participation
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UNFF CLI on forests for people opens in Guilin, China
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Human Development
UNDP and Spain sign new partnership to boost efforts to address poverty and climate change
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Russia-EU Summit discusses climate change and energy
US and China identify areas for cooperation on climate change, energy and environment in joint statement
Leaders at APEC meeting scale back expectations for Copenhagen
Pre-COP-15 ministerial meeting convenes in Copenhagen
ASEAN-US first leaders’ meeting addresses climate change and energy
African “Committee of Ten” discusses strategy for Copenhagen
Climate vulnerable countries issue declaration for Copenhagen
G-20 fails to reach agreement on financing
Sixth plenary session of the Group on Earth Observations assesses status of activities
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Wilderness Congress calls for linking climate and biodiversity crises
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP co-hosts workshop on climate impact in Kenya
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNWTO leaders call for green economy supporting global policies
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF Council adopts new allocation framework
World Bank Global Development Marketplace awards US$4.8 million to innovative adaptation ideas
Climate Investment Funds to channel US$1.1 billion for Africa
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UNECE Water Convention provides guidance on implementation and adaptation to climate change
Pacific Islands Forum discusses oceanic fisheries management project, launches sharks project
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
East Asian Seas Congress 2009: East Asian Seas Congress 2009.
Second Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Housing: 23-25 November 2009. Vienna, Austria.
29th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention: 23-26 November 2009. Bern, Switzerland.
CSD Regional Implementation Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean: 26-27 November 2009. Antigua, Guatemala.
CSD Regional Implementation Meeting for Asia and the Pacific: 30 November-1 December 2009. Bangkok, Thailand.
CSD Regional Implementation Meeting for Europe: 1-2 December 2009. Geneva, Switzerland.

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