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Chris SpenceAs the unofficially-declared year of climate change in 2009 makes way for the officially designated 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, the international sustainable development agenda looks busier than ever. … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 15 January 2010
CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE “TAKES NOTE” OF COPENHAGEN ACCORD
Copenhagen, 20 December—Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which convened in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 7-19 December 2009, adopted a decision whereby the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change would “take note” of the “Copenhagen Accord,” which was developed through informal consultations during the high-level segment and was attached to the decision as an unofficial document. Parties also agreed to establish a procedure whereby countries supporting the Copenhagen Accord could accede to it. More.
Photo: L-R: Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; His Royal Highness Charles, the Prince of Wales; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer; and UN Messenger of Peace Wangari Maathai
DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE DAYS HIGHLIGHT KEY ISSUES
Copenhagen, 15 December—The “Development and Climate Days at COP 15” event took place at The Concert House in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11-14 December 2009, with discussions focusing on: land, water and forests; justice, ethics and humanitarian issues; planning adaptation; and mitigation, finance and the private sector. More.
Photo: Session Discussing REDD and Development. L-R: Pham Minh Thoa, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Viet Nam; George Wamukoya, Common Market for East and Southern Africa; Maryanne Grieg-Gran, International Institute for Environment and Development; Dennis Garrity, International Centre for Research in Agroforestry; and John Drexhage, International Institute for Sustainable Development.
FOREST DAY 3 SUPPORTS INCLUDING REDD+ IN CLIMATE AGREEMENT
Copenhagen, 14 December—A summary statement developed during the third Forest Day event, which convened on 13 December 2009, in parallel with the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, indicates that participants supported including “REDD+ (including conservation, sustainable forest management and stock enhancement)” in the climate change agreement. More.
AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT DAY DISCUSSES LINKS BETWEEN CLIMATE CHANGE AND AGRICULTURE
Copenhagen, 13 December—The Agriculture and Rural Development Day event, which took place in parallel with the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, sought to build consensus on ways to fully incorporate agriculture into the post-Copenhagen climate agenda and to discuss strategies and actions needed to address climate change adaptation and mitigation in the agriculture sector. More.
BUSINESS DAY EVENT CONVENES IN COPENHAGEN
Copenhagen, 12 December—Participants at the Copenhagen Business Day event discussed “2012: Realizing the potential of today’s solutions,” “Actions now that set the course for 2020” and “Envisioning our 2050 future,” among other session themes. More.
CONSULTATIONS ON UNDP LAC REGIONAL INITIATIVE ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS CONVENE
Quito, Bogotá, Guatemala City, 5 December—The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Programme for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) convened consultations in Quito, Ecuador (24-25 November), Bogota, Colombia (30 November-1 December), and Guatemala City, Guatemala (3-4 December 2009) as part of its regional initiative entitled “Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Why these are Important for Sustained Growth and Equity in Latin America and the Caribbean.” IISD RS coverage of the fifth consultation. IISD RS coverage of the sixth consultation.
Other News
UNGA approves sustainable development resolutions, establishes preparatory process for Rio+20
DSD seminars to explore CSD-18 themes; Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue to examine CSD-17 implementation
Sustainable Development News

SAICM Secretariat develops concept note on strengthening engagement of the health sector
Orientation workshop convenes for members of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and ICLEI launch carbonn
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Ozone Secretariat releases MOP-21 report
OzonAction releases video messages on CFC phase out
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Human Development
Delegates discuss the future of South-South cooperation and UN’s role
UN Secretary-General calls on leaders to attend MDG Summit
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF to fund clean energy transport in Latin America
Climate Investment Funds invest in energy efficiency and clean energy technologies
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International Biodiversity Year kicks off
Policy seminar looks at future direction for the ITPGR
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Norway launches climate group on forests
UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification commences
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FAO advisory panel recommends limiting trade in certain shark species
Ocean Day promotes focus on oceans in climate change negotiations
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNESCO IYB Biodiversity Science-Policy Conference: 25-29 January 2010. Paris, France.
ABS Friends of the Co-Chairs Meeting: 26-29 January 2010. Montr�al, Canada.
International Workshop on Innovative Financial Mechanisms: 27-29 January 2010. Bonn, Germany.
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2010: 27-31 January 2010. Davos, Switzerland.
African Regional Meeting on SAICM: 28-29 January 2010. Abidjan, Cote d�Ivoire.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from the
Sixth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity | 1-5 February 2010, Trondheim, Norway
 

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