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Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.The past fortnight has brought a number of interesting developments related to sustainable development leadership and institutional questions. … article continues

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APPOINTMENTS
New UN-Water Chair named
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VACANCIES
UNFCCC Head to step down
PFII Secretariat Chief sought
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New Reports and Resources
Report and Presentations from the Policy Seminar on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
Primates in Peril: The World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates, 2008-2010
Guidelines on Biofuels and Invasive Species
Millennium Development Goals: Advances in Environmentally Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Lightening the Labour Road: Labour Saving Technologies and Practices for Rural Women
Mumbai Human Development 2009
Haiti Food Security Emergency Tool
Gender and Land Rights Database
Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in an Era of Global Uncertainty: Asia-Pacific Regional Report 2009/10
Communities in Peril: Asian Regional Report on Community Monitoring of Severely Hazardous Pesticide Use
Recycling - From E-Waste to Resources
Hashimoto Action Plan II
WWDR-3 Messages
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Latest News - Friday, 26 February 2010
CHEMICAL AND WASTE ExCOPs CONVENE IN BALI
Bali, 26 February—The Simultaneous Extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (ExCOPs) convened under the theme “Greater Strength in Sync,” from 22-24 February in Bali, Indonesia. The meeting represented the first time that three independent treaty conferences had simultaneously convened. The meeting aimed to take decisions on, inter alia, joint services, activities and managerial functions, and a review mechanism and follow up. Debate on joint managerial functions revolved around the potential of immediately appointing an interim joint head of the three secretariats. Delegates agreed to the appointment of a joint head, and to review the position and its effectiveness. More.
Photo: A view of one of the ExCOPs plenaries.
PROGRESS ACHIEVED ON LIABILITY NEGOTIATIONS UNDER THE BIOSAFETY PROTOCOL
Putrajaya, 13 February—The second meeting of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety convened from 8-12 February 2010, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The meeting attempted to conclude negotiations on international rules and procedures in the field of liability and redress for damage resulting from transboundary movements of living modified organisms (LMOs), including: a supplementary protocol on liability and redress; guidelines on civil liability; the supplementary compensation scheme; and complementary capacity-building measures. The meeting did not conclude the negotiation of a supplementary protocol, however it achieved significant progress on several of the most contentious issues. More.
Photo: Co-Chairs Jimena Nieto (Colombia) and René Lefeber (Netherlands) with the Malaysian delegation.
NEW MOU ON SHARKS AGREED UNDER THE CMS
Manila, 13 February—The third meeting on International Cooperation on Migratory Sharks under the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) convened from 10-12 February 2010, in Manila, the Philippines. It was preceded by the Technical Meeting for the Elaboration of a Conservation and Management Plan for Migratory Sharks, held from 8-9 February. The meetings resulted in finalizing a non-legally binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on migratory sharks and a clear procedure for completing work on the conservation plan. Ten delegations signed the MoU during the meeting, thus allowing the MoU to commence on 1 March 2010. More.  
Other News
DSD organizes e-discussion on implementation
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Human Development
Commission for Social Development adopts resolution on promoting social integration
UN-HABITAT highlights key challenges faced by Africa in 2010
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UNESCO signs cooperation agreement with CTBTO
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Climate change negotiations set to resume in April
Ozone Secretariat releases information on CFC stocks
Pan-African workshop aims to foster capacity for decision making in coastal zone management
UNEP and Central Asia ozone protection award launched
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IFAD Governing Council convenes 33rd session
UNCCD national reporting and review system underway
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PCB elimination network advisory committee meeting convenes
Basel Convention releases guidelines on managing mercury waste
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP Finance Initiative releases climate survey
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF highlights crop biodiversity project success in Georgia
World Bank reports on progress made in building health clinics and water pumps in Kosovo
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
IPCC WG III Expert Meeting on Scenarios: 28 February-1 March 2010. Oxford, UK.
Agricultural Biotechnologies in Developing Countries: 1-4 March 2010. Guadalajara, Mexico.
15th Poverty Environment Partnership Meeting: 1-5 March 2010. Lilongwe, Malawi.
54th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women: 1-12 March 2010. New York, US.
UNFCCC Technical Workshop on Collaboration among Regional Centres and Networks: 2-5 March 2010. Apia, Samoa.
Methane to Markets Partnership Expo: 2-5 March 2010. New Delhi, India.
Second Latin American and Caribbean Regional Meeting on SAICM: 5-13 March 2010. Kingston, Jamaica.
GEF Replenishment and STAP Meetings: 8-11 March 2010. Rome, Italy.
AIMS Regional Meeting for the MSI +5 High-Level Review: 9-10 March 2010. Maldives.
Montréal Protocol Halons Technical Options Committee: 9-11 March 2010. Montpellier, France.
Montréal Protocol Chemical Technical Options Committee: 10-12 March 2010. Beijing, China.
59th Meeting of the CITES Standing Committee: 12 March 2010. Doha, Qatar.
CITES COP 15: 13-25 March 2010. Doha, Qatar.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from the
Fifteenth Poverty Environment Partnership Meeting | 1-5 March 2010 | Lilongwe, Malawi
 

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