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Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.While several meetings related to climate change policy stand out as key events in the last fortnight, the possibilities offered by the World Bank’s decision to make over 2000 indicators from developing countries available through its Open Data Initiative could make 22 April 2010 an Earth Day to remember. … article continues

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Latest News - Friday, 23 April 2010
UNFCCC PARTIES AGREE ON ADDITIONAL MEETING SESSIONS BEFORE COP 16
Bonn, 12 April—The main objective of the ninth session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA 9) and the 11th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 11), which convened from 9-11 April 2010, in Bonn, Germany, was to agree on the organization and methods of work in 2010, including additional meeting time. The AWG-LCA adopted conclusions on organization and methods of work in 2010, and invited its Chair to prepare, under her own responsibility, a text to facilitate negotiations among Parties, in time for the May/June sessions in Bonn. AWG-KP 11 agreed to, inter alia: focus in 2010 on Annex I parties’ aggregate and individual emission reductions under the Kyoto Protocol beyond 2012 and to continue working on “other issues;” and hold two sessions between AWG-KP 12 in June and COP/MOP 6 in November-December 2010. More.
Photo: During an informal plenary, AWG-LCA Chair Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe) introduced her draft conclusions.
FIRST CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR METEOROLOGY IN AFRICA ADOPTS NAIROBI DECLARATION
Nairobi, 17 April—The First Conference of African ministers responsible for meteorology adopted the Nairobi Declaration in response to the increasing risks and threats to development posed by climate variability and change. The Conference, which was organized by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), in partnership with the African Union Commission, gathered around 30 ministers in Nairobi, Kenya, on 15-16 April 2010. The Conference also established a high-level mechanism, the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET), which is expected to meet every two years to further develop meteorology and its applications in the continent. More.
Photo: Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, WMO
Other News
UNGA sets dates for High Level Dialogue in September 2010
Energy ministers of the Americas work on energy and climate partnership
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UNGA to hold high-level event on biodiversity
New Zealand announces support for UNDRIP at opening of UNPFII
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Euro-Mediterranean ministerial conference on water concludes without agreement on water strategy
Coastal and Marine Environment Management Programme adopted for Eastern and Southern Africa
Wadden Sea management plan adopted
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Bolivia Hosts People’s World Conference on Climate Change
Major Economies Forum discusses Copenhagen outcome
ASEAN leaders issue statement on climate change
New Adaptation Fund website launched
South Asian illegal ozone trade meeting convenes
Ozone Multilateral Fund agrees on HCFC funding guidelines
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Stockholm Secretariat invites contributions to PEN Magazine
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European Conference on the Protection of Forests develops Valsaín Declaration
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Human Development
Human Rights Council adopts resolution calling for 2010 Social Forum to focus on climate change and human rights
UNICEF issues warning about malnutrition crisis in Africa due to desertification
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP hosts meeting on environmental impact assessment
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP releases draft report of Issue Management Group on sustainability
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Issue Management Group on green economy convenes
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP releases March 2010 edition of MEA ACPs newsletter
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Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF SGP supports greening Armenia's housing sector
World Bank opens database with more than 2000 indicators
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Ninth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 19-30 April 2010. New York, US.
2010 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group: 24-25 April 2010. Washington DC, US.
35th Session of the European Forestry Commission: 27-30 April 2010. Lisbon, Portugal.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting: 3-4 May 2010. Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Fifth Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: 3-7 May 2010. Paris, France.
25th Session of the North American Forestry Commission: 3-7 May 2010. Palenque, Mexico.
WIPO IGC 16: 3-7 May 2010. Geneva, Switzerland.
CSD-18: 3-14 May 2010. New York, US.

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