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Editor’s Note No. 151
Friday, 4 June 2010
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor,
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The busy past fortnight’s events and announcements will give sustainable development policy makers and observers a lot of food for thought as we enter the traditionally slower months of the Northern summer.

The Oslo Climate and Forests Conference, which took place in Norway on 27 May 2010, addressed the issues of financing and a framework to rapidly operationalize measures for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD). How will these talks feed into negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on related issues, and what effect will the agreement’s provisions for almost US$4 billion to quick-start implementation between 2010-2012 have?

The June Climate Talks, the first full climate change negotiating sessions since the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, are scheduled to conclude on 11 June 2010. What outcomes can we expect from these talks and how will they affect the negotiations on the road to Cancun at the end of the year? What leadership role will the new Executive Secretary assume, when she takes office on 1 July?

The recently concluded 14th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the CBD’s Working Group on Review of Implementation of the Convention (WGRI) developed a number of recommendations for the October Conference of the Parties, although brackets remain in the texts. What must be done between now and October to resolve the outstanding issues?

In addition to last month’s announcement that Sha Zukang would serve as Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), a number of individuals are expected to be tapped for leadership roles, to foster that process. What role will they play in building consensus around the UNCSD’s objectives?

And given the importance of early rounds of negotiations in establishing the agenda for a negotiating process, what influence will next week’s first Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury have on the path that negotiators will follow during their four subsequent meetings?

We will bring you the news on these meetings and key announcements over the next few months, providing insights into future sustainable development policy and governance.
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