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Latest News - Friday, 18 June 2010
SECOND EAST ASIA CLIMATE FORUM DISCUSSES GREEN GROWTH
Seoul, 17 June—The Second East Asia Climate Forum convened on 16 June 2010, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, to provide a forum for dialogue on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in East Asia and for turning the challenges of climate change into sustainable economic opportunities. More.
Photo: President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-bak opened the Second East Asia Climate Forum and noted that climate change is the greatest threat to humanity
BONN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS MAKE LIMITED PROGRESS
Bonn, 11 June—The Bonn Climate Change Talks took place from 31 May-11 June 2010, in Bonn, Germany. Among the proposals discussed were a call for a technical paper by the Secretariat on options for limiting global average temperature increase to 1.5°C and 2°C from pre-industrial levels (which was not agreed), and a request that the Secretariat prepare a technical paper on legal issues and organize a technical workshop on the scale of Annex I emission reductions (which was agreed). Delegates also bid farewell to outgoing UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and welcomed the appointment of Christiana Figueres (Costa Rica) as the next Executive Secretary. More.
Photo: L-R: Incoming UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer; and Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar
MERCURY INC 1 BEGINS WORK ON LEGALLY BINDING INSTRUMENT
Stockholm, 11 June—The first session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC 1) convened from 7-11 June, in Stockholm, Sweden. Delegates mandated the Secretariat to prepare, for consideration by the INC, “elements of a comprehensive and suitable approach to a legally binding instrument on mercury,” which will be used as the basis for negotiations by the INC 2. More.
IPBES MEETING RECOMMENDS ESTABLISHMENT OF SCIENCE-POLICY PLATFORM ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
Busan, 11 June—The third Ad Hoc Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder Meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES III) adopted the Busan Outcome, recommending the establishment of an IPBES that would collaborate with existing initiatives on biodiversity and ecosystem services and be scientifically independent. The event took place from 7-11 June 2010, in Busan, Republic of Korea. More.
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UNCCD Organizes Land Day 2
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UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network meets in Sweden
UN-REDD activities support safeguarding multiple forest benefits
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UNECE energy efficiency project to establish investment fund
World Bank approves first development policy loan for climate change
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Montreal Protocol OEWG 30 opens
International Polar Year comes to an end
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Stockholm Convention convenes Integrated Vector Management Training Programme
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Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution World Environment Day celebrated
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and GEF cooperate to green World Cup
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Thirteen sites added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves
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Experts discuss high seas MPAs
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third Meeting of the Group of the Friends of the Co-Chairs on Liability and Redress under the Biosafety Protocol: 15-19 June 2010. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Agriculture: 16-19 June 2010. Rome, Italy.
44th Meeting of the Montreal Protocol Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure: 21-22 June 2010. Bangkok, Thailand.
Expert consultation for development of guidelines to integrate climate change considerations into forest management plans: 21-23 June 2010. Thun, Switzerland.
IPCC WG I Workshop on Sea Level Rise and Ice Sheet Instabilities: 21-24 June 2010. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Fifth Caribbean Environment Forum and Exhibition (CEF 5), Second Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF 2), and 15th Annual Wider Caribbean Waste Management Conference (ReCaribe): 21-25 June 2010. Montego Bay, Jamaica.
11th Meeting of the Informal Consultative Process of the Law of the Sea: 21-25 June 2010. UN Headquarters, New York, US.
62nd Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission: 21-25 June 2010. Agadir, Morocco.
Fifth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change: 22 June 2010. Washington DC, US.
CIF Sub-Committee Meetings: 22-24 June 2010. Washington, DC, US.
Joint Tuna RFMOs and International Tuna Workshops: 23 June-1 July 2010. Brisbane, Australia.
UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2010: 24-25 June 2010. New York, US.
G20 Toronto Summit: 26-27 June 2010. Toronto, Canada.
World Cities Summit 2010: Livable and Sustainable Cities for the Future: 28 June-1 July 2010. Singapore.
16th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council followed by the Second Meeting of the Working Group on the Future Shape of the CMS: 28 June-2 July 2010. Bonn, Germany.
GEF Council Meeting: 29 June-1 July 2010. Washington, DC, US.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting on 22 June 2010 from the
Fifth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change

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