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Comings and Goings
APPOINTMENTS
Christiana Figueres Takes Up UNFCCC Post
UNCTAD Secretary-General Joins High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing
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VACANCIES
GEF Seeks Senior Environmental Specialist to Coordinate and Lead Chemicals Program
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New Reports and Resources
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – Report for Business
Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2010
Core Elements of National Reports
Stockholm Convention: Technical Assistance Newsletter
ACPs MEAs Newsletter
Wildlife Legislation and the Empowerment of the Poor in Asia and Oceania
Planted Forests in Sustainable Forest Management: A Statement of Principles
Does the Opportunity Cost Approach Indicate the Real Cost of REDD+?
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Latest News - Friday, 23 July 2010
Resumed Session of ABS 9 Makes Steps towards Finalization of ABS Protocol
Montréal, 17 July—The resumed ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which met from 10-16 July 2010, in Montréal, Canada, approved a substantive outcome in the form of a draft ABS protocol. The text is no longer a Co-Chairs’ text but rather a text negotiated by parties, however several sets of brackets remain. As a result, the Working Group decided to hold another meeting before COP 10, possibly in September 2010. More.
Photo: Delegates from Canada, the EU and Brazil in a discussion with Co-Chairs Timothy Hodges (Canada) and Fernando Casas (Colombia).
Other News
World Cities Summit 2010 Focuses on Sustainable Cities
Sustainable Development News

Human Development
UNGA Adopts Consensus Resolution on the UN Women Agency
UNDP Supports Strategic Investment to Address Climate Change in LDCs
UNDP and Oxford Launch New Poverty Measure
More Development News

IMO Reviews Progress on Climate Change
MedWet Committee Holds 10th Meeting
GEF Supports Caribbean MPA Project
MARPOL Regulations for Air Pollution from Ships Enter into Force
More Water News

Renewables Initiatives Announced at Clean Energy Ministerial
Maldives Hosts Second Cartagena Group Meeting
Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group Discusses Public-Private Partnerships
Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Discusses Advancing Agreement at COP 16
UN Secretary-General Addresses Conference of Speakers of Parliament
More Climate News

Basel Convention Convenes Ship Recycling Workshop
Rotterdam Convention Convenes Training for Near-East and Asia
UNEP Chemicals Convenes Workshop on Infrastructures and Cost Recovery Measures for Chemicals Management
More Chemicals News

UNFF Bureau Discusses Financing, REDD+ and UNFF9 Preparations
More Forests News

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP Convenes IEG Meeting
UNGA adopts climate change resolution Regional Meeting Prepares for Environment and Development Ministerial in Asia and the Pacific
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP Convenes Safeguards Meeting
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Trade, Finance & Investment
Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing Holds Second Meeting
WTO Negotiations on Environmental Goods and Services Continue
GEF Council Approves Major Reforms in New Funding Cycle
CIF Strategic Climate Fund Holds Program Meetings
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Key meetings in the next two weeks
ECOSOC Substantive Session 2010: 28 June-23 July 2010. New York, US.
CDM-EB 55: 19-23 July 2010. Bonn, Germany.
International Conference on Biodiversity Conservation in Transboundary Tropical Forests: 21-24 July 2010. Quito, Ecuador.
Third East Asian Seas Partnership Council Meeting: 26-30 July 2010. Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, China.
Pre-sessional Workshop on Forest Management Accounting: 30 July 2010. Bonn, Germany.
AWG-LCA 11 and AWG-KP 13: 2-6 August 2010. Bonn, Germany.
Second International Conference on Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions (ICID 2010): 16-20 August 2010. Fortaleza, Brazil.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from the
Second International Conference: Climate, Sustainability and Development in Semi-arid Regions
16-20 August 2010, Fortaleza, Brazil
 

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