Editor's Note
Although the last month has been relatively quiet on the multilateral environmental agreement front, many of the stories in this issue leave no doubt that the last part of 2007 will proceed at a hectic pace. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

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Coming and Goings
APPOINTMENTS
ESCAP and ESCWA heads named
New Ramsar Secretary General takes his post
UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director BDP appointed
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VACANCIES
UNEP seeks Deputy Executive Director
Search for IMF head ongoing
Director and two Branch Chiefs leaving UN Division for Sustainable Development
CIFOR seeks Director and Senior Scientist for Forests and Governance Programme
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New Reports and Resources
Market Mechanisms for Sustainable Development: How Do They Fit in the Various Post-2012 Climate Efforts?
Climate Change, Competitiveness and Trade
Climatic and Anthropogenic Impacts on the Variability of Water Resources
Global Climate Change: A Challenge to Policy
Climate Change: The Uncertainties, the Certainties and What They Imply about Action
Turning Up the Heat on Global Environmental Governance
Wetlands, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Tourism Development
Global Water Tool
Environmental Performance Review of China (2007)
Key Environmental Indicators 2007
The Least Developed Countries Report, 2007
Supporting Country Action on the CBD Programme of Work on Protected Areas
Report of the Biosafety Panel to the CGIAR Science Council on Biosafety Policy Practices of the CGIAR Centers
Controlling Illegal Logging: Lessons from the US Lacey Act
Forest Law and Sustainable Development: Addressing Contemporary Challenges through Legal Reform
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Latest News - Friday, 17 August 2007
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY HOLDS INFORMAL CLIMATE DEBATE

New York, 3 August—An informal thematic debate of the UN General Assembly has been held on the subject of “Climate change as a global challenge.” The discussion, which took place from 31 July-2 August 2007, at UN headquarters in New York, US, focused on both the adaptation and mitigation aspects of climate change, as well as on the UN negotiations designed to reach an agreement for the post-2012 period, when the Kyoto Protocol’s first commitment period ends. A number of speakers said the high-level event on 24 September 2007 called by the UN Secretary-General should provide political momentum for an agreement at the Bali conference in December 2007 on a “roadmap” for completing post-2012 negotiations by 2009. The urgency of the climate change problem and the importance of equity, fairness and the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities in developing a future agreement were also underscored by many speakers. A number of member states also affirmed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as the appropriate forum for negotiations. More.
Photo: Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, considered what a future agreement might include.
SEMINAR DISCUSSES SUSTAINABLE BIOFUEL DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

Addis Ababa, 2 August—The first High-level Biofuels Seminar in Africa, which met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 30 July - 1 August 2007, has developed an Action Plan for Biofuels Development in Africa. The Action Plan was annexed to the Addis Ababa Declaration on Sustainable Biofuels Development in Africa, which calls for, inter alia: developing enabling policy and regulatory frameworks; participating in global sustainability discussions; formulating guiding principles on biofuels to enhance Africa’s competitiveness; and minimizing the risks of biofuels development for small-scale producers. It further calls for the engagement of development partners to enable North-South and South-South cooperation, urges the engagement of public financing institutions to support biofuels projects, and proposes the establishment of a forum to promote access to biofuels information and knowledge. More.
Photo: Dais during the First High-level Biofuels Seminar in Africa.
Other News
Sustainable Development
ECOSOC concludes summer session
Canada, Mexico and US to conduct joint research on energy
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Biodiversity and Wildlife
WIPO Committee on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge recommends mandate renewal
UNEP launches initiative to review biodiversity protection
More Biodiversity News

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
APWF Governing Council discusses Asian water and development outlook
World Water Week assesses performance of water programmes and policies
ADB and UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation to collaborate
New oil fuel tank protection enters into force
Morocco to eliminate driftnets from their fleet
More Water News
Climate and Atmosphere
Deforestation plans spark debate
US President issues invitations to climate change meeting
UN launches new climate change website
Pressure to accelerate phaseout of HCFCs builds
High concentrations of halogens found over Antarctica
More Climate News

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Programme budget implications of UNFF7 recommendations issued; ECOSOC postpones consideration of UNFF7 report
Illegal logging continues in Indonesia – WTO report
More Forests News

Trade, Finance and Investment
Codex addresses pesticide residues and GMO traces in food
WTO Committee on Trade and Environment waiting for progress in other areas
More Trade News
Chemicals Management
International Panel on Chemical Pollution established
New research on POPs bioaccumulation raises concern
Chlorine plants benefit from mercury-free technology -- report
More Chemicals News

Human Development
Global Forum on Migration and Development develops recommendations
Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women concludes 39th session
Poverty-Environment Initiative launches portal
More Development News

Intergovernmental Organizations
Declaration urges coordinated action on environment and health
Children discuss environmental challenges facing Africa
UNDP to jump-start carbon market in Eastern Europe and the CIS
More IGO News

Key meetings in the next four weeks
UNFCCC Dialogue and Kyoto Protocol AWG 4: 27-31 August 2007, Vienna, Austria
First International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources: 3-7 September 2007, Interlaken, Switzerland
Sixth Session of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Basel Convention: 3-7 September 2007, Geneva, Switzerland
Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertificaton (COP 8): 3-14 September 2007, Madrid, Spain
Expert Group Meeting: Carbon Capture And Storage And Sustainable Development: 10-11 September 2007, New York, US
 
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