Editor's Note
Science-based policy making. This often discussed goal has proven difficult to implement in practice. In 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has made it look relatively easy. The recognition that the IPCC’s work has garnered for the climate change issue, topped off by the announcement that it would receive the Nobel Peace Prize, has resulted in a great deal of IPCC-envy in the international environmental community. … article continues

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.

Editor, Linkages Update and MEA Bulletin
 

Coming and Goings
VACANCIES
UNEP Announces Vacant Director Positions
World Bank Carbon Finance Unit Seeks Operations Analyst
Click here for a full listing of job postings

New Reports and Resources
World Investment Report 2007
Policies for a Better Environment – Progress in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia
A World of Science: Retrospective on Climate Change
Guidelines for the Establishment of the Natura 2000 Network in the Marine Environment
Marine Protected Areas as a Tool for Fisheries Management Website
Treated as Trash
Undermining Communities and the Environment: A Review of IFC’s Environmental, Health and Safety Guidelines for Mining
The State of Responsible Business: Global Corporate Response to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Challenges
CEDAW Report
The Macroeconomic Implications of MDG-Based Strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa
Distinguishing Community Forest Products in the Market
Sending Money Home: Worldwide Remittance Flows to Developing Countries
Click here for more Key Publications and Resources

MEA Bulletin
Want more in-depth news on key multilateral environmental agreements and their secretariats? Sign up to receive our free publication, MEA Bulletin.  


African Regional Coverage
Want more information on sustainable development decision-making in Africa? Subscribe to AFRICASD-L, a peer-to-peer mailing list for news on our African Regional Coverage Project and sustainable development issues in Africa.  

Latest News - Thursday, 25 October 2007
CBD MEETINGS ON ABS AND ARTICLE 8(j) CONCLUDE, BIOSAFETY MEETING ON LIABILITY AND REDRESS IN PROGRESS

Montreal, 25 October—The fifth meeting of the Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS WG 5) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) convened from 8-12 October 2007, in Montreal, Canada. Representing the first half of a single session that will be completed at the Working Group’s sixth meeting, to be held from 21-25 January 2008, in Geneva, Switzerland, ABS WG 5 considered substantive elements of an international regime on ABS. More.
Photo: L-R: ABS Working Group Co-Chairs Fernando Casas (Colombia) and Timothy Hodges (Canada)
The ABS WG 5 meeting was immediately followed by the fifth meeting of the Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions (15-19 October 2007), which adopted a series of recommendations to be forwarded to the ninth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (19-30 May 2008, Bonn, Germany). However, delegates did not reach agreement on a recommendation on inputs by the Working Group to the negotiation of an international regime on ABS. More.

Finally, CBD delegates are gathering in Montreal from 22-26 October 2007, to participate in the fourth meeting of the Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress (WGLR4) in the context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. More.
Photo: L-R: Working Group on Article 8(j) Chair Fernando Coimbra (Brazil) and WGLR4 Co-Chair Jimena Nieto (Colombia)
CONFERENCE ADDRESSES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION IN EUROPE

Belgrade, 13 October—The sixth Environment for Europe (EfF) Ministerial Conference took place in Belgrade, Serbia, from 10-12 October 2007, during which participants considered: assessment and implementation of commitments; the state of the environment; implementation of multilateral environment agreements; findings of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) environmental performance reviews; education for sustainable development; biodiversity; capacity building; perspectives of South East Europe; environmental policy and international competitiveness; and environmental finance and partnerships. Participants developed a Ministerial Declaration on the future of the EfE process and Ministerial Statements on education for sustainable development and biodiversity. More.
Photo: Dais at the closure of the EfE-Belgrade 2007 conference.
Other News
Sustainable Development
Clinton Global Initiative generates 245 commitments to take action
More Sustainable Development News

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
FAO conference addresses future of Asian forests
Amazon at risk from development, NGOs launch pact to end deforestation
New ITTO program on tropical forest law enforcement receives US$ 3 million contribution
More Forests News

Trade, Finance and Investment
World Bank and IMF annual meetings address poverty reduction strategies, climate change and African agriculture
World Bank creates two new carbon finance facilities
Brazil proposes including biofuels in WTO environmental goods negotiations
More Trade News
Climate and Atmosphere
Developing countries’ role in combating climate change explored
Australia pledges support for post-2012 targets
IPCC and Al Gore awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Ozone in the news: ozone hole “small,” ozone chemist awarded Nobel Prize
More Climate News

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IFPRI 2020 conference concludes in Beijing
Codex task force approves biotechnology guidelines
More Biodiversity News

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
25th anniversary of UNCLOS celebrated
EC proposes measures to eliminate IUU fishing
More Water News
Chemicals Management
Lead identified in lipsticks
Nairobi waste dump affects health – UNEP study
More Chemicals News

Human Development
Asia-Pacific progress report offers mixed picture for reaching MDGs
More Development News

Intergovernmental Organizations
EMG annual meeting considers current work programme, role in IEG process
UNGA debate focuses on MDGs, climate change, financing for development
UNGA round table says “One UN” pilot programme is effective model
UNGA President provides updated information on UN reform processes
More IGO News

Key meetings in the next two weeks
9th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans: 29-31 October 2007, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
5th Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity: 29 October - 2 November 2007, Trondheim, Norway
2nd Session of the ITPGR Governing Body: 29 October - 2 November 2007, Rome, Italy
5th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe: 5-7 November 2007, Warsaw, Poland
43rd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Committees: 5-10 November 2007, Yokohama, Japan
32nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee: 8-9 November 2007, Bonn, Germany
 
IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 29 October to 2 November 2007 from:
IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 5 to 7 November 2007 from:

Linkages Update delivers the latest news and information on international environment and sustainable development issues to your e-mail inbox twice every month. More information.