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The third meeting of the parties to the Agreement on Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS), developed under the auspices of CMS, convened from 22-25 October 2007, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
The 32nd meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) convened from 8-9 November 2007, in Bonn, Germany.
The Final Meeting of the International Steering Committee of the Consultative Process Towards an International Mechanism of Scientific Expertise on Biodiversity (IMoSEB) was held from 15-17 November 2007, in Montpellier, France.
This conference will highlight the links between population health and the status of global biodiversity, and will focus on three key areas: emerging infectious diseases - integrating biodiversity conservation and management into disease prevention and control programmes; food resources, diet and nutrition - meeting food security, health and poverty challenges with dietary diversity; and disaster prevention, relief and recovery - harnessing ecosystem services in prevention, recovery and redevelopment programmes.
The Governments of Mexico and the US, as co-hosts of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) Secretariat, in conjunction with the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, are hosting this first General Meeting of the current secretariat and the launch of the International Year of the Reef.
This Congress will focus on the five points agenda, which will elaborate an action plan for the world network of biosphere reserves for the period 2008-2012.