Issues related to a possible amendment of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) to be in line with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) remained contentious at the TRIPS Council meeting held on 17 June 2008.
The 25th session of the UN Enviroment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) will convene in Nairobi, Kenya, from 16-20 February 2009.
2008: Four parallel meetings took place between 2-13 June 2008, in Bonn,
Germany, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Kyoto
Protocol. The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term
Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), which was launched in Bali,
started its substantive work in Bonn, while the resumed fifth session of the Ad
Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the
Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) began the process of listing issues for further
negotiation, particularly on the Kyoto Protocol's market-based mechanisms and
on carbon sinks.
This conference will highlight the importance of traditional forest-related knowledge towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable forest management. It is organized by the Forestry Commission, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the University of Ghana in association with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations.
June 2008: In a message to the High-Level Conference on World Food Security
(3-5 June 2008, Rome, Italy), Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), underlined the current loss of
agricultural and livestock biodiversity, which he said is further increased by
The ninth Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which convened from 19-30 May 2008, in Bonn, Germany, immediately following the fourth Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 4) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, adopted 37 decisions on a wide range of items.
23 May 2008: Delegates to the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, meeting in Bonn, Germany, considered the CBD's Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological (SBSTTA) recommendations on biodiversity and climate change (recommendations XII/5 and XIII/6) on Friday, 23 May 2008. The following is a summary of the deliberations as provided by the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
15 May 2008: The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation and co-financing to support strategic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.