The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Division of Reporting Services has begun our funding campaign for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 2007. We are hoping to raise the US$1,790,754 (€1,351,523) needed to publish the ENB from 23 UN meetings and maintain the Linkages website with information on environment and sustainable development policy materials throughout this year.

ENB Funding Campaign for 2007

All of us on the ENB Team http://www.iisd.ca/about/team/ hope that you will find a way for your organization or government ministry to support us this year.

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin was supported in 2006 by eighteen governments plus the European Commission, the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie and UNEP.

We are in the process of circulating our funding proposals to those donors who have so generously supported us in the past. We are asking our donors to consider either the one-year or three-year proposal. Copies of our proposals are available on our website in PDF format:

a) Support for the Production of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 2007

b) Support for the Production of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in 2007-2009

ENB Funding in 2006

We are also inviting others to support our work. If you represent a donor organization, government ministry or other possible contributor to the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and would like a hard copy of our funding proposal and supporting documentation, please contact me by email at kimo@iisd.org

Also, if you are a reader of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and would like to find a way to support our work, we would encourage you to make recommendations for possible organizations, foundations or government ministries who are not currently donors and may be able to support our work. Many of our current donors have come through recommendations from our readers!

Our budget in calendar year 2007 will be US$1,790,754.60

This amount includes 

  • ENB Meeting Coverage: US$966,775.00
  • Linkages Website and Linkages Update Production Costs: US$177,864.00
  • Staff salaries and Operating Costs: US$646,115.60

We hope to cover the following processes in 2007:

COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

CSD-15 Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting

26 February - 2 March 2007, New York

CSD 15

30 April - 11 May 2007, New York

UNEP

UNEP GC-24/GMEF

5-9 February 2007, Nairobi

CLIMATE & ATMOSPHERE

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 10th Session of Working Group I (tentative pending funding – see below)

29 January - 1 February 2007, Paris

Eighth session of IPCC Working Group II

2-5 April 2007, Brussels

IPCC-26 and 9th Session of Working Group III

30 April - 3 May 2007, Bangkok

UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies in 2007

7-18 May 2007, Bonn

Montréal Protocol OEWG-27 and Dialogue on the Future Key Challenges of the Montreal Protocol

2-8 June 2007, Nairobi

Montreal Protocol MOP19

17-21 September 2007, Montreal

IPCC-27

12-16 November 2007, Valencia

UNFCCC COP13 and Kyoto MOP III

3-14 December 2007, Bali

CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

POPS COP-3

30 April - 4 May 2007, Dakar

BIODIVERSITY AND WILDLIFE

Third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group (AHOE-WG) of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol (tentative pending funding – see below)

19-23 February 2007, Montréal

CITES COP14

3-15 June 2007, The Hague

CBD SBSTTA-12 and Working Group on Review of Implementation of the CBD

2-13 July 2007, Paris

CBD Access and Benefit Sharing WG-5 and Fifth Meeting Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Article 8(J)

10-21 September 2007, Montreal

CBD Fourth Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the Context of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

22-26 October 2007, Montreal

The Second Session of the ITPGR Governing Body

29 October - 2 November 2007, Rome

FORESTS

UNFF-7

16-27 April 2007, New York

DESERTIFICATION

5th Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification (tentative pending funding – see below)

12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires

Convention to Combat Desertification COP8

TBD but possibly October 2007, Madrid

OCEANS & COASTS

Informal Consultations of States Parties to UN Fish Stocks Agreement

23-27 April 2007, New York

Eighth Meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

25-29 June 2007, New York

Due to the overlap between our current fiscal year (1 April 2006 through 31 March 2007) and our funding year (1 January through 31 December 2007) we are dependent on the timely receipt of annual contributions early in the calendar year so that we can cover meetings that take place at the end of our fiscal year, in February and March (when we often run short of money.)

Due to the slide in the value of the US$ and lower contributions during 2006 from some of our donors, we are entering the last quarter of our current fiscal year with a projected deficit for our fiscal year 2006-2007. The publication of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin is funded completely through the contributions from our donors and our attendance and reporting from meetings is totally dependent on the timely receipt of funds. Unfortunately, we cannot attend meetings if we have not received confirmation that adequate funding is in place before the meeting begins.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 10th Session of Working Group I

29 January - 1 February 2007, Paris

Coverage pending funding confirmation by 10 January

Third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group (AHOE-WG) of Legal and Technical Experts on Liability and Redress in the context of the Cartagena Protocol

19-23 February 2007, Montréal

Coverage pending funding confirmation by 1 February

5th Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification

12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires

Coverage pending funding confirmation by 24 February

We have asked our current donors to confirm their 2007 level of support as soon as possible so that we can ensure coverage of these and other meetings this year. We also have our fiscal year 2006-2007 funding proposal available online. If you or your organization would like to support our activities through the end of our current fiscal year, to help ensure that we are able to cover these meetings, please contact me directly at kimo@iisd.org.

FUNDING SHORTFALL IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR

In 2006 we were hired to provide our reporting services from 18 additional meetings. Our clients included the World Bank, the GEF, the Governments of France, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Canada, as well as UNEP and UNDP.

For 2007 we have been hired by the Government of Indonesia to provide daily reports and online coverage from the upcoming Country Led Initiative in Support of the UN Forum on Forests: “Multi Year Programme of Work of United Nations Forum on Forests: Charting the Way Forward to 2015” to be held in Bali from 13-16 February 2007.

With financial support from the South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and in cooperation with the UNEP Regional Office for Africa (ROA) we will be covering the AU Summit on Science and Technology in Addis Ababa from 29-30 January and the UNEP/UNDP Poverty and Environment Programme Partners meeting in Nairobi from 30 January – 1 February. Also, within this same project with South Africa’s DEAT, we will be covering the AMCOW (African Water Ministers) meeting in Brazzaville from 12-16 March and the first COP of the Bamako Convention to be held either in March or April this year. (For more on our African Regional Coverage, please see below.)

Although we have not yet received confirmation from FAO, it appears that we will also be covering the 18th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) in Rome from 12-16 March.

Finally, we have confirmation from UNDP that they will be supporting our coverage of the side events at the CSD-15 meeting from 30 April to 11 May in New York (UNDP provided similar support for the publication of ENB on the Side from CSD-14 in 2006.)

OTHER MEETINGS WE WILL COVER IN 2007

This last year has been a really special one for IISD Reporting Services, as we expanded in two areas with specific funding from UNEP and from the Government of South Africa:

MEA BULLETIN: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) – Reporting Services Division (IISD RS), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme’s Division of Environmental Law and Conventions (UNEP DELC), have joined together to establish an information platform on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and the negotiations associated with them. The primary output of this initiative, MEA Bulletin, is published bi-weekly and provides regular updates on the activities of individual MEAs and their associated Secretariats.  IISD RS’ team of ten issue cluster experts communicates regularly with MEA representatives and others in the field to track the MEAs’ activities and write the MEA Bulletin. Additional outputs of this initiative include the development of matrices of country and regional block positions at key MEA negotiations and the development of a web-based peer-to-peer discussion group, MEA-L. This project takes the success of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin, which has communicated the outcomes of international environment and sustainable development negotiations to the international community since 1992, a step further by gathering and communicating information about MEAs on an ongoing basis. The initiative seeks to facilitate efforts to follow the activities of each MEA as well as to identify and better understand cross-cutting issues that may impact a number of agreements and related negotiations. You can subscribe to the MEA Bulletin and any of our other free knowledge products at http://www.iisd.ca/email/

AFRICA REGIONAL PROJECT: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - Reporting Services Division (IISD RS) and South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), in partnership with the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Office for Africa, have joined together to assist in communicating the policy outcomes of African regional meetings on environment and related sustainable development issues to the larger international community. These three partners have launched a three-year project to provide coverage of regional sustainable development policy meetings in Africa with a focus on environment, water, energy and other sustainable development related issues, particularly in the context of the follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and the implementation of the Environment Action Plan of the Environment Initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The project is the result of the identified need to give African meetings and activities a higher exposure to the international community. Building on the success of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin in covering international environment and sustainable development meetings, this project expects to replicate this success at the regional level in order to make the outcome of Africa’s meetings available to the world in real-time.

Our coverage, to date, has included:

1)    Eleventh session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, 22-26 May 2006, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo; http://www.iisd.ca/africa/amcen11/

2)    UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, 21-23 September 2006, Accra, Ghana, African Regional Adaptation Workshop mandated by decision 1/CP.10 http://www.iisd.ca/crs/adaptationaccra/

3)    Extraordinary Conference of the African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology, 20-24 November 2006, Cairo, Egypt http://www.iisd.ca/africa/amcost/

4)    Capacity Building Workshop on Partnerships for Improving the Performance of Water Utilities in the African Region, 6-8 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya http://www.iisd.ca/africa/water/wpa/

5)    African Regional Workshop on Sustainable Use, 11-15 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya http://www.iisd.ca/africa/biodiv/arwsu/

6)    Joint International Conference - Desertification and the International Policy Imperative, 17-19 December 2006, Algiers, Algeria http://www.iisd.ca/africa/desert/jicd/

We have also provided briefing notes for African decision makers:

A)   Africa and the 61st Session of the UN General Assembly http://www.iisd.ca/africa/africa.html

B)   First meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators http://www.iisd.ca/africa/nepad.html

During 2006 IISD Reporting Services recruited specifically for new writers and digital editors from Africa. We are pleased to report that we have recruited and trained the following new team members from the region:

· Suzanne Carter (South Africa)
· Derick Gabone (South Africa)
· Tallash Kantai (Kenya)
· Kate Louw (South Africa)
· Jonathan Manley (South Africa)
· Atieno Ndomo (Kenya)
· Joe Nyangon (Kenya)
· Julie Taylor (Zimbabwe)

Funding for the first year of the Africa Regional Project has been provided by the Government of South Africa and we are currently searching for funding partners for the second and third years. For more information on the IISD Reporting Services Africa Regional Project please visit http://www.iisd.ca/africa/

OTHER NEWS FROM 2006

On behalf of the ENB Team, made up of 75 writers, editors, photographers, logistics coordinators and translators from 27 different countries, I’d like to thank all of your for your warm support throughout this past year. There is nothing more sustaining, after sitting through hours of sometimes less than stimulating negotiating sessions and working late into the night, often far from home, to hear how much the Bulletin means to you.

Hopefully, with a little help from our friends, we’ll pull together the resources needed for us to continue our work for one more year.

Best wishes,

Kimo GOREE - kimo@iisd.org

The ENB Team in 2007 - http://www.iisd.ca/about/team

AND IN CONCLUSION

Earth Negotiations Bulletin Covered Meetings in 2006

JANUARY 2006

United Nations Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994, 4th part: 16-27 January 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.iisd.ca/forestry/itto/itta4/

Fourth Meeting of the Ad hoc Open-ended Inter-sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity: 23-27 January 2006, Granada, Spain. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/wg8j-4/

Fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity: 30 January - 3 February 2006, Granada, Spain. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/abs-wg4/
 

FEBRUARY 2006

Ninth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF): 4-9 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. http://www.iisd.ca/unepgc/unepss9/

Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction: 13-17 February 2006, UN Headquarters, New York. http://www.iisd.ca/oceans/marinebiodiv/

Sixth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF 6): 13-24 February 2006, UN Headquarters, New York. http://www.iisd.ca/forestry/unff/unff6/

Second Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Working Group on Liability and Redress under the Biosafety Protocol: 20-24 February 2006, Montreal, Canada. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/wglr2/
 

MARCH 2006

Third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: 13-17 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/bs-copmop3/

Expert Workshop on Protected Areas: 17-18 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/paws/

Eighth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-8): 20-31 March 2006, Curitiba, Brazil. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/cop8/
 

APRIL 2006

Fifth Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention: 3-7 April 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.iisd.ca/basel/oewg5/

25th Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): 26-28 April 2006, Port Louis, Mauritius. http://www.iisd.ca/climate/ipcc25/
 

MAY 2006

Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention: 1-5 May 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.iisd.ca/chemical/pops/cop2/

Fourteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-14): 1-12 May 2006, United Nations Headquarters, New York. http://www.iisd.ca/csd/csd14/

Twenty-Fourth sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) of the UNFCCC: 15-26 May 2006, Bonn, Germany. http://www.iisd.ca/climate/sb24/

Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks: 22-26 May 2006, UN Headquarters, New York. http://www.iisd.ca/oceans/sfsrc/


JUNE 2006

First Meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: 12-16 June 2006, Madrid, Spain. http://www.iisd.ca/biodiv/itpgrgb1/

Seventh Session of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 12-16 June 2006, UN Headquarters, New York. http://www.iisd.ca/oceans/icp7/
 

JULY 2006

Twenty-sixth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG-26) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer: 3-6 July 2006, Montréal, Canada. http://www.iisd.ca/ozone/oewg26/

Sixteenth meeting of the Plants Committee & Twenty-second meeting of the Animals Committee: 3-13 July 2006, Lima, Peru. http://www.iisd.ca/cites/ac22pc16/ 


SEPTEMBER 2006

Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Forum On Chemical Safety: 25-29 September 2006, Budapest, Hungary. http://www.iisd.ca/chemical/ifcs5/


OCTOBER 2006

Fifty-fourth meeting of the Standing Committee: 2-6 October 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.iisd.ca/cites/sc54/

Third Conference of Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (PIC COP-3): 9-13 October 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.iisd.ca/chemical/pic/cop3/

Second Intergovernmental Review Meeting (IGR-2) of the United Nations Environment Programme Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities: 16-20 October 2006, Beijing, China. http://www.iisd.ca/oceans/igr2/

18th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP-18): 30 October - 3 November 2006, New Delhi, India. http://www.iisd.ca/ozone/mop18/


NOVEMBER 2006

Second meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC): 6-10 November 2006, Geneva, Switzerland. http://www.iisd.ca/chemical/pops/poprc2/

Forty-first Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees: 6-11 November 2006, Yokohama, Japan. http://www.iisd.ca/forestry/itto/ittc41/

United Nations Climate Change Conference - Nairobi 2006: 6-17 November 2006, Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.iisd.ca/climate/cop12/

Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-8) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal: 27 November - 1 December 2006, Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.iisd.ca/basel/cop8/


DECEMBER 2006

United Nations Forum on Forests Open-ended ad hoc expert group on the consideration of the content of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests: 11-15 December 2006 United Nations Headquarters, New York. http://www.iisd.ca/forestry/unff/ahnlbi/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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