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1 APRIL 2002 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports, including news on the establishment and first meeting of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, and the CITES decision to allow the resumption of trade in caviar;

* briefings on key meetings held in March 2002, including the International Conference on Financing for Development, the second session of the United Nations Forum on Forests, and the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on an International Convention Against the Reproductive Cloning of Human Beings;

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 MARCH 2002 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL  

 

In this issue: 

* media reports, including news on US President Bush’s new climate plan and the results of a major public opinion poll on priorities for the WSSD;

* briefings on key meetings held in February 2002, including the World Economic Forum, World Social Forum, Seventh Special Session of the United Nations Environment Programme’s Governing Council and Third Global Ministerial Environment Forum, and the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity;

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 FEBRUARY 2002 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL  

 

In this issue: 

* media reports, including news on the transformation of the UN Centre for Human Settlements into a UN Programme, "UN-Habitat";

* briefings on key meetings held in January 2002, including the Financing for Development fourth PrepCom, the penultimate meeting of the Open-ended In­tergovernmental Group of Ministers or their Representatives on In­ternational Environmental Governance, and the Technical and Legal Working Groups of the Basel Convention;

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 JANUARY 2002 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:
* media reports, including news on UNEP's new post-conflict assessment unit and the entry into force of the UN Fish Stocks Agreement;
* briefings on key meetings held in December 2001, including the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly, the fourth IEG Meeting, the International Conference on Freshwater, and the Intergovernmental Review meeting on Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities;
* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;
* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 DECEMBER 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports, including news on illegal animal trafficking in Brazil and on how climate change is triggering genetic alterations in animals;

* briefings on key meetings held in November 2001, including the UNFCCC COP-7 meeting, the CBD SBSTTA-7 session, the Negotiations on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and the International Forum on National Sustainable Development Strategies;

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 NOVEMBER 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including reports on the antarctic ozone hole, fishing subsidies, and the susceptibility of ecosystems to sudden changes;

* briefings on key meetings held in October 2001, including the resumed third PrepCom for the FfD, the Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing under the CBD, the Montreal Protocol MOP-13, the UNCCD COP-5, and the WSSD regional preparatory meetings for Africa, West Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean;

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 OCTOBER 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including on new UNDP Trust Funds on energy and environment, and on climate research and coral reefs;

* briefings on key meetings held in July and August 2001, including the UN ECE Regional Preparatory Meeting for the WSSD, and the Third Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Ministers or their Representatives on International Environmental Governance;  

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 SEPTEMBER 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including on GMOs and forests;  

* briefings on key meetings held in July and August 2001, including the resumed Sixth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP-6 Part II), and the First Session of the Intergovernmental Technical Working Group on Plant Genetic Resource for Food and Agriculture;  

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 JULY 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including the latest on climate change;  

* briefings on key meetings held in June 2001, including the Open-Ended Informal High Level Consultations on Climate Change convened by COP-6 President Jan Pronk from 27-28 June, and the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS;  

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 JUNE 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news;  

* briefings on key meetings held in May 2001, including the Third UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries, the Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Stockholm Convention on POPs, and Expert Consultations on International Environmental Governance that ended on 29 May;  

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 MAY 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including the latest on the climate change negotiations;  

* briefings on key meetings held in April 2001, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Plenary meeting on the Third Assessment Report and the outcome of the Ninth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development that ended on 28 April;  

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 APRIL 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including the latest on the rejection by the US administration of the Kyoto Protocol and the international response;  

* briefings on key meetings held in March 2001, including the intersessional meetings in preparation for the upcoming Ninth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, and the Sixth Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity;  

* details of new journal articles, books and online reports;

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings.

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1 MARCH 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* media reports and news, including the latest on the date and location of the resumed Sixth Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention;  

* briefings on key meetings held in February 2001, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group II meeting, UNEP Governing Council, and UN Forum on Forests organizational session;  

* details of new journal articles and online reports; and

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings for the year 2001.

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1 FEBRUARY 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* briefings on key meetings in January 2001, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Working Group 1 meeting;

* media reports and news;

* details of new journal articles and online reports; and

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings for the year 2001.

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1 JANUARY 2001 ISSUE OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

 

In this issue:

* briefings on key meetings in November-December 2000, including the negotiations on climate change, persistent organic pollutants, desertification and the Montreal Protocol, as well as information from the UN General Assembly's 55th Session;

* media reports and news;

* details of new books, reports and journal articles; and

* a comprehensive list of upcoming meetings for the year 2001.

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1 NOVEMBER 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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1 OCTOBER 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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1 SEPTEMBER 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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1 AUGUST 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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JUNE/JULY 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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MAY 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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APRIL 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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MARCH 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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FEBRUARY 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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JANUARY 2000 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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Changes at Linkages Journal (January 2000)


NOVEMBER 1999 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL

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INTERLINKAGES: MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS AND TRADE AND INVESTMENT REGIMES
Laura B. Campbell, Environmental Law International

A PROPOSAL ON THE SUPPLEMENTARITY ISSUE FOR EMISSION TRADING AND JOINT IMPLEMENTATION
Naoki Matsuo, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

SYNERGIES AND COORDINATION IN THE AREAS OF OCEANS AND SEAS
Joy Hyvarinen, Institute for European Environmental Policy

AN INFORMAL LOOK AT THE REPORT TO SBSTA-11

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Secretariat


MAY 1999 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL
SPOTLIGHT ON: TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

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TOPIC - FISHERIES
SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES: THE LINKAGES WITH TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT
Thorir Ibsen, Iceland Ministry for Foreign Affairs

TOPIC - CLIMATE CHANGE
THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF THE KYOTO PROTOCOL: INTEGRITY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND COMPLIANCE
Annie Petsonk, International Counsel, the Environmental Defense Fund
and Chad Carpenter, IISD

TOPIC - BIODIVERSITY
BIODIVERSITY AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: CAN THE TWO CO-EXIST?
Ashish Kothari
Kalpavriksh - Environment Action Group

TOPIC - GLOBALIZATION
GLOBALIZATION AND THE DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: THE INEQUALITY RISK
by Nancy Birdsall, Senior Associate
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

TOPIC - AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT
AFRICA: AN AGENDA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Alassane D. Ouattara
Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

TOPIC - THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
SIX EASY PIECES: FIVE THINGS THE WTO SHOULD DO — AND ONE IT SHOULD NOT
IISD's Trade and Sustainable Development Program


FEBRUARY 1999 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL
SPOTLIGHT ON "1999: THE YEAR AHEAD"

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TOPIC - CHEMICAL MANAGEMENT
PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS: HAND-ME-DOWN POISONS THAT THREATEN WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE
By the World Wildlife Fund Global Toxic Initiative

TOPIC - BIODIVERSITY
BIOSAFETY: AN INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE AS THE DEADLINE APPROACHES
Val Giddings, Ph.D., Vice President for Food & Agriculture, Biotechnology Industry Organization

TOPIC - POPULATION
ARE THERE TOO MANY PEOPLE ON THE PLANET?: AN OVERVIEW OF CAIRO + 5
by Susan Davis

TOPIC - CLIMATE CHANGE
POPULATION, CONSUMPTION AND ATMOSPHERIC EQUITY
By Robert Engelman, Population Action International

TOPIC - WETLANDS
RAMSAR'S COP-7: ACCELERATING THE APPLICATION OF THE WISE USE PRINCIPLE
Delmar Blasco, Secretary General
The Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, Iran, 1971)

TOPIC - TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT
FIDEL, SADDAM AND THE WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION
by Stephen L. Kass and Jean M. McCarroll
Carter, Ledyard & Milburn


 

OCTOBER 1998 EDITION OF LINKAGES JOURNAL
SPOTLIGHT ON: CLIMATE CHANGE

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U.S. ACTIVITIES WITH DEVELOPING COUNTRIES TO COPE WITH GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Robert K. Dixon, Ph. D.
Director, U.S. Country Studies Program

 

DESIGNING A LEGAL AND INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)

 

CLIMATE CHANGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Wanna Tanunchaiwatana
Office of Environmental Policy and Planning of Thailand

 

EQUITY IN THE CDM
Stephen Humphreys, Youba Sokona and Jean-Philippe Thomas
ENDA Tiers Monde, Dakar, Senegal

 

LAND USE CHANGE AND FORESTRY UNDER THE KYOTO PROTOCOL: LOOKING FORWARD TO COP-4
Dr. Mark C. Trexler and Rebecca Gibbons
Trexler and Associates, Inc.

 

SINKS AND THE CLEAN DEVELOPMENT MECHANISM
Espen Rønneberg, Minister Counsellor
Permanent Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations

 

EMISSIONS TRADING IN THE KYOTO PROTOCOL - FINISHED AND UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Dr. Hermann E. Ott
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

 

GREENHOUSE GAS MARKET 2001: THE FUTURE IS NOW!
Natsource, Inc.

 

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP AFTER KYOTO
World Business Council for Sustainable Development

 

EARLY ACTION CREDITING: A DOMESTIC IMPERATIVE FOR KYOTO COMPLIANCE
Michael S. Burnett, Trexler and Associates, Inc.
Mr. Chuck McDermott, The Citizens Companies

 

TROPOSPHERIC OZONE: THE MISSING GHG IN THE FCCC EQUATION
Pak Sum Low, BE (Chem), MEnvSt, Ph.D, Senior Programme Officer (Climate Change/Ozone Depletion)
GEF Coordination Office, UNEP Nairobi

 

IGES OF JAPAN TACKLES CLIMATE CHANGE
Shuzo Nishioka, Ph.D
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

 


JULY 1998
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

THE UNITED NATIONS TASK FORCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme

PROTECTION OF THE OZONE LAYER - A Success story of UNEP
K.M. Sarma, Executive Secretary for the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol, UNEP, Nairobi

WHY DO WE NEED A GLOBAL POPS TREATY?
By Bo Wahlström, Senior Scientific Advisor, UNEP Chemicals, Geneva, Switzerland

PROFITABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Mike Kelly, Coordinator for the UNEP Financial Institutions Initiative

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APRIL 1998
UN COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Donald A. Brown, Program Manager, United Nations Organizations, United States Environmental Protection Agency, examines the gridlock blocking CSD's efforts toward sustainable development and provides suggests some much-needed procedural and substantive reforms in "Making CSD Work."

J.R. Hickman, President of the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS), highlights the purpose, structure, strengths and accomplishments of the Forum.

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JANUARY 1998
UNITED NATIONS REFORM

Daniel J. Shepard, Managing Editor of the International Diplomatic Observer, discusses the current state-of-play of the UN's environmental efforts in "Linkages Between Environment, Development and UN Reform." Mr. Shepard has reported extensively on the series of United Nations conferences held this decade for the Earth Times. He is also a regular contributor to the publication UN Observer and World Report.

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OCTOBER 1997
CLIMATE CHANGE

David G. Victor and Gordon J. MacDonald of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) argue that real progress is possible in Kyoto if nations ban long-lived gases, especially SF6 and PFCs, and focus on how to implement the complicated and costly policies needed to control carbon dioxide in "Regulating Global Warming: Success in Kyoto."

Annie Petsonk of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)  outlines the essential elements of an international greenhouse gas emissions budget agreement in "The Opportunity for Success in Kyoto: First Agree on How, Then Agree on How Much."

Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Ph. D. of the Woods Hole Research Center calls upon economic superpowers of Japan and the US to demonstrate leadership in the FCCC negotiations in "Time is Short, Stakes are High: Act Now -- An Appeal to the US and Japan."

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JUNE 1997
UN SPECIAL SESSION REVIEW OF UNCED (UNGASS)
Linkages between the Rio Coventions and Review of Progress

Sálvano Briceño, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, discusses the necessity for building linkages between the Rio conventions and suggests new approaches in "Synergies to Build Sustainable Development: They're Not Just Convenient, They're Essential."

Alison Drayton, First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Guyana to the United Nations, offers a developing country perspective on progress toward sustainable development since Rio in "Five Years After Rio - So What?"

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APRIL 1997
COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT & UNGASS

"UNCED as a Watershed" by Pamela Chasek, Ph.D.

Interview with Derek Osborn, Co-Chair of the CSD Intersessional Working Group

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FEBRUARY 1997
SPECIAL YEAR-END UPDATE FOR 1996

This edition features an overview of meetings related to environment and development held in 1996. Included are brief reports on official meetings, conferences and workshops held under: the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD); the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC); the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD); and the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF).

Also featured are highlights from the 51st General Assembly, including their consideration of the upcoming General Assembly Special Session and implementation of the UN conferences on human settlements, population and small island developing states. Coverage related to the Special Session also includes reports on informal presentations by

  • Razali Ismail, President of the General Assembly

  • Daudi Ngelautwa Mwakawago, Vice-Chair of the CSD

  • Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development.

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    JOHN WHITELAW, SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME, discusses developments in chemical management since UNCED in "THE INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS AGENDA: RELAX-THERE IS A PLAN!"

    This edition also includes "/linkages/journal/interviews/":

    SIR MARTIN HOLDGATE, C0-CHAIR OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON FORESTS
    The writers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin for IPF-3 met with Sir Martin Holdgate near the end of the two-week meeting. In his interview, Sir Martin discusses the range of activities post-UNCED; forest issues in general; attitudes effecting forests; national forests programmes; the IPF agenda; the role and experience of NGOs in the IPF process; and the role of the UN in the environment.

    PETER SCHEI, CHAIR OF SBSTTA-2, discusses the major issues that emerged during SBSTTA-2, the accomplishments of the meeting, the COP-3 agenda and implementation of the CBD.


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    Andrew M. Deutz of the Woods Hole Research Center discusses how unresolved problems regarding the rules of procedure are threatening the progress of three environmental conventions: the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification

    The issue also includes interviews with:

    Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development, speaks on the significance of Habitat II in relationship to the other conferences during this decade, the role of these conferences in defining development cooperation and the role of local authorities in implementation.

    Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat to the CBD, discusses several important issues, including: the relationship between the COP and other institutions, the financial mechanism and support from other financial institutions, the role of secretariats as "think tanks" for governments and unresolved problems with the CBD's Rules of Procedure.

    John Gummer, Secretary of State for the Environment for the UK, discusses this year's CSD, the state of the world's fish stocks and his hopes and expectations for next year's Special Session of the UN General Assembly.


    html The third issue (455k) , published on 1 June 1996, examines new financial mechanisms.

    html The second issue (823k), published on 1 April 1996, discusses recent developments in ocean law.

    html The first issue (893k) of /linkages/journal/, published on 1 February 1996, explores the ongoing debate in trade and environment.