LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 4 April 2003

RECENT COVERAGE BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

Appointments and Departures

PARAKATIL LEAVES IUCN WESCANA PROGRAMME
Francis Parakatil, head of IUCN’s Programme for West, Central Asia and North Africa (WESCANA), is retiring this year after 16 years on the job. Until the new location of the WESCANA Programme is identified and a new Regional Director recruited, William J. Jackson, Director Global Programme, will act as the ad interim Regional Director, supported by Mohammad Rafiq, Senior Advisor-Global Programme, and the WESCANA team.

Vacancies

 Columbia University's IRI seeks Director General
 FAO seeks senior liaison officer
 FAO seeks senior policy officer – 3 May
 Birdlife Int'l seeks programme manager for Cambodia - 1 May
 UNEP seeks project officer for Latin America – 30 April

Click here for more information on new appointments and vacancies

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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Background note for special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with BWIs and WTO available
The background note for the Special High-Level Meeting of the ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions and the WTO scheduled for 14 April is now available in an advance unedited version. The website contains the latest version of the programme. In view of the theme chosen for the meeting by ECOSOC on 30 January 2003 (Decision 2003/209), this note focuses on increasing the coherence of economic policy for the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus through more effective coordination and cooperation at the national, regional and global levels.


Recently added meetings:

Conference on Biodiversity, Biotechnology and the Protection of Traditional Knowledge: 4-6 April. St. Louis, Missouri, US
Conference on Int'l Public Goods and Transfer of Technology after the 1994 TRIPS Agreement: 4-6 April. Durham, North Carolina, US
Fifth Session of the Interim Commission on Phytosanitary Measures: 7-11 April. Rome, Italy
Int'l Scientific Conference on Global Climate Change and Biodiversity:
8-10 April. East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Ramsar Scientific and Technical Panel Meeting: 8-11 April. Gland, Switzerland
UNU Meeting on Biotechnology and International Trade in Southeast Asia: 22-29 April. Hanoi, Vietnam
Sixth Governing Board Meeting of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility: 28 April - 2 May. Copenhagen, Denmark
Int'l Congress on Restructuring the Energy Sector in Transition Countries: 28-30 April. Leipzig, Germany
FAO-ECE Forest Communicators Network: 5-9 May. Edinburgh, UK
ABCDE Economic Development Meeting: 15-16 May. Paris, France
Conference on Food Production and the New Trade Agenda: 19-20 May. London, UK
2010: The Biodiversity Challenge: 21-23 May. London, UK
Int'l Conference on Economics of Sustainable Forest Management: 22-24 May. Toronto, Canada
14th Int'l Training Programme on Utility Regulation and Strategy: 9-20 June. Gainesville, Florida, US
Second Int'l Watershed Management Seminar: 15-28 June. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
23rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA'03): 17-20 June 2003. Marrakech, Morocco
10th Regular Session of the Council of the NAFTA Commission on Environment and Cooperation: 23-25 June 2003. Washington, DC, US
Workshop on the Forest Science/Policy Interface in Europe, Africa and the Middle East: 23-27 June 2003. Copenhagen, Denmark
27th Session of the World Heritage Committee: 29 June - 5 July. Suzhou, China.
47th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS): 6-11 July. Crete, Greece
Fifth Session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore: 7-17 July. Geneva, Switzerland
Think Tank Conference III: 8-11 July. Alajuela, Costa Rica
Eco-Innovate 03 Forum: 14-18 July. Sydney, Australia
Protected Area Management Seminar: 7-23 Aug. Missoula, Montana, US
19th Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee: 18-21 Aug. Geneva, Switzerland
Europarc 2003: 27 Aug- 31 Aug. Stryn, Norway
International seminar on forest and natural resources administration and management: 24 Aug - 11 Sept. Denver, Colorado, US
Scientific seminar on forest research crossing borders: 28-29 Aug. Joensuu, Finland
Course on facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and social learning: 15 Sept - 3 Oct. Wageningen, Netherlands
Sustainable resources 2003: an international forum connecting people with practical, sustainable solutions to world poverty: 1-4 Oct. Boulder, Colorado, US
ITTC-35: 3-8 Nov. Yokohama, Japan
Int'l Workshop on Forest Protected Areas: 6-8 Nov. Montreal, Canada
Int'l Conference on Sustainability Indicators: 6-8 Nov. Valletta, Malta
Int'l Conference on Quality Timber Products of Teak from Sustainable Forest Management: 2-5 Dec. Peechi, Kerala, India
Int'l Conference on Sustainability Engineering and Science: 9-11 July 2004. Auckland, New Zealand

 

Click here to download complete list of upcoming meetings

 

 

KYOTO WATER FORUM CONCLUDES WITH MANY COMMITMENTS, BUT NO AGREEMENT ON FINANCING AND HUMAN RIGHT TO WATER
16-23 March 2003 | Kyoto, Osaka and Shiga, Japan
Participants at the 3rd World Water Forum met in 351 sessions organized around 33 themes and five Regional Days. Theme issues encompassed a range of topics including: water supply, sanitation, hygiene and water pollution; cities; governance; floods; integrated water resources management; peace; agriculture and food; poverty; financing water infrastructure; and dams and sustainable development. In many sessions, delegates debated on the human right to water and financing water infrastructure, with no agreement on either matter. The Forum concluded on Sunday, 23 March, following issue of a preliminary Summary Forum Statement. A Ministerial Conference also closed on Sunday following adoption of a Ministerial Declaration and a Portfolio of Water Actions. Click here for the Sustainable Developments report of the meeting.
 

PREPARATIONS FOR UPCOMING CSD-11 UNDERWAY
24-26 March 2003 | UN Headquarters, New York
Informal consultations convened recently to continue preparations for the eleventh session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-11). Discussions focused on the CSD’s future Programme of Work, and the future organization and methods of work for the CSD. Delegates also considered how to enhance contributions from and participation of various implementation actors and the CSD’s role as a focal point for partnerships. Click here a brief Linkages write-up on the meeting’s highlights. Click here for a comprehensive Earth Negotiations Bulletin briefing note on the meeting.
 

CBD SBSTTA-8 ADDRESSES MOUNTAINS AND MARINE BIODIVERSITY
10-14 March 2003 | Montreal, Canada
Delegates to the eighth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-8) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) recently adopted recommendations on: mountain biodiversity, the main theme of the meeting; inland waters; marine and coastal biodiversity; dry and sub-humid lands; biodiversity and tourism; and SBSTTA operations. The meeting did not fully complete deliberations on the components of a draft work programme on mountain biodiversity, and mandated a technical expert group to further consider the issue before SBSTTA-9. Delegates were particularly pleased with the meeting’s outcomes on marine and coastal biodiversity. Click here for the ENB report.

CBD DISCUSSES MULTI-YEAR PROGRAMME OF WORK AND
WSSD OUTCOMES

17-20 March 2003 | Montreal, Canada
Held immediately after SBSTTA-8, the Open-ended Intersessional Meeting on the Multi-Year Programme of Work for the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD up to 2010 adopted recommendations on, inter alia: the multi-year programme of work for the COP up to 2010; WSSD outcomes as they relates to the Convention process; achieving the CBD and WSSD 2010 target to significantly reduce the current rate of biodiversity loss; and an international regime for access and benefit sharing. Click here for the ENB report.

COFO CONSIDERS
MAJOR FORESTRY POLICY ISSUES

10-14 March 2003 | Rome, Italy
Discussions at the recent 16th session of the Committee on Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) focused on major forestry policy issues, such as the role of the Regional Forestry Commissions in implementing the IPF and IFF proposals for action, forests and freshwater, national forest programmes as a mechanism to implement the key outcomes of the World Food Summit and WSSD; decisions of FAO Governing Bodies; FAO programmes in forestry; review of FAO programmes; and the FAO medium-term planning process. Click here for the ENB report.

 

UNFF MEETING FOCUSES ON IMPLEMENTATION OF IPF/IFF PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
17-20 March 2003 | Viterbo, Italy
The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Country-Led Initiative on Lessons Learned in Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting on Implementation of IPF/IFF Proposals for Action met recently to discuss: approaches to monitoring and PFA implementation, stakeholder collaboration to improve country capacity to monitor, assess and report, and assessment of countries’ relations with the UNFF. Conclusions and recommendations will be forwarded to the third session of the UNFF. Click here for Sustainable Development’s report.

RECENT MEETINGS


PEOPLES WATER FORUM ASSEMBLES AS ALTERNATIVE TO KYOTO FORUM
21-22 March 2003 | Florence, Italy
Convened as an alternative water forum to the 3rd World Water Forum held in Kyoto the same week, this Forum called for recognition of water as a legally enforceable human right and urged an end to the trend of water privatization. This Forum was also organized as a follow-up to the World Social Forum held in Porto Alegre every January, an event which in itself is held as an alternative response to the Davos World Economic Forum. More information.


UN COMMISSION FAILS TO ADOPT LANGUAGE ON WOMEN’S HUMAN RIGHTS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
3-14 March 2003 | UNHQ, New York
The UN Commission on the Status of Women failed to adopt its draft-agreed conclusions on women’s human rights and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls at the close of its 47th session. More information.


AARHUS CONVENTION’S TASK FORCE MEETS FOR THE FIRST TIME
10-11 March 2003 | Brussels, Belgium
Established under the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the task force meeting: examined good practices and identified further activities to support the Convention’s implementation; assessed the impact of the costs of and delay in access to justice on its effectiveness and the needs of various stakeholders; and shared experience with access to justice in relation to relevant articles of the Convention. More information.


PUBLIC HEARING DISCUSSES FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTMENT RULES
6 March 2003 | Brussels, Belgium
Organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation EU Regional Office in collaboration with the European Parliament, this public hearing assessed the outcomes of the WSSD on globalization, trade and corporate accountability in the field of water, addressed several sustainable development-related aspects of the EU’s services liberalization and investment agenda in the WTO, and elaborated on alternatives to trade and investment liberalization. More information.


WORKSHOP CONSIDERS
CIVIL SOCIETY INPUT TO AFLEG

6-7 Mar 2003 | Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
A workshop recently convened to develop civil society input for the Africa Ministerial Conference on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (AFLEG). The AFLEG meeting was scheduled to take place 1-4 April 2003, but has been postponed due to the war in Iraq. More information.


EXPERT LEVEL MEETING PREPARES FOR MCPFE
12-14 February 2003 | Vienna, Austria
Delegates gathered in Vienna recently to prepare for the upcoming 4th Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE). Participants reached agreement on the content of the Conference documents – a Vienna Declaration and five resolutions. More information.


UNESCO CONVENES SESSION TO
REVISE GUIDELINES FOR
WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION

17-22 March 2003 | Paris, France
UNESCO recently convened an extraordinary session of the World Heritage Committee to revise the operational guidelines for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention. More information.


UNESCO-NEPAD CONVENE
JOINT SEMINAR

5-8 Mar 2003 | Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Participants to this meeting convened to examine issues of education, water, biodiversity, cultural diversity and access to information and knowledge in Africa. More information.


CODEX TASK FORCE ADOPTS
FINAL STANDARD ON BIOTECH FOOD

11-14 March 2003 | Yokohama, Japan
The Codex Alimentarius Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Food Derived from Biotechnology recently adopted the draft Guideline for the conduct of food safety assessment of foods produced using recombinant DNA microorganisms. Delegates also finally approved a two-fold safety assessment of both the GM microorganism and the food produced with its aid. More information.


PROGRESS MADE IN SETTING CONSERVATION TRUST FOR WORLD’S SEED COLLECTIONS
25-26 February 2003 | Rome, Italy
The interim Panel of Eminent Experts for the Establishment of the Global Conservation Trust, which operates within the framework of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, met for the first time recently to consider legal options and rules of governance of the Trust, and draft ethical guidelines for the receipt, management and disbursement of funds. More information.

 

MEDIA REPORTS


ILO OFFICIALLY EMBRACES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
The International Labour Organisation is now formally taking concrete steps to help implement outcomes from the WSSD. More.


UNFPA EXPRESSES CONCERN AT DECLINE IN RESOURCES FOR REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
The international community is lagging behind its commitment to invest US$17billion annually on population and reproductive health, says UNFPA. More.


COMPLIANCE MECHANISM FOR AARHUS CONVENTION LAUNCHED
The UN Economic Commission for Europe has launched a new compliance mechanism aimed at underpinning public participation in environmental decision-making under the Århus Convention. More.


EXPERT COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS EXPANDING ROTTERDAM PIC LIST
A committee of government appointed experts has recommended that the list of chemicals regulated under the Rotterdam Convention be expanded to include all forms of asbestos, three pesticides and two forms of lead. More.


EU REGULATION IMPLEMENTING ROTTERDAM CONVENTION
ENTERS INTO FORCE

An EU Regulation with the aim of implementing the Rotterdam Convention has recently entered into force. More. 


EU DELAYS DECISION TO BAN ALDICARB PESTICIDE
The plans of the EU to outlaw a worm-killing pesticide used on sugar beet and root vegetables have been shelved for several weeks, while member states resolve their differences over the safety of the pesticide. More.
 


UNEP INITIATES STUDY ON ENVIRONMENT IN IRAQ
UNEP has initiated a study to assess the status of the environment in Iraq. More.


ANNAN CHALLENGES WORLD’S SCIENTISTS TO ENGAGE IN DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
The way in which scientific endeavors are pursued globally is marked by clear inequalities, said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a recent editorial in Science Magazine. More.


PACIFIC ISLANDS FORUM SECRETARIAT TO ESTABLISH PERMANENT DELEGATION IN GENEVA
The Pacific Islands Forum recently announced its plan to establish permanent representation in Geneva to ensure that the interests of its participating members are registered within the WTO Doha Round of trade negotiations. More.


DUTCH TAKE THE HELM IN CO2 TRADING PROJECTS FOR KYOTO
The Dutch have recently announced that they will purchase more than 16 megatonnes of carbon dioxide emission credits through 18 projects focusing on developing sustainable energy and clean technologies. More.


UK CRAFTS FUTURE FOR A
LOW CARBON ECONOMY

The UK Government recently launched a white paper on the UK’s energy future. More.


US DOE ANNOUNCES US$1BILLION POLLUTION-FREE POWER PLANT PROJECT
The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced a billion dollar project to build a prototype cutting-edge fossil fuel power plant that will produce electricity and hydrogen from coal, while capturing greenhouse gases and other air pollutants. More.

NEW PUBLICATIONS


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Just sustainabilities: development in an unequal world
(Earthscan, 2003) This book, edited by Julian Agyeman, Robert D. Bullard and Bob Evans, argues that social and environmental justice within and between nations should be an integral part of the policies and agreements that promote sustainable development. It addresses the links between environmental quality and human equality and between sustainability and environmental justice.

 

Greeniology - how to live well, be green and make a difference
Touted as the definitive ‘how to help the environment’ guide, this publication shows ordinary people how they can help the environment in their day to day lives.

 

The world comes to one country
(Heinrich Böll Foundation 2003) Authored by Victor Munnik and Jessica Wilson, this publication attempts to find out what happened at the WSSD from a civil society perspective. The book analyses the relationship between South African civil society and the South African government, offering a glimpse of the nature of civil society in the South, and the role it could play in global governance.

 

BIODIVERSITY AND WILDLIFE

Amazonlink.org looks at biopiracy in the Amazon
Amazonlink.org has announced a new resource on the ethical boundaries of registering patents and trademarks on biological resources and traditional knowledge of the Amazon Rainforest. A collection of short case studies highlights how biopiracy impedes the development of sustainable trade in Amazon forest products.

 

GRAIN releases new resource on biodiversity rights legislation
Genetic Resources Action International (GRAIN) has created a section on biodiversity rights legislation. The material is organized by region and by type of law. It includes information on access and benefit sharing, biodiversity laws, traditional knowledge, indigenous and farmers’ rights, and patent legislation.

 

IUCN regional office for europe website
IUCN-The World Conservation Union Regional Office for Europe (ROfE) has a new website containing useful, up-to-date information on work, publications, and partnerships of the IUCN European Programme.

 

World agriculture: towards 2015-2030 – an FAO perspective
(Earthscan 2003) The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published its latest global assessment of the long-term outlook for food and agriculture. It updates the last FAO assessment made in 1995. The projections, covering 140 countries and 32 crop and livestock commodities, analyze supply and demand for the major agricultural commodities and sectors, including fisheries and forestry.


CLIMATE CHANGE
Forests and global climate change: potential impacts on us forest resources
(Pew Center on Global Climate Change, 2003) Written by H. Shugart, R. Sedjo., and B. Sohngen, this report explores the potential effects of climate change on both natural and managed forest ecosystems.

 

Implementing the Kyoto Protocol without the United States: the strategic role of energy tax adjustments at the border
(The Global Governance Project, 2003) Written by Frank Biermann and Rainer Brohm, this working paper analyzes possible options for the European Union to react to the non-participation of the US in the Kyoto Protocol.

 

The investment climate for climate investment – joint implementation in transition countries
(European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 2003) Written by Samuel Fankhauser and Lucia Lavric, this working paper addresses the capacity of transition countries to process JI projects, as well as the business environment the countries offer to foreign investors, for example, in terms of their political and economic stability and the functioning of their legal and regulatory systems.

 

TIEMPO – global warming and the third world
Issue 46 of Tiempo – Global Warming and the Third World is now online featuring news and comment on the climate negotiations, reports from the WSSD, and articles on carbon sinks, erosion and reef islands.

 

Sky is not the limit – the emerging market in greenhouse gases
(Transnational Institute, January 2003) This briefing report warns that the emerging emissions market will result in inequitable rights to the atmosphere through prioritization of a technocratic and corporate agenda over human rights, public participation, community survival and ecological integrity.

 

WATER

Clean water, safe sanitation: an agenda for the kyoto world water forum and beyond
(Institute for Public Policy Research, 2003) Edited by David Mepham, this report integrates essays by several water and sanitation experts with the aim of addressing key issues and problems for the Kyoto 3rd World Water Forum, held from 16-23 March 2003, and beyond.

 

Water and sanitation in the world’s cities: local action for global goals
(UN-Habitat, March 2003) This publication addresses the lack of access to safe water in cities across the world, particularly in light of problems aggravated by growing urban populations.

 

Water and the least developed countries
(IIED, February 2003) Authored by Saleemul Huq, Hannah Reid and Laurel Murray, this report was prepared for the UN Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS. It focuses on LDCs and the way in which water quantity, quality, use, and management is affecting these poorest countries.

 


TRADE AND INVESTMENT
UNCTAD publishes online civil society outreach newsletter
UNCTAD's Civil Society Outreach (CSO) newsletter aims to inform civil society actors of burgeoning topics and upcoming events relating to trade and development. This electronic resource is also a means of encouraging more active involvement of civil society in UNCTAD's objectives.

 

Doha round briefing series
(IISD and ICTSD, 2003) Published by IISD in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), this 13-part series offers a progress report on each of the separate multilateral trade negotiation groups under the Doha Round.

 

Sustainable commodity initiative - SCI
(IISD and UNCTAD, 2003) IISD, in collaboration with the UN Conference on Trade and Development, launched this programme in December 2002. Recognizing the fundamental link between commodities and sustainable development, the main objective of the SCI is to improve the sustainability of commodities production and trade by developing global, multi-stakeholder strategies on a sector-by-sector basis, beginning with coffee.

 

ISO strategic advisory group on corporate social responsibility
IISD has been invited to serve as a member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Strategic Advisory Group on Corporate Social Responsibility, which will advise the ISO Council on the potential development and delivery of CSR standards.

 

HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

UN demographic yearbook 2000
The United Nations has recently launched its Demographic Yearbook, a source of national population and vital statistics for over 233 countries or areas in the world. The book provides statistics on population size and composition, fertility, mortality, infant and fetal mortality, marriages and divorces.

 

CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT

Northern lights against POPs: combating toxic threats in the arctic
(McGill-Queen’s University Press, February 2003) Edited by David Downie and Terry Fenge, this book reflects the concerns of scientists, international negotiators and circumpolar Inuit and other Arctic Indigenous peoples about persistent organic pollutants-related health and environmental issues. Published for the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the book features contributors such as David Anderson, Canada’s Minister of the Environment, John Buccini, Chair of the Global POPs Negotiations, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, President of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference-Canada, and Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director. The authors show how research on POPs in the Arctic influenced international negotiations and analyze the potential for the convention to be effective.

NEW ONLINE RESOURCES

 

IISD launches WATER-L listserve
WATER-L is a new peer-to-peer announcement e-list for news and announcements related to water policy issues. Water-L is created by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Third World Water Forum and the World Water Council.

 

IISD weekly journal review
Subscribeto receive weekly e-updates containing brief descriptions of peer-reviewed articles on sustainable development.
 

 UN DSD launches redesigned website
The Division for Sustainable Development has launched its newly redesigned website.


EU launches new website on endocrine disrupters
The Environment Directorate of the European Commission has launched a new website on endocrine disrupting chemicals. The aim of the website is to provide information on the EU's activities regarding the management and regulation of these chemicals. The site provides access to a number of relevant studies, workshop reports and Commission communications, including the Commission's strategy on endocrine disrupting chemicals. The development of this resource follows last year's launch by the EU of a �20m research programme on endocrine disrupters.
 

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