LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of what’s new on IISD’s Linkages website  - 26 April 2003

RECENT COVERAGE BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

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UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Meetings recently added to
Linkages website:

 Dialogue on Linkages: How Do We Bridge the Gap?: 22-23 April 2003. Washington, DC, US.
 31st Session of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling: 28 April - 2 May 2003. Ottawa, Canada.
 E-Forum on Biotechnology in Food and Agriculture - Regulating GMOs in Developing and Transition Countries: 28 April - 25 May 2003. *electronic.
 Conference On The Future Of Biotechnology: 29 April 2003. Imperial College, London, UK.
 Conference on GHG Registries - The Building Blocks of Climate Policy: 4-6 May 2003. San Francisco, CA, US.
 Conference on Sustainable Development for Lasting Peace: Shared Water, Shared Future, Shared Knowledge: 6-7 May 2003. Athens, Greece.
 29th FAO Committee Meeting on World Food Security: 12-16 May 2003. Rome, Italy.
 Fourth Sustain World Sustainable Energy Conference and Exhibition: 13-14 May 2003. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 Second Int’l Forum on Trade Facilitation: 14-15 May 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
 GEF Council Meeting: 14-16 May 2003. Washington, DC, US.
 Third Int’l Balkan Botanical Congress: 18-24 May 2003. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
 Third Int’l Workshop on Watershed Management: 20-24 May 2003. Havana, Cuba.
 EC Environmental Governance Conference: 26-27 May 2003. Volos, Greece.
 G8 Summit: 1-3 June 2003. Evian-les-Bains, France.
 Monterrey Bridge Coalition Mexico Action Summit: 2-3 June 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.
 Global Conference on Leading Edge Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies: 2-4 June 2003. Amsterdam, Netherlands.
 UN Open-Ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 2-6 June 2003. New York, US.
 Regional Consultation on Early Warning Systems: 3-5 June 2003. Antigua, Guatemala.
 Ecosud 2003: Fourth Int’l Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Devt: 4-6 June 2003. Siena, Italy.
 Second Dams and Development Forum Meeting: 5-6 June 2003. UNEP Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya.
 WTO Public Symposium: 16-18 June 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
 AWRA Int’l Water Congress: Watershed Management for Water Supply Systems: 29 June - 2 July 2003. New York, US.
 26th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission: 30 June - 7 July 2003. Rome, Italy.
 Int’l Conference on Poverty, Food and Health in Welfare: 1-4 July 2003. Lisbon, Portugal.
 Ninth Int’l Conference on River Research and Applications: 6-11 July 2003. New South Wales, Australia.
 Int’l Children’s Conference on the Environment: 7-13 July 2003. New London, CT, US.
 Seminar on Challenges and Risks of GMOs: 16-18 July 2003. Maastricht, Netherlands.
 Int’l Colloquium Series on Land Use/Cover Change Science and Applications – Studying Land Use Effects in Coastal Zones with Remote Sensing and GIS: 13-16 Aug 2003. Kemer/Antalya, Turkey.
 First Int’l Dry Toilet Conference: 20-23 Aug 2003. Tampere, Finland.
 11th Int’l Conference on Rainwater Catchment Systems: 25-29 Aug 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.
 Youth Water Parliament: 1-7 Sept 2003. Stara Zagora, Bulgaria.
 Int’l Conference on Education for a Sustainable Future: 10-11 Sept 2003. Prague, Czech Republic.
 Climate Change in the UK: Impact on Environment and Health: 16 Sept 2003. Leicester, UK.
 Oasis, Water and Population Conference: 22-24 Sept 2003. Biskra, Algeria.
 29th WEDC Conference: Towards the MDGs - Actions for Water and Environmental Sanitation: 22-26 Sept 2003. Abuja, Nigeria.
 IBD Seminar: Financing Private and Public Infrastructure Projects: 25-26 Sept 2003. Washington, DC, US.
 IDA World Congress on Desalination and Water Reuse: 28 Sept - 3 Oct 2003. Paradise Island, Bahamas.
 Int’l Freshwater Management Conference: 1-2 Oct 2003. Sarawak, Malaysia.
 16th World LP Gas Forum: 15-17 Oct 2003. Santiago, Chile.
 Fourth Annual Asia Pacific Cities Summit: 20-22 Oct 2003. Brisbane, Australia.
 African Aid, Disaster Management and Relief Expo and Conference 2003: 22-24 Oct 2003. Johannesburg, South Africa.
 Hydro 2003: Int’l Conference and Exhibition: 3-6 Nov 2003. Dubrovnik, Croatia.
 Conference on Water for the Poorest: 4-5 Nov 2003. Stavanger, Norway.
 Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands: 12-14 Nov 2003. Paris, France.
 Int’l Conference on Estuaries and Coasts: 9-11 Nov 2003. Hangzhou, China.
 Sustainable Dryland Agriculture Systems Conference: 2-5 Dec 2003. Niamey, Niger.
 First Global Wash Forum: Implementing the Goals of the WSSD: 1-5 Dec 2003. Dakar, Senegal.
 
Global Developments in Water Industry Performance Benchmarking: 1 Sept 2003. Perth, Australia.
 

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UNFCCC CONVENES WORKSHOP TO CONSIDER ENABLING ENVIRONMENTS
FOR TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
 

9-10 April 2003 | Ghent, Belgium
Fifty-three representatives of governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, business and industry groups, and academic institutions met in a workshop organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with Ghent University’s Center for Sustainable Development. The workshop was convened in response to a request by the UNFCCC’s Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 17th session, held in October 2002. The SBSTA also requested the Secretariat to prepare a technical paper on enabling environments for the transfer of environmentally-sound technology (ESTs) for consideration by the UNFCCC Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) at its third meeting in late May 2003. In response to this request, the Secretariat commissioned the Tata Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) to develop a draft technical paper on the issue. The workshop reviewed the TERI draft technical paper and addressed technology transfer issues, such as barriers to technology transfer and the role of multilateral lending institutions, bilateral programmes and the private sector in assisting governments overcome them. Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin report summarizing these discussions in detail.

RECENT MEETINGS

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UN COMMISSION CONSIDERS LINKAGES BETWEEN POPULATION, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
31 March – 4 April 2003 | New York, US
The UN Commission on Population and Development convened for its 36th session from 31 March – 4 April 2003 in New York under the theme “population, education and development.” Delegates adopted a resolution on the theme of this year’s session, and a decision on the special theme of “Population, development and HIV/AIDS, with particular emphasis on poverty” for the 38th session of the Commission to be held in 2005. The session considered: follow-up actions to the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo in 1994; national experiences in population matters; programme implementation; and the future programme of work of the Secretariat with regard to population issues. More information.

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AD HOC WORKING GROUP ON
UN CONFERENCES AND SUMMITS
 

12 and 27 March 2003 | New York, US
The Open-ended ad hoc working group of the General Assembly on the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic and social fields met on 12 March and 27 March at UN Headquarters in New York. The Working Group, established at the 57th Session United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), addressed implementation and follow up issues regarding various UN conferences and summits, as well as the work of the +5 and +10 reviews. The group also discussed implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals. More information.

ICPM ADOPTS GUIDELINES – CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER TERMINOLOGY
7-11 April 2003 | Rome, Italy
The fifth session of the Interim Commission for Phytosanitary Measures (ICPM) of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) adopted several guidelines, including on the use of irradiation as a phytosanitary measure and on environmental risks in relation to pest risk analysis for quarantine pests. It was noted that the negotiations generally went smoothly, however the use of terminology remained a challenge and a concern to delegates. The ICPM mainly utilizes terminology used under the Convention on Biological Diversity, and some delegates were concerned over the use of these definitions in different fora. The Commission made recommendations for future work at both national levels and between secretariats to clarify the terms used. More information.

CODEX COMMITTEE AGREES ON
RISK ANALYSIS PRINCIPLES

7-11 April 2003 | Paris, France
The 18th session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on General Principles approved a set of draft working principles for risk analysis. The draft principles were finalized by consensus and will be formally adopted by the Commission in July, to be applied by the numerous Codex committees that elaborate international food safety standards. Another set of principles for risk analysis, to be used by member governments, is in the early stages of discussion. The Committee further agreed to begin working on a definition of traceability/product tracing in a new working group open to interested countries. The status of the EC as a member of the Codex Alimentarius Commission was forwarded for clarification by the FAO Committee on Constitutional and Legal Matters. More information.

EXPERTS MEET TO DISCUSS IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTIONS TO PROMOTE SFM
24-30 March 2003 | Wellington, New Zealand
One hundred participants gathered at this meeting, which was convened to support the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in the implementation of actions to promote sustainable forest management. The programme included three keynote papers and four plenary sessions. The plenary sessions covered the benefits and challenges associated with planted forests, and considered how to ensure and facilitate sustainable forest management (SFM). Each session included up to four papers on the subject and was followed by working groups that addressed questions related to the papers presented. The working groups’ conclusions were presented to a plenary session. Full meeting report.

IPCC EXPERTS MEET TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
4-6 March 2003 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
Approximately 40 experts met in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 4-6 March to attend an IPCC scoping meeting on climate change and sustainable development. Participants included representatives from research institutions, universities, two governments, and co-chairs from IPCC Working Groups 2 and 3. Participants noted that the issue of climate change and sustainable development related to both developing and developed countries, with some emphasizing the link between income wealth and emissions. Participants also noted the need for a more integrated approach in addressing responses to climate change, urging that mitigation and adaptation be considered as complementary elements of development strategies. Also underscored was the need to regard all three pillars of sustainable development, ensuring social development, economic growth in addition to environmental protection, to mainstream sustainable development into decision making. Participants proposed tackling the issue of climate change and sustainable development by: working off conclusions reached at the WSSD; simultaneously addressing other relevant international issues such as financing, and trade and environment conventions; and effectively integrating the issue with other cross cutting themes identified for the Fourth Assessment Report.

MEDIA REPORTS

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MILESTONE MADE IN DECODING GENETIC-ENVIRONMENTAL LINKS TO DISEASES
Scientists will soon be able to identify which human genes can increase a person’s susceptibility to environmentally-linked diseases. The initial phase of the Environmental Genome Project is now completed, with 200 environmentally responsive genes re-sequenced and catalogued, and links to vascular disease, leukemia and other illnesses identified. This accomplishment provides the foundation for researchers to study the potential links between environmental exposure, human genes and disease development. More.

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UNEP CALLS FOR DEPLETED
URANIUM STUDY IN IRAQ
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is calling for an international field study to assess alleged depleted uranium (DU) sites in Iraq. More.

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HARVARD STUDY FUELS CLIMATE CHANGE CONTROVERSY
The significance of unprecedented global warming has been challenged by a recent review carried out by a team of Harvard scientists. Results of an extensive examination of temperature proxies, such as tree rings, ice cores, and global historical accounts, suggest that global warming took place between the ninth and 14th centuries followed by a “small ice age,” when the world cooled significantly. More.

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WATER AND SANITATION COUNCIL PARTNERS WITH GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP
The Water and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and the Global Water Partnership have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that seeks to enhance collaboration between the two organizations. More.

COMINGS AND GOINGS

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Appointments and Departures
LEN GOOD RECOMMENDED AS NEW GEF CEO/CHAIR

Having completed the selection process for the new CEO/Chair of the Global Environment Facility, the heads of UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank - the GEF’s three implementing agencies - have recommended Len Good (right) to succeed outgoing CEO/Chair Mohammed T. El-Ashry. Good will assume his new position after El-Ashry leaves the GEF in July 2003.


GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONFIRMS SECOND TERM FOR UNDP CHIEF MARK MALLOCH BROWN
The United Nations General Assembly has confirmed the head of the UN Development Programme, Mark Malloch Brown, to another four-year term beginning 1 July 2003.
 

JAN PRONK NAMED NEW WSSCC CHAIR
Jan Pronk (left), former Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation and previous Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, has been designated as the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). Pronk will replace the current Chair, Sir Richard Jolly, at the Council’s first WASH Global Forum to be held in Dakar, Senegal in December 2003.

Vacancies
UNU/IAS SEEKS PHD AND POSTDOC FELLOWS
The Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) of the United Nations University, based in Tokyo, has 10 PhD and Postdoc Fellowship openings. More.

 Click here for more information on new appointments and vacancies

NEW PUBLICATIONS

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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
THE FUTURE OF THE CSD: SURVEY REPORT
(Stakeholder Forum, April 2003) This report was prepared to feed into the deliberations at the 11th session of the CSD. It presents the responses received to a survey regarding stakeholder preferences for future CSD agendas, participation and institutional mechanisms. For agenda items, respondents preferred Agenda 21, CSD and WSSD commitments rather than the WEHAB issues. The option for convening international, regional and subregional workshops supporting implementation processes was popular and respondents supported the increased involvement of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization in the follow-up to Johannesburg, with the majority agreeing that these institutions should report their activities to ECOSOC. The 18-page report.
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CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: AN OVERVIEW OF UNEP ENVIRONMENTAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
(UNEP, March 2003) This 164 page booklet describes the broad scope of UNEP capacity building initiatives for sound environmental management. It contains a series of examples of areas in which UNEP works, and the activities it performs within those areas, providing a sense of how UNEP supports the environmental pillar of sustainable development. Download the report.
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POLICY INSTRUMENTS FOR ACHIEVING ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
(OECD, September 2002) This publication is the result of the OECD’s Working Group on Transport’s five-year work programme, which developed Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and supporting analytical reports. The publication incorporates a target-oriented approach for transport and related sectors. More information.
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TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AVIATION
(Earthscan, March 2003) Callum Thomas, David Raper, Paul Upham and Janet Maughan edited this 13-chapter collection that focuses on the environmental consequences of air transportation. Thirty authors offer their perspectives on trends and issues, mitigations and potential solutions, and multisector commentaries with analyses of technological, policy and management issues. More information.
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BUYING INTO THE ENVIRONMENT: EXPERIENCES, OPPORTUNITIES AND POTENTIAL FOR ECO-PROCUREMENT
(Greenleaf Publishing, April 2003) This 14-chapter volume, edited by Christoph Erdmenger, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), resulted from the research segment of the RELIEF project, funded by the EU’s ‘City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage’ programme, which was established to define the potential of eco-procurement and to develop a strategy for change in Europe. A further stage - to design a Europe-wide action plan – will follow in 2004. More information.
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CLIMATE CHANGE
AN OVERVIEW OF CARBON TRANSACTIONS: GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS AND SPECIFIC PECULIARITIES
(ECN Beleidsstudies, 2003) Written by H.C. de Coninck and N.H. van der Linden, this report provides an overview of carbon trading projects. It concludes that projects under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) have a preference for large-scale hydro, gas capture and fuel switch projects, each constituting approximately 25% of the total CDM emission reductions. For Joint Implementation (JI), the project type was found to be more diverse, and somewhat biased towards energy efficiency-type projects. Other emissions trading systems, on a country level or in a company, are also briefly reviewed. The report finds that only a small fraction of the total greenhouse gas abatement potential for CDM and JI projects has been realized thus far, and notes that this situation is likely to change after the Kyoto Protocol enters into force and Annex B countries feel the obligation to meet their Kyoto targets. Download the paper.
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WATER
FINANCING WATER FOR ALL

The final report of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure, chaired by Michel Camdessus, is now available online. The Panel makes several conclusions on what needs to be done to finance water infrastructure and offers specific proposals on how this can be achieved, and by whom. Click for the English or the French report.
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DIALOGUE ON EFFECTIVE WATER GOVERNANCE: LEARNING FROM THE DIALOGUES
(Global Water Partnership, 2003) This status report draws from experience garnered through conducting the Dialogue on Effective Water Governance in GWP’s regions over the past year. Download the report.
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RAMSAR COP-8 PROCEEDINGS NOW AVAILABLE ON CD-ROM
The CD-ROM version of last year’s Ramsar COP-8 proceedings is now available. This resource is free-of-charge and is presented in French, English, and Spanish. It contains the Conference Report, Resolutions, other COP-8 documents, the National Reports, and the participants lists. This material is also available on the Ramsar website. Requests for the CD-ROM version should be directed to Valerie Higgins.

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TRADE AND INVESTMENT
GATS AND WATER: THE THREAT OF SERVICES NEGOTIATIONS AT THE WTO
(Save the Children UK, 2003) This report highlights the challenges raised by the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in the context of the services negotiations currently taking place at the WTO. It examines a range of issues affecting children worldwide including education, health and water. Download the report.

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HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
POVERTY AND VULNERABILITY
IN SOUTH ASIA

(World Bank, 2003) Stating that people living in poverty are more vulnerable to risks and that poor people lack the means of coping with these risks, this new World Bank report suggests a range of new and existing innovative policies and programmes to combat the cycle of poverty and vulnerability. Highlighted are: short-term employment or public works schemes to reduce vulnerability following seasonal downturns and community-wide shocks; need-based assistance programmes; microfinance, particularly group-lending schemes; and innovative community-based insurance initiatives. The report also underscores the importance of savings in reducing risks, noting that community-based efforts have been effective in mobilizing savings of poor people in certain areas, and suggests incorporating a social protection strategy into every country’s poverty reduction plan. More information.
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BIODIVERSITY AND WILDLIFE
STOCK-TAKE OF THE WTO
AGRICULTURE NEGOTIATIONS – IMPLICATIONS FOR
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

(Oxford Policy Management, 2003) The agriculture negotiations in the Doha Development Round have reached a crucial stage having failed to meet the 31 March 2003 deadline to determine the modalities of the new agreement on agriculture. This report explores competing proposals from the perspective of the developing world, and examines the detail of the draft modalities tabled by Stuart Harbinson on 18 March 2003. It concedes that, given the vast diversity of views, the negotiators have a difficult task in coming to an agreed position. It concludes that the Harbinson draft is a genuine attempt to accommodate different positions, and that it does offer considerable special and differential treatment for developing countries. Download the report.

NEW ONLINE RESOURCES

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“HUMAN FOOTPRINT” AND “LAST OF THE WILD” DATASETS

 
SEDAC and CIESIN have compiled two datasets “to facilitate policy-making aimed at conserving the Last of the Wild.” The Human Footprint dataset contains nine global-scale layers on the following themes: human population pressure, human land use and infrastructure, and human access. The Last of the Wild dataset was created using the Human Footprint dataset. It identifies 569 wild places representing the least influenced or “wildest” areas in their respective biomes. The datasets are online and available for downloading in GIS formats. More information.

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INTERACTIVE WEBSITE ON PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES
(World Resource Institute 2003) WRI’S Earth Trends has created a website covering economic, social, and environmental information on Iraq and other Persian Gulf countries. The site contains country profiles, global oil statistics, data on watersheds and other statistics for each country in the Middle East. More information.
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WATER-L NEWS
IISD has released its first issue of “WATER-L News,” a comprehensive collection of water-related news, reports and editorials published every fortnight, similar to IISD's Climate-L News resource. If you should come across any material that would be appropriate for the next issue, please send these to the author, Richard Sherman. Click for the web version of Water-L News, with clickable links from the table of contents to each story.
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IISD weekly journal review
Subscribeto receive weekly e-updates containing brief descriptions of peer-reviewed articles on sustainable development.
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