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COMINGS AND GOINGS
JACQUELINE ALOISI DE LARDEREL RETIRES
Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, head of UNEP’s Division of
Technology, Industry and Economics and Assistant Executive
Director of UNEP, is retiring after 15 years of service with
JOSÉ OCAMPO APPOINTED AS UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR ECONOMIC AND
José Antonio Ocampo has been appointed the new Chief of the
United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs.
Ocampo, who has been serving as Executive Secretary of the
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
since 1998, will replace Nitin Desai and begin his duties in
REMI PARMENTIER LEAVES GREENPEACE
over 25 years of working at Greenpeace, Remi Parmentier,
Greenpeace International’s Political Director,
the NGO. Parmentier has joined forces with another Greenpeace
veteran, Kelly Rigg, to form the Varda Group, a consulting
service that aims to provide strategic services and support for
"creating change for the benefit of people and the planet." The
Varda Group’s activities include: developing and implementing
projects that improve the environment, health, and social
welfare; building capacity and sharing of expertise with NGOs;
and providing strategic advice to NGOs, governments, business
and intergovernmental organizations for the purposes of
accelerating positive change. More information on the
GENERAL REAPPOINTED FOR SIX-YEAR TERM
The World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly
has reappointed WIPO Director General Kamil Idris for a second
six-year term, beginning
1 December 2003.
CIDA APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT
5 May 2003, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
appointed Paul Thibault as its new President and Peter Daniel as
its new Senior Vice-President. Thibault previously served as
Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate
Deputy Minister of Industry, while Daniel was Vice-President of
CIDA’s Central and Eastern Europe Branch.
seeks park management advisor
for the Kyabobo National Park:
Ghana, 30 June
marine and coastal officer: Montreal, 8 July
African coordinator: Gland, 15 July
information network officer
support unit: Geneva, 22 July
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appointments and vacancies
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recently added to
Meeting of the Bern convention group of experts on invasive
19-20 June 2003. Strasbourg, France.
Meeting of the international working group for biodiversity
indicators and monitoring: 26-27 June 2003.
Mangrove ecosystem workshop: 26-28 June 2003.
Tapachula Chiapas, Mexico.
10th international coral reef symposium: 28 June
- 2 July 2003. Okinawa, Japan.
Meeting of the ad hoc technical expert group on
mountain biodiversity: 1-4 July 2003. Rome,
on biodiversity, traditional knowledge and rights of
indigenous peoples: threats and challenges: 3-5 July
Meeting of the further elaboration and guidelines for
implementation of the ecosystem approach: 7-11
International workshop on wise use of lagoon wetlands:
23-25 July 2003.
International congress on the use of clean energy in energy
projects in the unconnected zones of Colombia:
4-5 September 2003.
18th session of the global biodiversity forum: biodiversity,
trade and sustainable development: 5-7 September
Temperate Wetland Restoration Training Course:
7-12 September 2003. Ontario, Canada.
Eighth international living lakes conference:
7-12 September 2003. Norwich, UK.
2003 Sønderborg conference on renewable energy: meeting the
climate change challenge: 17-19 September 2003.
Fourth international energy symposium on energy investment
opportunities: 24-26 September 2003. Fuschl,
Global summit on medicinal plants: 25-30
Asia-Europe environment forum - finding the path from
Johannesburg: 29-30 September 2003.
Second international conference on early warning (EWCII):
16-18 October 2003. Bonn, Germany.
International water and effluent seminar and exhibition:
11-13 November 2003. Birmingham, UK.
GEF NGO consultation and Council meeting: 18-21
November 2003. Washington, DC, US.
Berlin conference on the human dimensions of global
environmental change: 5-6 December 2003. Berlin,
42nd session of the commission for social development:
4-13 February 2004.
GEF NGO consultation and Council meeting: 18-21
May 2004. Washington, DC, US.
International conference on economics of sustainable forest
management: 20-22 May 2004. Toronto, Canada.
GEF NGO consultation and Council meeting: 16-19
November 2004. Washington, DC, US.
CONSIDER PROGRESS IN IPF/IFF PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
26 May - 6 June 2003 | Geneva,
Delegates at the third
session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF-3) addressed
progress in implementation of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Forests/Intergovernmental Forum on Forests proposals for action
related to three substantive items: economic aspects of forests;
forest health and productivity; and maintaining forest cover to meet
present and future needs. UNFF-3 adopted six resolutions on:
enhanced cooperation and policy and programme coordination; forest
health and productivity; economic aspects of forests; maintaining
forest cover to meet present and future needs; the UNFF Trust Fund;
and strengthening the Secretariat. UNFF-3 also approved two
decisions: on the voluntary reporting format; and on the terms of
reference for the three ad hoc expert groups, a task that had
been carried forward from UNFF-2. Of particular concern were the
terms of reference for the ad hoc expert group charged with
recommending the parameters of a mandate for developing a legal
framework on all types of forests. Click here for the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
UNICPOLOS CONVENES MEETING TO CONSIDER SAFETY OF NAVIGATION AND PROTECTION OF
VULNERABLE MARINE ECOSYSTEMS
2-6 June 2003 | UNHQ, New York
The fourth meeting of
the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on
Oceans and the Law of the Sea convened to exchange views on areas of
concern and actions needed, particularly in matters of cooperation
and coordination on oceans issues. Two discussion panels were held
to consider safety of navigation, including capacity building for
the production of nautical charts, and the protection of vulnerable
marine ecosystems. Delegates agreed on a draft text of elements to
be suggested to the General Assembly for its consideration, which included
proposals on safety of navigation, the protection of vulnerable
marine ecosystems, and cooperation and coordination on ocean issues.
Click here for the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
MEXICO ACTION SUMMIT EXPLORES FOOD SECURITY,
NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND BIODIVERSITY STEWARDSHIP
2-3 June 2003 | Mexico City, Mexico
Participants at the Mexico Action Summit explored how increased food
production to feed the rural poor can be made compatible with
natural resource management and biodiversity stewardship. Delegates
also examined how international trade and domestic subsidy policies
can be reformed to make sustainable development possible. The
meeting provided an action plan for cooperation between business,
governments, multilateral institutions and civil society from
developing and developed countries, calling on the G-8 and other
leaders to act to address hunger and poverty, while protecting
and restoring the world’s natural environment for future
generations. Click here for the
Sustainable Developments summary.
Anguizola (Panama), ITTC-34 Vice-Chairperson Jan McAlpine (US),
ITTC-34 Chair Bin Che Yeom Freezailah (Malaysia) and ITTO Executive
Director Manoel Sobral Filho
ITTC MEETS FOR ITS 34TH SESSION
12-17 May 2003 | Panama City, Panama
The 34th session of the
International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-34) adopted 11 decisions
on, inter alia: projects, pre-projects and activities; the
management of the administrative budget; the Asia Forest
Partnership; criteria and indicators for sustainable forest
management; negotiations for a successor agreement to the ITTA, 1994
Agreement; cooperation between ITTO and the CITES on broad-leaf
mahogany; the biennial
work programme and administrative budget; phased approaches to
certification; and the expansion and diversification of
international trade in tropical timber. At the session, delegates
approved nine projects and eight pre-projects. Click here for the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
MEETING PREPARES FOR THE NEGOTIATION OF A
SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT TO THE ITTA, 1994
20-21 May 2003 | Panama City, Panama
Delegates at the first
session of the Preparatory Committee for the Negotiation
of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber
Agreement, 1994 (ITTA, 1994) engaged in preliminary discussions on
the scope of and issues pertaining to a new agreement. There was general
consensus that: the Successor Agreement should remain a commodity
agreement; ITTA, 1994 should be the basis for the negotiations; and
relevant new and emerging issues need to be included in the new
agreement. The nature of the issues, however, and the extent to
which they should be addressed, remained contentious. Click here for
Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
MEETING ADDRESSES BIODIVERSITY, SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT AND THE MDGs
21-23 May 2003 | London, UK
Organized by the CBD
Secretariat in partnership with the UNEP World Conservation
Monitoring Center and UNDP, the 2010 Global Biodiversity Challenge meeting
was the second in a series dealing with the linkages between
biodiversity, sustainable development and the UN Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting’s primary objective was to articulate
a framework of action for achieving the 2010 biodiversity target – a
target that was endorsed by the Hague Ministerial Declaration and by
the World Summit on Sustainable Development’s Plan of
Implementation. Click here for the
Sustainable Developments report.
G-8 SUMMIT CONSIDERS HOW TO PROMOTE GLOBAL
ECONOMIC GROWTH, ENHANCE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, AND IMPROVE
1-3 June 2003 | Evian, France
The heads of state of
the G-8 countries met with leaders from emerging and developing
countries – Algeria, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Malaysia, Mexico,
Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and South Africa – as well as
representatives of the UN, World Bank, IMF and WTO and the President
of the Swiss Confederation at this year’s G-8 Summit. The three
issue areas on their agenda were promoting global economic growth,
enhancing sustainable development and improving security. The
leaders discussed implementation of the MDGs and Johannesburg agreements related to a number of issues, including
through the adoption of an Action Plan on Science and Technology for
Sustainable Development. The leaders agreed to widen their dialogue
on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the G-8
Africa Action Plan. They also agreed on ways to improve famine prevention
mechanisms and long-term food security, and adopted an Action Plan
to help meet the Millennium and Johannesburg goals of halving the
number of people without access to clean water and sanitation by
EFE MEETING ADOPTS THREE PROTOCOLS, ONE
FRAMEWORK CONVENTION AND SEVERAL DECISIONS PROMOTING ENVIRONMENTAL
PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
21-23 May 2003 | Kyiv, Ukraine
Participants at the “Environment for Europe (EfE)” Fifth
Pan-European Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial
Declaration that underlined the importance of the EfE process as a
tool to promote environmental protection and sustainable development
in the region and thus contribute to wider peace and security. Ministers from Central and Eastern Europe adopted and
signed the Framework Convention on the Protection and Sustainable
Development of the Carpathians.
Three Protocols to Conventions of the UNECE region, and several
decisions were also adopted during the meeting. Another highlight was a decision to
formally adopt the goal of halting the degradation of the region’s
biological and landscape diversity by the year 2010, together with
nine specific measurable targets for ensuring that this overall goal
is achieved. The Ministers and Heads of delegation also endorsed the
Guidelines for Strengthening Compliance with and Implementation of MEAs in the UNECE region.
AFRICAN EXPERTS DISCUSS MEANS OF ENHANCING RIO
4-5 June 2003 | Nairobi, Kenya
This workshop met to
discuss ways to enhance the implementation of Principle 10 of the
Rio Declaration relating to Access to
Information, Public Participation in Decision- making and Access to
Justice in Environmental Matters. Responding in part to a decision taken at the
22nd session of UNEP’s Governing
Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum in February 2003, the
workshop was organized by UNEP to strengthen the Rule of Law and
governance through the development and effective implementation of
environmental law in Africa. It provided a forum for African experts
to examine issues relating to the scope and content of the three
pillars of Rio Principle 10, and the full range of implications of
their effective enforcement at the national level.
TRIPS COUNCIL DEBATES BIOLOGICAL MATERIALS
4-6 June 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
Discussions were held
on the review of article 27.3(b) of the TRIPS Agreement, on
intellectual property and traditional knowledge, and on the relation
between TRIPS and the CBD. The
meeting addressed a new paper by the Africa Group reiterating their
demand that patents on all life forms and living processes be
prohibited, that countries be able to use a sui generis system of
their choice, and that traditional knowledge be better protected.
The meeting also considered a paper by a group of developing
countries elaborating on their earlier proposal that TRIPS require
patent applications involving genetic materials or traditional
knowledge to disclose the country of origin accompanied by evidence
of prior informed consent and benefit sharing arrangements.
ATHENS WATER CONFERENCE CONSIDERS SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT FOR PEACE
6-7 May 2003 | Athens, Greece
Delegates to this
meeting conducted a thematic review of opportunities and constraints
related to cross-border management of river basins, lake basins, and
shared aquifers. The Athens Declaration endorsed a new form of
Diplomacy for Environment and Sustainable Development to enhance
cooperation on water at all levels of foreign and domestic policy,
among governments, international agencies, private industries, and
the full array of NGOs.
DEFYING OCEAN’S END CONFERENCE AIMS TO REVERSE
DECLINE IN WORLD’S OCEANS
30 May - 3 June 2003 | Los Cabos,
This event brought together scientists,
economists, conservationists, and senior government representatives
from more than 20 countries to develop a
comprehensive and achievable agenda to reverse the decline in health
of the world’s ocean. The meeting resulted in several
recommendations, including the need to: promote
a World Ocean Public Trust; expand the global system of marine
parks; and to create an ocean ethic.
UN-HABITAT GOVERNING COUNCIL COMMITS TO
5-9 May 2003 | Nairobi, Kenya
approved a US$44 million budget for the UN Habitat and Human
Settlements Foundation for the 2004-2005 biennium, and adopted a
“record number” of resolutions committed to improving the capacity
of the agency to addressing the challenges of urbanization.
Recommendations were aimed at, inter alia, enhancing the
ability of UN-Habitat to assist governments in implementing the
Habitat Agenda and to meeting the Millennium Development goals.
Special emphasis was also given to the least developed countries and
countries with economies in transition. A resolution mainstreaming
gender perspectives with the agency’s activities was also passed.
CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY RECEIVES 50TH
SIGNATURE, WILL ENTER INTO FORCE ON 11 SEPTEMBER 2003
As a consequence of Palau’s
ratification on 13 June, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety will
enter into force on 11 September 2003.
EU LAUNCHES ACTION PLAN TO COMBAT ILLEGAL
The European Union has recently launched its Action Plan for
Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, designed to
curb the growing trade in illicit logging and illegally harvested
timber in wood-producing countries using preventative measures.
ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS ENDORSE DESERTIFICATION
Ministers from 30 Asian and Pacific countries recently signed the
Abu Dhabi Declaration for the Implementation of the UN Convention to
Combat Desertification, calling for global efforts to address the
problem of desertification.
LEADING INTERNATIONAL BANKS ADOPT EQUATOR
PRINCIPLES ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL STANDARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT
banks from seven countries have recently announced their
adoption of the Equator Principles, a set of voluntary guidelines
for managing the social and environmental issues related to
€30 MILLION STRATEGY LAUNCHED TO PROTECT WEST
AFRICA’S COASTS AND SEAS
recently by environment and fisheries ministers from six West
African countries, the Regional Strategy for Marine Protected Areas in West Africa contains a
suite of actions costing €30 million over a five year period that
will enhance the management of marine and coastal resources and
optimize their contribution to social and environmental security,
sustained livelihoods and biodiversity conservation.
PERU RATIFIES INTERNATIONAL TREATY ON PLANT
Peru, the cradle
of plant species fundamental to world food consumption, such as the
tomato and potato, ratified the International Treaty on Plant
Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture on 5 June 2003.
BIODIVERSITY ESSENTIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION
occasion of the International Day for Biological Diversity on 22
May, Kofi Annan recalled that “biological diversity is essential for
human existence and has a crucial role to play in sustainable
development and the eradication of poverty.”
EU SETS DEADLINE FOR COMMENTING ON REACH
Stakeholders have until 10 July 2003 to comment on the draft
overhaul of EU chemicals legislation contained in the Proposal for a
Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning
the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restrictions of
DENMARK IMPOSES RESTRICTIONS ON EUROPE’S MOST
WIDELY USED HERBICIDE
Minister Hans Christian Schmidt has announced far-reaching
restrictions on glyphosate, Europe’s most widely used herbicide,
sparking a row with manufacturers.
UNEP LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO COMBAT TRAFFICKING
IN CHEMICALS, HAZARDOUS WASTES AND ENDANGERED SPECIES
launched an initiative aimed at improving coordinated intelligence
gathering, information exchange and cooperation among the various
agencies that are involved in combating the multi-billion dollar
illegal trade in ozone-depleting substances, toxic chemicals,
hazardous wastes and endangered species.
WATER ISSUES FEATURE ON G-8 SUMMIT AGENDA
G-8 industrialized nations agreed at the recent Evian Summit to
develop and implement new measures to address a number of
humanitarian concerns, such as food security, public health and
environmental issues. The G-8 agreed to take action to improve
access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation and pledged new
measures to address maritime environmental concerns.
WATER TAKES CENTER STAGE ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT
In recognition of the
International Year of Freshwater, the theme of this year’s World
Environment Day – “Water: Two Billion People are Dying for It” -
focused on global water issues.
WSSCC WINS INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
The Water Supply and
Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) has recently received two
awards in relation to its activities, programmes and campaigns. The
first is the United Nations Association of Greater Boston Leadership
Award for the Council’s global advocacy and people-centered focus in
promoting water, sanitation and hygiene to underserved populations
in the developing world. The WSSCC has also won the Sulabh
International Social Service Organization’s 2003 Global Sanitation
Award in recognition of its critical role in the prevention of
hygiene, environmental sanitation and social justice.
INTERNATIONAL WATER AWARD SEEKING NOMINATIONS
Nominations for the
Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz International Prize for Water are now
FORMER IMF CHIEF CALLS FOR CLEAN WATER
Speaking to the
Committee on World Food Security, former International Monetary Fund
(IMF) managing director Michel Camdessus stressed the importance of
clean water and said that an increase of $100 billion a year was
needed to bring safe water to the 1.1 billion people who now do
CALL FOR WORLD WATER FORUM HOST
The World Water
Council, organizer of the recent 3rd World Water Forum in Japan, is
seeking candidatures to host the next Forum scheduled for 2006.
NEW CORAL REEF FUND LAUNCHED
The United Nations
Foundation and the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN)
have launched the Coral Reef Fund, aimed at helping protect and
manage more than 110,000 square miles of damaged or threatened coral
UNRISD LAUNCHES PROJECT ON UN WORLD SUMMITS
AND CIVIL SOCIETY ENGAGEMENT
Untied Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)
has launched a two-year research project on civil society engagement
at UN World Summits.
UNFOLDING STAKEHOLDER THINKING 2: RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATION, REPORTING
Greenleaf) This 13-chapter book offers essays that focus on the practice
of stakeholder engagement in terms of relationship management,
communication, reporting and performance.
The first part of the book examines a range of corporate-NGO
collaborations to determine what makes them effective and what makes them
fail. It identifies the need for companies, considered as the focal
entity, to actively communicate with stakeholders, manage their
relationships and listen to the messages that stakeholders are sending
them. The second part of the book examines schemes for the assessment,
measurement and reporting of business in society and relationships
involving stakeholders, including social auditing and sustainability
ALIGNING COMMITMENTS: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, INTERNATIONAL DECISION-MAKING,
AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Resources Institute, 2003) This 24-page report surveys public participation policies
“across a range of international institutions and environmental agreements
to better understand whether opportunities exist for meaningful
participation in international decisions that affect the environment.” The
authors conclude that policies on public participation are becoming the
norm, but public participation at the national level is uniformly weak and
domestic stakeholders have limited ability to influence international
decisions that affect their environment.
BALTIC 21 REPORT 2000-2002: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE BALTIC
June 2003) This report is a comprehensive guide regarding sustainable
development in the Baltic Sea Region and addresses the three dimensions of
sustainable development - environmental, economic and social. It describes
the Region’s progress towards the Baltic 21 sustainable development goals,
which were adopted by Baltic 21’s 11 governments and other members. The report’s conclusions include support for the
multi-stakeholder character of Baltic 21 and recommendations for further
involvement of civil society. The report also emphasizes the instrumental
role of commitment, allocation of resources and support of sectoral
ministries in pursuit of sustainable development within each sector. The
enlargement of the EU is noted to be one of the major future challenges to
UNEP INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT – SHOPPING FOR A BETTER WORLD:
SUSTAINABILITY AND RETAILING
January-March 2003) A recent issue of UNEP-DTIE’s quarterly review
Industry and Environment focuses on sustainability in the retail world,
and how consumers can be encouraged to consume more sustainably. It opens
with facts and figures of the retail world, and contains papers addressing
a range of issues, such as how Europe’s retail sector helps promote
sustainable production and consumption, and the social dimension of
sustainable development and the retail sector. It also presents case
studies on Finland’s Kesko, Marks and Spencer, Switzerland’s Coop, UK’s
Safeway, the METRO Group, the Musgrave Group, Pick ’n Pay, and the Ito
Yokado concept of sustainability.
PROMOTING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC:
MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF POVERTY REDUCTION
UNDP, 2003) The first-ever regional report on the MDGs finds that despite having achieved “one of the largest
decreases in mass poverty in human history,” the Asia-Pacific region is
still faced with the need to enhance basic education, gender equality,
child health, maternal mortality and environmental sustainability.
Identified in the report as key obstacles to poverty reduction and
attainment of the other MDGs in the region, are slow economic growth,
declining official development assistance, uneven distribution of income,
and unfavorable social conditions. The report further indicates that
declines in aid flows to the least developed countries are “unacceptable”
and urges reform of the international trade system to assist the poorest
countries. It further recommends combining market-based incentives with
pro-poor measures that enhance the capacity of the poor to take advantage
of new opportunities, while also ensuring adequate social protection for
the most vulnerable groups.
THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Development Policy Journal, April 2003) UNDP has published a series of
articles on the MDGs. Organized under three
sections - goals and targets; sustainable development and the MDGs; and
global partnerships – the articles address a range of issues, such as
whether the MDGs are feasible, capacity building for monitoring the MDGs,
financing, and mainstreaming development in trade and finance. It also
considers gender and HIV dimensions of poverty, and the environmental and
AUSTRALIAN-PROFOR SUMMARY OF THE IPF/IFF PROPOSALS FOR ACTION
Summary of the IPF/IFF Proposals for Action presents the proposals for
action in a consolidated format organized according to the programme
elements of the UNFF’s Plan of Action. The summary also includes reference
to the CBD's expanded forest biodiversity work programme. This summary is
a tool that can facilitate national-level assessment of progress and
priorities for action toward sustainable forest management. It was
produced jointly by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
of Australia and the Program on Forests (PROFOR)
at the World Bank.
EXPLANATORY GUIDE TO THE CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY
Environmental Law Centre and FIELD, with WRI, May 2003) As the Cartagena
Protocol enters into force, the Explanatory Guide to the Cartagena
Protocol on Biosafety aims to be useful as a reference work for those
involved in its implementation. Aimed at facilitating the development of
national biosafety frameworks, the publication addresses the complex
Protocol provisions, elaborates on the role of the precautionary principle
and on the Protocol’s relationship with other agreements, and highlights
capacity-building needs in the field.
WILDLIFE TRADE CONTROLS IN THE EU
international website providing information on wildlife trade controls in
the EU is set to raise the awareness of those involved in wildlife trade,
by informing them about their legal responsibilities under the EU Wildlife
Trade Regulations. The multi-lingual website is an initiative of and
financed by the European Commission, and developed and managed by TRAFFIC
Europe with support from the CITES Management Authorities of all EU Member
NEGOTIATING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: NEW PERSPECTIVES FROM SOCIAL SCIENCE
Environmental Change Programme, 2003) This book is the final output of the
UK’s Global Environmental Change Programme. It presents a critical review
of debates in environmental social science over the past decade in three
broad areas: problems of scientific uncertainty and its role in shaping
environmental decisions and policy; the development of institutional
frameworks for governing environmental services and resources; and the
link between production and consumption, and the environment.
ADDRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS IN CENTRAL ASIA: RISKS, POLICIES,
Research, 2003) Prepared by Alexander Carius, Moira Feil and Dennis
Tï¿½nzler on behalf of UNDP, this study explores the potential threats to
human development and security emanating from environmental risks in five
Central Asian states. It describes the socio-economic context,
and institutional and policy framework available to address such risks in
the five countries. The report is available in English and Russian.
TOWARDS A GIS-BASED ANALYSIS OF MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTS AND POPULATIONS
2003) This UN survey was carried out with the aim of helping policymakers
develop strategies to help vulnerable communities address agricultural and
environmental challenges. The survey was prepared using the latest
geographic information system (GIS) technology and newly available GIS
maps and databases. It employed the newest global mapping technology to
study the effects of climate change, overgrazing and deforestation on the
people and economies of mountain ecosystems, producing a detailed snapshot
of environmental conditions and providing new insight into how rural
mountain families secure their livelihoods.
THE LITTLE GREEN DATA BOOK 2003
2003) The fourth edition of the World Bank's Little Green Data Book
provides a quick reference to key environmental data for over 200
countries. It contains country, regional and income group profiles, which
provide a baseline for comparison on the state of the environment and its
linkages with the economy and people.
TIME FOR EQUALITY AT WORK
(ILO, May 2003)
ILO has launched its first global report on discrimination at work. The
report states that workplace
discrimination remains a persistent global problem, with new and more
subtle forms of discrimination emerging. It finds that women are by far
the largest discriminated group, noting the significant gap in income
between the sexes in most countries, and further highlights new and
emerging forms of discrimination based on disability, HIV/AIDS, age and
sexual orientation. The report states that people who suffer from
discrimination experience a persistent ï¿½equality gap,ï¿½ and warns that
failure to address these socio-economic inequalities not only points to a
waste of human talent and resources, but could also have potentially
ï¿½disastrous effects on national social cohesion, political stability, and
AMERICAï¿½S LIVING OCEANS: CHARTING A COURSE FOR SEA CHANGE
Commission, 2003) Prepared by the Pew Oceans Commission, this 144 page
report finds that overfishing at sea, over-development of coastal areas,
and pollution from land-based activities are causing a decline in marine
wildlife and adversely affecting marine ecosystems. This detailed report,
which is the outcome of a three-year, nationwide study of the oceans,
recommends a new US oceans governance and management system, urging a
conservation ethic that: regards the oceans as a public trust; recognizes
human's dependence on healthy marine ecosystems; and applies a
precautionary approach to managing the oceansï¿½ resources.
GROUNDWATER AND ITS SUSCEPTIBILITY TO DEGRADATION: A GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF
THE PROBLEM AND OPTIONS FOR MANAGEMENT
2003). This UNEP report provides an overview of the susceptibility of
groundwater to degradation caused by human activities. Including both
quantity and quality impacts, it examines the different issues affecting
groundwater resources in rural and urban/industrial settings, where
groundwater has become an integral part of billions of people's lives.
Numerous examples illustrate the consequent resource management issues and
underline the need for active management.
STATE OF THE WORLD FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE 2002 REPORT
The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) is the Fisheries
Department's premier advocacy document. It is published every two years
with the purpose of providing policy-makers, civil society and those who
derive their livelihood from the sector a comprehensive, objective and
global view of capture fisheries and aquaculture, including associated
CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS REPORT
International, 2003) Wetlands International has recently published a
booklet on the Use of Constructed Wetlands for Wastewater Treatment. This
booklet provides a valuable introduction to constructed wetlands and aims
to raise awareness of their value among environmental professionals.
DOLPHINS, WHALES AND PORPOISES: 2002-2010 CONSERVATION ACTION PLAN FOR THE
2003). This new publication highlights the plight of the world's
cetaceans, providing the latest information on their status worldwide and
recommending actions that could help save the most threatened species.
Trade, business and investment
Management International, Issue 38) The special theme issue examines
questions related to the role that entrepreneurial individuals have to
play in the adoption of more sustainable business practices. The nine
papers consider the essence of Ecopreneurship, develop a typology of green
entrepreneurs, examine barriers for start-up entrepreneurs and present
case studies from various perspectives.
EAST ASIA INTEGRATES: A TRADE POLICY AGENDA FOR SHARED GROWTH
2003) This report emphasizes the advantages of a regional trade strategy
between and within East Asian countries. The report urges policymakers to
broaden their approach beyond the technical perspective of trade policy to
emphasize development outcomes and links to social stability, in their
national development strategies, regional and bilateral
agreements, and global negotiating positions.
THE EU BETWEEN JO BURG FOLLOW-UP AND CANCUN POLITICS: HOW TO SET THE RIGHT
FRAMEWORK FOR INVESTMENT RULES
Bï¿½ll Foundation, 2003) This is a summary report of a public hearing held
on 6 March 2003 in Brussels, Belgium that brought together European
policymakers and civil society. The hearing served as an exchange of views
on trade policy and sustainable development in the aftermath of the WSSD, and in anticipation of the
WTO's Fifth Ministerial Conference to be held in Cancun, Mexico
in September 2003.
CLIMATE ADAPTATION: RISK, UNCERTAINTY AND DECISION-MAKING
This report was
prepared by the UK Climate Impacts Programme and the UK Environment
Agency's Centre for Risk and Forecasting. It provides guidance for
decision makers addressing climate risk and uncertainty.
A STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT OF THE KYOTO-MARRAKECH SYSTEM
Briefing Paper No.6, 2003) This briefing paper summarizes key findings on
the strategic dimensions of the Kyoto Protocol and the Marrakech Accords.
The paper focuses on four key elements: the ï¿½real worldï¿½ economics of the
Kyoto Protocol; business participation and influences; prospects for US
engagement; and the framing of future commitments.
MAINSTREAMING ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE IN LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
2003) This report focuses on the experiences of implementing
adaptation policies in two LDC countries: Bangladesh and Mali. The report
suggests that despite there being a great deal already achieved in
describing and analyzing vulnerability to climate change and identifying
potential adaptation options, significantly more needs to be done to
mainstream adaptation within the national policymaking process.