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COMINGS AND GOINGS
LEE BEGINS DUTIES AS HEAD OF WHO
began his term as the new chief of the World Health Organization
(WHO) on 21 July. Succeeding Gro Harlem Brundtland, Lee has
pledged to focus the WHO on achieving results in countries,
helping to tackle the human resources crisis in the
health sector, and prioritizing HIV/AIDS.
DESAI APPOINTED AS SPECIAL ADVISER FOR WORLD INFORMATION SUMMIT
Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and
Social Affairs, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan, as Annan’s Special Adviser for the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS). The WSIS, which aims to bridge the
digital divide between rich and poor, is the first UN summit to
address issues arising from the information society. Desai was the Secretary-General of the World Summit on
Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg last year.
UNESCO-IHE INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION NAMES MEGANCK FIRST
Meganck was installed as the first Director of the UNESCO-IHE
Institute for Water Education, leaving his former post as
Director of Sustainable Development and Environment at the
Organization of American States. Meganck undertook his first
public function with UNESCO-IHE on
in an address at the UNESCO-IHE Symposium on Water Education and
FAO seeks GEF project
manager for international waters: Station: Luanda,
Angola; Deadline: 12 August 2003
FAO seeks river basin
planner: Luanda, Angola; 12 August 2003
WB seeks senior rural water
and sanitation specialist:
Washington, DC, US; 31 July 2003
London renewables group
seeks programme manager for development of urban renewable
energy sources: London, UK; 28 July 2003
ITLOS seeks archivist:
ECOFYS seeks climate policy
project manager: Cologne, Germany
Oak foundation seeks
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Limnology and waterbirds conference 2003:
4-9 August 2003. Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
International conference on advances in water supply
management: 15-17 September 2003. London, UK.
First international coral reef ecotoxicology and health
workshop: 21-27 September 2003. Bermuda.
Conference on the efficient use of biomass for GHG
mitigation: 30 September - 1 October 2003. Östersund,
International conference and OECD workshop on biological
resources and migration: 5-8 October 2003. Marburg,
Medcoast 2003: 7-11 October 2003.
International conference: green power 4 sustainable energy
development for improved quality of life: 16-17 October
2003. New Delhi, India.
Workshop on accessing biodiversity and sharing the benefits:
29-31 October 2003. Davis, California, US.
First Southeast Asia water forum: 17-21 November 2003.
Chiang Mai, Thailand.
CSD acting as the Prepcom for the international meeting to
review implementation of the Barbados programme of action
for the sustainable development of SIDS (Barbados +10):
14-16 April 2004. New York, US.
29th international technical conference on coal utilization
& fuel systems: 18-22 April 2004.
12th session of the CSD: 19-30 April 2004.
Third international symposium on sustainable management of
forest resources (SIMFOR 2004): 21-23 April 2004. Pinar
Sixth international symposium on legal aspects of european
forest sustainable development: 1 June 2004. Brasov,
10th international coral reef symposium (ICRS): 28 June
- 2 July 2004. Okinawa, Japan.
Meeting on forests under changing climate, enhanced UV and
air pollution: 27-31 August 2004. Oulu, Finland.
Conference on regenerating mountain forests – prerequisite
for sustainable management: 12-16 September 2004.
Monitoring science and technology symposium: unifying
knowledge for sustainability in the western hemisphere:
20-24 September 2004.
First international ecoagriculture conference and
practitioners’ fair: 27 September - 1 October 2004.
CSD policy year preparatory meeting: 28 February - 4
March 2005. New York, US.
Seventh international symposium on legal aspects of European
forest sustainable development: 1 April 2005. Serbia and
13th session of the CSD: 2-13 May 2005. New York, US.
POPS SESSION LAYS GROUNDWORK FOR STOCKHOLM CONVENTION
14-18 July 2003 | Geneva,
The Seventh Session of the
Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC-7) for an International
Legally Binding Instrument for Implementing International Action on
Certain Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) was held from 14-18
July 2003, in Geneva, Switzerland. With expectations that the
Stockholm Convention will enter into force early in 2004, this was
almost certainly the last meeting as an Intergovernmental
Negotiating Committee. Significant progress was made during this
meeting in laying the groundwork for the successful administration
of the Convention, although a number of the most contentious issues
have been left for consideration by the Conference of the Parties
During the week, delegates focused on addressing a number of
“housekeeping” issues in preparation for the first COP. These
included developing rules of procedure and financial rules for the
COP, clarifying dispute settlement rules, elaborating reporting
formats, and considering offers to host the permanent secretariat.
INC-7 also provided the opportunity for delegates to consider some of the more complex and contentious issues that will need to be
addressed as the Stockholm Convention enters into force. These
include such issues as the financial mechanism, the
terms of reference for the POPs Review Committee, and
non-compliance. No progress was made on the issue of a
non-compliance mechanism, with developing countries firmly
entrenched in their position that technical and financial matters be
addressed prior to non-compliance. Discussions on this issue were
postponed. Click here for the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin report on this meeting.
UNFCCC CONVENES WORKSHOPS ON SYNERGIES AND
COOPERATION WITH OTHER CONVENTIONS
2003 | Espoo, Finland
workshops on synergies and cooperation with other conventions were
held from 2-4 July 2003 in Espoo, Finland. The Subsidiary Body for
Implementation (SBI) workshop was convened in response to a request
made to the SBI by the seventh session of the COP, held in November 2001. The Subsidiary Body for
Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) workshop was convened in
response to a request made to the UNFCCC Secretariat by SBSTA-17,
held in October-November 2002. The SBI workshop focused on possible
synergies and joint action with other multilateral environmental
agreements, while the SBSTA workshop addressed cooperation
with other conventions. Click here for the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin report on this meeting.
AU SUMMIT TAKES DECISIONS ON CONSERVATION,
4-12 July 2003 | Maputo, Mozambique
With the theme of “Implementation of NEPAD as a contribution to
Africa’s Development,” this year’s African Union Summit comprised
meetings of the Assembly, the Executive Council and the Permanent
Representatives Committee. The Assembly adopted five Declarations on
matters such as the upcoming fifth WTO Ministerial Conference,
HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, agriculture and food security,
and NEPAD implementation. The Assembly also took over 20 decisions
on topics relating to, inter alia, human rights, poverty
alleviation, democracy and good governance, and terrorism. Decisions
were also taken on a number of environment related topics such as
the Action Pan of NEPAD's Environment Initiative, and the revised
1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural
Resources (Algiers Convention). The Assembly further adopted the
draft Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
relating to the Rights of Women, which would, among other things,
prohibit female genital mutilation, grant women the right to vote,
set the minimum age for marriage at 18 and guarantee women the right
to inherit and own property.
ASIAN AND AFRICAN MINISTERIAL CONFERENCES
PREPARE FOR UNCCD COP
Two meetings at the
ministerial level convened recently to prepare for the sixth session
of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat
Desertification (UNCCD). The African Ministerial Conference convened
in Cotonou, Benin, from 3-4 July 2003,
while the Second Asian Ministerial Conference on UNCCD
Implementation convened from 10-11 June 2003 in Abu Dhabi,
United Arab Emirates.
Participants at both meetings discussed the outcomes of the World
Summit on Sustainable Development and the first meeting of the
UNCCD’s Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the
Convention, progress on implementing their respective
Regional Action Plans, and financing of implementation, especially
in reference to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Operational
Programme for land degradation. Each Conference adopted a
Ministerial Declaration, both of which, inter alia, called on
UNCCD Parties to adopt at COP-6 a decision for the GEF to become
a “funding” or “financial” mechanism of the UNCCD.
MEETING FOR WORLD INFORMATION SUMMIT REFINES
DRAFT DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES AND DRAFT ACTION PLAN
15-18 July 2003 | Paris, France
Over 750 participants from governments, the private sector,
intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the media
attended the intersessional meeting of the World Summit on the
Information Society (WSIS). Hosted by UNESCO, the meeting completed
revisions to the draft Declaration of Principles and the draft Plan
of Action that are to be adopted at the WSIS meeting in Geneva in
December this year. The draft Plan of Action contains a list of over
120 examples of potential actions to promote information and
communications technologies (ICT) development, for example
connecting all villages by 2010, having 90 percent of the world’s
population to be within wireless coverage by 2010, and launching a
“Global Digital Compact.” The draft Declaration of Principles
supports an information society that is accessible to and that
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION ADOPTS NEW FOOD
- 7 July 2003 | Rome, Italy
Delegates at this session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission
adopted over 50 new food safety and quality standards, including
agreement on assessing the risks to consumers from foods derived
from biotechnology, including genetically modified foods and
irradiated products. The guidelines cover the scientific assessment
of DNA-modified plants, such as maize, soy or potatoes, and foods
and beverages derived from DNA-modified micro-organisms, including
cheese, yogurt and beer. New quality standards adopted by the
session include the specification that products marketed as
“chocolate” must have a minimum of 35% cocoa solids, while
“chocolate type” products must have a minimum of 20%.
CMS STANDING COMMITTEE PLANS FUTURE WORK
17-18 July 2003 | Bonn, Germany
The 26th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention
on Migratory Species (CMS) addressed: collaboration with other
international organizations; implementation of CMS Agreements and
MOUs; development of further agreements; and development of
strategic plans for the work of the Scientific Council and for the
future implementation and development of the Convention. The
Committee also reviewed the current status of the Trust Fund
contributions, the budget and resources, and decided on work
priorities of the Secretariat.
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM EXTRAORDINARY ANNUAL
MEETING ADDRESSES WATER MANAGEMENT
June 2003 | Amman, Jordan
Water management was one of the key issue areas discussed at
the World Economic Forum’s Extraordinary Annual meeting. During a
session on 23 June 2003, panelists discussed a wide range of water
issues, including political barriers and opportunities for
cooperation, water as a lever of social and economic development,
the role of public-private partnerships, public health, integrated
water management, and desalination.
INTERNATIONAL MEETING ADVANCES DEVELOPMENT OF
May 2003 | Vienna, Austria
This meeting, organized by UNESCO’s World Water Assessment
Programme, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the
International Association of Hydrologists, discussed ways and means
to better develop international groundwater indicators. The expert
group identified nine indicators to be developed, including two
recommendations that highlighted groundwater as an intrinsic part of
the hydrological cycle and proposed that groundwater should be
integrated within a broader economic and social dimension.
WTO COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT PREPARES FOR
2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
In its last meeting prior to the Fifth WTO Ministerial
Conference to be held in Cancún, Mexico in September, the Committee
on Environment (CTE) considered an EU proposal on MEA observer
status as well as two US papers on environmental goods.
ECOSOC RECOMMENDS UPGRADING THE WORLD TOURISM
annual meeting in Geneva, the United Nations Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution recommending that the UN
General Assembly designate the World Tourism Organization as a
specialized agency of the UN.
ECOSOC CALLS FOR END TO AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES
the ECOSOC annual
meeting, ministers issued a
declaration urging rich countries to reduce and eliminate
agricultural subsidies to ease market access for products from
developing countries. The declaration also highlights the need for
the implementation of the Doha Ministerial Declaration and the
urgent need for the WTO to address agricultural export subsidies,
domestic support and enhanced market access, as well as special and
differential treatment for developing countries.
ILO LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO CREATE A BILLION
JOBS FOR YOUTH
International Labour Organization (ILO) has launched an initiative
to stimulate the creation of a billion jobs for youth worldwide over
the next decade.
NORWAY AND SWEDEN CREATE FUND FOR POVERTY AND
Norway and Sweden have jointly created a Poverty and Environment
Fund focused on small-scale environment-related activities that
promote poverty reduction.
WORLD HERITAGE PROTECTION FOR FIVE MORE
new natural sites, along with 19 new cultural sites, were inscribed
on the World Heritage List at a recent session of UNESCO’s World
EUROPEAN LEGISLATIVE FRAMEWORK FOR GMOs NOW IN
July, the Council of Ministers of the EU formally adopted two new
regulations on traceability and labeling of GMOs, and on GM food and
feed, completing the EU’s legislation on GMOs.
UNESCO PRIZE AWARDED TO VENEZUELAN CENTER AND
Venezuela’s Centro de Ecología and Norwegian scientist Peter Schei
have been jointly awarded the 2003 Sultan Qaboos Prize. The prize,
which is given out biennially, recognizes outstanding contributions
to the management or preservation of the environment.
FORMER WFP CHIEF AWARDED 2003 WORLD FOOD PRIZE
Catherine Bertini, UN Under-Secretary-General for Management and
former head of the UN World Food Programme, has been awarded the
2003 World Food Prize.
IMO ADDRESSES MARINE ENVIRONMENT GUIDELINES
Concluding a five-day meeting
in London, the Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC) of
the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – the United Nations
agency responsible for the safety of shipping and the prevention of
marine pollution by ships – revised guidelines on environmental
safety and health-related issues, including those related to
double-hull oil tankers, shipbreaking, ballast water management,
greenhouse gas emissions from ships and ship recycling.
CARIBBEAN CORALS ARE DYING, STUDY SAYS
Up to 80% of the Caribbean’s coral reefs have died and the remaining are under threat, according
to a recent study published in the journal Science.
UNESCO CALLS FOR WATER EDUCATION REFORM
Koïchiro Matsuura has called for a radical review and reform of
water education programmes and the need for more water
WATER EXPERTS TAKE ON GLOBAL WATER CRISIS
A panel of water experts
speaking at the UN Association of the United States of America’s
National Forum on the United Nations stressed the
importance of tackling the global water crisis.
UN/WHO COMMITTEE ADVOCATES STRICTER MERCURY
A recent meeting of the
Joint Expert Committee for Food Additives and Contaminants, an
initiative of the UN and the WHO,
has called for a tougher standard for levels of mercury in food.
US EPA REPORT IDENTIFIES DECLINES IN TOXIC
RELEASES IN 2001
published by the US Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) indicates that US industries released 15
percent fewer toxic chemicals, and generated 22 percent less toxic
waste, in 2001 as compared with 2000.
UK SURVEY FINDS LESS DIOXINS IN UK DIET
A recently conducted survey by
the UK Food Standards Agency survey has found that the total amount
of dioxins in all food has fallen in the UK since 1997.
NGO REPORT ARGUES THAT UK’S
PESTICIDE REVIEW FAILS CONSUMERS
A new report from Friends
of the Earth and Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK released on 21
July, criticizes the UK Government for failing to grasp a golden
opportunity to find safer alternatives to chemical pesticides,
leaving farmers with little alternative to the toxic products
currently in use.
WORLD RESOURCES 2002-2004: DECISIONS FOR THE EARTH: BALANCE, VOICE, AND
(World Bank, UNDP, UNEP and World Resources
Institute, July 2003) This tenth biennial report on global
environmental and development issues focuses on the importance of good
environmental governance by exploring how citizens, government managers
and business owners can foster better environmental decisions that meet
the needs of people and ecosystems with equity and balance. The report
argues that greater transparency and accountability can lead to fairer and
more effective management of natural resources. It calls on governments to
include the public in decisions that affect ecosystems and urges
integration of environmental impacts into economic decision-making. It
also identifies public access to information from governments, business,
and non-governmental organizations as a necessary precursor to improved
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY IN AFRICA
(Kluwer Academic Publishers, June 2003) Beatrice Chaytor and Kevin R. Gray
edited this collection of essays on environmental law and policy in Africa
from experts within and outside the region. The text seeks to demonstrate
how African countries are responding to their international environmental
obligations contained in instruments such as the
CCD. The essays are divided into three sections:
multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); natural resources sector
management; and the development of law and policy instruments.
THE 21ST CENTURY NGO: IN THE MARKET FOR CHANGE
(SustainAbility, June 2003) Seb Beloe, John Elkington, Katie Fry and Sue
Newell authored this report, which details the results of a global study
of the NGO landscape. In addition to identifying 21 internal and external
challenges for international NGOs, the report: examines market and
political changes that are driving a “paradigm shift”; describes
challenges facing NGO boards; explores NGO engagement with business; and
asks how successful NGOs are likely to be in bringing change to market.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: CASE STUDY
(June 2003) Authored by Qasem Alnewashi, this book looks at improving
environmental education in developing countries through a case study of
Jordan. The book is divided into three parts that lay the context for the
topic, present a case study surveying the status of formal and informal
education in Jordan, and consider the results of the case study and how to
improve environmental education in developing countries.
WORLD MIGRATION REPORT 2003
(International Organization for Migration, June 2003) Produced by
IOM’s Migration Policy and Research Programme, this report presents the
latest trends in international migration and provides insight into “the
complex dynamic of a growing socio-economic, cultural and political
phenomenon.” The report notes the role of globalization, trade
liberalization and economic integration in encouraging labor mobility, and
estimates the 2.9% of the world population are migrants, motivated mainly
by economic opportunities. The report considers, inter alia: the
root causes of migration; relations with migrant diasporas; integration of
migrants in host societies; sustainable integration for returning
migrants; migrants’ rights; and linkages between migration and development
and trade. The report further highlights effective migrant management
policies, and states that effective and human migration management
policies benefiting migrants and society depend on broad international
Biodiversity and Wildlife
GM SCIENCE REVIEW: FIRST REPORT
(GM Science Review Panel, July 2003) Requested by Margaret Beckett, the
UK’s Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and
prepared by a panel of experts, this report contains the results of an
independent review of current scientific knowledge on GM crops and foods.
The report emphasizes that modern biotechnology is not a single
homogeneous technology and that its applications need to be considered on
a case-by-case basis. It also underscores the importance of regulation
keeping pace with scientific developments. It identifies areas where more
scientific research is needed, including allergenicity, soil ecology,
farmland biodiversity and consequences of gene flow. A follow up report,
to be published in the autumn, will consider further scientific
developments, and comments from the public together with the results of
GM public debate. The deadline for comments on this first report is 15
IUCN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAMME 2003 NEWSLETTER
(IUCN, 2003) The 2003 edition of IUCN’s ELP Newsletter focuses on
implementation. It contains articles on the major themes embodied in the
Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, reports on the meetings held
during the “Law Week,” which preceded the World Summit on Sustainable
Development, and information and updates on selected specialist groups of
the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.
FOOD SAFETY, FOOD SECURITY AND TRADE: HOW TO END THE CONFLICTS
(IFPRI, June 2003) The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
and the Johns Hopkins
University SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations held a high-level
consultation on food safety, food security and trade on 21 June 2003.
BIOFILMS IN MEDICINE, INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL BIOTECHNOLOGY
CHARACTERISTICS, ANALYSIS AND CONTROL
Publishing, May 2003) Edited by P. Lens, V. O’Flaherty, A.P. Moran, P.
Stoodley, and T. Mahony, this book introduces readers to biofilms, which
are important for beneficial technologies such as water and wastewater
treatment and bioremediation of groundwater and soil, but which can also
bring about problems such as bacterial infections, accelerated corrosion
in industrial systems, oil souring and biofouling. The book presents the
structure and function of biofilms as determined by recent research, and
highlights their applications in medicine, industry and environmental
CITES INVITES PARTIES TO SUBMIT INFORMATION FOR JUDICIARY REFERENCE KIT
The CITES Secretariat is currently compiling a reference kit that will
provide members of the judiciary, prosecutors and legal advisors with an
introduction to CITES and examples of its administrative, civil and
criminal enforcement throughout the world. The reference kit will contain
outlines of a number of cases that will serve as examples of how certain
legal issues related to the enforcement of CITES have been addressed. The
Secretariat would be grateful to receive information on any court cases of
particular interest, and copies of the full texts of the judgments or
information on where they may be found. CITES Parties and interested
organizations are invited to send this information by 15 August 2003 to
the following address: email@example.com
Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
2003). Fifty authors from 22 countries contributed to this new book,
Security and Environment in the Mediterranean - Conceptualizing Security
and Environmental Conflict, offering readers a wide range of security and
environment linkages from perspectives and disciplines of the natural and
social sciences. The book has five chapters on water issues in the
Mediterranean and Middle East, as well as two additional chapters that
discuss the role of water scarcity, cooperation and conflict in the
framework of the first three phases of a social science research on
environmental security, and the role of water in a fourth research phase
on Human and Environmental Security and Peace (HESP).
WATER FOR THE FUTURE
(UNEP, 2003) To mark World Water Day and the International Year of
Freshwater, UNEP has compiled a bibliography of more than 600 water
publications from a wide range of UN bodies and specialized agencies. The
bibliography is organized thematically by topics such as: drinking water;
freshwater resources; water and sustainable development; water and health;
marine resources; water treatment; water in agriculture; and water in
urban areas. It also contains a directory of contacts for UN organizations
involved with water, a list of water-related websites, various United
Nations Resolutions on water, as well as selected UNEP Governing Council
decisions concerning water issues.
IUCN INTERNATIONAL OCEAN GOVERNANCE REPORT
(IUCN, 2003) An updated and translated version of the IUCN publication
“International Ocean Governance: Using International Law and Organizations
to Manage Marine Resources Sustainably” by Lee A. Kimball is now
available. This report evaluates the effectiveness of international
agreements and organizations, and recommends numerous improvements. It
includes a series of tables, which present a problem-oriented summary of
global and regional legal instruments and an indication of the scientific,
technical, and legal guidance offered by international bodies. It also
includes a series of maps, which demonstrate the geographic relationships
in eight ocean regions between regional marine and regional fisheries
conventions, large marine ecosystems, major river basins, marine protected
areas and national jurisdiction.
IDEAS FOR LOCAL ACTION IN WATER MANAGEMENT
(Global Water Partnership, 2003) Recently published by the Global
Water Partnership, this book, which brings together information on
activities undertaken by local governments, civil society and the private
sector and by those who facilitate local water management, is designed to
spread these ideas on initiating local water resources planning, water
saving, safeguarding local water quality, clean-up programmes, promoting
transparency and turning organizations into water managers. The local
actions documented in this volume provide readers with over 100 examples
of what is being done in different parts of the world. This book follows
on from ‘Ideas for Water Awareness Campaigns’, an earlier book prepared by
the Global Water Partnership.
WATER IN CHINA
(IWA Publishing, July 2003) Edited by P.A. Wilderer, J. Zhu, N.
Schwarzenbeck, this book contains a compilation of articles on the current
situation in China
with respect to surface water quality and wastewater treatment. It
provides results of specific research projects, and considers lessons
learnt from experiences in other countries, particularly with respect to
management and regulation practices.
WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL REVIEW 2002
(Wetlands International, 2003) The report is organized under
objectives, concepts and principles highlighted under Wetlands
International’s Strategy 2002-2005 published in May 2002. Readers are
provided with details, outputs and results of activities undertaken by
Wetlands International in 2002, including programmes relating to:
inventory, monitoring and assessment; wise use; and capacity building.
IRC INTERNATIONAL WATER AND SANITATION CENTRE ANNUAL REPORT
(IRC, 2003) Highlights of IRC’s annual report include a focus on the
organization’s ability to provide improved access to and promote the use
of knowledge in the water and sanitation sector and to build the knowledge
sharing capacity of Resource Centers in the South.
Climate and Ozone
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND CLIMATE CHANGE: MAKING THE CONNECTION
(CERES, July 2003) Commissioned by CERES and written by Douglas Cogan of
the Investor Responsibility Research Center, this report looks at how 20
of the world’s largest corporate emitters of greenhouse gases are
factoring climate change into their business strategies and governance
practices. A “Climate Change Governance Checklist” provides an analysis of
the companies’ actions in the areas of board oversight, management
accountability, executive compensation, emissions reporting and material
risk disclosure. The report finds that many of these companies are not
adequately disclosing the financial risks posed by climate change and also
are not dealing with global warming issues in other key corporate
governance areas. The report describes how investors can engage companies
on climate change as part of the emerging corporate governance agenda, and
includes recommendations for corporate boards/executives and policymakers.
INDUSTRY GENIUS: INVENTIONS AND PEOPLE PROTECTING THE CLIMATE AND FRAGILE
Publishing, July 2003) Authored by Stephen O. Andersen and Durwood Zaelke,
this book presents the “inventive genius” of ten global companies in
achieving technological breakthroughs that help protect the climate and/or
the ozone layer, while contributing to the companies’ bottom line.
Companies featured in this book are Alcoa, Aviation Partners,
DaimlerChrysler, Energy Star, Honda, Japan’s F-Center for Greenhouse Gas
Alternatives, Seiko Epson, ST Microelectronics, Trane and Visteon.