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LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 23 August 2003

 UPCOMING COVERAGE BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN

  UNCCD COP-6, 25 August - 5 September, Havana, Cuba
  IUCN Vth World Parks Congress, 8-17 September, Durban, South Africa
  XII World Forestry Congress, 21-28 September, Quebec, Canada

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


PACIFIC SIDS PREPARE FOR 10-YEAR REVIEW OF BARBADOS PROGRAMME OF ACTION
4-8 August 2003 | Apia, Samoa
Organized by the SIDS Unit of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), the Pacific Regional Meeting for the Review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States SIDS sought to review the progress achieved in ensuring positive long-term development of SIDS in the Pacific region and to prepare a regional position for the International Meeting on the review of the BPOA to be held in Mauritius in August/September 2004.

In an “International Overview” working session, delegates discussed, inter alia, linkages between the BPOA, Millennium Development Goals, Monterrey Consensus, Doha Agreement, and post WSSD events and outcomes, while a “Regional Overview” session considered the draft Regional Assessment. Throughout the meeting, participants also engaged in working sessions and open discussions that addressed: national assessment reports and sustainable development strategies; objectives of the international meeting; how to improve implementation of the BPOA; the ministerial level preparatory committee meeting to be held at CSD-12; and modalities for action. Click here for the full report of the meeting.

 

ECOSOC SUBSTANTIVE SESSION ADDRESSES RURAL DEVELOPMENT, LDCS
30 June - 25 July 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
This year’s substantive session of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) included a High-Level Segment, a coordination segment, a humanitarian segment, a general segment and a concluding session. Panels and discussions during the session addressed, inter alia, rural development, the plight of 49 of the world’s poorest countries, factoring HIV/AIDS into relief efforts, and how to assist conflict-torn Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Angola to enjoy stability and transition from relief to development.

“Promoting an integrated approach to rural development in developing countries for poverty eradication and sustainable development” was the theme for the high-level segment, which took place from 30 June to
2 July 2003. Participants in the meeting’s Plenary sessions and round-table discussions emphasized rural development’s key role in achieving the goals set by the 2000 Millennium Summit. Issues related to agricultural subsidies, growth enabling environments, fair terms of trade, investment in social services and infrastructure, and the expectations of developed and developing countries were also raised. A Ministerial Declaration was adopted at the conclusion of the Segment. It called for, inter alia, the reduction and elimination of agricultural subsidies, the implementation of the commitments developed countries made at the Doha WTO conference in 2001 to facilitate market access for the products of developing countries, and pursuit of rural development through an integrated approach encompassing the economic, social and environmental dimensions. More information.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS BODY ADOPTS TEXT ON TNCS, RIGHT TO FOOD, DEVELOPMENT, WATER AND SANITATION
28 July – 15 August 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 55th session of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights convened from 28 July to 15 August 2003 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Sub-Commission adopted 43 resolutions and decisions relating to: violation of human rights in any country; administration of justice; economic, social and cultural rights; prevention of discrimination; and specific human rights issues. With regards to economic, social and cultural rights, the Sub-Commission adopted measures on, inter alia: the right to food and progress in developing international voluntary guidelines for its implementation; the right to development; responsibilities of transnational corporation and other business enterprises with regard to human rights; the promotion of the realization of the right to drinking water and sanitation; and globalization and its effects on the full enjoyment of all human rights.
Consisting of 26 experts from five regional groups, the Sub-Commission was created by the Commission on Human Rights in 1947 to undertake studies and forward recommendations to the Commission. Text adopted at this meeting will be considered by the Commission during its next annual meeting in March 2004. More information is available at: http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu2/2/55sub/55sub.htm

 

SUMMIT BEGINS DEVELOPMENT OF COMPREHENSIVE EARTH OBSERVATION SYSTEM
31 July 2003 | Washington, DC, US
Hosted by the United States State Department, the Earth Observation Summit convened on 31 July 2003 in Washington, DC, US. Delegates from over 30 countries and 22 multilateral organizations gathered to begin the process of developing a comprehensive, coordinated and sustained Earth observation system among governments and the international community with the aim of understanding and addressing global environmental and economic challenges. The Summit adopted a Declaration and established an ad hoc Group on Earth Observation (GEO) to: improve coordination of observation systems and strategies and identify measures to minimize data gaps; coordinate efforts to involve and assist developing countries; support the exchange of observations; and prepare a 10-year implementation plan. More information.
 

CONGRESS ADDRESSES SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN ASIA AND PACIFIC REGION
7 June 2003 | Hayama, Japan
Hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and co-organized by the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), the 11th Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific (ECO ASIA) was attended by national delegates from 20 countries, including five Ministers, and representatives from international organizations and other participants. Delegates convened for two sessions on: Efforts toward the Establishment of a Sustainable Society; and Specific Implementation of World Summit on Sustainable Development Outcomes. The Congress aimed to assess the region's efforts toward sustainable development since the WSSD and to discuss the future direction of regional cooperation by recognizing ECO ASIA as one of the fora to address opinions on sustainable development at the ministerial level in Asia and the Pacific. More information.
 

REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON COMMUNITY ACTIONS TO ACHIEVE THE MDGS
13–18 July 2003 | Nairobi, Kenya
A regional workshop entitled “Learning from Community Action to Realize the MDGs: Biodiversity and HIV/AIDS” took place from 13-18 July 2003 in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was attended by more than 120 representatives of grassroots and community groups, NGOs, indigenous organizations and local government from 11 African countries. The workshop, which was organized by UNDP among others, aimed to increase understanding and awareness of the importance of local community action for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Participants discussed HIV/AIDs, food security, water and land management and sustainable development issues, and had the opportunity to visit five communities undertaking innovating work to help realize the MDGs. More.
 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POVERTY, FOOD AND HEALTH IN WELFARE: CURRENT ISSUES, FUTURE PERSPECTIVES
1-4 July 2003 | Lisbon, Portugal
The International Conference on Poverty, Food and Health in Welfare 2003 convened in Lisbon, Portugal from 1-4 July 2003. The Conference sought to influence agendas and set priorities of international agencies and policymakers working to fight poverty, food insecurity and disease. Eight Plenary sessions addressed topics such as achieving the Millennium Development Goals in South Asia and pro-poor policies in health. Ten workshops addressed topics such as children’s health and nutrition and poverty measurement and impacts. A book of abstracts from all presentations is now available and a publication of all papers is expected. More information.

FUTURE OF WIPO’S COMMITTEE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES UNCLEAR
7–15 July 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
The fifth meeting of WIPO’s Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore, which took place from 7-15 July 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland, marked the end of the Committee’s initial mandate. Although delegates agreed on the importance of the continuance of its work for the next two years, they could not reach agreement on the content of its activities. With positions ranging from the continuation of the technical work and completion of documents, to the request for a negotiation process for a legally binding instrument, Member States did not reach consensus. The WIPO General Assembly, which is meeting in September 2003, will have to take the final decision. More.
 

UNGA AD HOC WORKING GROUP COMPLETES WORK ON INTEGRATED CONFERENCE FOLLOW-UP
The General Assembly at its 57th session established an open-ended ad hoc working group that was charged with producing recommendations to ensure an integrated and coordinated follow-up of the United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields. This “UN General Assembly Ad Hoc Working Group on Integrated Conference Follow-up” commenced its work on 27 January 2003 and adopted a draft resolution on 17 June 2003, which was sent to the General Assembly for formal adoption on 23 June 2003. More.
 

MEDIA REPORTS


GLOBAL STUDY ON FOOD SECURITY LAUNCHED
A global study on food security has been launched to examine how agricultural science, knowledge and technology can improve the livelihoods of the rural poor and reduce poverty in developing countries. More.

POPS PROTOCOL TO ENTER INTO FORCE IN OCTOBER
The Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) will enter into force on 23 October 2003, becoming the sixth protocol to take effect under the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. More.
 
OZONE LAYER BEGINNING TO RECOVER, SCIENTISTS REPORT
The rate of ozone loss in the upper stratosphere is slowing down according to a study recently published in the American Geophysical Union’s Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. Using data from NASA satellites and international ground stations, scientists have found that levels of ozone depleting substances in the upper stratosphere have peaked and are going down. More.

NWRI WINS INTERNATIONAL WATER PRIZE
Canada’s National Water Research Institute (NWRI) was awarded the Cannes International Prize for Water and Sciences in recognition of its enormous contributions to water science over the past 30 years. The NWRI is Canada’s largest and pre-eminent freshwater research institute, focusing on scientific knowledge through ecosystem-based research to support the development of sound government policies and programmes, public decision making, and early identification of environmental problems, particularly in relation to threats to the quality and quantity of freshwater. More.

NATIONAL RECOVERY PLANS BRING HOPE FOR WILDLIFE CONSERVATION
Australia’s Minister of Environment David Kemp recently announced a national recovery plan to increase protection for Australia’s marine turtles. Meanwhile on another continent, Zambia has formulated its national policy on rhinoceros management and rehabilitation. More.

 


UN HUMAN RIGHTS BODY APPROVES GUIDELINES ON TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS
A resolution containing a set of guidelines to ensure compliance by international companies with existing human rights, labor and environmental standards was recently adopted by the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, the main subsidiary body of the UN Commission on Human Rights. More.

WORLD BANK LAUNCHES GLOBAL FUND FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
A Global Fund for Indigenous Peoples, designed to enhance the participation of indigenous peoples’ in development decisions that affect their lives, has been initiated by the World Bank. More.

ANNAN HIGHLIGHTS THREAT TO INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ SURVIVAL
On the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned that indigenous people “still face threats to their lives and destruction of their belief systems, cultures, languages and ways of life.” Annan underscored the diversity of the human family and noted that the protection and promotion of indigenous rights and cultures is of fundamental importance to all States and peoples. More.

GLOBAL WARMING – A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, SCIENTIST SAYS
Global warming is a weapon of mass destruction, says Sir John Houghton, former chief executive of the Meteorological Office and co-chair of the scientific assessment working group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). More.

WATER TO FEATURE PROMINENTLY ON WORLD HABITAT DAY
Water and sanitation for cities will be one of the main themes of this year’s World Habitat Day, which is celebrated annually on the first Monday of October. According to the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), there is an urban water and sanitation crisis; a situation far worse than official statistics suggest. More.

LINKAGES UPDATE


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ENB on Google News
You can now search for ENB’s coverage of international meetings on http://news.google.com/.

ENB in French
Thanks to the support of the French government, ENB now provides French versions of all its reports and online coverage of meetings. French versions of the bulletin and webpages are accessible through the English webpages.

Using images on Linkages
Images from IISD Reporting Services’ digital coverage of meetings are freely available, with proper citation. If you are looking for an image of a particular person or event, use our search site.
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS


VASILYEV LEAVES UNDESA TO JOIN UNECE

Andrey Vasilyev will be leaving the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York on 4 September 2003 to work for the UN Economic Commission for Europe based in Geneva. Vasilyev, Senior Officer in the Office of the Director of DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, will be joining the ECE as Director for Coordination of Operational Activities.

STEPHEN LONERGAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF UNEP’S DEWA

Stephen Lonergan has been appointed the Director of UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment. More.

BRIDGEWATER BEGINS DUTIES AT RAMSAR

Peter Bridgewater began his role as the new Secretary General of Ramsar on
4 August 2003. Outgoing Secretary General, Delmar Blasco has settled in Catalonia, Spain, where he is starting a consultancy and translation/editing service.

CHIEF OF UN CIVIL AVIATION AGENCY CHERIF BEGINS DUTIES
Taïeb Chérif has assumed office as the new Secretary-General of the UN civil aviation agency. More information.

GLECKMAN APPOINTED CHIEF OF UNCTAD'S NY OFFICE
Harris Gleckman has been selected as the Chief of UNCTAD’s New York Office.

Vacancies

IDGEC seeks Executive Officer:
Santa Barbara, California, US
UNEP-DGEF Biodiversity Project Management Officer vacancy: Nairobi, Kenya. 15 September.
SEI seeks two research fellows to risk and vulnerability group:
Stockholm, Sweden; 15 September.
IUCN seeks marine programme officer:
Malaga, Spain; 12 September.
Wetlands International seeks CEO: Wageningen, the
Netherlands; 31 August.
Greenpeace looking to hire a head and a campaign assistant for oceans & forests campaigns:
Amsterdam, Netherlands; 15 August.
UNOPS seeks water quality specialist:
Khartoum, Sudan; 31 August.
UNEP chemicals unit seeks POPs project manager: Geneva, Switzerland; 28 August.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


GALILLEE COLLEGE OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME
Israel’s Galillee College is offering tuition scholarships for senior managers from developing countries to attend the Environmental Management Programme scheduled for 20 November – 8 December 2003. Click here for more information on the programme. Registration forms and additional information can be provided by post, fax or e-mail on request by contacting: Rachel Gottlieb, Programme Administrator, Galillee College, P.O.B. 1070 Tivon, Israel 36000; e-mail: rgottlieb@galilcol.ac.il; tel: +972-4-983-7444; fax: +972-4-983-0227

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable Development

UNDP HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2003
(UNDP, 2003) This year’s UNDP Human Development Report focuses on countries’ progress towards the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and presents the Millennium Development Compact, a new plan of action aimed at achieving the MDGs. Illustrating how countries fared economically during the 1990s, the report finds that 54 countries ended the 1990s poorer than they started it. The report identifies 59 priority countries where, unless urgent action is taken, the MDGs will not be met, and argues that investment in industries and businesses that create jobs, such as manufacturing and textiles, are more important for human development than industries that require large amounts of capital, such as oil exploration and production. The Report calls on developing country governments to prioritize spending on basic services needed most by poor people, such as primary education, not universities, and rural clinics, not technologically-advanced hospitals in big cities. The Report also challenges rich countries to set concrete targets and deadlines for: dismantling unfair trade subsidies and tariffs; writing off unsustainable debt.; stepping-up aid flows; and creating better access to technological progress. Report.

ENDING HUNGER IN OUR LIFETIME: FOOD SECURITY AND GLOBALIZATION
(IFPRI/ Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) Authored by C. Ford Runge, Benjamin Senauer, Philip G. Pardey, and Mark W. Rosegrant, this book illustrates that global chronic hunger can be defeated in our lifetime. Divided into two parts, this book first discusses the challenges of ending the global hunger problem, utilizing science to achieve food security, and bringing about institutional change. Part two presents an array of solutions to solving hunger, including supporting pro-poor growth, enhancing and diversifying foreign direct investment, investing in health, education and nutrition, promoting gender equality, using technological tools such as the use of GM crops, and undertaking sustainable environmental practices. More information.

NEW INSTRUMENTS OF ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE? NATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND PROSPECTS
Edited by Andrew Jordan, Rüdiger Wurzel and Anthony R. Zito, this book provides a perspective on the evolving toolbox of environmental policy by providing a systematic analysis of the policy and politics surrounding the adoption and use of the main new environmental policy instruments (NEPIs) in several industrialized countries. The book assesses the claim that NEPIs have replaced regulation, indicating a new era of environmental governance where the state plays a secondary role in sustainability policy making. More information.

WORLDWATCH LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The Worldwatch Institute has redesigned it website. Highlights of the new site include: a new homepage; an interactive map and guide to all global partners and foreign language editions of Worldwatch publications; a resource center featuring links to Worldwatch research; a new Press Room, featuring a fully searchable archive of Worldwatch press releases; and Worldwatch live - an online discussion forum where visitors to the site can talk to Worldwatch researchers. Worldwatch site.

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts

CONVENTIONS AND CORAL REEFS

(UNEP/WWF, 2003) The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Coral Reefs Advocacy Initiative have published a brochure that provides an analysis of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Plan of Implementation in relation to coral reef issues. It also highlights the work of 14 multilateral environmental agreements, programmes, partnerships and networks relevant to the protection and conservation of coral reefs and the WSSD Plan of Implementation, including the CBD, Ramsar, CITES, World Heritage, UNFCCC, MAB, CMS, ICRI and ICRAN. Brochure.

HANDWASHING AND ARI PREVENTION
(Tropical Medicine and International Health Journal, August 2003) In a recent editorial in the Tropical Medicine and International Health Journal, Sandy Cairncross of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, writes on the positive effects of handwashing in the prevention of disease. In an editorial entitled: “Handwashing with soap – a new way to prevent Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs),” Cairncross highlights that handwashing reduces the risk of not only diarrhea and other waterborne diseases, but ARIs as well. More information.

INDIGENOUS WATER SITE
The Indigenous Water Initiative has launched a website with the aim of promoting better understanding of indigenous perspectives on water and development among non-indigenous water professionals.  Indigenous Water website.

ONLINE CORAL IDENTIFICATION GUIDE
The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has added a coral identification guide to its website. The main aims of the guide are to inform the public about the increasingly threatened status of coral, and help the public, UK customs officers and CITES officers around the world to identify the corals that are controlled under CITES. Coral guide.

WORLD WATER COUNCIL VIRTUAL WATER DISCUSSION
Starting mid-August, the World Water Council will launch an email discussion organized around several key water questions. The outcomes of the discussion, which will be synthesized and published on the Web and in a report, is intended to serve as an important input in water policy discussions related to water, food, environment and poverty. Subscribe.

IWMI LAUNCHES TWO NEW ECO-HYDROLOGICAL DATABASES
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has launched two new databases, which focus on management of specific eco-hydrological information. The first Database deals with quantification of the hydrological functions of inland wetlands, while the second focuses on methodologies for environmental flow assessment. Databases.

 

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife

BIOSPHERE RESERVES: SPECIAL PLACES FOR PEOPLE AND NATURE
(UNESCO, 2002) Launched in the 1970s as part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, the biosphere reserve concept is both a concept and a practical tool that seeks to balance conservation of biodiversity and biological products with their sustainable use. This book reviews the concept and its implementation, describing its evolution and highlighting its application in conserving biological and cultural diversity and in sustainable development. Filled with images and illustrations, the book brings together case studies from around the world to describe the achievements, challenges and impacts of biosphere reserves. More information.

PAPERS FROM DIALOGUE ON INTERNATIONAL PROCESSES ON GENETIC RESOURCES AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
An open dialogue on “International Processes on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge: Which Way Forward?” was organized by ICTSD, IUCN and SPDA in Geneva, on 12 July 2003. Two papers.

Forests

MEXICO'S COMMUNITY - MANAGED FORESTS AS A GLOBAL MODEL FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES
(Conservation Biology, Vol. 17, Issue 3, June 2003) In this article, D. Bray, L. Merino, P. Negreros, G. Segura, J.M. Torres and H. Vester examine the Mexican experience with community forestry management. Local villages and indigenous communities own over half the country’s forest. Most of these communities have gained substantial control over the use of their forests and 300-500 community forest enterprises (CFEs) have been created and produce timber on their own lands. The authors suggest that important gains, including for biodiversity protection and forest management, result from the CFEs’ actions. Abstract. Requests for a PDF version of the paper, or questions and comments for the authors should be directed to David Bray at brayd@fiu.edu


DESARROLLO E IMPLEMENTACIÓN DE LINEAMIENTOS DE CONTROL DEL LA EXTRACCIÓN ILEGAL PARA UN MANEJO FORESTAL SOSTENIBLE EN EL PERU
(ITTO, April 2003) Carlos Chirinos and Manuel Ruiz of the Peruvian Environmental Law Society, a non-governmental organization, prepared this analysis of the illegal logging and marketing of timber species in Peru on behalf of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). The report is the first in a series planned by ITTO to assist its producer countries, upon request, to devise ways to enhance forest law enforcement. The report examines the strengths and weaknesses of a Peruvian forestry law adopted in 2000 and recommends, among other things: more training for forest loggers on forest legislation and management; realistic options for granting access to production forests to small-scale loggers; regional decentralization of the decision-making process for the approval of forest harvesting permits; the establishment of an independent body responsible for the supervision of forest concessions; strengthening the implementation of punitive measures for violations of forest law; and strengthening concession management practices to promote community participation in the use of technologies that facilitate waste utilization, charcoal processing and industrialization and other actions geared to generating employment in concession management. An executive summary is available in: Spanish or English. The full report can be obtained by contacting Collins Ahadome, ITTO Information Officer, at: itto@itto.or.jp

Trade and Investment

TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT AT THE WTO: ISSUES FOR CANCÚN
(International Development Committee, UK Parliament, 2003) The report spells out three elements that are required to ensure that the development round is a success: development-friendly agreements; effective participation by developing countries; and flexibility for developing countries within the WTO rules. Report.

THE WORLD COMMODITY SURVEY 2003-2004, THIRD EDITION
(UNCTAD, 2003) The World Commodity Survey examines the global factors that have had an impact on raw material markets. This survey is intended especially for policymakers in developing countries who wish to enhance the operation of the commodities sector. It analyzes the principal trends in raw materials, the evolution of the oil market, the role of the state in the present international context and market instability as new risks emerge. The survey also addresses company governance through a detailed study of the Enron case. Report.

THE SINGAPORE ISSUES AND THE WORLD TRADING SYSTEM: THE ROAD TO CANCUN AND BEYOND
(World Trade Institute, 2003) This book provides a comprehensive analysis on the proposals relating to each of the Singapore Issues - investment, competition, government procurement, and trade facilitation. It also provides recommendations for policymakers in the run-up to the WTO Ministerial Conference in Cancún in September 2003. Table of contents and the first chapter;
more information.

US VS. EU: AN EXAMINATION OF THE TRADE ISSUES SURROUNDING GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD
(Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, August 2003) Issued by the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology, this paper, originally published in June 2002, was updated in August 2003 to reflect recent activities relating to the trade dispute between the US and the EU on genetically modified food. It summarizes the history of the GM food issue in Europe, the recently adopted legislation, impacts on US-EU agricultural trade and other background issues dividing the US and the EU on the topic. Paper.

 


 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings.

Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

FOURTH BIOECON WORKSHOP ON THE ECONOMICS OF BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION:
  28 August 2003 - 29 August 2003 Venice, Italy. This meeting is organized by the University College London’s Department of Economics in the framework of an EU-funded project designed to advance economic theory and policy for biodiversity conservation. For more information contact: Tim Swanson; tel: +44-207-679-5831; fax: +44-207-601-6-2772; e-mail: tim.swanson@ucl.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.BioEcon.ucl.ac.uk

DUSHANBE FRESH WATER FORUM:  29 August 2003 - 1 September 2003 Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This Forum will allow countries to exchange views on how to create the conditions to improve the management of water resources. Topics to be discussed include: water and interstate cooperation; water, health and sanitation; water conservation and productivity in agriculture; and information exchange for water partnership strengthening. For more information contact: Secretariat on the Dushanbe Fresh Water Forum; tel: +992-372-23-41-98; fax: +992-372-21-71-98; e-mail: waterforum@tojikiston.com; Internet: http://www.freshwaterforum.org

SPECIAL UNCLOS MEETING:
2 September 2003. UN Headquarters, New York, NY, United States. This Special Meeting of the States Parties to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea will meet to, inter alia, elect a member of the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea. For more information contact: Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea; tel: +1-212-963-3972; fax: +1-212-963-5847; e-mail: doalos@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/meeting_states_parties/sp_meeting_states_parties.htm

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL RIVER MANAGEMENT SYMPOSIUM: 2 September 2003 - 5 September 2003. Brisbane, Australia. This Symposium will bring together world authorities to share best practice in river management including in river ecology, land use planning, community partnerships, institutional arrangements, economics, coastal systems, engineering and technology. A particular emphasis will be placed on urban river systems. For more information contact: Stephen Nelson, River Symposium Manager; tel: +61-7-3846-7444; fax: +61-7-3846-7660; e-mail: symposium@riverfestival.com.au; Internet: http://www.riverfestival.com.au/2003/content/standard_c1.asp?name=Homelink_Symposium

ENVIROWATER 2003 - VI INTER-REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT: 3 September 2003 - 5 September 2003.
Albacete, Spain. Topics for this meeting include strategies and technologies to improve the use and sustainable management of water resources for achieving improved productivity and sustainable rural development. For more information contact: José M. Tarjuelo, University of Castilla-La Mancha; tel: +34-967-599-200; fax: +34-967-599-269; e-mail: envirowater2003@uclm.es; Internet: http://crea.uclm.es/envirowater2003.php

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE POLICY AFTER MARRAKECH: TOWARDS GLOBAL PARTICIPATION:
4 September 2003 - 6 September 2003. Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Hosted by the East-West Center, the Conference aims to convene senior technical bureaucrats, policy analysts and experienced practitioners to: discuss and share views on recent developments in climate policies and initiatives around the globe; advance understanding of the actions and policy frameworks that can contribute to compliance with Kyoto emissions targets; and facilitate discussion on how, when, and under what conditions a climate regime can move from where we are now to a global regime of wider participation and deeper emissions cuts. For more information contact: Penny Higa; tel: +1-808-944-7131; fax: +1-808-944-7380; e-mail: higap@eastwestcenter.org; Internet: http://ewcraq1.eastwestcenter.org/~marrakech/

UNU WIDER INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SHARING GLOBAL PROSPERITY: 
6 September 2003 - 7 September 2003 Helsinki, Finland. This United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research’s (WIDER) conference will focus on ways to increase the global economy’s benefits to poor countries and poor people. Among the topics addressed are: innovative sources of development finance; private capital flows and foreign aid; international trade and foreign investment; and the development impact of globalization. For more information contact: WIDER; tel: +358-9-615-9911; fax: +358-9-615-99333; e-mail: wider@wider.unu.edu; Internet: http://www.wider.unu.edu/conference/conferences.htm

THIRD CONFERENCE ON THE CAPABILITY APPROACH: FROM SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TO SUSTAINABLE FREEDOM:
  7 September 2003 - 9 September 2003 University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy. This conference begins with training sessions on the capability approach, followed by parallel discussion sessions on, inter alia, capability dynamics, food security, poverty and inequality, health, ethics, public policy, education and gender in relation to the capability approach. Two plenary sessions will convene to consider sustainable development and global justice. For more information contact: Enrica Chiappero Martinetti; e-mail: enrica.chiappero@unipv.it; Internet: http://cfs.unipv.it/sen/index.html

SEMINAR ON "POSITIONING
AUSTRALIA FOR THE EMISSION CONSTRAINED FUTURE - SETTING THE AGENDA BEYOND KYOTO": 9 September 2003. Melbourne, Australia. This seminar will assess directions for Australian greenhouse policy and corporate strategy in the context of medium term international policy and market developments. For more information contact: Tony Beck; tel: +61-2-6230-6727; fax: +61-2-6230-5199; e-mail: tbeck@beckconsulting.com.au; Internet: http://www.aetf.net.au/topics.html?DocumentName=Events.html

2003 ESTUARY RESEARCH FOUNDATION CONFERENCE: ESTUARIES ON THE EDGE:
14 September 2003 - 18 September 2003. Seattle, Washington, United States. Sponsored by the Estuarine Research Foundation, this meeting will focus on the convergence of ocean forces, influences of the land, and human activities and cultures, with particular attention given to estuaries. The scientific programme will include estuarine themes such as nutrient cycling, fisheries habitat, non-indigenous species and ecology, and management of submerged aquatic vegetation. For more information contact: Estuary Research Foundation; tel: +1-410-586-0997; fax: +1-410-586-9226; e-mail: erf03info@u.washington.edu; Internet: http://fish.washington.edu/news/erf/

YOUTH EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH XII WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS:
21 September 2003 - 25 September 2003. Quebec City, Canada. A Youth Side Event forum on 21 September, which will convene during the XII World Forestry Congress, will focus on the main theme of “What should we do with our forests? Think, Talk and Take Action.” On 22-25 September, young professionals will exhibit their achievements at the Youth Place stand in the Exhibition Hall. For more information contact: tel: +1-418-694-2424; fax: +1-418-694-9922; e-mail: comitejeunesse@cfm2003.org; Internet: http://www.wfc2003.org/en/jeunes/index.php

EXPERT CONSULTATION ON FISHING VESSELS OPERATING UNDER OPEN REGISTRIES AND THEIR IMPACT ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING: 23 September 2003 - 25 September 2003.
Miami, Florida, US. The objective of the Expert Consultation is to raise awareness among flag States about IUU fishing problems associated with the operation of open registries for fishing vessels and to identify modalities through which flag States can give effect to measures to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing. For more information contact: Eric Reynolds, FAO Fisheries; tel: +39-65705-6807; fax: +39-65705-6500; e-mail: fishcode@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/fi/NEMS/events/detail_event.asp?event_id=14250

AGUA 2003 - MULTIPLE USES OF WATER FOR LIFE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
29 September 2003 - 3 October 2003. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This international conference consisting of three parallel seminars will focus on the relationship between water for people and water for food production. Seminar topics include: natural wastewater treatment and reuse; hydroinformatics for integrated water resources management; and information and knowledge transfer in the water sector. For more information contact: Inés Restrepo; tel: +57-2-3392345; fax: +57-2-3393289; e-mail: agua2003@univalle.edu.co; Internet: http://www.cinara.org.co/agua2003en.html

SEMINAR ON POVERTY: POLICIES FOR ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN THE ECE REGION - REDUCING EXTREME INCOME DISPARITIES: 2 October 2003 - 3 October 2003.
Geneva, Switzerland. This seminar is organized by the UNECE. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.unece.org/ead/poverty.htm

FORUM ON BIODIVERSITY INFORMATION: BUILDING CAPACITY IN
ASIA AND OCEANIA:  4 October 2003 - 10 October 2003 Tsukuba, Japan. This meeting is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of the Environment of Japan. It is organized by the Global Taxonomy Initiative National Focal Point of Japan and the National Institute for Environmental Studies. For more information contact: International Communication Specialists Inc.; tel: +81-3-3263-6474; fax: +81-3-3263-7537; e-mail: biodiv@ics-inc.co.jp; Internet: http://www-gti.nies.go.jp/forum2003/

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON APPLICATION OF GENE-BASED TECHNOLOGIES FOR IMPROVING ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND HEALTH IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES:
  6 October 2003 - 10 October 2003 Vienna, Austria. This symposium is organized by the joint FAO/IAEA Division, Animal Production and Health Section. For more information contact: e-mail: h.makkar@iaea.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/ag/age/d3/mtc/symposium2003.html

INTERNATIONAL WILDLAND FIRE SUMMIT: FIRE MANAGEMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: STRENGTHENING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION TO REDUCE THE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF WILDFIRES ON HUMANITY AND THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT:  8 October 2003. 
Sydney, Australia. Following the Third International Wildland Fire Conference, a one-day summit will be held for invited representatives from all regions of the world to develop a strategy for the improvement of wildland fire management. This event is organized by the Global Fire Monitoring Center. For more information contact: Johann Goldammer; tel: +49-761-80-80-11; fax: +49-761-80-80-12; e-mail: johann.goldammer@fire.uni-freiburg.de; Internet: http://www.fire.uni-freiburg.de/summit-2003/introduction.htm

11TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE GREENING OF INDUSTRY NETWORK: INNOVATING FOR SUSTAINABILITY:
12 October 2003 - 15 October 2003. San Francisco, CA, United States. The theme of this conference is “Innovating for Sustainability.” Participants will address questions such as: What does sustainability mean for industrial development?; How can institutions and organizations innovate for sustainability?; What can business do to accelerate progress toward sustainability?; How can we accelerate innovation in products and services?; and How can we accelerate learning for sustainability? For more information contact: Kurt Fischer; e-mail: greening@greeningofindustry.org; Internet: http://www.greeningofindustry.org/gin2003.htm

SYMPOSIUM ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' CONTRIBUTIONS TO UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE: 
15 October 2003 Montreal, Canada. This international symposium is organized by the Center for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment. For more information contact: tel: +1-514-398-754; Internet: http://www.cine.mcgill.ca

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE PAN-EUROPEAN ECOLOGICAL NETWORK ON THE THEME: "MARINE AND COASTAL BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND PROTECTED AREAS": 
16 October 2003 - 17 October 2003 Dubrovnik, Croatia. This symposium is organized by the Council of Europe. For more information contact: Helene Bouguessa; tel: +33-3-88-41-22-64; fax: +33-3-88-41-37-51; e-mail: helene.bouguessa@coe.int; Internet: http://www.coe.int/t/e/Cultural_Co-operation/Environment/Nature_and_biological_diversity/Agenda/defa

CONGRESS ON GLOBALIZATION, LOCALIZATION AND TROPICAL FOREST MANAGEMENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY:
22 October 2003 - 23 October 2003.
Amsterdam, Netherlands. This congress will seek to bring together current knowledge on and experience with new market initiatives and international partnerships and their effects on tropical forest conservation, management and poverty alleviation and define recommendations for policy and research on tropical forest management in a globalizing environment. For more information contact: Mirjam A.F. Ros-Tonen, AGIDS / University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands; e-mail: m.a.f.ros-tonen@uva.nl; Internet: http://www2.fmg.uva.nl/agids/globalisation

MEETING ON GREENING THE CITY: BRINGING BIODIVERSITY BACK INTO THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT: 
22 October 2003 - 24 October 2003 Christchurch, New Zealand. This meeting is organized by the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture. For more information contact: David Moyle; tel: +64-3-358-8914; fax: +64-3-358-1363; e-mail: d&amoyle@xtra.co.nz; Internet: http://www.rnzih.org.nz/pages/conference2003.htm

SYMPOSIUM ON BIODIVERSITY AND HEALTH - USING AND SUSTAINING MEDICINAL RESOURCES: 
25 October 2003 - 28 October 2003 Ottawa, Canada. This symposium, organized by Tropical Conservancy, aims to highlight the importance of medicines from biological sources as applied by traditional knowledge. For more information contact: Nina Edson; tel: +1-613-729-5916; e-mail: edson@tc-biodiversity.org; Internet: http://www.tc-biodiversity.org/biosymposium

BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY 2003 ANNUAL CONFERENCE - BUILDING AND SUSTAINING SOLUTIONS:
11 November 2003 - 14 November 2003. Los Angeles, California, United States. The theme of this year's BSR conference is "Building and Sustaining Solutions." For more information contact: Doug Bannerman; fax: +1-415-537-0889; e-mail: dbannerman@bsr.org; Internet: http://www.bsr.org/conference

INTERNATIONAL EXPERT MEETING ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL CODES OF PRACTICE FOR FOREST HARVESTING - ISSUES AND OPTIONS:
17 November 2003 - 20 November 2003.
Kisarazu City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan. The International Expert Meeting aims to: facilitate common understanding on the current state of the development and implementation of national codes of practice for forest harvesting and the development and dissemination of reduced impact logging (RIL) techniques; share challenges faced and lessons learned by forest management in these respects; and deliberate on the practical options, from policy level to field operation level, including the associated costs and benefits. For more information contact: Yuji Imaizumi, Assistant Director, International Forestry Cooperation Office, Forestry Agency of Jap; e-mail: yuuji_imaizumi@nm.maff.go.jp;

CONFERENCE ON THE BALANCED SCORECARD & SUSTAINABILITY: 20 November 2003. Fontainebleau, France. This conference will discuss a methodology to integrate environmental and social issues with financial control and strategic management decision-making. The conference represents the final milestone of a two-year research project headed by INSEAD and sponsored, as well as participated by EDF, ACEA and LVMH. For more information contact: Mich�le Duhamel; tel: +33-1-6072-4128; fax: +33-1-6074-5564; e-mail: cmer-sbsc2003@insead.edu; Internet: http://www.insead.edu/CMER/events/sbsc2003

BANFF MOUNTAIN SUMMIT: MOUNTAINS AS WATER TOWERS: 23 November 2003 - 26 November 2003. Banff, Alberta, Canada. The aim of the summit is to highlight the vulnerability of mountain water towers, focusing on issues of quality and quantity of water in and from mountain areas. For more information contact: The Banff Centre; tel: +1-403-762-6675; fax: +1-403-762-6277; e-mail: mountainculture@banffcentre.ca; Internet: http://www.banffcentre.ca/mountainculture/festivals/summit/about/

FOURTH DELHI SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT 2004: PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - ADDRESSING THE WEHAB AGENDA: 4 February 2004 - 7 February 2004.
New Delhi, India. The Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, an annual international event organized by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) since 2001, serves as a forum on global sustainability issues, with a particular focus on problems relating to the developing world. The 2004 Summit will focus on, analyze and assess innovative partnerships in the post-WSSD scenario. For more information contact: Summit Secretariat, TERI, Darbari Seth Block, Habitat Place, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 110 003, India; tel: +91-11-2468-2138; fax: +91-11-2468-2144; e-mail: dsds@teri.res.in; Internet: http://www.teriin.org/dsds

FOURTH GLOBAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY (GFSE-4):
18 February 2004 - 20 February 2004.
Vienna, Austria. The proposed working title for GFSE-4 is �Energy for Sustainable Development: Reconsidering the Role of Subsidies.� Given the fact that GFSE-4 will take place about three months prior to the German-sponsored International Conference on Renewables - Renewables 2004 - in Bonn in June, it has been proposed that GFSE-4 devote at least one day to the issues specifically connected with renewables. For more information contact: Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl; tel: +1-212-963-6890; fax: +1-212-963-7904; e-mail: freudenschuss-reichl@un.org; Internet: http://www.gfse.at/

INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: 4 March 2004 - 6 March 2004. FAO Headquarters,
Rome, Italy. This Forum is organized by the Italian Ministry for the Environment and Territory in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA). It will seek to enhance the contribution of partnerships towards the implementation of sustainable development goals and objectives. The Forum's outcome will be presented to CSD-12. For more information contact: Gloria Visconti, Ministry for the Environment and Territory, Department for Global Environment, Inte; tel: +39-06-5722-8121; fax: +39-06-5722-8180; e-mail: Visconti.Gloria@minambiente.it; Internet: http://www.minambiente.it/Sito/settori_azione/pia/att/PIA_accordi_internazionali_menu

BRIDGING SCALES AND EPISTEMOLOGIES: LINKING LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND GLOBAL SCIENCE IN MULTI-SCALE ASSESSMENTS: 17 March 2004 - 20 March 2004.
Alexandria, Egypt. This Conference was originally scheduled to meet in June 2003 in China but was postponed and relocated due to the SARS epidemic. This conference is convened as part of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) and organized around five key themes, each designed to address a major challenge confronted by the MA in doing a multi-scale, integrated assessment. The five themes are: Integrating Local Knowledge into Global Scientific Assessments; Understanding Cross-Scale Interactions; Methodologies for Integrating Data Across Multiple Scales; Designing Better Assessments: Lessons Learned; and Scale and Epistemology Issues in Resource and Ecosystem Management. For more information contact: Carolina Katz Reid; tel: +60-4-626-1606 ext.507; fax: +60-4-626-5530; e-mail: c.reid@cgiar.org; Internet: http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/meetings/meeting.subglobal.2.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGIES:
1 June 2004 - 4 June 2004. Bonn, Germany. German Chancellor Gerhard Schr�der announced at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 that Germany would host this Conference. Themes to be considered include financing (instruments) and market development, formation of enabling political framework conditions, and capacity building (education, research, networks, cooperation, etc.). The Conference is expected to add to the momentum generated by the coalition of like-minded countries for promotion of renewable energy (known as the Johannesburg Renewable Energy Coalition, JREC). For more information contact: Secretariat of the International Conference for Renewable Energies, Bonn 2004, Postfach 5180, 65726; tel: +49-6196-794404; fax: +49-6196-794405; e-mail: info@renewables2004.de; Internet: http://www.renewables2004.de/
 

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