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CONFERENCE COVERAGE BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

Current meetings covered by IISD Reporting Services:
  IUCN Vth World Parks Congress, 8-17 September, Durban, South Africa

Upcoming
meetings to be covered by IISD Reporting Services:
 
South East Asia Forum on GHG Market Mechanisms and Sustainable Development, 10-12 September 2003, Manila, Philippines
  XII World Forestry Congress, 21-28 September, Quebec, Canada
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


CCD COP-6 DESIGNATES GEF AS A FINANCIAL MECHANISM
25 August – 6 September 2003 | Havana, Cuba
The sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Mitigate the Effects of Drought in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, particularly in Africa (CCD) was attended by 12 Heads of State and Government, approximately 170 Parties, five observer States, 33 UN agencies and intergovernmental organizations, as well as 147 non-governmental organizations. Parties convened in informal consultations and plenary sessions of the Committee of the Whole, Committee on Science and Technology, and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention. The COP also included two open dialogue sessions with NGOs and governments, and a High Level Special Segment that adopted the “Havana Declaration of Heads of State.” Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin report and web coverage of this meeting.
 

CITES PC-13 PRIORITIZES ITS WORK AND AGREES ON A PROCESS FOR REVIEWING THE CRITERIA FOR AMENDING THE APPENDICES
12-15 August 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 13th meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) drew together some 75 participants representing governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. The meeting’s agenda included a range of topics, such as regional reports, checklists and nomenclature, strategic planning, significant trade and evaluation of the review of significant trade. Delegates also followed-up on COP-12 decisions on Harpagophytum spp., guaiacum spp. and aquilaria spp., and agreed on the terms of reference and schedule for the review of criteria for amending the Appendices I and II. Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin report for this meeting.
 

CITES AC-19 DISCUSSES PROCESS AND NUMEROUS MARINE SPECIES
18-21 August 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 19th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee convened 130 participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations. Delegates discussed 22 agenda items in Plenary on a range of topics including, inter alia: strategic planning; review of significant trade in specimens of Appendix II species; review of criteria for amendment of Appendices I and II; periodic review of animal species included in the Appendices; transport of live animals; conservation of and trade in tortoises and freshwater turtles; seahorses; sea cucumbers; sharks; hard corals; and trade in alien species. Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin report on this meeting.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


GBF-18 STRESSES THE NEED TO MITIGATE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF TRADE ON LOCAL COMMUNITIES
5-7 September 2003 | Cancun, Mexico
Organized by IUCN, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, among others, the 18th session of the Global Biodiversity Forum (GBF-18) brought together 140 participants to discuss the interlinkages between trade and biodiversity. Three workshops addressed: trade and sustainable livelihoods; risk, precaution and biosecurity; and the relationship between the CBD and TRIPs. All workshops raised concerns over the impacts of trade liberalization on biodiversity conservation and use. Click here for a synopsis of the discussions by ICTSD.


HIGH-LEVEL ROUNDTABLE ADDRESSES TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT
9 September 2003 | Cozumel,
Mexico
A High-Level Roundtable on Trade and Environment was held in Cozumel
, Mexico on 9 September 2003. In attendance were ministers, representatives from intergovernmental organizations, civil society and academia. Organized by the Mexican government, the Roundtable discussed: the role played by subsidies in trade and environment policies; the effects of environmental measures on market access; the importance of building mutual supportive trade and environment regimes; the main issues arising from trade liberalization of environmental goods and services; and the relationship between intellectual property rights and the environment. Click here for the synopsis of the discussions by ICTSD.
 

INTERNATIONAL MEETING SECURES GAINS FOR LANDLOCKED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
25-29 August 2003 | Almaty, Kazakhstan
Preceded by a meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental preparatory committee, the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and Donor Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation convened from 28-29 August 2003. The international conference adopted the Almaty Ministerial Declaration and the Almaty Programme of Action – the first global action plan negotiated at the ministerial level that provides a framework for cooperation between landlocked and transit access developing countries. More.
 

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE ADOPTS TEN “TUNZA” COMMITMENTS
25-27 August 2003 | Dubna, Russia
With the theme of “A Time for Action” and over 100 youth delegates in attendance, the Tunza International Youth Conference convened to establish a youth and environment agenda and action plan. “Tunza – Time for a Better World,” a publication aimed at motivating youth between 15 and 24 to take action on the environment, was also launched at this meeting. The conference concluded with the adoption of a 10-point commitment to implement the “Tunza Strategy” – a strategy based on awareness building, participation and decision-making, capacity building and information exchange. More.

MONTREAL PROTOCOL WORKING GROUP REVIEWS PROGRESS, PREPARES FOR MOP-15
7-11 July 2003 | Montreal, Canada
Delegates attending the 23rd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of Parties to the Montreal Protocol engaged in a review of progress and prepared for the upcoming 15th Meeting of the Parties (MOP-15) in November 2003. The Working Group, which met in Montreal, Canada, from 7-11 July 2003, considered a proposal to amend the Protocol submitted by the European Community, as well as issues addressed by the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel in its 2003 progress report, and a report from the Halons Technical Options Committee. More.
 

OZONE COMMITTEE INVESTIGATES NON-COMPLIANCE
4-7 July 2003 | Montreal, Canada
Non-compliance by dozens of Parties to the Montreal Protocol was the focus of the 30th Meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol. During the meeting, the Committee considered a substantial agenda of compliance-related matters, including cases of non-compliance with previous decisions by Parties, and agreed to request additional information from several countries, expressed concerns at some Parties’ apparent non-compliance, and congratulated others on their success in addressing earlier problems. More.

MEDIA REPORTS


DIFFERENCES IN ADDRESSING THREATS TO PEACE AND SECURITY HARMING MDGS
Divergence over how to address threats to international peace and security is jeopardizing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), said UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan during a recent press conference, where his annual report to the General Assembly was launched. The report entitled Implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration discusses progress towards the MDGs and addresses issues relating to peace and security, development, and human rights, democracy and good governance. More.

CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY ENTERS INTO FORCE
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety entered into force on 11 September 2003, 90 days following the deposit of the 50th signature (by Palau) required for the Protocol to come into effect. Adopted in January 2000, the protocol sets out a comprehensive regulatory system for ensuring the safe transfer, handling and use of genetically modified organisms. More.

TEMPERATURES HIT 2000-YEAR HIGH
The Earth has been hotter during the past two decades than at any time in the past two thousand years, according to a new study. Research findings show that average temperatures since 1980 have been higher than at any other time during the past two millennia, suggesting that humans are having an affect on the climate. More.

RUSSIA SET TO RATIFY KYOTO, SAYS OFFICIAL
Russia’s parliament will soon begin the process of ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, according to a senior government official. Irina Osokina, Deputy Minister of Natural Bioresources, has announced that Russia’s federal assembly will begin its deliberations on the Protocol soon – possibly by the end of September. More.

ARGENTINA, CHILE SIGN CLIMATE AND OZONE PACT
The Presidents of Argentina and Chile have agreed to a political declaration for joint research between the two countries on ozone and climate change. The declaration, announced after a Presidential meeting in Argentina’s Santa Cruz Province, commits the two countries to undertake joint research on climate change and the depletion of the ozone layer in the Patagonic areas and Antarctica. More.

CRITICS ATTACK US POLLUTION RULES CHANGE
Changes to air pollution rules announced by the Bush administration will harm the environment and people’s health, according to environmental groups. Revisions to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s rules on air pollution, announced late August, will exempt thousands of ageing industrial plants from having to fit expensive antipollution controls. More.

 


PREPARATIONS UNDERWAY FOR UN DECADE OF EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
In its role as lead agency for the promotion of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), UNESCO hosted the first inter-agency meeting on DESD on 5 September 2003. In his opening remarks, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura stressed that “the ‘education’ in ESD is not just formal schooling but embraces a wide range of learning experiences and programmes.” More.

BUSH ADMINISTRATION CAMPAIGNS AGAINST REACH PROPOSAL
The Bush Administration has expressed strong opposition to the proposed EU chemical testing programme, and has joined chemical companies and trade groups including Dow Chemical Co., Rohm & Haas Co., Lyondell Chemical Co., and the American Chemistry Council in campaigning aggressively against the legislation. The Bush Administration views the proposed EU testing programme as too costly, burdensome, and complex for US exporters. More.

CALIFORNIA TO BAN BROMINATED FLAME RETARDANTS
The US State of California will ban brominated flame retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) beginning in 2008. California is the first US state to take action on such substances. Earlier this year, the European Union passed legislation that will ban certain PBDEs by 2006. More.

INTERNATIONAL FRESHWATER FORUM FOCUSES ON SAVING THE ARAL SEA
“Countries sharing the same river basin should work jointly to protect their common resource to improve the economic and social well-being of all people living in these basins.” This was the conclusion of 50 countries attending a UN-sponsored forum on freshwater, held in Tajikistan from 29 August to 1 September. Delegates also pledged their commitment to preventing water crises such as the disappearance of the Aral Sea. More.

BALTIC STATES SIGN ENVIRONMENTAL PACT
Baltic Sea States have declared a need to improve environmental cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. The declaration came at a meeting of Environment Ministers of the Council of Baltic Sea States, held in Luleå, Sweden on 29 August. Citing new opportunities in Northern Europe with EU enlargement, ministers focused on the need to promote sustainable development of the Baltic Sea environment, with a particular focus on water. More.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


PHILIP WELLER APPOINTED ICPDR EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Philip Weller, former director of WWF’s Danube-Carpathian Programme, has been appointed the next Executive Secretary of the UNDP/GEF-supported International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Weller will replace outgoing Executive Secretary Joachim Bendow. More. (Photo courtesy of ICPDR.)

NEW RAMSAR AFRICAN REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Abou Bakari Bamba from Cote d’Ivoire will take over from Anada Tiéga as the Ramsar Convention on Wetland’s new regional coordinator for Africa. Bamba has been working with the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA) since 1998. More.

SVEIN TVEITDAL TO RUN UNEP’S POLICY, CONVENTION DIVISIONS

Svein Tveitdal of Norway has been appointed as the new Director of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) and Division of Environmental Conventions (DEC). Most recently the Managing Director of UNEP/GRID Arendal in southern Norway, Tveitdal has previously worked in both the private and public sectors in various fields, including engineering and surveying. He succeeds Donald Kaniaru of Kenya, who retired as Director of DEPI after more than 30 years with UNEP. More. (Photo courtesy of UNEP GRID-Arendal)


Vacancies
 

CENTER FOR CLEAN AIR POLICY OPENING FOR MANAGER/SENIOR POLICY ANALYST
The Washington, DC-based Center for Clean Air Policy is recruiting a Manager/Senior Policy Analyst to manage its international climate change team. More.

UNESCO-IHE AND WWF SEEK FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS PROFESSOR
UNESCO-IHE, together with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), has established the WWF Chair in the Wise Use of Freshwater Ecosystems to advance research and training on solutions for the interconnected issues of water management, sustainable development, poverty reduction and ecosystem conservation. This academic position is based in Delft, the Netherlands. Applications are due by October. More.

OFFICE AND FINANCE MANAGER OPENING AT NEW CAN INTERNATIONAL SECRETARIAT
The Climate Action Network is opening a new International Secretariat to be located in Bonn, Germany and is looking to hire an International Secretariat Coordinator to provide administrative support to the CAN International Network. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2003. More.

UNFCCC SEEKS FINANCE CHIEF, PROGRAMME OFFICER
The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has a vacancy for the Chief of its Financial Resources Management Unit. This is a P-5 position, and applications are due by 17 September 2003. The Secretariat has also advertised for a Programme Officer for its Cooperative Mechanisms Programme. This is a P-3 posting, with 24 September 2003 being the cut-off date for applications. Both positions are based in Bonn, Germany. More.

CALL OF THE EARTH SEEKS PROGRAMME ASSISTANT
Call of the Earth Llamado de la Tierra, an International Indigenous Peoples Initiative on Intellectual Property Policy, is looking for a Program Assistant. The position is based in Tokyo, Japan and the application deadline is 22 September 2003. More.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


JOHN F. KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE PROGRAM ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION POLICY
Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is organizing a Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Executive Program aimed at enabling high-level decision-makers in government, the private sector, academia and civil society around the world to incorporate science and technology into national development policy. The program runs from 30 November - 6 December 2003 and will take place in Cambridge, MA, US. Closing date for applications is 1 October 2003. Partial fellowships are available for ministers and senior policy decision-makers from developing countries.

Contact: Kathy Eckroad, Deputy Director of Executive Programs Operations, John F. Kennedy School of Government; tel: +1-617-495-1101; fax: +1-617-496-4474; e-mail: Kathy_eckroad@harvard.edu; Internet.
 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Biodiversity

SCIDEV.NET BIODIVERSITY QUICK GUIDE
SciDev.Net has launched a “Quick Guide” on biodiversity where visitors can find information on the biodiversity challenges facing developing countries. This resource considers the issues surrounding the need to protect global biodiversity and promote social and economic growth in developing countries. The guide includes: news stories from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East; descriptions of key reports and new research findings; links to relevant organizations; and an events section listing major conferences and workshops. The quick guide.

Sustainable Development

ECOSYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IV

(WIT Press, 2003) Edited by E. Tiezzi, C.A. Brebbia and J-L. USO, this two volume set contains most of the contributions presented at the Fourth International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development that was held in Siena, Italy from 4-6 June 2003, and which sought to integrate thermodynamics, ecology and economics into “ecodynamics” – an approach emphasizing that biodiversity is at the core of sustainability. Topics covered in the books include: ecosystems modeling; conservation and management of endangered areas; environmental management;  sustainability indicators and certification; sustainable chemistry and waste management; sustainable development issues; biodiversity; economic issues; energy generation and conservation; landscapes; mathematical and system modeling; recovery of damaged areas; soil and agricultural issues; water resources; forestation; and air pollution and the greenhouse effect. Information on the Conference; the two volume set.

Trade and Investment


DEMANDING ACTION IN CANCÚN: A CHECKLIST FOR AGRICULTURE, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND TRADE

The Monterrey Bridge Coalition and Future Harvest have created a checklist of global commitments on trade, agriculture and the environment in advance of the fifth WTO Ministerial Conference to be held in Cancún, Mexico from 10-14 September 2003. These include commitments made at the WTO Doha Ministerial, the 2003 G-8
Summit, the UN Millennium Summit, the International Conference on Financing for Development, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The checklist.

WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT 2003 – FDI POLICIES FOR DEVELOPMENT: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
(UNCTAD, September 2003) The 2003 World Investment Report focuses on the decline in foreign direct investment (FDI), which dropped 21 percent in 2002. Earlier chapters discuss the overall trends in FDI, which by and large have dropped dramatically, with no rebound expected for 2003. The reasons for the downturn are addressed from a global perspective as well as by region. The report considers key issues surrounding national FDI policies and international investment agreements, with a focus on the rise of such agreements, the right to regulate, home country measures, and corporate social responsibility. Implicated in the decline of FDI are factors such as weakening economies, falling stock markets, financial restructuring and the slowing down of privatization. More information.

Human Development

SOCIAL PANORAMA OF LATIN AMERICA 2002-2003, 11TH EDITION
(ECLAC, August 2003) This annual publication analyzes social trends within the Latin American and Caribbean region. This year’s edition focuses on hunger and examines the progress of the region’s countries towards meeting the UN Millennium Development Goal of halving hunger by 2015.
The study finds that over 40 percent of the region’s population were living in poverty by the end of 2002, and that 11 percent were undernourished and about 55 million people of the region suffered from some degree of malnutrition toward the end of the past decade. The report also considers: new benchmarks for poverty and income distribution; poverty analysis from a gender perspective; trends in social spending after the 1998 recession and changes in private expenditure on health care and education; and labor policies applied in Latin American countries. The report.

Chemicals Management

OECD GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR CHEMICAL ACCIDENT PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE: GUIDANCE FOR INDUSTRY (INCLUDING MANAGEMENT AND LABOR), PUBLIC AUTHORITIES, COMMUNITIES, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
 
(OECD, 2003) The OECD has updated its guidelines for the prevention of and responses to chemical accidents. The new guidelines, targeted towards all major stakeholders including governments, industry, and communities, are an updated version of earlier guidelines published in 1992. They focus on preventing chemical accidents, emergency planning and preparedness, accident response and follow-up. Topics addressed include: developing health infrastructure to deal with chemical accidents; guidance for audits and inspections; chemical safety in pipelines and port areas; and chemical accidents relating to terrorism or sabotage. New in the updated guidelines are a set of “golden rules” highlighting best practices for major stakeholders with respect to chemical accident prevention, preparedness and response. The guide.


Water, Wetlands, Oceans and Coasts

FLOW - THE ESSENTIALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL FLOWS
(IUCN, 2003) IUCN and its Water and Nature Initiative have published this new river guide aimed at helping different interest groups to implement environmental flows in order to improve the health of river basins throughout the world. It explains technical methods, as well as how to change laws, negotiate with stakeholders, and find means of financing. The concept of environment flows is to ensure that enough water is left in rivers and is managed to ensure downstream environmental, social and economic benefits. This includes planned releases of water from dams and other infrastructure. The guide.

BENEFITS BEYOND BOUNDARIES: THE FISHERY EFFECTS OF MARINE RESERVES
(TREE, 2003) This new study published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution (TREE) shows that protected marine reserves help depleted fish stocks recover. The study analyzes information from more than 60 different marine protected areas around the world, revealing that reserves not only preserve species and their habitats, but also supply fisheries beyond their boundaries. The report.

LAKES & RESERVOIRS: RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT
(ILEC) A publication of the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC), Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management aims to promote environmentally sound management of natural and artificial lakes, consistent with sustainable development policies. The journal.


FINANCING STRATEGIES FOR WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFRASTRUCTURE
(OECD, May 2003) Co-edited by the Danish Ministry of the Environment’s Corporation for Environment in Eastern Europe (DANCEE), this volume presents a method to develop financing strategies for investment-heavy environmental infrastructure, such as urban water supply, wastewater collection and treatment, and municipal solid waste. It focuses on the importance of realism, affordability and the cost-effective use of resources in achieving infrastructure development and environmental goals. The report.

WATER STORIES
(IRC, 2003) The International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) is releasing a new book, entitled Water Stories. The book, consisting of personal stories, quotes, photographs and facts about water, will be presented during the sixth Water Information Summit to be held in the Netherlands from 9-12 September 2003. The IRC, an independent, non-profit organization supported by the
Netherlands government, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization, the World Bank and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, facilitates the sharing, promotion and use of knowledge of water and sanitation services, particularly in developing countries. More information.

REVISED WEBSITE FOR LAKE MANAGEMENT
LakeNet, a global network of people and organizations in more than 90 countries dedicated to the conservation and sustainable development of lake ecosystems, has improved its website to include a more comprehensive online database of over 2,000 lakes worldwide. The site also includes: links to over 1,500 organizations and resources useful to lake managers and others working to protect and restore lakes; a database of more than 250,000 lake basin maps; and a section dedicated to the Lake Basin Management Initiative, a global initiative to document and share experiences and lessons learned in lake management. The website.

Energy, Climate, Atmosphere

U.S. ENERGY SCENARIOS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
(Pew Center on Global Climate Change, July 2003) Prepared for the Pew Center by Irving Mintzer, J. Amber Leonard, and Peter Schwartz of the Global Business Network, this report considers three possible paths for US energy supply and use for the next three decades, and the effect of the government’s climate policy on the three scenarios. The report argues for a mandatory constraint on carbon emissions, and warns of a likely rise in emissions without such a cap. It contends that voluntary measures will not reduce emissions, even if the carbon intensity of the economy declines. In other findings, the report also concludes that there are technologies that could help address both climate change and enhance energy security, if supported by the appropriate policies and levels investments. The report.

ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT 2003
(WIT Press, 2003) Edited by C.A. Brebbia, and I. Sakellaris, this book features most of the papers presented at the First International Conference on Sustainable Energy, Planning and Technology in Relationship to the Environment (Energy and the Environment), held in Halkidiki, Greece from 14-16 May 2003. With sections addressing energy and environment, energy resources management, energy markets and policy, renewable energy resources, alternative energy sources, energy efficiency in buildings, industrial energy issues, transportation energy reduction and losses, energy computer modeling, and data management, the book covers a range of technological and policy issues on power generation, transmission, energizing materials, energy efficiency, and waste and pollution. More information on the Energy and the Environment 2003 Conference. More information on the Energy and the Environment book.

HANDBOOK ON CRITICAL USE NOMINATIONS FOR METHYL BROMIDE
(UNEP, August 2003) This online handbook describes the nomination process for exemptions for methyl bromide for “critical” uses under the Montreal Protocol. Methyl bromide was listed as a controlled substance in 1992 at the Fourth Meeting of the Parties (MOP-4) to the Montreal Protocol. However, allowance was made for a level of production and consumption of methyl bromide to continue after production phase-out where it was deemed necessary to satisfy uses agreed by the Parties to be “critical.” The handbook aims to give guidance to Parties to enable them to submit their nominations for critical use exemptions for consideration at the upcoming 15th Meeting of the Parties (MOP-15), which will take place in November 2003. The handbook.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings

Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

SOUTH EAST ASIA FORUM ON GREENHOUSE GAS MARKET MECHANISMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
10 September 2003 - 12 September 2003. Manila, Philippines. This meeting will examine recent developments in climate change policy, the use of market mechanisms, and their contribution to sustainable development in the region. For more information contact: Robert Dornau, International Emissions Trading Association; tel: +41-22-839-3154; fax: +41-22-839-3181; e-mail: dornau@ieta.org; Internet: http://www.ieta.org/seasia.html

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: 16 September 2003 - 18 September 2003. Cartagena, Colombia. Organized by Friends of the Earth International, Transnational Institute, Oilwatch and Friends of the Earth Colombia, this event will address: the impact of war on environmental rights and human rights; human right violations of environmental activists; impunity for environmental crimes; accountability for transnational corporations; land rights and territories; environmental justice; and ecological debt from northern countries to the south. For more information contact: tel: +571-244-2465; fax: +571-337-7709; e-mail: conferencia_ddhh@censat.org; Internet: http://www.censat.org

ETHICAL CORPORATION ASIA 2003 CONFERENCE: CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY - WHY IT’S ESSENTIAL FOR ASIAN BUSINESS: 23 September 2003 - 24 September 2003.
Singapore, Singapore. The Ethical Corporation Asia Conference will aim to bring Asian and global business leaders together to provide a regional framework for better understanding of the importance of corporate social responsibility. For more information contact: Peter Carkeek; tel: +1-800-814-3459; e-mail: peter.carkeek@ethicalcorp.com; Internet: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/asia2003

WATER AND WASTEWATER
ASIA 2003: 23 September 2003 - 25 September 2003. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The Asia Water and Wastewater meeting will bring together over 2000 professionals from the Asian water industry. The programme includes sessions on water management and quality issues, financing water infrastructure, and water and wastewater treatment. For more information contact: PennWell; tel: +1-918-835-3161; e-mail: cchapman@pennwell.com; Internet: http://wwa03.events.pennnet.com/content.cfm?NavId=546&Language=Engl

WATER FOR LIFE AND PEACE: 24 September 2003 - 26 September 2003. Bologna, Italy. This conference, organized by Green Cross International and Green Cross Italy, will address: the global water crisis; partnerships between local and regional authorities in the developed and developing worlds, the private sector and civil society; and peace, security and transboundary water basins. For more information contact: Green Cross International; tel: +41-22-789-1662; fax: +41-22-789-1695; e-mail: gcinternational@gci.ch; Internet: http://www.greencrossinternational.net/Announcements/Announcement_bologna.pdf

SECOND GREEN ACADEMIC NETWORK CONFERENCE ON GLOBALIZATION, CULTURAL MOBILITY AND THE CONSEQUENCES FOR GREEN POLITICS: 26 September 2003 - 28 September 2003.
Leuven, Belgium. Co-organized by the Academic Institute of GroenLinks (the Netherlands), Agalev (Belgium), the Heinrich Böll Foundation (Germany - Brussels bureau) and the Bildungswerkstatt die Grüne (Austria), this conference will consider topics such as: development cooperation as cultural export; globalization and the influence on urbanization; European Greens in crisis?; and internet and transnational citizenship. For more information contact: e-mail: lmichon@groenlinks.nl; Internet: http://www.virtueel.com/upd/ins_b.rxml?cust=2&id=492

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL COGENERATION & DECENTRALIZED ENERGY CONFERENCE:
1 October 2003 - 2 October 2003. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This conference, which is being organized by the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) and Brazil’s National Institute for Energy Efficiency, will consider alternatives to centralized electricity generation. For more information contact: Michael Brown, WADE; tel: +44-131-625-3333; fax: +44-131-625-3334; e-mail: michael.brown@localpower.org; Internet: http://www.localpower.org/pages/wadeevents.htm

CONSULTATION ON ENVIRONMENT FOR PEACE: THE ROLE OF THE BUSINESS SECTOR: 3 October 2003 - 5 October 2003. Loccum, Germany. Sponsored by InWEnt and UNEP Finance Initiatives, this event aims to identify practical and effective strategies to address the links between environmental precaution and conflict prevention. The meeting will look at specific case studies, one of which focuses on illegal logging in Indonesia. For more information contact: Andreas Dally; tel: +49-57-66-81-108; fax: +49-57-66-81-900; e-mail: Andreas.Dally@evlka.de; Internet: http://www.loccum.de/english/p0359e.html

OECD EXPERT MEETING ON AGRICULTURAL WATER QUALITY AND WATER USE INDICATORS:
7 October 2003 - 10 October 2003. Gyeongju, Korea. The OECD Expert Meeting will seek to develop agricultural water quality and water use indicators for policy purposes. It will also review current approaches to monitoring, modeling and the economic valuation of agricultural water quality and water use at the regional and national level. For more information contact: Kevin Parris, OECD Secretariat; tel: +33-1-45-24-82-00; e-mail: kevin.parris@oecd.org; Internet: http://webdomino1.oecd.org/comnet/agr/water.nsf/viewHtml/index/$FILE/index.htm

INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CULTURAL IDENTITY: 6 November 2003 - 8 November 2003. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Topics to be discussed at this workshop include environment and development, tourism and cultural identity, and problems caused by globalization. For more information contact: Ana Victoria Knaggs; e-mail: knaggs@fie.uo.edu.cu

TIMBER PLANTATIONS: IMPACTS, FUTURE VISIONS AND GLOBAL TRENDS: 13 November 2003. Nelspruit, South Africa. GeaSphere in association with the TimberWatch Coalition is hosting this workshop, which will consider the value of grasslands, risks associated with the cultivation of invasive species, and forestry alternatives for rural development, among other issues. For more information contact: Philip Owen; tel: +27-13-733-5267; e-mail: owen@soft.co.za

GREEN POWER 4 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT FOR IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE: 16 October 2003 - 17 October 2003. New Delhi, India. This Conference aims to provide a forum for sharing of experiences on eco-friendly power generation and water resources development, and discussing technological advancements in power generation in the areas of improved efficiency and environment. For more information contact: tel: +91-11-2554-2551; e-mail: ipis@vsnl.net; Internet: http://www.indiacore.com/ic-conf/9-oct2003-cpu-green-power/index.html

MOVING FORWARD FROM CANCÚN - A CONFERENCE ON THE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE OF TRADE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: 30 October 2003 - 31 October 2003. Berlin, Germany. Hosted by Ecologic - Institute for International and European Environmental Policy, the conference provides an opportunity for researchers, policymakers, and NGO representatives to take stock of the negotiations of the September WTO Ministerial meeting in Cancún, Mexico. As part of the European Union-funded “Concerned Action on Trade and Environment” network, the conference will address a range of topical trade issues including: WTO rules and MEAs; the dispute settlement system; investment; subsidies; services; competition policy; government procurement; intellectual property rights; agriculture; public health; export credits; and development and implementation procedures. For more information contact: Markus Knigge; tel: +49-30-8688-0100; e-mail: knigge@ecologic.de; Internet: http://www.ecologic-events.de/Cat-E/en/background.htm

LABOR STANDARDS & HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE: 19 November 2003 - 20 November 2003. Brussels, Belgium. This conference looks at the latest Labor, Codes of Conduct and Human Rights policies that multinational companies are devising, implementing and currently using in their global operations. Issues to be covered include: internal EU policies and emerging issues, external supply chain risks, practical tips on working with suppliers, unions and NGOs, and human rights policy development and usage. For more information contact: tel: +44-20-7375-7561; e-mail: editor@ethicalcorp.com; Internet: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/labour2003

SEVENTH CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE CCD: 17 October 2005 - 28 October 2005. Bonn, Germany. COP-7 of the CCD will meet in Bonn, Germany if no Party, prior to 15 January 2005, offers to host the session and meet the additional cost. Parties will consider, inter alia: the programme and budget for 2006-2007; reviews of the implementation of the CCD and its institutional arrangements, of the CST report, and of the relationships with other conventions and organizations; the Regional Coordinating Units; the CCD’s implementation in accordance with Article 27 on mechanisms and instruments for implementation; arbitration and conciliation procedures; a comprehensive review of the activities of the Secretariat; and consideration of progress made by the GM in mobilizing financial resources to support CCD implementation, in particular, NAPs. For more information contact: UNCCD Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2802; fax: +49-228-815-2898; e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/main.php
 

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