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LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 30 Sept 2003

CONFERENCE COVERAGE BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

Upcoming meetings to be covered by IISD Reporting Services:
 
Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Process Ministerial Conference:
13-16 October 2003, Yaoundé, Cameroon

 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN




VTH WORLD PARKS CONGRESS SETS THE AGENDA FOR PROTECTED AREAS
FOR THE NEXT DECADE
8-17 September 2003 | Durban, South Africa
The Vth IUCN World Parks Congress convened in Durban, South Africa, from 8-17 September 2003 under the overarching theme of “Benefits beyond Boundaries.” Throughout the meeting, participants addressed gaps within protected area (PA) systems, defined tools to improve management effectiveness, identified partnerships and sought new legal arrangements.

The Congress concluded with the following
three main outputs: the Durban Accord and Action Plan, consisting of a high-level vision statement for PAs, and an outline of implementation mechanisms; 32 recommendations, approved by workshops during the Congress; and a Message to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Other outcomes include: the UN List and State of the World’s Protected Areas, a global report on the world’s PAs; the Protected Areas Learning Network (PALNet), a web-based knowledge management tool for PA managers and stake-holders; and specific outputs on Africa’s PAs, including a recommendation on Africa’s PAs and the Durban Consensus on African Protected Areas for the New Millennium. During the Congress, new PAs were announced in countries such as Madagascar, Senegal and Brazil, covering 200,000 sq km, and a total amount of US$ 35 million was pledged for conservation both on land and sea. For Sustainable Developments' summary report and web coverage on this meeting, visit: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/sd/worldparksV/

 

SOUTH EAST ASIA FORUM FOCUSES ON MARKET MECHANISMS
10-12 September 2003 | Manila, the Philippines
The use of market mechanisms to combat climate change and support sustainable development was the focus of the South East Asia Forum on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Market Mechanisms and Sustainable Development. Participants at this meeting discussed the global climate change negotiations, opportunities for countries hosting projects relating to climate change, the greenhouse gas market and the use of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the Kyoto Protocol. The Forum also included briefings from companies based in the region on their activities and experiences working on climate-related projects. Participants supported the use of market mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable development. In particular, the meeting focused on obstacles and lessons in developing CDM projects, which are projects undertaken in developing countries with support from developed countries. The Sustainable Developments report of the meeting is available online at: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/sd/seasia/

 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


WORKSHOP ON GOVERNANCE FOR WSSD IMPLEMENTATION DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS
16-18 September 2003 | Istanbul, Turkey
The State Planning Organization of Turkey, with assistance from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA),  hosted a workshop on “Governance for the Implementation of the Outcomes from the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Countries with Economies in Transition.” Eighty individuals from 24 countries worked together to develop the workshop’s recommendations to help improve governance structures for implementing the WSSD outcomes. Recommendations included calls to increase: awareness of sustainable development, transparency of decision-making processes, and engagement of civil society in the implementation process. More.

 


WTO CANCUN MINISTERIAL COLLAPSES
10-14 September 2003 | Cancún, Mexico
Delegates to the Fifth Session of the WTO Ministerial Conference had before them one primary objective - to take stock of the Doha Round of negotiations, which were mandated at the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference held in 2001 in Doha, Qatar. Several areas of trade-related public policy have been under negotiation since the launch of the Doha Round of negotiations, including policy areas such as agriculture, services, environment, and special and differential treatment for developing countries. The meeting also had the task of deciding whether or not to launch an additional set of negotiations on four specific trade issues – investment, trade facilitation, competition, and transparency in government procurement – collectively known as the “Singapore Issues.” The Cancún Ministerial collapsed without consensus regarding the Singapore issues and closed without agreement on a Ministerial text. More.

 

CSD-12 BUREAU HOLDS FIRST MEETING
10-11 September 2003 | Oslo, Norway
During the first meeting of the Bureau for the twelfth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12), the CSD Secretariat briefed the Bureau on the state of preparation of the documentation for CSD-12 and five regional implementation meetings, which will convene between October 2003 and January 2004. The Bureau agreed in principle to schedule the High-level segment at the end of CSD-12. More.

 

YOUTH DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE ISSUES WITH WORLD BANK
15-16 September 2003 | Paris, France
Co-organized by the European Youth Forum and the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the Youth, Development and Peace Conference met to consider the role of youth in peace and development and to identify opportunities for cooperation between youth organizations and the World Bank. The four priority areas for cooperation addressed were HIV/AIDS and risky behaviors, education for peace, conflict prevention and resolution, and youth employment. More.

 

WORKSHOP PROMOTES CDM PROJECTS FOR AFRICA
3-5 September 2003 | Nairobi, Kenya
The use of CDM projects to combat both climate change and poverty, and to accelerate sound environmental management and sustainable development came under the spotlight during the workshop on the Application of Climate Change and Energy Technologies: Opportunities and Incentives for Investment in Africa. The meeting was organized as a capacity-building initiative by the Bureau of Environmental Analysis, a Nairobi-based business network. Participants recommended a variety of measures to encourage CDM projects in Africa, including the establishment of a joint stakeholders’ forum, and the removal of various technological, political, regulatory, and financial barriers. More.

 

WORLD BANK-IMF ANNUAL MEETINGS FOCUS ON MIDDLE EAST
19-24 September 2003 | Dubai, UAE
The Annual meetings of the Board of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and related activities convened from 19-24 September 2003 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World Bank/IMF annual meetings, which took place from 23-24 September, were preceded by meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, both of which delivered communiqués to the annual meetings. The Programme of Seminars (PoS), which convened from 20-22 September, included roundtable discussions, seminars and country briefings on the challenges and opportunities for prosperity, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region. More.
 

FRESHWATER FORUM ADDRESSES WATER, ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY
29 August - 1 September 2003 | Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Reaffirming the importance of the International Year of Fresh Water, the Dushanbe International Freshwater Forum brought together more than 500 participants from 53 countries to increase public awareness of issues relating to freshwater. Under the theme of “Water, Environment and Security,” participants met in plenary sessions and working groups to discuss: water and interstate cooperation; water, health and sanitation; water conservation and productivity in agriculture; and information sharing for strengthening water partnership. More.

 

WATER INFORMATION SUMMIT FOCUSES ON DIGITAL DIVIDE
9-12 September 2003 | Delft, the Netherlands
The Sixth Water Information Summit, organized by the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC) and the Water Web Consortium, focused on strategies to overcome the ‘digital divide’ between North and South, and to share knowledge and information in support of the management of the water and sanitation sectors. More.

 

SECOND EARTHWATCH CONFERENCE ON WATER FOCUSES ON PUBLIC HEALTH
26 August 2003 | Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Participants to Earthwatch’s second water conference, focused on the theme of Bacteria in Drinking Water: Public Health Implications, with papers presented by experts from academia, water boards, multi-national, and test laboratories. More.

 

FIRST INTERNATIONAL DRY TOILET CONFERENCE CONVENES 
20-23 August 2003 | Tampere, Finland
The first international Dry Toilet Conference attracted 168 registered participants from 30 countries. Participants discussed obstacles to dry sanitation, existing technology and its deficiencies, and waste treatment, among other issues. The conference secretariat has compiled and is distributing the proceedings. More.

 

MEDIA REPORTS


UN CALLS FOR MORE PROTECTED WATER AREAS
In a message to IUCN's Vth World Parks Congress, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan stressed that the protection of oceans is a major issue that will bear heavily on all efforts to eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable development. “While more than 11% of the world’s land is protected, less than 1% of the world’s oceans is under protection. Fisheries are collapsing, and coastal areas are reeling from land-based pollution.” More.

GENDER AND WATER INTER-AGENCY TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED
As part of the activities of the International Year of Freshwater 2003, a Gender and Water Task Force was created to assist in the implementation of gender-sensitive water and sanitation activities within and outside the UN system. The new task force was initiated by the Inter-agency Network on Women and Gender Equality. More.

UNESCO-IHE GRADUATES WATER MANAGERS
On 18 September, 220 postgraduates, representing 50 developing countries, graduated with Master’s degrees from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, based in Delft, the Netherlands. The one- year programme consisted of advanced courses on water and environmental science, engineering and management. More.

WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL SIGNS MOU WITH CHINA, RAMSAR SIGNS MOC WITH IUCN
Wetlands International signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on conservation and sustainable development of wetlands with China’s State Forestry Administration. A Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) was also signed recently during the IUCN World Parks Congress between the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and IUCN-The World Conservation Union. More.

IMO OPENS REGIONAL OFFICE IN THE PHILIPPINES
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recently opened a sub-regional office in Manila to be responsible for IMO activities in East Asia
. The opening of the office follows the establishment of three other offices in Africa in Kenya for the Eastern and Southern Africa sub-region, and in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire for the West and Central Africa sub-region. More.

CLEAN UP THE WORLD CAMPAIGN FOCUSES ON WATERWAYS
Rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, oceans and coastlines will be cleaned up throughout Central and South America as part of the 2003 Clean Up the World Campaign. Started in 1993, Clean Up the World is a community based environmental programme that encourages individuals and communities throughout the world to ‘clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.’ More.

SALMON DELIVER POPs TO ALASKAN LAKES
Sockeye salmon carry significant quantities of PCBs from the Pacific Ocean back to their spawning grounds in Alaskan lakes, according to a new study published in a recent issue of Nature. More.


HELCOM REPORT BLAMES LOSS OF BALTIC SEA WILDLIFE ON INCREASE IN NUTRIENTS
According to the findings of a report released recently by the Helsinki Commission, the dramatic loss of marine wildlife recorded last year in the Western Baltic Sea is largely the result of extreme weather conditions and an increase in nutrients resulting from human activities. More.

SOUTHERN AFRICAN COUNTRIES AGREE ON GM POLICY

The 14 member states of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) agreed to common guidelines on the regulation of GM organisms and other products resulting from biotechnology. The guidelines cover areas such as policy development and regulation of GM crops and GM food, the handling of food aid, and measures to increase public awareness of biotechnology and biosafety. More.

CMS AND CCD SECRETARIATS SIGN MOU TO DEVELOP SPECIFIC TARGETED ACTIONS
The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the sixth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD agreeing to cooperate in the development of specific targeted actions to address issues relating to migratory species in areas affected by drought and desertification. More.

UNEP ENHANCES PRESENCE IN EAST ASIA
In response to decisions taken by UNEP’s Governing Council to strengthen the agency’s delivery of regional-level programmes, UNEP has opened an office in Beijing, China. UNEP’s presence in East Asia was also enhanced by a recent agreement by Japan to allow UNEP to establish a regional coordination office in the city of Toyoma. More.

ARCTIC’S LARGEST ICE SHELF FRACTURES
The largest ice shelf in the Arctic has broken up, according to scientists from the United States and Canada. The Ward Hunt Ice Shelf, to the north of Canada’s Ellesmere Island, has split into two main parts, with other large blocks of ice reported to be pulling away from the main sections. More.

OZONE HOLE BIGGEST EVER, SAY SCIENTISTS
The hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic has reached a record size, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The hole, which generally reaches its yearly peak at the end of the southern winter, had grown to over 10 million square miles by mid-September. Scientists believe it could expand still further over the coming weeks. More.

GERMAN CITY, BASF AND UN-HABITAT COLLABORATE TO ADVANCE “SUSTAINABLE CITIES OF THE FUTURE”
The German city of
Ludwigshafen, together with UN-Habitat and the global chemical company BASF have approved a joint project to promote the development of sustainable cities. More.

 

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

 


JOSÉ OCAMPO BEGINS USG TERM
José Antonio Ocampo began his term as United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs on 1 September 2003. His previous appointment, which began in January 1998, was Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. More. (Photo courtesy of UN/DESA.)

Vacancies

IIASA ADVERTISES FOR RESEARCH SCHOLAR
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) has a vacancy for a Research Scholar/Technology Analyst. The successful candidate will work with a team of experts on IIASA’s Transboundary Air Pollution Project, which develops tools for prioritizing control measures for air pollution. The post is based in Laxenburg, Austria, and the deadline for applications is 31 October 2003. More.

FAO SEEKS FISHERY INDUSTRY OFFICER (SMALL-SCALE FISHING TECHNOLOGY)
The Fisheries Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking for a fishery industry officer for small-scale fishing technology. The officer will provide technical support to and participate in the implementation of policies and work programmes related to the development of sustainable fisheries management tools and technologies primarily though not exclusively for small scale fisheries. This is a P-3 position based at FAO Headquarters in
Rome, Italy. Applications are due 28 October 2003. More.

FAO SEEKS FISHERY INDUSTRY OFFICER (RURAL DEVELOPMENT)
The Fisheries Department of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking for a fishery industry officer for rural development. The officer will undertake activities related to small-scale fisheries development and management. This is a P-3 position based at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. Applications are due 27 October 2003. More.

NINE VACANCIES AT THE GEF
The Global Environment Facility has announced the following nine vacancies:
* Team Leader: Climate Change and Ozone Depletion
* Senior Climate Change Specialist (Energy System)
* Climate Change Specialist (Energy Systems)
* Senior Biodiversity Specialist (Social Issues)
* Biodiversity Specialist
* Senior Operations Officer (Capacity Building)
* Senior Operations Officer (Country Relations)
* Natural Resource Management Specialist (Integrated Land and Water) and
* Financial Officer
Applications for all positions are due on 17 October 2003. More.

IGES SEEKS MANAGER, COUNTRY OFFICER FOR CDM UNIT
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) has vacancies for a Manager of its Clean Development Mechanism Unit, and for a Country Officer with the Unit. The Manager’s post corresponds to an IGES Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow level, while the Country Officer vacancy equates to a Research Associate position. Both jobs are based in Hayama, Japan. The deadline for applications is 10 October 2003. More.

IUCN SEEKS REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR WEST/CENTRAL ASIA AND NORTH AFRICA
IUCN is looking to hire a Director to lead the strategic development and effective implementation of the IUCN Programme in IUCN’s West/Central Asia and North Africa (WESCANA) region. The position is based in
Amman, Jordan and applications are due 6 October 2003. More.

WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL SEEKS FUNDRAISER
Wetlands International is looking for a fundraising manager. This position is based in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Applications are due 30 September 2003. More.

NILE BASIN INITIATIVE SEEKS WATER POLICY SPECIALIST
The Nile Basin Initiative is looking for a water policy lead specialist to provide the senior technical expertise and leadership for water policy development and implementation of the Water Resources Planning and Management (WRPM) project. This position is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Applications are due 30 September 2003. More.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


POSTGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY AT THE WATSON INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARS OF THE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
This fellowship targets mid-career environmental leaders from developing nations. Scheduled from 27 January to 12 May 2004, the fellowship provides an intensive 3.5-month curriculum at Brown University in collaboration with UNEP and the Henry Luce Foundation. Those successfully completing the curriculum will receive UNEP/Watson certification in global ecosystem science, policy and management. Applications are due 1 October 2003. More.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Energy, Climate, Atmosphere

KEEPING THE LIGHTS ON – WORKING PAPER NO. 2
(Royal Institute of International Affairs, September 2003) Walt Patterson of the Royal Institute has released the second in a series of four working papers examining problems and options for international electricity policy over the long-term. The working papers, which are being published under the title Keeping The Lights On, are planned as a follow-up to Patterson’s previous publication, Transforming Electricity (RIIA/Earthscan 1999). In his latest working paper, Patterson argues that there is no longer any certainty over key policy questions, including which technologies should be chosen to generate electricity, where to install new facilities, or what ownership structures should be applied. He examines technical configurations, financial arrangements, institutional frameworks and business relationships, and considers how these might evolve over time in order to manage change in the electricity sector successfully. The report.

THE EXPORT OF SECOND-HAND GOODS AND THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY
(Adelphi Research, May 2003) This study, commissioned by the German Council for Sustainable Development, considers the environmental impact of used machinery imported into developing countries. Authors Jörg Janischewski, Mikael P. Henzler, and Walter Kahlenborn find that the export of second hand goods is increasingly threatening the effectiveness of climate protection measures. The findings of the report are due to be presented at the annual meeting of the Council for Sustainable Development on 1 October 2003 in Berlin. The report.

Biodiversity

MEGADIVERSE WEBSITE

The Group of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries, consisting of Bolivia, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Malaysia, Peru, Philippines, South Africa and Venezuela, have a new website that updates visitors on the Group’s activities. This resource is available in both Spanish and English.


Water, Wetlands, Oceans and Coasts

ONE FISH, TWO FISH, CRAWFISH, BLUEFISH: THE SMITHSONIAN SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD COOKBOOK
(Smithsonian Institution Press, 2003) This cookbook features more than 140 recipes using seafood caught or farmed in ways that protect the long term health of both the species and the oceans as whole. With coverage of seafood species ranging from the east and west coasts, as well as the Gulf coast, of the US, the book aims at diversifying seafood consumption and educating consumers on the growing problems associated with overfishing and the depletion of once abundant fish and shellfish ocean species. More.

Chemicals Management

CHLORINE INDUSTRY REVIEW 2002-2003

(EuroChlor, September 2003) The European chlorine industry has for the first time published statistics on its emissions of eight chlorinated organic chemicals and mercury. According to a report released by EuroChlor, the industry trade group, emissions of seven of the eight organic compounds have decreased substantially since 1985. There have been recent increases, however, in emissions to air of two compounds, 1,4-dichlorobenzene and trichloroethylene. The data has been released as part of an industry sustainability reporting initiative. The report.

Human Development

MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: NATIONAL REPORTS, A LOOK THROUGH A GENDER LENS
(UNDP, May 2003) This UNDP publication, which was released in May 2003, is now available online. The report reviews a selection of published MDG reports and assesses the extent to which gender concerns and perspectives have been mainstreamed into discussions of various MDGs in 13 countries around the world. The results of the assessment include consideration of gender as a cross-cutting issue, and how gender perspectives have been mainstreamed into discussions on poverty, education, infant mortality, maternal mortality/reproductive health, health and the third MDG goal concerning the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women. The report.


Sustainable Development

GAMBLING WITH PEOPLE'S LIVES
(Environmental Defense, Friends of the Earth, and International Rivers Network, September 2003) Produced jointly by Environmental Defense, Friends of the Earth, and International Rivers Network, this report was released ahead of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings held in Dubai from 18-24 September in response to the World Bank’s new “high risk/high reward” strategy in water, forestry and extractive industries sectors. The report analyzes the World Bank’s ability to manage social and environmental risks in high-risk projects and to learn from its past experiences. The report recommends, among other things, that the World Bank “repair the damage caused by its previous high-risk projects, stay away from new high-risk projects, and address the human rights dimensions of its work.” The report.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SECOND WORLD: UKRAINE AND THE NATIONS IN TRANSITION
(Worldwatch Institute, September 2003) Written by Viktor Vovk, this 56 page publication outlines how the second world – the former Soviet Union and its Central and Eastern European outposts – can move toward sustainable development. Noting the difficult transition following the collapse of communism, which included a period of predatory capitalism and declining living standards, Vovk recognizes this transition as an opportunity for nations of the second world to change their course of development and institute reforms according to the principles of sustainable development. The paper.

WORLD DISASTER REDUCTION INFORMATION KIT
The 2003 World Disaster Reduction Campaign information kit provides information related to the campaign theme of “Living with Risk: Turning the Tide on Disasters towards Sustainable Development.” Special emphasis is given to activities that highlight the importance of reducing the impacts of water-related hazards. The information kit.


Trade and Investment

THE STATE OF TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT LAW 2003: IMPLICATIONS FOR DOHA AND BEYOND
(IISD and CIEL, 2003) Produced by IISD and the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and launched at the recent WTO Cancun Ministerial, this book explores four key issues, tracking their progress from the pre-WTO rulings to the most recent decisions, examining in each case the environmental implications, and the implications for the Doha negotiations. The issues, which the authors find have fundamentally changed over the last decade, are: PPMs and extraterritoriality; WTO-MEAs; science and precaution; and TRIPS-CBD. More.

INVESTMENT, DOHA AND THE WTO
(IISD and RIIA, 2003) Launched at the recent WTO Cancun Ministerial, this paper served as background to the IISD-RIIA Chatham House experts’ meeting on investment, and the subsequent briefings in Geneva and Brussels. The final version looks at investment agreements – bilateral, regional, multilateral – and asks if Doha, and the WTO as an institution, can deliver an agreement. It then asks what an international investment agreement would look like if it were designed to promote sustainable development. More.

THE DOHA ROUND BRIEFING SERIES
(IISD and ICTSD, 2003) This set of 13 briefings, co-produced between IISD and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), was updated for the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference held in Cancun. They offer an executive summary of the key negotiating issues and are written for the non-expert with a strong interest in trade policy and negotiations. All issues.

CANCUN WRAP-UP
(IISD, September 2003) Written by Mark Halle, IISD, this paper summarizes what happened at the Fifth WTO Ministerial Conference and looks at some of the roots of its failure. In his conclusion, Halle cautions against the possible shift to regional or bilateral agreements if post-Cancun negotiations get gridlocked in Geneva, noting that despite all is shortcomings the WTO is more likely to design an international trade system that respects sustainable development than the accumulation of bilateral and regional trade agreements. The paper.

MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS AND THE WTO
(RIIA, September 2003) Authored by Duncan Brack and Kevin Gray, this new report looks at why MEAs contain trade measures and considers how effective these measures have been. The report further analyzes potential sources of conflict with WTO rules and suggests a range of options for resolving the conflict. The report.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

MEETING ON ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION: DEVELOPING ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT CAPACITIES FOR POVERTY REDUCTION:
29 September 2003 - 2 October 2003. Alexandria, Egypt. Organized by UN-Habitat, this Sustainable Cities Programme / Local Agenda 21 Global Meeting aims to contribute towards developing a Capacity Building Agenda for improved implementation of local EPM strategies through regional and national institutions. For more information contact: UN-HABITAT, Sustainable Cities Programme, Global Meeting Secretariat; e-mail: scp@unhabitat.org; Internet: http://www.unhabitat.org/CONFERENCE/scpAnnouncement.pdf

OUR COMMITMENTS FOR THE FUTURE: A POST-WSSD SYMPOSIUM: 3 October 2003. Tokyo, Japan. Hosted by the United Nations University, this symposium will assess progress toward implementing the commitments made at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. For more information contact: UNU Public Affairs Section; tel: +81-3- 5467-1243; fax: +81-3-3406-7346; Internet: http://www.unu.edu/hq/rector_office/press2003/pre30-03.html

SECOND MEETING OF THE CSD-12 BUREAU: 3 October 2003. New York, United States. The Bureau for the twelfth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development will hold its second meeting on 3 October. A third meeting is scheduled to take place in November 2003. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN Division for Sustainable Development /DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/csd12.htm

ESCWA REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: 19 October 2003 - 21 October 2003. Cairo, Egypt. The Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) under the League of Arab States will conduct the ESCWA regional implementation meeting to prepare for CSD-12. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN Division for Sustainable Development/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON LANDSCAPE SCALE WETLAND ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT: 20 October 2003 - 23 October 2003. Nashua, New Hampshire, United States. The three-day symposium, hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and organized by the Association of State Wetlands Mangers, will aim to build the capabilities of local governments, states, federal agencies, and NGOs to assess and manage wetlands and related ecosystems on a landscape level. For more information contact: Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM); tel: +1-518-872-1804; fax: +1-518-872-2171; e-mail: aswm@aswm.org; Internet: http://www.aswm.org/calendar/2003am/cover9.htm

THIRD FORUM ON THE STATE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GREENHOUSE GAS MARKET: 22 October 2003 - 24 October 2003. Ottawa, Canada. This Forum, organized by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and sponsored by a number of government agencies and international organizations, will address issues relating to the creation of a global greenhouse gas regime; the development of market elements; roles in the marketplace; and current market trends. It will include a pre-conference workshop on “The State of the CDM.” For more information contact: Andrei Marcu, IETA; tel: +1-416-487-8591; fax: +1-416-340-1054; e-mail: marcu@ieta.org; Internet: http://www.iea.org/new/planiea.gif

INTEGRATED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE: 22 October 2003 - 24 October 2003. Porto Cervo, Italy. This conference, organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Observatory of Mountain Forests, will provide an opportunity to all stakeholders to share information and contribute to a better understanding of the current status of watershed management, and to provide advocacy and support for the effective implementation of watershed management at the local, national and international levels. For more information contact: Pier Carlo Zingari, European Observatory of Mountain Forests; tel: +39-070-651242; fax: +39-070-656263; e-mail: zingari.oefm@wanadoo.fr; Internet: http://www.wateresources2003.org/asp/home_e.asp

ECLAC REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: REGIONAL FORUM OF MINISTERS OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: 22 October 2003 - 24 October 2003. La Paz, Bolivia. This ECLAC regional implementation meeting will prepare for CSD-12. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN DSD/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

SYMPOSIUM ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY: 24 October 2003. Geneva, Switzerland. This symposium is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). For more information contact: tel: +41-22-338-9233; fax: +41-22-733-0336; e-mail: upov.mail@wipo.int; Internet: http://www.upov.int/en/news/index.html

ESCAP REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: 27 October 2003 - 28 October 2003. Bangkok, Thailand. This regional implementation meeting will prepare for CSD-12. It will be followed by a regional workshop on NSDS to be held from 29-31 October 2003. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN Division for Sustainable Development/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE URBANIZATION STRATEGIES: 3 November 2003 - 5 November 2003. Weihai, China. This conference is designed to facilitate the sharing of best practices, good policies and lessons learned in addressing the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable urbanization. The conference will focus on issues connected to the realization of the two Millennium Development Goals relating to reducing the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and sanitation and improving significantly the lives of slum dwellers. The conference will also follow up on the WSSD outcomes and identify mechanisms to support local, national and regional initiatives in sustainable urbanization through enhanced synergies among international institutions, national and local governments, and civil society organizations. The outcome of the conference will be reported at the second session of the World Urban Forum to be held in Barcelona in September 2004. For more information contact: Jianguo Shen, Inter-Regional Adviser, UN-HABITAT; tel: +254-2-623541; fax: +254-2-624264; e-mail: jianguo.shen@unhabitat.org; Internet: http://www.unhabitat.org/conference/weihai.pdf

MEETING ON INVASIVE PLANTS IN NATURAL AND MANAGED SYSTEMS: LINKING SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT AND SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF ALIEN PLANT INVASIONS: 3 November 2003 - 7 November 2003. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, United States. This meeting is organized by the Ecological Society of America. For more information contact: ESA; tel: +1-202-833-8773; fax: +1-202-833-8775; e-mail: ipinams@esa.org; Internet: http://esa.org/ipinams-emapi7/

SECOND SESSION OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES FOR FOOD AND AGRICULTURE: 4 November 2003 - 7 November 2003. Rome, Italy. This meeting is organized by FAO. For more information contact: Murthi Anishetty, FAO Plant Genetic Resources Group; e-mail: murthi.anishetty@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPS/pgr/ITWG2nd/docsp1.htm

WORKSHOP ON BASELINE STANDARDIZATION FOR JI AND CDM PROJECTS: 6 November 2003 - 7 November 2003. Groningen, Netherlands. This expert meeting will discuss the research conclusions of the European project PROBASE (Procedures for Accounting and Baselines for Joint Implementation and Clean Development Mechanism projects, EU Fifth Framework programme). For more information contact: Wytze van der Gaast, Joint Implementation Network; tel: +31-50-309-6815; fax: +31-50-309-6815; e-mail: jiq@northsea.nl; Internet: http://www.northsea.nl/jiq/workshop.htm

ASIAN CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND CIVIL SOCIETY: 7 November 2003 - 9 November 2003. New Delhi, India. The topics that will be considered at this conference are: role of civil society in environmental education; people’s participation in environmental issues; biodiversity conservation and community participation; sustainability and wetland conservation, atmospheric change and global warming; trade and environment; and case studies/success stories based on environmental education. For more information contact: Desh Bandhu, Indian Environmental Society (IES); tel: +91-11-2204-6823; fax: +91-11-2252-3311; e-mail: iesenro@del2.vsnl.net.in; Internet: http://www.iesglobal.org/Events/events.html

MEETING ON MONITORING AND INDICATORS OF FOREST BIODIVERSITY IN EUROPE: 12 November 2003 - 15 November 2003. Florence, Italy. This meeting is organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organization and the European Forest Institute. For more information contact: Brita Pajari, European Forest Institute; tel: +358-13-252-0223; fax: +358-13-134-393; e-mail: brita.pajari@efi.fi; Internet: http://www.efi.fi/events/2003/Monitoring_and_indicators/

ECLAC REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: EXPERT GROUP
MEETING ON WSSD OUTCOMES REVIEW: 17 November 2003 - 18 November 2003. Santiago, Chile. This ECLAC regional implementation meeting will prepare for CSD-12. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN Division for Sustainable Development /DES; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

UNRISD CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND DEVELOPMENT: TOWARDS A NEW AGENDA?: 17 November 2003 - 18 November 2003. Geneva, Switzerland. The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) will hold this two-day conference to provide an opportunity for researchers from UN agencies, universities and NGOs to examine the relationship between corporate social responsibility and development, and to debate alternative approaches and policies. The conference will further focus on questioning the dominant corporate responsibility agenda and assessing the corporate regulation and accountability situation. Discussions will also be held on the viability of the UN as a global regulatory institution for transnational corporations. For more information contact: Desiree Abrahams; tel: +41-22-917-3020; fax: +41-22-917-0650; e-mail: abrahams@unrisd.org; Internet: http://www.unrisd.org/80256B3C005BD6AB/(httpEvents)/A90E1689DFE24D54C1256D8000529A83?OpenDocument=

ECLAC REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: REGIONAL FORUM OF MINISTERS OF ENVIRONMENT: 20 November 2003 - 25 November 2003. Panama. This ECLAC regional implementation meeting will prepare for CSD-12. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN Division for Sustainable Development/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

ADVANCED SEMINAR ON PROTECTED AREAS MANAGEMENT AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE MEDITERRANEAN CONTEXT: 1 December 2003 - 14 December 2003. Malaga, Spain. This seminar is organized by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, with the collaboration of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation. For more information contact: Marie Curie; tel: +34-95-20-28-430; fax: +34-95-20-28-415; e-mail: uicnmed@iucn.org; Internet: http://www.iucn.org/places/medoffice/eventos/seminario_azahar_EN.htm

ECA REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: PAN-AFRICAN IMPLEMENTATION AND PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCE ON WATER: 8 December 2003 - 13 December 2003. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This ECA regional implementation meeting will prepare for CSD-12. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN DSD/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

ECE REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING: 15 January 2004 - 16 January 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. This overarching regional implementation meeting in preparation for CSD-12 follows up on the Committee on Human Settlements, which met in September 2003, and the Meeting of the parties to the EC Water Convention, which meets in November 2003. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN DSD/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm

ECO-EFFICIENCY FOR SUSTAINABILITY: QUANTIFIED METHODS FOR DECISION MAKING: 1 April 2004 - 3 April 2004. Leiden, Netherlands. This conference will focus on identifying operational methods for quantified eco-efficiency analysis that can guide decision making towards societal eco-efficiency, contributing to sustainability. Participants will represent a range of subject areas, from economics to environmental science, social choice theory, and evaluation and decision theory, and from applications involving sustainability decision makers in research and development, eco-design, business and politics. For more information contact: Esther Philips, Conference Secretariat, Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University; e-mail: info@ eco-efficiency-conf.org; Internet: http://www.eco-efficiency-conf.org/

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: BREAKING NEW GROUND: 28 April 2004 - 2 May 2004. Vancouver, Canada. The DanceArts Vancouver Society is hosting an international symposium called “Breaking New Ground.” The symposium, which will bring together artists, activists and youth, is part of the organization’s newest initiative entitled the EARTH Project, which aims to explore issues of environmental sustainability, globalization and social justice through the eyes of youth. For more information contact: Zanita Lukezich, DanceArts Vancouver; tel: +1-604-606-6408; fax: +1-604-606-6432; e-mail: zanita@dancearts.bc.ca; Internet: http://www.dancearts.bc.ca

GLOBAL H2O PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCE: 11 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Cairns, Australia. UNEP and partners launched the Hilltops-2-Oceans (H2O) Partnership Initiative in September 2002 as a Type II Partnership of the WSSD with the aim of highlighting the links between the freshwater, coastal and marine environments, and promoting concrete actions to address river, coastal and marine pollution. Convened by UNEP and Environment Australia, the Global H2O Partnership Conference seeks, inter alia, to: renew the commitment of stakeholders of the need for sustained and adequately resourced National Programmes of Action to protect the marine environment from the harmful effects of land-based activities; explore innovative financial arrangements for financing capital-intensive initiatives; further strengthen the links between water supply and sanitation; and review, debate and recommend the appropriate use of Wastewater Emission Targets (WET) as a tool for protecting the marine environment from the harmful effects of activities from the hilltops to the oceans. The Conference will also serve as an interim assessment of the GPA, in preparation for the Second Intergovernmental Review of the GPA in 2006. For more information contact: Conference Secretariat; tel: +31-70-311-4467; fax: +31-70-345-664831; e-mail: h2o@unep.nl; Internet: http://www.hilltops2oceans.org

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE MONITORING, SIMULATION AND REMEDIATION OF THE GEOLOGICAL ENVIRONMENT: 5 July 2004 - 7 July 2004. Segovia, Spain. This conference will consider topics such as: Earth’s materials and resources; Earth's dynamics; Geo-environmental planning and management; Environmental remediation; and Geo-information sources. For more information contact: Gaye McKeogh, Conference Manager, GEO-ENVIRONMENT 2004, Wessex Institute of Technology; tel: +44-238-029-3223; fax: +44-238-029-2853; e-mail: gmckeogh@wessex.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/geoenvironment04/index.html

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM 2004: 7 July 2004 - 9 July 2004. Segovia, Spain. This international conference on sustainable tourism is organized by the Wessex Institute of Technology, the Inter-University Department of Ecology of Madrid and EUROPARC. Participants will present empirical work and case studies using a multi-disciplinary approach. For more information contact: Gaye McKeogh, Conference Manager, Wessex Institute of Technology; tel: +44-238-029-3223; fax: +44-238-029-2853; e-mail: gmckeogh@wessex.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/sustainabletourism04/index.html

CITES COP-13: 2 October 2004 - 14 October 2004. Bangkok, Thailand. The 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES is organized by the CITES Secretariat. For more information contact: CITES Secretariat; tel: +41-22-917-8139; fax: +41-22-797-3417; e-mail: cites@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.cites.org

3RD IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS: 17 November 2004 - 25 November 2004. Bangkok, Thailand. The World Conservation Congress is organized by IUCN – the World Conservation Union. For more information contact: Ursula Hiltbrunner, IUCN; tel: +41-22-999-0232; fax: +41-22-999-0020; e-mail: ursula.hiltbrunner@iucn.org; Internet: http://www.iucn.org

FIRST GLOBAL WASH FORUM POSTPONED: The First Global WASH Forum originally scheduled for 1-4 December 2003 has been postponed to November/December 2004. The venue for the Forum remains in Dakar, Senegal. For more information visit: http://www.wsscc.org/load.cfm?edit_id=332

 

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