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CONFERENCE COVERAGE BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

Ongoing and upcoming meetings to be covered by IISD Reporting Services:
 
AFLEG Ministerial Conference: 13-16 October, Yaoundé, Cameroon
  Second Conference on Early Warning: 16-18 October, Bonn, Germany
  UNEP-FI 2003 Global Roundtable: Sustaining Value: 20-21 October, Tokyo, Japan
  CSD Regional Implementation Meetings:
-- West Asia - 19-20 October, Cairo, Egypt
-- Asia and the Pacific – 27-28 October, Bangkok, Thailand
  UNIDO Energy Efficiency and Carbon Financing Meeting: 28-31 October, Vienna, Austria
  IFCS Forum IV: 1-7 November, Bangkok, Thailand
  ITTC-35 and ITTA-2: 3-12 November, Yokohama, Japan
  SAICM PrepCom I: 9-13 November, Bangkok, Thailand
  CBD SBSTTA-9: 10-14 November, Montreal, Canada
  Montreal Protocol MOP-15: 10-14 November, Nairobi, Kenya
  Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts and Islands: 10-14 November, Paris, France
  PIC INC-10: 17-21 November, Geneva, Switzerland

 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


XII WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS ADOPTS STATEMENT REFLECTING COLLECTIVE VISION OF "FORESTS, SOURCE OF LIFE"
21-28 September 2003 | Quebec City, Canada
Convening under the general theme of “Forests, Source of Life,” the XII World Forestry Congress (WFC) attracted more than 4,000 participants from over 140 countries, representing the scientific community, governments, international organizations, indigenous peoples, non-governmental organizations and the private sector. A variety of sessions and fora convened during the eight-day Congress. During the Plenary Sessions, speakers shared their perspectives on challenges for the years to come, laying the groundwork for XII WFC deliberations. Thirty-eight Theme Sessions convened to address aspects of the following areas: Forests for People; Forests for the Planet; and Forests and People in Harmony. In the Ecoregional Sessions, participants engaged in roundtable discussions organized according to the five broad ecological regions of the Earth. In the Special Sessions, the conclusions of side events were presented, including the Youth Forum and the Indigenous Peoples’ Forest Forum. In the Open Fora, participants engaged in discussions on emerging issues. In the final General Session, participants adopted a Statement that reflects their collective vision of “Forests, Source of Life.” Click here for Sustainable Developments’ coverage of this meeting in English, French and Spanish.

 

CSD-12 BUREAU CONTINUES PREPARATIONS FOR 2004 MEETING
3 October 2003 | New York, US
Bureau members for the 12th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12) gathered for their second meeting recently, learning that agendas of previously scheduled meetings of the Regional Commissions have been adjusted to include discussion of the CSD-12 thematic cluster of water, sanitation and human settlements. These meeting’s outcomes will be submitted to CSD-12 as a note by the Secretary-General transmitting the relevant conclusions and recommendations. The Bureau stressed that the High-Level Segment, which is scheduled to convene at the end of CSD-12, should pave the way for effective policy discussions in the lead-up to the Policy Year. Major Groups representatives will meet with the Bureau at its third meeting, on 18 November 2003. For more information see the notes from the Bureau meeting and the ENB summary of CSD-12 Chair Børge Brende’s briefing following the Bureau meeting.

 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


TOKYO CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT
29 September - 1 October | Tokyo, Japan
Over 23 African Heads of State and delegates from 89 countries were in attendance at the third Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD III), which commemorated the tenth anniversary of the TICAD process, a framework devoted to Africa’s development. TICAD III succeeded in garnering international support for Africa’s development, especially through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Delegates specified priority development challenges, highlighting: consolidation of peace; capacity building; human-centered development; infrastructure; agricultural development; private sector development; expansion of partnerships; and dialogue with civil society. More.


CLIMATE CONFERENCE KEEPS KYOTO PUNDITS GUESSING
29 September - 3 October | Moscow, Russia
Hopes that Russia might announce a firm timetable for ratifying the Kyoto Protocol were dashed at a major climate change conference held recently in Moscow. Some experts had predicted that the World Climate Change Conference would witness a declaration of Russian intentions to ratify the treaty. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the gathering that his government was still considering the issue, and gave no deadline for a decision. Russian ratification is essential for the treaty to enter into force as a legally-binding agreement. More.

 

WSIS PREPCOM-3 TO RESUME DISCUSSIONS ON DRAFT PRINCIPLES AND PLAN OF ACTION
15-26 September | Geneva, Switzerland
Delegates at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) were tasked with negotiating the draft Declaration of Principles and draft Plan of Action, both planned for adoption at the first phase of the WSIS, which will be held from 10-12 December 2003 in Geneva. Aimed at harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a tool for development and to create an information society that benefits all of humanity, the Summit has garnered the interest of many Heads of State of Government, over 40 of whom have expressed commitment to attend the Summit’s first phase. Negotiations on the draft documents were not completed at this meeting, and the PrepCom plans to reconvene from 10-14 November to resume discussions on issues such as financing, Internet security and Internet governance. More.

 

WIPO ASSEMBLIES DISCUSS MANDATE OF THE IGC ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND GENETIC RESOURCES
22 September – 1 October | Geneva, Switzerland
The WIPO 2003 Assemblies met recently to review the organization’s activities over the past year and to agree on its agenda for the next. The meeting’s highlights included: approval of the 2004-2005 programme and budget by consensus; four studies on the effect of the patent system on developing countries; and amendments to streamline and simplify WIPO’s governance and constitutional structure and reinforce the transparency and efficiency of the organization. Regarding the WIPO’s Intergovernmental committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC), the General Assembly decided to extend its mandate, which requires the IGC to accelerate its work and focus on the international dimension of intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore. More.

 

WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON DRAINAGE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FOOD SECURITY
10-13 September 2003 | Utrecht, the Netherlands
With the theme of “Drainage for a Secure Environment and Food Supply,” some 120 participants from 25 countries met to discuss the role of drainage in integrated water resource management (IWRM) in agriculture and to formulate action plans on how to convey the significance of this role to the international community, especially non-drainage experts. More.

 

MEDIA REPORTS


INDEX RANKS FINLAND AS LEAST CORRUPT, BANGLADESH AS MOST
Finland is perceived as the world’s most transparent and least corrupt country, finds Transparency International in its Corruption Perception Index 2003. At the bottom of the list was Bangladesh, preceded by Myanmar, Paraguay, Haiti, and Nigeria. Listed at the top of the index following Finland were Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore. More.

TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS SHOULD BE HELD TO HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDS, UN EXPERT SAYS
In a report to the UN General Assembly released on 13 October, Jean Ziegler, Special Rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights on the right to food, recommended that UN Member States better monitor transnational companies to secure food supplies for the poor. More.

RATIFICATIONS RAMPING UP FOR TREATY ON PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES, ENTRY INTO FORCE EXPECTED IN 2004
The ratification process for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture is proceeding speedily, with 32 States having ratified as of 13 October. More.

HEAVY METALS PROTOCOL TO ENTER INTO FORCE IN DECEMBER
The Århus protocol on heavy metals to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution will enter into force on 29 December, 90 days following the deposit of the 16th instrument of ratification by Germany on 30 September. More.

NEW REACH PROPOSAL RELEASED AFTER CRITICISMS
Responding to concerns from industry as well as some governments, the European Commission has released a revised version of its REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) proposal for a new EU chemicals policy. More.

CLIMATE CHANGE KILLS 160,000 A YEAR, SAYS EXPERT
Climate change is causing 160,000 deaths a year, according to a public health expert. In related news, experts also revealed that as many as 35,000 people died during the heat wave that struck Europe two months ago. More.

EU CRITICIZED OVER ENERGY TARGETS
Countries in the European Union are not taking their obligations to promote renewable energy seriously, according to the WWF. The criticism comes just weeks before a deadline for member states to turn the EU’s 2001 directive on renewable energy into national law. More.

LAKES, WETLANDS THREATENED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate change poses a serious threat to the world’s lakes and wetlands, according to a new study. Experts from the Tyndall Center for Climate Change believe the world’s lakes will experience temperature increases of up to 5.7 Celsius by 2080, threatening water levels and countless species. More.

 


US REJOINS UNESCO
After a 19-year absence from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the United States has rejoined the UN organization. Citing ineffective management and an “anti-Western” bias, then President Ronald Reagan withdrew from the organization in 1984. More.

CHEVRONTEXACO TO BE TRIED IN ECUADOR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES
On 21 October, following a decade of court battles in the US over jurisdiction, 30,000 residents of the Ecuadorian Amazon will bring their case against ChevronTexaco before the local court of Lago Agrio in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This “landmark environmental and human rights trial,” as described by Amazon Watch, marks the first time a US multinational corporation is being tried in a foreign court for environmental damages. More.

THOUSANDS PROTEST AGAINST GM CROPS IN NZ
More than 20,000 people protested against lifting the ban on trials of genetically modified crops in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, in New Zealand. While the government announced that the ban on GM trials would end in a few weeks, protestors demanded that New Zealand remains GM free. More.

LOGGING IN MYANMAR THREATENS RICH FORESTS
Myanmar’s government is using timber revenue to suppress insurgent groups and giving logging concessions to rebel groups to keep the peace according to London-based Global Witness’ report “A Conflict of Interest: The Uncertain Future of Burma’s Forests.” More.

FAO CALLS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES’ INVOLVEMENT IN MANAGING FORESTS
In the face of one of the worst fire seasons in recent history, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called for local community involvement in forest management and protection to help stem the destruction caused by forest fires. More.

AUSTRALIA ARRESTS POACHING SHIP, SEIZES WILDLIFE PARTS
Australian authorities have arrested the crew of a Uruguayan trawler pursued through Antarctic waters for allegedly poaching endangered fish. Australian authorities have also seized body parts from tigers and rhinoceros in a record haul of illegally imported traditional medicine products made from threatened animals. More.

SEA SHEPHERD CREW HELD FOR DOCUMENTING DOLPHIN KILL
The Japanese police recently arrested three members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who documented the annual dolphin slaughter by local fishermen in the seaside town of Taiji. More.

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COMINGS AND GOINGS



WORLD WATER COUNCIL NAMES COSGROVE AS NEW PRESIDENT
William Cosgrove has been appointed the new President of the World Water Council, a cross-sectoral water policy think tank that aims to promote global water awareness at the highest political level.  More.

NEW GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Earth Institute water expert Roberto Lenton has been has appointed Chair of the Technical Committee for the Global Water Partnership. More.

GENEVA ENVIRONMENT NETWORK NAMES NEW COORDINATOR
Sofie Flensborg has been hired as the new coordinator of the Geneva Environment Network (GEN). A native of Denmark, Flensborg has previously worked with the UNECE as a member of the Aarhus Convention Secretariat. Flensborg replaces Aniket Ghai, who is now responsible for UNEP’s work on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, is working with UNEP’s Post-Conflict Assessment Unit. More information on GEN.

NOÉ VAN HULST TAKES OVER IEA’S LONG-TERM OFFICE
Noé van Hulst has assumed his duties as the new Director of the International Energy Agency’s Office of Long-Term Cooperation and Policy Analysis. Van Hulst took up his new post in September, succeeding Olivier Appert. More.

Vacancies

WWF ADVERTISES VACANCIES
WWF, the conservation organization, has recently advertised a number of positions in its international and regional offices, including vacancies for a Vice President with its Marketing Department at WWF-US in Washington DC, and for a Communications Manager with WWF International’s Species Programme, based in Gland, Switzerland. WWF-China and WWF-Mexico have also announced that they are seeking Conservation Directors. More.

IIED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OPENING
The International Institute for Environment and Development is looking to hire an Executive Director. The position is based in
London and applications are due 14 November 2003. More.

FAO SEEKS FISHERY RESOURCES OFFICER (INLAND AQUACULTURE)
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking for a fishery resources officer to be responsible for inland aquaculture. This is a P-3 position based at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Applications are due 10 November 2003. More.

FAO SEEKS FISHERY RESOURCES OFFICER (INLAND FISHERY ECOLOGY)
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is looking for a fishery resources officer to be responsible for inland fishery ecology. This is a P-3 position based at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. Applications are due 5 November 2003. More.

IFPRI SEEKS DIVISION DIRECTOR
IFPRI is looking to hire a Director for it Flood consumption and Nutrition Division. The position is based in Washington, DC and the deadline for applications is
31 October 2003. More.

GEF SEEKS TEAM LEADER, ENERGY EXPERTS
The Global Environment Facility is seeking a Team Leader to manage its specialists working on climate change and ozone depletion. It is also advertising for two climate change specialists to work on energy issues, particularly renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy conservation, transport energy, and energy policy. All three positions are based in
Washington, DC. The closing date for applications is 17 October 2003. More.

 

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KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Environment and sustainable development


ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN WELL-BEING

(Island Press, Sept 2003) This report is the first product of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA). The eight-chapter, 245-page report, which was written by 61 scientists, presents the approaches, assumptions, processes and parameters that the scientists participating in the assessment will use to evaluate the situation of ecosystems worldwide. The most extensive study ever of the linkages between the world’s ecosystems and human well-being, the MA is a four year effort that aims to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the contribution of ecosystems to human well-being without undermining their long-term productivity. Its research results will be published beginning in late 2004 in a series of four in-depth reports and up to seven shorter studies intended for decision-makers in government, the private sector, and civil society groups. More information and the summaries in six UN languages.

UNEP LAUNCHES FRENCH WEBSITE
The United Nations Environment Programme has launched a French version of its website. The website.

LEADING CHANGE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY: A CHANGE-MANAGEMENT GUIDE FOR BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
(Greenleaf, September 2003) This book presents Bob Doppelt’s research on how the leaders of organizations designed and approached sustainability programmes. The 14-chapter text first reviews why some organizations succeed and others fail and then turns to identifying how changes can be accomplished. He finds that organizational and cultural change are critical for operationalizing sustainability efforts and highlights governance and leadership as two key areas for changing organizational culture. More information.

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION: POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY IN PACIFIC ASIA
(University Press of Colorado, 2002) Written by Paul G. Harris, this book brings together studies of international environmental politics in the Pacific Asia region. The first section of the book examines issues and actors impacting international environmental cooperation, highlighting themes such as cooperation between developed and developing countries, international justice, and regional environmental security. This section also illustrates key features of specific multilateral environmental agreements and the competing interests of important national bodies, international organizations, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental entities. The second section focuses on environmental diplomacy and regime-building in Pacific Asia, examining issues such as acid rain, nuclear waste, deforestation, and conflict over regional seas. More information.

SHARED SPACES
Published quarterly by the Netherlands Ministry of Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment (VROM), Shared Spaces describes itself as a forum for exchanging views and ideas on best practices in the policy fields of VROM. The latest edition addresses the challenges of environmental enforcement around the world. Topics discussed include: the merits of a federal/pan-European approach versus local action; the impact of anti-terrorist protection on enforcement; and the role of the big business lobby in setting the environmental agenda. Readers will also encounter the perspectives of enforcement bodies from the Netherlands and less well-funded countries such as Lithuania, The Philippines and Costa Rica explaining the challenges and frustrations of enforcement. This issue.

Energy, Climate and Atmosphere

COSTS OF INACTION: DELAYING ACTION ON GLOBAL WARMING COSTS CONSUMERS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
(US PIRG, October 2003) The US Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund has released a report on the costs of delaying action on climate change. The report estimates that the US suffered almost $20 billion in economic losses in 2002 due to extreme weather events, and warns that this cost could increase if action is not taken to address the problem. The report also argues that policies to combat climate change, such as support for energy and fuel efficiency and the promotion of electricity generation from renewable sources, would save consumers billions of dollars. The report.

REFORM OF THE EU INSTITUTIONS: IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EU'S PERFORMANCE IN CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS
(CEPS Policy Brief No. 40, September 2003) This policy brief, written by Louise van Schaik and Christian Egenhofer, examines the potential impact of the draft Constitutional Treaty of the Convention on the Future of Europe on the EU’s performance at climate negotiations. The paper suggests that the establishment of an EU Minister of Foreign Affairs could result in greater integration of broader foreign policy considerations into the EU’s approach to climate change negotiations. The authors also assess how proposed changes to the rotating EU Presidency could affect the EU’s climate policies. The paper concludes that the draft Constitution could lead to greater consistency in the EU’s positions. The policy brief.

PRICE-RELATED SENSITIVITIES OF GREENHOUSE GAS INTENSITY TARGETS
(Climate Policy, 2003/2004) In this article, Benito Müller and Georg Müller-Fürstenberger begin by noting that greenhouse gas intensities are an appealing tool to foster abatement without imposing constraints on economic growth. However, the authors argue that calculating intensities is difficult, as it gives rise to some significant statistical and conceptual problems relating to the inflation-proofing of GDP growth. The report argues that the choice of price index, the updating of quantity weights and the selection of base year prices can have a significant impact on the commitment of intensity targets. The report.

KEY WORLD ENERGY STATISTICS
(International Energy Agency, September 2003) This study by the IEA presents energy data on the supply, transformation and consumption of all energy sources, as well as information on greenhouse gas emissions, and outlooks for future energy use. The report.

CARING FOR CLIMATE – A GUIDE TO THE CLIMATE CHANGE CONVENTION AND THE KYOTO PROTOCOL
(UNFCCC, September 2003) The Climate Change Secretariat has produced a new guide to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol. The guide includes a history of the negotiations and information on the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, including a description of the market mechanisms developed under the Protocol. It also contains a section on future directions. The report.

GLOBAL WARMING AND EAST ASIA
(RoutledgeCurzon, July 2003) This book, authored by Paul Harris, examines the domestic politics, foreign policy and international relations with regard to climate change in China, Japan and Southeast Asia. Noting that the countries of East Asia are often disproportionately affected by climate change and that their contribution to the problem grows as they expand and develop, Harris addresses the forces and actors underlying policies and behavior in the region with the aim of increasing understanding of a region vital to mitigating and coping with climate change. More information.

Biodiversity

ONE GLOBAL PATENT SYSTEM? WIPO’S SUBSTANTIVE PATENT LAW TREATY
(GRAIN, October 2003) GRAIN’s new briefing addresses WIPO’s attempts to promote a substantive patent law treaty. Authors argue that such a treaty would remove most of the remaining national flexibility in patent systems and pave the way for a future world patent granted directly by WIPO. Such developments would appeal to transnational corporations and developed countries, but would result in developing countries losing even the limited freedom left by TRIPS to adjust patent systems to national development goals. This issue.

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS CONCERNING GENETIC RESOURCES AND TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
(WIPO, 2003) This paper is prepared by the WIPO Secretariat at the request of the CBD for COP-7. The paper.

ESA WORKING PAPERS
(FAO, 2003) FAO’s Agricultural and Development Economics Division of the Economic and Social Department (ESA) has prepared a variety of papers related to agriculture, food security and poverty alleviation. Topics include: diversification in South Asian agriculture; land use change, carbon sequestration and poverty alleviation; armed conflicts and food security; agricultural export performance in Africa; biotechnology R&D: policy options to ensure access and benefits for the poor; the economics of agricultural biotechnology research; and an overview of smallholder contract farming in developing countries. The papers.

COMMUNITY CONSERVED AREAS AND CO-MANAGED PROTECTED AREAS
(IUCN’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy, 2003) The report of the IUCN Theme on indigenous and local communities, equity and protected areas for the Ecosystem, Protected Areas and People project is authored by Grazia Borrini-Feyerabend. The report.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS AND BIODIVERSITY: PROCESS AND SYNERGIES
(ICTSD and IUCN, September 2003) Prepared by Manuel Ruiz, David Vivas-Eugui and Maria Fernanada Espinosa for the workshop on TRIPS and the CBD that took place during the 18th Session of the Global Diversity Forum, this paper provides an overview to the key processes concerning the protection of traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights and assesses the most critical matters concerning these issues. The paper.
 
AGROBIODIVERSITY STRATEGIES TO COMBAT FOOD INSECURITY AND HIV/AIDS IMPACT IN RURAL AFRICA
(FAO, 2003) Written by J.A. Gari, this paper demonstrates, on the basis of participatory field research conducted in different rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa, that agrobiodiversity and the associated indigenous knowledge are relevant forces to combat food insecurity and the HIV/AIDS crisis. The paper argues that development of these agrobiodiversity components would expand the options and means available at the rural level to improve nutrition, cope with labor constrains and enhance sustainable agriculture. The paper.

 


Human and social development

STATE OF THE WORLD POPULATION 2003 - MAKING 1 BILLION COUNT: INVESTING IN ADOLESCENTS’ HEALTH AND RIGHTS
(UNFPA, October 2003) This year’s State of the World Population report focuses on the challenges of and the need to safeguard health and human rights for adolescents. Noting that almost half of the world’s people are under the age of 25 and that 20 percent are adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19, with 87 percent of these adolescents living in developing countries, the report highlights how the educational and health status of adolescents, their readiness to take on adult roles and responsibilities, and the support they receive from their families, communities and governments will have significant consequences for the future. The report stresses that investment in adolescent reproductive health is critical for combating poverty and HIV/AIDS, and states that education, and access to information and services are essential to protecting and empowering young people, especially girls and young women. The report.

GLOBAL REPORT ON HUMAN SETTLEMENTS: THE SLUM CHALLENGE
(UN-HABITAT, October 2003) This year’s UN-HABITAT Global Report on Human Settlements focuses on slums, reviewing the reasons behind their growth and evaluating recent policy responses. Using a new operational definition of slums that takes into account, inter alia, percentage of poor households having access to permanent housing compliance with local laws and access to water, sanitation and electricity, the report estimates that almost 1 billion people around the world currently dwell in slums. The report further projects that in the absence of policy action, this figure could increase to 2 billion by 2030. Recommendations for the way forward emphasize enhancing political will, investing in infrastructure, pro-active urban planning, and empowering the urban poor. Approaches are also identified for achieving Target 11 of Millennium Development Goal 7 to significantly improve the lives of 100 million slum dwellers by 2020. More information.

WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2004: MAKING SERVICES WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE
(World Bank, September 2003) This World Bank report cautions that significant improvements in human welfare will not be achieved unless poor people receive greater access to affordable and better quality services in health, education, water, sanitation and electricity. While stating that key services often fall short of providing for the poor, the report also gives examples of where services have been successful and stresses how success is dependent on the level of involvement of poor people in determining the quality and quantity of services they receive. The report also provides examples of how services are failing poor people and suggests ways in which services can be improved. While recognizing problems with public services, the report does not encourage privatizing all social services. The report concludes that there is no “silver bullet” solution and that the type of service delivery mechanism needs to be adapted to characteristics of the service and circumstances of the country. The report.

REPORT ON THE WORLD SOCIAL SITUATION 2003 – SOCIAL VULNERABILITY
(UNDESA, October 2003) Prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ Division for Social Policy and Development, this report is the 16th in a series of reports that provide a background for discussion and policy analysis of socio-economic matters at the intergovernmental level by contributing to the identification of emerging social trends of international concern and the analysis of relationships among major development issues. With the theme of “Social Vulnerability,” this year’s report aims to develop a frame of reference for identifying the source of social vulnerability, as well as discuss strategies for reducing vulnerabilities of selected social groups. More information.

Water, wetlands, oceans, oceans

FROM OCEAN TO AQUARIUM: THE GLOBAL TRADE IN MARINE ORNAMENTALS
(UNEP-WCMC, 2003) This report, released by the United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), takes an in-depth look at the international ornamental marine species trade, highlighting the number of fish, corals and other animals being taken from coral reefs and brought to public aquariums and fish tanks in Europe and the United States from Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The report recommends: the continued development and wider application of third-party certification schemes that empower consumer choice; implementation of appropriate quotas, catch size limits, the designation of marine reserves and greater use of permits; and greater local farming of commonly traded species. The authors of the report hope that the data presented will enable more informed and effective decision-making at the policy, industry and consumer levels in order to safeguard wild fish stock. The report.

WATER AND SANITATION IN THE WORLD’S CITIES
(UN-HABITAT, 2003) As water and sanitation are the theme of this year’s World Habitat Day, UN-HABITAT has released a publication that gives an overview of water and sanitation problems facing the world’s cities. The publication.

RUNNING PURE: WORLD BANK-WWF REPORT
(World Bank/WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation and Sustainable Use, August 2003) This new study shows that protecting forest areas provides a cost-effective means of supplying many of the world’s biggest cities with high quality drinking water, providing significant health and economic benefits to urban populations. The report.

REPORT: IMPROVING SHIP WASTE MANAGEMENT IN PACIFIC ISLANDS
(SPREP, 2003) The South Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s report presents the findings of an assessment of the current situation relating to reception and management of ship-generated waste in Pacific island ports; and makes recommendations for strategies to improve these arrangements. The report is the first stage in the development of a comprehensive strategy for the management of ship-generated waste in the Pacific islands region. The report.

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT DESIGN
(IWA Publishing and the Water Environment Federation, August 2003) Presenting the key design principles and professional experience in wastewater engineering, this textbook aims to provide an educational tool for instructors to assist students to better learn the theory and practice of wastewater treatment. The resource is also targeted at practicing engineers responsible for the planning and design of wastewater treatment facilities. More information.
 
Trade

TRADING IN KNOWLEDGE: DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES ON TRIPS, TRADE AND SUSTAINABILITY
(Earthscan, September 2003) Edited by Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Christophe Bellmann and Graham Dutfield, this 358-page book reveals and clarifies the issues at stake in intellectual property rights negotiations and treaties, in particular TRIPS and the ramifications for biotechnology, agriculture, traditional knowledge and policy responses. More information.

UNCTAD TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2003
(UNCTAD, October 2003) In its 2003 report on global economic trends and forecasts, UNCTAD analyzes the troubled state of the world economy with a focus on Latin America. The report finds that average growth for all developing countries was 3.3 percent in 2002 compared to 5 percent attained in the 1990s, and projects that developed economies will repeat the substandard growth rate of less than 2 percent of the last 2 years. The report also finds that despite expansion of domestic demand in developing countries, growth was hampered by external factors and dependence on foreign capital flows, noting how efforts by poorer countries to reduce the size of the public sector and substitute state-driven strategies with more internationally-oriented market models have sometimes undermined growth and reduced the rate of technological progress. More information.

Forests

ACCESS, LABOR, AND WILD FLORAL GREENS MANAGEMENT IN WESTERN WASHINGTON’S FORESTS
(USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, July 2003) In this report, Kathryn A. Lynch and Rebecca J. McLain compare the changes that took place between 1994 and 2002 in the nontimber forest product (NTFP) management regime that governed access to floral greens and other NTFPs in western coastal Washington. The report abstract notes that the study “has several key implications for forest managers, including the need for managers and policymakers to recognize the heterogeneity of the harvester and buyer populations and to consider the possibility that interventions in domains seemingly unrelated to forest management, such as labor policy, might constitute key elements of a sustainable forest management strategy.” The report concludes with a list of steps that managers and researchers can take to support sustainable floral greens management. The report.

LOCAL FOREST MANAGEMENT: THE IMPACTS OF DEVOLUTION POLICIES
(Earthscan, September 2003) This six-chapter collaboration edited by David Edmunds and Eva Wollenberg presents case studies from China, India and the Philippines to demonstrate that devolution policies increase governmental control over the management of local resources and do so at lower cost. The findings show that if local forest users are to exercise genuine control over forest management, they must be better represented in the processes of forming, implementing and evaluating devolution policies. In addition, the guiding principle for policy discussions should be to create sustainable livelihoods for local resource users rather than reducing the cost of government forest administration. More information.

CHANGING LANDSCAPES: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION AND ITS INFLUENCE ON TROPICAL FOREST MANAGEMENT
(Earthscan, May 2003) Duncan Poore’s 18-chapter study reviews the evolution of policies for the sustainable use of tropical forests through a history of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO). He introduces the ecological, historical and socio-economic trends that have influenced contemporary global forest management regimes and then explores political forces that have shaped the trade in tropical timber and its regulation in a session-by-session review of the ITTO’s meetings. More information.

 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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UNEP-FI SUSTAINABLE VENTURE CAPITAL FINANCE WORKSHOP:
24 October 2003 - 25 October 2003. Melbourne, Australia. This workshop is scheduled to take place from 24-25 October 2003 in Melbourne, Australia. For more information contact: Paul Clements-Hunt, UNEP-DTIE; tel: +41-22-917-8116; Internet: http://www.unep.org/Calendar/

INTER-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – CSR AS A TOOL FOR COMPETITIVENESS: 26 October 2003 - 28 October 2003. Panama City, Panama. This conference aims to facilitate a common ground to share experiences on how to apply CSR fundamentals that improve competitiveness as well as contribute positively to communities and the environment. For more information contact: IADB; tel: +1-202-623-1068; e-mail: nelid@iadb.org; Internet: http://www.iadb.org/csramericas/2003/panama.asp

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 03 CONFERENCE: CREATING SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND PRODUCT-SERVICE-SYSTEMS:
27 October 2003 - 28 October 2003. Stockholm, Sweden. In response to the WSSD call for development of awareness-raising programmes on the importance of sustainable production and consumption patterns, Sustainable Innovation 03, the eighth international “Towards Sustainable Product Design” conference, aims to explore the concept of sustainable innovation from a product, service, and product-service-systems viewpoint. For more information contact: Russ White, Conference Administrator; tel: +44-12-5289-2772; fax: +44-12-5289-2747; e-mail: mcharter@surrart.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd8/

WORLD PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
27 October 2003 - 28 October 2003. Kitakyushu, Japan. This Conference will present the city of
Kitakyushu’s success in engaging its citizens in achieving positive environmental change. For more information contact: e-mail: kan-kokusai@mail2.city.kitakyushu.jp; Internet: http://www.city.kitakyushu.jp/~k2602050/indexe.html

WORKSHOP ON ELECTRICITY MARKET LIBERALIZATION IN
EUROPE: 27 October 2003 - 28 October 2003. Szentendre, Hungary. This workshop will provide a forum for an examination of the liberalization of electricity markets in Europe. This will include discussions on the likely impact of new developments, such as growing environmental constraints and the increased use of renewable energy sources, and on the evolution of the EU internal energy market. The workshop is being organized by the Research Group SPEED at the University of Oldenburg, Germany. For more information contact: Jennifer Brown, University of Oldenburg; tel: +49-441-798-4454; fax: +49-441-798-4116; e-mail: Jennifer.Brown@mail.uni-oldenburg.de; Internet: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/speed/english/projects/emelie/workshop_1.htm

CONFERENCE ON HEALTH AND SAFETY CULTURE – SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH RESPONSIBLE CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP / CSR:
27 October 2003 - 29 October 2003.
Düsseldorf, Germany. Hosted by the ILO and the UN Global Compact, this conference will seek to promote a health and safety culture within the framework of the Global Compact. For more information contact: Gerd Albracht; tel: +49-211-456-0900; e-mail: albracht@ilo.org; Internet: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/protection/safework/labinsp/globcomp1.pdf

HIGH-LEVEL GENERAL ASSEMBLY DIALOGUE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED PUBLIC HEARINGS:
28 October 2003 - 30 October 2003. New York, United States. Preceded by hearings with civil society and the business sector, this High-Level Dialogue comprises informal interactive dialogues and two sets of four ministerial-level roundtables. The theme of the first set of roundtables is “The regional dimensions of the implementation of the results of the International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD),” while the second set will explore “The link between the progress in the implementation of the agreements and commitments reached at the International Conference on FfD and the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, in particular those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and the promotion of sustainable development, sustained economic growth and the eradication of poverty with a view to achieving an equitable global economic system.” The outcome report will provide input to considerations by the Second Committee of a resolution on the implementation of the outcome of the International Conference on FfD at the 58th session of the General Assembly. For more information contact: FfD Office; tel: +1-212-963-2587; fax: +1-212-963-0443; e-mail: ffdoffice@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffd1003ga-hileveldialogue.htm

BEYOND CARBON - EMERGING MARKETS FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES:
29 October 2003 - 30 October 2003. Rüschlikon, Switzerland. Organized by Forest Trends, the Katoomba Group and Swiss Reinsurance, this conference aims to promote the development of markets, trading and financial mechanisms that recognize the value of the environmental services of ecosystems. For more information contact: James Congram; tel: +41-1-704-8812; e-mail: James_Congram@swissre.com; Internet: http://www.ruschlikon.net/INTERNET/rschwebp.nsf/(UID)/C6C66A01805AFFEBC1256D640032177E?

GLOBALIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT MEETING:
31 October 2003. Zürich, Switzerland. Organized by the World Economic Forum and the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape (SAEFL), this meeting seeks to bring clarity to how economic globalization can be combined with social and environmental globalization to ensure sustainable development. For more information contact: Christina Hürzeler; tel: +41-31-322-8262; fax: +41-31-323-0367; e-mail: christina.huerzeler@buwal.admin.ch; Internet: http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Globalization+and+Sustainable+Development+Meeting

WORKSHOP ON THE GLOBALLY HARMONIZED SYSTEM (GHS) OF THE CLASSIFICATION AND LABELING OF CHEMICALS: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF IMPLEMENTATION:  2 November 2003.  Bangkok, Thailand. This workshop and dinner, which will be held during the fourth session of the IFCS, will discuss implementation of the GHS, an approach to identifying chemical hazards and providing information about chemicals to users and exposed individuals. It is open to all Forum IV participants. For more information contact: Jonathan Krueger, UNITAR, Chemicals and Waste Management Programme; tel: +41-22-917-8166; fax: +41-22-917-8047; e-mail: jonathan.krueger@unitar.org; Internet: http://www.ghsworkshop.com

12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COAL SCIENCE:
2 November 2003 - 6 November 2003. Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Organized jointly by the IEA and the Australian Institute of Energy, this event will focus on advances in coal science, taking as its theme “Coal – Contributing to Sustainable Development.” For more information contact: Conference Secretariat; tel: +61-2-4393-1114; fax: +61-2-4393-1114; e-mail: iccs@aie.org.au; Internet: http://www.aie.org.au/iccs/

BASELINE CONFERENCE FOR THE CGIAR CHALLENGE PROGRAM ON WATER AND FOOD:
2 November 2003 - 6 November 2003. Nairobi, Kenya. The research agenda of the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food will be launched at this scientific conference that is expected to convene several hundred scientists with development stakeholders. Key issues to be discussed include increasing water productivity in agriculture and the impacts on poverty alleviation and on food, health and environmental security in the programme’s benchmark basins. The Conference will result in action-oriented recommendations on how to implement the CGIAR Challenge Program to achieve the highest impact. For more information contact: Patrick Fuller, Water/Food/Environment Programs, IWMI; tel: +94-1-278-7404; fax: +94-1278-6854; e-mail: cpconference@cgiar.org; Internet: http://www.waterforfood.org

2003 ASA-CSSA-SSSA ANNUAL MEETING:
2 November 2003 - 6 November 2003. Denver, Colorado, United States. The annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) will meet under the overarching theme of Chancing Sciences for a Changing World: Building a Broader Vision. It will cover topics such as: plant genomics, turfgrass science, soil mineralogy and integrated agricultural systems. For more information contact: Diane Charles; tel: +1-608-273-8090 ext. 312; fax: +1-608-273-2021; Internet: http://www.asa-cssa-sssa.org/anmeet/

CONFERENCES ON HOW TO MANAGE STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE AND CORPORATE SOCIAL REPORTING:
4 November 2003 - 6 November 2003. London, United Kingdom. The conference on Stakeholder Dialogue will be held on 4 November 2003, and conference on Non-Financial Reporting and Communications from 5-6 November 2003 in London, UK. These events aim to bring together large European companies, NGOs, trade unions, expert consultants and government officials to debate the key issues in managing effective stakeholder dialogue programmes and developing sound corporate social reporting. For more information contact: Pete Carkeek; tel: +44-207-375-7160; e-mail: info@ethicalcorp.com; Internet: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/dialogueandreporting

MEETING ON THE EUROPEAN FOOD SUPPLY CHAINS ‘03:
5 November 2003 - 6 November 2003. Brussels, Belgium. Organized by Ethical Cooperation, this meeting will consider ways of making Europe’s food supply chain environmentally sustainable. For more information contact: Keith Thomas; tel: +44-207-375-757; e-mail: kthomas@foodsupplychain.com; Internet: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/foodsupplyconference/

TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE INVESTING CONFERENCE 2003:
6 November 2003 - 7 November 2003. Amsterdam, Netherlands. This conference will be held from 6-7 November 2003 in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Over 80 speakers are expected to present on topics such as: corporate governance, corporate ratings, environmental credit risk assessment, SRI performance, shareholder engagement, sustainable private equity, OECD guidelines, and climate change. Analyst meetings on the telecom, IT and mining sectors will also take place throughout the event. For more information contact: Gabrielle van Zoeren; tel: +31-20-428-6752; fax: +31-20-778-5504; e-mail: gabrielle@tbli.org; Internet: https://www.tbli.org/content/conference.html

SOCIAL VENTURE NETWORK (SVN)
ASIA CONFERENCE - RETHINKING CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: LIVING ECONOMIES IN ASIA: 9 November 2003 - 11 November 2003. Bangkok, Thailand. SVN Asia aims to explore new approaches toward corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Asia. For more information contact: Conference management; tel: +66-2622-0955; fax: +66-2399-4874; e-mail: suanco@ksc.th.com; Internet: http://www.svnasia.or.th/svnasia/gotocontent.asp?group=25

THE BCPC INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS - CROP SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 2003:
10 November 2003 - 12 November 2003. Glasgow, United Kingdom. This Congress is organized by the British Crop Protection Council. It will address: crop protection; crop production and the food chain; and environment and regulation. Its primary focus will be European, but it will also address topics and issues relevant to global interests. For more information contact: Chris Todd, British Crop Protection Council; tel: +44-1252-73-3072; fax: +44-1252-727-194; e-mail: md@bcpc.org; Internet: http://www.bcpc.org/Congress2003/About/index.asp

SOUTHEAST ASIAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND TRADE:
10 November 2003 - 14 November 2003. Cavite City, Philippines. Oxfam International in cooperation with Tambuyog Development Center Philippines is organizing this conference to address the inter-relationship of sustainable fisheries management, subsidies and trade. Participants are expected to engage in critical analysis of the current state of negotiations on fisheries subsidies and market access following the recent WTO Ministerial in Cancun. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.ictsd.org/ministerial/cancun/docs/10-14Nov.pdf

MEETING ON RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES: MYTH OR REALITY?: MAKING SENSE OF CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, SUSTAINABILITY AND SUPPLY CHAINS:
11 November 2003. Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom. This event, which is organized by the Centre for Sustainable Design in association with the ResponseAbility Alliance, is targeted at those managing Corporate Social Responsibility and those working for product development, design, brand management, marketing, advertising and public relations. For more information contact: Russ White, Conference Administrator; tel: +44-12-5289-2772; fax: +44-12-5289-2747; e-mail: rwhite@surrart.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/

CONFERENCE ON PRECAUTION AND PROGRESS: LESSONS FROM THE
UK GM CROPS DIALOGUE: 13 November 2003. Edinburgh, United States. Co-sponsored by the Scottish Executive and the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission, this conference will consider the components of the recent UK dialogue on GM crops and how these might be integrated into the policy decision-making process. For more information contact: tel: +44-131-650-9113; e-mail: innogen@ed.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.innogen.ac.uk/events.php?page=2

GLOBAL FORUM ON INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT: ENCOURAGING MODERN GOVERNANCE AND TRANSPARENCY FOR INVESTMENT - WHY AND HOW:
17 November 2003 - 18 November 2003. Johannesburg, South Africa. Held from 17-18 November 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa, this conference will be the third annual meeting of the OECD Global Forum on International Investment, a forum for policy dialogue among OECD members, non-members and other stakeholders. The meeting will consider how modern, transparent governance can help countries to attract and benefit from foreign investment. For more information contact: Kaveri Bopiah Liverani; tel: +33-1-45-259-369; fax: +33-1-44-306-135; e-mail: kaveri.bopiah-liverani@oecd.org; Internet: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/1/6/4409911.pdf

AMERICAS
TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FORUM (ATSDF):
17 November 2003 - 19 November 2003. Miami, FL, United States. Designed to complement and build on existing efforts within civil society relating to the FTAA and the FTAA Ministerial Meeting in Miami, the ATSDF comprises workshops, panels and roundtables that will discuss social, economic, political and practical concerns relating to trade liberalization in the Americas. For more information contact: The North-South Center, University of Miami; e-mail: nscenter@miami.edu; Internet: http://www.miami.edu/nsc/pages/FTAA.html

CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN NORTH AND SOUTH:
17 November 2003 - 20 November 2003. Wilton Park, Sussex, United Kingdom. This conference will consider the actions needed in both developed and developing countries to combat climate change. For more information contact: Roger Williamson; tel: +44-1903-817-773; fax: +44-1903-814-445; e-mail: roger.williamson@wiltonpark.org.uk; Internet: http://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/web/conferences/wrapper.asp?confref=WP730

FAO/WHO EXPERT CONSULTATION ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED ANIMALS, INCLUDING FISH:
17 November 2003 - 21 November 2003. Rome, Italy. This event is organized by FAO and WHO. Its purpose is to review and analyze data on the current situation of GM animals, in particular fish, and the foods derived there from. For more information contact: Ezzeddine Boutrif, FAO; tel: +39-6-5705-6156; fax: +39-6-5705-4593; e-mail: ezzeddine.boutrif@fao.org; Internet: http://www.who.int/foodsafety/biotech/meetings/ec_nov2003/en/

THIRD MEETING OF THE BUREAU FOR THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
18 November 2003. New York, United States. Major Groups representatives will be invited to attend this third meeting of the CSD-12 Bureau. 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/

WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE OECD GUIDELINES FOR MULTINATIONAL ENTERPRISES:
19 November 2003. Johannesburg, South Africa. This workshop will be held on 19 November 2003 in Johannesburg, South Africa to take stock of progress in promoting corporate responsibility through private sector initiatives and inter-governmental approaches such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. The focus of this event will be on companies’ environmental performance. For more information contact: Kaveri Bopiah Liverani; tel: +33-1-45-259-369; fax: +33-1-44-306-135; e-mail: kaveri.bopiah-liverani@oecd.org; Internet: http://www1.oecd.org/media/upcoming.htm

LABOR STANDARDS AND HUMAN RIGHTS CONFERENCE:
19 November 2003 - 20 November 2003. Brussels, Belgium. Organized by the Ethical Corporation, this conference will be held from 19-20 November 2003 in Brussels, Belgium to consider the latest labor, Codes of Conduct and human rights policies that multinational companies are developing, implementing and currently using in their global operations. Issues to be addressed 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: Ethical Corporation; tel: +44-20-7375-7561; e-mail: editor@ethicalcorp.com; Internet: http://www.ethicalcorp.com/labour2003

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEGACITIES III : ACTION MODELS AND STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS:
24 November 2003 - 26 November 2003. Schloss Eichholz,
Wesseling, Germany. This meeting is organized by Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAF) in collaboration with the MegaCity TaskForce of the International Geographical Union and Servicestelle Kommunen in der Einen Welt / InWEnt gGmbh. For more information contact: Günter W. Dill / Konrad Adenauer Foundation; tel: +49-2241-246-290; fax: +49-2241-246-633; e-mail: guenter.dill@kas.de; Internet: http://www.kas.de

MEETING OF THE AD HOC TECHNICAL EXPERT GROUP ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME OF WORK ON FOREST BIODIVERSITY:
24 November 2003 - 27 November 2003. Montpellier, France. Dates and venue are tentative for this meeting organized by the CBD Secretariat. For more information contact: tel: +1-514-288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; e-mail: secretariat@biodiv.org; Internet: http://www.biodiv.org/doc/meeting.asp?lg=0&wg=TEGFOR-01

MEETING ON THE SUSTAINABLE USE AND CONSERVATION OF BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: A CHALLENGE FOR SOCIETY:
1 December 2003 - 4 December 2003. Berlin, Germany. This meeting is organized by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. For more information contact: tel: +49-228-81-99-611; fax: +49-228-81-99-640; e-mail: meltem.cosar@dir.de; Internet: http://www.biodiversity-symposium.de

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS ON BIODIVERSITY OF SPECIES AND ECOSYSTEMS:
1 December 2003 - 4 December 2003. St. Peterburg, Russia. This symposium is organized by the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. For more information contact: tel: +7-812-32-80-611; fax: +7-812-32-36-955; e-mail: nema@zin.ru; Internet: http://www.zin.ru/conferences/isbse/

WORLD FORUM ON INFORMATION SOCIETY - DIGITAL DIVIDE, GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT & INFORMATION SOCIETY:
8 December 2003 - 10 December 2003. Geneva, Switzerland. The focus of this conference is on critical issues and considerations in the context of information technological revolution, global transformation, and marginalization. Inter and intra regional disparities will be examined in terms of information infrastructure and dissemination, knowledge generation and management. For more information contact: World Forum Secretariat; tel: +763-689-2963; e-mail: wfis@irfd.org; Internet: http://www.irfd.org/events/wf2003/intro2.html

SECOND MEETING OF THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION EXPERT GROUP ON BAT-BEP:
8 December 2003 - 12 December 2003.
Chile. The second meeting of the Expert Group on Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices is scheduled to meet 8-12 December 2003 in Chile. For more information contact: Stockholm Convention interim Secretariat; tel: +41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: ssc@chemicals.unep.ch; Internet: http://www.pops.int

CSD REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION MEETING FOR
AFRICA: PAN-AFRICAN IMPLEMENTATION AND PARTNERSHIP CONFERENCE ON WATER: 8 December 2003 - 13 December 2003. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Organized by the UN ECA, this regional implementation meeting will prepare for CSD-12. The conference will address the implication of the outcomes of the WSSD on regional water initiatives, as well as the continent’s role in the implementation of the Summit’s outcomes. The conference will also provide a platform for African countries, the international community and UN agencies to reaffirm their commitment to solving Affrica’s water crisis. 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

INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY:
9 December 2003 - 12 December 2003. Havana, Cuba. Organized by the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment with the support of UNESCO, this meeting will consider policies and strategies that allow a better interface between science and technology and sustainable development. Other issues related to S&T and their interface with society to be discussed include: ethics and bioethics, interactive museums, science communication, science education, technology transfer, and innovation. For more information contact: e-mail: lilliam@ceniai.inf.cu

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIMALAYAN BIODIVERSITY: CONSERVATION OF HIMALAYAN BIODIVERSITY FOR HUMAN WELFARE:
10 December 2003 - 13 December 2003. Kathamandu, Nepal. This conference is organized by the Himalayan Resources Institute. For more information contact: tel: +977-14-90-399; fax: +977-13-32-636; e-mail: hirinepal@yahoo.com; Internet: http://www.hirinepal.com/

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ANNUAL MEETING:
21 January 2004 - 25 January 2004. Davos, Switzerland. The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum will be held from 21-25 January 2004 in Davos, Switzerland. For more information contact: World Economic Forum; tel: +41-22-869-1212; fax: +41-22-786-2744; e-mail: contact@weforum.org; Internet: http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Events+subhome

12TH OCEAN SCIENCES MEETING:
26 January 2004 - 30 January 2004. Portland, Oregon, United States. This meeting will focus on deep-sea corals and regulatory aspects of protecting them. Other areas of discussion will include mapping the distribution of deep-sea corals, taxonomic and genetic studies, and the ecology of organisms associated with habitats created by deep-sea corals. For more information contact: American Geophysical Union (AGU); tel: +1-202-777-7333; fax: +1-202-328-0566; e-mail: meetinginfo@agu.org; Internet: http://www.agu.org/meetings/os04/

NCSE’S FOURTH NATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON SCIENCE, POLICY AND THE ENVIRONMENT: WATER FOR A SUSTAINABLE AND SECURE FUTURE: 29 January 2004 - 30 January 2004. Washington, DC, United States. Organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), this conference aims to develop science-based strategies for achieving water sustainability. The event will address: Sustainable Water Management and Institutions; Water Quality and Sanitation; Water Technologies; and Estuaries and Coastal Resources Management. Speakers include William Reilly and Jared Diamond, and roundtable participants include Bruce Babbitt, Peter Gleick, Jane Lubchenco, Jeremy Pelczer, and Maurice Strong. For more information contact: Craig Schiffries, Conference Chair, NCSE; tel: +1-202-530-5810; e-mail: conference@NCSEonline.org; Internet: http://www.NCSEonline.org

EMPOWERING PEOPLE FOR CHANGE: THE BIRDLIFE WORLD CONSERVATION CONFERENCE AND GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP MEETING IN 2004:
7 March 2004 - 13 March 2004. Durban, South Africa. This conference is organized by Birdlife International. For more information contact: Trish Aspinall; tel: +44-1223-277-318; fax: +44-1223-277-200; e-mail: trish.aspinall@birdlife.org.uk; Internet: http://www.birdlife.org/news/events/wbc_2004.html

SESSION ON THEORIZING SUSTAINABILITY: CONNECTING ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY?:
14 March 2004 - 19 March 2004. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The purpose of this session, to be hosted at the 100th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, is to provide an opportunity to reflect on theoretical developments to date and explore their usefulness for conceptualizing a geographical perspective on sustainability. For more information contact: Rob Krueger; e-mail: Krueger@wpi.edu; Internet: http://sustsci.harvard.edu/events.htm#aag04

MEETING ON TRADE, ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
25 March 2004 - 26 March 2004. Jeju, Korea. This meeting will be held from 25-26 March 2004 in
Jeju, Korea, prior to the Eighth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council and the Global Ministerial Environment Forum. For more information contact: Beverly Miller, Secretary for UNEP Governing Council; tel: +254-2-623-431; fax: +254-2-623-929; e-mail: beverly.miller@unep.org; Internet: http://www.unep.org

EIGHTH SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL/FIFTH GLOBAL MINISTERIAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM:
29 March 2004 - 31 March 2004. Seoul, Korea. The Eighth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Fifth Global Ministerial Environment Forum will take place from 29-31 March 2004 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. For more information contact: Beverly Miller, Secretary for UNEP Governing Council; tel: +254-2-623431; fax: +254-2-623929; e-mail: beverly.miller@unep.org; Internet: http://www.unep.org

EAUC EIGHTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE – DELIVERING SUSTAINABILITY:
31 March 2004 - 1 April 2004. Leicester, United Kingdom. The objective of the Eighth Annual Conference of the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC) is to help “the Further and Higher Education” sectors adopt a more sustainable approach to the delivery of education. Workshops will address biodiversity, curriculum development, water and energy management, transport, waste management, legislation and procurement. For more information contact: Andy Nolan, EAUC Convenor; tel: +44-11-4222-9037; fax: +44-11-4222-9010; e-mail: info@eauc.org.uk; Internet: http://www.eauc.org.uk/index.cfm?zID=6&p_news_mode=story&p_news_id=163

15TH ANNUAL EARTH TECHNOLOGIES FORUM:
13 April 2004 - 15 April 2004. Washington DC, United States. This meeting will address global climate change and ozone protection policy and technology issues. The conference is being co-sponsored by a variety of governments and UN agencies, trade bodies, and other organizations. For more information contact: Conference Secretariat; tel: +1-703-807-4052; fax: +1-703-528-1734; e-mail: earthforum@alcalde-fay.com; Internet: http://www.earthforum.com

COALITION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBLE ECONOMIES (CERES) 2004 CONFERENCE:
14 April 2004 - 15 April 2004. Boston, MA, United States. The CERES 2004 Conference will take place from 14-15 April 2004 in Boston, MA. CERES is a US coalition of environmental, investor and advocacy groups working together for a sustainable future. For more information contact: Lisa Jacobs, Executive Assistant; tel: +1-617-247-0700; fax: +1-617-267-5400; e-mail: jacobs@ceres.org; Internet: http://ceres.org/conference/2004_main.htm

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: BREAKING NEW GROUND:
28 April 2004 - 2 May 2004. Vancouver, Canada. �Breaking New Ground is the opening international event of The EARTH Project, a multi-nation arts initiative that explores issues of global sustainability and social justice through the eyes of young people. Launched by DanceArts Vancouver, in partnership with The Centre for Dialogue,
Simon Fraser University, The EARTH Project will culminate in an international arts festival to be held in Vancouver in 2006.� 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

ADVANCED INSTITUTE ON VULNERABILITY TO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE:
3 May 2004 - 21 May 2004. Laxenburg, Austria. Organized by the SysTem for Analysis, Research, and Training (START) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), this �institute� is the third in a series of focused training/research institutes aimed at increasing the number of trained young scientists from developing countries able to play a leadership role in cross-disciplinary approaches to key issues of global environmental change and sustainable development. Participants will focus on the theoretical foundations and methods of vulnerability analysis, evaluate and derive lessons from case studies, and learn selected analytic tools with the objective of building a base of knowledge and skills from which to conduct research on vulnerability. For more information contact: START; tel: +1-202-462-2213; fax: +1-202-457-5859; e-mail: START@agu.org; Internet: http://www.start.org/links/announce_oppo/P3_Announcement.pdf

SHARING INDIGENOUS WISDOM: AN INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
6 June 2004 - 10 June 2004. Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. This conference brings together scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and concerned individuals from around the world in a forum that encourages dialogue, learning, solidarity, and cross-fertilization of ideas and international concepts of sustainable development. For more information contact: College of Menominee Nation/Sustainable Development Institute; tel: +1-715-799-5600; fax: +1-715-799-5951; Internet: http://www.sharingindigenouswisdom.org/default.asp

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE - COASTAL ZONE CANADA 2004:
27 June 2004 - 30 June 2004. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. With the theme of �All Within One Ocean: Co-operation in Sustainable Coastal and Ocean Management,� this international conference will focus on the increasingly complex challenges associated with understanding, maintaining, managing, and governing coastal ecosystems. For more information contact: Grant Gardner, Chair, Coastal Zone Canada 2004 Organizing Committee; tel: +1-709-737-8155; fax: +1-709-737-3316; e-mail: CZC2004@mun.ca; Internet: http://www.czca-azcc.org/

SEVENTH INTECOL INTERNATIONAL WETLANDS CONFERENCE:
25 July 2004 - 30 July 2004. Utrecht, Netherlands. This Conference, organized by the International Association of Ecology (INTECOL), will address the following themes: the role of wetlands for integrated water resources management; wetland science for environmental management; biogeochemical functioning of wetlands; functioning of plants in the wetland environment; conservation and management of wetlands; wetlands restoration and creation; wetlands and climate change worldwide; wetlands for water quality improvement; and functioning of tropical wetlands. For more information contact: Inge van Gaal, FBU Congress Bureau, Utrecht University; tel: +31-30-253-2728; fax: +31-30-253-5851; e-mail: intecol@fbu.uu.nl; Internet: http://www.bio.uu.nl/intecol

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GREENHOUSE GAS CONTROL TECHNOLOGIES:
5 September 2004 - 9 September 2004. Vancouver, Canada. This conference will examine the latest advances in the field of greenhouse gas control technologies, including capture, storage and utilization of CO2. The meeting is being organized by the University of Regina and Natural Resources Canada, in co-operation with the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme. For more information contact: Ted Morris, Conference Secretariat; tel: +1-306-337-2290; fax: +1-306-337-2301; e-mail: Ted.Morris@uregina.ca; Internet: http://www.ghgt7.ca/main.html

17TH COMMONWEALTH FORESTRY CONFERENCE:
28 February 2005 - 5 March 2005. Colombo, Sri Lanka. Preparations for this conference, which will convene under the theme of - Forestry's Contribution to Poverty Reduction,� are currently underway. For more information contact: Libby Jones, Secretary, Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry, Forestry Commission, UK; tel: +44-131-314-6137; fax: +44-131-316-4344; e-mail: libby.jones@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

 

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