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GEF Chief to step down in 2003
Annan appoints Herfkens as MDG executive coordinator
UNEP seeks early warning and assessment director
FAO seeks deputy regional representative for
UNEP seeks senior environmental affairs officer
World Bank seeks water and sanitation specialist
Recently added meetings:
Integrated Marine and Coastal Area Management Online
Discussion: 28 Oct - 8 Nov 2002. Online discussion.
Pecora 15 Land
Satellite Information IV Conference and ISPRS Commission I Symposium: 10-15 Nov 2002. Denver,
Local Community World Conference on Wetlands: 15-16 Nov
2002. Valencia, Spain.
Northern Forest Community Leadership Exchange:
Building Partnerships, Sustaining Communities: 15-16
Nov 2002. Dartmouth College,
Climate Policy for
the Longer Term from Here to Where?:
21-22 Nov 2002. Chatham House,
for Human Survival: 27-30 Nov 2002. New Delhi, India.
Eighth Meeting of CBD SBSTTA: 10-14
March 2003. Montreal, Canada.
Download complete calendar of upcoming meetings in pdf.
AND ONLINE RESOURCES
A Guide to Global Population Projections.
List of UN Publications relevant to issues discussed
at the WSSD.
United Nations Yearbook Collection (1946-1999).
Land-Use and Land-Cover Change. (CIESIN
Global Alarm: Dust and Sandstorms from the World’s Drylands. (UNCCD 2002)
Changing Oil: Emerging environmental risks and
shareholder value in the oil and gas industry. (WRI 2002)
Understanding the ancillary effects of climate change
policies: A research agenda. (WRI 2002)
Power politics: Equity and environment in electricity
reform. (WRI 2002)
World Bank Development Report (World Bank
Working together towards Sustainable Development:
The OECD experience
OECD handbook of Biodiversity Valuation: A
Guide for Policymakers
"LIGHT DISPELLING DARKNESS"
Delhi, India | 23 October - 1 November 2002
The Eighth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
(COP-8) and the Seventeenth Sessions of the COP’s
Subsidiary Body for Implementation and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and
Technological Advice opened on Wednesday, 23 October, in New Delhi, India.
The COP Plenary opened with a traditional Indian “Lighting of the Lamp”
ceremony for inaugurating auspicious events to wish the event
every success. ENB's daily web
coverage, including Real Audio and photographs: English; Spanish ; French versions.
RECENT KEY MEETINGS
CGRFA ACTING AS INTERIM COMMITTEE FOR THE ITPGR CLOSES WITH TERMS OF
REFERENCE FOR MATERIAL TRANSFER AGREEMENT
Italy | 9 - 11 October 2002
The first Meeting of the
Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) acting as
the Interim Committee for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic
Resources for Food and Agriculture was held from 9-11 October 2002 at the
UN FAO headquarters in Rome. After a lengthy debate, delegates finalized
the Terms of Reference for the expert group on the Material Transfer Agreement.
CGFRA MEETS FOR NINTH SESSION
Italy | 14 - 18 October 2002
The ninth regular session
of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA-9) was
held from 14-18 October 2002, at the UN FAO headquarters in Rome. CGRFA-9
considered, inter alia, issues
related to plant and animal genetic resources, implementation and
monitoring of the Global Plan of Action (GPA), preparation of the Reports
on the State of the World’s Plant and Animal Genetic Resources, and other
elements of the FAO Global System for the conservation and sustainable use
of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.
GEF ASSEMBLY ADOPTS
Beijing, China | 16 - 18 October
The second Assembly of
the Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened from 16-18 October 2002 in
Beijing, China. During the Assembly, participants
considered the Second Overall Performance Study of the GEF, the CEO’S
Report on the Policies, Operations and Future Development of the GEF,
Proposed Amendments to the Instrument, the Report on the Third
Replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund, and the Report on Membership. At the
close of the meeting, participants adopted the Summary of the Second GEF
Assembly, which includes the Beijing Declaration and a summary of the
decisions of the Assembly.
ENB's summary and daily web coverage.
REDUCING GHG EMISSIONS 2002: ADDRESSING THE NEW BUSINESS
Rüschlikon, Switzerland | 8
- 9 October 2002
This conference was
organized by Swiss Re and sought to explore greenhouse gas-related business
risks, foster a common understanding of
the financial bottom-line, and investigate practical financial solutions to
manage these risks. SD summary.
THE FOURTH MEDITERRANEAN DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Jordan | 6 - 9 October 2002
This forum, organized by
the World Bank, UNDP and Middle East and North Africa Region think tanks, convened in Amman, Jordan from 6-9
October 2002. Participants met to discuss regional issues, including trade
and investment, employment, local government empowerment, corporate
governance, civil society and globalization, improvements in education and
the status of women and youth.
AARHUS CONVENES FIRST MOP
Lucca, Italy | 21 - 23 October 2002
The first Meeting of the Parties
to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in
Decision making and Access to Justice in
Environmental Matters – the Aarhus Convention –
took place from 21-23 October 2002 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. A high-level segment, attended
by over 20 Ministers and vice-Ministers for the environment, took place on 21 October and adopted the Lucca Declaration.
SECOND BIENNIAL GEF INTERNATIONAL WATERS CONFERENCE
Dalian, China | 25 - 29 Sept 2002
The Second Global Environment
Facility (GEF) International Waters Conference was held from 25-29
September 2002 in Dalian, China. Participants met
to review the GEF's Global International Waters
portfolio and to share experiences and best practices for international
TO REACH KYOTO TARGETS
Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of
OECD countries by 2010 will be 29 percent higher than the target committed
to in Kyoto, says the International Energy Agency (IEA). Click here for more.
CARBON THOUGH FORESTRY PROJECTS
A new report urges
Kyoto Protocol countries to change the rules on carbon trading at the
ongoing UNFCCC COP-8 session in New Delhi, India. Click here for more.
PRESIDENT WINS UNDP AWARD
Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardosa has been
named the first winner of UNDP's Mahbub ul Haq
Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development for his
achievements in improving employment, poverty, health and education, as
well as for his commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Click here for more.
ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S PAINTING CONTEST
12th International Painting Contest, organized by UNEP and the Foundation
for Global Peace and the Environment, is calling on children artists from
around the world to paint their vision of a cleaner, healthier, fairer and
more environmentally-friendly world. Click here for more.
ON INVESTMENT IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT UPDATED ON LINKAGES
provides background information on various issues and multilateral
processes. Recently updated primers include: Trade and Investment in Sustainable Development.