LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 8 January 2004

RECENT MEETINGS


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 58TH SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
16 September – 23 December 2003 | UNHQ, New York
Following the opening of the 58th session of the United Nations General Assembly (GA) on 16 September 2003 at UNHQ in New York, delegates engaged in general debate from 23 September to 3 October, and concluded the first part of its work on 23 December 2003 with the adoption of 281 resolutions on, inter alia, HIV/AIDS, financing for development, human rights, terrorism, humanitarian assistance, and GA revitalization.

PLENARY: The General Assembly’s Plenary discussions focused on the Secretary-General’s call for system-wide UN reform, collective security, the future of multilateralism, and other issues such as creating conditions for lasting peace in Africa and strengthening UN peacekeeping missions. On environmental issues, the GA adopted resolutions on sustainable fisheries, and oceans and the Law of the Sea. The latter resolution sets out dates for the fifth meeting of the open-ended consultative process on oceans and the Law of the Sea (7-11 June 2004 in New York) and recommends that this meeting organize its discussions around new sustainable uses of the oceans, including the conservation and management of the biological diversity of the seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction. This resolution also requests the Secretary-General to take several steps relating to the establishment of a regular process for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment, and accepts Iceland’s offer to host an intergovernmental meeting in 2004 to finalize and formally establish the regular process.

SECOND COMMITTEE:
Focusing on financing for development, delegates in the Second Committee underscored the need to expand trade, increase overseas development assistance and foreign direct investment, relieve external debt, reduce agricultural subsidies, and reform the international financial system. In deliberations on environment and sustainable development, speakers underscored the need to implement international conventions addressing disaster reduction, human settlements, desertification, biodiversity, and climate change. Speakers also welcomed the offer by the Government of Mauritius to host the International Meeting on the 10-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be held in August-September 2004, and were urged to contribute generously toward the success of this review. More.
 

HIGH-LEVEL OFFICIALS CONSIDER CONCRETE STEPS FOR SOUTH-SOUTH COOPERATION
16-19 December 2003 | Marrakesh, Morocco
The High-Level Conference on South-South Cooperation convened recently to consider concrete ways to enhance cooperation between developing countries in the implementation of recent international agreements on social and economic development. At the conclusion of the meeting, participants adopted the Marrakech Declaration on South-South Cooperation, and the Marrakesh Framework of Implementation of South-South Cooperation. More.
 

PARTNERS DISCUSS ACTION PLAN FOR NEPAD’S ENVIRONMENT INITIATIVE
15-16 December 2003 | Algiers, Algeria
Almost 1,200 participants gathered in Algiers, including 30 African environment ministers and representatives from 60 international organizations, for a two-day Partners’ Conference on the Implementation of the Action Plan for the Environment Initiative of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). Approximately 60 environmental projects were proposed during the meeting. More.
 

EXPERTS DISCUSS GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT OF DEEP SEAS
1-5 December 2003 | Queenstown, New Zealand
International experts from the scientific, academic, fisheries management, international law, environmental and fishing industry communities of 40 countries met to address the governance and management of the world’s deep-sea fisheries. More.
 

IMO COMMITTEE AGREES TO PHASE-OUT SINGLE HULL TANKERS BY 2010 
1-4 December 2003 | London, UK
Delegates to the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting agreed to amend the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships by phasing out single-hull oil tankers by 2010. More.

NATO WORKSHOP DISCUSSES SECURITY ISSUES RELATED TO DESERTIFICATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
2-5 December 2003 | Valencia, Spain
Over 200 participants gathered for a NATO workshop to discuss security issues related to desertification in the Mediterranean region. The workshop sought to provide a better understanding of an environmental phenomenon that is likely to have serious consequences for human dynamics and security of societies, as well as to develop a network of experts on desertification to assist NATO for future assessments and initiatives. More.

 

EXPERT MEETING ON THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL CODES OF PRACTICE FOR FOREST HARVESTING DEVELOPS RECOMMENDATIONS
17-20 November 2003 | Chiba, Japan
The Forestry Agency of Japan and the Chiba Prefectural Government organized the International Expert Meeting on the Development and Implementation of National Codes of Practice for Harvesting: Issues and Options to promote enhanced international collaboration for the effective development and implementation of national codes of practice for forest harvesting and to build on work in this field by the FAO, ITTO, IUFRO and others. More.
 

INTERNATIONAL CRISIS MEETING SEEKS TO SAVE GREAT APES FROM EXTINCTION
26-28 November 2003 | Paris, France
Under the auspices of UNEP and UNESCO, coordinators of the Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP), an international meeting convened to draw up a survival plan for great apes. More.

 

UN SEMINAR ON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES AIMS TO PROTECT THEIR RIGHTS
15-17 December 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
A UN-backed expert seminar on treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements between States and indigenous peoples was held recently in Geneva. The seminar opened with a call to learn from history in a bid to elaborate new treaties to safeguard indigenous rights. More.
 

LINKAGES UPDATE


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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

NEW WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL CEO
Jane Madgwick, formerly with the WWF’s Global Living Waters Programme, has been named the new CEO of Wetlands International. She will take up her new post in March 2004. More.

DJOGHLAF APPOINTED UNEP'S ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ahmed Djoghlaf has been appointed Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, and will serve as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the agency's Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director. Djoghlaf has worked with UNEP since 1995, enhancing its profile in the GEF in his capacity as the UNEP/GEF Coordinator. More

Vacancies

IWMI SEEKS WATER ECONOMIST
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is looking for an economist to work on socio-economic and institutional issues relating to the sustainable management of water, land and other natural resources. This position is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2004.

CGIAR SEEKS WATER AND FOOD COORDINATOR
The Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) seeks a coordinator for its Challenge Programme on Water and Food (CPWF). This position is based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2004.

FOREST HABITAT WORKING GROUP DIRECTOR
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is accepting applications for the new 12-month position of Forest Habitats Working Group Director. The incumbent will help TNC set outcome-based conservation goals, including priority conservation strategies and places, for all of the world’s Forest biomes. The application deadline is 30 January 2004. For more information contact jobs@tnc.org and include the job title in the subject line.

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MEDIA REPORTS


EU RATIFIES FISH STOCKS AGREEMENT
The European Union and its 15 member states have ratified the UN treaty on straddling fish stocks. In addition to agreeing to ratify this treaty, EU member states also decided on the establishment of recovery plans for cod and Northern hake stocks, and on 2004 quotas for all fish species. More.

IUU HIGH ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT AGENDA
Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major impediment to the achievement of long-term sustainable fisheries, according to the findings of a report delivered at the recent 32nd session of the UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) Governing conference. In related news, the creation of a five-nation Ministerial Task Force to combat the poaching of fish stocks by pirate fishers was announced at a Deep Sea conference in New Zealand. More.

UNU OFFERS VIRTUAL WATER MANAGEMENT COURSE
The United Nations University (UNU) is offering a new ‘virtual’ water management course over the Internet. More.

 

 


SAILING SHIPS’ LOGS UNCOVER CLIMATE CLUES
Experts are tapping into old ships’ logbooks as a new source of information on climate change. The logbooks, which are up to 250 years old, come from the fleets of British, Dutch, French, and Spanish sailing ships that roamed the globe during the 18th and 19th centuries. Meanwhile, another team of scientists studying the world’s oceans has uncovered evidence that climate change is altering the global water system. More.

AMERICAN SCIENTISTS SOUND CLIMATE ALARM
A leading U.S. science organization has weighed in on the global warming debate with a new policy statement emphasizing the growing impact human activities are having on the Earth’s climate. The Council of the American Geophysical Union recently adopted a position statement on climate change warning that atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide may be rising faster than at any time in the Earth’s history. More.

EUROPE PONDERS FURTHER EMISSIONS CUTS
The European Union is considering calls for further cuts to greenhouse gas emissions from cars. The suggestion came at a meeting of EU environment ministers held late December. EU Environment Ministers also discussed the draft EU directive linking the European emissions trading scheme to the “flexible mechanisms” adopted under the Kyoto Protocol. More.
 


FAO WARNS OF SHRINKING AGRICULTURAL BIODIVERSITY AND OVERFISHING
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is warning that agricultural biodiversity, considered crucial to the survival of humanity, is in great danger. At the 32nd session of its governing conference, the agency stressed that only 150 species, out of the estimated 7,000 to 8,000 that have been used in 10,000 years of agriculture, are cultivated today. More.

TREATY ON GIANT BIRDS AND FISHING PRACTICES ENTERS INTO FORCE
The Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP) is to become law on 1 February 2004 following South Africa’s ratification, which gave the agreement the five ratifications required for entry into force.  More.

GEF APPROVES $224 MILLION FOR 19 DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
The Global Environment Facility Council has approved $224 million in grants for 19 developing-country projects that focus on biological diversity, biosafety, climate change and international waters. More.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Biodiversity and wildlife

ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING (ABS): AN INSTRUMENT FOR POVERTY ALLEVIATION. PROPOSALS FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ABS REGIME

(German Development Institute, November 2003) Prepared by Gudrun Henne, Klaus Liebig, Andreas Drews and Thomas Plän, this study has been distributed to the Second Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on ABS of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The authors argue that ABS can contribute to poverty alleviation if the international community develops an ABS regime that supports the goals of the CBD. More.

DIALOGUE ON COHERENCE BETWEEN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PROCESSES AND A PRO-DEVELOPMENT AGENDA ON IPRS
The papers and a report from the “Strategic Dialogue on Coherence between Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Processes on Intellectual Property and a Pro-Development Agenda on IPRs” are available online. The Dialogue was organized by the UNCTAD-ICTSD Project on IPRs and Sustainable Development and took place at the University of Miami on 20 November 2003. The proceedings.

AFRICAN ELEPHANT STATUS REPORT
(IUCN, 2003) The new African Elephant Status Report (AESR) has recently been published by experts from the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s African Elephant Specialist Group (AfESG). According to the report, between 400,000 and 660,000 elephants are currently thought to roam in African forests and savannas. Overall, the population figures in the AESR are higher than those reported in 1999, when the previous AESR was published. This is partly due to reported increases in elephant populations in countries such as Botswana, Tanzania and Zimbabwe, which have high concentration of elephants in protected areas. The report’s authors also point out that the estimates cover a much larger area than five years ago, which can explain differences in numbers. Despite the current limitations of data quality and availability, the AESR provides a comprehensive and up-to-date review of the current status of African elephants throughout their range, and will be valuable for wildlife managers and policy makers to develop long-term strategies for the conservation of elephants and their habitats. The AESR.

IMPACTS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS ON PESTICIDE USE IN THE UNITED STATES: THE FIRST EIGHT YEARS
(Northwest Science and Environmental Policy Center, November 2003) Authored by Charles Benbrook, this report is the first comprehensive study of the impacts of all major commercial GE crops on pesticide use in the United States over the first eight years of the commercial use of the GE crops (1996-2003). Being the sixth in a series of technical papers prepared for AgBioTech Info Net, the report draws on official data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on pesticide use by crop and state. Its conclusions include a reduction of insecticide use by 2-2.5 million pounds annually for GM crops engineered to produce the natural insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), and an increase in herbicide use on HT crop acres, which far exceeds the reductions in insecticide use. The report.


 


Sustainable development

INTERGOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS AND DECISION MAKING AT THE UNITED NATIONS: A GUIDE
(United Nations, November 2003) This guide, prepared by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) with Gretchen Sidhu, seeks to provide practical information to individuals and organizations that are interested in understanding the nature and dynamics of intergovernmental decision making at the United Nations. It presents information on key UN bodies and processes, details the life-cycle of a decision, different types of meetings, the system that supports negotiations and how new processes begin, chronicles the government blocs that form the negotiating system at the UN, explains how different kinds of UN documents are numbered and where to find them, and offers definitions of different UN decisions, including how they are commonly used and the level of their political significance. It also examines the basics for accreditation to attend UN meetings and strategies for participation and follow-up during and after a meeting. The guide.

ONLINE LIBRARY OF WSSD DOCUMENTS LAUNCHED
An extensive online library of civil society documents produced in relation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has been launched. Developed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED), this library contains approximately 700 MB worth of documents, searchable by title or by the organization that produced it. The library.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF ECOTOURISM - A COMPILATION OF GOOD PRACTICES IN SMES
 (World Tourism Organization, 2003) This World Tourism Organization publication compiles 65 case studies received from 47 countries about exemplary practices in small ecotourism businesses. It is the third of a series of good practice compilations and was prepared in the follow up to the International Year of Ecotourism 2002. The publication is available in English, Spanish and French.

Energy, Climate and Atmosphere

SINKS IN THE CDM: AFTER THE CLIMATE, BIODIVERSITY GOES DOWN THE DRAIN
(Greenpeace, December 2003) This new report from Greenpeace presents the environmental group’s perspective on the recent deal on the use of carbon “sinks” in the Clean Development Mechanism. The Clean Development, or CDM, allows industrialized countries to help meet their emissions targets under the Kyoto Protocol by assisting developing countries in reducing their emissions. At the recent climate talks held in Milan, negotiators agreed on rules for including carbon sinks, such as various forestry projects, under the CDM. However, Greenpeace’s analysis of the deal struck in Milan heavily criticizes the inclusion of carbon sinks projects in the CDM, asserting that “the door is now wide open for projects with disastrous effects for biodiversity and local livelihoods.” The report.

BEYOND KYOTO: ADVANCING THE INTERNATIONAL EFFORT AGAINST GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
(Pew Center on Global Climate Change, December 2003) The Pew Center has released a new report examining key issues facing negotiators seeking to secure a long-term agreement on the problem. The report starts with the premise that, whether or not the Kyoto Protocol eventually enters into force, a long-term approach must be agreed that engages all the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters, including the United States and major developing countries. The 170-page report, which consists of six “think pieces,” was prepared by a dozen authors and discussed at several workshops held in 2003. The authors explore critical issues in the climate negotiations and a range of options for addressing them. However, rather than offering definitive conclusions or recommendations, the report identifies common themes that could be considered in moving towards the “next stage” of climate diplomacy. The need for flexibility in countries’ responses to the problem is a key point made by the authors. The report.
 


Water, wetlands, oceans, oceans

EJF CONSUMER GUIDE TO PRAWNS
(EJF, 2003) The Environmental Justice Foundation, together with TV chef Ken Hom, has published a consumer guide to shrimps, highlighting abuses associated with the prawn farming industry. This includes hazardous forms of child labor, illegal land seizures, large-scale destruction of mangrove forests, and pollution of water and agricultural land. The guide is intended to improve consumer awareness of the consequences of the shrimp they purchase. The guide.

MANAGING RISK AND UNCERTAINTY IN DEEP-SEA FISHERIES: LESSONS FROM ORANGE ROUGHY
(WWF and TRAFFIC, 2003) This report highlights the adverse effects of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, particularly on deep-sea species. With case studies from New Zealand, Australia, and the Southern Indian Ocean and Northeast Atlantic Oceans, the report shows that the management of Orange Roughy fisheries has failed due to: lack of understanding of the biological characteristics of the species; inadequate stock assessment models; failure to reduce capacity of fishing fleets; lack of political will to impose rigorous management decisions; and ineffective monitoring, control and surveillance measures. The report.

NEW WEB RESOURCE ON LARGE MARINE ECOSYSTEM
The Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem Programme (BOBLME), one of the largest LMEs managed jointly by Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand, has launched a website to provide information regarding the LME and contact details of national coordinators and members of the programme’s steering committee. The website.

FRESHWATER LIFE PORTAL
An international collaborative web-based project bringing together information on freshwater habitats, research methods, and policies and regulation has been launched. Freshwater Life also organizes freshwater information based on geographic area, allowing users to navigate by continent, country or river basin. The website.

RIGHT TO WATER WEBSITE
WaterAid, an international NGO dedicated to providing safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education has launched a new website on water as a human right. The website explains the development of international water policies together with international human rights law, and promotes the use of the right to water as a tool for community empowerment and advocacy. The site.

 


 


 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE GREAT HIMALAYAS: CLIMATE, HEALTH, ECOLOGY, MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION:
12 January 2004 - 16 January 2004. Dhulikhel, Nepal. This conference is organized by the Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society, the Kathmandu University and the Himalayan Resources Institute. For more information contact: Ram Bhandari, Himalayan Resources Institute; tel: +977-1-449-1646; fax: +977-1-441-6144; e-mail: hirinepal@mail.com.np; Internet: http://www.aehms.org/hima01.html

THIRD INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONFERENCE “BIODIVERSITY IN EUROPE” AND EIGHTH MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF THE PAN-EUROPEAN BIOLOGICAL AND LANDSCAPE DIVERSITY STRATEGY: 18 January 2004 - 21 January 2004. Madrid, Spain. This meeting is organized by the Joint Secretariat (UNEP and Council of Europe) of the Pan European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS). For more information contact: Ivonne Higuero, Coordinator, UNEP/Regional Office for Europe; tel: +41-22-917-8395; fax: +41-22-917-8024; e-mail: Ivonne.higuero@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.strategyguide.org/madrconf.html

WATER INDIA 4 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: 3 February 2004 - 4 February 2004. New Delhi, India. This conference will focus on sustainable water resources development, with a particular focus on developing countries, and inter-state water resources development schemes. For more information contact: Priya Kapoor; e-mail: ipis@vsnl.net; Internet: http://www.indiacore.com/ic-conf/10-feb2004-cpu-water-india/index.html

BORNEAN BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2004: 23 February 2004 - 25 February 2004. Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. This conference is organized by the Bornean Biodiversity and Ecosystems Conservation Programme and has for its main theme “Biodiversity Conservation: Now or Never.” For more information contact: Kertijah Abd. Kadir; tel: +60-088-240430; fax: +60-088-250590; e-mail: Kertijah.AbdKadir@sabah.gov.my; Internet: http://www.bbec.sabah.gov.my/announcement.htm

GLOBAL WORKSHOP ON TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGIES AND CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT: 24 February 2004 - 27 February 2004. Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. This country-led initiative will seek to develop: a more precise list of key technologies related to forests; an initial estimate identifying the obstacles and establishing the conditions of a successful transfer of these key technologies; and a framework that would encourage the successful implementation of the technologies and knowledge identified and requested. For more information contact: Jean Noël Marien, Workshop Secretariat; tel: +242-23-25-92; fax: +242-94-47-95; e-mail: marien.ur2pi@cg.celtelplus.com; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/pdf/cli/brazzaville_info-e.pdf

WORLD TOURISM ORGANIZATION’S COMMITTEE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF TOURISM: 1 March 2004 - 3 March 2004. Chiang Mai, Thailand. This is the first meeting for the World Tourism Organization’s new Sustainable Development of Tourism Committee. For more information contact: e-mail: omt@world-tourism.org; Internet: http://www.world-tourism.org/frameset/frame_sustainable.html

UNEP-GEF SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL BIOSAFETY FRAMEWORKS FOR ANGLOPHONE AFRICA: 9 March 2004 - 12 March 2004. Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. This workshop aims to help participants acquire a better understanding of the different options for regulatory regimes and administrative systems for biosafety, as well as legal and administrative requirements of the Cartagena Protocol. For more information contact: Christopher Briggs; tel: +41-22-917-8411; fax: +41-22-917-8070; e-mail: chris.briggs@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.unep.ch/biosafety/devsubregwrkshops.htm

SYMPOSIUM ON MAIZE AND BIODIVERSITY: THE EFFECTS OF TRANSGENIC MAIZE IN MEXICO: 11 March 2004 - 12 March 2004. Oaxaca, Mexico. This symposium is organized by the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation. For more information contact: tel: +1-514-350-4300; fax: +1-514-350-4314; e-mail: info@ccemtl.org; Internet: http://www.cec.org/maize/symposium/index.cfm?varlan=english

SECOND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM-ELIMINATING POVERTY (ST-EP) FORUM: 15 March 2004. Berlin, Germany. The second ST-EP Forum will present a new World Tourism Organization study with recommendations for increasing tourism’s contribution to poverty reduction, as well as a number of case studies and approaches. For more information contact: e-mail: omt@world-tourism.org; Internet: http://www.world-tourism.org/step/menu.html

50TH MEETING OF THE CITES STANDING COMMITTEE: 15 March 2004 - 19 March 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. This meeting is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. 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/eng/notifs/2003/076.shtml

IOSEA MARINE TURTLE MOU - MEETING OF SIGNATORY STATES: 16 March 2004 - 19 March 2004. Bangkok, Thailand. The Second Meeting of Signatory States to the Indian Ocean-South East Asian Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (an Agreement under the Convention on Migratory Species) will take place from 16-19 March 2004 in Bangkok, Thailand. Open to non-Signatory States, and interested IGOs and NGOs, this meeting will review implementation of the MoU’s Conservation and Management Plan and will set priorities for future work. For more information contact: IOSEA MoU Secretariat; tel: +66-2-288-1471; fax: +66-2-280-3829; e-mail: iosea@un.org; Internet: http://www.ioseaturtles.org

TWELFTH SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL MEETING OF THE CONVENTION ON MIGRATORY SPECIES: 31 March 2004 - 3 April 2004. Glasgow, United Kingdom. This meeting is organized by the Convention on Migratory Species. For more information contact: CMS Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2401; fax: +49-228-815-2449; e-mail: cms@unep.de; Internet: http://www.unep-wcmc.org/cms/

WORKSHOP ON INTRODUCTION TO BIOSAFETY AND RISK ASSESSMENT FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL RELEASE OF GMOS: THEORETICAL APPROACH AND SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND: 19 April 2004 - 23 April 2004. Trieste, Italy. This workshop is organized by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). For more information contact: tel: +39-040 -375-7333; fax: +39-040-226-555; e-mail: courses@icgeb.org; Internet: http://www.icgeb.org/~bsafesrv/bsfn0309.htm#anchor442802

UNEP-GEF SUB-REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL BIOSAFETY FRAMEWORKS FOR FRANCOPHONE AFRICA: 20 April 2004 - 23 April 2004. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This workshop aims to help participants acquire a better understanding of the different options for regulatory regimes and administrative systems for biosafety, as well as legal and administrative requirements of the Cartagena Protocol. For more information contact: Christopher Briggs; tel: +41-22-917-8411; fax: +41-22-917-8070; e-mail: chris.briggs@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.unep.ch/biosafety/devsubregwrkshops.htm

24TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION ON IMPACT ASSESSMENT: 24 April 2004 - 30 April 2004. Vancouver, Canada. This meeting is organized by the International Association for Impact Assessment. For more information contact: tel: +1-701-297-7908; fax: +1-701-297-7917; e-mail: info@iaia.org; Internet: http://www.iaia.org/Non_Members/Conference/conference.htm

THIRTEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF: 26 April 2004 - 30 April 2004. New York, United States. This meeting will be followed by two weeks of meetings of a subcommission in the event that a submission is made to the Commission. The 14th session of the Commission will take place from 30 August to 3 September 2004, also followed by two weeks of meetings of a subcommission in the event that a submission is made. The meetings of the Commission, its subcommissions and subsidiary bodies shall be held in private, unless the Commission decides otherwise. For more information contact: Secretary of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. DOALOS; tel: +1-212-963-3966; fax: +1-212-963-5847; e-mail: doalos@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/clcs_home.htm

SECOND WORLD CONFERENCE ON BIOMASS FOR ENERGY, INDUSTRY, AND CLIMATE PROTECTION: 10 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Rome, Italy. This international event will consider the use of biomass as a source of renewable energy and carbon dioxide reduction. In particular, the conference will involve discussions on biomass research, development and use, as well as on future actions. A Technology Exhibition schedule to take place in parallel with the conference will seek to provide opportunities for networking and developing business opportunities. For more information contact: ETA Renewable Energies, Italy; tel: +39-055-500-2174; fax: +39-055-573-425; e-mail: biomass.conf@etaflorence.it; Internet: http://www.conference-biomass.com/conference_Welcome.htm

SECOND WORLD RENEWABLE ENERGY FORUM: 30 May 2004 - 31 May 2004. Bonn, Germany. This meeting will consider the use of renewable energy in industry, rural areas, and cities. It is also expected to adopt a Global Solar Manifesto aimed at securing a �Global Solar Habitat.� The forum will address proposals by international NGOs for achieving renewable energy prior to the intergovernmental International Conference for Renewable Energy, which is taking place immediately after the forum (see below). For more information contact: World Council for Renewable Energy / EUROSOLAR; tel: +49-228-362-373; fax: +49-228-361-213; e-mail: info@wcre.org; Internet: http://www.world-council-for-renewable-energy.org/

WATER FOR LIFE AND SECURITY: 31 May 2004 - 1 June 2004. Barcelona, Spain. As part of the Barcelona 2004 Forum, the International Green Cross is organizing a forum dialogue on water for life and security. Participants will address the following issues: water and solidarity; water, health and the environment; and water uses and development. For more information contact: Barcelona2004 Forum; tel: +34-93-320-9010; e-mail: forum@barcelona2004.org; Internet: http://www.barcelona2004.org/eng/eventos/dialogos/ficha.cfm?IdEvento=155

FIFTH MEETING OF THE OPEN-ENDED INFORMAL CONSULTATIVE PROCESS ON OCEANS AND THE LAW OF THE SEA: 7 June 2004 - 11 June 2004. New York, United States. This meeting will organize its discussions around new sustainable uses of the oceans, including the conservation and management of the biological diversity of the seabed in areas beyond national jurisdiction, as well as issues discussed at previous meetings. An international workshop will be held in conjunction with this meeting to further consider and review a draft document on the establishment of a regular process under the UN for global reporting and assessment of the state of the marine environment. For more information contact: Secretariat; tel: +1-212-963-3962; fax: +1-212-963-2811; e-mail: doalos@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/consultative_process/consultative_process.htm

FOURTEENTH MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO UNCLOS: 14 June 2004 - 18 June 2004. New York, United States. This meeting will be held from 14-18 June 2004 at UNHQ in New York. For more information contact: DOALOS; tel: +1-212-963-3962; fax: +1-212-963-5847; e-mail: doalos@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/depts/los/meeting_states_parties/meeting_states_parties.htm

TWENTIETH SESSIONS OF THE SUBSIDIARY BODIES TO THE UNFCCC: 14 June 2004 - 25 June 2004. Bonn, Germany. The twentieth sessions of the subsidiary bodies to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will resume negotiations relating to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. This will be the first major negotiating session following the ninth Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, held in Milan in December 2003. The UNFCCC's two subsidiary bodies are the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). For more information contact: UNFCCC Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-1000; fax: +49-228-815-1999; e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int; Internet: http://www.unfccc.int

FOURTEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON THE LIMITS OF THE CONTINENTAL SHELF: 30 August 2004 - 3 September 2004. New York, United States. The 14th session of the Commission will take place from 30 August to 3 September 2004 in New York followed by two weeks of meetings of a subcommission in the event that a submission is made. The meetings of the Commission, its subcommissions and subsidiary bodies shall be held in private, unless the Commission decides otherwise. For more information contact: Secretary of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, DOALOS; tel: +1-212-963-3966; fax: +1-212-963-5847; e-mail: doalos@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/clcs_new/clcs_home.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL WATERS ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATED WATERS MANAGEMENT: 22 August 2004 - 25 August 2004. Kalmar, Sweden. In conjunction with the Global International Waters Assessment (GIWA) second General Assembly, this conference will discuss the interactions between science and society in promoting the sustainable use of transboundary river basins and seas. For more information contact: GIWA; tel: +46-480-44-73-53; fax: +46- 480-44-73-55; e-mail: info@giwa.net; Internet: http://www.giwa.net/conference2004

SECOND NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON COASTAL AND ESTUARINE HABITAT RESTORATION: 12 September 2004 - 15 September 2004. Seattle, Washington, United States. This conference aims to advance the knowledge, practice and success of coastal and estuarine habitat restoration in the United States, with special focus on restoration efforts in and around the Pacific Northwest. For more information contact: Clare Stark, Communications Coordinator; tel: +1-703-524-0248; fax: +1-703-524-0287; e-mail: cstark@estuaries.org; Internet: http://www.estuaries.org/2ndnationalconference.php

WORLD WATER CONGRESS: 19 September 2004 - 24 September 2004. Marrakech, Morocco. The World Water Congress, sponsored by the International Water Association (IWA), will bring together all those interested in sustainable water resources management. Topics to be discussed include: operating water and wastewater systems; integrated water resource and river basin management; and water and health. For more information contact: International Water Association; tel: +44-20-7654-5500; fax: +44-20-7654-5555; e-mail: water@iwahq.org.uk; Internet: http://www.iwa2004marrakech.com/

LITTORAL 2004 CONFERENCE: 20 September 2004 - 22 September 2004. Aberdeen, Scotland,, United Kingdom. Littoral 2004, the second joint conference between EUROCOAST and the EUCC-The Coastal Union, will address the following themes: data and data policy; dynamic coasts and their management; energy resources and the coastal environment; education and training; exploitation of living marine resources; geospatial technologies: monitoring, mapping and modeling; maintaining and improving coastal biodiversity; reducing conflict through coastal planning and management; and tourism and recreation. For more information contact: Littoral 2004 Organizing Committee; tel: +44-1-223-333-438; fax: +44-1-223-33438; e-mail: enquiries@littoal2004.org; Internet: http://www.littoral2004.org/

TENTH CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE UNFCCC: 29 November 2004 - 10 December 2004. Buenos Aires, Argentina. The tenth Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will continue negotiations relating to the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. The previous COP took place in Milan in December 2003. For more information contact: UNFCCC Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-1000; fax: +49-228-815-1999; e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int; Internet: http://www.unfccc.int

SECOND WORLD CONFERENCE ON DISASTER REDUCTION: 18 January 2005 - 22 January 2005. Kobe-Hyogo, Japan. ISDR Secretariat, in collaboration with several partner organizations, is currently engaged in the ten-year review of disaster reduction activities since the first World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, which took place in Yokohama, Japan in 1994. The overall objective of the Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction is to increase the commitment for implementation of disaster risk reduction at all levels and in particular its integration into development planning processes. The review process will culminate in the Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction to be held in Kobe, Hyogo, on 18-22 January 2005. For more information contact: Helena Molin Valdes, Senior Officer, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction; tel: +41-22-917-2776; fax: +41-22-917-0563; e-mail: molinvaldes@un.org; Internet: http://www.unisdr.org

 

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