LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 22 January 2004

UPCOMING COVERAGE BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


  Inter-regional Prep Meeting for review of BPoA on SIDS: 26-30 January, Nassau, Bahamas

  CBD COP-7: 9-20 February, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  CBD Cartagena Protocol COP-MOP1: 23-27 February, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN




UNECE PREPARES FOR CSD-12
15-16 January 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) at its eleventh session (CSD-11) invited the United Nations Regional Commissions to consider organizing regional implementation meetings to contribute to the work of the CSD. In response to this invitation, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) incorporated consideration of the CSD agenda in its deliberations at its first Regional Implementation Forum on Sustainable Development, which met from 15-16 January 2004, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. More information is available from the ENB coverage of this meeting.
 

UNEP CONVENES CONSULTATIONS ON STRENGTHENING ITS SCIENTIFIC BASE
14-15 January 2004 | Nairobi, Kenya
The intergovernmental consultation on strengthening the scientific base of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was held at UNEP headquarters at the Gigiri complex in Nairobi, Kenya, from 14-15 January 2004. The two-day meeting was part of UNEP’s implementation of decisions taken at the 22nd meeting of its Governing Council (GC) in 2003, in particular, decision 22/1/IA on strengthening the scientific base of UNEP, which requests the Executive Director to facilitate an intergovernmental consultation in preparation for the eighth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council (GCSS-8)/fifth Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF-5) in March 2004.

During the meeting, participants met in Plenary to discuss three questions posed in decision 22/1/IA, namely: What are the likely gaps and types of assessment needs with respect to the environment and environmental change?; How are UNEP and other organizations currently meeting those assessment needs?; and What options exist with respect to meeting any unfulfilled needs that fall within the role and mandate of UNEP? More information is available from the ENB coverage of this meeting.
 

OTHER RECENT MEETINGS


UNFF AD HOC EXPERT GROUPS ON MONITORING, ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING, AND FINANCE AND TESTs PRODUCE RECOMMENDATIONS
8-19 December 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
The UN Forum on Forests’ ad hoc expert group on approaches and mechanisms for monitoring, assessment and reporting met at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 8 to 12 December 2003, following which the ad hoc expert group on finance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies (TESTs) convened from 15 to 19 December 2003. Both groups developed a number of recommendations that will be forwarded to the UNFF. More.


COMMUNITY LEVEL WORKSHOP ON AGROFORESTRY AND SOIL CONSERVATION CONVENES IN BOTSWANA
2-4 December 2003 | Palapye, Botswana
A community level workshop convened recently in the context of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification’s (UNCCD) Regional Action Programme (RAP) to combat desertification in Africa. Organized jointly by the Secretariat of the UNCCD and the government of Botswana, with financial support from Germany and Norway, the workshop showcased best practices and launched pilot activities in agroforestry and soil conservation techniques. More.
 

RAMSAR STANDING COMMITTEE PREPARES FOR COP-9
13-16 January 2003 | Gland, Switzerland
The 30th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee, the wetland Convention’s inter-sessional governing body, was attended by 70 members and observers to review preparations for its ninth Conference of Parties (Ramsar COP-9), to be held in Uganda in November 2005. Delegates also addressed budgetary issues and small grants fund allocation, heard a presentation on the progress of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment as it relates to the Convention, and reviewed the mid-term progress of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel. More.

WASH WEEK DISCUSSES COALITIONS
15-19 December 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
The Geneva WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Week 2003 and the WASH Partnership Meeting on “Action planning for the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goals” brought together over 150 participants, including ministers, heads of UN agencies, and others. Participants discussed how local and national coalitions can be established between governments, NGOs, community organizations, the private sector and local governments. The meeting also marked the formal handover of the Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) from Sir Richard Jolly to Jan Pronk. More.


EUROPEAN FORUM EXAMINES REGIONAL POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES, FOLLOWS UP ON 1994 CAIRO POPULATION CONFERENCE
12-14 January 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
Over 350 population and development experts convened recently in Europe to examine how recent demographic trends have affected the region, and to review the implementation of the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Cairo in 1994. This meeting forms part of a series of regional meetings that are following up on the ICPD, marking its tenth anniversary. The Asia and Pacific meeting took place in December 2002, while meetings for the African, Arab and Latin American regions will convene in the coming months. More.
 

LINKAGES UPDATE


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Key publications, online resources

Comings and goings

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

MARJATTA RASI ELECTED FIRST FEMALE ECOSOC PRESIDENT
Ambassador Marjatta Rasi, Finland’s Permanent Representative to the UN, has been elected President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). More.

BARBUT APPOINTED NEW HEAD OF UNEP-DTIE
Monique Barbut has been appointed the new Director of the Technology, Industry and Economics Division at the United Nations Environment Programme. More.

JAN PRONK ASSUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF WSSCC
Jan Pronk, former Dutch Environment Minister is the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). More.

DAVID MORGAN APPOINTED HEAD OF CITES SCIENTIFIC UNIT
David Morgan has been appointed Head of the CITES Scientific Unit. More.

NEW IMO SECRETARY-GENERAL
Efthimios Mitropoulos (Greece) has taken over as head of the International Maritime Organization. More.

Vacancies

Programme Coordinator, UNFCCC Secretariat: D-2, Bonn, 16 February 2004. More.

Executive Secretary, Basel Convention:
D-2, Geneva,
7 February 2004.
More.

Senior Programme Officer, UNU/IAS:
Tokyo, 25 January 2004.
More.

Environmental Affairs Officer, UNECA:
P-4, Addis Ababa, 27 January 2004.
More.

Senior Sustainable Development Programme Officer, DESA:
P-5, New York,
28 January 2004.
More.

Chief of Environment and Sustainable Development, ESCAP:
D-1, Bangkok,
1 February 2004.
More.

UNU/IAS Junior Professional Fellowship Vacancies:
Tokyo,
15 February 2004.
More.

Policy Development Chief, OHRLLS:
D-1, New York,
25 February 2004.
More.

Click here for complete postings on appointments, departures and vacancies.

 

MEDIA REPORTS


EC TAKES STEPS TOWARD ESTABLISHING PROTECTED AREA NETWORK
The European Commission has approved a list of 959 nature sites in mountain regions within the EU in an effort to enhance protection of the areas and their endangered animal and plant species. More.

EC ENCOURAGES USERS OF EXOTIC PLANTS TO SHARE BENEFITS
The European Commission is taking steps to implement the Bonn Guidelines and increase equity and fairness in the use of exotic species. More.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADDRESSES ILLEGAL TRADE IN BUSHMEAT
As a result of a petition signed by 1.9 million people, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for an EU bushmeat strategy aimed at conserving biodiversity and protecting species threatened by trade in wild animal foods. More.

CENTRAL AFRICA’S GORILLAS GROW IN POPULATION
According to a census conducted late 2003 by Rwandan, Ugandan and Congolese wildlife experts, the number of mountain gorillas in central Africa grew from 324 in 1989 to 380 last year, indicating a 17% population increase, in spite of warfare in the region. More.

INDIA AND BANGLADESH BEGIN COLLABORATIVE TIGER CENSUS, INITIAL RESULTS HEARTENING
A UNDP-supported census to count the royal Bengal tiger population in the Sundarban mangrove forest commenced recently. More.

UK’S DFID ANNOUNCES NEW COMMITMENT TO AGRICULTURE
The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) will commit an additional £30 million over the next three years to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). More.


UNEP FORESEES STUDY OF LINKS BETWEEN ENVIRONMENT, CONFLICTS AND POVERTY
Environment ministers at the March 2004 UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Forum, to be held in Jeju, Korea, are likely to approve a new drive to widen UN understanding of the environment and links to conflicts and poverty. More.

MOROCCO HANDS OVER G-77 CHAIR TO QATAR
The Kingdom of Morocco formally turned over the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) to the State of Qatar on 16 January 2004. More.

CLIMATE THREATENS “ONE MILLION SPECIES”
Climate change could drive over a million species into extinction by 2050, according a new report published in the science journal, Nature. The study found that up to 37% of animal and plant species in six regions around the world could face extinction within 50 years because they will be unable to adapt to the changes expected to the climate over the next few decades. More.

FATAL HEATWAVES ON THE RISE, WARN SCIENTISTS
The summer heatwave that left 20,000 Europeans dead last year could become a regular event, according to Swiss scientists. The scientists claim that increasing weather variability, brought on by climate change, is to blame. However, some say said more evidence for this kind of variability was needed before such conclusions can be drawn. More.

WARMING MENACE DWARFS TERROR THREAT, SAYS EXPERT
The consequences of climate change pose a much greater threat to world safety than terrorism, according to a top British scientist. Widespread flooding, drought, hunger, and disease will affect millions unless immediate action is taken to combat global warming, warned Sir David King, the UK Government’s chief scientific adviser. More.

UK SETS EMISSIONS TRADING LIMITS
The British Government has announced its proposals for how industry will operate under a new European-wide trading scheme to combat global warming. The allocations are part of a European Union scheme designed to use market-based mechanisms to help countries and industries reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases that contribute to global warming. More.

 


FARMED SALMON CONTAIN MORE POPs THAN WILD SALMON
Farmed salmon has been shown to contain more persistent organic pollutants (POPs) than wild salmon, a recent study finds. Officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration criticized the findings, arguing that the levels found do not pose a public health concern. More.

DECA-BDE FOUND IN PEREGRINE FALCONS
Peregrine falcon eggs have been found to contain high levels of brominated flame retardants (BFRs), including deca-BDE, previously thought not to accumulate in wildlife. More.

CENTRAL ASIA’S SECOND LARGEST LAKE THREATENED BY EXTINCTION
The Balkhash, Central Asia’s second biggest lake, is under threat and may face the same fate as the Aral Sea, according to UN officials. More.

IN SEARCH OF WATER ON MARS
Following the successful landing of NASA’s Spirit on Mars on 3 January 2004, the robotic rover will roam the planet’s surface in an attempt to find evidence of water by examining rocks and soil. More.

UN DECLARES INTERNATIONAL WATER DECADE
At its 58th session, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a draft resolution, without a vote, proclaiming 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action – Water for Life. This recommendation calls for a greater focus on water-related issues and for actions to ensure the participation of women in water-related development efforts. More.

WWF SIGNS YANGTZE RIVER BASIN AGREEMENT
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) signed an agreement with China’s Yangtze Aquatic Wildlife Conservation group and Yangtze Fishery Administrative Committee in an attempt to conserve the more than 370 fish species found in the Yangtze River Basin. More.

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable Development

STATE OF THE WORLD 2004: SPECIAL FOCUS - THE CONSUMER SOCIETY
(Worldwatch Institute, January 2004) This book, written by a Worldwatch research team with a foreword by Børge Brende, Norwegian Minister of the Environment and Chair of the twelfth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, examines how we consume, why we consume, and what impact our consumption choices have on the planet and our fellow human beings. The book’s eight chapters address food, water, energy, the politics of consumption, and redefining the good life, and ask whether a less-consumptive society is possible. More

SURVIVAL FOR A SMALL PLANET: THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
 
(Earthprint/IIED, 2003) Tom Bigg edited this book, which brings together dozens of leading experts from around the world in a ‘post-WSSD’ analysis of the prospects for sustainable development on all the major policy fronts including security, finance, urban governance, radical partnerships, migration, health, access to resources and the role of markets. The authors examine the contributions that governments, business and civil society can each make to improve our prospects and set out an agenda for those working to achieve a sustainable world. More.

THE METRO: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN LARGE CITIES
(UITP, November 2003) This position paper by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) aims to make the case for finding appropriate new funding measures for developing metro systems in large cities, arguing that the metro is the most efficient mode of transport in terms of energy consumption and space occupancy. The paper is available online in English, French, German and Spanish.

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts

PORTFOLIO OF WATER ACTIONS WEBSITE NETWORK
The Portfolio of Water Actions (PWA) website network is now online. Created and announced at the 3rd World Water Ministerial Conference held in Kyoto, Japan in March 2003, the PWA is a compilation of voluntary actions submitted by governments and international organizations. Over 500 water actions have been submitted on the themes of: water resources management and benefit sharing; safe drinking water and sanitation; water for food and rural development; water pollution prevention and ecosystem conservation; and disaster mitigation and risk management. The new website network allows visitors to access and monitor the progress of all registered water actions and enables users to modify and update each water action. The Government of Japan is planning to host a side-event at CSD-12 to introduce actions submitted to the PWA and to encourage the use of the PWA. The website network.

FROM OCEAN TO AQUARIUM: THE GLOBAL TRADE IN MARINE ORNAMENTALS
(UNEP-WCMC, 2003) The United Nations Environment Programme’s World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC) has published a report entitled - From Ocean to Aquarium: The Global Trade in Marine Ornamentals. This 65-page report examines the profitable international aquarium trade in which over 20 million tropical fish, 10 million animals such as mollusks, shrimps and anemones, and up to 12 million stony corals are harvested annually. Noting the irreversible environmental damage often caused in catching wild species, the report recommends implementing appropriate quotas and catch size limits, the designation of marine reserves and greater use of permits. In addition, it calls for greater local farming of commonly traded species in order to take off the pressure of wild stocks. A full copy of the report.

FEATHERS, FLYWAYS AND FRIENDS
The Australian Wetlands Centre, with support from the Australian Department of Environment and Heritage, has launched a new website to promote shorebird conservation and community education and public awareness in the East-Asian Australasian Flyway zone. The website.

 


Biodiversity and Wildlife

GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION AND PUBLIC AWARENESS WEB-PORTAL
 
(CBD, 2004) Developed under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the global initiative on Communication, Education, and Public Awareness (CEPA) aims to promote public understanding of biodiversity and the measures required for its conservation. The portal offers: tools to help identify information sources on current activities related to the programme of work for the global initiative; a report of the activities by the Secretariat in fulfillment of Decision VI/19; lists of partner organizations to the global initiative on CEPA and access to their web sites; a database of case studies and best practices relating to the global initiative; access to a roster of experts on CEPA from around the world; a report of Parties’ activities in fulfillment of Decision VI/19; and a list of useful websites on Communication, Education and Public Awareness. The Portal.

US BILATERAL AGREEMENTS ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
(Études internationales, vol. 34, no 3, December 2003, p. 537-562) Written by Jean-Frédéric Morin, this article in French, titled “Le droit international des brevets: entre le multilatéralisme et le bilatéralisme américain” portrays 39 bilateral agreements on intellectual property rights (IPR), concluded by the US with developing countries. The author argues that the US is shaping a web of bilateral IPR agreements wider than the TRIPS Agreement, as many countries that sign bilateral agreements are not WTO members or take advantage of the TRIPS’ transitional periods. Highlighting also that bilateral agreements often set higher IPR standards especially those related to the patentable subject matters, the author notes that the potential gains that developing countries could obtain during the Doha Round need to be put in the perspective of these bilateral agreements. The publication.

BIOPROSPECTING AGREEMENTS AND CONSERVATION OF GENETIC RESOURCES
(Revue de droit de l’ Université de Sherbrooke, vol. 34, no 1, November 2003, p. 307-343) Authored by Jean-Frédéric Morin, this article looks at certain bioprospecting agreements and argues that their analysis indicates that benefit-sharing arrangements regarding monetary benefits and technology transfer rarely contribute to biodiversity conservation. Noting that those arrangements are used instead to foster local economic development, users’ public relations and the providers’ integration into the biotechnology industry, the writer stresses the need to strengthen the environmental aspects of benefit-sharing arrangements, using the Bonn Guidelines on Access and Benefit-sharing as a first step to that regard. The publication.

GLOBAL STATUS OF COMMERCIALIZED TRANSGENIC CROPS: 2003
(ISAAA, January 2004) This report from the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) explores the global status of genetically modified (GM) crops in 2003. According to the report, the global area of GM crops grew by 15 % in 2003, compared with 12 % growth in 2002. The US, Argentina and Canada have the largest GM crops cultivations, followed by Brazil, China and South Africa. It is noted in the report that herbicide tolerant crops (soybean, maize, canola, and cotton) occupied 73 % of the global GM area, while Bt crops comprised the remaining 18 %. The report.

DEMOCRATISING BIOTECHNOLOGY: GM CROPS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
(Institute for Development Studies, 2003) As part of a project under the title “Democratising Biotechnology – GM crops in developing countries,” 13 briefings were produced on a series of issues, including: corporate dominance and agricultural biotechnology: implications for development; intellectual property rights, biotechnology and development
; GMOs and the politics of international trade; harmonisation, diversity and uncertainty in international biosafety regulation; regulating biotechnology for the poor?; science, policy and biotechnology regulation; from risks to rights: challenges for biotechnology policy; and power-reversals in biotechnology: experiments in democratisation. The briefings are based on research carried out in China, Kenya, India and Zimbabwe, under research projects that investigated national and international biotechnology policy and regulatory processes. The briefings.

 


Forests

BRIDGING THE GAP: COMMUNITIES, FORESTS AND INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS
(CIFOR, September 2003) This Synthesis Report of the Project ‘Learning Lessons from International Community Forestry Networks’ was written by Marcus Colchester, Tejaswini Apte, Michel Laforge, Alois Mandondo and Neema Pathak. It compiles lessons learned from the evolution of community forestry over the past 25 years and the international networks that promote community forestry, based on a review of seven countries and ten networks. It examines advocacy effectiveness, communication techniques, network governance, relations with donors and linkages to social movements. The report.

Climate

CLIMATE ANALYSIS INDICATORS TOOL
(WRI, 2004) The World Resources Institute has recently released the Climate Analysis Indicators Tool (CAIT), an interactive database that allows users to view the GHG emissions (all gases and sources) of any country. This resource compiles the “full basket” of greenhouse gases (including 5 non-CO2 gases) for both developed and developing countries, and can be used to analyze a range of climate-related data questions and to help support future policy decisions made under the UNFCCC and in other relevant fora. CAIT.

PETROLEUM INDUSTRY GUIDELINES FOR REPORTING GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
(IPIECA, January 2004) Guidelines to assist oil and natural gas companies in estimating and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions have been posted online by a group of industry experts. The Guidelines are an attempt to offer a cost effective, industry-endorsed method for estimating and reporting emissions. They include advice for companies on corporate management and reporting of emissions, regulatory compliance, and emissions trading. The Guidelines were prepared as part of a Joint Industry Task Force involving the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), the American Petroleum Institute, and the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. The Guidelines.

CLIMATE CHANGE, VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND ADAPTATION
(IISD, December 2003) Three new information papers have been produced on the subject of climate change vulnerability and adaptation. The papers were prepared by IUCN – The World Conservation Union, the Boston Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute, and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. The papers seek to encourage the use of ecosystem management and restoration activities in climate change adaptation strategies by highlighting successful examples of where such activities have decreased community vulnerability to climate-related hazards such as droughts and floods. The reports.

Trade and Sustainable Development

UNCTAD HANDBOOK OF STATISTICS ONLINE 2003

(UNCTAD, 2003) The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a comprehensive collection of statistical data relevant to the analysis of international trade, foreign direct investment and development. The database presents reference statistics considered by UNCTAD to be of importance for describing, in the context of the globalization, how developing countries have evolved during the last decades, with data going back to 1950. The data is organized into eight chapters: international merchandise trade; trade and commodity price indices; structure of international trade by region; structure of international trade by product; international trade in services; international finance; indicators of development; and special studies. This resource is also available as a CD-ROM. More.

WBCSD PRESS ROOM
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has recently created a press room, where journalists can find press releases, project briefs, bios and photos, FAQs, a speech library, logos and background information on the organization. The press room.

 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings

Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

MINISTERIAL-LEVEL MEETING OF THE OECD COMMITTEE FOR SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL POLICY (CSTP): 29 January 2004 - 30 January 2004. Paris, France. This meeting will consider: policies to improve links between public and private research; measures to ensure appropriate training, development and mobility of scientists and other highly qualified personnel; and the role of science and technology in responding to global challenges including security and safety. A high-level debate, involving both ministers and prominent figures from the world of science and technology, will take place on 29 January and be webcast on the meeting’s website. For more information contact: OECD Media Relations Division; tel: +33-1-45-24-97-00; e-mail: news.contact@oecd.org; Internet: http://www.oecd.org/cstp2004min

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ECONOMY, SOCIETY & JUSTICE – FREE MARKET: MEANS OR END?: 5 February 2004 - 6 February 2004. Lugano, Switzerland. This conference will focus on matters of morality and values. The participants will be requested to reflect on ethics and economics, and will have the opportunity to present their perspectives and ideas on key issues such as good society, good governance, and social responsibility. For more information contact: fax: +41-91-912-4647; e-mail: ecojustice@lu.unisi.ch; Internet: http://www.ecojustice04.org

19TH SESSION OF THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM: BIODIVERSITY AND PROSPERITY: 6 February 2004 - 8 February 2004. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This session of the Global Biodiversity Forum (GBF) will be convened in conjunction with CBD COP-7. It will address three key issues: Livelihoods, poverty, and biodiversity; technology transfer and capacity building with equity; and the value of biodiversity for securing the future. Its objectives are: to link the biodiversity agenda more concretely with the sustainable development agenda and provide related input into the CBD COP; to continue to seek opportunities to engage the business community; and to actively promote biodiversity and CBD implementation and seek opportunities to link the biodiversity agenda with other major processes and agendas. The results of this GBF session will be presented to the CBD COP-7 during the opening Plenary. For more information contact: Caroline Ponti-Martinet; tel: +41-22-999-0216; fax: +41-22-999-0025; e-mail: gbf@iucn.org; Internet: http://www.gbf.ch/present_session.asp?no=36&lg=EN

SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONAL TRAINING OF TRAINERS COURSE ON GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (IWRM): 8 February 2004 - 15 February 2004. Selangor, Malaysia. As an integral part of the training and capacity building initiatives of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) in collaboration with IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre, the Department of Environmental Sciences of the Universiti Putra Malaysia and the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), this Southeast Asia regional training programme aims to enable organizations and institutions to develop capacities in applying gender mainstreaming tools and methods in their work. This training programme seeks to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to design and manage practical training courses in mainstreaming gender into IWRM. For more information contact: Dianne Arboleda; e-mail: Dianne.Arboleda@Iirr.Org; Internet: http://www.iirr.org/ict08.htm#sea

NINTH SESSION OF THE FAO SUB-COMMITTEE ON FISH TRADE: 10 February 2004 - 14 February 2004. Bremen, Germany. The ninth session of the FAO’s Sub-Committee on Fish Trade will meet to discuss technical and economic aspects of international trade in fish and fishery products including pertinent aspects of production and consumption. For more information contact: Lahsen Ababouch, FAO; tel: +39-6-5705-2847; fax: +39-6-5705-6500; e-mail: lahsen.ababouch@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/fi/meetings/cofi/cofitr.asp

12TH CONGRESS OF THE UNION OF AFRICAN WATER SUPPLIERS: 16 February 2004 - 19 February 2004. Accra, Ghana. The Congress will gather experts related to the sector, including water suppliers, industry, international donor agencies, NGOs and organizations and associations dealing with water and sanitation. For more information contact: UADE Conference Secretariat; tel: +225-21-24-14-43; fax: +225-21-24-26-29; e-mail: uade@globeaccess.net; Internet: http://www.uade-event.com/home_eng.htm

WWC WORKSHOP ON WATER AND POLITICS: 26 February 2004 - 27 February 2004. Marseilles, France. Organized by the World Water Council (WWC), this workshop will explore the realm of water and political issues, with outcomes helping to formulate future WWC activities. For more information contact: Marie Lagier; tel: +33-4-91-99-41-00; fax: +33-4-91-99-41-01; e-mail: m.lagier@worldwatercouncil.org; Internet: http://www.worldwatercouncil.org

CONFERENCE ON BIOTECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC: 9 March 2004 - 10 March 2004. Pretoria, South Africa. Organized by the US Embassy and the Public Understanding of Biotechnology Programme, this conference will comprise a debate on aspects of biotechnology, specifically interfaces between biotechnology and society in South Africa. The event is primarily targeted at journalists and media representatives along with stakeholders in the biotechnology field. For more information contact: Rosa Seleke; tel: +27-12-392-9300; e-mail: rosa@pub.ac.za; Internet: http://www.pub.ac.za/events/index.html

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: 15 March 2004 - 17 March 2004. Johannesburg, South Africa. This conference will focus on key sustainable development issues and lessons learnt on corporate governance, water and sanitation, poverty eradication, corporate social responsibility, natural resources management, energy management, and sustainability reporting tools, such as toolkits, IT and the GRI framework. For more information contact: Sibongile Hlomuka; tel: +27-11-312-1480; fax: +27-11-312-1471; e-mail: events@bembani.com; Internet: http://www.bembani.com/main/conference.html

WHITE WATER TO BLUE WATER PARTNERSHIP MEETING: 21 March 2004 - 27 March 2004. Miami, Florida, United States. Organized by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the White Water to Blue Water (WW2BW) partnership meeting will bring together delegates from each of the 28 Wider Caribbean Region countries to address integrated watershed management, marine ecosystem-based management, sustainable tourism, and environmentally sound marine transportation. For more information contact: NOAA, Office of International Affairs; tel: +1-202-482-6076; fax: +1-202-482-6000; e-mail: ww2bw@noaa.gov; Internet: http://www.international.noaa.gov/ww2bw/meetings.html

CONFERENCE ON GREENHOUSE GAS BALANCES OF BIOMASS AND BIOENERGY SYSTEMS: 22 March 2004 - 23 March 2004. Rotorua, New Zealand. This conference will focus on the role of carbon sequestration and bionergy projects in national and international greenhouse gas markets. Participants are expected to discuss policies, accounting and credit trading for bioenergy and carbon sequestration projects, as well as the relationship between emissions trading systems and the Kyoto Protocol’s flexible mechanisms. They will also consider carbon monitoring and accounting of agriculture, forestry and harvested wood products. The conference will contribute to the International Energy Agency’s “Task 38” initiative, which seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through methodological work on the forestry, land-use and bioenergy sectors. For more information contact: Kimberly Robertson, Force Consulting Ltd, New Zealand; tel: +64-7-343-9559; fax: +64-7-343-9557; e-mail: kimberlyrobertson@xtra.co.nz; Internet: http://www.joanneum.at/iea-bioenergy-task38/workshop/announcement.pdf

EUROPEAN EMISSIONS TRADING CONFERENCE 2004: 23 March 2004 - 24 March 2004. Brussels, Belgium. This event will provide guidance and advice for companies preparing for the EU emissions trading scheme. It will consider new European case studies from a range of industries, and is expected to bring together experts from business, national governments, and the European Commission. Participants will be briefed on the national allocation plans being prepared by all EU member States, and will consider medium- and long-term strategies for benefiting from the EU trading scheme. For more information contact: Gareth Pearce, International Quality and Productivity Center; tel: +44-20-7368-9300; e-mail: gareth.pearce@iqpc.co.uk; Internet: http://www.oilandgasiq.com/2125a

ARAB POPULATION FORUM: 6 April 2004 - 8 April 2004. Beirut, Lebanon. Organized by ESCWA along with UNFPA and the League of Arab States, this expert meeting aims to: assess the achievements in the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development’s (ICPD) Plan of Action (PoA) and of the Amman 2 Declaration on Population and Development; identify emerging issues in the framework of the ICPD PoA; and enable stock-taking of lessons learned and best practices that could be replicated in other countries in the region. This event will focus on selected themes such as population, poverty and development, youth issues from a multi-faceted perspective, and on analyzing and addressing challenges such as persistent high maternal mortality, barriers to enforcement of reproductive rights and gender equality, and the impact of post-demographic transition. For more information contact: Omar Gharzeddine; tel: +1-212-297-5028; e-mail: gharzeddine@unfpa.org; Internet: http://www.unfpa.org/icpd/10/index.htm

FIFTH MEETING OF THE FOLLOW-UP COMMITTEE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DAKAR-NGOR DECLARATION AND ICPD: 12 April 2004 - 16 April 2004. Dakar, Senegal. This meeting follows up on the review of the International Conference on Population and Development and is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa. For more information contact: Abubakar Dungus; tel: +1-212-297-5031; e-mail: dungus@unfpa.org; Internet: http://www.uneca.org/POPIA/Peda/06_DND_ICPD-PA_FollowUp.htm

21ST CENTURY TRUST CONFERENCE ON DISEASE AND SECURITY: 23 April 2004 - 1 May 2004. Villa Monastero on Lake Como, Italy. For more information contact: tel: +44-20-7323-2099; fax: +44-20-7323-2088; e-mail: trust@21stcenturytrust.org; Internet: http://www.21stcenturytrust.org/2004.html

2004 SPRING MEETING OF THE IMF AND THE WORLD BANK GROUP: 24 April 2004 - 25 April 2004. Washington, DC, United States. The International Monetary and Financial Committee Meeting will take place on 24 April, and the Development Committee Meeting will be held on 25 April. For more information contact: Annual Meeting inquiries; tel: +1-202-473-7272; fax: +1-202-623-4100; e-mail: bfcoffice@worldbank.org; Internet: http://www.imf.org/external/am/

COASTAL ENVIRONMENT 2004 - FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN COASTAL REGIONS: 26 April 2004 - 28 April 2004. Alicante, Spain. This conference will address monitoring, analysis and modeling of coastal regions, and will cover a series of related topics, including the practical applications of computer modeling of sea and coastal areas. For more information contact: Gaye McKeogh, Conference Manager; tel: +44-238-029-3223; fax: +44-238-029-2853; e-mail: gmckeogh@wessex.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/coastalenvironment04/index.html

31ST SESSION OF THE IPCC BUREAU: 28 April 2004 - 30 April 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will convene for its 31st session in late April 2004. The session will be preceded by several Working Group meetings, including a closed meeting of the Bureau of Working Group I, which assesses the scientific aspects of the climate system and climate change. For more information contact: IPCC Secretariat, Switzerland; tel: +41-22-730-8208; fax: +41-22-730-8025; e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int; Internet: http://www.ipcc.ch/calendar.htm

CONFERENCE ON GREENHOUSE GAS REGISTRIES, CLIMATE POLICY AND THE BOTTOM LINE: 5 May 2004 - 7 May 2004. San Diego, California, United States. This event is expected to bring together experts from business, government, non-governmental organizations and academia to discuss the latest developments in climate change policy and business strategy. The meeting is being organized by the California Climate Action Registry, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and BP. For more information contact: California Climate Action Registry; tel: +1-213-891-1444; fax: +1-213-623-6716; e-mail: info@climateregistry.org; Internet: http://www.climateregistry.org/EVENTS/Conference

THIRD SESSION OF THE PERMANENT FORUM ON INDIGENOUS ISSUES: 10 May 2004 - 21 May 2004. New York, United States. Given that the special theme of this session is �Indigenous Women,� organizations are encouraged to enhance the presence of indigenous women in their delegations. For more information contact: Secretariat of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues; tel: +1-917-367-5100; e-mail: IndigenousPermanentForum@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/pfii/PFII3/index.html

OECD FORUM 2004 - HEALTH OF NATIONS: 12 May 2004 - 13 May 2004. Paris, France. This Forum will address some of the key issues on the international policy agenda, such as the health of the global economy, the health of multilateral cooperation and the health of the world's citizens. The summit is a multistakeholder event and will take place at the same time as the annual OECD Ministerial summit. For more information contact: OECD Forum; fax: +33-1-44-30-63-46; e-mail: oecd.forum@oecd.org; Internet: http://www1.oecd.org/forum2004/

IWA LEADING-EDGE CONFERENCE ON WATER AND WASTEWATER TREATMENT TECHNOLOGIES: 1 June 2004 - 4 June 2004. Prague, Czech Republic. Sponsored by the International Water Association, this conference will focus on drinking water and wastewater technologies. For more information contact: Lara Changizi, IWA; tel: +44-20-7654-5500; fax: +44-20-7654-5555; e-mail: LET2004@iwahq.org.uk; Internet: http://www.let2004.com/

G-8 SEA ISLAND SUMMIT: 8 June 2004 - 10 June 2004. Sea Island, Georgia, United States. US President George W. Bush is the host of the 2004 G8 Summit. For more information contact: 2004 G8 Summit Planning Organization; tel: +1-202-647-4804; fax: +1-202-647-3079; e-mail: info@G8USA.gov; Internet: http://www.g8usa.gov

MEETING OF THE AD HOC COMMITTEE ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT: 29 June 2004 - 30 June 2004. Puerto Rico. This meeting will have three segments: 1) Ten year review of the implementation of the ICPD PoA; 2) Panel discussions on HIV/AIDS and on Population and Poverty in the framework of the MDGs; and 3) Aging as the substantive theme of the meeting, drawing on the outcome of the November 2003 Regional Conference on Aging. For more information contact: Micol Zarb; tel: +1+212-297-5042; e-mail: zarb@unfpa.org; Internet: http://www.unfpa.org/icpd/10/index.htm

2004 XV INTERNATIONAL HIV/AIDS CONFERENCE: 11 July 2004 - 16 July 2004. Bangkok, Thailand. The XV International AIDS Conference aims to link communities and science in order to galvanize the world's response to HIV/AIDS through increased commitment, leadership and accountability. The theme for this year's conference is �Access for All.� For more information contact: AIDS 2004 Bangkok c/o Congrex Sweden AB; tel: +46-8-459-6600; fax: +46-8-661-8155; Internet: http://www.aids2004.org/

IWA WATER AND WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE FOR DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: 28 July 2004 - 30 July 2004. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Organized by the International Water Association (IWA) and the University of Zimbabwe's Department of Civil Engineering, this conferences aims to: promote the concept of appropriate technologies for water and wastewater management; enhance linkages between institutions, practitioners and research groups working on low-cost waste treatment and waste recycling systems; and promote collaborative research and development. For more information contact: WAMDEC 2004 Secretariat; tel: +263-4-303-288; fax: +263-4-303-288; e-mail: wamdec2004@eng.uz.ac.zw; Internet: http://www.uz.ac.zw/engineering/civil/wamdec2004/

13TH WORLD CLEAN AIR AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION: 22 August 2004 - 27 August 2004. London, United Kingdom. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 March 2004. For more information contact: Secretariat; tel: +972-3-972-7500; fax: +972-3-972-7555; e-mail: cleanair@kenes.com; Internet: http://www.kenes.com/cleanair

FIFTH CONGRESS OF THE EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD ETHICS: 2 September 2004 - 4 September 2004. Leuven, Belgium. Organized by the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics, this Congress will address: ethics as a dimension of animal production and consumption; ethics and sustainability: food production, environmental policies and future generations; ethics, world food security and development; ethics and the biobased economy of the 21st century. For more information contact: tel: +32-16-32-17-34; fax: +32-16-32-19-94; e-mail: cabme@agr.kuleuven.ac.be; Internet: http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/cabme/page.php?LAN=E&FILE=subject&ID=100&PAGE=1

UNFF AD HOC EXPERT GROUP ON CONSIDERATION OF A LEGAL FRAMEWORK ON ALL TYPES OF FORESTS: 6 September 2004 - 10 September 2004. New York, United States. At its 52nd plenary meeting held in December 2003, the Economic and Social Council decided that the ad hoc expert group of the United Nations Forum on Forests would meet in New York from 6-10 September 2004, with a view to recommending the parameters of a mandate for developing a legal framework on all types of forests. For more information contact: Mia S�derlund, UNFF Secretariat; tel: +1-212-963-3262; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: unff@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/forests

WORLD URBAN FORUM 2004: 13 September 2004 - 17 September 2004. Barcelona, Spain. Some 2,000 delegates representing governments, local authorities, NGOs and other experts on urban issues are expected at this second gathering of UN-HABITAT's World Urban Forum, which is held biennially. For more information contact: World Urban Forum 2004; e-mail: urbanforum@mail.bcn.es; Internet: http://www.unhabitat.org/wuf/2004/default.asp

2004 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE IMF AND WORLD BANK GROUP: 4 October 2004 - 5 October 2004. Washington, DC, United States. For more information contact: Annual Meeting inquiries; tel: +1-202-473-7272; fax: +1-202-623-4100; e-mail: bfcoffice@worldbank.org; Internet: http://www.imf.org/external/am/

21ST CENTURY TRUST CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: SCENARIOS FOR THE FUTURE: 21 October 2004 - 29 October 2004. Madingley Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom. For more information contact: tel: +44-20-7323-2099; fax: +44-20-7323-2088; e-mail: trust@21stcenturytrust.org; Internet: http://www.21stcenturytrust.org/2004.html


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