LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 28 March 2004

UPCOMING COVERAGE BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


Eighth Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council and Fifth Global Ministerial Environment Forum: Jeju, Korea, 29-31 March 2004
20th meeting of the CITES Animals Committee: Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 March - 2 April 2004
Assuring Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2020: Kampala, Uganda, 1-3 April 2004
SIDS preparatory meeting for the 10-year review of the BPoA: UNHQ, New York, 14-16 April 2004
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN



MONTREAL PROTOCOL MEETING ADDRESSES METHYL BROMIDE
24-26 March 2004 | Montreal, Canada
Delegates to the recent Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (ExMOP) adopted decisions relating to: further specific interim reductions of methyl bromide for the period beyond 2005, applicable to Article 5 Parties; nominations for critical-use exemptions (CUEs) for methyl bromide; conditions for granting and reporting CUEs for methyl bromide; and the work procedures of the Methyl Bromide Technical Options Committee (MBTOC) relating to the evaluation of critical-use nominations (CUNs).

At the ExMOP, Parties took decisions on a series of issues relating to methyl bromide that had been left unresolved at the 15th Meeting of the Parties in Nairobi in November 2003. Compromise was reached by, among others, adopting a double-cap concept distinguishing between use and production for CUEs, and by establishing an ad hoc working group to review the working procedures and terms of reference of MBTOC. Parties’ perseverance through what some called excruciating negotiations has demonstrated the continued robustness and relevance of the ozone regime. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
 

CSD BUREAU HOLDS SIXTH MEETING IN PREPARATION FOR CSD-12
19 March 2004 | New York, US
During the sixth meeting of the Bureau of the twelfth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12), CSD-12 Chair Børge Brende briefed the Bureau Vice-Chairs on his meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He said the Secretary-General reaffirmed the importance of following up on the World Summit on Sustainable Development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and confirmed that he would address the High-level Segment of CSD-12. More.
 

OTHER RECENT MEETINGS


PREPARATIONS CONTINUE FOR ECOSOC’S HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
17-18 March 2004 | New York
In preparation for the Economic and Social Council’s June high-level segment, which will focus on worldwide efforts to lift the world’s 50 poorest nations out of poverty and instability, participants convened in a series of roundtables and panel discussions from 17-18 March 2004 at UN Headquarters in New York. More.
 

CITES DELAYS ONE-OFF IVORY SALE
15-19 March 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
At the recent 50th meeting of the Standing Committee (SC-50) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) delegates discussed, inter alia, arrangements for the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, financial and administrative matters, the budget for 2006-2008, significant trade in specimens of Appendix-II species, and national reports. The Committee decided to extend the validity of the Convention’s Strategic Vision and Action Plan until the end of 2007, and requested the Animals and Plants Committees to produce a final report on developing standardized guidelines and procedures for conducting periodic reviews at SC-51.

The meeting’s highlights included heated discussions on elephants and sturgeons. Regarding elephants, the Committee discussed whether the conditions have been met for three African states –Botswana, Namibia and South Africa – to proceed with the one-off sale of their ivory stocks, according to a COP-12 decision. More.
 

2006 TO BE “YEAR OF THE TURTLE” IN INDIAN OCEAN AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
16-19 March 2004 | Bangkok, Thailand
Among the significant outcomes of the second meeting of the Signatory States to the Indian Ocean–South-East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was the agreement to organize a major awareness campaign in 2006, including a region-wide “Year of the Turtle” campaign, aimed at drawing attention to the dramatic declines in turtle populations and to the complex social and economic issues that need to be tackled. Other highlights include the support for the establishment of a network of important sites for marine turtles under the umbrella of the Memorandum, and an assessment of progress on the basis of reports provided by Signatory States. More.
 

EXPERTS ADDRESS IMPACTS OF TOURISM AND NON-GOVERNMENTAL ACTIVITIES IN THE ANTARCTIC
22-25 March | Tronsø to Trondheim, Norway
Protection of the world’s most pristine environment was the focus of a recent meeting in Norway. Held partly in Tromsø and partly on a steamer that cruised along the northern coast of Norway from Tromsø to Trondheim, the Antarctic treaty meeting of experts on tourism and non-governmental activities in Antarctica was held in response to a decision made at last year’s Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting. The meeting considered how to involve the tourist industry in drawing up guidelines for future activities, and the possibility of cooperation on environmental monitoring in Antarctica to enhance the basis for evaluating the impact of tourism on the environment. More.
 

FoE HOLDS MEETING ON DEAD SEA BASIN
18 March 2004 | Dead Sea, Jordan
Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME), in cooperation with the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation, organized a one-day meeting to address the economics of sustainable management and development of the Dead Sea Basin. Attended by government and NGO representatives from Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the meeting found that the three governments do not share a common vision on the future of the Dead Sea Basin, neither from a political nor a sustainable development perspective. More.
 

AGRICULTURE TALKS YIELD LITTLE PROGRESS
24 March 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
Informal discussions on agriculture at the World Trade Organization have failed to produce any significant progress, according to reports. A brief meeting of the WTO Committee on Agriculture reported that consultations were taking place informally, although there were no indications of a breakthrough. Talks on agriculture are a crucial part of the Doha round of trade negotiations, which stalled last year in Cancun, Mexico. The Doha agenda gave development issues a high priority. More.

ROLE OF REGIONAL INTEGRATION GROUPS ASSESSED
15-19 March | Las Palmas, Canary Islands
The role of regional integration groupings have come under the spotlight in a recent meeting held in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. The meeting on the “Role of Regional Integration Groupings in International Trade, Investment and Human Resources” was organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Delegates discussed how to maximize the benefits of capacity building and training in the areas of international trade, investment, and information and communications technology. More.
 

EXPERT GROUP ON BAT-BEP MEETS FOR SECOND SESSION
8-12 December 2003 | Villarrica, Chile
Participants at the second session of the Stockholm Convention Expert group on Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) discussed the development of guidelines on best available techniques and provisional guidance on best environmental practices relevant to the provisions of Article 5 and Annex C of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. A contact group met to discuss consideration of alternatives in the application of BAT. More.

 

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

EMISSIONS ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHES NEW EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
The Emissions Marketing Association has announced the creation of a European Advisory Committee. The Committee will help develop a European Chapter that will focus on the region’s rapidly evolving carbon emissions market. The Chapter will be based in Brussels. The news follows recent announcements that the Association, which is headquartered in the US, is actively seeking to expand its operations by forming new chapters in different countries and regions.

The Committee members for Europe will be: James Atkins (Vertis Environmental Finance); Dietrich Borst (Bundesverband Emissionshandel und Klimaschutz); Jaap Jansen (Energy Research Center of the Netherlands); Jos Cozijnsen (consulting attorney - energy and environment); Adrian Hull (Eaga Partnership); Chris Hunter (Johnson & Johnson); Emma Johansson (BP); Pascal Mallien (Baker and McKenzie); and Delia Villagrasa (European Business Council for Sustainable Energy). More.

Vacancies

WTO SEEKS
ECONOMIC AFFAIRS OFFICER


WTO Grade Seven, Geneva, 20 May 2004.

FAO SEEKS FISHERY RESOURCES OFFICER
P-5, Rome, 5 May 2004.

MEKONG RIVER COMMISSION SEEKS RIVER BASIN PLANNER
Vientiane, 16 April 2004.

IP WATCH LOOKING TO HIRE COORDINATOR
IP Watch, a new initiative aimed at improving transparency of international intellectual property policymaking, is looking to hire a coordinator to assume the overall responsibility for establishing and leading the programme. Geneva, 15 April 2004.

UNEP POST-CONFLICT ASSESSMENT UNIT SEEKS ASST TO PROG COORDINATOR

Geneva, 15 April 2004.

NILE BASIN INITIATIVE SEEKS REGIONAL PROJECT MANAGER

Addis Ababa, 31 March 2004.

OCEANA SEEKS EUROPEAN POLITICAL ADVISOR
Oceana, a non-profit international advocacy organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the world’s oceans, is looking for a political advisor to represent the organization at the EU and to develop and implement objectives, strategies and policies. Brussels, 31 March 2004.

CONSULTANCY FIRM SEEKS CLIMATE, ENERGY EXPERTS
Ecofys, a company specializing in advice on energy saving and renewable energy solutions, is looking for senior consultants with experience in transport and climate issues, industrial energy efficiency and certificate markets. Nürnberg and Köln, Germany.


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MEDIA REPORTS


WORLD CELEBRATES WATER DAY WITH FOCUS ON WATER AND DISASTERS

World Water Day was marked around the globe on 22 March with a focus on the theme: Water and Disasters. More.

EU SETS UP WATER FACILITY
The European Union announced the establishment of a Water Facility to promote access to clean water and sanitation for people in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. More.

UN SETS UP WATER AND SANITATION ADVISORY BOARD
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the establishment of an Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation to mobilize funds for water and sanitation projects, as well as to help raise awareness and develop new partnerships on these issues. More.

2004 STOCKHOLM WATER PRIZE WINNERS
Two professors have won this year’s prestigious Stockholm Water Prize for their outstanding contributions toward the understanding of lakes and wetlands. More.

MEXICO TO HOST NEXT WORLD WATER FORUM
Mexico will host the fourth World Water Forum in 2006. A series of regional meetings will pave the way for the 2006 summit. More.

MEKONG RIVER SUFFERS FROM DAM BUILDING IN CHINA
The level of Southeast Asia’s Mekong River has reached a record low, according to a recent report by the Mekong River Commission. More.

AUSTRALIA INCREASES GREAT BARRIER REEF PROTECTION
The Australian Parliament has passed a law that will make the Great Barrier Reef the world’s largest protected reef system. More.


ILLEGAL IVORY SEIZED IN CHINA
Chinese officials have seized nearly 300 kilograms (660 lbs) of ivory in the southern city of Guangzhou, China. More.

RUSSIA SEIZES TRUCK WITH 800 BEAR PAWS
A truck loaded with animal parts, including nearly 800 severed bear paws, was seized in Russia as it was heading for China. More.

BRAZIL ANNOUNCES ANTIDEFORESTATION PLAN
Brazilian Environment Minister Marina Silva announced a new system of satellite monitoring, investigation and laws to curb deforestation in the Amazon. More.

INDONESIA CONSIDERS DEATH PENALTY FOR ILLEGAL LOGGING
Come April 2004, the Indonesia government will consider issuing a Presidential decree instituting the death penalty for illegal loggers and corrupt officials who help them. More.

INDONESIA MOVES TO STOP MONEY LAUNDERING IN ILLEGAL LOGGING ACTIVITIES
The Center for International Forestry Research and the Government of Indonesia have recently signed an MoU to combat money laundering related to illegal logging in Indonesia. More.

ASIA-PACIFIC COUNTRIES EXPRESS CONCERN OVER REACH PROPOSAL
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has criticized the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) proposal as “overly expansive, burdensome, and costly” in a recent letter to the EC. More.

EC CONSULTS WITH STAKEHOLDERS ON MERCURY STRATEGY
The European Commission is seeking stakeholder input on its mercury strategy. More.

SISTER CITIES RECEIVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Sister Cities International has awarded nine sister city partnerships with $45,000 in grants to further sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. More.
 


IMF DIRECTORS URGE OPEN AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS IN SELECTION OF NEW CHIEF
The Executive Directors of the International Monetary Fund are requesting that the Fund’s new Managing Director be selected from among the best candidates, regardless of nationality. In the past, the job has always gone to a European, while the World Bank presidency has always gone to an American. More.

BILATERAL TRADE TALKS MOVE AHEAD
Progress has been reported in several bilateral trade negotiations involving various countries from the Americas, Europe and Asia. More.

EXPERTS RUBBISH COASTAL EROSION PREDICTIONS
The mathematical model used for decades by many countries to predict coastal erosion from sea-level rise is seriously flawed, says a new report. More.

TÖPFER TOUTS CLIMATE TREATY’S ECONOMIC BENEFITS
Combating climate change could bring huge economic rewards, according to UN Environment Programme Executive Director Klaus Töpfer. More.

NEW TYPE OF POLLUTION DISCOVERED
Scientists have discovered a new source of carbon pollution in the atmosphere. More.

EU URGED TO TAKE LEAD ON ARCTIC
The European Union should take the lead in protecting the Arctic region from unsustainable development, pollution and climate change, states a new report. More.

CARBON EMISSIONS CHANGING WORLD’S FORESTS
Increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere appear to be changing the ways forests grow and the species that inhabit them, according to a new study. More.

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

THINK PIECES ON WATER, SANITATION AND HUMAN SETTLEMENTS
(Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, 2004) CSD-12 Chair and Norway’s Minister of the Environment Børge Brende commissioned a series of “think pieces” by experts on water, sanitation and human settlements to contribute to the preparations for CSD-12. These papers seek to stimulate the debate on key areas related to the current CSD session’s thematic cluster. The papers are commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment, but the views expressed in them are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Ministry. The “think pieces.”

ADVOCACY SOURCEBOOK
(Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council and Water Aid, December 2003) This four chapter publication is designed to offer practical guidance for advocacy work on water and sanitation. It reviews different advocacy tools, from letter writing to drama, provides examples of advocacy work and includes information on key policy actors, processes and agreements. The publication.

HOW TO LOBBY AT INTERGOVERNMENTAL MEETINGS
(Stakeholder Forum, 2004) Written by Felix Dodds with Michael Strauss, this guide offers advice on how to participate at intergovernmental meetings. Aimed at stakeholders and government officials, the guide makes recommendations on how to prepare and present ideas, explains the consultation and negotiating process, and addresses logistical matters. It also provides pointers on how to find your way around the intergovernmental "hot spots" of New York and Geneva, and lists the contact details of key international organizations, NGOs and stakeholder groups. To order this book, contact Toby Middleton.

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT (IEAM)
(SETAC, 2004) Published by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), IEAM is a new peer-reviewed journal that aims to be a "leading scientific forum for presenting data, promoting dialogue and fostering an improved awareness of the significance of environmental and scientific research to the development of sound approaches to environmental problem-solving, environmental management strategies, and regulatory policy and law." The journal will focus on seven technical topics: ecological risk assessment; environmental impact analysis; environmental law and policy; environmental management; human health assessment; life-cycle assessment; and sustainable development. The first issue of IEAM will be launched at the Fourth SETAC World Congress, which is scheduled to be held in November 2004 in Portland, Oregon, US. More.


IISD WEEKLY JOURNAL REVIEW
Subscribe to receive weekly e-updates containing descriptions of peer-reviewed articles on sustainable development.

Trade, finance and investment

UK BILATERAL INVESTMENT TREATY PROGRAMME AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
(Royal Institute of International Affairs, February 2004) This paper by Luke Eric Peterson provides an analysis of bilateral trade treaties. In particular, Peterson assesses concerns that treaty rules may be used to claim compensation for damages resulting from government regulations on the environment, health or other areas that impact foreign investors. Peterson’s paper assesses known disputes under the UK’s Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements. He draws attention to a variety of procedural and substantive concerns that, he says, indicate that in the future, investment treaty arbitration could open up certain unexpected liabilities for host governments, both in the developing and developed world. The report.
 


Human development

WORLD URBANIZATION PROSPECTS: THE 2003 REVISION
(UN DESA Population Division, 2004) Prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affair’s Population Division, this report presents estimates and projections of urban and rural populations for major areas, regions and countries for the period 1950-2030. The report notes that most of the projected population growth over the next 30 years will take place in urban areas, particularly in smaller urban settlements (those with less than 500,000 inhabitants) of less developed regions. The world’s urban population is projected to exceed its rural population for the first time in the near future. Currently, 48 percent of the world lives in urban areas; this proportion is expected to surpass that of rural populations for the first time in history by 2007, and reach 61 percent in 2030. The world’s rural population is projected to decrease slightly from 3.3 billion in 2003 to 3.2 billion in 2030, while the world’s urban population, currently estimated at 3 billion, is expected to increase to 4 billion in 2017 and 5 billion by 2030. The report. 


GLOBAL POPULATION PROFILE: 2002
(US Census Bureau, 2004) The report, prepared by the United States Census Bureau, presents a summary of the current key trends in global population. The report considers four themes: global population growth, global population composition, contraceptive prevalence in the developing world, and the AIDS pandemic in the 21st century. On population growth, it highlights the current decline in population growth, noting that this is due to declining fertility. On composition, it projects among other things that over the next 25 years the elderly population will grow in both in numbers and proportion. On contraceptives, the report notes that the levels and trends of contraceptive use, especially in developing countries, have important implications for global population change and reproductive health. It states that over 100 million women in developing countries would like to space or limit their pregnancies but are not using contraception and represent an “unmet need” for family planning. On the AIDS pandemic, the report highlights the impact of HIV in the developing world, which is causing negative population growth from AIDS mortality in some countries. It also notes success stories that have stemmed the AIDS epidemic through education programmes. The report.

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

DROUGHT ASSESSMENT AND MITIGATION PORTAL
Launched by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), this portal contains drought-related information, studies, news and resources for the southwest Asia region. The portal was initiated as part of a research project launched by IWMI on World Water Day, 22 March 2004, which aims to unite the scientific community and civil society organizations across India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and to find ways to mitigate the effects of the region’s recurrent droughts. The website.

FISHBASE – A GLOBAL INFORMATION SYSTEM ON FISHES
FishBase, developed by the WorldFish Center in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), is a global source for research on living aquatic resources. The site contains information on 28,400 fish species, as well as 35,900 pictures and 32,800 references. The site.
 


Biodiversity and wildlife

MAIZE AND BIODIVERSITY: THE EFFECTS OF TRANSGENIC MAIZE IN MEXICO
(North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation, March 2004) This draft report aims to present a comprehensive review and assessment of the state of knowledge of the impact of transgenic corn in Mexico, a center of origin and diversity. The study notes that the Mexican government’s food aid programme, which distributes GM maize imported from the US, was the “most likely culprit for disseminating the transgenic maize” and that the country’s moratorium on commercial growing of maize was insufficient to prevent its dissemination. It also highlights the importance of maize for Mexico’s agricultural sector, culture and environment.

Written by a number of experts, this draft report was released by the CEC following a petition by several community and non-governmental organizations. The report was reviewed at a symposium held in Oaxaca, Mexico, on 11 March 2004, and is open to public comment until 12 April. Following public consultation, the report will be approved by the CEC Council and be released in its final form. The report. Comments may be sent to
Chantal Line Carpentier.

THE ROLE OF REGISTERS AND DATABASES IN THE PROTECTION OF TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
(United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, January 2004) This UNU-IAS report recommends changes to international intellectual property law to eliminate the requirement that to protect their traditional knowledge, indigenous people must put it in the public domain. The report argues that obliging indigenous people to offer public documentation of traditional knowledge for intellectual property protection purposes is insensitive to many cultural practices and may lead to injustice.

The report recommends: allowing oral evidence of traditional knowledge in patent applications; establishing means for such evidence to be given in a confidential manner; and providing for limited and restricted access to confidential databases. It calls on governments and organizations to: review existing laws and policies to develop more culturally sensitive search procedures related to traditional knowledge; require that companies demonstrate prior informed consent as a condition for scientific or commercial use of traditional knowledge; ensure that intellectual property rights are supportive of the CBD and international human rights treaties; and engage indigenous people in developing traditional knowledge registers worldwide and a regime for protecting the information. The report.
 

SCIDEV.NET SPOTLIGHT ON “PROTECTING INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE”
Scidev.net is highlighting the protection of indigenous knowledge on its indigenous knowledge dossier. The new “spotlight” provides an overview of the issues regarding traditional knowledge protection in relation to genetic resources, including profit-sharing with indigenous communities. Two new policy briefs by Manuel Ruiz and Anju Sharma examine the national, regional and global debate, while background reading material, news and opinion articles, and links to useful sites provide extra context. The spotlight. 

US REGULATORY AGENCIES UNIFIED BIOTECHNOLOGY WEBSITE
This new US government website contains relevant domestic laws and regulations, as well as a database of GM crops intended for food or feed that have received approval in the US. The database can be searched by crop, type of modification, or developer. The website.

RICE KNOWLEDGE BANK
(IRRI, 2004) Developed by the International Rice Research Institute and its partners, the Rice Knowledge Bank provides free access to over four decades of rice research. The resource.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

RENEWABLES 2004: 1-4 June 2004, Bonn, Germany
A second announcementcontaining a detailed overview of the conference themes, expected outcomes, conference structure and status of the preparations has recently been released. Available in English, French, Spanish and German.
Media accreditationhas begun. Register online by 14 May.
Discussion forumon comments and suggestions for the Conference Issue Paper is open until the end of March.

Upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development


FOOD 21 SYMPOSIUM – TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION:
26 April 2004 - 28 April 2004. Uppsala, Sweden. For more information contact: Symposium Secretariat; tel: +46-18-67-10-03; fax: +46-18-67-35-30; e-mail: food2004@slu.se; Internet: http://www-conference.slu.se/food2004/

WORLD AGRICULTURAL FORUM REGIONAL CONGRESS - FUTURE OF THE AGRI-FOOD SYSTEM: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE AMERICAS:
16 May 2004 - 18 May 2004. St. Louis, Missouri, United States. This congress will convene from 16-18 May 2004 in St. Louis, Missouri, US to focus on developing a new model for agriculture. For more information contact: World Agricultural Forum; tel: +1-314-206-3208; fax: +1-314-206-3222; e-mail: wafstl@stlrcga.org; Internet: http://www.worldagforum.org/2004_homepage.html

XXVII ANTARCTIC TREATY CONSULTATIVE MEETING:
24 May 2004 - 4 June 2004. Cape Town, South Africa. Held annually, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting gives contracting parties an opportunity to exchange information and consult on matters relating to the Antarctic. For more information contact: Richard Skinner, South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism; tel: +27-12-310-3569; fax: +27-12-351-1345; e-mail: rskinner@deat.gov.za; Internet: http://168.83.9.25/27atcm/e/index.htm

36TH WORLD FARMERS’ CONGRESS:
29 May 2004 - 4 June 2004. Washington, DC, United States. This congress will address global issues, such as the WTO trade negotiations, water, food security and industrial concentration. For more information contact: IFAP-FIPA; tel: +33-1-4526-0553; fax: +33-1-4874-7212; e-mail: ifap@ifap.org; Internet: http://www.ifap.org/wfc04/index.html

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON UNCERTAINTY AND PRECAUTION IN ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: 7 June 2004 - 9 June 2004. Copenhagen, Denmark. This symposium will address the role of uncertainty and ignorance in political and managerial decision support within the context of environmental decision making. Seminar topics will focus on integrated environmental assessment, water management issues, and chemicals in the environment. For more information contact: MIACON, Meeting and Conference Services; tel: +45-4585-9727; fax: +45-4583-9727; e-mail: mia@miacon.dk; Internet: http://upem.er.dtu.dk/

CONFERENCE ON FOOD SCIENCE AND FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES:
20 June 2004 - 23 June 2004. Durango, Mexico. This conference will take place from 20-23 June 2004 in Durango, Mexico. For more information contact: Instituto Tecnologico de Durango; Internet: http://www.itdposgrado-bioquimica.com.mx/congress2004.htm

CONFERENCE ON CONSUMERS, FARMERS AND FOOD - RECONCILING THE FUTURE:
5 July 2004 - 6 July 2004. London, UK. This conference is organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in partnership with NewScientist magazine. This two-day conference will address questions concerning how and where food is produced and sourced, how it is transported, and how and where it is sold. For more information contact: Dino Ribeiro, RIIA; tel: +44-20-7957-5753; e-mail: dribeiro@riia.org; Internet: http://www.riia.org/index.php?id=5&cid=55

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE: CURRENT AND FUTURE:
10 July 2004 - 12 July 2004. Beijing, China. Scheduled to take place from 10-12 July 2004 in Beijing China, this symposium will convene under the theme of “Innovation and Development in Agricultural Science and Technology.” For more information contact: The World Food Prize Foundation; tel: +1-515-245-3783; fax: +1-515-245-3785; e-mail: wfp@worldfoodprize.org; Internet: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/chinaconference.htm

XI WORLD CONGRESS OF RURAL SOCIOLOGY:
25 July 2004 - 30 July 2004. Trondheim, Norway. This event will address a diverse range of food security interests under the theme of “Globalization, risks and resistance.” For more information contact: Mark Shucksmith, ESRS; tel: +44-1224-273-901; fax: +44-1224-273-902; e-mail: IRSA@abdn.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.irsa-world.org/XI/

SER 2004 - WORLD CONFERENCE ON ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION:
24 August 2004 - 26 August 2004. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Society for Ecological Restoration’s 16th annual conference will examine theory, policy and practice in ecological restoration. Areas of particular focus will include: ecological restoration as a component of sustainable development, ecological restoration in the context of global warming, impacts of invasive species, and large scale transboundary restoration. The conference will be preceded and followed by field trips to ecosystems and restoration sites in western Canada and the US. For more information contact: Robert Seaton, SER 2004 Conference Chair; tel: +1-604-521-7771; fax: +1-604-520-1968; e-mail: Robert_Seaton@brinkman.ca; Internet: http://www.ser.org

CONFERENCE ON INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT- ACHIEVEMENTS, LESSONS LEARNT AND BEST PRACTICE:
1 September 2004 - 4 September 2004. Kampala, Uganda. The National Agricultural Research Organization of Uganda is inviting scientists to submit papers for this conference. Papers should focus on the following themes: understanding people, their livelihood systems, demands and impact of innovations; enhancing innovation process and partnerships; enhancing integrated management of natural resources; technological options that respond to demands and market opportunities; and enabling policies and linking producers to markets. These papers will be reviewed and developed into best-practice guidelines during the conference. For more information contact: Conference Organizing Committee; tel: +256-77-221-351; fax: +256-41-280-351; e-mail: naroconf@narosaari.org; Internet: http://www.naro.go.ug/about/Events.htm

CONFERENCE ON FOOD SAFETY UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS:
6 September 2004 - 8 September 2004. Jaén, Spain. This conference will consider small-scale producing units of traditional fermented foods, with a focus on Mediterranean and Sub-Sahelian African countries. For more information contact: Antonio Gálvez del Postigo; fax: +34-9-5301-2141; e-mail: foodsafe@ujaen.es; Internet: http://www.ujaen.es/huesped/foodsafe/

30TH SESSION OF THE FAO COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY: 20 September 2004 - 24 September 2004. Rome, Italy. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for 20-24 September 2004 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. For more information contact: Margarita Flores, Secretary, Committee on World Food Security; e-mail: margarita.flores@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/wfsfinal_en.htm

15TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FERTILIZERS AND FERTILIZATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN AGRICULTURE: THE FIRST WORLD MEETS THE THIRD WORLD, CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE:
27 September 2004 - 30 September 2004. Pretoria, South Africa. For more information contact: Lizelle Adams, University of Pretoria; tel: +27-12-420-3879; fax: +27-12-420-3221; e-mail: ladams@postino.up.ac.za; Internet: http://www.suelos.org.ar/Pretoria.htm

WORLD FOOD DAY:
16 October 2004. Worldwide. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Biodiversity for Food Security.” For more information contact: e-mail: World-Food-Day@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/wfd/index_en.asp

AGROENVIRON 2004 CONFERENCE: ROLE OF MULTI-PURPOSE AGRICULTURE IN SUSTAINING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT:
20 October 2004 - 24 October 2004. Udine, Italy. Convening from 20-24 October 2004 in Udine, Italy, this meeting will focus on sustainable agriculture. For more information contact: AgroEnv; e-mail: agroenv@uniud.it; Internet: http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1h0iam

WORKSHOP AND FORUM ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE INSTITUTE ON GLOBALIZATION AND FOOD SYSTEMS:
24 October 2004 - 6 November 2004. Nicoya, Costa Rica. This scientific workshop and science-policy forum will be held from 24 October to 6 November 2004 in Nicoya, Costa Rica. The event will focus on interactions between globalization and global environmental change, and the implications of these interactions for food systems and food security. For more information contact: Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI); tel: +55-12-3945-6856; fax: +55-12-3941-4410; e-mail: i2004-geci@dir.iai.int; Internet: http://www.institutes.iai.int/2004GECI.htm

18TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF NUTRITION: NUTRITION SAFARI FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS:
19 September 2005 - 24 September 2005. Durban, South Africa. Organized by the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), this congress will take place from 19-24 September 2005 in Durban, South Africa. The ‘nutrition safaris’ will precede the main congress in Durban, and entail safari’s or journeys in southern Africa of small groups (20-30) of nutrition scientists and practitioners focusing on a specialized area of nutrition. For more information contact: safari@puk.ac.za; Internet: http://www.puk.ac.za/iuns

Biodiversity and wildlife

EARTHWATCH LECTURE: PILL BUGS TO PENGUINS; CONSERVING SOUTH AFRICA’S WILDLIFE:
1 April 2004. London, UK. This Earthwatch Lecture will be on “Monitoring the status of South Africa’s invertebrates, essential components of the ecosystem, and examining the threats to African penguins posed by oil spills and fisheries.” For more information contact: Simon Laman; tel: +44-18-6531-8856; fax: +44-18-6531-1383; e-mail: events@earthwatch.org.uk; Internet: http://www.earthwatch.org/europe/events/lectures.html#lecture1

MEETING ON FORESTS AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS: PROMOTING SYNERGY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE THREE RIO CONVENTIONS:
5 April 2004 - 7 April 2004. Viterbo, Italy. At the invitation of and with support from the Government of Italy, the secretariats of the CCD and CBD with the cooperation of the UNFCCC secretariat are planning this workshop, whose focus provides a theme around which planning and implementation that addresses the provisions of all three Conventions can be discussed or developed. For more information contact: Federica Meneghetti, Viterbo Workshop Secretariat, UNCCD Liaison Officer in Rome; tel: +39-06-5722-8261; fax: +39-06-5722-8178; e-mail: viterboworkshop@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/workshop/menu.php

WORKSHOP ON FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, CONSERVATION AND NEW MOVEMENTS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE IN THE AMERICAS:
15 April 2004 - 17 April 2004. New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Organized by Yale University, this workshop will provide an opportunity for students, NGO representatives, farmers and scholars from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean to exchange experiences and learn more about cutting-edge research, on-the-ground practice and social movements involved in conservation, development and policy change in complex agricultural systems. For more information contact: The Yale Center of International and Area Studies; tel: +1-203-432-3422; fax: +1-203-432-5963; e-mail: Margarita.Fernandez@Yale.edu; Internet: http://www.yale.edu/las/food/index.html

MEETING ON WAYS TO PROMOTE THE IDEAS BEHIND THE CBD’S ECOSYSTEM APPROACH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE:
6 May 2004 - 8 May 2004. Isle of Vilm, Germany. This meeting is organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. For more information contact: Jutta Stadler; tel: +49-38-301-860; fax: +49-38-301-86150; e-mail: bfn.ina.vilm@t-online.de; Internet: http://www.dmu.dk/1_Om_DMU/2_Tvaer-funk/3_fdc_mar/Diverse/BnF_workshop_May2004/preliminary-program.doc

32ND SESSION OF THE CODEX COMMITTEE ON FOOD LABELLING:
10 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Montreal, Canada. This meeting is organized by the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat. For more information contact: tel: +39-06-5705-2287; fax: +39-06-5705-3369; e-mail: codex@fao.org; Internet: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/ccfl32/fl04_01e.htm

INTERNATIONAL BIODIVERSITY DAY:
22 May 2004. Worldwide. International Biodiversity Day is organized by the Convention on Biological Diversity. For more information contact: secretariat@biodiv.org; tel: +1-514-288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; Internet: http://www.biodiv.org/programmes/outreach/awareness/biodiv-day-2004.asp

CONFERENCE ON FOOD SCIENCE AND FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES:
20 June 2004 - 23 June 2004. Durango, Mexico. This conference will take place from 20-23 June 2004 in Durango, Mexico. For more information contact: Instituto Tecnologico de Durango; Internet: http://www.itdposgrado-bioquimica.com.mx/congress2004.htm

27TH SESSION OF THE FAO/WHO CODEX ALIMENTARIUS COMMISSION:
28 June 2004 - 2 July 2004. Rome, Italy. The session is organized by the Codex Alimentarius Secretariat. For more information contact: codex@fao.org; tel: +39-06-5705-2287; fax: +39-06-5705-3369; Internet: http://www.codexalimentarius.net/current.asp

2004 WORLD FOOD PRIZE INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON RICE: FROM ASIA TO AFRICA, BIOFORTIFICATION AND ENHANCED NUTRITION:
14 October 2004 - 15 October 2004. Des Moines, Iowa,, United States. The World Food Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply, including food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences. For more information contact: World Food Prize Foundation; tel: +1-515-245-3783; fax: +1-515-245-3785; e-mail: wfp@worldfoodprize.org; Internet: http://www.worldfoodprize.org

CGIAR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2004:
25 October 2004 - 29 October 2004. Mexico City, Mexico. The annual general meeting of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research will take place from 25-29 October 2004 in Mexico City, Mexico. For more information contact: CGIAR Secretariat; tel: +1-202-473-8951; fax: +1-202-473-8110; e-mail: cgiar@cgiar.org; Internet: http://www.cgiar.org/meetings/index.html

Chemicals management

SECOND SESSION OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A STRATEGIC APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT (SAICM PREPCOM 2):
4 October 2004 - 8 October 2004. Nairobi, Kenya. SAICM PrepCom 2 will be held from 4-8 October 2004 in Nairobi, Kenya. For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: +41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.chem.unep.ch/saicm/

Climate, energy and atmosphere

MEETING ON FORESTS AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS: PROMOTING SYNERGY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE THREE RIO CONVENTIONS:
5 April 2004 - 7 April 2004. Viterbo, Italy. At the invitation of and with support from the Government of Italy, the secretariats of the CCD and CBD with the cooperation of the UNFCCC secretariat are planning this workshop, whose focus provides a theme around which planning and implementation that addresses the provisions of all three Conventions can be discussed or developed. For more information contact: Federica Meneghetti, Viterbo Workshop Secretariat, UNCCD Liaison Officer in Rome; tel: +39-06-5722-8261; fax: +39-06-5722-8178; e-mail: viterboworkshop@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/workshop/menu.php

FIRST GLOBAL CARBON MARKET FAIR: CARBON EXPO 2004: 9 June 2004 - 11 June 2004. Cologne, Germany. This combined trade fair and conference will promote the development of the new carbon market and of cleaner technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is being organized by the World Bank, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse (Cologne Trade Fair). For more information contact: Robert Dornau, Conference Director; tel: +41-22-839-3154; fax: +41-22-839-3181; e-mail: dornau@ieta.org; Internet: http://www.carbonexpo.com

EMA EIGHTH ANNUAL FALL MEETING AND CONFERENCE: 19 September 2004 - 22 September 2004. Toronto, Canada. The Emissions Marketing Association's Eighth Annual Fall Meeting and International Conference will consider a range of topics, including new initiatives on renewable energy, the EU's emissions trading scheme and other regional initiatives, and the prospects for trading in a non-Kyoto world. For more information contact: David Feldner, EMA Executive Director; tel: +1-414-276-3819; fax: +1-414-276-3349; e-mail: dfeldner@emissions.org; Internet: http://www.emissions.org


WENGEN 2004 INTERNATIONAL AND INTERDISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP: MOUNTAIN GLACIERS AND SOCIETY:
6 October 2004 - 8 October 2004. Wengen, Switzerland. This interdisciplinary workshop will focus on climate and global change and glacial retreat. Experts on mountainous regions around the world, including the Alps, Andes, Himalayas and Rocky Mountains, will meet to discuss the impacts of glacial retreat, particularly on local populations. Specific issues to be addressed will include climate-glacier interactions, the impacts of physical changes, perceptions of glacial retreat and how these relate to culture and identity, changes in natural hazards, monitoring and modeling. For more information contact: Ellen Wiegandt, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva; tel: +41-22-908-5937; fax: +41-22-733-3049; e-mail: wiegandt@hei.unige.ch; Internet: http://www.unifr.ch/geoscience/geographie/EVENTS/Wengen/04/Wengen2004.html

Forests

MEETING ON FORESTS AND FOREST ECOSYSTEMS: PROMOTING SYNERGY IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE THREE RIO CONVENTIONS:
5 April 2004 - 7 April 2004. Viterbo, Italy. At the invitation of and with support from the Government of Italy, the secretariats of the CCD and CBD with the cooperation of the UNFCCC secretariat are planning this workshop, whose focus provides a theme around which planning and implementation that addresses the provisions of all three Conventions can be discussed or developed. For more information contact: Federica Meneghetti, Viterbo Workshop Secretariat, UNCCD Liaison Officer in Rome; tel: +39-06-5722-8261; fax: +39-06-5722-8178; e-mail: viterboworkshop@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/workshop/menu.php

LAUNCHING MEETING OF THE THEMATIC PROGRAMME NETWORK ON RENEWABLE ENERGIES AND ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND ECO-TECHNOLOGIES: 5 May 2004 - 7 May 2004. Nairobi, Kenya. This meeting will launch the Thematic Programme Network on Renewable Energies and Environmentally Sound Eco-Technologies (TPN 5) in the context of the Regional Action Programme to Combat Desertification in Africa. For more information contact: CCD Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2861; fax: +49-228-815-2898/99; e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/regional/africa/meetings/meetings.php#regional


Trade, finance and investment in sustainable development

GLOBAL COMPACT POLICY DIALOGUE ON SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION: 5 April 2004 - 6 April 2004. Paris, France. For more information contact: Gavin Power, Director of Communications; tel: +1-212-963-4681; fax: +1-212-963-1207; e-mail: powerg@un.org; Internet: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Portal/Default.asp

SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS ON STATISTICS OF AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION, TRADE, SUPPLY/UTILIZATION ACCOUNTS AND FOOD BALANCE SHEETS:
10 May 2004 - 14 May 2004. Chisinau, Moldova. This meeting will be held from 10-14 May 2004 in Chisinau, Moldova, under the auspices of the Department for Statistics and Sociology of the Republic of Moldova and the FAO Statistics Division. For more information contact: Edward Gillin; tel: +39-6-5705-3599; fax: +39-6-5705-5615; e-mail: Edward.Gillin@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/WAICENT/FAOINFO/ECONOMIC/ESS/meetings/moldova_2004.asp

WTO ANNUAL PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM: MULTILATERALISM AT A CROSSROADS:
25 May 2004 - 27 May 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. The World Trade Organization will host a public symposium on the challenges the WTO and member states face in ensuring a successful completion of the Doha Development Agenda. The symposium is aimed at representatives of governments, parliaments, civil society, the business sector, academia and the media, and will consider the various challenges facing the multilateral trading system during this crucial phase of the Doha Round. For more information contact: Bernard Kuiten, WTO External Relations Division; tel: +41-22-739-5676; fax: +41-22-731-4206; e-mail: symposium2004@wto.org; Internet: http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/dda_e/symp_devagenda_04_e.htm

GLOBAL COMPACT LEADERS SUMMIT:
24 June 2004. New York, United States. To be chaired by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Global Compact Leaders Summit will convene leaders of participating companies, international labor and civil society and select government officials to take stock of the Global Compact and chart its future course. Launched in July 2000, the Global Compact is an international initiative that brings companies together with UN agencies, labor and civil society to support nine agreed principles of human rights, labor and the environment. For more information contact: Gavin Power, Director of Communications; tel: +1-212-963-4681; fax: +1-212-963-1207; e-mail: powerg@un.org; Internet: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Portal/Default.asp

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT AND POVERTY REDUCTION - THE MACRO-MICRO LINKAGE:
13 October 2004 - 15 October 2004. Cape Town, South Africa. Hosted by the University of Cape Town's Development Policy Research Unit (DPRU) and Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) in association with Cornell University, this conference will consider evidence-based policy recommendations on trade and investment that stem from analysis of macro-micro linkages in the African context. For more information contact: DPRU; tel: +27-21-650-5705; fax: +27-21-650-5711; e-mail: dpruconf@commerce.uct.ac.za; Internet: http://www.commerce.uct.ac.za/dpru/dpruconference2004/default.htm

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

LIMESTONE COAST 2004:
10 October 2004 - 16 October 2004. Naracoorte Caves, South Australia, Australia. The workshop will examine issues relating to karst and other subterranean wetlands and will explore the overall concept of understanding the relationship between karst resources, the biotic environment and the human situation. It will also emphasize the relationships between earth sciences and bio-sciences and between scientific understanding and human activities. For more information contact: Kent Henderson, Workshop Secretariat; tel: +61-3-9398-0598; e-mail: kenthen@optushome.com.au; Internet: http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/parks/naracoorte/pdfs/lc_circular1.pdf

WORKSHOP ON WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: GOVERNANCE, INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES:
8 November 2004 - 11 November 2004. Loskop Dam, South Africa. This workshop will convene researchers and policy and development agents to discuss issues relating to water management for local sustainable development, with a focus on rural development. For more information contact: Sylvain Perret; e-mail: sylvain.perret@cirad.fr; Internet: http://wrm2004.cirad.fr
 

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