LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 4 Nov 2002

CURRENT MEETINGS COVERED BY ENB

 

LINKAGES UPDATE


Linkages Update is our means of keeping you informed of what’s new on IISD Reporting Services’ Linkages website. This page is updated on a fortnightly basis, while the website continually posts new information provided by our seven new Issue Cluster Experts. If you wish to submit relevant materials, e-mail prisna@iisd.org
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS


Global Water Partnership appoints Gabbrielli as new Executive Secretary

Ramsar appoints Lei as new Asia Regional Coordinator

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Recently added meetings:

The Johannesburg Summit: What happened and what do we do next?: 4 Nov 2002. London, UK.

Access to Genetic Resources and Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising out of their Utilization: 7 Nov 2002. Bern, Switzerland.

Forum on Small Island Developing States and Agricultural Trade Liberalization: 7 Nov 2002. Geneva, Switzerland.

UNESCO International Congress: 14-19 Nov 2002. Venice, Italy.

Emissions Trading Asia Pacific 2002:  18-20 Nov 2002. Sydney, Australia.

Sixth International Conference on Shellfish Restoration: 20-24 Nov 2002. Charleston, S Carolina, US.

Sustainable Trade and Innovation Centre: 21 Nov 2002. Brussels, Belgium.

Linkages - How Do We Bridge the Gap on Trade, Environment and Labour:  26 Nov 2002. Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Workshop on Liability and Redress: 2-4 Dec 2002. Rome, Italy.

Monaco World Summit - "Private Enterprise & Public Trust":  8-10 Dec 2002. Monte-Carlo, Monaco.

Pacem In Maribus 2002: 8-14 Dec 2002. Cape Town, South Africa.

Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Opening for Signature of the 1982 UNCLOS at the 57th UNGA Session:  9-10 Dec 2002. UNHQ, NY, US.

Sustainable Agriculture, Water Resources Development, and Earth Care Policies:  18-20 Dec 2002. New Delhi, India.

Asian Social Forum:  2-7 Jan 2003.  Hyderabad, India.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting:  23-28 Jan 2003.  Davos, Switzerland.

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit:  6-9 Feb 2003.  New Delhi, India.

The Second International Symposium on the Management of Large Rivers for Fisheries :  11-14 Feb 2003. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Transboundary Conservation Areas Workshop:  17-21 Feb 2003. Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.

CBD Inter-Sessional Meeting on the Multi-Year Work Programme: 17-19 March 2003. Montreal, Canada.

Sustainable Development Indicators in the Mineral Industries:  21-23 May 2003. Milos, Greece.

55th Annual Meeting of the IWC: 16- 20 June 2003. Berlin, Germany.

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CITES COP-12 CONVENES IN CHILE

Santiago, Chile | 3 - 15 Nov 2002

The 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) opened on Sunday, 3 November in Santiago, Chile. Delegates plan to consider, inter alia: the 2003-2005 budget; a change to the title of the Convention; CITES-relevant outcomes associated with the WSSD; and address trade and conservation issues relating to many species, including freshwater turtles, sharks, minke whales, sturgeon, Patagonian toothfish and bigleaf mahogany. Issues related to the African elephant, both the illegal hunting of the species and the illegal trade in ivory, will also be discussed.  ENB's daily complete coverage, including Real Audio and photographs.

 

ITTC MEETS FOR ITS 33RD SESSION
Yokohama, Japan | 4 - 9  Nov 2002
The 33rd Meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees opened on 4 November 2002 in Yokohama, Japan. The session is slated to address, inter alia, the renegotiation of the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA) and emerging international trade issues of relevance to the International Tropical Timber Organization, forest law enforcement in Africa, and the role of phased approaches to certification as a tool to promote sustainable forest management.  ENB's daily web coverage, including Real Audio and photographs.

 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS

 

DELEGATES ADOPT DELHI DECLARATION,
AS CLIMATE CHANGE COP COMES TO A CLOSE

New Delhi, India | 23 Oct - 1 Nov 2002

On the final day of the eighth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Parties adopted the Delhi Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. Several States, including Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, the G-77/China and the United States expressed their support for the Declaration. Others, including the EU, Bulgaria, Tuvalu, Japan, and Canada, expressed disappointment in the lack of a forward-looking sentiment in the Declaration.  ENB's Summary and Analysis of COP-8; daily web coverage in English; Spanish; French.

 

AFTER THE JOHANNESBURG SUMMIT: THE FUTURE OF ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES 
Ottawa, Canada | 23 Oct 2002

This event convened to review the outcomes of and coordinate follow-up to the WSSD. Priority issue-areas for Canada, as identified by participants, included: ratifying the Kyoto Protocol by December 2002; doubling ODA by 2010; increasing market access for less developed countries by January 2003; developing a National Sustainable Development Strategy by 2005; supporting sustainable development in Africa through the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); and prioritizing environmental and social objectives over trade liberalization.
 Click here for more information.

 

GLOBAL MOUNTAIN SUMMIT 
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan | 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2002

At the close of the first-ever Global Mountain Summit, participants adopted the Bishkek Mountain Platform, designed to guide governments and other actors involved with mountain issues toward achieving the objectives of improving mountain people’s livelihoods, protecting mountain ecosystems and using mountain resources wisely. During the Summit, Norway also announced its intention to help clean up nuclear waste dumps in Kyrgyzstan’s mountains to prevent a potentially devastating environmental disaster in one of the most densely populated areas of Central Asia.

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RECENT NEWS

  UNITED STATES SIGNS PLANT GENETIC RESOURCES TREATY
The US has joined 76 other countries and the European Community in signing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture. More information.

 

GEF ADDS LAND DEGRADATION
AS FOCAL AREA

The second Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which met in Beijing, China from 16-18 October 2002, adopted a recommendation to designate land degradation as one of its focal areas. More information.

 

UNEP CHIEF WINS TOP EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE

The Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, Europe's largest environmental foundation, has honored UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer, the highest-ranking German in the UN system, for his outstanding achievement in international environmental protection. More information.

 

UNICEF KICKS OFF HALLOWEEN
CAMPAIGN IN THE US

Halloween night (31 October) in the United States marks the 52nd annual 'Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF' campaign. The funds raised will be donated this year to the global effort to eradicate polio. More information.

 

  CORAL BLEACHING INCREASES WORLDWIDE, LINKED TO CLIMATE CHANGE

Scientists have documented a new global trend of coral bleaching and are linking the cause to climate change. More information.

 

IVORY ISSUE INTENSIFIES IN LEAD UP TO CITES COP

On the eve of CITES COP-12, African elephant range States met to build an African consensus regarding the proposals from Botswana, Namibia, South African and Zimbabwe for one-off sales of existing legal ivory stocks, to be followed later by annual export quotas. All countries, with the exception of Kenya, have agreed to the proposals. More information.

 

BIODIVERSITY AND WILDLIFE PRIMERS UPDATED

Linkages provides background information on various issues and multilateral processes. Recently updated primers include:

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including the COP, SBSTTA, Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and Working Groups on Article 8(J) and Access and Benefit-Sharing

Commission of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA), including the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR)

Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), including conservation agreements and memoranda of understanding

Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


 Damming the CDM (IRN and CDM Watch 2002)

 A Journey in the History of Water (Norwegian Broadcasting Corp 2001)

 Global Water Outlook to 2025 - Averting an Impending Crisis (IFPRI and IWMI 2002)

 World Atlas of Biodiversity – Earth’s Living Resources for the 21st Century (UNEP-WCMC 2002)

 Integrating Intellectual Property Rights and Development Policy (Commission on Intellectual Property Rights 2002)

 Guide to Developing a Biodiversity Strategy from a Sustainable Development Perspective (Institut de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie, Ministère de l’Environnement du Québec, UNDP and UNEP 2000)
 


 Global Environmental Governance: Options & Opportunities (Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 2002)

 Global Environmental Institutions: Perspectives on Reform (RIIA 2002)

 International Sustainable Development Governance: The Question of Reform: Key Issues and Proposals (UNU/IAS 2002)

 Roads to the Summit (Panos London and LEAD International 2002)

 The Challenge of Sustainability: An Action Agenda for the Global Environment (GEF 2002)

 Children in the New Millennium: Environmental Impact on Health (UNEP, UNICEF, WHO 2002)

Linkages is provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
It is designed to be an electronic clearing-house for information on past and upcoming international meetings
related to environment and development policy.