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Global Water Partnership appoints
Gabbrielli as new Executive Secretary
Ramsar appoints Lei as new Asia
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.
on Small Island Developing States and Agricultural Trade Liberalization:
7 Nov 2002. Geneva, Switzerland.
Emissions Trading Asia
Pacific 2002: 18-20
Nov 2002. Sydney, Australia.
Conference on Shellfish Restoration:
20-24 Nov 2002. Charleston, S Carolina, US.
Sustainable Trade and
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.
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
23-28 Jan 2003. Davos, Switzerland.
Delhi Sustainable Development
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.
17-21 Feb 2003. Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand.
Meeting on the Multi-Year Work Programme:
17-19 March 2003. Montreal, Canada.
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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of upcoming meetings (pdf)
COP-12 CONVENES IN CHILE
Santiago, Chile | 3 - 15 Nov 2002
Session of the Conference of the Parties to the
on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
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.
daily complete coverage, including Real Audio and photographs.
MEETS FOR ITS 33RD SESSION
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.
daily web coverage, including Real Audio and photographs.
RECENT KEY MEETINGS
ADOPT DELHI DECLARATION,
AS CLIMATE CHANGE COP COMES TO A CLOSE
New Delhi, India | 23 Oct - 1 Nov 2002
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.
Summary and Analysis of COP-8; daily web coverage in
AFTER THE JOHANNESBURG SUMMIT: THE FUTURE
OF ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ISSUES
Canada | 23 Oct
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.
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GLOBAL MOUNTAIN SUMMIT
Kyrgyzstan | 29 Oct - 1 Nov 2002
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.
Click here for more information.
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.
GEF ADDS LAND DEGRADATION
AS FOCAL AREA
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.
UNEP CHIEF WINS TOP
EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE
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
UNICEF KICKS OFF HALLOWEEN
CAMPAIGN IN THE US
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.
INCREASES WORLDWIDE, LINKED TO CLIMATE CHANGE
have documented a new global trend of coral bleaching and are linking
the cause to climate change.
IVORY ISSUE INTENSIFIES IN LEAD UP TO
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.
WILDLIFE PRIMERS UPDATED
Linkages provides background information
on various issues and multilateral processes. Recently updated primers
Convention on Biological Diversity
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
including the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food
and Agriculture (ITPGR)
Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals
agreements and memoranda of understanding
Convention on International Trade in Endangered
AND ONLINE RESOURCES
the CDM (IRN and CDM Watch 2002)
Journey in the History of Water (Norwegian Broadcasting Corp
Water Outlook to 2025 - Averting an Impending Crisis
(IFPRI and IWMI 2002)
Atlas of Biodiversity – Earth’s Living Resources for the 21st Century
Intellectual Property Rights and Development Policy
(Commission on Intellectual Property
to Developing a Biodiversity Strategy from a Sustainable Development
de l’énergie et de l’environnement de la Francophonie, Ministère de
l’Environnement du Québec, UNDP and UNEP 2000)
Environmental Governance: Options & Opportunities
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies 2002)
Environmental Institutions: Perspectives on Reform (RIIA
Sustainable Development Governance: The Question of Reform: Key Issues
and Proposals (UNU/IAS 2002)
to the Summit (Panos London and LEAD International 2002)
Challenge of Sustainability: An Action Agenda for the Global Environment
in the New Millennium: Environmental Impact on Health
(UNEP, UNICEF, WHO 2002)