LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 28 May 2004

UPCOMING COVERAGE BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN


Renewables 2004 - International Conference for Renewable Energies: Bonn, Germany, 1-4 June
Fifth Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (UNICPOLOS-5): New York, 7-11 June
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN



Pekka Patosaari, Yuriy Isakovi and Moncef Khane applauding at the closing of UNFF-4
 

UNFF-4 FOCUSES ON NEXT SESSION’S REVIEW; FAILS TO ADOPT RESOLUTIONS ON TRADITIONAL FOREST-RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND ENHANCED COOPERATION
3–14 May 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
Delegates to the Fourth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests considered progress in implementation with respect to the following thematic areas: social and cultural aspects of forests; traditional forest-related knowledge; forest-related scientific knowledge; finance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies; and monitoring, assessment and reporting and criteria and indicators. The Forum also considered issues common to each UNFF session, including: enhanced cooperation and coordination with other international organizations; and intersessional work.

UNFF-4 adopted five resolutions on: social and cultural aspects of forests; forest-related scientific knowledge; monitoring, assessment and reporting and criteria and indicators; finance and transfer of environmentally sound technologies; and the review of the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests. Delegates failed to adopt resolutions on traditional forest-related knowledge and enhanced cooperation. Click here for ENB’s coverage of this meeting, including daily and summary reports, photographs and Real Audio recordings.
 

DELEGATES DECIDE TO CONVENE FOR SECOND ROUND OF INFORMALS IN BPOA+10 REVIEW PROCESS
17-19 May 2004 | UN headquarters, New York
During the consultations held in preparation for the International Meeting (IM) on the Ten-Year Review of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), delegates undertook a second reading of the compilation text produced from the SIDS preparatory meeting held from 14-16 April 2004. While good progress was made at the informals, delegates felt it was necessary to convene for another three days of informal informal consultations in October or November 2004 in order to reach a “comfortable” level of agreement on the text ahead of the IM. It was also agreed that the decision on whether to hold two days of informal consultations prior to the IM would be taken at the end of the next round of informals. ENB Briefing Note.
 

OTHER RECENT MEETINGS


SHANGHAI CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON SCALING UP POVERTY REDUCTION
25-27 May 2004 | Shanghai, China
Several Heads of State and over 80 ministers and 1000 development practitioners, public and private sector executives, academics, and non-governmental representatives gathered recently in Shanghai to share ideas on effective approaches to reducing poverty at a large scale and reenergize global efforts to meet the MDGs. Sponsored by the World Bank, this event sought to find solutions from the developing world for the developing world through analyzing some 100 case studies of poverty reduction and identifying key success factors.

During the meeting, leaders from developing countries criticized developed countries for their focus on security issues and protectionist trade measures at the expense of meaningful assistance to the world’s poor. The meeting concluded that achieving the MDGs will depend not only on increasing resources, but also on renewed commitment to adapt and accelerate implementation of successful approaches across and within countries. More.
 

INFORMAL PANEL DISCUSSES ECOSOC REFORM
7 May 2004 | UNHQ, New York
The Economic and Social Council held an informal panel discussion on the reform of the Council, organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs. Proposals include building on ECOSOC’s convening powers, including encouraging policy research by and dialogue with independent experts on the economic and social dimensions of peace and security. Member States’ interventions during the discussion revealed three primary preferences for moving forward: any reform process should assume a cautious approach and not make radical changes; the Council should remain largely intergovernmental; and organizational changes that can make the Council more efficient should be pursued. More.

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES FORUM FOCUSES ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN
10-21 May 2004 | UNHQ, New York
The Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues met for its third session at UN headquarters in New York from 10-21 May 2004 to focus on the session’s special theme of “Indigenous Women.” Some 1500 participants from over 500 indigenous groups were in attendance. The Forum adopted six draft decisions and eight sets of recommendations on the session’s theme, the mandated areas and the Forum’s future work. The fourth session of the Permanent Forum, which will take place from 9 to 20 May 2005 in New York, will focus on the “Millennium Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples,” emphasizing on the MDGs related to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education. More.
 

AFRICAN FINANCE MINISTERS CALL FOR END TO TRADE BARRIERS AND SUBSIDIES
18-22 May 2004 | Kampala, Uganda
Africa’s Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development came together recently for the annual Conference of Ministers convened by the UN Economic Commission for Africa to discuss “Mainstreaming trade policy in national development strategies,” focusing on opportunities and challenges facing African countries in the context of the global trading system, and examining issues related to trade policy and its impact on Africa's development. More.
 

AFRICAN COUNTRIES MAKE PROGRESS IN PHASING OUT LEADED GASOLINE
5-7 May 2004 | Nairobi, Kenya
Representatives from governments, organizations, industry and members of civil society gathered at UNEP headquarters recently to take stock of the progress towards phasing-out leaded gasoline or petrol across sub-Saharan Africa as well as address the wider issues of urban air pollution. Participants discussed technical issues on lead phase-out from 5-6 May and a Ministerial session convened on 7 May. More.

 

CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF TROPICAL FORESTS FOCUSES ON PRIVATE-SECTOR EXPERIENCES
13-15 April 2004 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The International Conference on Sustainable Management of Tropical Forests: Private Sector Experiences reviewed private-sector experiences in sustainable forest management (SFM) in the tropics and discussed ways that success stories could be expanded to other companies and community groups. More.

MILLENNIUM ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT MEETING LINKS LOCAL KNOWLEDGE AND GLOBAL SCIENCE
17-20 March 2004 | Alexandria, Egypt
Academic and indigenous experts convened recently to address two fundamental challenges faced by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA): how to undertake a “multi-scale” assessment and how to create mechanisms that enable the integration or coordination of information and insights from individuals who possess different “ways of knowing the world.” More.
 

CAIRNS CONFERENCE AIMS TO PROTECT MARINE ENVIRONMENT FROM LAND-BASED ACTIVITIES
10-14 May 2004 | Cairns, Australia
Participants to the H20 Partnership Conference shared expertise, experiences and solutions to the problems of marine pollution, with a view to developing a multistakeholder programme of work to protect the marine environment from land based activities. Major outcomes of the conference included a Ministerial Communiqué, and a Programme of Work for the international community to accelerate national and regional action to protect the marine environment from land-based activities. The conference also saw the launch of a UNEP-sponsored campaign on “Wastewater Emission Targets - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All” or WET-WASH. More.

FISHERIES CONGRESS FOCUS ON HARMONIZING FISHERIES WITH CONSERVATION
2-6 May 2004 | Vancouver, Canada
Almost 1,500 delegates from 80 nations gathered at the 4th World Fisheries Congress to explore issues focusing on the harmonization of fisheries with conservation. During the five-day conference, delegates discussed, inter alia: jurisdictional equity; aboriginal fisheries; aquaculture; marine protected areas; and the international management of shared river systems. One day was dedicated to a forum for the fisheries community to address how industry and environmental organizations can further the objective of reconciling fisheries with conservation, while another public forum examined the seafood ‘sustainable fishery’ certification movement. More.
 

CONFERENCE DISCUSSES NIGER RIVER MANAGEMENT
27-28 April 2004 | Paris, France
African leaders from the nine countries that share the Niger River met to discuss how to better manage the river and prevent its water levels from declining. A ‘Paris Declaration’ was signed to establish good governance principles for the river based on sustainable development and fair water sharing. More.
 

MEETING FOCUSES ON NORDIC WETLAND CONSERVATION
4-7 May 2004 | Brekstad, Norway
Some 50 participants from 10 countries gathered to discuss how to improve wetland conservation and awareness and possibilities for strengthening Nordic wetland cooperation, particularly within the Baltic region. More.

EMG CONSIDERS PROGRAMME OF WORK FOR 2004
20 April 2004 | New York
The Environmental Management Group (EMG) met for its seventh meeting on 20 April 2004 in New York to consider its Programme of Work for 2004 concerning environmental capacity building, and sustainable production and consumption/sustainable procurement.

On environmental capacity building, participants heard a presentation on the background and process for the Intergovernmental Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building (ISP) and its linkages with the work of the EMG. Participants also heard presentations on and discussed the outlines for the EMG’s study on capacity building in the areas of biodiversity and chemicals management. More.
 

LINKAGES UPDATE


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Comings and goings

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

ANGELA KING RETIRES
Angela King, Assistant-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, and head of the DESA eponymous office, retired on 30 April 2004 after almost 40 years of service at the United Nations, including seven years in her role as Special Adviser on the Advancement of Women. More.

ANTARCTIC TREATY APPOINTS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Jan Huber, the Netherlands, has been appointed the first ever Executive Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty. Huber is expected to take up his position at the seat of the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2004. More. 

UNCCD SECRETARIAT HIRES NEW PRESS OFFICER
Michel Smitall has taken over Chemin Gloria Kwan’s position in the UNCCD Secretariat’s press office. Smitall comes to the UNCCD from the UNFCCC Secretariat and can be reached at press@unccd.int

Vacancies

IGES recruiting researchers for forest conservation project: Kanagawa, Japan, 20 July.

CMS seeks Executive Secretary: D-1, Bonn, Germany, 19 July.

UN Centre for Human Settlements advertises two Nairobi-based D-1 positions: Governing Council Secretary/External Relations and Inter-Agency Affairs Chief, 12 July; and Chief for its Water, Sanitation and Infrastructure Branch, 28 June.

NAMMCO seeks General Secretary: Tromsø, Norway, 9 July.

UN-HABITAT seeks Water,  Sanitation and Infrastructure Chief: D-1, Nairobi, 28 June.

IEEP seeks Biodiversity/ Nature Conservation Fellow: London/Brussels, 21 June.

UNCTAD vacancy for Head of Trade Negotiations: D-1, Geneva, 15 June.

UNDP/IUCN/MRC seek Regional Wetlands Communication and Networks Coordinator: Vientiane, 10 June.

UNDP/IUCN/MRC seek Regional Wetlands Training Coordinator: Vientiane, 10 June.

UNEP DEWA seeks Chief of Branch: D-1, Nairobi, 30 May.

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids seeks International Programmes Manager: Washington, DC.

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

 

MILLENNIUM SUMMIT
2005 REVIEW


RECENT KEY REPORTS

PROGRESS TOWARDS THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS, 1990-2003
(March 2004, UNDESA Statistics Division) This report presents a preliminary assessment of global and regional progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It has been released as an “unofficial working paper” by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Secretariat based on statistics compiled by an inter-agency technical group of the UN system and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, led by DESA’s Statistics Division. The report comprises eight chapters, each of which presents an assessment of trends for each of the MDGs and for the indicators used to monitor progress for the specific target. Most sections also briefly discuss future prospects and key initiatives undertaken at the international and national level to forward progress toward the target/goal. The report.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

A CRISIS IN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE - THE CHALLENGE OF ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: 8 June 2004. University of Westminster, London, UK. Stakeholder Forum is convening this event to support preparations for the upcoming MDG+5 review, and facilitating an audit on international governance systems. This conference provides the opportunity to establish operative UK working groups in preparation for the 2005 review of the implementation of the MDGs. More.
 

MEDIA REPORTS


UNEP AND WSSCC LAUNCH WET-WASH CAMPAIGN
UNEP and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have launched the Wastewater Emission Targets Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WET-WASH) aimed at cleaning up the world’s seas through meeting internationally agreed upon water and sanitation targets. More.

RAMSAR TO OPEN OCEANIA OFFICE
The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is opening a subregional office in Apia, Samoa. More.

NEW FISHING HOOK TO REDUCE MARINE TURTLE DEATHS
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has tested a ‘circle’ shaped fishing hook that hopes to cut by 90% the number of marine turtles accidentally killed by longline fisheries in the Atlantic Ocean. More.


NGOs CHALLENGE GOVERNMENTS OVER COMPLIANCE WITH AARHUS CONVENTION
NGOs have recently submitted several claims to the Aarhus Convention’s compliance mechanism alleging that certain Parties to the Convention are failing to comply with treaty obligations. More.

ADB AND UNESCAP SIGN MOU ON COOPERATION
The Asian Development Bank and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing on future cooperation. More.

EASTERN CARIBBEAN STATES RECEIVE GRANTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) recently received a US$3.7 million GEF grant to fund a five-year environmental protection strategy initiative launched by the GEF and the World Bank. More.
 


PUTIN PLEDGES PROTOCOL SUPPORT
Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out in support for the Kyoto Protocol, ending months of speculation on the country’s position. More.

NEW FILM SPARKS CLIMATE CONTROVERSY
A new Hollywood blockbuster about a world ravaged by abrupt climate change is heating up debate over its scientific accuracy. More.

DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS WARN OF CHEMICAL POLLUTION DANGERS
A group of 80 scientists, experts and medical doctors have called for stronger regulation of untested chemicals. More.

OECD COUNTRIES APPROVE NEW CORPORATE GOVERNANCE PRINCIPLES
OECD countries have agreed on a revised version of the OECD’s Principles of Corporate Governance. More.

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

WHAT NGO LEADERS WANT FOR THE YEAR 2020: NGO LEADERS’ VIEWS ON GLOBALIZATION, GOVERNANCE, AND SUSTAINABILITY
(March 2004, 2020 Fund) This report of the Second Survey of the 2020 Global Stakeholder Panel presents the results of a survey taken from May-September 2003 of 521 respondents from 90 countries. The report focuses primarily on the views of the 386 NGO leaders on issues ranging from their ideal vision of global governance, global governance and the United Nations, globalization, development models and goals, and the role of the private sector. The report.

WORLD AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A COMMODITY-BY-COMMODITY GUIDE TO IMPACTS AND PRACTICES
(2003, Island Press) In this text, Jason Clay assesses agricultural commodity production and the environmental problems this activity causes, along with prescriptions for increasing efficiency and reducing damage to natural systems. Clay examines 20 of the world’s major commodities, including beef, coffee, corn, rice, rubber, shrimp, sorghum, tea and tobacco. For each commodity, he offers comparative information including: main producing and consuming countries; main types of production; market trend information and market chain analyses; major environmental impacts; management strategies and best practices; and key contacts and references. The book recommends that governments work with farmers and the food industry to develop better management practices in order to increase efficiency and reduce damage to the environment.
More.

WOMEN AND THE ENVIRONMENT
(2004, EarthPrint) This seven chapter publication highlights the often hidden links between women and the environment. The chapters focus on gender-related aspects of sustainable development, biodiversity, desertification, and water management. The text also addresses gender mainstreaming in environmental policies. The book was published with financial support from the United Nations Foundation and was developed through
a partnership between UNEP and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO). The publication.

EMPOWERING SQUATTER CITIZEN: LOCAL GOVERNMENT, CIVIL SOCIETY AND URBAN POVERTY REDUCTION
(Earthscan, May 2004) Edited by Diana Mitlin and David Satterthwaite, this book asserts that urban poverty is underpinned by the failure of national governments and aid agencies to support local processes, underscores that such support is crucial for meeting the MDGs in urban areas, and calls for redirecting support to local organizations, whether governmental, non-governmental or grassroots. The book includes case studies of innovative government organizations (in Thailand, Mexico, Philippines and Nicaragua) and community-driven processes (in India, South Africa, Pakistan and Brazil) that illustrate effective approaches to urban poverty reduction. More.

PARTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE
(Environment and Urbanization Journal, Vol. 16 No. 1, April 2004) Edited by David Satterthwaite, this issue highlights the importance of participatory governance in access to services and infrastructure, explores new approaches to participation, and assesses their effectiveness. The papers demonstrate the benefits for local communities and the State that can result from greater political inclusion, and the difficulties faced as powerful groups oppose these new participatory approaches and as bureaucratic systems are resistant to change. More.

SUSTAINABLE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
(WIT press, 2003) This 1048-page publication contains proceedings from the first International Conference on Sustainable Planning & Development. Comprising almost 100 papers from planners, environmentalists, engineers, policymakers, economists, researchers, academics and practitioners, this book focuses on the key concerns of specialists who work together to ensure sustainable planning and development. More.

THE FIFTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE “ENVIRONMENT FOR EUROPE” CD-ROM
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a CD-ROM with the complete proceedings of the fifth “Environment for Europe” Conference held in May 2003. The CD-ROM contains, in English, French and Russian, official documents, the Conference report, the Ministerial Declaration and speeches made by delegates. More.

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

 


Social development

TOWARDS A FAIR DEAL FOR MIGRANT WORKERS IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
(ILO, May 2004) Prepared in advance of the International Labour Conference, this report calls for a multilateral approach to address the issue of migration, urging delegates to the annual labor conference to consider the adoption of a comprehensive action programme to improve the conditions of migrant workers and to promote more orderly forms of migration. The number of migrants in search of jobs and human security is expected to rise rapidly in the next few decades due to the failure of globalization to provide employment and economic opportunities. The report highlights that the economic effects of immigration on receiving countries are primarily beneficial and that migrants provide significant flows of remittances to their countries of origin, amounting to the second largest source of external funding for developing countries according to the World Bank. The report also notes that many migrants are subjected to poor working conditions, with rampant abuse and exploitation. The issue of migration is receiving high-level attention, with the recent World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization report prioritizing the issue, and the 2006 UN General Assembly High-level Dialogue focusing on migration and development. The report.

WORKING FROM WITHIN: CULTURALLY SENSITIVE APPROACHES IN UNFPA PROGRAMMING
(UNFPA, May 2004) Drawing from experiences in Brazil, Cambodia, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Iran, Malawi, Uganda and Yemen, this UN Population Fund report finds that fostering local alliances provides aid workers with a greater likelihood of succeeding in their development efforts, particularly with regards to culturally sensitive issues such as gender equality, HIV/AIDS, female circumcision, violence against women, maternal health and family planning. The nine case studies presented are taken from a longer report entitled, “Culture Matters: Working with Communities and Faith-based Organizations.” More.

Chemicals management

PRIO—A TOOL FOR RISK REDUCTION OF CHEMICALS
Produced by the Swedish Chemicals Inspectorate (KEMI), PRIO is a web-based tool intended to be used to identify and reduce risks to human health and the environment from chemicals. PRIO allows users to: search for substances and obtain information on properties hazardous to the environment and health; obtain information on prioritized health and environmental properties; identify substances contained in chemically characterized substance groups and product types; and obtain help in developing routines for purchasing, product development, risk management, etc. The resource.

Forests

REFORMING FOREST FISCAL SYSTEMS: AN OVERVIEW OF COUNTRY APPROACHES AND EXPERIENCES
(2004, PROFOR) This publication contains the workshop proceedings from the International Workshop on Reform of Forest Fiscal Systems, which took place in Washington DC from 19-21 October 2003. Participants at this meeting discussed the political economy of forest fiscal reforms and participants from seven countries - Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Honduras, Indonesia and Nicaragua - shared their experiences in the reform process. In addition to the workshop proceedings, this publication also contains the background papers prepared by Cambodia, Cameroon, Ghana, Honduras and Indonesia for the Workshop. The Workshop was organized and funded by the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Program on Forests (PROFOR), UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank Institute (WBI). The proceedings.

HAMBURGER CONNECTION FUELS AMAZON DESTRUCTION: CATTLE RANCHING AND DEFORESTATION IN BRAZIL'S AMAZON
(Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), 2004) In this CIFOR report, David Kaimowitz, Benoit Mertens, Sven Wunder and Pablo Pacheco describe the link between the increase in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon and the growth in international demand for Brazilian beef. They offer recommendations in four policy areas: make progress in land tenure regulation, which will require political will, appropriate levels of fund and more efficient institutional mechanisms for keeping ranchers from illegally occupying government lands; restrict road projects outside developed regions; formally register government owned lands as National Forests; and provide economic incentives to maintain land as forest. The authors suggest that the international community must be prepared to provide additional support to the Brazilian government’s efforts to accomplish this final objective. The report.
 


Biodiversity and wildlife

STATE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 2003-04: AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY, MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE POOR?
 
(FAO, May 2004) This FAO report highlights the potential benefits of agricultural biotechnology for developing countries, and states that these benefits, which include meeting food needs, boosting economies and developing rural areas, are only being reaped in a few such countries. Among the barriers that the report recognizes as preventing the poor from benefiting are that GM research and technology neglect the basic food crops of the poor, such as cassava, potato, millet and sorghum, while focusing on corn, soy, cotton and canola. GM varieties of these four major crops grown in six countries accounted for 99 percent of the global area planted with GM crops in 2003. Highlighting the economic benefits of transgenic crops, the report says that the “controversy surrounding transgenics should not distract from the potential offered by other applications of biotechnology such as genomics, marker-assisted breeding and animal vaccines.” The report recognizes that the scientific evidence on environmental and health impacts of genetic engineering is still emerging, and underscores the need for science-based biosafety assessments. The Environmental New Network has reported that industry groups are encouraged by the FAO’s endorsement of biotechnology. Groups not in favor of biotech, such as Greenpeace, underscore that most of the food problems are not technical, but concern access to markets, credit and land. The report.

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

NORDIC WETLAND CONSERVATION
(Nordic Council, May 2004) The Nordic Council of Ministers has recently published a book that covers 30 years of wetland conservation experience in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as in the self-governing territories of Greenland, Åland, and the Faeroes. The book, entitled Nordic Wetland Conservation, provides coverage of general wetland issues, the wise use concept, the Ramsar Convention and other international regimes, and the status of wetlands in each of the Nordic countries. It also points out a number of unfulfilled tasks and makes recommendations for how the work should proceed in the coming years. More.

VIRTUAL WATER TRADE DISCUSSION FINAL REPORT
(World Water Council, April 2004) The final outcomes and deliberation of the World Water Council’s e-conference on Virtual Water Trade, which took place from August 2003 to January 2004, is now available. Virtual water is the amount of water that is embedded in food or other products needed for its production. Trade in virtual water allows water scarce countries to import high water consuming products while exporting low water consuming products and in this way making water available for other purposes. The report.

THE BARENTS SEA COD - THE LAST OF THE LARGE COD STOCKS
(WWF, May 2004)
A new World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report shows that global cod catch has suffered a 70% drop over the last 30 years, and if such a trend continues, predicts the world’s cod stocks will disappear in 15 years time. The report also reveals that the world’s largest remaining cod stock in the Barents Sea, which is managed by Russia and Norway, is now highly threatened by overfishing, illegal fishing and industrial development. The report.

LIVING WITH COASTAL EROSION IN EUROPE: SEDIMENT AND SPACE FOR SUSTAINABILITY
(
European Commission , May 2004) A new report, commissioned by the European Commission, highlights the growing problem of coastal erosion in Europe, with Poland, Cyprus and Latvia being the three countries with the greatest percentages of eroded coastlines. According to the report, intensive development and use of sand for construction and engineering, as well as rising sea levels and increasingly frequent storms and floods, are some of the major causes of erosion. The report makes several recommendations to address the problem, including the need to: strengthen coastal resilience by restoring the sediment balance; take erosion costs into account in planning and investment decisions; make pro-active and planned responses to coastal erosion; and strengthen the knowledge base of coastal erosion management and planning to ensure informed decisions and the application of best practice. The report.

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS

 

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings

The following are upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

A CRISIS IN GLOBAL GOVERNANCE CONFERENCE - THE CHALLENGE OF ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
8 June 2004. University of Westminster, London, UK. Stakeholder Forum is convening this event to support preparations for the upcoming MDG+5 review, and facilitating an audit on international governance systems. This conference provides the opportunity to establish operative UK working groups in preparation for the 2005 review of the implementation of the MDGs. For more information contact: Stakeholder Forum; tel: +44-20-7089-4300; fax: +44-20-7089-4310; e-mail: gmiddleton@stakeholderforum.org; Internet: http://www.stakeholderforum.org/uned/conferences.php

UNIVERSITY OF JOENSUU–UNEP COURSE ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW-MAKING AND DIPLOMACY: 22 August 2004 - 3 September 2004. Joensuu, Finland. The University of Joensuu and UNEP are conducting a two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The Course seeks to transfer past experiences in the field of environmental law to the future negotiators of environmental agreements. In addition, the Course aims to provide a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of recent developments in negotiations and implementation of multilateral agreements and in diplomatic practices in the field. The application deadline is 15 June 2004. For more information contact: University of Joensuu; tel: +358-13-251-2709; fax: +358-13-251-4893; e-mail: unepcourse@joensuu.fi; Internet: http://www.joensuu.fi/unep/envlaw/

FOURTH SESSION OF THE PERMANENT FORUM FOR INDIGENOUS ISSUES: 9 May 2005 - 20 May 2005. New York, United States. The fourth session of the Permanent Forum will focus on the “Millennium Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples,” emphasizing on the MDGs related to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education. For more information contact: IPF Secretariat; tel: +1-917-367-5100; fax: +1-212-963-3063; e-mail: IndigenousPermanentForum@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/index.html

Biodiversity and wildlife

EARTHWATCH LECTURE: MOUNTAIN LIONS & ZEBRAS – IN CONFLICT WITH MAN:
17 June 2004. Royal Geographical Society, London, United Kingdom. This lecture will address the conflict between wildlife habitat needs and human land-use, taking examples from the endangered Grevy’s zebra of Kenya’s Samburu grasslands to the critically threatened mountain lion in the Chihuahuan Desert of Mexico. For more information contact: e-mail: events@earthwatch.org.uk; Internet: http://www.earthwatch.org/europe

THE FOURTH ASIA REGIONAL SESSION OF THE GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM: 21 June 2004 - 23 June 2004. Manila, The Philippines. This session’s workshops are tentatively scheduled to addresses the following four key themes: Divided, yet united – development planning at regional and national levels; Precautionary principle in natural resource management and biodiversity conservation; Developing work programmes on synergies between MEAs; and Trade, development vs. poverty. For more information contact: Bhujang Dharmaji, Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia, IUCN; tel: +94-74-710-439; fax: +94-1-662-941; e-mail: bhujang@sltnet.lk; Internet: http://www.gbf.ch/present_session.asp?no=38&lg=EN

Chemicals management

FIRST CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE ROTTERDAM CONVENTION (COP-1):
20 September 2004 - 24 September 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. PIC COP-1 is scheduled for 20-24 September 2004, in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information contact: Jim Willis, UNEP Chemicals; tel: +41-22-917-8111; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.pic.int

THIRD SESSION OF THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION EXPERT GROUP ON BAT-BEP: 11 October 2004 - 16 October 2004. Tokyo, Japan. 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/

FIRST CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE STOCKHOLM CONVENTION (COP-1):
2 May 2005 - 6 May 2005. Punta del Este, Uruguay. POPs COP-1 will take place 2-6 May 2005 in Punta del Este, Uruguay. For more information contact: Stockholm Convention Secretariat; tel: +41-22-917-8191; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: ssc@chemicals.unep.ch; Internet: http://www.pops.int

Forests, deserts, land

LAUNCHING MEETING OF THE THEMATIC PROGRAMME NETWORK ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF INTEGRATED LOCAL AREA DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES:
9 June 2004 - 11 June 2004. Islamabad, Pakistan. The Launching meeting of the Thematic Programme Network (TPN6) on the Implementation of Integrated Local Area Development Programmes (LADPs) Initiatives in the Regional Context of the Regional Action Programme to Combat Desertification in Asia will convene from 9-11 June 2004 in Islamabad, Pakistan. For more information contact: UNCCD Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2802; fax: +49-228-815-2898; e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/main.php

THE WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT: 17 June 2004. Global. The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, commemorated on 17 June every year, is part of an international campaign through which the United Nations stimulates awareness on the need to combat drylands’ degradation. The 2004 celebrations, which marks the 10th anniversary of the World Day to Combat Desertification, will be held under the theme of 'Social Dimensions of Desertification: Migration and Poverty'. For more information contact: UNCCD Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2802; fax: +49-228-815-2898; e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/publicinfo/june17/menu.php

CELEBRATION OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UNCCD: 21 June 2004 - 25 June 2004. Brasilia, Brasil. A meeting on the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the UNCCD will convene in Brasilia, Brasil from 21-25 June 2004. For more information contact: UNCCD Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2802; fax: +49-228-815-2898; e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/secretariat/workplan2004-eng.pdf

AFRICAN REGIONAL PREPARATORY CONFERENCE FOR CRIC-3: 6 September 2004 - 10 September 2004. Bamako, Mali. The African regional conference preparatory to the third session of the CCD’s Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC-3) will convene in Bamako, Mali from 6-10 September 2004. CRIC-3 is tentatively scheduled to take place in January-February 2005 in Bonn, Germany. For more information contact: UNCCD Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-2802; fax: +49-228-815-2898; e-mail: secretariat@unccd.int; Internet: http://www.unccd.int/main.php

MCPFE EXPERT LEVEL MEETING: 14 October 2004 - 15 October 2004. Warsaw, Poland. The first Expert Level Meeting (ELM) of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) will convene from 14-15 October 2004. For more information contact: Piotr Borkowski, Head of the Liaison Unit Warsaw; tel: +48-22-331-7031; fax: +48-22-331-7032; e-mail: liaison.unit@lu-warsaw.pl; Internet: http://www.mcpfe.org/index.html

Human development

92ND SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE:
1 June 2004 - 17 June 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. The annual International Labour Conference will be held from 1-17 June 2004 in Geneva. For more information contact: ILO Official Relations Branch; tel: +41-22-799-7732; fax: +41-22-799-8944; e-mail: RELOFF@ilo.org; Internet: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc92/index.htm

31ST SESSION OF CEDAW: 6 July 2004 - 23 July 2004. New York, United States. The Committee will consider the reports of the following States parties: Angola, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Latvia, Malta, Spain and Argentina. For more information contact: Limchoc Suzette; tel: +1-212-963-7218; fax: +1-212-963-3463; Internet: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/31sess.htm

13TH MEETING OF STATES PARTIES TO CEDAW: 5 August 2004. New York, United States. The main purpose of the meeting is to elect individuals to fill the 11 positions on the Committee. For more information contact: Division for the Advancement of Women; fax: +1-212-963-3463; e-mail: daw@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/statesmeeting/thirteenth.htm

HIGH-LEVEL INTERGOVERNMENTAL MEETING TO REVIEW REGIONAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION AND THE REGIONAL AND GLOBAL OUTCOMES: 6 September 2004 - 9 September 2004. Bangkok, Thailand. This meeting will be hosted by ESCAP. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/asp/calendar/index.asp?Month=8&Year=2004

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: 5 October 2004 - 6 October 2004. New York, United States. The topic of the Forum will be “Equity, Inequalities and Interdependence.” For more information contact: International Forum for Social Development, DESA; fax: +1-212-963-0111; e-mail: baudotj@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/IFSD/4thmeeting.htm

20TH SESSION OF THE UN-HABITAT GOVERNING COUNCIL: 11 April 2005 - 14 April 2005. Nairobi, Kenya. Among the key issues to be discussed are the UN-HABITAT work programme for 2006-2007, the budget of the UN Habitat and Human Settlements Foundation for the biennium 2006-2007, and the activities of the UN-HABITAT through a progress report of the Executive Director. The two special themes of the session are: involvement of civil society in improving local governance; and post-conflict, natural and man-made disasters assessment and reconstruction. For more information contact: Joseph Mungai, Secretary to the Governing Council and Chief, External Relations and Inter-; tel: +254-20-623-133; fax: +254-20-624-175; e-mail: Joseph.Mungai@unhabitat.org; Internet: http://www.unhabitat.org/governingbodies/gc20/default.asp

Intergovernmental organizations

FIRST MEETING OF THE UNEP ISP:
25 June 2004. New York, United States. The first meeting of the UNEP high-level open-ended intergovernmental working group for the intergovernmental strategic plan for technology support and capacity-building will meet on 25 June 2004 in New York, prior to the ECOSOC session beginning on 28 June. For more information contact: UNEP New York Office; tel: +1-212-963-8210; fax: +1-212-963-7341; e-mail: info@nyo.unep.org

SECOND MEETING OF THE ISP:
6 September 2004 - 8 September 2004. Nairobi, Kenya. The second meeting of the high-level open-ended intergovernmental working group for the intergovernmental strategic plan for technology support and capacity-building will be held in Nairobi from 6-8 September 2004. The first day will be dedicated to preparatory informal consultations, followed by a 2-day meeting of the Intergovernmental Working Group. For more information contact: UNEP; tel: +254-2-621-234; fax: +254-2-624-489

THIRD MEETING OF THE ISP: 1 December 2004 - 3 December 2004. Indonesia. The third meeting of the high-level open-ended intergovernmental working group for the intergovernmental strategic plan for technology support and capacity-building will be held in Indonesia from 1-3 December 2004. For more information contact: UNEP; tel: +254-2-621-234; fax: +254-2-624-489

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

ROUNDTABLE ON THE GLOBAL WATER CRISIS: FROM MOUNTAIN TO SEA:
4 June 2004. Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the Geneva Environment Network, this Roundtable will be moderated by Philipe Roch, Director of the Swiss Agency for the Environment. For more information contact: Fatma Gordon; fax: +41-22-797-3464; e-mail: fatma.gordon@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.environmenthouse.ch/roundtables.htm

30TH ANNUAL IAMSLIC CONFERENCE:
5 September 2004 - 9 September 2004. Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC)’s annual conference will focus on the creation, use and understanding of existing and emerging information technology related to aquatic and marine information science. For more information contact: Denis Abbott, CSIRO Marine Research; tel: +61-3-6232-5222; fax: +61-3-6232-5000; e-mail: Denis.Abbott@csiro.au; Internet: http://www.nefsc.noaa.gov/nefsclibrary/2004iamslic/2004home.html

COASTFISH 2004 CONFERENCE:
4 October 2004 - 8 October 2004. M�rida, Yucatan, Mexico. This conference will address challenges associated with development and management of coastal fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is expected to facilitate exchange and discussions regarding assessment methods and management approaches, as well as improve knowledge on coastal fisheries in the region. For more information contact: Silvia Salas, Organizing Committee; tel: +1-999-981-2903; fax: +1-999-981-2334; e-mail: coastfish@mda.cinvestav.mx; Internet: http://www.mda.cinvestav.mx/eventos/Coastfish/english/welcome.htm

57TH GULF AND CARIBBEAN FISHERIES INSTITUTE CONFERENCE:
8 November 2004 - 12 November 2004. St. Petersburg, Florida, United States. This conference will host sessions on: socio-economics and management, marine protected areas, marine environment habitats, pelagic and demersal fisheries, invertebrate fisheries, and GIS and remote sensing in marine applications. Additionally, there will be a special session entitled: Ecological criteria for judging marine reserve performance: When is a coral reef ecosystem a �normative ecosystem?� For more information contact: Leroy Creswell, CGFI Secretariat; tel: +1-561-462-1660; fax: +1-561-462-1510; e-mail: leroy.creswell@gcfi.org; Internet: http://www.gcfi.org/Conferences/57th/StPete2004.htm


 

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