LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 13 November 2004

UPCOMING MEETINGS TO BE COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES


 
FAO CGRFA-10: 8-12 November 2004, Rome, Italy
 
22nd Session of the IPCC: 9-11 November 2004, New Delhi, India

 
FAO ITPGR-2: 15-19 November 2004, Rome, Italy
 
IUCN World Conservation Congress:
17-25 November 2004, Bangkok, Thailand
 Montreal Protocol MOP-16: 22-26 November 2004, Prague, Czech Republic
 
UNEP ISP-3: 2-4 December 2004, Bali, Indonesia

 
UNFCCC COP-10: 6-17 December 2004, Buenos Aires, Argentina
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY THE EARTH NEGOTIATIONS BULLETIN



L-R: Pierre Portas, Secretariat; Nelson Sabogal, Secretariat; Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Executive Secretary; Donata Rugarabam, Secretariat; and Guillermo Valles, acting COP-7 Chair


SEVENTH CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE BASEL CONVENTION CONVENES
25-29 October 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-7) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal convened under the theme of partnerships for meeting the global waste challenge. A key decision at COP-7 was to apply the terms of the Basel Convention to ships to be dismantled. COP-7 also adopted decisions on definitions of hazardous wastes, hazardous waste characteristics, a number of technical guidelines, guidance elements for bilateral, multilateral or regional agreements, and follow-up to the WSSD. Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverage of this meeting.
 

SEMINAR CONSIDERS CLIMATE CHANGE, TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY LINKS
28-29 October 2004 | Vienna, Austria
The linkages between climate change, energy efficiency and the transfer of environmentally-friendly technologies was the focus of discussions at the second Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) Joint Seminar on Technology Diffusion in Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The seminar reviewed best practices for deploying energy-efficient technology and considered how policies such as energy security, market reform and social and rural development can create incentives for improving energy efficiency. The seminar’s report and conclusions will be presented at the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in December. Click here for the Sustainable Developments report.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


ONLINE DISCUSSION DEBATES WHO SHOULD PAY FOR CLIMATE ADAPTATION
26 October to 9 November 2004 | Online

An online discussion forum recently debated the issue of adaptation to climate change, particularly the thorny question of who should fund it.
More.


CDM BOARD RULES ON “ADDITIONALITY”
21-22 October 2004 | Bonn, Germany

The Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed on a document governing “additionality” for projects.
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POOREST COUNTRIES PUSH POLLUTER PAYS PRINCIPLE
26-29 October | Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Government officials from many of the world’s least developed countries (LDCs) are set to urge industrialized states to honor the polluter pays principle by taking full responsibility for their greenhouse gas emissions.
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WTO AGRICULTURE TALKS EXPOSE DIFFERENCES
October 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland
Informal discussions on how to advance agriculture negotiations as part of the World Trade Organization’s Doha round have revealed differences in countries’ priorities on which technical issues should be taken up first. More.
 

UNCTAD BOARD HIGHLIGHTS POOREST COUNTRIES’ NEEDS
4-15 October 2004 | Geneva, Switzerland

The latest annual meeting of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board placed the needs of LDCs under the spotlight. The Board examined the role of international trade and various other factors that could help contribute to economic growth and poverty eradication in the world’s 50 poorest states.
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PREPARATIONS FOR KEY ASIA PACIFIC CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY
21-22 October 2004 | Samoa
A subregional meeting was held recently in Samoa to prepare for the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific to be held in March 2005 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. More.

FAO LAC FORESTRY COMMISSION CONVENES
18-22 October 2004 | San Jose, Costa Rica
The FAO Latin America and the Caribbean Forestry Commission convened recently to review programmes and forestry activities in the region, and to discuss regional issues identified by the Commission for the attention of the FAO Committee on Forestry, which will meet in March 2005.
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PROJECT ON LESSONS LEARNT ON SFM IN AFRICA CONCLUDES
18-22 October 2004 | Uppsala, Sweden

A workshop on “Sustainable Forest Management in Africa” convened recently to examine case studies on selected experiences of sustainable forest management in Africa and consider the conclusions and recommendations of a previous workshop that met in Nairobi in February 2004.
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WATER FOR FOOD AND ECOSYSTEMS PRE-CONFERENCE DISCUSSES IMPLEMENTATION OF WATER PROGRAMMES IN AFRICA
4-6 November 2004 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Practitioners in the fields of water management, food production and biodiversity management in Africa in met recently to prepare for the International Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems, scheduled to convene from 31 January to 5 February 2005 in the Hague. More.
 

ASEAN MINISTERS OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY CONSIDER LINKS WITH INTERNATIONAL PROCESSES
7 October 2004 | Yangon, Myan
mar

Ministers at the 26th Meeting of the ASEAN Ministers on Agriculture and Forestry exchanged views on the global and regional situation and recent economic developments related to the food, agriculture and forestry sector.
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MILLENNIUM+5 SUMMIT


SECRETARY-GENERAL RELEASES REPORT ON THE MODALITIES, FORMAT AND ORGANIZATION OF THE 2005 HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY MEETING
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has released his report on the modalities, format and organization of the 2005 Millennium+5 Summit, recommending among things that the high-level event takes place from 14-16 September 2005 at the commencement of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. More.
 

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPLEMENTING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS – AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
(UN Millennium Project Task Force on Science, Technology and Innovation, November 2004) The interim report of the UN Millennium Project’s Task Force on Science, Technology and Innovation is available for public comment. More.
 

NEW SOURCES OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE: FUNDING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS – TO BE LAUNCHED 15 NOVEMBER
(UNU/WIDER 2004) Prepared by A.B. Atkinson, this policy brief summarizes the key findings of a UNU-WIDER study on innovative sources of development finance, focusing primarily on how new funding sources can contribute to the financing of the MDGs. More.
 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


SMALL GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR WORKS ON HUMAN DEVELOPMENT - CALL FOR PAPERS
The International Secretariat for Human Development invites practitioners and scholars currently located in the South to submit their work on human development. In the pilot phase of the project, 5 small grants of $1000 each will be awarded to scholars or practitioners, whose work make important contributions to human development. The submissions deadline is 20 November 2004. More.

PROPOSAL FOR AN INTEGRATED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME WATER AND HEALTH
The WHO Collaborating Centre for Water Quality and Human Health, together with partners in the UK and Greece, is developing a proposal for a postgraduate course in Water Quality and Health and is gathering information on how best to do it through an online questionnaire. The development of distance learning programmes for public health professionals was a recommendation of the 2nd Meeting of the Signatories based on Protocol articles calling for capacity building in water and health. This activity is part of the implementation of the WHO/UNECE Protocol on Water and Health, which was adopted in 1999 and is expected to become international law by 2005. More.
 

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 contributing writers. If you wish to submit relevant materials or subscribe to Linkages Update, e-mail prisna@iisd.org.

Linkages provides updates on:
Recent meetings
Upcoming meetings
Media reports
Key publications, online resource
Comings and goings

Click here for the online version and archives of Linkages Update.
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments and departures

DESA APPOINTS SUNDARAM TO SENIOR POST
Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been appointed Assistant Secretary-General on Economic Development, a new post created this year as part of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s reform to support policy coherence and management in the Department.


NEW TEAM APPOINTED TO ORGANIZE WSIS SECOND PHASE

Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has announced the appointment of a team to organize the second phase of the WSIS to be held in Tunis from 16 -18 November 2005. Charles Geiger has been appointed Executive Director of the WSIS Executive Secretariat.


Vacancies

UNEP SEEKS PROGRAMME OFFICER to work on the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) section; P-4; Nairobi; 9 January 2005.

UNEP HIRING SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER to head activities relating to the GEO; P-5; Nairobi; 26 December 2004.

UNEP HIRING ASSISTANT TO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: P-4; Nairobi; 21 December 2004.

SIX MAMTI POSITIONS OPEN
The Marine Aquarium Market Transformation Initiative (MAMTI), a project focused on coral reef fisheries and trade reform in Indonesia and the Philippines, has the six openings in the Philippines or Indonesia; 15 December 2004.

ESCAP SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS OFFICER: P-4 position; Bangkok; 27 November.

IUCN SEEKS PROJECT COORDINATOR FOR PANGANI BASIN: Moshi, Tanzania; 26 November 2004.

CALL FOR UNEP-GEF REGIONAL TRAINING EXPERTS: UNEP-GEF Project for “Capacity Building for Effective Participation in the Biosafety Clearing-House” is seeking 20 Regional Training Experts on the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and 50 Regional Training Experts in Information Technology; 22 November 2004.

WWF SEEKS SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER TO WORK ON REACH CHEMICALS POLICY;Brussels; 19 November 2004.

GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL SEEKS OCEANS CAMPAIGNER; Amsterdam; 15 November 2004.

WWF SEEKS FRESHWATER PROGRAMME MANAGER
to be responsible for establishing and overseeing the implementation of a new freshwater conservation programme; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. (no deadline)

FoE HIRING SENIOR POLICY ANALYST on international financial institutions; Washington, DC; position open until filled.

IETA SEEKS GENEVA MANAGER
to help coordinate work on the EU emissions trading scheme; contact IETA’s director, Andrei Marcu, at: marcu@ieta.org
(no deadline)


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

MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable development


UN LEADERS MARK INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST EXPLOITATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN WAR AND ARMED CONFLICTS
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan highlighted a number of legal provisions protecting the environment during wartime in a statement to mark the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflicts, which was celebrated on 6 November 2004.
More.

DIGITAL SOLIDARITY FUND TO BE INAUGURATED ON 17 NOVEMBER
The Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF) will be inaugurated on 17 November 2004 in Geneva, Switzerland. More.


Forests, deserts, land

OVER 2 MILLION HECTARES DECLARED PROTECTED IN BRAZILIAN AMAZON
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva created two new environmental reserves in the Amazon on 9 November 2004. More.

MEXICAN FARMERS EYEING INTERNATIONAL BAMBOO MARKET
Mexican farmers are taking an interest in bamboo production, according to a recent Associated Press report.
More.


Climate, energy and atmosphere

EXPERTS ISSUE ARCTIC WARMING WARNING
Climate change is causing rapid and destructive warming in the Arctic and the impacts will be felt far beyond the region, according to a major new survey. A key diplomatic meeting on the Arctic is scheduled to take place in Iceland on 24 November. More.

US “ISOLATED” AS RUSSIA RATIFIES KYOTO TREATY
Russia’s formal ratification of the Kyoto Protocol earlier this month has further isolated the US on the issue, according to environmentalists. More.

RENEWABLES UPDATE
The US has recently boosted its support for renewable energy. In other news from North America, Canada has announced a major increase in government support for wind power. Meanwhile, Bush’s only anti-Kyoto ally, Australia, has been criticized for cutting its aid for renewable energy projects overseas. More.

EUROPE FORGES AHEAD WITH CLIMATE PLANS
The EC has approved a further batch of eight national allocation plans from EU countries as part of the region’s emissions trading scheme. In other news, the leading role played by Germany and the UK in combating climate change was lauded at a recent conference. Meanwhile, Denmark has raised eyebrows with a claim for ownership of the North Pole. More.

CLIMATE-FRIENDLY POLICIES BOOST PROFITS—STUDY
Organizations that cut greenhouse gas emissions and introduce other climate-friendly initiatives are reaping significant financial rewards, according to new research. More.
 


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT CALLS FOR A HALT TO NAVAL SONARS
The European Parliament has approved a resolution, which calls on the 25 EU member states to stop deploying high-intensity active naval sonar until more is known about the harm it inflicts on whales and other marine life. More.


BANK AND GEF WORK TOGETHER TO PROTECT CORAL REEFS
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank have announced a five-year initiative to help protect coral reefs in developing countries. More.


EGYPTIAN WINS FIRST WASH MEDIA AWARD
Egypt national Nadia El-Awady has been awarded the first WASH Media Award for her article, The Nile and its People.
More.

FAO WINS SWEDISH SEAFOOD AWARD
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) received the Swedish Seafood Award for its work with the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and Supporting Technical guidelines carried out by the organization’s Fisheries Department. 
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KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

TARGETING OF TRANSFERS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: REVIEW OF LESSONS AND EXPERIENCE
(World Bank, 2004) This joint World Bank/International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) publication, authored by David Coady, Margaret Grosh and John Hoddinott, seeks to facilitate the efforts of policymakers and programme managers in developing countries, donor agencies and NGOs to effectively design antipoverty interventions that reach the poor. This 82-page text focuses on a quantitative analysis of 122 antipoverty interventions in 47 transition and developing countries to quantify expected outcomes from targeting methods and their determinants. The text includes a qualitative discussion of common targeting methods and how they work, what costs may be incurred from using each method, and what the appropriate circumstances are for implementing antipoverty programmes. The authors also review the costs and benefits of targeting and methods for assessing targeting performance, and offer a taxonomy of targeting methods.

SCIENCE AND POVERTY: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH
(IFPRI, October 2004) This report discusses the impacts of new agricultural technology on poverty. It was authored by Ruth Meinzen-Dick, Michelle Adato, Lawrence Haddad and Peter Hazell and is based on the results of a six-country, seven-case research project managed by IFPRI. The authors find that “measures of the direct impacts of new technologies on incomes and yields do not tell the whole story. Both economic and non-economic factors play an extremely important role in determining whether the poor adopt or benefit from a technology.” The authors recommend that impact assessments should include a mix of disciplines and methods, and those designing new research programmes should understand all the social factors that will affect the adoption and impacts of technologies, as well as poor people’s strategies for managing risk and the importance and role of agriculture in their livelihood strategies.

ENVIRONMENT AND SECURITY: TRANSFORMING RISKS INTO COOPERATION – THE CASE OF THE SOUTHERN CAUCASUS
(IISD, 2004) Published by IISD, t
his report was prepared by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), UNDP and UNEP. It examines both the negative affect of conflict in the Southern Caucasus region – comprising Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia – as well as the opportunities environmental issues present for cooperation and confidence building. The report uses maps and graphics to present the linkages between environmental stress, potential social tension and areas of particular vulnerability in the Southern Caucasus, as identified by stakeholders from the countries. It suggests addressing these linkages through: vulnerability assessment, early warning and monitoring of “at risk” areas; policy development and implementation; and institutional development, capacity building and advocacy.

RESEARCH: ICT INNOVATIONS FOR POVERTY REDUCTION
(UNESCO, 2004) This report provides a comparative analysis of nine South Asian projects that aim to combat poverty through information and communication technology.

DESA NEWS
The latest edition of DESA news is available online. This issue contains updates on the general debate of the 59th session of the UN General Assembly on topics such as globalization, MDGs, UN reform, environment, economic and social issues. It also includes updates on deliberations of the Second Committee concerning economic and financial issues, innovative sources of financing for development, Barbados+10 review among others.

OECD IN FIGURES - 2004 EDITION
(OECD 2004) This statistical resource contains key data on OECD countries, ranging from economic growth and employment to trade and migration. It also includes comparable tables on science, public finances and the environment, and graphs providing snapshots on issues such as GDP, education spending, health funding, development aid and renewable energy.


Human development

WORLD POPULATION IN 2300
(DESA Population Division, November 2004) This report projects that the world’s population will stabilize at 9 billion in 2300 if fertility levels continue their decline. However if current rates remain steady, global population could reach 1.3 trillion people by 2300. These long-range population projections cover twice as long a period compared to previous UN forecasts, and provide projections for all countries in the world.
 


Climate, energy and atmosphere

IGES PUBLISHES THE “HOTTEST JOURNAL ON THE KYOTO PROTOCOL”
IGES - Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - is pleased to announce its new publication, a special-featured issue of IRES on the Kyoto Protocol – its development, implications and the future. After seven years of negotiations, the Kyoto Protocol will finally come into effect in February 2005 with Russia’s ratification. This IRES issue is a new and interesting journal on Kyoto issues, containing the latest analyses and future forecasts by experts from all over the world. Leading thinkers in the climate policy arena, such as Michael Grubb, Visiting Professor at Imperial College, and Michael Zammit Cutajar, Former UNFCCC Executive Secretary, give their views and assessments on the Kyoto Protocol, and its future implications, in this issue. Country views from many experts, including the US, the UK, Germany, Russia, China, India, Australia, and Japan, are also provided. Their perspectives vary widely, such as on the value and effects of the Kyoto Protocol, its barriers, its status in the context of domestic policies, and the possibilities of the post-Kyoto regime. IRES (International Review for Environmental Strategies) is a biannual academic journal published by IGES, focusing on environmental policies.

WORLD DISASTERS REPORT 2004
(IFRC, 2004) The World Disaster Report, which was launched in mid-November 2004 by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, focuses on community resilience to disasters. The report considers how international aid organizations can help strengthen local resilience to crises ranging from “slow-onset” problems such as drought or HIV/AIDS to sudden “one-off disasters” like earthquakes. It argues
that a more development-focused approach is needed that places communities at the heart of defining their needs and identifying appropriate solutions. The report also deals with such specific issues as the impact of heat waves on the developed world, capacity building in rural India, disaster resilience in the Philippines, and key risks in urban slums.

COMPREHENSIVE ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS: LINKING ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABLE LAND USE, BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT
(BothENDS 2004) Prepared by Ana Rojas, this report looks into the synergies between environmental policies and the development of comprehensive environmental projects. The report seeks to understand how climate change, sustainable land use, biodiversity conservation, and water management considerations can be linked to local actors’ activities in order to help local communities develop comprehensive environmental projects. Special focus is given to the issue of climate change adaptation.


Financing development

FOREIGN AID RESURGENT NEW SPIRIT OR OLD HANGOVER?
(UNU/WIDER July 2004) Prepared by P. Burnell, this paper explores the future of development aid. It takes note of the decline of aid in the 1990’s, and its sudden resurgence in recent years. Burnell notes that two factors – globalization and poverty, and heightened security concerns since 11 September 2001 – have led to the resurgence in development aid and highlight their uneasy relationship, recommending that aid should target pro-poor development rather than democratic reform.


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

RAMSAR HANDBOOK
(Ramsar, September 2004) The second edition of the Ramsar Handbook for the Wise Use of Wetlands is now available on CD-ROM. The Handbook, consisting of 14 volumes, contains all the major guidance documents adopted by the Ramsar Conference of Parties through COP-8 in 2002, combined with additional illustrative material such as background studies, case studies, photographs and tables.

WATER GOVERNANCE IN WEST AFRICA
(IUCN, 2004) This report is the latest publication of the IUCN Environmental Law Programme Series. It addresses a wide range of global, regional and local issues relating to water resources governance in West Africa, and contributes information on meeting the challenges and targets set in the Millennium Declaration and the WSSD Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

A NET WITH HOLES: THE REGIONAL FISHERIES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
(Deep Sea Conservation Coalition 2004) This document looks at the shortcomings of the regional fisheries management system in addressing protection of deep sea biodiversity and ecosystems.
 


Biodiversity and wildlife

ACCESSING BIODIVERSITY AND SHARING THE BENEFITS: LESSONS FROM IMPLEMENTING THE CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY
(IUCN Environmental Law Programme 2004) Edited by Santiago Carrizosa, Stephen B. Brush, Brian D. Wright, and Patrick E. McGuire, this book will be launched at the third IUCN Congress in Bangkok.

TALKING BIODIVERSITY: GETTING THE MESSAGE ACROSS
(RSPB 2004)
This publication is part of an RSPB project that explores different approaches and ideas that could assist biodiversity specialists in strengthening their communications strategies. Five articles highlight a range of issues, including the historical factors that continue to affect the rights of indigenous peoples (Sandy Gauntlett), the role of culture in a small island setting (Ijahnya Christian), the roles of scientists and journalists (Ehsan Masood), issues in the US (Stas Burgiel) and the importance of economic policy making (Richard Tarasofsky). E-mail Stella Rumbles for electronic or hard copies.

GENDER PERSPECTIVES ON THE CONVENTIONS ON BIODIVERSITY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND DESERTIFICATION
(FAO 2004) This paper provides a gender-sensitive perspective on the three Rio Conventions. It places the Conventions in their historical context and their administrative and financial framework, identifies the main gender issues relevant to the three conventions, and provides a comparative overview of the level of gender mainstreaming in each of the international instruments relating to the Rio Conventions. The essay concludes with a review of several key issues in convention implementation, with regards to gender.


Forests, deserts, land

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW: A GUIDE TO DRAFTING SUSTAINABLE SOILS LEGISLATION
(IUCN-World Conservation Union 2004) This IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper, authored by Ian Hannam and Ben Boer, offers a resource for States as they endeavor to reform legislation and institutions to protect and manage soils. The 100+ page guide highlights the need for national soil policy, sets out the elements of a soil management plan, and proposes legal and institutional elements that specifically address the needs of disadvantaged people, particularly women. The Paper responds to the World Summit on Sustainable Development’s recognition of the importance of promoting programmes for the environmentally sound, effective and efficient use of soil fertility. It also responds to Resolution 2.59 from the 2nd IUCN World Conservation Congress, which called on IUCN to “prepare guidelines and explanatory material relating to principles and elements of national legislation and policy to assist States to manage their specific soil degradation and land degradation problems.”

DEADWOOD – LIVING FORESTS: THE IMPORTANCE OF VETERAN TREES AND DEADWOOD TO BIODIVERSITY
(WWF, October 2004) Written by Nigel Dudley, Equilibrium, and Daniel Vallauri, WWF France, this report outlines how deadwood keeps forests productive by providing organic matter and nutrients for trees, preventing soil erosion, and providing long-term storage for carbon, and cautions that deadwood is at a critically low level, mainly due to a lack of recognition for its importance and inappropriate forest management practices. The authors call on European governments, forest owners and industry to help conserve biodiversity by increasing the amount of deadwood in managed forests, by up to 20-30 cubic meters per hectare by 2030. They also call for an end to subsidies that require the removal of deadwood.

GLOBAL FOREST INFORMATION SERVICE (GFIS)
This Internet gateway provides access to various types of information resources regarding forests and trees through partnership with information providers. The current version of GFIS allows users to locate forest related information through a single entry point and holds more than 120,000 metadata records contributed by 60 forestry institutions. Users can locate maps, datasets, web resources, journal articles, books and other resources. GFIS was launched at the XII World Forestry Congress held in Quebec, Canada in September 2003, and in May 2004 it was endorsed as a new joint Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) initiative.

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings

The following are upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY MEETING OF THE 60TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE OUTCOME OF THE MILLENNIUM SUMMIT: 14 September 2005 - 16 September 2005. New York, US. In preparation for the high-level plenary, the UN Secretary-General released a report on the event’s modalities, format and organization (see weblink), recommending among other things a three-day event taking place at the commencement of the 60th session of the General Assembly in September 2005. The Millennium +5 Summit is expected to undertake a comprehensive review of the progress made towards the commitments articulated in the UN Millennium Declaration. The event will also review progress made in the integrated and coordinated implementation of the outcomes and commitments of the major UN conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields. For more information contact: Internet: http://ods-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N04/583/08/PDF/N0458308.pdf?OpenElement

Sustainable development

AOSIS NEGOTIATION SKILLS WORKSHOP: 14 November 2004 - 19 November 2004. Cape Verde. This workshop is organized by University of the West Indies Centre for Environment and Development (UWICED). For more information contact: Albert Binger, Director, UWICED; fax: +1-212-906-5896; Internet: http://www.sidsnet.org/webcal_data/data/1096390000.html

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2005:
26 January 2005 - 30 January 2005. Davos, Switzerland. The 2005 World Economic Forum will focus on the theme, “Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices.” Issues on the agenda include: achieving global and regional stability; enabling economic growth; building the “great company”; navigating uncertainty; and balancing global and local considerations. Sessions will be chaired by such high-profile figures as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Citigroup’s Charles Prince. For more information contact: Forum Secretariat; tel: +41-22-869-1212; fax: +41-22-786-2744; e-mail: annualmeeting@weforum.org; Internet: http://www.weforum.org

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM:
26 January 2005 - 31 January 2005. Porto Alegre, Brazil. The 2005 World Social Forum will take place from 26-31 January in Porto Alegre, Brazil. For more information contact: tel: +55-11-3258-8914; fax: +55-11-3258-8469; e-mail: fsminfo@forumsocialmundial.org.br; Internet: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/home.asp

Biodiversity and wildlife

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE ROLE OF BIOTECHNOLOGY FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION AND CONSERVATION OF CROP, FORESTRY, ANIMAL AND FISHERY GENETIC RESOURCES: 5 March 2005 - 7 March 2005. Turin, Italy. Organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Fondazione per le Biotecnologie, the ECONOGENE project and the Società Italiana di Genetica Agraria, this workshop includes three sessions on: the status of the world’s agro-biodiversity; the use of biotechnology for conservation of genetic resources; and genetic characterization of populations and its use in conservation decision-making. For more information contact: tel: +39-011-660-0187; fax: +39-011-660-0708; e-mail: mail@fobiotech.org; Internet: http://www.fobiotech.org/FAO_2005.htm

8TH WORLD WILDERNESS CONGRESS:
30 September 2005 - 6 October 2005. Anchorage, Alaska. The theme of the 8th WWC is Wilderness, Wildlands and People – A Partnership for the Planet. This Congress will generate the most up-to-date and accurate information on the benefits of wilderness and wildlands to contemporary and traditional societies, and will review the best models for balancing wilderness and wildlands conservation with human needs. For more information contact: Secretariat; e-mail: info@8wwc.org; Internet: http://www.8wwc.org/

Chemicals management

EIGHTH MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES (COP-8) TO THE BASEL CONVENTION: 27 November 2006 - 1 December 2006. Nairobi, Kenya. Basel COP-8 is scheduled to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 27 November to 1 December 2006. For more information contact: Secretariat of the Basel Convention; tel: +41-22-917-8218; fax: +41-22-797-3454; e-mail: sbc@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.basel.int

Climate, energy and atmosphere

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITY LEVEL ADAPTATION TO CLIMATE CHANGE: 16 January 2005 - 18 January 2005. Dhaka, Bangladesh. Organized by the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), the aim of this workshop is to share the latest developments in adaptation programmes, priorities and solutions. The workshop themes cover emerging issues in community adaptation including international institutions and funding mechanisms, effects of climate change on different sectors, linking climate change adaptation to other development priorities, mainstreaming adaptation, methodological issues such as stakeholder engagement and vulnerability assessment, and identifying and evaluating adaptation options. For more information contact: Secretariat; tel: +880-2-885-1237; fax: +880-2-885-1417; e-mail: ccadaptation.workshop@bcas.net; Internet: http://www.ihdp.uni-bonn.de/Pdf_files/Dhaka2005.pdf

AVOIDING DANGEROUS CLIMATE CHANGE: A SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIUM ON STABILIZATION OF GREENHOUSE GASES:
1 February 2005 - 3 February 2005. Hadley Centre for Climate Research and Prediction (Met Office), Exeter, UK. The UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has put out a call for papers to international scientists for its major three day conference on the scientific aspects of the stabilization of climate change. The conference aims to encourage an international scientific debate on the long-term implications of climate change. This event follows Prime Minister Tony Blair’s announcement in September that a key science conference on climate change would be taking place at the beginning of the UK’s Presidency of the G8. For more information contact: Rhian Checkland; tel: +44-20-7008-8139; fax: +44-20-7008-8206; e-mail: rhian.checkland@cvg.gov.uk; Internet: http://www.stabilisation2005.com

5TH GLOBAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY (GFSE) - ENHANCING INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ON BIOMASS: 11 May 2005 - 13 May 2005. Vienna, Austria. The 5th GFSE will take place from 11-13 May 2005 in Vienna, Austria, convening under the theme 'Enhancing international cooperation on biomass.' For more information contact: Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl, Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation; tel: +43-50-1150-4486; e-mail: irene.freudenschuss-reichl@bmaa.gv.at

CARBON EXPO 2005:
11 May 2005 - 13 May 2005. Cologne, Germany. This event is expected to bring together representatives of the public and private sector to consider the carbon market. The expo will further understanding of key emerging issues in the carbon market area, including the EU emissions trading scheme, similar schemes elsewhere, and the Kyoto Protocol’s market-based mechanisms. The event is being organized by the International Emissions Trading Association and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, which is a part of the World Bank Group. For more information contact: Robert Dornau; tel: +41-79-689-2242; fax: +41-22-839-3181; e-mail: dornau@carbonexpo.com; Internet: http://www.carbonexpo.com/

CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
9 May 2006 - 12 May 2006. Ottawa, Canada. This conference is being organized by the Engineering Institute of Canada and other Canadian groups as a means of bringing together engineers and scientists to consider climate change in the context of engineering and technological responses. For more information contact: John Plant, Engineering Institute of Canada; tel: +1-613-547-5989; fax: +1-613-547 0195; e-mail: jplant1@cogeco.ca; Internet: http://www.ccc2006.ca

Forests, deserts, land

GLOBAL INITIATIVE ON FOREST LANDSCAPE RESTORATION: 4 April 2005 - 8 April 2005. Petropolis, Brazil. Organized by the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, this workshop aims to increase understanding of good practices and opportunities to optimize delivery of the benefits from forest landscape restoration activities. Outputs from the Workshop will include an expanded demonstration portfolio of case studies from around the world illustrating the main characteristics and diversity of forest landscape restoration approaches, site-specific challenges, and tools needed for analysis of success, and a report to be forwarded to the fifth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF-5). For more information contact: Carole Saint-Laurent, Coordinator, Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration, IUC; tel: +1-416-763-3437; e-mail: CarSaintL@bellnet.ca; Internet: http://www.unep-wcmc.org/forest/restoration/globalpartnership/

GLOBAL FORUM ON THE REVIEW OF WOMEN’S PROGRESS ON FORESTRY MANAGEMENT SINCE BEIJING 1995: TOWARDS A COMMON AGENDA:
28 February 2005 - 4 March 2005. Kampala, Uganda. This Forum will examine the advances made and challenges met by women in implementing sustainable forest management. The Forum is co-organized by the Uganda Women’s Tree Planting Movement, the Uganda Land Alliance, and the Ministry of Water, Land and Environment, Government of Uganda. For more information contact: Ruth Mubiru, Uganda Women’s Tree Planting Movement; e-mail: ruthmubiru@yahoo.com; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/gov-unff.html

INTERNATIONAL EXPERT MEETING ON INNOVATIVE FINANCIAL MECHANISMS: SEARCHING FOR VIABLE ALTERNATIVES TO SECURE A BASIS FOR THE FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF FORESTS:
8 March 2005 - 11 March 2005. San Jose, Costa Rica. This meeting is expected to contribute to the international dialogue on forests. Meeting outcomes are expected to include: an exchange of successful experiences on financial and economic instruments and mechanisms to enhance sustainable forest management (SFM); the identification of mechanisms to further enhance and promote North-South and South-South cooperation; and the identification and consolidation of partnerships among interested parties to promote the use of innovative financial and economic instruments. For more information contact: Government of Costa Rica, Ministry of Environment and Energy National Forestry Financing F; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/gov-unff.html

XXII IUFRO WORLD CONGRESS:
8 August 2005 - 13 August 2005. Brisbane, Australia. This Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) will focus on “Forests in the Balance: Linking Tradition and Technology.” As suggested by the Congress’ theme, its organizers hope to: create an interest amongst all stakeholders with an interest in forests and process technology; reflect the importance of tradition and technology, including the increasing importance of indigenous knowledge; and recognize the role of indigenous peoples, not only as residents but also increasingly as future land managers. For more information contact: Congress Manager, PO Box 164, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006, Australia; tel: +61-0-7-3854-1611; fax: +61-0-3854-1507; e-mail: iufro2005@ozaccom.com.au; Internet: http://www.iufro2005.com

8TH WORLD WILDERNESS CONGRESS:
30 September 2005 - 6 October 2005. Anchorage, Alaska. The theme of the 8th WWC is Wilderness, Wildlands and People – A Partnership for the Planet. This Congress will generate the most up-to-date and accurate information on the benefits of wilderness and wildlands to contemporary and traditional societies, and will review the best models for balancing wilderness and wildlands conservation with human needs. For more information contact: Secretariat; e-mail: info@8wwc.org; Internet: http://www.8wwc.org/

Human development


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HIV/AIDS, FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY:
14 April 2005 - 16 April 2005. Durban, South Africa. This conference seeks to stimulate more effective, large-scale action that addresses the links between HIV/AIDS and food and nutrition insecurity. Interested researchers and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts by 14 December 2004. For more information contact: Stuart Gillespie, IFPRI; e-mail: s.gillespie@cgiar.org; Internet: http://www.ifpri.org/events/conferences/2005/20050414HIVAIDS.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDIA ISSUES AS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY (WSIS):
22 November 2004 - 24 November 2004. Marrakech, Morocco. The Marrakech Conference will focus on the provisions of the Declaration of Principles and the recommendations of the Plan of Action that relate specifically to the media and those liable to affect the free exercise of journalism. For purposes of the Conference, the issues are grouped into the following 7 themes: media’s place in the information society; media freedom in cyberspace, including cybersecurity; reducing the digital divide that affects the media; culture and the media; women in the media; media ownership issues; and internet governance: the media position. For more information contact: Minist�re de la communication du Maroc; tel: +212-37-76-68-48; fax: +212-37-76-08-28; e-mail: meriem@mincom.gov.ma; Internet: http://www.mincom.gov.ma/mediaconference/en/index.htm

UN system and IGOs


UN SYSTEM CHIEF EXECUTIVES BOARD FOR COORDINATION (CEB) SPRING 2005 SESSION AND 9TH SESSION OF THE CEB HIGH LEVEL COMMITTEE ON MANAGEMENT:
4 April 2005 - 9 April 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The UN Chief Executives Board will meet for its 2005 Spring session from 8-9 April 2005 in Geneva. The CEB's High Level Committee on Management will meet for its ninth session prior to the Spring session from 4-5 April. For more information contact: CEB Secretariat; tel: +1-212-963-5719; fax: +1-212-963-4190; Internet: http://ceb.unsystem.org/calendar.htm

GEF CONSULTATIONS AND COUNCIL MEETING:
6 June 2005 - 10 June 2005. Washington, DC, US. For more information contact: GEF Secretariat; tel: +1-202-473-0508; fax: +1-202-522-3240; e-mail: secretariat@TheGEF.org; Internet: http://www.gefweb.org/Outreach/Meetings_Events/meetings_events.html

GEF CONSULTATIONS AND COUNCIL MEETING:
5 December 2005 - 9 December 2005. Washington, DC, US. For more information contact: secretariat@TheGEF.org; tel: +1-202-473-0508; fax: +1-202-522-3240; Internet: http://www.gefweb.org/Outreach/Meetings_Events/meetings_events.html

Trade, investment and finance in sustainable development

WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 2005: 26 January 2005 - 30 January 2005. Davos, Switzerland. The 2005 World Economic Forum will focus on the theme, �Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices.� Issues on the agenda include: achieving global and regional stability; enabling economic growth; building the �great company�; navigating uncertainty; and balancing global and local considerations. Sessions will be chaired by such high-profile figures as Microsoft's Bill Gates and Citigroup's Charles Prince. For more information contact: Forum Secretariat; tel: +41-22-869-1212; fax: +41-22-786-2744; e-mail: annualmeeting@weforum.org; Internet: http://www.weforum.org

52ND SESSION OF UNCTAD TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT BOARD:
3 October 2005 - 14 October 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. UNCTAD's Trade and Development Board will hold its 52nd session in Geneva in October 2005. The meeting is being preceded by a short �executive session� in April 2005, the 36th such meeting in the Board's history. For more information contact: UNCTAD Secretariat; tel: ++41-22-917-5809; fax: +41-22-917-0051; e-mail: meetings@unctad.org; Internet: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Meeting.asp?intItemID=3321&lang=1

SIXTH WTO MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE:
13 December 2005 - 18 December 2005. Hong Kong, China. This major event for the World Trade Organization is expected to mark a key moment in the Doha round of trade negotiations. Originally slated for completion in January 2005, the Doha round has suffered from delays due to disagreements at the previous ministerial conference in Canc�n, Mexico in 2003. The dates for the next ministerial conference were decided during a meeting of the WTO General Council in October 2004. The conference will be preceded by numerous formal and informal preparatory meetings and events. For more information contact: WTO Secretariat; tel: +41-22-739-5111; fax: +41-22-731-4206; e-mail: enquiries@wto.org; Internet: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/minist_e/min05_e/min05_e.htm

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT OF TRANSBOUNDARY RAMSAR SITES - CHANCES AND CHALLENGES: 18 November 2004 - 19 November 2004. National Park Neusiedler See-Seewinkel, Austria. The conference will provide a forum for exchanging experiences on wetland connectivity across national borders. It is intended for professionals responsible for wetland management and transboundary Ramsar sites, including conservation specialists, environmental educators, public relations officers, and regional planners. For more information contact: Georg Scattolin, WWF-Austria; tel: +43-1-4881-7265; fax: +43-1-4881-7277; e-mail: georg.scattolin@wwf.at; Internet: http://www.ramsar.org/w.n.announcement_austria_transboundary_mtg.pdf

WORKSHOP ON PROMOTING WOMEN�S PARTICIPATION IN WATER MANAGEMENT:
24 February 2005 - 25 February 2005. Tehran, Iran. The regional centre on urban water management (RCUWM - Teheran) will hold a training workshop, aimed at involving international, government and non-governmental organizations that have played a significant role in promoting women's role in water management, and at creating dialogue among relevant national organizations and institutions. The main themes of the workshop include developing strategies concerning women's participation in water management issues, promoting women's role in decision making on water resources management issues, and developing capacity building. For more information contact: Abbassgholi Jahani (RCUWM); e-mail: jahani1325@hotmail.com

2ND ALTERNATIVE WORLD WATER FORUM:
17 March 2005 - 20 March 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The Alternative World Water Forum's key objective is to further develop and promote institutions and public policy that will provide access to potable water for all human beings and have water management conducted in a �democratic, united and sustainable manner.� For more information contact: e-mail: secretariat@fame2005.org; Internet: http://www.fame2005.org/

REGIONAL CONFERENCE ON WATER, HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT 2005:
13 September 2005 - 15 September 2005. Tanta, Egypt. The first Regional conference on Water, Health, and Environment 2005 will present the most recent technological and scientific developments associated with health, water, environment, hydrology, ecology and all water-related sciences. Participants will discuss and develop a general framework to minimize and delay the increasing deterioration in water resources and ecosystems. For more information contact: Bakenaz A. Zeydan, Tanta University; tel: +20-40-331-5860; fax: +20-50-225-5566; e-mail: bakenaz@dec1.tanta.edu.eg; Internet: http://www.cig.ensmp.fr/~iahs/conferences/2005TANTA.pdf

RAMSAR COP-9:
7 November 2005 - 15 November 2005. Kampala, Uganda. The 9th ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands will review the work of the Convention, plan its the future activities, and advance wetland science and policy and management tools. The conference's focus will be on the effective wetland management for poverty eradication, taking into consideration related priority actions found in Agenda 21, the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the Plan of Implementation adopted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. For more information contact: Dwight Peck, Ramsar Communications Officer; tel: +41-22-999-0170; fax: +41-22-999-0169; e-mail: peck@ramsar.org; Internet: http://www.ugandawetlands.org/cop9/
 

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