LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 23 Nov 2002

CURRENT MEETINGS COVERED BY ENB

 

LINKAGES UPDATE


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

COMINGS AND GOINGS


 
UNCTAD Appoints Puri To Head Trade Division

  UNEP seeks Deputy-Director For Regional Cooperation

  World Bank seeks Senior Water Resources Advisor

  FAO seeks Senior Plant Protection Officer

  UNFCCC Secretariat openings

  Job Openings at the World Wildlife Fund for Nature

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


Recently added meetings:

30th Executive Session Of UNCTAD Trade And Development Board: 2-4 Dec 2002. Geneva, Switzerland.

ARPEL/IPIECA Workshop: A Practical Approach To Identifying Emission Reduction Opportunities: 3-4 Dec 2002. San Jose, Costa Rica.

Latin America Regional Seminar On Investment For Development:  4-5 Dec 2002. Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kyoto Is Business: 10 Dec 2002. Brussels, Belgium.  

South Asia Regional Conference On Transitions Towards Sustainable Development: 10-11 Feb 2003. New Delhi, India.  

Strategic Energy Dialogues: 24-25 Feb 2003. London, UK.

Forest Products Research - Providing For Sustainable Choices: 11-15 March 2003. Rotorua, New Zealand.

Strategies To Stimulate And Promote The Sound Use Of Wood As A Renewable And Environmentally Friendly Material: 24-28 March 2003. Poiana Brasov, Romania.  

UNFCCC SB-18: 1-12 June 2003. Bonn, Germany.  

International Solar Energy Society Solar World Congress 2003: 14-19 June 2003. Göteborg, Sweden.  

2003 Dubrovnik Conference On Sustainable Development Of Energy, Water And Environment Systems: 15-20 June 2003. Dubrovnik, Croatia.  

Sixth Water Information Summit 2003: 9-12 Sept 2003. Delft, Netherlands.  

International Conference On Earth System Modeling: 15-19 Sept 2003. Hamburg, Germany.  

International Conference On Ecorestoration: 23-30 Sept 2003. Dehradun and New Delhi, India. 

The Third World Conference On Climate Change: 29 September - 3 October 2003. Moscow, Russia.  

UNFCCC COP-9: 1-12 December 2003. Milan, Italy.

Download complete calendar of upcoming meetings (pdf).

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

 Publications on the WSSD

World Summit on Sustainable Development – An Assessment for IISD  (IISD October 2002) Prepared by Peter Doran, IISD, this paper reviews the background leading up to the WSSD, identifies key WSSD outcomes and commitments, summarizes positions taken by key actors and assesses the political significance of the Summit. It focuses particularly on issues that IISD follows, offering important perspectives and a review of the Summit’s history and proceedings.

Governance for Sustainable Development: Outcomes from Johannesburg  (Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future 2002) This document examines the text of the WSSD Plan of Implementation and aims to identify indicators of political will, such as references to international targets and financial commitments, and governance outcomes, including legal and regulatory frameworks and partnerships.

Climate and Atmosphere

Gold Standard for Kyoto Protocol Projects (WWF 2002) The Gold Standard offers the first best practice benchmark for CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) and JI (Joint Implementation) projects.

Greenhouse & Statehouse: The Evolving State Government Role in Climate Change (Pew Centre on Global Climate Change 2002) This report tracks climate change measures by US States and draws conclusions on the potential of State action and its implications for national climate policy.

Capital Cycles and the Timing of Climate Change Policy  (Pew Center on Global Climate Change 2002) This publication investigates patterns of capital cycles, and discusses implications for climate change policy.

Building on the Kyoto Protocol: Options for Protecting the Climate (WRI 2002) This book considers a wide range of options to promote long-term climate protection and to bridge the growing divide between nations on how to take action.

Conservation and Development

Selling Forest Environmental Services: Market-Based Mechanisms for Conservation and Development (IIED 2002) Founded on case studies of markets for carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, watershed protection, this book demonstrates how payment systems can be established in practice, and describes their effectiveness and implications for the poor.

Human Development

Measuring Australia's Progress
Is life in Australia getting better? The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released a major report Measuring Australia's Progress (MAP) that attempts to answer this question. This publication provides a national summary of many of the most important areas of progress, presenting them in a way which can be quickly understood. A wide ranging consultation process, along with the help of numerous experts, helped the ABS choose the headline areas of progress and the best indicator to measure each area. This publication is useful as a basis for international comparison for researchers and students. More information.

WHO 2002 World Health Report (WHO 2002) The report, subtitled “Reducing risks, promoting healthy life,” measures the amount of disease, disability and death in the world today that can be attributed to some of the most important risks to human health, and calculates how much of this present burden can be avoided in the next 20 years.

LDCs, LLDCs, SIDS

New LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS website. The Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States has launched a new website.

 


WETLANDS CONVENTION CONVENES IN VALENCIA
Valencia, Spain| 18 - 26 Nov 2002

The Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP8) to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is meeting in Valencia, Spain. The theme of the Conference is “Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture.Delegates will consider various substantive items, including the Convention's Work Plan for 2003-2005 and its Strategic Plan for 2003-2008, as well as reports and recommendations submitted by Parties and by the Convention's Standing Committee. COP8 will also consider implementation of the Convention at the global level and reports on the proposed budget for 2003-2005.  ENB's daily coverage of Ramsar COP-8, including Real Audio and photographs.

 

COMMITTEE REVIEWS IMPLEMENTATION OF CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION

Rome, Italy | 11 - 22 Nov 2002

The first meeting of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC-1) opened on 11 November 2002 in Rome, Italy. The CRIC was established by the Fifth Conference of the Parties (COP-5) to the Convention to Combat Desertification in October 2001 to review and assess the implementation of the Convention.

 ENB daily web coverage and summary of CCD CRIC-1.

 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


CONVENTION ON TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES ADOPTS CONSERVATION MEASURES FOR MARINE SPECIES AND MAHOGANY, ALLOWS LIMITED SALE OF IVORY
Santiago, Chile | 3 - 15 Nov 2002

The twelfth Conference of the Parties (COP-12) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 3-15 November 2002 in Santiago, Chile, drawing together approximately 1,200 participants. Delegates’ assessments of COP-12 were mixed. Many applauded the listing of seahorses, basking and whale sharks, and Bigleaf mahogany, and the rejection of proposals to downlist populations of minke and Bryde’s whales. Results on elephants were divided, with some in favor of the restricted one-off ivory sale that Botswana, Namibia and South Africa attained, while others supported an Appendix I listing. As with previous COPs, the outcomes reflected the underlying conflicts within CITES between balancing trade and conservation.  ENB's Summary and Analysis of CITES COP-12; daily web coverage with photographs and Real Audio recording: English, Spanish.

 

GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM FOCUSES ON WETLANDS MANAGEMENT
Valencia, Spain | 15 - 17 Nov 2002

The Seventeenth Session of the Global Biodiversity Forum (GBF17) was held from 15-17 November 2002 in Valencia, Spain. The theme of GBF17, which took place prior to Ramsar COP-8, was “managing wetlands for global change and local livelihoods.” The forum comprised of workshops on: wetlands restoration and mitigation; environmental governance and sustainable development; agriculture, wetlands and water resources; and communication, education and public awareness.  SD summary of closing plenary.

INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION STRENGTHENS
ITS ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

Yokohama, Japan | 4 - 9 November 2002

The thirty-third session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-33) met from 4-9 November 2002, in Yokohama, Japan. After ITTC-32, considered by many as one of the most successful Council sessions in the history of the ITTO process, ITTC-33 served as an opportunity to set the foundations for consolidating ITTO’s role in sustainable forest management, and moving it beyond basic project funding to become a valued contributor to the international forest policy making process.  ENB summary and analysis of ITTC-33; ENB daily web coverage with photos and Real Audio recording.

WTO’S GENEVA WEEK FOSTERS DEVELOPING COUNTRIES’ PARTICIPATION IN DOHA AGENDA
Geneva, Switzerland | 4 - 8 Nov 2002

In an effort to improve the participation of its developing country membership in the Doha Development Agenda, the World Trade Organization hosted the fifth Geneva Week from 4-8 November, in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants from 30 countries and 18 regional trade organizations received full briefings on sectors currently under negotiation in the Doha Development Agenda, as well as on other WTO issues.

  Click here for more information.

 

WTO COMMITTEE CONSIDERS LINKS BETWEEN MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENT AGREEMENTS AND WTO RULES
Geneva, Switzerland | 12 Nov 2002

On 12 November 2002, a Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment convened to discuss paragraph 31 of the Doha Declaration on trade and environment. Delegates decided informally on a compromise method for structuring negotiations on the relationship between MEAs and the WTO mandated under paragraph 31(i) of the Doha Declaration.   Click here for more information.

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

New Delhi, India | 23 Oct - 1 Nov 2002

On the final day of UNFCCC COP-8, Parties adopted the Delhi Declaration on climate change and sustainable development. The Declaration reaffirms development and poverty eradication as overriding priorities in developing counties, and recognizes Parties’ common but differentiated responsibilities, development priorities and circumstances in the implementation of UNFCCC commitments. It does not call for a dialogue on broadening commitments. COP-8 further considered institutional and procedural issues under the Kyoto Protocol and adopted a number of decisions on: “good practices” in policies and measures; improved guidelines for non-Annex I national communications; issues under the financial mechanism; research and systematic observation; cooperation with international organizations; and methodological issues, including the rules and procedures for the Clean Development Mechanism.  ENB's Summary and Analysis; daily web coverage in English; Spanish; French; Japanese translation by GISPRI.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LOOKS AT SRI IN ASIA

Tokyo, Japan | 28 - 29 Oct 2002

ASrIA - the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia - held the first international Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) conference in Japan on 28-29 October 2002 at the UN University in Tokyo. The conference covered two main areas: SRI and Corporates in Asia, highlighting the differences and similarities between SRI practice in Asia, Europe and the US, with the aim of identifying some SRI values for Asia; and SRI and Savings Plans in Asia, exploring the dynamic between pension funds and SRI. A research report on this topic, SRI and Pensions in Asia, was released at the conference.   Click here for more information.

 

RECENT NEWS

  NEW PHASE OF DESERT MARGINS PROGRAMME IN AFRICA LAUNCHED
UNEP and the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) have recently launched a new phase of the five year-old Desert Margins Programme. Crucial to the success of this $50 million scheme will be the gathering and sharing of traditional, indigenous knowledge and the marrying of this knowledge with modern, land management techniques. More information.

 

  GEF SEEKS LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS
The Global Environment Facility is seeking nominations for the 2003 Global Environment Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated strong leadership actions aimed at protecting the environment. More information.

 

  ASHOK KHOSLA WINS UNEP AWARD
Indian Environmentalist Dr. Ashok Khosla, has been awarded this year’s UNEP Sasakawa Environment Prize for his work in fostering environment-friendly and commercially-viable technologies. More information.

 

  SWAP CLIMATE LEVY FOR CARBON TAX, STUDY SUGGESTS
The UK’s climate change levy, a tax on business energy use, should be scrapped in favor of a tax on fossil fuels use to reverse the rise in polluting emissions, states a report by the Royal Society.
More information.

 

  WATER IN WESTERN US WILL BE AFFECTED BY GLOBAL WARMING
Water availability in the western United States is predicted to be severely affected by global warming, according to a recent report involving over two dozen scientists and engineers from around the US.
More information.

 

  AUSTRALIA SET TO SEE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Australia will have a harder time preserving its standard of living as plague, pestilence and disaster increasingly become a part of life, says a new federal report on population growth and climate change. More information.

  CANADA REAFFIRMS KYOTO RATIFICATION
Despite fears expressed by some of its provinces and industry groups of economic damage from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian federal government is still aiming to ratify the Kyoto Protocol this year. More information.

 

  BUSH URGED TO CEASE AND DESIST UNDERMINING CHEMICALS REFORM
Various environmental, public health, and labor groups in the US have joined forces to denounce the US government’s efforts to derail proposed chemicals policy reforms underway in the EU. More information.

 

  EU IDENTIFIES PERSISTENT AND BIO-ACCUMULATIVE CHEMICALS
The European Chemicals Bureau (ECB) has produced a first list of persistent and bio-accumulative substances that may eventually be classified as chemicals of high concern. Details of the list are provided in the most recent issue of the ECB's newsletter, though the specific substances on it have not yet been identified. Bureau officials have reported that a definitive version will be published following consultation with industry. More information.

 

CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT BACKGROUND PRIMERS UPDATED

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

  Rotterdam PIC Convention - Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade

  Stockholm POPs Convention - Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

  Basel Convention - Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

  Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety

 

PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES ON TRADE AND FINANCE

 Global Consultation on Finance and Sustainability (UNEP Finance Initiatives 2003) This report summarizes the key findings of a global consultation on Finance and Sustainability sponsored by UNEP Finance Initiatives and its private sector partners. The aim of the consultation was to assess the challenges and opportunities faced by financial institutions, investors and the capital markets, more broadly, as they move to implement sustainability. The report includes detailed summaries of conferences, roundtables, and workshops held in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America throughout 2001-2002. The report also includes a CD-ROM containing over 240 presentations drawn from the consultation. Orders made before 31 January 2003 receive a 30% discount off the full $500 price. For more information contact Robert Reid, UNEP FI; tel: +41-22-917-8253; fax: +41-22-917-8076; e-mail: robert.reid@unep.ch

 WTO International Trade Statistics 2002  (WTO 2002) This resource contains the most up to date trade statistics compiled by the WTO.

 WTO Multilingual Terminology Database (WTO 2002) This newly developed database is a users guide to the language and terminology used in international trade. It is available in English, French and Spanish.

 

 Power Politics in the WTO (Focus on the Global South 2002) The document draws on in-depth interviews with many developing country delegates to the WTO. It provides personal accounts by delegates on their experience of the pressures and undemocratic processes they have encountered in the process of fighting for better positions in trade negotiations.

 The South and Sustainable Development Conundrum (South Center 2002) One of the aims of the publication is to explain the essence of the developing countries� perspective and to highlight their concerns regarding the manner in which the international sustainable development agenda has been evolving.

 Trade and Development Report 2002 - Developing Countries in World Trade (UNCTAD 2002) This report analyzes trends and outlooks for the world economy and focuses on export dynamism and industrialization in developing countries.

 International Trade and Sustainable Development (Earthscan 2002) This reader presents the latest research on trade and sustainability issues, including foreign direct investment, MEA-WTO conflicts, trade laws and fisheries subsidies, intellectual property rights and traditional knowledge.

 

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