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Openings at the
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Recently added meetings:
Executive Session Of UNCTAD Trade And Development Board: 2-4 Dec 2002.
Workshop: A Practical Approach To Identifying Emission Reduction
3-4 Dec 2002. San Jose, Costa Rica.
Latin America Regional Seminar On
Investment For Development:
4-5 Dec 2002. Sao Paulo,
10 Dec 2002. Brussels, Belgium.
Regional Conference On Transitions Towards Sustainable
10-11 Feb 2003. New Delhi, India.
Energy Dialogues: 24-25 Feb 2003. London, UK.
Forest Products Research - Providing For Sustainable Choices: 11-15 March 2003.
Strategies To Stimulate And Promote The
Sound Use Of Wood As A Renewable And Environmentally Friendly
24-28 March 2003. Poiana Brasov, Romania.
1-12 June 2003. Bonn, Germany.
International Solar Energy Society Solar
World Congress 2003:
14-19 June 2003. Göteborg,
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.
International Conference On Ecorestoration:
23-30 Sept 2003. Dehradun and New Delhi, India.
The Third World Conference On Climate
29 September - 3 October 2003. Moscow, Russia.
1-12 December 2003. Milan, Italy.
Download complete calendar
of upcoming meetings (pdf).
AND ONLINE RESOURCES
on the WSSD
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.
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
Climate and Atmosphere
Gold Standard for
Kyoto Protocol Projects
(WWF 2002) The
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
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
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
(WRI 2002) This book
considers a wide range of options to promote long-term climate
protection and to
bridge the growing
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.
Is life in
Australia getting better? The Australian Bureau of Statistics
(ABS) has released a major report Measuring
(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.
WHO 2002 World Health Report
(WHO 2002) The report, subtitled
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.
CONVENTION CONVENES IN VALENCIA
Valencia, Spain| 18 - 26 Nov 2002
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.
daily coverage of Ramsar COP-8, including Real Audio and photographs.
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.
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
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.
and Analysis of CITES COP-12; daily web coverage
with photographs and Real Audio recording:
GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM
FOCUSES ON WETLANDS MANAGEMENT
| 15 - 17 Nov 2002
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
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.
summary of closing plenary.
INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER ORGANIZATION
ITS ROLE IN SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
Yokohama, Japan | 4 -
9 November 2002
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.
summary and analysis of ITTC-33; ENB daily web coverage with photos and Real
WTO’S GENEVA WEEK FOSTERS DEVELOPING
COUNTRIES’ PARTICIPATION IN DOHA AGENDA
Switzerland | 4 - 8 Nov 2002
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
Switzerland | 12 Nov 2002
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
Click here for more information.
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.
Summary and Analysis;
daily web coverage in
Japanese translation by GISPRI.
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE LOOKS AT SRI IN ASIA
Tokyo, Japan | 28 - 29 Oct 2002
- 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.
NEW PHASE OF DESERT MARGINS PROGRAMME IN
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
GEF SEEKS LEADERSHIP AWARD NOMINATIONS
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
ASHOK KHOSLA WINS UNEP AWARD
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.
SWAP CLIMATE LEVY FOR CARBON TAX, STUDY
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.
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.
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.
CANADA REAFFIRMS KYOTO RATIFICATION
Despite fears expressed
by some of its provinces and industry groups of economic
from reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Canadian federal
government is still aiming to ratify the Kyoto Protocol this year.
BUSH URGED TO CEASE AND DESIST UNDERMINING
environmental, public health, and labor groups in the US have joined
forces to denounce the
government’s efforts to derail proposed chemicals policy reforms
underway in the EU. More
EU IDENTIFIES PERSISTENT AND BIO-ACCUMULATIVE
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.
CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT BACKGROUND PRIMERS UPDATED
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
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
AND RESOURCES ON TRADE AND FINANCE
Consultation on Finance and Sustainability
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;
WTO International Trade Statistics 2002
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
The South and Sustainable
(South Center 2002) One of the aims of the publication is to
explain the essence of the developing countriesï¿½ perspective and
to highlight their concerns regarding the manner in which the
international sustainable development agenda has been evolving.
and Development Report 2002 - Developing Countries in World
2002) This report
analyzes trends and outlooks for the world economy and focuses
on export dynamism and industrialization in developing
International Trade and Sustainable Development (Earthscan
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.