LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 26 January 2005

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD


International Conference on Biodiversity: Science and Governance: 24-28 January, Paris
FAO/Netherlands Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems: 31 January to 5 February, The Hague
Country Led Initiative in Support of the UNFF Regarding a Future International Arrangement on Forests:
25-28 January, Guadalajara
CBD SBSTTA-10: 7-11 February, Bangkok
ITTA-2: 14-18 February 2005, Geneva
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES



WCDR delegates observe a moment of silence at the opening of the meeting in memory of
the victims of the 26 December earthquake-tsunami


KOBE CONFERENCE AGREES ON DISASTER REDUCTION ACTION PLAN
18-22 January 2005 | Kobe, Japan

Negotiators attending a major UN conference on disaster reduction have agreed on a ten-year plan to build the resilience of countries and communities to disasters. They also adopted a statement on the recent Indian Ocean tsunami aimed at reducing the risks of such disasters in future. The UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) took place just weeks after an earthquake-tsunami in the Indian Ocean led to the deaths of over 200,000 people and the loss of livelihoods of millions living in the region. The conference also coincided with the tenth anniversary of the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, which took over 6,000 lives in Kobe. During the meeting, disagreements surfaced over the link between disasters and climate change. By the end of the conference, two outcome documents had been successfully negotiated: one entitled “Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters: Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015,” and the Hyogo Declaration. The Earth Negotiations Bulletincoverage of this meeting.
 


From left: José Antonio Ocampo, UN Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs,
Anwarul Chowdhury
, IM Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, Paul Raymond Bérenger, Prime Minister of Mauritius, Jean Ping, President of the 59th session of the UN General Assembly


MAURITIUS INTERNATIONAL MEETING AGREES ON STRATEGY FOR FUTURE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SIDS
10-14 January 2005 | Port Louis, Mauritius
Following a year of negotiations, which began in the Bahamas in January 2004, the review process on the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded in January 2005 in Mauritius, with the adoption of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action on the Sustainable Development of SIDS. Climate change, trade and transport of hazardous wastes proved to be among the most contentious issues during the process, which culminated at the International Meeting (IM) to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS. ENB's coverage of this meeting.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


“MEGADIVERSE” COUNTRIES DISCUSS ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING
17-21 January 2005 | New Delhi, India
Access and benefit-sharing was the focus of a recent series of meetings of the group of Like-minded Megadiverse Countries. The meetings were organized in preparation for the third meeting of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS). Participants in the meetings sought to develop a common position for the group with regard to the development of an international regime on ABS, as mandated by the WSSD and CBD COP-7.
 

CSD BUREAU CONTINUES PREPARATIONS FOR CSD-13
20 December 2004 | UNHQ, New York
The Bureau of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) continued its preparations for the Commission’s upcoming thirteenth session at a meeting held late December 2004 in New York, when participants reviewed possible topics for the parallel sessions at the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting in February. More.

CONFERENCE TACKLES ENERGY, DEVELOPMENT LINKS
12-14 December 2004 | Noordwijk, Netherlands

The contribution energy policies can make toward poverty reduction and economic development was a key focus of a recent conference held in the Netherlands. Delegates discussed the current energy crisis, concluding that a business-as-usual approach will not solve the energy problems that now exist. More.
 

TRIPS COUNCIL DEBATES BIODIVERSITY, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
1-2 December 2004 | Geneva

A proposal aimed at moving forward the debate over the relationship between intellectual property rights, biodiversity and traditional knowledge was the focus on discussions at a recent World Trade Organization meeting. Delegates at the WTO’s Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) discussed a proposal that focuses on disclosure of prior informed consent in patents involving the use of biological resources, with reference to Article 15 of the CBD. More.
 

COUNTRIES ACT ON ACCIDENTAL SEA TURTLE DEATHS
29 November to 2 December 2004 | Bangkok

A group of 28 countries have agreed on recommendations to cut the number of accidental deaths of endangered sea turtles. The recommendations, which came out of a technical consultation organized by the FAO Fisheries Department, will be reviewed in March 2005 by the 94 countries that make up FAO’s Committee of Fisheries. More.

MDGS


UN MILLENNIUM PROJECT PRESENTS KEY MDG REPORT
The UN Millennium Project recently launched its comprehensive strategy to combat poverty and hunger, proposing measures and guidelines that seek to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Presented to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on 17 January, the report entitled “Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieving the Millennium Development Goals” underscores the importance of the MDGs, tracks their implementation, and considers various means of supporting their achievement, including through public investment, civil society participation, and private sector contribution. The report also identifies the special needs of Africa, highlights strategies for countries affected by conflict, and discusses the need to revamp development aid, calling for targeted investments to address various challenges. Prepared by a team of over 260 development experts, the report is launched several months ahead of the major high-level plenary session that will be held in September at the opening of the 60th session of the General Assembly, which is slated to review progress in implementation of the outcome of the 2000 Millennium Summit, as well as the integrated and coordinated implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the major UN conferences in the economic, social and related fields. The Millennium Project report. The task force reports.
 

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 chris@iisd.org.

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

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

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MALLOCH BROWN ASSUMES POSITION AS UN CHIEF OF STAFF
UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown assumed his position as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff on 19 January. Malloch Brown will continue to lead UNDP until a replacement is found.

US AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VENEMAN TO REPLACE BELLAMY AS NEW UNICEF HEAD

US Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has been nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Veneman, who will assume her new duties on 1 May 2005, replaces Carol Bellamy who is retiring from the post, which traditionally goes to an American.

PAKISTAN ELECTED ECOSOC PRESIDENT

Munir Akram (Pakistan) was recently elected President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2005 by acclamation.

DIALLO REAPPOINTED TO DESERTIFICATION POST

Hama Arba Diallo has been reappointed Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification by the UN Secretary-General. His new three-year term commenced on 1 January 2005.

ZOELLICK QUITS TRADE ROLE, WOLFENSOHN TO LEAVE BANK

US Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is set to leave the post after being selected by US President Bush as Deputy Secretary of State. Zoellick, who was recently rumored as a possible contender to replace James Wolfensohn when Wolfensohn gives up the presidency of the World Bank in June 2005, will succeed Richard Armitage in the State Department.

APEC NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization has named the Republic of Korea’s Choi Seok Young as the new director of its Secretariat.


SILVEIRA REJOINS UNDSD

Mary Pat Silveira has rejoined the UN’s Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as head of the National Information, Monitoring and Outreach Branch.

COSGROVE LEAVES WORLD WATER COUNCIL

William Cosgrove has resigned as President of the World Water Council Board of Governors to take up the position of President of the Bureau d’audiences publiques sur l’environnement in Québec.

Vacancies

Click here for a listing ofjob postings, including at the:
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World Resources Institute
- Pew Center
- Center for Clean Air Policy
- Convention on Biological Diversity
- Institute of Development Studies
- Climate Action Network Europe
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WWF
- Mekong River Commission
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IUCN-The World Conservation Union

Click here for complete postingson appointments, departures and vacancies.
 

 

MEDIA REPORTS


Climate change

UK, JAPAN ANNOUNCE “SUPER-TECHNOLOGY” CLIMATE PLAN
Scientists from Japan and the UK are to work on creating a “super-technology” for modeling future climate change. Meanwhile, Greenpeace has stepped up its attack on UK Prime Minister Tony Blair for allegedly trying to backpedal on commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

BEARS LOSE SLEEP OVER CLIMATE CHANGE
The world’s bears are losing sleep in winter due to global warming, according to climatologists.

EXPERTS WARN OF GLOBAL “DIMMING”

The amount of solar energy striking the Earth’s surface has declined in recent decades, according to new research.

FURTHER U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE LAWSUITS PLANNED
Environmental activists and a number of cities in the U.S. are planning to take the country’s development agencies to court in an effort to push the government into taking further action on climate change. In other news from the United States, a new novel by best-selling author Michael Crichton has sparked debate on the accuracy of mainstream climate change science.


Tsunami disaster

DISASTER WARNING SYSTEMS: UPDATE
Following the 26 December 2004 earthquake-tsunami disaster, the international community is paying special attention to the creation and enhancement of global and regional disaster warning systems. Announced during the SIDS International Meeting, a global tsunami warning system to be spearheaded by UNESCO is expected to be operational by June 2007, with the first regional component of the global system - in the Indian Ocean - to be finalized in June 2006. The UN has also recently launched the International Early Warning Programme (IEWP). More.

EARTHQUAKE-TSUNAMI DISASTER: ENVIRONMENT BRIEF
The tsunamis resulting from the earthquake that occurred on 26 December 2004 in the Indian Ocean brought widespread devastation to many countries around the Indian Ocean rim. While the global community’s focus is on humanitarian aid and relief, international efforts are also being made to respond to environmental needs caused by the disaster. More.

Sustainable development

GLOBAL HUMAN POPULATION GREW BY 76 MILLION IN 2004
2004 saw the births of 133 million people and the deaths of 57 million, increasing world population by 76 million, finds the Earth Policy Institute.
 


Intergovernmental organizations

QATAR HANDS G-77 CHAIRMANSHIP TO JAMAICA
Qatar handed the Chairmanship of the Group of 77 to Jamaica on 25 January.

Forests

NEW PROTECTED AREAS ESTABLISHED IN AMAZON
The Brazilian State of Amazonas has announced the creation of a mosaic of protected areas totaling over three million hectares in the southern part of the state, according to a recent press announcement.

Trade and finance

DISCRIMINATORY DEALS THREATEN TRADE SYSTEM, REPORT FINDS
The rise in discriminatory trade pacts around the world poses a major threat to the World Trade Organization, according to a new report.


RACE TO HEAD WTO HEATS UP

The race to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization is heating up, with four candidates throwing their hats into the ring.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

PACIFIC, CARIBBEAN, AND ATLANTIC AND INDIAN OCEAN ENVIRONMENT OUTLOOK REPORTS
(UNEP, January 2005) UNEP launched three new environment outlook reports for the Pacific, Caribbean and Atlantic and Indian Oceans at the recent Mauritius SIDS International Meeting. These reports illustrate the state of the environment in the SIDS, indicating significant trends at the national, regional and global levels. The reports also provide policy guidance and early warning information on environmental trends.

STATE OF THE WORLD 2005: REDEFINING GLOBAL SECURITY
(Worldwatch, January 2005) The 2005 edition of the Worldwatch Institute’s flagship publication addresses the issue of global security, and cautions that the focus on combating terrorism has detracted the world’s attention from the underlying causes of insecurity, such as poverty, infectious diseases, environmental degradation, transnational crime, and struggle over oil and other resources. Chapters focus on the link between human security and these various issues. The report recommends that the international community strengthen and broaden international cooperation, support the MDGs and WSSD targets, and foster environmental peacemaking.

CONFRONTING ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE IN EAST AND SOUTHEAST ASIA: ECO-POLITICS, FOREIGN POLICY, AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

(UNU, 2005) Edited by Paul Harris, this book contains a compilation of essays that address the politics and policy of environmental change and sustainable development in East and Southeast Asia. The book focuses on ways in which foreign policy and international relations theories help explain ecopolitics and sustainable development in the region. Case studies cover environmental diplomacy in East Asia and strategies for sustainable development in Southeast Asia, including Japanese environmental policy, China’s climate change diplomacy, the role of NGOs in shaping Thailand’s policies on biodiversity, international assistance and marine environmental protection in Vietnam, sustainable development policy in Taiwan, and the role of community-based conflict management in environmental protection efforts in Papua New Guinea.

C.H.A.O.S.S: AN ESSAY AND GLOSSARY FOR STUDENTS AND PRACTITIONERS OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

(Balkema Publishers, 2005) Authored by Richard E. Saunier and Richard A. Meganck, this book seeks to provide students, practitioners, policymakers and experts with a guide to the field of global environmental governance. The first part of the book contains an essay that challenges “those concerned with the management of our planet and its inhabitants to understand and accept a vocabulary common to the often opposing global environmental governance objectives brought forward over the last fifty years; a vocabulary which in time could help give an affirmative answer to the question posed by C.H.A.O.S.S. - Can Humans And Other Species Survive?” The second and third parts of the book provide a glossary of terms and acronyms, and outline among other things principles of global environmental governance.

Trade, finance, and investment in SD

CALL FOR COMMENTS: IISD’S DRAFT MODEL INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT AGREEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMEN

(IISD, 2005) A draft model for future international investment agreements that emphasizes sustainable development has been published. The new model was developed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. According to IISD, the current model for investment agreements was developed almost 50 years ago, and is ripe for revision. IISD has invited public comments on the draft model by 7 February 2005.

IMF INVITES INPUT ON RESOURCE REVENUE TRANSPARENCY GUIDE
The International Monetary Fund has released a Draft Guide on Resource Revenue Transparency aimed at assisting countries in tackling challenges relating to the management of revenues from extracting fossil fuels. The Draft Guide, which encourages fiscal transparency, is also intended to support the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative launched at the WSSD. Comments on the raft Guide should be submitted by 18 February 2005.
 


Climate change

THE DEATH OF ENVIRONMENTALISM: GLOBAL WARMING POLITICS IN A POST-ENVIRONMENTAL WORLD
(Grist magazine, 13 January 2005) This paper by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, which was first presented at a meeting of the Environmental Grantmakers Association in late 2004, has been reprinted in the online publication, Grist. The paper has caused considerable debate within environmental circles for questioning widely-held views on environmental politics, lobbying, and influencing politicians, the media and the public. The paper challenges the “conventional wisdom” in the environmental community that publicity should not seek to frighten the public about climate change but instead focus on technical solutions such as hybrid vehicles. The authors also question whether the environmental community in the US has really achieved any lasting success in its efforts to combat global warming. They suggest that the environmental movement has lost its way, arguing that “modern environmentalism, with all of its unexamined assumptions, outdated concepts and exhausted strategies, must die so that something new can live.”

DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT IN A CHANGING CLIMATE
(VARG, 2005) This draft discussion paper was presented as a contribution to the Kobe World Conference on Disaster Reduction by F. Sperling and F. Szekely on behalf of the Vulnerability and Adaptation Resource Group (VARG). The paper discusses interlinkages and differences between disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and outlines opportunities and barriers for collaboration. The authors conclude by proposing as a next step a programmatic approach allowing for comprehensive communication of natural hazard and climate risks within the development process.

UNITED STATES PARTICIPATION IN FUTURE CLIMATE AGREEMENTS: AN ASSESSMENT

(CICERO, January 2005) This paper from Andreas Tjernshaugen of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) in Oslo identifies key obstacles to U.S. participation in an international treaty to control greenhouse gas emissions. It also proposes some strategies to overcome such barriers. The paper begins by describing U.S. climate policy prior to 2001 and subsequently under President George W. Bush, before considering why Europe and the U.S. view climate change issues so differently. This is followed by an examination of barriers to U.S. participation in an international treaty, the costs of compliance, competitiveness concerns, and suggestions for strategies that European governments could adopt.

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

IMPACTS OF THE TSUNAMI ON FISHERIES, AQUACULTURE AND COASTAL LIVELIHOODS
(FAO, January 2005) This preliminary report on the impacts of the Indian Ocean tsunami on coastal livelihoods seeks to determine the resources and steps needed to restore shattered livelihoods in the stricken communities as rapidly as possible.

INTERNATIONAL WATER ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES ASIA RELIEF SITE

Responding to the tsunami relief efforts, IWA has launched a website aimed at enabling knowledge sharing and specialist help on water-related issues.

WETLANDS AND THE TSUNAMI – WEB RESOURCE AND E-DISCUSSION GROUPS
The Ramsar Tsunami Reference Group, comprising Wetlands International, WWF, IUCN, BirdLife International and the International Water Management Institute, will be coordinating rapid assessment of the affected areas with involvement and assistance of remote sensing specialists, interested agencies and organisations. A web resource is being developed and eight e-discussion groups have been formed on topics relating to: Impacts of the tsunami on the livelihoods of coastal communities dependent on natural assets; Wetland species - conservation and management; Coastal wetland assessment and ecological restoration; Mangroves; Coral reef and sea grass beds; Integrated coastal zone management; Freshwater wetland resources impacted by the tsunami; and Coastal reconstruction. If you are interested in joining any of these groups, please email tsunami@wetlands.org.


Biodiversity and wildlife

BIOSAFETY SYMPOSIUM PROCEEDINGS
The proceedings of the Eighth International Symposium on the Biosafety of Genetically Modified Organisms, held from 26-30 September 2004, in Montpellier, France, are now available online. The symposium covered a variety of topics, including: commercialization and biosafety aspects of Bt and other insecticidal crops; biosafety aspects of virus-resistant transgenic crops; biosafety aspects of the next generation of transgenic crops, including “pharma” crops; commercialization and biosafety aspects of GM fish; regulation of GMOs worldwide; and challenges for biosafety research in developing countries – a North-South workshop.


PAPERS FROM EXPERT WORKSHOP ON ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING

The papers from an international expert workshop on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing (ABS) are now available online. The workshop, which was held in Cuernavaca, Mexico, from 24-27 October 2004, was co-hosted by the governments of Canada and Mexico, and co-sponsored by Switzerland. The papers focus on: national access laws, challenges, monitoring and enforcement issues; access, intellectual property rights and biopiracy; the vision for and nature of an international regime on ABS; limits and opportunities for existing intellectual property rights; limits to rights over genetic resources, derivatives, tangible and intangible property rights; new forms of sui generis protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge; indigenous peoples and community-level prior informed consent for accessing traditional knowledge and genetic resources; and measures to ensure compliance with the CBD and access legislation.

Forests, deserts, land

THE COST OF U.S. FOREST-BASED CARBON SEQUESTRATION

(Pew Center on Global Climate Change, January 2005) This report, written by Robert Stavins and Kenneth Richards, synthesizes and expands on available studies of forest-based carbon sequestration in the United States. The authors analyze the real opportunity costs of using land for sequestration, in contrast with other productive uses, and examine factors that drive the economics of storing carbon in forests over long periods of time.

STRENGTHENING THE WEAKEST LINKS: STRATEGIES FOR IMPROVING THE ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS GLOBALLY

(Conservation International, September 2004) In this study authored by Anita Akella and Jim Cannon, Conservation International’s Center for Conservation and Government examines four biodiversity hotspots—Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia and the Philippines—and presents the first quantitative evidence of how poor environmental enforcement is in nations that are wealthy in natural resources. The traditional response to poor enforcement has been to hire and equip more park guards and raise fines. However, the authors conclude that this strategy is ineffective by itself because it does not address the entire enforcement chain—detection, arrest, prosecution, conviction and penalty. According to Akella and Cannon, the steps that come after arrests often constitute the weakest link. To request a free electronic copy of this article in a pdf file, please e-mail Ingrid Neubauer.

“DRYLANDSCOPE”
SUSTAINABLE DRYLANDS MANAGEMENT WEBSITE
Drylandscope is a sustainable drylands management reference and networking website that offers users access to information through its eLibrary and forums on the following topics: s
oils, natural systems, managed systems, tools and equipment, hydrology, landscape level considerations, and livestock. The site contains a list of relevant web sources and resources, and invites users to submit additional content.

Waste management

VITAL WASTE GRAPHICS
(UNEP/Basel Convention, 2004) Released by UNEP in collaboration with the Basel Convention Secretariat, Vital Waste Graphics is aimed at raising awareness and stimulating debate on the global waste challenge. The publication includes sections on waste generation, the waste cycle, waste management, hazardous waste, and climate change and waste. The report concludes by urging a life-cycle approach to waste management, and highlights initiatives such as the Basel Convention, Zero Waste initiatives and technological research.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Change of dates:

FOURTH CSD-13 BUREAU MEETING: 1 February 2005. UN headquarters, New York, US. The fourth meeting of the CSD-13 Bureau is expected to convene on 1 February 2005. For more information contact: UN Division for Sustainable Development; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: dsd@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev

The following are upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

WSIS REGIONAL PREPARATORY CONFERENCE IN AFRICA:
2 February 2005 - 4 February 2005. Accra, Ghana. The theme of the African WSIS Regional Preparatory Conference, “Access - Africa’s key to an inclusive Information Society,” seeks to prepare for Africa’s effective participation in the Tunis phase of WSIS to ensure a strategic and interdependent digital partnership that will promote economic growth and human development on the continent. The conference aims to develop a common position and a regional action plan on major ICT issues of relevance to the continent, including the remaining two unresolved issues of the Geneva phase, namely Internet Governance and Financing of the Information Society. For more information contact: Makane Faye, Senior Regional Advisor, Economic Commission for Africa; tel: +251-1-514534; fax: +251-1-510512; e-mail: wsisaccra2005@uneca.org; Internet: http://www.itu.int/wsis/newsroom/press_releases/wsis/2005/24jan.html

FIFTH CONFERENCE OF THE EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT AND THIRD WORLD CONGRESS ON COMPUTERS IN AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES:
25 July 2005 - 28 July 2005. Vila Real, Portugal. This EFITA/WCCA 2005 Joint Conference is intended as an international forum for agriculture related professionals to exchange information on applications and developments in the use of information technologies. For more information contact: Conference Secretariat, EFITA/WCCA 2005; fax: +351-259-350480; e-mail: efita.wcca2005@utad.pt; Internet: http://www.agriculturadigital.org/efitaandwcca2005

CHILDREN’S WORLD SUMMIT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT:
26 July 2005 - 29 July 2005. Aichi, Japan. UNEP is organizing this first Children’s World Summit for the Environment, which will be hosted by the Aichi Prefectural Government, the City of Toyota and the City of Toyohashi. The Summit is a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit, and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. The meeting will seek to examine how to better involve children in the implementation of the decisions from these summits. For more information contact: Japan Organizing Committee; tel: +81-52-954-6238; fax: +81-52-961-4901; e-mail: info@children-summit.jp; Internet: http://www.children-summit.jp

THIRD WORLD YOUTH CONGRESS:
30 July 2005 - 8 August 2005. Stirling, Scotland. The congress theme is “Young People working together for a sustainable world community.” Youth delegates will draw to the attention of governments and aid agencies how much young people do and are doing to support the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals. This congress will bring together young development activists and government and UN development professionals to review best practice in youth led development and devise strategies to mobilize more young people to take part in them. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.scotland2005.org

3RD WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONGRESS:
2 October 2005 - 6 October 2005. Torino, Italy. This congress, which will be taking place in the inaugural year of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD), is slated to pave the way for a series of biennial congresses to follow. For more information contact: The Secretary’s Office, Istituto per l’Ambiente e l’Educazione Scholé Futuro; tel: +39-11-436-6522; fax: +39-11-436-6522; e-mail: info@3weec.org; Internet: http://www.3weec.org/

INTERNATIONAL PLATFORM ON SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT:
11 October 2005 - 13 October 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. This multistakeholder platform will comprise three elements: a conference, an exhibition and a number of workshops/side-events. The objective of the event is to present innovative solutions in the fields of technologies, governance, civil society and enterprises from urban areas in both the Northern and Southern hemisphere. There will be an emphasis on creating partnerships: public/private; north/south; local/global. For more information contact: Sofie H. Flensborg, Geneva Environment Network; tel: +41-22-917-8310; fax: +41-22-797-3464; e-mail: sofie.flensborg@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.s-dev.org

FAO SPECIAL CONFERENCE ON SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES:
19 November 2005 - 26 November 2005. Rome, Italy. FAO has announced that it will convene a special conference in Rome during the meeting of its governing body to review the Mauritius Strategy to Further Implement the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS. For more information contact: Nadia Scialabba, Senior Officer, Environment and Sustainable Development; e-mail: nadia.scialabba@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2005/88821/index.html

GLOBE 2006:
29 March 2006 - 31 March 2006. Vancouver, BC, Canada. Organized by the GLOBE Foundation, this business and environment event is expected to host nearly 10,000 participants, 2,000 conference delegates, 400 exhibits, 200 speakers and dozens of international delegations. For more information contact: GLOBE Foundation; tel: +1-604-775-7300; fax: +1-604-666-8123; e-mail: info@globe2006.com; Internet: http://www.globe2006.com

Biodiversity and wildlife

IUCN WORLD COMMISSION ON PROTECTED AREAS 5TH CONFERENCE ON PROTECTED AREAS OF EAST ASIA:
21 June 2005 - 25 June 2005. Hong Kong, China. The conference theme is Sustainable Management of Protected Areas for Future Generations. For more information contact: Sylvia Lee; e-mail: asb1@afcd.gov.hk; Internet: http://www.focp.org.hk

Chemicals and waste management

MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON THE 3R INITIATIVE:
28 April 2005 - 30 April 2005. Tokyo, Japan. This conference will discuss issues relevant to the actions identified in the Action Plan agreed at the G-8 Sea Island Summit, specifically: the promotion of the 3Rs; reduction of barriers to the international flow of goods and materials; encouragement of cooperation among various stakeholders; promotion of science and technology suitable for the 3Rs; and cooperation with developing countries. For more information contact: Task Force for 3R Initiative Ministerial Conference, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry o; tel: +81-3-5521-8348; fax: +81-3-3593-3636; e-mail: 3R@env.go.jp; Internet: http://www.env.go.jp/earth/3r/en/index.html

FOURTH SESSION OF THE OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP FOR THE BASEL CONVENTION:
4 July 2005 - 8 July 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The fourth session of the Open-ended Working Group for the Basel Convention will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4-8 July 2005. 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 change

CONSULTATIVE GROUP OF EXPERTS: HANDS-ON TRAINING WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL GREENHOUSE GAS INVENTORIES FOR THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION:
8 February 2005 - 12 February 2005. Shanghai, China. The Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Parties not included in Annex I to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is holding a workshop on national greenhouse gas inventories for the Asia-Pacific Region. For more information contact: Lornaliza Mangosing, UNFCCC Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-1000; fax: +49-228-815-1599; e-mail: lmangosing@unfccc.int; Internet: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php

PANEL ON ADEQUACY, EQUITY, AND REALISM: THE CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE POLICY-MAKING POST-2012 AND THE STRUGGLE TO PREVENT GLOBAL WARMING:
26 February 2005. University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. This panel will celebrate the Kyoto Protocol’s official entry into force on 16 February 2005 by convening leading academics and members of civil society with concerned citizens to consider the future of the global effort to prevent climate change. The website will be active by the end of January. For more information contact: Graham Erion; e-mail: graham@erion.ca; Internet: http://www.geocities.com/post2012

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON INTERFACES BETWEEN CLIMATE AND ECONOMIC DYNAMICS:
3 March 2005 - 4 March 2005. Interlaken, Switzerland. This symposium will consider the linkages between climate and economic activities, based on the perspective that climate change can be viewed as a “cycle with four phases: economic activities cause emissions of GHGs, which cause climate changes, which inflict climate impacts, which feed back to economic activities and growth.” The symposium will explore the interfaces between these phases, encouraging a dialogue between experts on each phase. Specific topics on the agenda include: global climate modeling and forecasting; valuing climate change impacts, including sea-level rise; assessing the economic costs of carbon policy; and evaluating technological options. The symposium is being organized by several organizations and institutes, including the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research on Climate (NCCR-Climate) and Bern University. For more information contact: Laurent Viguier, EPFL; tel: +41-21-693-3298; fax: +41-21-693-3840; e-mail: laurent.viguier@epfl.ch; Internet: http://ecolu-info.unige.ch/~nccrwp4/GEMINI-E3/Interlaken.htm

Forests, deserts, land

CCD BUREAU MEETING:
2 February 2005. Bonn, Germany. The Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention to Combat Desertification (CCD) is expected to meet on 2 February 2002. Among the items on its agenda, the Bureau is expected to take a decision on the location for COP-7. 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

INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS IN PREPARATION FOR UNFF-5:
28 February 2005. UN headquarters, New York. This informal meeting is the result of a decision taken by the UNFF-5 Bureau when it met on 11 November 2004. The Bureau agreed that to advance understanding among member States and maintain the momentum generated by the outcome of the third ad hoc expert group, informal consultations on UNFF-5 would be necessary, particularly with regards to the future international arrangement on forests. The UNFF-5 Bureau will also be convening in conjunction with the informal consultations. For more information contact: Elisabeth Barsk-Rundquist, UNFF Secretariat; tel: +1-212-963-3262; fax: +1-917-367-3186; e-mail: barsk-rundquist@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/forests

PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO COMBAT ILLEGAL LOGGING: INTERNATIONAL DIALOGUE ON BEST PRACTICE FOR BUSINESS AND CIVIL SOCIETY:
8 March 2005 - 10 March 2005. Hong Kong, China. This initiative in support of UNFF-5 is being organized by The Forest Dialogue of Yale University, in collaboration with various other organizations and agencies. For more information contact: Gary Dunning, The Forests Dialogue Secretariat; tel: +1-203-432-5966; fax: +1-203-432-3809; e-mail: info@theforestsdialogue.org; Internet: http://research.yale.edu/gisf/tfd/logging.html

THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SOILS OF URBAN, INDUSTRIAL, TRAFFIC, MINING, AND MILITARY AREAS:
19 November 2005 - 21 November 2005. Cairo, Egypt. Abstracts for this conference will be accepted until 15 April 2005. For more information contact: Salah Tahoun, Professor of Soil Science, University of El-Zagazig; tel: +202-260-1742; Internet: http://www.eun.eg/suitma

Human development

WSIS REGIONAL PREPARATORY CONFERENCE IN AFRICA:
2 February 2005 - 4 February 2005. Accra, Ghana. The theme of the African WSIS Regional Preparatory Conference, “Access - Africa’s key to an inclusive Information Society,” seeks to prepare for Africa’s effective participation in the Tunis phase of WSIS to ensure a strategic and interdependent digital partnership that will promote economic growth and human development on the continent. The conference aims to develop a common position and a regional action plan on major ICT issues of relevance to the continent, including the remaining two unresolved issues of the Geneva phase, namely Internet Governance and Financing of the Information Society. For more information contact: Makane Faye, Senior Regional Advisor, Economic Commission for Africa; tel: +251-1-514534; fax: +251-1-510512; e-mail: wsisaccra2005@uneca.org; Internet: http://www.itu.int/wsis/newsroom/press_releases/wsis/2005/24jan.html

CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL CAPITAL :
20 September 2005 - 22 September 2005. Buggiba, Malta. The Social Capital Foundation invites all interested persons or organizations to present a paper to one or both of its upcoming international, interdisciplinary conference that will be held respectively on 20-22 September 2005 and 23-25 September 2005. For more information contact: Patrick Hunout; tel: +32-2-653-7340; fax: +32-2-653-7340; e-mail: secretary@socialcapital-foundation.org; Internet: http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/conferences/conference%20on%20social%20capital.pdf

CONFERENCE ON ECONOMY AND COMMUNITY: THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF THE EU:
23 September 2005 - 25 September 2005. Buggiba, Malta. The Social Capital Foundation invites all interested persons or organizations to present a paper to one or both of its upcoming international, interdisciplinary conference that will be held respectively on 20-22 September 2005 and 23-25 September 2005. For more information contact: Patrick Hunout; tel: +32-2-653-7340; fax: +32-2-653-7340; e-mail: secretary@socialcapital-foundation.org; Internet: http://www.socialcapital-foundation.org/conferences/conference%20on%20economic%20future.pdf

FOURTH WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE:
7 March 2006 - 15 March 2006. Doha, Qatar. This conference will bring together the 189 Member States of the International Telecommunications Union and nearly 290 development Sector Members, four months after the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, in a forum to consider projects and programmes related to ITC development. It will also provide guidance for the activities of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau for the following four years by establishing ICT development priorities, strategies and plans to bridge the digital divide. For more information contact: ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau; tel: +41-22-730-5111; fax: +41-22-733-7256; e-mail: bdtmail@itu.int; Internet: http://www.itu.int/newsroom/press_releases/2005/NP01.html

Intergovernmental organizations

SECOND SOUTH SUMMIT:
12 June 2005 - 16 June 2005. Doha, Qatar. This meeting, which scheduled to be held from 12-16 June 2005, in Doha, Qatar, will review the implementation of the outcomes of the South Summit that took place in Havana, Cuba in 2005. For more information contact: Office of the Chairman of the Group of 77; tel: +1-212-963-0192; fax: +1-212-963-3515; e-mail: g77off@unmail.org; Internet: http://www.g77.org/meetings/daily.html

Trade, finance and investment in SD

FORUM ON PARTNERSHIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION:
1 February 2005 - 2 February 2005. Paris, France. The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in collaboration with the UNDP are convening a Senior Level Forum on Partnership for More Effective Development Cooperation, based on the “conviction that greater dialogue and mutual understanding among the world’s principal providers of development co-operation hold significant promise for progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” The Forum will explore avenues for closer cooperation and coordination of development cooperation in the South and the North to enhance their individual and combined impact. For more information contact: Development Co-operation Directorate; tel: +33-1-4524-8200; fax: +33-1-4524-8500; e-mail: DAC.Contact@oecd.org; Internet: http://www.oecd.org/document/49/0,2340,en_2649_33721_34060145_1_1_1_1,00.html

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION ON “SOVEREIGN DEBT FOR SUSTAINED DEVELOPMENT: ISSUES FOR COUNTRIES THAT ACCESS FINANCIAL MARKETS”:
7 March 2005 - 8 March 2005. UN headquarters, New York. This multistakeholder consultation is organized by the Financing for Development Office, DESA, in cooperation with ECLAC, UNCTAD, IMF and the World Bank. It will comprise a series of informal meetings, including panel discussions and interactive round tables, with the participation of experts from the official and private sectors, academia and civil society, as mandated by General Assembly resolution 58/230. For more information contact: Financing for Development Office, DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2587; fax: +1-212-963-0443; e-mail: ffdoffice@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/09multi-stake-consul-flyer-debt.htm

WTO ANNUAL PUBLIC SYMPOSIUM 2005:
20 April 2005 - 22 April 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The World Trade Organization’s 2005 annual public symposium will take as its theme “The WTO After 10 Years: Global Problems and Multilateral Solution.” Participants from governments, parliaments, civil society, the business sector, academia and the media are expected to reflect on the WTO’s first ten years and discuss the challenges the organization faces looking forward. The WTO’s annual symposia are intended to stimulate public debate on the WTO. A new report, The Future of the WTO: Addressing Institutional Challenges in the New Millennium, is expected to help inform and guide the discussions (see the Key Publications and Online Resources section for more). For more information contact: Bernard Kuiten, External Relations Division, WTO; tel: +41-22-739-5676; e-mail: PublicSymposium2005@wto.org; Internet: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/events_e/symposium_2005_e.htm

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

INTERNATIONAL TRAINING OF TRAINERS ON WETLAND MANAGEMENT:
4 April 2005 - 22 April 2005. Wageningen, The Netherlands. This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary for curriculum development in the field of wetland management in their own region. The course will focus on the multistakeholder processes that play an important role in wetland management and the need for transboundary and cross-sectoral cooperation to manage the natural resources of a river basin. The course will be relevant to all climatic zones. For more information contact: Esther Koopmanschap, International Agricultural Centre; tel: +31-317-495-251; fax: +31-317-495-395; e-mail: Esther.Koopmanschap@wur.nl; Internet: http://www.iac.wur.nl/iac/courses/applform_88_05_2005.cfm

57TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION:
20 June 2005 - 24 June 2005. Ulsan, Republic of Korea. Delegates to the annual meeting of the IWC will continue to discuss the moratorium on commercial whaling, whale sanctuaries, the Revised Management Scheme, whale killing methods and other welfare issues, as well as financial and administrative issues. For more information contact: IWC Secretariat; tel: +44-1223-233-971; fax: +44-1223-232-876; e-mail: secretariat@iwcoffice.org; Internet: http://www.iwcoffice.org/meetings/meeting2005.htm

UNECE SEMINAR ON THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF WATER-RELATED ECOSYSTEMS:
27 June 2005 - 28 June 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. Organized by the Water Convention Secretariat of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), this seminar will address services and financing for the protection and sustainable use of water-related ecosystems. For more information contact: Francesca Bernardini, UNECE; tel: +41-22-917-2463; fax: +41-22-917-0107; e-mail: francesca.bernardini@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/env/water/

SEVENTH GULF WATER CONFERENCE:
19 November 2005 - 23 November 2005. Kuwait City, Kuwait. This conference aims to review and assess the progress made in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries towards the adoption and implementation of comprehensive policies and strategies for integrated water resources management and their active implementation. For more information contact: Muhammad Al-Rashed, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and Water Sciences; tel: +965-483-6100; fax: +965-483-0643; e-mail: gwater7@kisr.edu.kw; Internet: http://www.kisr.edu.kw/conference_details.asp?ID=29

FOURTH INTERNATIONAL WATER HISTORY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE: WATER AND CIVILIZATION:
1 December 2005 - 4 December 2005. Paris, France. Organized by the International Water History Association (IWHA), this conference will address various topics related to water and history, seek to help advance the theoretical and methodological quality of water history as a research field, and increase understanding of the role of water in history and development. The conference's themes include water control, water and climate, water and conflict, water and health, and a comparative perspective of river basins. For more information contact: Alv Terje Fotland, IWHA; tel: +47-55-589-315; fax: +47-55-589-892; e-mail: post@iwha.net; Internet: http://www.iwha.net/

THIRD GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON OCEANS, COASTS AND ISLANDS:
23 January 2006 - 27 January 2006. Paris, France. The Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands serves as a platform for cross-sectoral information sharing and dialogue on issues affecting oceans, coasts and islands, with the goal of achieving sustainable development in these areas. The Forum also seeks to improve global, regional, and national policies related to oceans, coasts and islands. For more information contact: Global Forum Secretariat; tel: +1-302-831-8086; fax: +1-302-831-3668; e-mail: johnston@udel.edu; Internet: http://www.globaloceans.org/

 

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