LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 10 February 2005

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD


 CBD SBSTTA-10: 7-11 February 2005, Bangkok
 Third meeting of the CBD ad hoc open-ended working group on access to genetic resources and benefit-sharing: 14-18 February, Bangkok
 UN Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the ITTA, 1994: 14-18 February, Geneva
 23rd Session of the UNEP Governing Council/GMEF: 21-25 February, Nairobi
 CTI / Industry Joint Seminar on Technology Diffusion in Asian Countries: 24-25 February, Beijing
 CSD-13Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting: 28 February to 4 March, UNHQ, New York
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES



High-level participants at the Paris meeting: Left to right: Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic; Wangari Maathai, Kenya's Assistant Minister for Environment and Natural Resources and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Abdullah Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia


PARIS MEETING SAYS BIODIVERSITY ESSENTIAL FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
24-28 January 2005 | Paris, France

Biodiversity is essential for achieving sustainable development and meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to experts attending a major conference. Organized by the French Government and sponsored by UNESCO, the International Conference on “Biodiversity: Science and Governance” was convened to contribute to the ongoing global effort to reverse the current rate of biodiversity loss by 2010. Meeting participants adopted two documents, the Paris Declaration on Biodiversity and the Conference Statement. In response to a proposal made by French President Jacques Chirac, the Statement recommends launching an international multi-stakeholder consultative process to assess the need for an international mechanism that would provide a scientific assessment of information and policy options required for decision making, building on existing bodies and activities. IISD Reporting Services coverage of this meeting.
 

CSD-13 BUREAU FINALIZES ORGANIZATION OF WORK
1 February 2005 | UNHQ, New York
The Bureau of the 13th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-13) has finalized the organization of work for the upcoming Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting and the CSD-13 main session. During its fourth meeting, the CSD-13 Bureau agreed to feature a panel discussion during the high-level segment on the MDGs relating to water, sanitation and human settlements. The ENB briefing note.
 

COUNTRY-LED FORESTS INITIATIVE DISCUSSES ELEMENTS OF A FUTURE INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENT
25-28 January 2005 | Guadalajara, Mexico

The “country-led initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) on the future of the international arrangement on forests (IAF)” convened to elaborate the critical elements that countries would like to see included in a future IAF, and to provide an informal contribution that will help provide a basis for the decision concerning the future of the IAF that will be taken at UNFF-5 in May 2005. The Sustainable Developments report.
 

FAO/NETHERLANDS EMPHASIZES BALANCING WATER FOR FOOD AND ECOSYSTEMS
31 January to 4 February 2005 | The Hague, The Netherlands
The importance of balancing water for food and ecosystem needs was underscored at a recent conference. Organized by the FAO and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, the Water for Food and Ecosystems Conference was convened to identify successful processes that lead to best practices for achieving land and water development through integrated water resources management with an ecosystem approach. IISDRS coverage of this meeting.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


SCIENTISTS STRESS CLIMATE THREATS AT KEY UK SYMPOSIUM
1-3 February 2005 | Exeter, UK

The question of when climate change could become “dangerous” was discussed by experts attending a major scientific symposium in England. The International Symposium on the Stabilisation of Greenhouse Gases – Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change was sponsored by the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at the request of British Prime Minister Tony Blair. This event sought to advance scientific understanding of and encourage scientific debate on the long term implications of climate change, the relevance of stabilization goals, and technological options to reach such goals.
 


DAVOS CALLS FOR CONCRETE MEASURES TO ADDRESS POVERTY, ENVIRONMENT
26-30 January 2005 | Davos, Switzerland

Combating global poverty and climate change were two major topics taken up at the 2005 World Economic Forum, which convened under the theme “Taking Responsibility for Tough Choices.” Among the key events that kicked off the Forum was a Global Town Hall meeting that identified six key priority issues facing the global community: poverty, equitable globalization; climate change; education; the Middle East; and global governance. Meanwhile, at the World Social Forum (WSF), held from 26-31 January in Porto Alegre, a Manifesto was developed by 19 high-profile WSF activists.
 

G7 FINANCE MINISTERS DISCUSS NEW FINANCE PROPOSALS
4-5 February 2005 | London, UK

The meeting of G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors addressed a wide range of issues, including trade, debt, aid, energy, the MDGs, and new proposals for financing development.
 

OECD DAC FORUM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIPS FOR MORE EFFECTIVE DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION
1-2 February 2005 | Paris, France

Forging partnerships and enhancing dialogue for more effective development cooperation were the focus of a recent meeting held in Paris.

FIRST 2005 REGULAR SESSION OF THE UNDP/UNFPA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETS
20-28 January 2005 | UNHQ, New York
The first regular session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board concluded with the adoption of 14 decisions on, inter alia, the UNDP global programme, 2005-2007; the UNDP corporate gender strategy and action plan; and options for a future business model for the UN Capital Development Fund.
 

AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT CONVENES
24-31 January 2005 | Abuja, Nigeria

The fourth Assembly of the African Union adopted decisions relating to HIV/AIDS, food security, human and peoples’ rights, conflicts in Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Sudan and Somalia, as well as the Protocol on Non-Aggression and Common Defense Pact of the African Union.

DELHI SUMMIT SEEKS TO STEER DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY
3-5 February 2005 | New Delhi, India

“Steering development towards global sustainability” was the focus of a major conference held recently in New Delhi, India.

MEETING USHERS IN EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DECADE
18-20 January 2005 | Ahmedabad, India
An international conference was held in view of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) with discussions on education and sustainability.
 

WORKSHOP EXAMINES WATER POLICIES FOR RURAL AFRICA
26-28 January | Johannesburg, South Africa

Options to improve water policies and legislation for rural Africa were the focus of a recent workshop held in Johannesburg.

EXPERTS RECOMMEND METHODOLOGIES FOR MONITORING GM CROPS
18-20 January 2005 | Rome, Italy

A meeting of experts on GM organisms has resulted in recommendations on methodologies to monitor GM crops.
 

PANEL EMPHASIZES FORESTS’ ROLE IN ACHIEVING MDGS
10-11 January 2005 | Rome, Italy

Forests have a useful role to play in reaching many of the MDGs, according to a panel of experts.
 

CENTRAL AFRICAN LEADERS SIGN DEAL TO PROTECT AFRICAN RAINFOREST
4-5 Feb | Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

Central Africa’s political leaders have signed a treaty aimed at protecting the African rainforest.
 

GA CONTINUES DISCUSSION ON THE REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL’S HIGH-LEVEL PANEL ON THREATS, CHALLENGES AND CHANGE
January 2005 | UNHQ, New York

At the end of January, the General Assembly held discussions on the report of the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the challenges facing the United Nations.
 

LINKAGES UPDATE


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 Recent meetings
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Media reports
 Key publications, online resource
 Comings and goings

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

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OECD SECRETARIAT HEAD TO STEP DOWN IN 2006
OECD Secretary-General Donald Johnston has indicated that he will step down from his post in May 2006. In a letter to OECD members, Johnston, who has served as the head of the OECD Secretariat since 1996, stressed the need for his successor to be selected as soon as possible in order to ensure a smooth transition. The terms of three Deputy Secretaries-General will also expire in 2006. Johnston has recommended that only one of these posts be filled to reduce a “top-heavy, expensive management structure.”


FORMER US PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO BE UN ENVOY FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF EFFORT
Former US President Bill Clinton will be UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Tsunami-affected Countries. The formal announcement of the appointment will be made in March. Clinton is currently working with former President Bush on fundraising efforts in the US, and plans to visit the tsunami-affected region with senior Bush in February.


PNG’S KAPUTIN TO BECOME NEXT ACP SECRETARY-GENERAL
John Kaputin (Papua New Guinea) will assume his new position as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on 1 March 2005. Kaputin was elected by the ACP Council of Ministers in early December 2004 to the position currently served by Jean-Robert Goulongana (Gabon), whose term of office and that of the current Assistant Secretaries-General will expire on 28 February 2005.

Vacancies

UNEP ADVERTISES SENIOR PROGRAMME OFFICER POSITION:
Nairobi; P-5; 28 March 2005.

DESA ADVERTISES TWO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER POSITIONS:
New York;
P-3 due 27 March; P-4 due 28 March.

HEAD OF UNEP CHEMICALSVACANCY:
Geneva; D-1; 14 March.

WWF ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN FISHERIES VACANCIES:

European Fisheries Campaign Manager for Global Marine Programme; Gland; 11 February.
Fisheries Officer on European fisheries subsidies; Brussels; 25 February.

GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP SEEKS TOOLBOX PROJECT OFFICER: Stockholm; 20 February.

INTERNATIONAL FERTILIZER INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION SEEKS TECHNICAL COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY: Paris; 15 February.

WWF SEEKS HIGH SEAS ADVOCACY OFFICER: Gland; 11 February.

GREENHOUSE GAS ABATEMENT SCHEME GENERAL MANAGER VACANCY: Sydney; 11 February.

RESOURCES FOR THE FUTUREOPENINGS: Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager, and Energy and Natural Resources Research Assistant; Washington, DC.


DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE SEEKS ASSOCIATE INTERNATIONAL COUNSEL/WILDLIFE TRADE CAMPAIGNER: Washington, D.C.

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MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable development

HELSINKI PROCESS RELEASES REPORTS ON THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC AGENDA, HUMAN SECURITY, AND NEW APPROACHES TO GLOBAL PROBLEM SOLVING

The Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy released reports from its three Track Groups at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and World Social Forum in Porto Alegre. The Helsinki Process, established by Finland and Tanzania in December 2002, aims to promote democracy and equality in international relations by promoting the involvement of Southern perspectives and civil society in forming global policies.

SWEDEN INSTITUTES MINISTRY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Sweden inaugurated its Ministry of Sustainable Development on 1 January 2005, while concurrently terminating its Ministry of the Environment.


AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTERS AGREE TO STRENGTHEN FOOD SECURITY
Two agricultural research centers have formed an alliance aimed at boosting international efforts to fight poverty and strengthen food security in developing countries.


Development policy

EC SEEKS INPUT ON FUTURE OF EU DEVELOPMENT POLICY
The European Commission is seeking views from stakeholders concerning issues that should inform the revision of the current European Community development policy.

Trade

WTO CANDIDATES PRESS THEIR CLAIMS
World Trade Organization members have heard introductory speeches from the four candidates seeking to be the next director-general.


Climate change

EC ANNOUNCES POST-2012 CLIMATE POLICY OPTIONS
The European Commission recently adopted a communication outlining elements of its possible post-2012 climate change policies. The Communication includes a set of proposals designed to structure the future negotiations of the EU with its global partners over climate change policies after 2012 when the first commitment period under the Kyoto protocol ends.

KYOTO SUPPORTERS SET TO CELEBRATE ENTRY INTO FORCE
The international community is set to celebrate the imminent entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol as a legally-binding treaty. On 16 February 2005, the Kyoto Protocol will become an officially-recognized treaty, with dozens of
meetings, debates and other celebratory activities planned by government agencies, international organizations and other groups to mark the event.

NEW STUDY DOUBLES PREVIOUS WARMING FORECAST
Results from a major climate forecasting project have raised fears that temperatures could rise by twice the amount previously predicted.


SCIENTISTS DISAGREE OVER HURRICANES, CLIMATE POLICY;AMERICAN OIL INDUSTRY TARGETS BRITAIN
A number of disagreements have reportedly arisen in the scientific community in recent weeks.


COUNTRIES AGREE DEAL TO CUT AVIATION POLLUTION
Flights over the Americas are set to burn less fuel and produce less pollution as a result of a new deal to cut the vertical distances between aircraft.


Human development


AWARDS, AWARDS
The Theodor-Heuss Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2005 Theodor-Heuss prize.
The 2004 Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment was also recently presented to 10 recipients.
 


Intergovernmental organizations

UK G8 PRESIDENCY HIGHLIGHTS
The United Kingdom assumed the Presidency of the G8 on 1 January 2005. British Prime Minister Tony Blair has indicated that the focus of the Presidency will be on the challenges of Africa and on climate change.


EUROPEAN COMMISSION RELEASES 2004 ENVIRONMENT POLICY REVIEW
The European Commission’s second annual Environment Policy Review (EPR) was released in January 2005. The EPR highlights the main developments in environmental policy at EU and Member State level in 2004 and indicates the main issues to come up in 2005.


Biodiversity


AGREEMENT RECOGNIZES INDIGENOUS RIGHTS OVER POTATO STRAINS
A landmark agreement between six indigenous communities from Peru and the International Potato Center has recognized the rights of indigenous communities over locally-developed potato strains and associated traditional knowledge.


Wetlands


WETLANDS FORUM ADOPTS DISASTER DECLARATION
Scientists and representatives of intergovernmental organizations have signed a declaration designed to improve the management of natural ecosystems to mitigate natural disasters.


NEW SITES DESIGNATED TO MARK WORLD WETLANDS DAY
Countries throughout the world have honored World Wetlands Day by designating sites for inclusion on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. World Wetlands Day, which is held every year on 2 February, marks the adoption of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development


WORLD BANK: FOCUS ON SUSTAINABILITY 2004
(World Bank, February 2005) This report is the first sustainability review released by the World Bank. It describes the Bank’s activities in support of the environment, social development, and good governance. The report is organized in three parts, the first providing an overview of the Bank’s operations and governance structure, and how environmental and social issues fit into the broader context of the Bank’s work. The second part highlights the Bank’s corporate environmental and social footprint, followed by an outline of the Bank’s operational and corporate commitments for the near future.


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT LAW: PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, AND PROSPECTS
(Oxford University Press, February 2005) Written by Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Ashfaq Khalfan, this book analyzes recent developments in international sustainable development law, with the aim of providing a coherent approach that can address conflicts and overlaps between international economic, environmental, and social law. It surveys international law relevant to sustainable development, discusses proposed principles, offers case studies that examine innovative aspects of key international instruments, and reflects on future legal research agendas.

THE PLAIN LANGUAGE GUIDE TO THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
(Earthscan, January 2005) Written by Rosalie Callway, Jan McHarry, Janet Strachan and Georgina Ayre, this book seeks to help promote public understanding of the agreements arising from the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and to make the decisions contained in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation as comprehensible to as wide an audience as possible.

WATER AND ENERGY – PRECIOUS RESOURCES
(Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, 2004) This publication presents six case studies that involved a combined approach to water and energy. Each case study reviews the related technology, sustainability, financial issues, obstacles and replicability, with the intention of promoting the particular approaches used.

EVALUATING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT 
(Blackwell, January 2005) Authored by Peter Brandon and Patrizia Lombardi, this book provides an introduction to the issue of evaluating sustainable development and suggests techniques that enable progress to be assessed.

EARTHSCAN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE DESIGNED FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY
Earthscan recently launched its new website, which includes free articles, features, abstracts and reviews from Earthscan magazines, books and journals. Earthscan is also offering a 10% discount on all books to celebrate the launch of its new site.

GEF AND SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES
(GEF, 2004) This GEF publication was produced with the aim of contributing to discussions at the International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Programme of Action on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held in Mauritius in January 2005. The publication, which is also available in French and Spanish, highlights the GEF’s work with SIDS on the GEF focal areas and outlines its priorities for SIDS over the next five years.

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts


CHALLENGES OF WATER SCARCITY: A BUSINESS CASE FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
(UNEP/SIWI, 2005) UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) have released the results of a joint project on water-related challenges for financial institutions. In the report, UNEP FI and SIWI highlight the issues that arise from dealing with water scarcity and identify opportunities for the financial sector to contribute to sustainable development through active engagement in mitigating water-related risks. The report concludes that there is a clear benefit for financial institutions in incorporating water scarcity risk assessment into financial products and services. As for governments and policymakers, the report highlights the importance of the institutional and managerial capacity for water governance as a factor in producing water scarcity risks.

TSUNAMI DAMAGE TO CORAL REEFS: GUIDELINES FOR RAPID ASSESSMENT AND MONITORING
(IUCN, 2005) IUCN–The World Conservation Union has released a guide designed to
assist field teams and monitoring programmes to collect relevant data on tsunami damage to coral reefs and promote comparisons of data from local to national to regional levels. The guidelines are intended for use by people with experience in coral reef monitoring or underwater observation.

WATER FOOTPRINT WEBSITE
The website of UNESCO’s Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE) answers questions such as how much water is required to sustain our consumption patterns, what is the impact of our diet on the globe’s water resources, and how do we reduce our individual “water footprint.” The website provides definitions of concepts, research results, downloadable publications and links to other relevant websites. A “water footprint calculator” will be available to enable people to estimate their own water footprint.


Climate change


BEYOND CLIMATE: OPTIONS FOR BROADENING CLIMATE POLICY
(RIVM, January 2005) This new report addresses questions of mainstreaming climate change in other policy areas. Over 250 pages long, the report includes chapters focusing on climate change in the context of poverty, land use, energy security, international trade, finance, subsidies, air pollution and health. It also contains chapters on adaptation and funding in climate change policies, climate mitigation policies and linkages with non-climate policy areas, and the “institutional interlinkages of global climate governance.”

CLIMATE CHANGE AND CLEAN DEVELOPMENT: OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS - AN ICLEI GUIDE
(ICLEI, December2004/February 2005) The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) will launch a guide on clean development mechanism (CDM) opportunities for local governments on 16 February 2005 - the day the Kyoto Protocol enters into force. This publication was first released at COP-10. Published in Portuguese and Spanish, the publication contains an overview on climate change and the Kyoto Protocol’s flexibility mechanisms, with a focus on CDM opportunities.

Finance and investment in
sustainable development


OECD DEVELOPMENT CO-OPERATION REPORT
(OECD, January 2005) This annual OECD report underscores the need for more effective aid in order to reach the MDGs. The report notes that while development aid from OECD countries increased in 2003, most of the increase arose from inflation and exchange rate fluctuations. The report calls for improving aid procedures, practices and policies to achieve better development outcomes. The report also contains a special feature on the need for more aid in the area of water and sanitation, noting that donors are committing less to the water sector than in previous years and that most of the funding has gone towards financing urban infrastructure in middle income countries rather than assisting marginalized communities in need of clean water.


ACCELERATING PRO-POOR GROWTH THROUGH SUPPORT FOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT
(OECD DAC, December 2004) This report underscores the need for pro-poor growth to meet the MDG on poverty, and is premised on the basis that support for private sector development is necessary to achieve this growth. The report seeks to help development practitioners understand the factors relevant to pro-poor growth and the processes needed to bring about such growth. Chapters address issues such as mainstreaming private sector development in PRSPs, and the role of donors in supporting private sector development.

WORLD ECONOMIC AND SITUATION AND PROSPECTS 2005
(UNCTAD 2005) Published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), this report examines the global economic situation leading into 2005.
According to the report, 2004 saw a 4% increase in growth of gross world product (GWP), compared to 2.8% in 2003 and a forecast of 3.25% for 2005. The report highlights the slow growth of employment and the persistence of high rates of unemployment and underemployment in most developing countries as “universal weaknesses” in the world economy, and states that poverty reduction will continue to be evasive unless improved economic growth is reflected in increased employment. While noting many positive aspects in the current world economy for developing countries, the report also notes that few countries in Africa “grew by more than the 7 per cent that is deemed necessary to attain the UN MDGs” in 2004.

Forests

IUFRO RE-LAUNCHES NEWS SERVICE, WEBSITE

(IUFRO, 2005) The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has relaunched its website and IUFRO News publication, which is produced 10 times a year.

A PRELIMINARY ASSESSMENT OF TIMBER REQUIREMENTS FOR ACEH’S RECONSTRUCTION, AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
(Greenomics Indonesia and WWF, January 2005) This study assesses Aceh’s timber needs for reconstruction and repair of housing, office buildings, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and the fishing fleet following the tsunami disaster. The authors recommend the use of imported, sustainably-produced timber to avoid clearing hundreds of thousands of Indonesian forests. They also suggest that some of the aid already pledged by donors for the reconstruction of Aceh should be given in the form of timber.

Human development

PATHWAY TO GENDER EQUALITY: CEDAW, BEIJING AND THE MDGS

(UNIFEM, January 2005) This UNIFEM publication examines the gender dimensions of the MDGs through the lens of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Fourth World Conference of Women – the two global processes relevant to women and gender issues. Prepared ahead of the ten-year review of progress in implementing the Beijing Platform for Action, the publication highlights how CEDAW, the Beijing process and the MDGs are mutually supportive, and recommends resources and entry points for engagement. The Beijing+10 review process will take place at the 49th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women from 28 February to 11 March 2005.
 


Biodiversity and traditional knowledge


POOR PEOPLE’S KNOWLEDGE: PROMOTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
(World Bank and Oxford University Press, 2004) Edited by J. M. Finger and P. Schuler, this book contains contributions from several authors, and aims to highlight a broader range of knowledge that has commercial potential in developing countries. Rather than addressing legal issues, the book brings an economic dimension into the consideration of traditional knowledge, demonstrating that the best “answer” is sometimes a commercial one.

MODELS FOR RECOGNIZING INDIGENOUS LAND RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA
(World Bank, October 2004) Authored by R. R. Ortiga, this paper discusses indigenous land rights with the aim of informing policy and legislative developments. The paper addresses the existence of land rights and land titling systems across Latin America, demonstrating that land is not only a physical asset with economic and financial value, but also an intrinsic dimension and part of peoples’ lives and belief systems. It contains chapters on: the history of indigenous legal treatment in Latin America; land tenure regimes in selected countries of Latin America; common problems in the legal framework for recognition of indigenous lands; and case studies in indigenous land tenure and implications for natural resources.

NATURE FOR SALE: THE IMPACTS OF PRIVATIZING WATER AND BIODIVERSITY
(Friends of the Earth International, January 2005) Released at the recent 2005 World Social Forum, this report documents the negative social and environmental impacts of water and biodiversity privatization through 34 case studies from around the globe. The report points out that indigenous peoples and local communities in poor countries are losing their lands, which are handed over to logging, tourism and private park management companies. It further notes that the privatization trend is stimulated by the growing market of so-called carbon parks, developed to offset carbon emissions. In addition, the report focuses on the granting of patents over life forms and traditional knowledge.

INDIGENOUS AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND PROTECTED AREAS: TOWARDS EQUITY AND ENHANCED CONSERVATION
(IUCN, 2004) Authored by G. Borrini-Feyerabend, A. Kothari, G. Oviedo et al., this report provides guidance on policy and practice for co-managed protected areas and community-conserved areas, exploring approaches and models that see conservation as fully compatible with human communities. Drawing on recent experiences and best practices from around the world, the authors offer a menu of options that stakeholders can choose from and adapt to their circumstances. The report includes chapters on: the necessary background to understanding the evolving relationship between communities and protected areas; co-managed protected areas that are established with the approval of governments and subject to co-management regimes that involve indigenous and local communities; community conserved areas that are established and managed by indigenous and local communities; and the policy context for protected areas.

Chemicals and waste management


EUROPEAN COMMUNITY STRATEGY CONCERNING MERCURY
(European Commission, 28 January 2005) The European Commission has released its strategy on mercury. Designed to protect citizens’ health and the environment, the plan proposes a series of actions to reduce mercury emissions, including a ban on mercury exports by 2011. The strategy proposes ways to reduce demand, deal with surpluses, cut emissions, protect against exposure, and improve knowledge and awareness. The strategy also proposes an initiative to reduce mercury supply internationally, including a global phase-out of new mercury production. The strategy further proposes prohibiting the marketing of measuring devices containing mercury for consumer use and health care.


WHAT WE NEED FROM REACH: VIEWS ON THE PROPOSAL FOR A NEW CHEMICAL LEGISLATION WITHIN THE EU
(International Chemicals Secretariat, January 2005) The International Chemicals Secretariat, a non-profit organization promoting a toxic-free environment, has released a new publication on the proposed new European Union chemicals strategy. The proposed strategy, which is called “REACH” (Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals), seeks to replace the EU’s existing array of more than 40 different chemicals laws with a more coherent single legislative framework. In this report, several companies and stakeholders describe their motives for supporting stronger chemicals legislation. Companies presenting their views include H&M, Boots/Marks & Spencer, NCC, and Electrolux. The report expresses concerns that the “original proposal [for REACH] has in a number of points been watered down due to intensive lobbying from the chemical producers.”

WORLD BANK DISSEMINATION NOTE: GUIDANCE ON WASTE MANAGEMENT
(World Bank, January 2005) The World Bank’s Environment Department has produced a Dissemination Note on waste management guidance. The publication identifies resources available to World Bank teams in assisting clients to dispose of waste in an environmentally-sound manner. It highlights provisions of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions and identifies handbooks and other resources containing further information and guidelines.

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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The following are upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

SIXTH MEETING OF THE GROUP ON EARTH OBSERVATIONS AND THE THIRD EARTH OBSERVATION SUMMIT:
14 February 2005 - 16 February 2005. Brussels, Belgium. The sixth meeting of the Group on Earth Observations will meet from 14-15 February, following which the third Earth Observation Summit will take place. Ministers are expected to endorse the 10-year Implementation Plan for Earth Observations (2005-2014) during the Summit. For more information contact: GEO Secretariat Office; tel: +1-202-482-6120; fax: +1-202-482-2869; e-mail: geosec@noaa.gov; Internet: http://europa.eu.int/comm/space/esw/summit/article_1514_en.htm

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES CONFERENCE: VISIONARY URBAN LEADERS USING INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO GROW THEIR CITIES:
1 March 2005. New York, US. This event will consider issues relating to: innovations that city leaders are developing; financing and structuring of new projects that enable innovations to impact a city’s life; and the growing network of linkages between cities around the globe that are enabling cities to learn from each other. For more information contact: Gordon Feller, CEO of Urban Age Institute; tel: +1-415-491-4233; e-mail: gordonf20@comcast.net; Internet: http://www.acteva.com/go/MarchOne

G8 ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT MINISTERS MEETING:
17 March 2005 - 18 March 2005. Derbyshire, UK. This meeting will be the first time G8 Environment and Development portfolios are brought together. The joint session will address illegal logging, Africa and climate change. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.g8.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1078995903839

DFID AFRICA HUNGER SEMINAR:
22 March 2005. London, UK. DFID seeks to prioritize action on eliminating hunger through this seminar, which will identify priorities for future policy work, and highlight potential for further cross-departmental work, with a focus on DFID’s Eliminating Hunger Strategy. For more information contact: Secretariat to the Commission for Africa; tel: +44-20-7023-0000; fax: +44-20-7023-1850; e-mail: Africa_Secretariat@dfid.gov.uk; Internet: http://213.225.140.43/getting_involved/diary_link_entries/22marchafricahungerseminar.htm

UN SYMPOSIUM ON INTEGRATED IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS:
11 May 2005 - 13 May 2005. Nanchang, China. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Jiangxi, China, will convene an international symposium on integrated implementation of sustainable development goals and targets in Nanchang, China, from 11-13 May 2005. The symposium will explore practical ways and means of advancing integrated implementation by exchanging lessons learned and best practice, and by identifying gaps and weaknesses in current implementation policies. The symposium will bring together senior government policy-makers, experts in the research community, entrepreneurs, business managers and representatives of major groups in a series of presentations, case studies and interactive discussions with a view to enhancing an understanding of “what works in integrated implementation, and why and how it works.” For more information contact: Zhu Juwang, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, DESA; tel: +1-212-963-0380; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: zhu@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/calendar/symposium_announcement.pdf

SIXTH FORUM ON REINVENTING GOVERNMENT - “TOWARD PARTICIPATORY AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNANCE:
24 May 2005 - 27 May 2005. Seoul, Korea. The theme for this Forum is “Toward Participatory and Transparent Governance.” The event will address issues concerning: government innovation and governance; democratic governance and social integration; market economy and corporate governance; local governance and participatory democracy; civil society and participatory governance. For more information contact: Secretariat; tel: +82-2-3703-2963; fax: +82-2-3703-2960; e-mail: forum6@mogaha.go.kr; Internet: http://6thglobalforum.org/eng/main.asp

BEST EDUCATION NETWORK THINK TANK V:
16 June 2005 - 19 June 2005. Kingston, Jamaica. The theme of this Business Enterprise for Sustainable Travel (BEST) meeting is ‘Managing Risk for Crisis and Sustainable Tourism: Research and Innovation.’ This meeting will include a think tank discussion on a research agenda for sustainable tourism, and will also focus on curriculum design for sustainable tourism and hospitality. For more information contact: Carolyn Hayle, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica; tel: +876-977-0655; fax: +876-977-4368; e-mail: carolyn.hayle@uwimona.edu.jm; Internet: http://www.besteducationnetwork.org/


14TH INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONGRESS CNIC 2005: 40 YEARS AT THE SERVICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
27 June 2005 - 30 June 2005. Havana, Cuba. This meeting will take place from 27-30 June 2005 in Havana. For more information contact: National Center for Scientific Research; tel: +537-208-2553; fax: +537-208-0497; e-mail: seminario@cnic.edu.cu; Internet: http://www.cnic.edu.cu/14Congreso/Bienvenida.htm

HELSINKI CONFERENCE 2005:
7 September 2005 - 9 September 2005. Helsinki, Finland. The Helsinki Conference 2005 is a multi-stakeholder dialogue and networking event for addressing the challenge of making ambitious targets of the world community a reality. As the finale of the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy, the Conference aims to mobilize political will. Representatives of civil society, government, the corporate sector, academia and media are invited to come together to build commitment for the implementation of needed steps towards a safer, more just and democratic world. For more information contact: Helsinki Conference Secretariat c/o Crisis Management Initiative, Pieni Roobertinkatu 13 B; tel: +358-9-698-7024; fax: +358-9-612-7759; e-mail: webmaster@helsinkiconference.fi; Internet: http://www.helsinkiconference.fi

SIXTH OPEN MEETING OF THE HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE RESEARCH COMMUNITY:
9 October 2005 - 13 October 2005. Bonn, Germany. The title of the 2005 Open Meeting is “Global Environmental Change, Globalization and International Security.” For more information contact: Lis Mullin, Open Meeting Coordinator, IHDP Secretariat; tel: +49-228-73-90-50; fax: +49-228-73-90-54; e-mail: mullin.ihdp@uni-bonn.de; Internet: http://openmeeting.homelinux.org/

SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF CHEMISTRY AND ENVIRONMENT:
24 December 2005 - 26 December 2005. Indore, India. This Congress is held in part to consider issues concerning prevention and management of disasters, as well as to address research in the area of chemical and environmental sciences. For more information contact: S.L. Gargh, Professor of Chemistry and Director of Congress; tel: +91-731-255-2837; fax: +91-731-255-2837; e-mail: iccechem@sancharnet.in; Internet: http://www.chemenviron.com/c/chemenviron_cong.htm

Biodiversity and wildlife

CITES PLANTS AND ANIMALS COMMITTEE MEETINGS:
17 May 2005 - 25 May 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The 15th meeting of the CITES Plants Committee will take place from 17-21 May, and the 21st meeting of the Animals Committee will be held from 20-25 May. Both Committees will convene together on 20-21 May. For more information contact: CITES Secretariat; tel: +41-22-917-8139; fax: +4122-797-3417; e-mail: cites@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/calendar.shtml

DIVERSITAS OPEN SCIENCE CONFERENCE:
9 November 2005 - 12 November 2005. Oaxaca, Mexico. This Conference will based on the theme “Integrating biodiversity science for human well-being.” For more information contact: DIVERSITAS Secretariat; tel: +33-1-45-25-95-25; fax: +33-1-42-88-94-31; e-mail: info@diversitas-osc1.org; Internet: http://www.diversitas-osc1.org/

Climate and energy

INTERNATIONAL ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS ROUNDTABLE:
15 March 2005 - 16 March 2005. London, UK. Ministers from about 20 countries with significant energy needs will be considering the challenge of achieving a sustainable and secure energy future for all in a lower carbon world. Chancellor Gordon Brown will give a keynote address on the relationship between economic development, energy investment and climate change. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.g8.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1078995903839

2005 PLUM CREEK SYMPOSIUM ON KYOTO, FORESTS, AND LIVING TREE MARKETS: SCIENCE AND LAND USE POLICY IN CARBON SEQUESTRATION:
13 April 2005 - 14 April 2005. Missoula, Montana, US. The University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation will host this meeting on the latest scientific findings regarding the role of forests and land use decisions in sequestering carbon, and the linkages between carbon forestry initiatives and environmental and social co-benefits. For more information contact: University of Montana’s College of Forestry and Conservation; e-mail: carbonconference@forestry.umt.edu; Internet: http://www.forestry.umt.edu/kiosk/Conference/Carbon/default.htm

THIRD ANNUAL BRUSSELS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE:
19 April 2005 - 20 April 2005. Brussels, Belgium. This year’s conference, which will be held under the theme “EU climate change policy beyond Kyoto: Building a global climate change agreement,” will address issues concerning: EU climate change policy after the EU Spring Council; transport and air transport; further development of the EU ETS; and impact mitigation and technology solutions. For more information contact: James Wilmott; tel: +44-1495-300013; fax: +44-1495-309372; e-mail: james.wilmott@euconferences.com; Internet: http://www.euconferences.com/climatechange05_intro.htm

FOURTH WORLD WIND ENERGY CONFERENCE AND EXHIBITION:
2 November 2005 - 5 November 2005. Melbourne, Australia. Organized by World Wind Energy Association, this conference will consider the latest issues facing the wind energy sector, including the impact of the Kyoto Protocol’s entry into force and plans to implement the Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals. Other issues on the agenda include the linkages between wind power and water management, desalination, human health, off-grid systems, financing and training. The conference will also include an exhibition on wind energy facilities and technologies. For more information contact: Conference Organizers; tel: +61-3-9417-0888; fax: +61-3-9417-0899; e-mail: wwec2005@meetingplanners.com.au; Internet: http://www.wwec2005.com/index.shtml

Forests

INTERACTIVE FOREST & NATURE POLICY IN PRACTICE - MANAGING MULTI-STAKEHOLDER LEARNING IN SECTOR-WIDE APPROACHES AND NATIONAL FOREST PROGRAMMES:
12 September 2005 - 1 October 2005. Wageningen, the Netherlands. This course aims to provide participants with insights, knowledge and skills for designing and managing interactive policy development and implementation processes in forest and nature management. For more information contact: International Agricultural Centre (IAC); tel: +31-317-495-495; fax: +31-317-495-395; e-mail: training.iac@wur.NL; Internet: http://www.iac.wur.nl/iac/courses/module.cfm?code=34/00/2005


Human development

SUSTAINABLE URBAN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES CONFERENCE: VISIONARY URBAN LEADERS USING INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO GROW THEIR CITIES:
1 March 2005. New York, US. This event will consider issues relating to: innovations that city leaders are developing; financing and structuring of new projects that enable innovations to impact a city’s life; and the growing network of linkages between cities around the globe that are enabling cities to learn from each other. For more information contact: Gordon Feller, CEO of Urban Age Institute; tel: +1-415-491-4233; e-mail: gordonf20@comcast.net; Internet: http://www.acteva.com/go/MarchOne

ADVANCED COURSE IN UPSCALING PARTICIPATORY APPROACHES: FACILITATING MULTI-STAKEHOLDER PROCESSES AND SOCIAL LEARNING:
12 September 2005 - 1 October 2005. Wageningen, the Netherlands. This course covers current thinking about participation from the local to the global level and introduces the most up-to-date methodologies and approaches for facilitation and participation. For more information contact: International Agricultural Centre; tel: +31-317-495-495; fax: +31-317-495-395; e-mail: training.iac@wur.NL; Internet: http://www.iac.wur.nl/iac/courses/module.cfm?code=61/50/2005

IRFD WORLD FORUM ON INFORMATION SOCIETY: DIGITAL DIVIDE, GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY:
14 November 2005 - 16 November 2005. Tunis, Tunisia. The International Research Foundation for Development (IRFD) is organizing the second phase of its World Forum on Information Society to be held in Tunis in November 2005 in view of the UN World Summit on the Information Society, which is scheduled for 16-18 November 2005. The deadline for abstracts for the IRFD event is 31 March 2005. For more information contact: IRFD; tel: +1-763-689-2963; fax: +1-763-689-0560; e-mail: wfis2005@irfd.org; Internet: http://www.irfd.org

WORLD URBAN FORUM III:
19 June 2006 - 23 June 2006. Vancouver, Canada. Organized by UN-HABITAT and the Canadian government, the 3rd World Urban Forum will take place from 19-23 June 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. For more information contact: Lars.Reutersward, Information Services Section, UN-HABITAT; tel: +254-20-623120; fax: +254-20-623477; e-mail: Lars.Reutersward@unhabitat.org; Internet: http://www.unhabitat.org/wuf/2006/default.asp

Intergovernmental organizations

EUROPEAN SPRING COUNCIL 2005:
22 March 2005 - 23 March 2005. Brussels, Belgium. During their meeting in December 2004, EU Environment Ministers invited the Commission to present in time for the Spring Council 2005: a comprehensive stock tacking of the progress in the implementation of the EU-Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS) since Göteborg; an analysis of the key-findings of the Public Consultation; and policy options for a revised EU-SDS. The European Spring Council 2005 is expected to give political guidance for the revision of the EU SDS with the aim to adopt a revised strategy at a later European Council in 2005. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.eu2005.lu/en/calendrier/2005/03/22conseur/index.html

Trade, finance and investment in sustainable development

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF MICROCREDIT:
1 January 2005 - 31 December 2005. Global. In 1998, the UN General Assembly designated 2005 as the International Year of Microcredit as a means of giving impetus to microfinance programmes globally. The Year, which was launched at UN headquarters in New York in late 2004, will include a series of events aimed at “building sustainable and inclusive financial sectors to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.” A series of workshops and other events are scheduled, including: a workshop on “Managing Risk in Microfinance” (5 April 2005, Washington DC); the Microenterprise Development Institute of New Hampshire’s microfinance training programme (13 June to 1 July 2005); and the Eighth Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise (Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 5-7 October 2005). The Year is being coordinated by the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). For more information contact: UN Capital Development Fund; tel: +1-212-906-6611; fax: +1-212-906-6479; e-mail: yearofmicrocredit@uncdf.org; Internet: http://www.yearofmicrocredit.org/

WTO COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE MEETINGS 2005:
1 January 2005 - 2 December 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. Numerous World Trade Organization Council and Committee sessions are scheduled to take place throughout 2005. The General Council has sessions scheduled for 15-16 February, 26-27 May, 27 and 29 July, 19-20 October, and 1-2 December (shortly before the Sixth WTO Ministerial Conference). The Committee on Trade and Development is scheduled to meet on 8, 21 and 22 February, 11 May, 20 July, and 5-6 October. The Agriculture Committee and/or negotiating group convenes from 7-11 February, 14-18 March, 13-15 and 18-19 April, 30-31 May, 1-3 June, 11-15 July, 22 September, and 10 November. The Committee on Trade and Environment is scheduled for 22, 24 and 25 February, 7-8 July, and 12 October. Numerous other meetings relevant to sustainable development and environmental issues are also scheduled. These include sessions of the Sub-Committee on Least Developed Countries, Working Group on Trade, Debt and Finance, Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs), and Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. 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/news_e/meets.pdf

SEMINAR ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR EUROPE REGION:
21 February 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The UN Economic Commission for Europe 2005 annual Spring Seminar has taken as its theme, “Financing for Development in the ECE Region—Promoting Growth in Low-Income Transition Economies.” Sessions will consider strategies for development and growth, economic integration and trade, and financial management and sustainable growth in resource-rich economies. The meeting is part of the follow-up to the 2002 International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico. For more information contact: Alison Mangin, UNECE; tel: +41-22-917-1234; fax: +41-22-917-0036; e-mail: alison.mangin@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/ead/ead_sprin_sem_new.htm

2005 SPRING MEETINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND WORLD BANK GROUP:
16 April 2005 - 17 April 2005. Washington, DC, US. The International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) will convene on 16 April and the Development Committee will meet on 17 April. For more information contact: IMF Annual Meeting inquiries; tel: +1-202-473-7272; fax: +1-202-623-4100; e-mail: bfcoffice@worldbank.org; Internet: http://www.imf.org/external/am/index.htm

SPECIAL HIGH-LEVEL MEETING OF ECOSOC WITH THE BRETTON WOODS INSTITUTIONS AND WTO:
18 April 2005. UNHQ, New York. The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is holding a special high-level meeting with the Bretton Woods Institutions, World Trade Organization and UN Conference on Trade and Development on 18 April 2005 at UN headquarters in New York. This is the eighth meeting between ECOSOC and the Bretton Woods institutions, and it will take place immediately after the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. The meeting will focus on �coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of the implementation of the Monterrey Consensus.� For more information contact: Sarbuland Khan, ECOSOC; tel: +1-212-963-4628; fax: +1-212-963-1712; e-mail: khan2@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/docs/ecosoc/meetings/bwi2005/

OECD FORUM 2005: FUELLING THE FUTURE: SECURITY, STABILITY, DEVELOPMENT AND OECD MINISTERIAL SUMMIT:
2 May 2005 - 4 May 2005. Paris, France. The OECD Forum 2005 will convene from 2-4 May to consider policy issues in the areas of international trade and investment, economic development, the Millennium Declaration, and energy. This multistakeholder summit will feed into the OECD Ministerial Summit, which will take place after the Forum from 3-4 May. For more information contact: John West, Forum Director; tel: +33-1-45-248-025; e-mail: john.west@oecd.org; Internet: http://www.oecd.org/site/0,2865,en_21571361_34225293_1_1_1_1_1,00.html

HIGH-LEVEL UN DIALOGUE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT:
27 June 2005 - 28 June 2005. UNHQ, New York. The High-Level United Nations Dialogue on Financing for Development is scheduled to take place in late June 2005 at UN headquarters in New York. The meeting was scheduled by the General Assembly on 22 December 2004, when it adopted a number of resolutions on financing for development. These included a resolution (A/C.2/59/L.53) on �Follow-up to and implementation of the outcome of the International Conference on Financing for Development.� A second resolution included the specific agreement to hold a high-level dialogue immediately before the Economic and Social Council's 2005 substantive session's high-level segment (A/59/L.53). The General Assembly also agreed to hold a meeting on financing for development during the High-Level Millennium review in September 2005. For more information contact: Financing for Development Office; tel: +1-212-963-2587; fax: +1-212-963-0443; e-mail: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/contact6-04.htm; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/ffdcalendar2003.htm

2005 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP AND INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND:
26 September 2005 - 27 September 2005. Washington, DC, US. The 2005 Annual Meetings of the World Bank/IMF will take place from 26-27 September in Washington, DC. For more information contact: IMF Annual Meeting inquiries; tel: +1-202-473-7272; fax: +1-202-623-4100; e-mail: bfcoffice@worldbank.org; Internet: http://www.imf.org/external/am/index.htm

2006 ANNUAL MEETINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND AND THE WORLD BANK GROUP:
19 September 2006 - 20 September 2006. Singapore, Singapore. The 2006 Annual Meetings of the IMF/World Bank will take place from 19-20 September in Singapore. For more information contact: Clara Goh, Ministry of Finance; tel: +65-6332-7343; fax: +65-6337-4134; e-mail: clara_goh@mof.gov.sg; Internet: http://app.singapore2006.org/index.asp

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

FIRST MEETING OF THE HIGH SEAS TASK FORCE:
9 March 2005 - 10 March 2005. Paris, France. The Task Force, made up of a group of fisheries ministers and international NGOs, will meet to develop an action plan designed to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing on the high seas. The Task Force will then be able to identify a set of priorities among a series of authoritative proposals for confronting the challenges of IUU fishing on the high seas. For more information contact: Simon Upton, High Seas Task Force Director; tel: +33-1-4524-8032; fax: +33-1-4524-8408; e-mail: simon.upton@oecd.org; Internet: http://www.high-seas.org/

CONFERENCE ON THE GOVERNANCE OF HIGH SEAS FISHERIES AND THE UN FISH AGREEMENT - MOVING FROM WORDS TO ACTION:
1 May 2005 - 5 May 2005. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The Conference will provide an �opportunity for the international community to join Canada in determining how management of high seas fisheries can be improved and identifying what steps need to be taken to ensure the immediate protection and rebuilding of fish stocks in the years to come.� Participants will undertake an in-depth examination of modern tools to manage high seas fisheries, in particular those found in the United Nations Fish Agreement (UNFA) of 1995, and will determine practical ways to apply these tools in order to manage global fisheries better. For more information contact: Conference Secretariat; e-mail: fgccgp@dfo-mpo.gc.ca; Internet: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fgc-cgp/index_e.htm
 

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