LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website - 24 February 2005

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD


 UNEP GC-23/GMEF: 21-25 February, Nairobi
 CTI/Industry Joint Seminar on Technology Diffusion in Asian Countries: 24-25 February, Beijing
 CSD-13 Intergovernmental Prep Meeting: 28 February to 4 March, UN headquarters, New York
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES



CBD Executive Secretary Hamdallah Zedan (left) with Olivier Jalbert (CBD) (right) congratulates Working Group Chair Nisakorn Kositratna (Thailand), for the successful conclusion of ABS-3


WORKING GROUP STARTS TALKS ON AN INTERNATIONAL ACCESS AND
BENEFIT-SHARING REGIME

14-18 February 2005 | Bangkok, Thailand
A working group of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has initiated talks on an international regime on access and benefit-sharing. Talks at the third meeting of the CBD’s Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) were mandated by CBD COP-7, and reflected text on the subject contained in the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development’s Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

As expected, discussions on the international ABS regime proved difficult. However, some progress was reported. A number of options were identified in terms of the scope and potential objectives of the regime, while its potential elements were grouped according to their subject matter to set the groundwork for more structured deliberations in the future. A matrix was also developed to identify and analyze the gaps in international instruments and indicate ways to address them. Finally, the meeting resulted in specific calls for government submissions on the matrix and broader ABS regime. Many experts regard such submissions as necessary in order to further clarify positions and set the baseline for the upcoming fourth meeting of the Working Group, expected to be held in March 2006, in Spain. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
 

SBSTTA-10 DEVELOPS WORK PROGRAMME ON ISLAND BIODIVERSITY
7-11 February 2005 | Bangkok, Thailand

Delegates attending the latest meeting of the CBD’s subsidiary body for technical and scientific issues have developed a work programme on island biodiversity. They also confirmed the suitability of various indicators to assess progress towards the 2010 biodiversity target, provided advice on the integration of global, outcome-oriented targets into the Convention’s work programmes, and adopted terms of reference for a technical expert group on biodiversity and climate change. The recommendations adopted at SBSTTA-10 will be forwarded to the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD, which is scheduled to convene from 8-19 May 2006, in Brazil. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
 

ITTA “SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT” TALKS TO CONTINUE IN JUNE
14-18 February 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland
Negotiations to develop a successor agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement of 1994 have ended without a final deal being reached. The UN Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994 (ITTA, 1994), Second Part continued discussions on disputed text held over from the first part of the conference, which took place in mid-2004. Numerous proposals on the unresolved issues were tabled during the week, but delegates were unable to reach final agreement on a number of cross-cutting proposals. As a result, a third round of negotiations will take place from 27 June to 1 July 2005. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin report.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


EARTH OBSERVATION SUMMIT ENDORSES 10-YEAR IMPLEMENTATION PLAN ESTABLISHING GLOBAL SYSTEM OF SYSTEMS
14-16 February 2005 | Brussels, Belgium
Governments have endorsed a 10-year implementation plan for the development of a Global Earth Observation System of Systems.
 


WTO COMMITTEES RESUME DOHA DISCUSSIONS
February 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland

The World Trade Organization has resumed its work on advancing the Doha round of trade negotiations in the lead-up to the Hong Kong ministerial meeting in December 2005.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION CONCLUDES 10-YEAR REVIEW OF COPENHAGEN COMMITMENTS, HIGHLIGHTS LINKAGES TO INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT GOALS
9-18 February 2005 | New York
The UN Commission for Social Development recently concluded its review of the commitments made at the 1995 Copenhagen World Summit for Social Development, underscoring the linkages between the Copenhagen commitments and internationally agreed development goals.
 

EXPERT GROUP EXAMINES LINKS BETWEEN BEIJING PLATFORM FOR ACTION, MILLENNIUM DECLARATION, AND MDGS
7-10 February 2005 | Baku, Azerbaijan
The achievements, gaps and challenges in linking the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs were recently considered by a group of experts.

 

MINISTERIAL MEETING APPROVES PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE AFRICAN CITIES
31 Jan to 4 Feb | Durban, South Africa
Ministers attending a recent conference in South Africa have adopted an “enhanced framework” to achieve sustainable cities and towns in Africa.

IFAD STRESSES LINKS BETWEEN RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND MDGS
15-18 February 2005 | Rome, Italy

The links between rural development and the MDGs were underscored at the recent member’s assembly of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
 

LINKAGES UPDATE


Linkages Update (LU) is our means of keeping you informed of what’s happening in the international environmental and sustainable development world. LU highlights what's new on IISD Reporting Services' Linkages website. This "what's new" page is updated on a fortnightly basis, while the website continually posts new information provided by our contributing writers. If you wish to submit relevant materials or subscribe to Linkages Update, e-mail prisna@iisd.org.

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

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

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NOMINATIONS FOR TOP UNDP POSITION SURFACE
Nominations for the top UNDP post have begun surfacing, following current UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown’s appointment as the UN Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff. The British government has named Baroness Valerie Amos, leader of the House of Lords and a cabinet member, as their candidate for the key post. According to the Financial Times, a couple of other key figures are rumored to be contenders for the position, including Hilde Johnson, Norway’s Development Minister, and Jan Pronk, UN Special Envoy to Sudan and former Dutch Environment Minister. A decision on Malloch Brown’s successor is expected to be made at the end of March.


WTO APPOINTS 2005 CHAIRS
The World Trade Organization’s General Council announced the chairs of its various councils and committees following a meeting held on 15 February.
Amina Chawahir Mohamed (Kenya) will chair the General Council.

UNESCAP CHIEF’S APPOINTMENT RENEWED
Kim Hak-Su’s appointment as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations was recently renewed for two more years by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Kim, who is from the Republic of Korea, assumed the post of Executive Secretary in July 2000.

BÅGE RE-ELECTED AS IFAD PRESIDENT
Lennart Båge was re-elected a second, four-year term by delegates attending the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Båge, a Swedish national, has served as IFAD’s President since April 2001.

Vacancies

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New postings include vacancies at:
- the Russian Federation's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade
- UNEP’s Division of GEF Coordination
- UNEP Montreal Protocol Secretariat
- DESA
- IIASA
- Deep Sea Conservation Coalition
- Nordic Environment Finance Corp
- Trexler Climate & Energy Services
- WWF

Click here for complete postingson appointments, departures and vacancies.
 

 

MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable development

NEW EU DIRECTIVE ON RIGHT TO ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION BECOMES BINDING
Europeans now not only have the freedom, but also the right to access environmental information, following the entry into force of the new directive on public access to environmental information.


ARAB MINISTERS LAUNCH GOOD GOVERNANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The Arab Good Governance for Development Programme was recently launched at a Ministerial meeting in Jordan.


GLOBAL CENTER FOR INNOVATION, DEVELOPMENT PLANNED
The United Nations University and a Dutch University have announced plans to establish a major global research center focusing on innovation and development.


ALCAN PRIZE INVITES ENTRIES
The Alcan Prize for Sustainability is inviting entries for its 2005 award.


Trade

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS APPROVED
Members of a regional free trade group have
signed two agreements aimed at strengthening environmental protection in the region.
 


Climate, energy


CELEBRATIONS, PROTESTS MARK KYOTO ENTRY INTO FORCE
Celebrations, protests and lively debates in the media marked the entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol as a legally-binding international treaty on 16 February.
Bush Administration Pressure Grows:
Meanwhile, the Bush administration, which rejected the Protocol in 2001, has received widespread criticism in recent days.
Experts debate post-Kyoto strategies:
A Forum held at the European Parliament recently debated future climate strategies and considered the challenges faced by the EU in keeping up its global leadership in the area of climate change.
India, Britain Announce Climate Research Pact:
Kyoto’s entry into force also coincided with an announcement that the UK and India will collaborate on climate research.


SCIENTISTS HIGHLIGHT HEALTH FEARS, OCEAN RISKS
Climate change is set to bring a series of health crises, according to experts at a major science gathering held in Washington, DC. It is also believed to be causing profound changes to the world’s oceans that are threatening many plant and animal species.


BUSH TALKS CLIMATE CHANGE WITH EUROPEAN LEADERS
US President George Bush has held talks on climate change with his European counterparts during his latest diplomatic visit.
 


Tsunami update

REGIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEMS UPDATE
Indian Ocean:
High-level policymakers from countries most affected by the recent tsunami-disaster convened in Tokyo to understand how Japan’s tsunami early warning system operates.
Caribbean: A group of experts from the Caribbean region also met recently to discuss a regional tsunami early warning system. Mexico has also recently reported that it will look into setting up its own tsunami warning system.


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

FISHERIES HIT HARD BY TSUNAMI, BUT BUILD-UP OF EXCESSIVE FISHING CAPACITY MUST BE AVOIDED
Local fisheries in Southeast Asia were hit hard by the December tsunami disaster, with FAO estimating that losses in fisheries and aquaculture total as much as US$520 million. FAO has also cautioned against building-up of excessive fishing capacity in reconstruction efforts.


WATERBIRD CONSERVATION AWARD ANNOUNCED
A new award has been created that will recognize institutions and individuals contributing towards waterbird conservation.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

GEO YEARBOOK 2004/5
(UNEP, February 2005) Prepared in response to a UNEP Governing Council decision adopted in 2003, the annual Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Year Book highlights significant environmental events and achievements, and aims to raise awareness of emerging issues. In addition to tracking issues at the global and regional levels, the 2005 Year Book flags two emerging environmental challenges: the emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases and their links to environmental change; and abrupt climate change, its effects on ocean salinity and potential impacts on ocean circulation. The feature focus of the 2004/2005 Year Book spotlights the links between gender, poverty and environment. The book also dedicates a chapter on indicators to reflect the trends for major global and regional environmental issues addressed under the GEO reporting process, including atmosphere, disasters, forests, biodiversity, coastal and marine areas, urban areas and freshwater.


AFTER THE TSUNAMI: RAPID ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT
(UNEP, February 2005) Prepared by UNEP’s Asian Tsunami Task Force, this report summarizes the interim findings from ongoing environmental assessments in some of the tsunami-affected countries, including India, Indonesia, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Yemen. In addition to the environmental assessments, the report offers recommendations for reconstruction and restoration measures designed to ensure long-term sustainability. It stresses that mainstreaming environmental concerns is a prerequisite for sustainable reconstruction, and that environmental management should take as its point of departure the need to involve and engage the affected population.

FINAL REPORT OF THE REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND INDICATORS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE ARAB REGION
(UNDESA, 2005) This report presents the proceedings from the 12-14 December 2004 Workshop on National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS) and Indicators of Sustainable Development, which was organized to support countries from the Arab region in their efforts to develop NSDS and indicators. The meeting convened in Cairo, Egypt.

MDGs

EUROPEAN COMMISSION REPORT ON MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: 2000-2004

(EC Directorate-General for Development, November 2004) The report provides information on the extent to which the EC has focused its strategies, development policies and instruments on the implementation of the Millennium Declaration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The report outlines how the EC contributes to progress towards the MDGs, and lists further actions currently anticipated to promote their implementation.

Trade

MATRIX ON TRADE MEASURES PURSUANT TO SELECTED MULTILATERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AGREEMENTS

(WTO, 2005) The Secretariat of the World Trade Organization has prepared a note containing a matrix on trade-related measures relating to selected multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Prepared in consultation with various MEA secretariats, the note covers 14 agreements, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol, as well as several chemicals-related treaties.


Climate, energy

CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
(Tiempo, Issue 54, January 2005, pp. 18-22) In the January 2005 issue of Tiempo, Hannah Reid and Mozaharul Alam consider how climate change will impact on the MDGs. The authors argue that climate change will make meeting the MDGs more difficult. However, they also suggest some practical examples of activities that meet “both climate change and development objectives.”

THE ORGANIZATION OF GLOBAL NEGOTIATIONS: CONSTRUCTING THE CLIMATE CHANGE REGIME
(Earthscan, 2005) This new book by Joanna Depledge considers the complex and well-coordinated negotiations needed to produce and build upon the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the Kyoto Protocol and the Bonn and Marrakesh Accords. The author highlights some lessons and implications for other complex and far-reaching negotiations, such as the WTO process, and identifies six “key elements that determine organizational effectiveness as a necessary condition for successful outcomes."

BUSINESS CONSEQUENCES OF THE EU EMISSIONS TRADING SCHEME
(CEPS, February 2005) This report by Christian Egenhofer, Noriko Fujiwara and Kyriakos Gialoglou examines the effects the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is likely to have on the business environment. While focusing on the 2008-12 period, the report also considers likely impacts beyond 2012. The report is published by the Centre for European Policy Studies.


Chemicals management


THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: CHEMICAL CONTAMINATION IN THE ARCTIC
(WWF, February 2005) WWF has released a new report highlighting increases in chemical contamination in the Arctic environment. The report analyzes the levels of industrial and agricultural contaminants in the Arctic, considering toxic substances such as polychlorinated napthalenes (PCNs), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), and pentachlorophenol (PCP). The report presents evidence that chemical contamination is increasing exponentially in arctic marine mammals and bird species, and that these increases can be expected to continue. It argues that precautionary chemicals legislation, such as the EU’s REACH proposal, is necessary to address these contamination problems.


Wetlands


REVIVING WETLANDS – SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF WETLANDS AND SHALLOW LAKES
(GNF, 2005) The Global Nature Fund has released this guidebook for the preparation of a wetlands management plan. The guidebook notes that the management of different resources such as water or tourism is a complex task that requires balancing social, ecological and economical considerations. In addition to offering information about resource management, this book contains the insights from international experts accompanied by descriptive case studies. The 134-page publication has been published in four languages (English, German, Spanish and Greek). In addition, an instructional movie has been produced for DVD. The EU LIFE programme sponsored the production of these materials.


Forests, deserts, land

LIFE AFTER LOGGING: RECONCILING WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AND PRODUCTION FORESTRY IN INDONESIAN BORNEO
(CIFOR, 2005) This book, written by Erik Meijaard et al. and published by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), shows how logging affects wildlife in Borneo and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, and makes recommendations on how to conserve it. The authors suggest that logging companies should design their roads and trails to: avoid dividing the forest into too many fragments, keep out hunters, make smaller gaps in the forest, prevent slashing of vines and ground cover, and minimize soil disturbance.

FOREST CERTIFICATION AND GOVERNMENTS: THE REAL AND POTENTIAL INFLUENCE ON REGULATORY FRAMEWORKS AND FOREST POLICIES
(Forest Trends, 2004) This paper, authored by Gerardo Segura, examines the experience of four countries that have made an effort to promote forest certification. The paper also considers the implications for achieving the goals of policy and regulatory frameworks, and makes recommendations on how to move forward in the next decade.


THE LAST FRONTIER: ILLEGAL LOGGING IN PAPUA AND CHINA’S MASSIVE TIMBER THEFT
(EIA/Telapak, 2005) This Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)/Telapak report reveals details of a recent investigation into the smuggling of merbau, a hardwood used mainly for flooring. The report tracks the merbau smuggling, which begins in the forests of Papua and involves middlemen in Jakarta, Singapore and Hong Kong, to the rapidly-expanding timber processing factories of China. The report reveals that such smuggling has persisted in spite of a December 2002 Memorandum of Understanding signed by the governments of Indonesia and China to combat illegal trade in forest products.

Biodiversity


SCIDEV.NET UPDATES GM CROPS DOSSIER
SciDev.Net has updated its dossier on GM crops with two new policy briefs examining challenges for developing countries and regulation for transboundary transport of GMOs.

Human development


WORLD POPULATION MONITORING 2003: POPULATION, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT
(UNDESA Population Division, 2004) This report underscores the interlinkages between education and population, and their effect on national development. The report examines a range of topics, including: population trends; education and entry into reproductive life; the interrelationships between education and fertility; education, health and mortality; education and international migration; and monitoring progress in meeting international goals.


REPORT OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON WORLD DEMOGRAPHIC TRENDS
This report (E/CN.9/2005/8) provides an overview of world demographic trends, including trends in population size and growth, urbanization, population ageing, fertility and contraception, mortality and international migration. The report highlights that world population reached 6.5 billion in 2005, that the 7 billion mark could be reached in 2012, and that world population could stabilize at about 9 billion people in the long-term. It notes the diversity in expected population growth among regions and countries, with population in African and Asian countries expected to increase greatly in the coming decades, and population in some developed countries to significantly decline. The report notes that half the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas by 2007, and that the proportion of elderly people is expected to continue rising throughout this century.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Change of dates / Dates recently announced:

INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS IN PREPARATION FOR UNFF-5:
Previously scheduled for 28 February 2005, this informal meeting has been postponed. The Bureau will consider a new date and more information will be provided shortly. The 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. 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

ITTO WORKSHOP ON PHASED APPROACHES TO CERTIFICATION:
19 April 2005 - 21 April 2005. Bern, Switzerland. This workshop of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) will seek to promote the use of phased approaches to certification in tropical timber exporting developing countries. For more information contact: Manoel Sobral Filho, ITTO Executive Director; tel: +81-45-223-1110; fax: +81-45-223-1111; e-mail: itto@itto.or.jp; Internet: http://www.itto.or.jp

THIRD PART OF THE UN CONFERENCE ON THE NEGOTIATION OF A SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT TO THE INTERNATIONAL TROPICAL TIMBER AGREEMENT, 1994:
27 June 2005 - 1 July 2005. To be announced. The Third Part of the UN Conference on the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994, is scheduled for late June and early July 2005. For more information contact: UNCTAD Secretariat, Intergovernmental Affairs and Outreach Service; tel: +41-22-917-5809; fax: +41-22-917-0056; e-mail: correspondence@unctad.org; Internet: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Page.asp?intItemID=2256&lang=1


The following are upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

1ST NRG4SD GENERAL ASSEMBLY:
10 March 2005 - 12 March 2005. Lake Toba, Indonesia. Convening under the theme “Global Partnership on Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Post-Disaster Settlements,” this meeting will be the first gathering of the nrg4SD General Assembly. Participants will have opportunities to forge partnerships at the regional level within the UN system on areas such as disaster early warning systems, and rehabilitation and reconstruction of post disaster settlements. The meeting will also focus on translating WSSD and MDG commitments into actions. For more information contact: Maudhy S. Kisdharwanto, Summit Secretariat; tel: +62-21-7388-0888; fax: +62-21-7388-8172; e-mail: nrg4SD@LTS2005.net; Internet: http://www.dambaintra.org/toba.html

ECE HIGH-LEVEL MEETING OF ENVIRONMENT AND EDUCATION MINISTRIES ON EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
17 March 2005 - 18 March 2005. Vilnius, Lithuania. This ECE regional initiative seeks to contribute to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2015). The meeting, which will launch the Decade in the UNECE region, is expected to adopt the Strategy for ESD and decide on the framework for its implementation. For more information contact: Ella Behlyarova, Environmental Affairs Officer, ECE; tel: +41-22-917-2376; fax: +41-22-917-0107; e-mail: Ella.Behlyarova@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/env/esd/HLmeetMarchl2005.htm

WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY 2005:
23 March 2005. Numerous locations worldwide. The theme for World Meteorological Day 2005 is “Weather, climate, water and sustainable development.” Organizers will focus on the contribution of national meteorological and hydrological services to sustainable socio-economic development, environmental protection and poverty alleviation. For more information contact: WMO Communications and Public Affairs Office; fax: +41-22-730-8027; e-mail: cpa@wmo.int; Internet: http://www.wmo.int/index-en.html

MEETING ON ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE: CAN REGIONAL FRAMEWORKS HELP SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?:
24 March 2005. New York, United States. This conference is being organized by United Nations University (UNU) in collaboration with the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). For more information contact: Meeting organizers; e-mail: unuona@ony.unu.edu; Internet: http://www.unu.edu/hq/rector_office/events2005/events2005.html

MEETING ON THE ROLE OF INTERNATIONAL, REGIONAL AND SUB-REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ALMATY PROGRAMME OF ACTION:
29 March 2005 - 31 March 2005. Almaty, Kazakhstan. This meeting will take place from 29-31 March 2005 in Almaty. For more information contact: OHRLLS; tel: +1-212-963-7778; fax: +1-917-367-3415; e-mail: OHRLLS-UNHQ@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/ohrlls/

SECOND MEETING OF THE PARTIES TO THE UNECE CONVENTION ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION, PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING AND ACCESS TO JUSTICE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS (AARHUS CONVENTION):
25 May 2005 - 27 May 2005. Almaty, Kazakhstan. The meeting will review the progress achieved in the Aarhus Convention’s implementation and will reflect on and plan for future challenges. The meeting will also discuss the main developments that are taking place at both global and regional levels in relation to principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development and how the experience with the Aarhus Convention may contribute to efforts to make further progress in other regions. For more information contact: Ella Behlyarova, Environmental Affairs Officer, ECE; tel: +41-22-917-2376; fax: +41-22-917-0107; e-mail: Ella.Behlyarova@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/env/pp/mop2.htm

UNU/UNESCO CONFERENCE ON GLOBALIZATION AND EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
27 June 2005 - 28 June 2005. to be confirmed, Japan. This meeting, which will take place in Japan in late June 2005, is being organized by the UNU Centre/UNU-IAS. The venue is to be confirmed. For more information contact: Katsunori Suzuki, UNU; e-mail: k_suzuki@ias.unu.edu; Internet: http://www.unu.edu/hq/rector_office/events2005/events2005.html

Biodiversity and wildlife

CBD SBSTTA-11:
5 December 2005 - 9 December 2005. Montreal, Canada. The eleventh meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice is scheduled for 5-9 December 2005, in Montreal, Canada. For more information contact: CBD Secretariat; tel: +1-514-288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; e-mail: secretariat@biodiv.org; Internet: http://www.biodiv.org/doc/meeting.aspx?mtg=SBSTTA-11

FOURTH MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON ARTICLE 8(J) AND ABS-4:
March 2006. Spain. The fourth meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions is scheduled to convene in March 2006, in Spain. Dates and venue are to be confirmed. It will be followed by the fourth meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing. For more information contact: CBD Secretariat; tel: +1-514-288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; e-mail: secretariat@biodiv.org; Internet: http://www.biodiv.org/meetings/default.aspx

CBD COP-8 AND BIOSAFETY COP/MOP-3:
8 May 2006 - 26 May 2006. to be confirmed, Brazil. The eighth meeting of the CBD Conference of the Parties is scheduled to meet from 8-19 May 2006, in Brazil. This meeting will be followed by the third meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Biosafety Protocol, which will meet from 22-26 May 2006. For more information contact: CBD Secretariat; tel: +1-514-288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; e-mail: secretariat@biodiv.org; Internet: http://www.biodiv.org/meetings/default.aspx

Chemicals management

SAICM PREPCOM-3:
19 September 2005 - 24 September 2005. Vienna, Austria. The third meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the development of a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) will be held in Vienna, Austria from 19-24 September 2005. Regional SAICM consultations for the following regions are being organized from February to May 2005: Africa (Saly, Senegal, 15-18 March); Asia-Pacific (Bangkok, Thailand 4-7 April); Latin American and Caribbean (GRULAC) (Punta del Este, Uruguay, 27-29 April); and Central and Eastern European (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 17-19 May). For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals; tel: +41-22-917-8111; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: chemicals@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.chem.unep.ch/saicm/

Climate, energy

WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY 2005:
23 March 2005. Numerous locations worldwide. The theme for World Meteorological Day 2005 is “Weather, climate, water and sustainable development.” Organizers will focus on the contribution of national meteorological and hydrological services to sustainable socio-economic development, environmental protection and poverty alleviation. For more information contact: WMO Communications and Public Affairs Office; fax: +41-22-730-8027; e-mail: cpa@wmo.int; Internet: http://www.wmo.int/index-en.html

22ND SESSIONS OF THE SUBSIDIARY BODIES TO THE UNFCCC:
16 May 2005 - 27 May 2005. Bonn, Germany. The twenty-second sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies (SB-22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is scheduled to take place from 19-27 May 2005, in Bonn, Germany. Following an agreement at the tenth Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC in December 2004, SB-22 will be preceded by a “Seminar of Government Experts,” which will seek to promote an informal exchange of information on actions concerning mitigation and adaptation, and on policies and measures adopted by governments supporting implementation of existing commitments under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol. The Seminar is scheduled for 16 and 17 May. For more information contact: UNFCCC Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-1000; fax: +49-228-815-1999; e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int; Internet: http://unfccc.int/files/parties_and_observers/notifications/application/pdf/notice_po_050216.pdf

RENEWABLE ENERGY FINANCE ASIA FORUM:
15 June 2005 - 16 June 2005. Hong Kong, China. This forum aims to provide networking opportunities for the financial community to learn about renewable energy issues. For more information contact: Sarah Ellis, Green Power Conferences; tel: +44-870-758-7808; e-mail: sarah.ellis@greenpowerconferences.com; Internet: http://www.greenpowerconferences.com/events/RenewableFinanceAsia.htm


2005 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENERGY WORKSHOP:
5 July 2005 - 7 July 2005. Kyoto, Japan. Themes to be covered at this year's workshop include managing uncertainty and abrupt climate change, UNFCCC/Post-Kyoto regimes and technological responses to climate change. For more information contact: Leo Schrattenholzer; tel: +43-2236-807-225; fax: +43-2236-807-488; e-mail: leo@iiasa.ac.at; Internet: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Research/ECS/IEW2005/index.html

NORDIC BIOENERGY CONFERENCE: BIOENERGY 2005:
25 October 2005 - 27 October 2005. Trondheim, Norway. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss options for increasing biomass in Europe significantly by 2010. Delegates will consider a range of relevant issues, including the future market for bioenergy and new technology for the efficient use of biofuels. For more information contact: Silje Schei Tveitdal, Norwegian Bioenergy Association; tel: +47-23-365870; e-mail: post@nobio.no; Internet: http://www.bioenergy2005.no

FIRST MEETING OF PARTIES TO THE KYOTO PROTOCOL AND ELEVENTH CONFERENCE OF PARTIES TO THE UNFCCC:
28 November 2005 - 9 December 2005. Montreal, Canada. Canada is hosting the historic first Meeting of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP-1), which is taking place in conjunction with the eleventh session of the Conference of Parties (COP-11) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For more information contact: UNFCCC Secretariat; tel: +49-228-815-1000; fax: +49-228-815-1999; e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.int; Internet: http://unfccc.int/meetings/unfccc_calendar/items/2655.php

Forests

INTERNATIONAL EXPERT MEETING ON INNOVATIVE FINANCIAL MECHANISMS: SEARCHING FOR VIABLE ALTERNATIVES TO SECURE A BASIS FOR THE FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY OF FORESTS:
29 March 2005 - 1 April 2005. San Jose, Costa Rica. This country-led initiative in support of UNFF-5 will convene from 29 March to 1 April 2005, in San Jose, Costa Rica. Meeting outcomes are expected to include: an exchange of successful experiences on financial and economic instruments and mechanisms to enhance sustainable forest management; the identification of mechanisms to further enhance and promote North-South and South-South cooperation; and the identification and consolidation of partnerships among interested parties to promote the use of innovative financial and economic instruments. For more information contact: Ricardo Ulate, UNFF Focal Point, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica; tel: +506-257-8475; fax: +506-258-1614; e-mail: rulate@fonafifo.com; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/forests/gov-unff.html

GLOBAL FOREST AND PAPER SUMMIT 2005:
1 June 2005 - 3 June 2005. Vancouver, Canada. This Summit is intended to bring together senior executives from forest and paper companies with government policy makers to discuss key issues and challenges facing the sector globally over the next decade. As part of this event, the 18th annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference will take place on 1 June. It will be followed by �Vision 2015: The Global Forest and Paper Industry's Coming Decade� on 2-3 June. For more information contact: Forest Products Association of Canada; tel: +1-604-775-7300; fax: +1-604-666-8123; e-mail: info@globalforestpapersummit.com; Internet: http://www.globalforestpapersummit.com/main.cfm

Human development

ROUNDTABLE ON BEIJING+10: REVIEW, APPRAISAL, IMPLEMENTATION:
24 February 2005. UNHQ, New York. The UN Division for the Advancement of Women, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women are organizing this roundtable in preparation for the 49th session of the Commission of the Status of Women. For more information contact: Mich�le Burger, Division for the Advancement of Women; tel: +1-212-963-3154; e-mail: burger@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/news/news2005/ngo-csw-roundtable.pdf

GRANT INSTITUTE�S GRANTS 101: PROFESSIONAL GRANT PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP:
30 March 2005 - 1 April 2005. University of London, London, UK. This course provides an intensive introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. For more information contact: The Grant Institute; tel: +44-11-213-817-5308; e-mail: info@thegrantinstitute.com; Internet: http://www.thegrantinstitute.com

XXV IUSSP INTERNATIONAL POPULATION CONFERENCE:
18 July 2005 - 23 July 2005. Tours, France. Organized by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP), this conference will include a special UNFPA session on �ICPD Vision: How Far Has the Eleven-Year Journey Taken Us?� and discussions on the future of Europe's population. Meetings of the IUSSP members General Assembly will also take place during the conference. For more information contact: IUSSP; tel: +33-1-56-06-21-73; fax: +33-1-56-06-22-04; e-mail: iussp@iussp.org; Internet: http://www.iussp.org/France2005/index.php

COURSE ON MANAGING LEARNING IN DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL CHANGE ORGANIZATION:
8 August 2005 - 20 August 2005. Y.C. James Yen Center, Silang, Cavite, Philippines. This two-week course addresses the quest for learning within organizations, focusing on the links between organizational vision, image and learning. It will make use of tools to help participants reflect on their organization's learning potential and provide them with a range of tools and methodologies for documenting practice based learning. Participants will prepare an action plan at the end of the course. For more information contact: Training Associate, Education and Training Program, Regional Center for Asia, Internationa; tel: +63-46-414-2417; fax: +63-46-414-2417 local 2; e-mail: Education&Training@iirr.org; Internet: http://www.iirr.org

Intergovernmental organizations

SIXTIETH SESSION OF THE UNECE AND UNECE EIGHTH SPRING SEMINAR: FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE UNECE REGION:
21 February 2005 - 25 February 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The 60th session of the UNECE will convene from 22-25 February 2005 in Geneva. It will be preceded by the ECE Spring Seminar, which will focus on �Financing for development in the UNECE region: Promoting growth in low-income transition economies.� The seminar will address: strategies for development and growth; economic integration and trade; and financial management and sustainable growth in resource-rich economies. For more information contact: UNECE; tel: +41-22-917-1234; fax: +41-22-917-0505; e-mail: info.ece@unece.org; Internet: http://www.unece.org/commission/2005/60th_index.htm

XXXVII MEETING OF THE SUMMIT IMPLEMENTATION REVIEW GROUP (SIRG):
9 March 2005 - 10 March 2005. Buenos Aires, Argentina. This meeting will comprise three plenary sessions, a civil society consultation, and an inaugural session. Plenary sessions will focus on social development commitments, challenges of implementing mandates related to the theme of the Fourth Summit of the Americas, and guidelines for the Plan of Action of the Fourth Summit of the Americas. The SIRG, composed of national coordinators from country participants of the Summit Process, is responsible for coordinating and following up on the implementation of the mandates emanating from the Summits of the Americas. The Fourth Summit of the Americas will take place the first week of November 2005 in Mar del Plata. For more information contact: Summits of the Americas Secretariat; tel: +1-202-458-3127; fax: +1-202-458-3665; e-mail: summitcso@oas.org; Internet: http://www.summit-americas.org/events/XXXVII_SIRG/CSOInvitationENG.htm

FOURTH SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS:
1 November 2005. Mar del Plata, Argentina. The theme of this Summit, which is scheduled to take place during the first week of November, is �Creating employment to confront poverty and strengthen democratic governance.� For more information contact: Summits of the Americas Secretariat, Organization of American States; tel: +1-202-458-3127; fax: +1-202-458-3665; e-mail: summit-info@oas.org; Internet: http://www.summit-americas.org/NextSummit_eng.htm


Trade, finance, investment

FORUM ON INDUSTRIAL PARTNERSHIP, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND FAIR TRADE:
8 March 2005 - 10 March 2005. Lyon, France. This Forum, which will focus on opportunities for small-to-medium enterprises and industries in Africa, will be held in French. For more information contact: ADEA-R'seau Afric Partners; fax: +33-4-72-73-43-87; e-mail: afric-partners@wanadoo.fr; Internet: http://www.classe-export.com/services/africpartners/prog2005_ADEA.pdf

RENEWABLE ENERGY FINANCE ASIA FORUM:
15 June 2005 - 16 June 2005. Hong Kong, China. This forum aims to provide networking opportunities for the financial community to learn about renewable energy issues. For more information contact: Sarah Ellis, Green Power Conferences; tel: +44-870-758-7808; e-mail: sarah.ellis@greenpowerconferences.com; Internet: http://www.greenpowerconferences.com/events/RenewableFinanceAsia.htm

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

WORKING CONFERENCE WOMEN FOR WATER:
4 March 2005 - 5 March 2005. Soesterberg, the Netherlands. The �Working Conference Women for Water� aims to provide practical solutions for problems encountered by women and yield ideas for up-scaling and reproducing successful approaches. It will also provide an opportunity for various partners in the development process�including women's groups, potential donors, NGOs, and the private sector� to share information on how to achieve success with small-scale projects. The conference will also pay attention to current themes such as microfinance (2005 is the International Year of Microcredit). For more information contact: Margaretha Bakker, Netherlands Council of Women; tel: +31-70-3469303; fax: +31-70-3459346; e-mail: info@womenforwater.org; Internet: http://womenforwater.org/

26TH SESSIONS OF FAO COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES:
7 March 2005 - 11 March 2005. Rome, Italy. The 26th session of the UN Food and Agriculture's Committee on Fisheries (COFI) will meet to discuss the Progress Report on the Implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and Related International Plans of Action (Capacity, IUU Fishing, Seabirds and Sharks), and the Strategy for Improving Information on Status and Trends of Capture Fisheries. Delegates will also consider assistance to the fishing communities affected by the tsunami in the Indian Ocean and measures to rehabilitate and reactivate the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in the countries concerned. For more information contact: Ndiaga Gueye, FAO; tel: +39-6-5705-2847; fax: +39-6-5705-6500; e-mail: ndiaga.gueye@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/fi/NEMS/events/detail_event.asp?event_id=24536

ROUND TABLE ON THE RIGHT TO WATER AND SANITATION:
25 March 2005. Paris, France. In support of the Euro-African Conference �Water and Territories,� the European Council of Environmental Law (CEDE) and Water Academy is organizing a round table to examine the concept or fundamental principle of the right to water and sanitation, and to discuss the issue of implementing this right under domestic law. For more information contact: Henri Smets, European Council of Environmental Law; tel: +31-30-231-2221; fax: +31-30-233-1311; e-mail: henri.smets@smets.com

INTERNATIONAL CORAL REEFS CONFERENCE OF PARIS:
2 April 2005 - 3 April 2005. Paris, France. This event is intended to allow scientists to share knowledge about coral reefs with divers, reef aquarists and the general public. For more information contact: Fabrice Poiraud-Lambert, CIRCOP; e-mail: fpl@circop.com; Internet: http://www.circop.com/US_default.html

COASTAL ZONE CONFERENCE 2005:
18 July 2005 - 21 July 2005. New Orleans, United States. This conference will consider applicable tools, lessons learned, and innovative ideas to help address current coastal management issues. Aimed at coastal resource managers, this will be the 14th biennial coastal zone conference. For more information contact: Rhonda Crawley, NOAA; tel: +1-843-740-1231; e-mail: Rhonda.Crawley@noaa.gov; Internet: http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cz/

THIRD INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON DEEP-SEA CORALS:
28 November 2005 - 2 December 2005. Miami, United States. This symposium will bring together scientists, marine resource managers, policy makers, and students to exchange scientific knowledge of deep-sea corals and associated fauna. For more information contact: Robert Brock, NOAA; tel: +1-301-713-2367 ext 162; fax: +1-301-713-1875; e-mail: Robert.Brock@noaa.gov; Internet: http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/coral/

 

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