LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of international environment and sustainable development news - 12 March 2005

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD


 DESA Development Conference: 14-15 March, UNHQ, New York
 
17th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry: 14-19 March, Rome, Italy
 ECOSOC 2005 High-Level Segment Preparatory Meeting: 16-17 March, UNHQ, New York
 2nd Intl Forum on Partnerships for Sustainable Development: 21-23 March, Marrakesh, Morocco
 Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development: 24-29 March, Seoul, Korea

 
Global Initiative on Forest Landscape Restoration: 4-8 April, Petropolis, Brazil
 UN-Habitat Governing Council: 4-8 April, Nairobi, Kenya
 CSD-13: 11-22 April, UNHQ, New York
 

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES


JoAnne DiSano, Division for Sustainable Development Director, and John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda), CSD-13 Chair

CSD-13 PREPARATORY MEETING DISCUSSES POLICY OPTIONS AND POSSIBLE ACTIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION; NON-PAPERS ADDRESS IMPLEMENTATION FRAMEWORKS AND POST-CSD-13 SCENARIOS
28 February to 4 March 2005 | UN headquarters, New York

The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the thirteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-13) sought to discuss policy options and possible actions to enable the implementation of measures and policies concerning water, sanitation and human settlements. The IPM’s deliberations were reflected in a draft Chair’s text, which is expected to form the basis of further discussions during CSD-13, scheduled to meet from 11-22 April 2005, in New York. Following the conclusion of the IPM, many delegates had varying views on the value of the preparatory meeting, but agreed that one of the most important elements of the IPM was the incubation space it provided for the generation of ideas and proposals. During the week, numerous delegations took the opportunity to circulate non-papers and express their visions for the Policy Year’s outcomes. Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s coverage of this meeting.
 

UNEP GC/GMEF CONCLUDES WITH DECISIONS ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE, CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT, WATER, MORE
21-25 February 2005 | Nairobi, Kenya

The 23rd session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Environment Ministerial Forum concluded with key decisions on chemicals management, UNEP’s water policy and strategy, and international environmental governance among others. A three-day ministerial consultation considered the implementation of the internationally agreed development goals, including those in the Millennium Declaration, with a focus on environment and poverty, environmental sustainability, and gender and environment. Earth Negotiations Bulletin coverageof this meeting.
 

NORDIC ROUNDTABLE EXAMINES BUSINESS ASPECTS OF SCP
9-10 March 2005 | Oslo, Norway

A roundtable on sustainable consumption and production has ended with ideas and recommendations on the role business should play, and on North-South linkages and collaboration. Sustainable Developments report of this meeting.
 

SEMINAR PROMOTES ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES
24-25 February 2005 | Beijing, China

The diffusion of energy efficient technologies in Asia was the subject of a seminar held recently in Beijing, China. Sustainable Developments report of this meeting.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


COMMISSION ON WOMEN ADOPTS 10 DECISIONS AND A MINISTERIAL DECLARATION
28 February to 11 March 2005 | UNHQ, New York
The 49th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women closed with the adoption of a Ministerial Declarations and 10 wide-ranging resolutions on improving women’s status, including six new texts. However, it was unable to conclude its session, owing to several roll-call votes on Friday, 11 March. The Commission will meet again on a date to be announced.
 

PARIS MEETING ADOPTS DECLARATION ON AID EFFECTIVENESS
28 February to 2 March 2005 | Paris, France

Ministers of developed and developing countries responsible for promoting development and Heads of multilateral and bilateral development institutions have adopted the Paris Declaration on Aid Harmonization, in which they resolve to take far-reaching and monitorable actions to reform the ways aid is delivered and managed in view of the upcoming UN review of the Millennium Declaration and the MDGs.

IDA REPLENISHMENT NEGOTIATIONS CONCLUDE WITH AGREEMENT TO AUGMENT FUNDS
22 February 2005 | Washington, DC

The conclusion of the recent negotiations on the 14th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) has brought about a 25 percent increase in resources over the IDA13 replenishment. While this represents the largest increase in IDA resources in many years, the amount still falls short of the 30 percent target supported by donors at the Deputies meeting held in December 2004.
 

INTERNATIONAL MEETING OUTLINES ARRANGEMENTS FOR INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM
3-8 March 2005 | Paris, France

The
International Coordination Meeting for the Development of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean (IOTWS) has approved the terms of reference for the system’s intergovernmental coordination group (ICG), and adopted a Communiqué outlining the arrangements for the establishment of the IOTWS.
 

PREPCOM-2 OF WSIS TUNIS PHASE AGREES ON FINANCIAL MECHANISMS, OUTLINES WAY AHEAD
17-25 February 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland
The second preparatory meeting of the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) concluded its work with agreement on financial mechanisms and the way forward.

MEETING ON 2010 BIODIVERSITY CHALLENGE FOCUSES ON BUSINESS IMPACTS
20-21 January 2005 | London, UK

Organized by the CBD Secretariat, the British and Brazilian governments, and various other organizations, the Business and the 2010 Biodiversity Challenge meeting focused attention on companies that have a direct impact of biodiversity.
 

WORKSHOP EXAMINES WAYS TO BUILD ECONOMIC RESILIENCE OF SMALL STATES
7-9 March 2005 | Gozo, Malta

Identifying the economic, social, environmental and governance factors that support economic resilience-building in small States was the focus of a recent workshop in Malta.

MUSCAT DECLARATION URGES STRATEGIC PLANNING FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
6-8 February 2005 | Muscat, Oman
The World Tourism Organization’s Conference on Built Environments for Sustainable Tourism (BEST) has ended with agreement on the need for strategic planning procedures to ensure sustainable tourism.
 

LINKAGES UPDATE


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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

SUPACHAI SET TO HEAD UNCTAD
Current World Trade Organization Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has been nominated to take over the helm at UNCTAD. More.

BUSH NOMINATES NEW EPA ADMINISTRATOR
US President George Bush has nominated a scientist, Stephen Johnson, to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

POLICY EXPERT JOINS UNFF SECRETARIAT
Antonio do Prado has recently joined the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests. More.

STAKEHOLDER FORUM HIRES DEPUTY DIRECTOR
UK-based Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future has a new Deputy Director - Mehjabeen Price. More.

TANDON TAKES OVER AS SOUTH CENTRE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Yash Tandon has been appointed the Executive Director of the South Centre.

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New vacancies

UNDP GEF SEEKS COORDINATOR FOR EUROPE AND CIS REGION: for International Waters, Land Degradation and Integrated Ecosystem Management; Bratislava

UNEP SEEKS CANDIDATE TO HEAD CAPACITY BUILDING AND PARTNERSHIP SECTION: within Division of Early Warning and Assessment; P-5; Nairobi; applications due 26 April 2005

DESA SEEKS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER: in area of energy for sustainable development; P-3; New York; 26 April 2005

IWMI SEEKS DIRECTOR FOR INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR UNDERUTILIZED CROPS PROGRAMME: Colombo, Sri Lanka; 7 April 2005

UNEP CARIBBEAN REGIONAL UNIT SEEKS PROJECT COORDINATOR: for Integrating Watershed and Coastal Areas Management Project; Castries, St. Lucia; 4 April 2005

WORLD FISHERIES TRUST SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; 31 March

ENVIRONMENT LIAISON CENTRE INTERNATIONAL SEEKS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Nairobi; 22 March 2005

PACIFIC COMMUNITY SECRETARIAT SEEKS TWO EDITORS: to cover one or more of the Secretariat’s specialized work programme areas of marine resources, health, socioeconomics, or agriculture; Noumea, New Caledonia; 15 March 2005

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MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable development


COMMISSION FOR AFRICA PROPOSES COHERENT PACKAGE FOR AFRICA

A “coherent package” for lifting Africa out of poverty has been proposed by the Commission for Africa.


IUCN, UNEP TO REVIEW PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT
UNEP and IUCN have agreed to revise their 1995 Framework Agreement.


Biodiversity and wildlife


COUNCIL OF EUROPE ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON GMOS

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution on genetically modified organisms.


IUCN LAUNCHES TSUNAMI TASK FORCE ON PROTECTED AREAS
The IUCN Protected Areas Programme and World Commission on Protected Areas are launching a Tsunami Task Force in order to restore protected areas in affected regions.


Forests, deserts, land

UNCCD LAUNCHES LOGO CONTEST

The UN Convention to Combat Desertification has launched a competition to create the logo for the International Year of Deserts and Desertification.


ACTIVIST’S MURDER SPURS ACTION TO PROTECT AMAZON
The murder of a leading human rights activist in Brazil’s Para state may have the unintended consequence of slowing the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.


Climate and energy

CHINA ADOPTS RENEWABLE ENERGY LAW

China has recently passed a renewable energy law, establishing a 10% renewable energy target for 2020.

KYOTO MECHANISMS HEAT UP; JAPAN COOLS ON LONG TERM PROSPECTS
The use of the Kyoto mechanisms is set to rise dramatically over the next few years. However according to reports some experts seem to have cooled on the prospects for a Kyoto-style treaty beyond 2012.


BUSH, SHRÖDER PURSUE TECHNOLOGY TIES

US President George Bush’s recent trip to Europe has resulted in a joint declaration outlining shared goals on renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction.


Human development


DIGITAL SOLIDARITY FUND TO BE LAUNCHED ON 14 MARCH

14 March will witness the launching of the Digital Solidarity Fund, an initiative proposed by Senegal’s President Wade that seeks to transform the digital divide in “digital opportunities to promote peace, sustainable development, democracy, transparency and good governance.”


UN MARKS INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The United Nations family commemorated International Women’s Day on 8 March with activities around the world ranging from cancer prevention initiatives to rights seminars and education and leadership workshops.
 


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

UNEP, BASEL CONVENTION SIGN MOU ON COASTAL POLLUTION

The UNEP Regional Seas Programme and the Secretariat of the Basel Convention have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to fight coastal pollution.


CONGO RIVER TO “POWER AFRICA OUT OF POVERTY

South Africa’s Eskom Holdings has announced plans to harness the power of the Congo River to generate electricity.

UN-WATER UPDATE

UN-Water is the interagency mechanism that promotes coherence in, and coordination of, UN system actions aimed at the implementation of water-related goals contained in the Millennium Declaration and the JPOI.


UN-OCEANS UPDATE

UN-Oceans is an inter-agency mechanism that seeks to enhance cooperation and coordination among Secretariats of international organizations and UN bodies concerned with ocean-related activities.


GLOBAL MPA DATABASE IN PROGRESS

A project to develop an enhanced database of the world’s marine protected areas is currently in progress.

IRAQ’S WETLANDS SERIOUSLY DAMAGED—REPORT
The first scientific study of Iraq’s Mesopotamian marshes in several decades has revealed widespread ecological damage, while also offering hope that they can still be restored.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable development

MAKING TOURISM WORK FOR SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES

(World Tourism Organization, January 2005) This report summarizes the current status of tourism in SIDS, providing evidence of the importance it has for the sustainable development of many islands and for the achievement of the MDGs. The report addresses key issues that need to be considered by small island nations as they seek to develop and manage tourism in a sustainable manner.


OUTGROWING THE EARTH: THE FOOD SECURITY CHALLENGE IN AN AGE OF FALLING WATER TABLES AND RISING TEMPERATURES
(Earthscan, March 2005) Authored by Lester Brown, this book addresses food security with regards to agricultural and water productivity, energy policies and climate stabilization, and humane population policies that balance food and population needs. The book concludes by examining the need to redefine food security.


THEO AND THE GIANT PLASTIC BALL
(UNEP, December 2004) This children’s book by UNEP’s Youth and Environment Unit tells the tale of Theo, who in his efforts to make a soccer ball with old plastic bags, finds himself inspiring his community to protect their environment.

ACHIEVING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS: RURAL INVESTMENT AND ENABLING POLICY
(IFAD, January 2005) This discussion paper by Jean-Philippe Audinet and Sappho Haralambous argues that poverty and hunger can be halved over the coming decade in countries committed to the MDGs, assuming the political will exists and focused, concerted action is taken. The authors review the rural dimension of poverty and the centrality of pro-poor agricultural growth, and identify areas and approaches for more pro-poor investment.


A ONE STOP PARTICIPATION GUIDE: A HANDBOOK OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT IN SOUTHERN AFRICA
(Calabash Project, February 2005) This handbook contains lessons learned from the Calabash Project’s research into six case studies on environmental assessment and public participation in Southern Africa. Among other aims, the Calabash Project seeks to increase the effectiveness and ability of civil society to participate in environmental decision-making. The handbook examines the process of public participation from the perspective of regulators, industry, practitioners and civil society the key stakeholders of any public participation process.


DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES AND FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY IN AFRICA: AN ASSESSMENT
(IFPRI, December 2004) Authored by Franz Heidhues et al., this discussion paper examines whether the strategies, policies and programmes conceived and implemented by international bodies, regional and subregional groups, and national institutions fit the goal of achieving food and nutrition security. The paper considers how such strategies, policies and programmes were implemented, and why the results have been so variable and, in many cases, unsatisfactory. The authors also identify lessons learned in terms of strategy formulation and implementation, and how these lessons can be used to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

Biodiversity and wildlife

UPDATED WTO WEBSITE ON TRIPS AND BIODIVERSITY

The World Trade Organization’s updated website on the revision of Article 27.3(b) of the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) Agreement includes submissions by Member States on the relationship between the Convention on Biological Diversity and the TRIPS Agreement, protection of traditional knowledge, and disclosure of origin and prior informed consent in patent applications.


SOUTH BULLETIN ISSUE 97/98: “SOUTH BENEFITING FROM ITS BIODIVERSITY”
(South Centre, February 2005) This issue of the South Centre’s bulletin focuses on biodiversity issues. The bulletin contains speeches by France’s President Jacques Chirac on the need to seek a new distribution of biodiversity benefits, and by Malaysia’s Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on how the environment is not served by the North-South divide. The February issue also includes the text of the New Delhi Ministerial Declaration on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Like-minded Megadiverse Countries, and a letter from UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer denying a statement made on his behalf on the incompatibilities of the CBD and the TRIPS agreement.


Climate and energy

ANALYSIS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACTION PROGRAMME OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGIES 2004

(IAP, 2005) This new report contains an analysis of the International Action Programme (IAP) that formed the central outcome of the Renewables Conference held in Bonn in June 2004. The report reflects on the almost 200 actions and commitments outlined by governments, international organizations and other stakeholders at the 2004 event.

EXPLORING THE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT FLOWS AND CDM POTENTIAL
This soon-to-be-published article, which will appear in UNCTAD’s journal Transnational Corporations in April 2005, considers the use of the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM, particularly as it relates to foreign direct investment (FDI). The article suggests that any assumption that CDM financial flows will correlate closely with FDI flows is “simplistic” and may be incorrect. It argues that further research is needed to determine how developing countries can attract CDM investment.

VOLUNTARY APPROACHES IN CLIMATE POLICY
(Edward Elgar Publishing, 2004) Edited by Andrea Baranzini and Philippe Thalmann, this book illustrates how corporate voluntarism can be harnessed to mitigate climatic impacts of business, and assesses the economics of such approaches at the company level and in the context of climate policies. The book also explores the efficiency and effectiveness of voluntary approaches, how they compare and combine with other instruments, how they impact competition and why they get adopted.


TOPICS GEO – ANNUAL REVIEW: NATURAL CATASTROPHES 2004
(Munich Re, February 2005) This publication highlights 2004 as a year marked by “dramatic events as a result of earthquakes and tropical cyclones,” and reports record losses
sustained by the insurance industry. The report describes the December 2004 tsunami disaster and highlights several unusual hurricane events, including one forming off the Brazilian coast – the first detected since observations began. Florida was struck by four hurricanes in just a few weeks, while Japan was hit by a record 10 tropical cyclones.

Forests, deserts, land

CHINA’S WOOD MARKET, TRADE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
(Science Press Inc. USA and WWF, 2004) China is expected to lead the world’s wood market in the near future. The country imports more than half of its timber from countries such as Russia, Malaysia and Indonesia, all of which are experiencing problems with over-harvesting, conversion of natural forests and illegal logging. This WWF report, written by Zhu Chunquan, Rodney Taylor and Feng Guoqiang, reviews the diverse policies that shape China’s forest products market. The authors analyze China’s forest products market and the “ecological footprint” of its industrial wood consumption, and identify policy changes and actions that could reduce the negative impacts of China’s wood products market on the environment.

MEETING THE CHALLENGE: SILVICULTURAL RESEARCH IN A CHANGING WORLD
(IUFRO, 2005) This resource, Volume 15 in the IUFRO World Series, contains e
xtended abstracts from the 14-18 June 2004 conference of the same name. The table of contents and programme of the meeting, as well as information on how to order the complete publication, are available online.

ASSESSING CARBON STOCKS AND MODELING WIN-WIN SCENARIOS OF CARBON SEQUESTRATION THROUGH LAND-USE CHANGES
(FAO, 2004) This text by Raul Ponce-Hernandez, with contributions from Parviz Koohafkan and Jacques Antoine, examines options to address poverty alleviation, food security and sustainable management of natural resources by enhancing land productivity through diversification of agricultural systems, soil fertility management and carbon sequestration in poor rural areas, thereby creating synergies between the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. The publication presents the methodology, models and software tools that were developed and tested in pilot field studies in Cuba and Mexico. The models and tools enable the analysis of land-use change scenarios to identify land-use options and land management practices that would simultaneously maximize food and biomass production, soil carbon sequestration and biodiversity conservation, and minimize land degradation in a given area.
 


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

INTERNATIONAL WATER GOVERNANCE: CONSERVATION OF FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS

(IUCN Environmental Law Centre, 2004) Published under the IUCN Environmental Policy and Law Paper series and edited by Alejandro Iza, the first volume of this publication is a compilation and analysis of international agreements on freshwater ecosystems. The report will be followed by a compilation and analysis of selected national legislation, court decisions and soft law instruments. This volume is designed to provide a better understanding of the existing governance arrangements for the conservation of freshwater ecosystems and to assist in the ongoing review and evolution of such arrangements. It focuses on selected shared river agreements from around the world and other multilateral environmental agreements that might impact on the conservation of freshwater ecosystems.


WATER CONSERVATION-ORIENTED RATES: STRATEGIES TO EXTEND SUPPLY, PROMOTE EQUITY, AND MEET MINIMUM FLOW LEVELS
(American Water Works Association, 2005) Authored by Wang Young-Doo, William James Smith, Jr., and John Byrne, this book highlights how water rates can serve as an effective tool for reducing water use in areas that are faced with drought or shrinking water supplies. The book discusses rate structures that encourage water conservation, including through: drought demand rates, excess use rates or excess surcharges, inclining block rates, and seasonal rates. The book explores: implementation issues; economic issues for the utility and the consumer, especially low-income consumers; advantages and disadvantages; the type of rates suitable for specific customer groups or situations; and real-world utility experiences with conservation rates.


RIVER RESTORATION IN EAST ASIA
(Global Environment Centre, 2005) This publication contains a compilation of proceedings from a three-
day East Asia Regional Seminar on River Restoration held in Kuala Lumpur in January 2003. The seminar brought together representatives from government agencies, research institutions and non-government organizations from eight countries to provide a platform for regional experts and river managers to share their experiences. The proceedings contain a total of 38 papers categorized into four main themes: planning and management of river restoration; techniques and experiences in river restoration; research and development in river restoration; and community participation in river restoration.

UNDERVALUED AND OVERLOOKED: SUSTAINING RURAL LIVELIHOODS THROUGH BETTER GOVERNANCE OF WETLANDS
(WorldFish Center, 2005) The WorldFish Center has launched a new report highlighting three challenges facing wetlands governance: improving interagency coordination; devolving authority to ensure that decisions are more responsive to people’s needs and that conflicts are managed equitably; and instituting better systems for assessing the multiple values of wetlands so that policy decisions reflect the interests of poor people in particular. The report draws on extensive consultations held in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos involving IUCN, Wetlands International, Asian Institute of Technology, Mekong River Commission, government agencies and research institutes.

MAINSTREAMING GENDER IN WATER MANAGEMENT - PRACTICAL JOURNEY TO SUSTAINABILITY: A RESOURCE GUIDE
(UNDP, 2004) As part of its ongoing efforts to support both IWRM and gender mainstreaming strategies, as well as to contribute to more effective IWRM initiatives, UNDP’s Environmentally Sustainable Development Group (ESDG) has prepared this resource guide for mainstreaming gender in IWRM.

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


 
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Change of dates:

RAMSAR COP-9 AFRICA REGIONAL PREPARATORY MEETING:
4 April 2005 - 8 April 2005. Arusha, Tanzania. The Regional Meeting of the African Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention will examine the major issues and concerns that characterize the expansion of the Convention and its work in the region. It will provide an opportunity to share experience and discuss common problems, major achievements, and the need for future actions. For more information contact: Dwight Peck, Ramsar Communications Officer; tel: +41-22-999-0170; fax: +41-22-999-0169; e-mail: peck@ramsar.org; Internet: http://www.ramsar.org/w.n.html

The following are
upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

SECOND INTERNATIONAL COORDINATION MEETING FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INDIAN OCEAN TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM:
14 April 2005 - 16 April 2005. Port Louis, Mauritius. The Second International Coordination Meeting for the Development of an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System will take place in Mauritius from 14-16 April 2005. For more information contact: UNESCO-IOC; tel: +33-1-45-68-39-84; fax: +33-1-45-68-58-12; Internet: http://ioc.unesco.org/indotsunami/

EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT:
8 May 2005 - 13 May 2005. Tarbes, France. This seminar will address the theme “Emerging Trends in Public-Private Partnerships in the Irrigation Sector.” The event is being organized jointly by the French Government and the International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management (INPIM), with support from the World Bank Agricultural and Rural Development Department and the World Bank Institute. For more information contact: J. Raymond Peter, Executive Director, INPIM; tel: +1-202-546-7005; fax: +1-202-318-0215; e-mail: info@inpim.org; Internet: http://www.inpim.org

Biodiversity and wildlife

MEETING OF THE TECHNICAL EXPERT GROUP ON THE REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAMME OF WORK ON FOREST BIODIVERSITY:
14 March 2005 - 16 March 2005. Montreal, Canada. This meeting of the Technical Expert Group on the Review of Implementation of the Programme of Work on Forest Biodiversity is being organized by the CBD Secretariat. 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=TEGFORIS-01

FIRST MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON PROTECTED AREAS:
13 June 2005 - 17 June 2005. Montecatini, Italy. This first meeting of the Working Group on Protected Areas is being organized by the CBD Secretariat. 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=PAWG-01

MEETING ON “AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY: TEN YEARS AFTER”:
6 July 2005 - 10 July 2005. Ravello, Italy. This meeting is being organized by the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research. The event will focus on, inter alia, the impact of agricultural biotechnology on international trade, public acceptance of biotechnology, the impact of science, intellectual property rights, biotechnology and developing countries, and regulation of biotechnology. For more information contact: Vittorio Santaniello; fax: +39-06-72-595-721; e-mail: icabr@economia.uniroma2.it; Internet: http://www.economia.uniroma2.it/conferenze/icabr2005/Default.asp

MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON THE REVIEW OF IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONVENTION:
5 September 2005 - 9 September 2005. Montreal, Canada. This meeting of the Working Group on the Review of Implementation of the Convention is being organized by the CBD Secretariat. 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/

SECOND MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON PROTECTED AREAS:
28 November 2005 - 2 December 2005. Montreal, Canada. This meeting is tentatively scheduled to take place from 28 November to 2 December 2005. The event is being organized by the CBD Secretariat. 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/

FOURTH MEETING OF THE WORKING GROUP ON ARTICLE 8(J) AND ABS-4:
6 March 2006 - 17 March 2006. to be confirmed, Spain. The fourth meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions is scheduled to convene from 6-10 March 2006, in Spain. It will be followed by the fourth meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Access and Benefit Sharing, which will convene from 13-17 March. Exact venue for the two meetings is still to be confirmed. 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/

Climate and energy

CERI 2005 OIL CONFERENCE:
1 May 2005 - 3 May 2005. Kananaskis Village, Alberta, Canada. The Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI) holds its 25th annual Oil Conference in Alberta in early May 2005. The conference will examine what might happen in the coming months and years in the oil market, which has seen some dramatic changes in recent years. The first day will focus on oil prices, global oil demand, geopolitical “hotspots” and OPEC’s capacity and strategy. Subsequent sessions will focus on North America, including markets for Canadian oil. For more information contact: Julie Staple, CERI; tel: +1-403-220-2380; e-mail: jstaple@ceri.ca; Internet: http://www.ceri.ca/Conferences/confeences=oil_conference.asp

WORKSHOP ON OPTIONS FOR INCLUDING LULUCF ACTIVITIES IN A POST-2012 INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE AGREEMENT:
5 May 2005 - 6 May 2005. Graz, Austria. Joanneum Research and a number of other organizations and agencies are hosting this international workshop on options for including land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities in a post-2012 international climate agreement. For more information contact: Neil Bird, Joanneum Research; tel: +43-316-876-1338; fax: +43-316-876-1320; e-mail: neil.bird@joanneum.at; Internet: http://www.joanneum.at/CarboInvent/post2012/workshop.html

Forests, deserts, land

SECOND FESTIVAL OF THE CULTURES AND CIVILIZATIONS OF WORLD DESERTS:
16 April 2005 - 22 April 2005. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This event is being organized by the World Deserts Foundation, the Zayed International Prize for the Environment, the Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing Department and the Dubai Police. The meeting will attempt to: draw the attention of desert people and governments to the ideal model for fast and steady socio-economic development in desert regions; assess sustainable development strategies in desert regions and identify barriers to their implementation; develop a set of recommendations for collaboration between the governments, IGOs, NGOs and the UN agencies in environmental, socio-cultural and economic aspects of sustainable development in desert regions; and develop a Charter for Sustainable Development of Desert Regions. For more information contact: Zayed International Prize for the Environment; tel: +971-4-332-6666; fax: +971-4-332-6777; e-mail: zayedprz@eim.ae; Internet: http://www.zayedprize.org.ae/tacsoftnet/images/brochures/brochures_51.pdf

CONFERENCE ON BIODIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION BIOLOGY IN PLANTATION FORESTS:
26 April 2005 - 29 April 2005. Bordeaux, France. This Conference is organized by IEFC (Institut Européen de la Forêt Cultivée) and INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique), under the auspices of IUFRO, WWF, and the European Forest Institute. For more information contact: Hervé Jactel, INRA; fax: +33-5-5668-0546; e-mail: Herve.Jactel@pierroton.inra.fr; Internet: http://www.pierroton.inra.fr/IEFC/manifestations/IUFROD82005.html

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. Geneva, Switzerland. The Third Part of the UN Conference on the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994, is scheduled for 27 June to 1 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/Meeting.asp?intItemID=3323&lang=1

EUROPE AND NORTH ASIA FOREST LAW ENFORCEMENT AND GOVERNANCE MINISTERIAL MEETING:
November 2005. Russian Federation. This meeting will contribute to the initiation of a Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) process for Europe and North Asia. The exact dates and location of the meeting have yet to be determined. An International Steering Committee for the event is expected to hold a preparatory meeting in June 2005. For more information contact: Nalin Kishor; tel: +1-202-473-8672; fax: +1-202-522-1142; e-mail: nkishor@worldbank.org; Internet: http://lnweb18.worldbank.org/ESSD/ardext.nsf/14ByDocName/ForestGovernanceProgram

Human development

38TH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT:
4 April 2005 - 8 April 2005. UNHQ, New York. The theme for the 2005 CPD session is “Population, Development and HIV/AIDS, with particular emphasis on poverty.” The session will also consider as an additional topic, the contribution of the implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action to the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration. For more information contact: Hania Zlotnik, Director, Population Division; tel: +1-212-963-3185; fax: +1-212-963-2147; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/population/cpd/comm2005.htm

HIGH-LEVEL MEETING TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS ACHIEVED IN REALIZING THE COMMITMENTS SET OUT IN THE DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT ON HIV/AIDS:
2 June 2005. New York, US. This GA High-level meeting will take place on 2 June 2005 at UN headquarters in New York. For more information contact: Office of the President of the General Assembly; tel: +1-212-963-7555; fax: +1-212-963-3301; Internet: http://daccessdds.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/N03/508/68/PDF/N0350868.pdf?OpenElement

WSIS TUNIS PHASE PREPCOM-3:
19 September 2005 - 30 September 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. In accordance with the decision of PrepCom 2, the Group of Friends of the Chair will continue to draft proposals for chapters one on Implementation Mechanisms, and four on The Way Ahead. The final report of the Working Group on Internet Governance will be presented in mid-July. For more information contact: WSIS Contact for Governments; tel: +41-22-730-5511; fax: +41-22-730-6393; e-mail: wsis@itu.int; Internet: http://www.itu.int/wsis/preparatory2/pc3/index.html

Intergovernmental organizations

112TH IPU ASSEMBLY AND RELATED MEETINGS:
3 April 2005 - 8 April 2005. Manila, the Philippines. The 112th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union will address, inter alia, the: global political, economic and social situation with a focus on the impact of domestic and international policies on the situation of women; role of parliaments in establishing innovative international financing and trading mechanisms to address the problem of debt and to achieve the MDGs; and role of parliaments in advocating and enforcing observance of human rights in the strategies for the prevention, management and treatment of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. For more information contact: Carmen R. Arceño, Office of International Relations and Protocol; tel: +632-551-6795; fax: +632-551-2006; Internet: http://www.ipu.org/conf-e/112agnd.htm

NINTH SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL/SEVENTH GLOBAL MINISTERIAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM:
7 February 2006 - 9 February 2006. Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The major agenda items for UNEP GCSS-9/GMEF are energy and environment and chemicals management. For more information contact: Beverly Miller, Secretary for UNEP Governing Council; tel: +254-2-623-431; fax: +254-2-623-929; e-mail: beverly.miller@unep.org; Internet: http://www.unep.org

UNEP GC-24/GMEF:
5 February 2007 - 9 February 2007. Nairobi, Kenya. The 24th session of the UNEPGC/GMEF is scheduled to take place from 5-9 February 2007 in Nairobi. For more information contact: Beverly Miller, Secretary for UNEP Governing Council; tel: +254-2-623-431; fax: +254-2-623-929; e-mail: beverly.miller@unep.org; Internet: http://www.unep.org

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

CONFERENCE ON WATER FOR LIFE – THE UK INPUT:
22 March 2005. London, UK. Marking the official start of the UN “Water for Life” decade, this conference will include sessions on international policy, governance, science, technology and capacity-building. The meeting will seek to promote collaboration and an alignment of effort across government departments, NGOs and other UK institutions in their pursuit of the identified and agreed Millennium Development Goals, and will assist the efforts being made by the UK in support of the water programmes being undertaken within the UN framework. For more information contact: Heather Binney, Royal Geographical Society; tel: +44-20-7591-3005; e-mail: h.binney@rgs.org; Internet: http://www.rgs.org/category.php?Page=mainevents

RAMSAR ASIA REGIONAL MEETING:
13 May 2005 - 16 May 2005. Beijing, China. The Regional Meeting of the Asian Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention will examine the major issues and concerns that characterize the expansion of the Convention and its work in the region, particularly leading up to the ninth Ramsar COP in November 2005. For more information contact: Dwight Peck, Communications Officer, Ramsar Secretariat; tel: +41-22-999-0170; fax: +41-22-999-0169; e-mail: peck@ramsar.org; Internet: http://www.ramsar.org

INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON INTEGRATED WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT AND CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
23 May 2005 - 25 May 2005. Marrakesh, Morocco. This event will allow specialists to present and exchange information about the latest developments in their work on IWRM. Topics will include: tools and technologies applied to the integrated management of water resources; impact of climatic changes, new hydraulic structures and socio-economic development on water resources; and quantitative and qualitative aspects of integrated and sustainable water resources management. For more information contact: Congress Secretariat; tel: +212-44-434-649; fax: +212-44-437-411; e-mail: gire3d@ucam.ac.ma; Internet: http://www.fstg-marrakech.ac.ma/gire3d/anglais/index1.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON REGIONAL COOPERATION ON TRANSBOUNDARY RIVER BASINS:
30 May 2005 - 1 June 2005. Dushanbe, Tajikistan. This conference will seek to strengthen regional cooperation in transboundary river basin management and to establish dialogue among Central Asian States on these issues. Discussions will be held on experiences in different transboundary river basins, and participants will be asked to consider the main events expected to be conducted during the �Water for Life� decade, with the aim of achieving the safe and rational use of transboundary rivers, and sustainable development in different transboundary river basin countries. For more information contact: Rahimov Sulton; tel: +992-372-234-155; fax: +992-372-510-220; e-mail: transwater@tajik.net; Internet: http://www.transwaterconference2005.org/

XII WORLD WATER CONGRESS:
22 November 2005 - 25 November 2005. New Delhi, India. Organized by the International Water Resource Association, the theme of this conference is �Water for sustainable development - towards innovative solutions.� For more information contact: G.N. Mathur, Member Secretary, Adhering Committee of International Water Resources Associa; tel: +91-11-2611-5984; fax: +91-11-2611-6347; e-mail: info@worldwatercongress.org; Internet: http://wc.worldwatercongress.org:5050/index.htm
 

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