LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of international environment and sustainable development news - 30 March 2005

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD


 
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



Kim Hak-Su, ESCAP Executive Secretary, and Kwak Kyul-Ho, Korean Minister of Environment, on the dais at the
Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific


ASIA PACIFIC MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STRESSES ‘GREEN GROWTH’, ADOPTS 2006-2010 IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY
24-29 March 2005 | Seoul, Republic of Korea

Ministers and senior officials from 52 Asian and Pacific countries have recently pledged to alter current patterns of production, consumption and distribution and promote cleaner, environmentally sustainable growth in their efforts to eradicate poverty. IISDRS coverage.
 

MEETING PREPARES FOR ECOSOC 2005 HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT
16-17 March 2005 | UNHQ, New York

A recent meeting held in preparation for the 2005 ECOSOC High-level segment focused on “achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, as well as implementing the outcomes of the major UN Conferences and Summits.” IISDRS coverage.

DESA FORUM DISCUSSES INTEGRATING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL POLICIES
14-15 March 2005 | UNHQ, New York
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently convened a Development Forum to address major issues facing the world economy, as well the economic policy debates that have an important bearing on development prospects and the realization of the MDGs. IISDRS coverage.
 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FORUM FOCUSES ON PARTNERSHIPS
21-23 March 2005 | Marrakesh, Morocco

Advancing sustainable development implementation through strengthening and fostering water- and energy-related partnerships was the focus of discussions at the
Second International Forum on Partnerships for Sustainable Development. IISDRS coverage.
 

FAO FORESTRY MEETINGS CONSIDER FIRE MANAGEMENT, TSUNAMI DAMAGE, MDGS
14-19 March 2005 | Rome, Italy

Forest fire management, responses to the December 2004 tsunami and the MDGs were some of the issues discussed by delegates meeting in mid-March at the 17th session of the FAO’s Committee on Forestry. IISDRS coverage.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS


ILO GOVERNING BODY UNDERSCORES DECENT WORK IN FAIR GLOBALIZATION, CONDEMNS FORCED LABOR, EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER VIOLATION OF CIVIL AND UNION RIGHTS
3-24 March 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland
The 292nd session of the International Labour Organization concluded with calls for an inclusive and equitable globalization ensuring decent work. In discussions on follow-up by the ILO to the February 2004 report of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, the Governing Body noted that its Working Party on this topic had reached a clear and strong consensus on the promotion of decent work as a global goal as the ILO’s distinctive contribution to a fair globalization. The session also condemned Myanmar’s actions with regard to forced labor and expressed concern over the incursion of civil and trade union rights in Nepal, Guatemala, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.
 

G8 MINISTERS TARGET CLIMATE CHANGE, FORESTRY
17-18 March 2005 | Derbyshire, UK

The Environment and Development Ministers of the G8 countries were recently brought together for the first time. Together with the European Commissioners responsible for environment and development, the EU Presidency, and senior officials from the United Nations, World Bank and IUCN, the G8 Ministers addressed illegal logging and the impact of climate change on African development.

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE IDENTIFIES ACTIONS FOR LOWER CARBON ENERGY SYSTEMS
15-16 March 2005 | London, UK

The first ever Energy and Environment Ministerial Roundtable was held recently in London. Jointly hosted by the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry, the Roundtable brought together Ministers from 20 countries to discuss the challenge of creating lower carbon energy systems to combat climate change over the next 50 years.
 

EU COUNCIL ADOPTS RECOMMENDATIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND MILLENNIUM SUMMIT REVIEW
22-23 March 2005 | Brussels

The Council of the European Union met recently to address a number of issues including the: Mid-term review of the Lisbon Strategy; Sustainable development; Climate change; and Preparations for the UN Summit in September 2005.
 

ROTTERDAM CONVENTION’S CHEMICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE CONVENES
FIRST SESSION

11-18 February 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland

The Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention has met for its first session. The session addressed working procedures for the CRC, including drafting Decision Guidance Documents and preparing proposals, as well as policy guidance.

FAO FISHERIES COMMITTEE MEETS; MINISTERS ADOPT DECLARATIONS
7-11 March 2005 | Rome, Italy

The FAO Fisheries Committee recently discussed a variety of issues, including progress in implementing the code of conduct for responsible fisheries and related international plans of action, deep sea fisheries, marine protected areas, fisheries subsidies, and a strategic framework for human capacity development in fisheries. Following the Committee meeting, ministers and high-level officials met to discuss tsunami-relief, as well as how to deepen cooperation in combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
 

HIGH SEAS TASK FORCE HOLDS FIRST SUBSTANTIVE SESSION
9 March 2005 | Paris, France

The first substantive meeting of the High Seas Task Force has taken place, with members discussing how to make progress in six priority areas: monitoring, control, and surveillance; developing a global register of high seas fishing vessels; preparing guidelines on the performance of flag States regarding high seas fishing vessels; strengthening in-port measures and control over nationals; analyzing trade-related measures; and RFMO-based initiatives and governance issues.

 

TRIPS COUNCIL DISCUSSES BENEFIT-SHARING
8-9 March 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland
The World Trade Organization’s Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) has resumed its discussions on the relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

CARTAGENA PROTOCOL COMPLIANCE COMMITTEE HOLDS FIRST MEETING
14-16 March 2005 | Montreal, Canada

The 15-member Compliance Committee established under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety has held its first meeting, approving its rules of procedure and a work plan, and agreeing that its second meeting would take place in early 2006.
 

BIOTECHNOLOGY DISCUSSIONS HELD
7-13 March 2005 | Chennai, India
Two interdisciplinary dialogues on biotechnology have taken place in Chennai. The first, held from 7-10 March, focused on biotechnology and organic farming. The second, held from 11-13 March, examined nanobiotechnology and its implications on food, health and nutrition security.
 

NRG4SD CONVENES FIRST GENERAL ASSEMBLY, ADOPTS STRATEGY PLAN
10-12 March 2005 | Lake Toba, Indonesia

A network of regional governments committed to sustainable development has convened its first General Assembly, adopting among other decisions its strategy plan for 2005-2011.

2005 REVIEW


SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN’S REPORT CALLS ON LEADERS TO REACH A NEW GLOBAL DEAL TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES OF DEVELOPMENT, SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS, AND TO OVERHAUL THE UNITED NATIONS
Released at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on 21 March 2005, the Secretary-General’s report entitled “In larger freedom: Towards development, security and human rights for all,” is expected to provide the basis for discussion and decisions during the High-Level Plenary meeting of the General Assembly’s 60th session from 14-16 September 2005. According to the Secretary-General, the high level plenary meeting “will be a unique opportunity for the world’s leaders to consider a broad range of issues and make decisions that will improve the lives of people around the world significantly.” Details.
 

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.


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

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments


WORLD WATER COUNCIL BOARD OF GOVERNORS ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT
Loïc Fauchon (France) was elected the President of the World Water Council by the Council’s Board of Governors on 19 March. Fauchon, who was previously Vice-president of the World Water Council, succeeds William Cosgrove (Canada), who left the Council in January for a position with the government of Quebec.


Click here for more information on these appointments and departures

Vacancies

UNEP SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY IMPLEMENTATION DIVISION DIRECTOR: UNEP has an opening for the position of Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation. This D-2 position is based in Nairobi and applications are due on 14 May 2005.

DESA SEEKS CHIEF OF BRANCH: The Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination is looking to hire a Chief to supervise and oversee the work of the ECOSOC and Interorganizational Cooperation Branch. The deadline for applications to this New York-based, D-1 position is 9 May 2005.

FAO SEEKS SENIOR FISHERY INDUSTRY OFFICER: FAO is looking for a senior fishery industry officer for fishing operations to provide specialist technical advice and assistance on a global basis in the fields of fishing operations and management and to respond to current needs for implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries. This is a P-5 position based in Rome, Italy. Applications are due by 9 May 2005.

FAO ANNOUNCES FISHERY PLANNING VACANCY: FAO has a vacancy for a fishery planning officer to work on issues relating to fisheries governance, management and development. This is a P-4 position based in Rome, Italy. Applications are due by 21 April 2005.

IMO SEEKS MARINE ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION OFFICER: The International Maritime Organization is looking for a Marine Environment Protection Officer for its Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea (REMPEC). This is a P-4 position based in Malta. The deadline for applications is 15 April 2005.

CDM BOARD SEEKS EXPERTS: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board is seeking experts for its Methodologies Panel and its Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group. The deadline for applications is 11 April 2005.

UN CLIMATE SECRETARIAT SEEKS IMPLEMENTATION COORDINATOR: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is seeking a Coordinator for its Implementation Programme. This is a D-2 posting based in Bonn, Germany. Applications are due by 7 April 2005.

WWF INTERNATIONAL SEEKS DIRECTOR GENERAL: WWF, the global conservation organization, is seeking a Director General to lead the WWF International network towards achieving its conservation mission and goals. Applications for this top position, which is based at WWF International, in Gland, Switzerland, are due on 31 March 2005.

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complete postings on appointments, departures and vacancies.
 

MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable development


MAATHAI ELECTED TO HEAD NEW AU ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL COUNCIL

2004 Nobel Peace laureate Wangari Maathai was elected first president of the African Union’s interim general assembly of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council on 28 March.

SIX CANDIDATES UNDER CONSIDERATION FOR TOP UN DEVELOPMENT POST
Six candidates have been named in the race to become the new head of UNDP.


Human development


CHILE AND WHO LAUNCH NEW COMMISSION ON SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH

President Ricardo Lagos Escobar of Chile and World Health Organization Director-General Lee Jong-wook have recently launched a global commission to champion action on the social causes behind ill-health.

Chemicals management


IFCS “THOUGHT-STARTER” ON SAICM RELEASED, COMMENTS INVITED

The Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety (IFCS) has released a “Thought-Starter” document on International Aspects of Chemicals Management Post-SAICM – Tracking Progress, Promoting Implementation, and Follow-Up.


Trade, finance, investment


WOLFOWITZ NOMINATED FOR WORLD BANK TOP JOB

United States President George W. Bush has nominated Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz to replace James Wolfensohn as head of the World Bank.


PROGRESS REPORTED FROM DOHA TRADE TALKS
Progress has been reported from recent discussions to advance the Doha Round of trade negotiations.


Intergovernmental organizations


MEDITERRANEAN FISHERIES COMMISSION TO BE HEADQUARTERED IN ROME

The FAO’s General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) announced that Rome, Italy, will be the site of its new headquarters.
 


Biodiversity and wildlife


MILLENNIUM ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT LAUNCHES REPORTS

The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment began releasing its findings and reports on 30 March 2005.


EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE REVOKES NEEM PATENT
In what is considered to be an historic judgment against biopiracy, the European Patent Office has upheld a decision to revoke in its entirety a patent on a fungicidal product derived from seeds of the Neem, a tree indigenous to the Indian subcontinent.


REPORT RANKS ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF REGIONAL FISHERIES ORGANIZATIONS
A new report has been released that ranks the environmental performance of the world’s 19 intergovernmental regional fisheries management organizations.


WHALING MORATORIUM MAY END SOON, SAYS OFFICIAL
The international moratorium on commercial whaling may be about to end due to pressure from pro-whaling nations, according to a New Zealand official.


GM CONTROVERSY CONTINUES AS BRAZIL LIFTS BAN, EUROPE DEBATES NEW REPORT
The use of genetically-modified crops continues to cause controversy, with Brazil opening the way to their use, a new report being released in Europe, and international talks taking place in Canada.


NEW METHOD USED TO ASSESS PROGRESS ON 2010 TARGET
A new method to assess how much human actions are affecting the natural world could help in determining progress on the 2010 target of significantly reducing biodiversity loss.

PROTECTED AREAS AT RISK IN ALASKA, AFRICA—REPORTS
Protected areas are at risk from drilling in Alaska, while in Africa they are under threat due to lack of funding. Meanwhile, some US$300 million is required annually to manage and protect Africa’s 1,200 protected areas, many of which are currently under threat because of inadequate resources and government policing.


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts

WORLD WATER DAY CELEBRATED

World Water Day 2005 was celebrated on 22 March under the theme “Water for Life.” The day also marked the start of the UN Water for Life Decade, which aims to highlight the central role water plays in sustaining human life, particularly its critical role in maintaining human well-being, environmental health, biodiversity, energy generation, industrial development, and food production.


NEW WATER MANAGEMENT PROJECT FOR NILE BASIN COUNTRIES
The ten countries within the Nile River basin are set to benefit from better access to information on the availability, use and development potential of the Nile resources they share under a new project to improve water management in the region.


Climate and atmosphere


RELIGIOUS GROUPS RALLY ROUND CLIMATE AGENDA

Religious groups in the US have expressed their support for action to combat global warming. In other news from the United States, six major oil and gas companies have agreed to disclose their financial exposure from climate change and to take action to limit such risks, following pressure from shareholders. Meanwhile, the US Senate has voted to allow drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge area—a decision widely viewed as a serious setback for environmentalists.

WORLD METEOROLOGICAL DAY HIGHLIGHTS ROLE OF METEOROLOGICAL AND HYDROLOGICAL SERVICES IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Celebrated on 23 March, World Meteorological Day underscored the vital links between weather, climate, water and sustainable development and stressed the role of meteorology and hydrology in human progress, sustainable development, environmental protection and poverty alleviation.


Forests


US SAID TO OPPOSE UK RAINFOREST PROTECTION PLAN

A British plan to use its G8 presidency to push the rich member countries to commit to halting illegal rainforest logging faces US opposition, according to news reports.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


2005 REVIEW

KEY MEETINGS/OUTCOMES LEADING INTO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S
HIGH-LEVEL PLENARY ON THE REVIEW OF THE MILLENNIUM DECLARATION

IISD has produced this calendar of meetings listing the key 2005 events leading up to the 2005 Millennium Review Summit. This document also provides resource links, including links to outcomes of meetings that have taken place.

Sustainable development

USER-FRIENDLY MATRIX OF THE CHAIR’S IPM SUMMARY

(DSD, 2005) This matrix was designed to assist those attending the 13th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in April 2005. The 16-page table identifies “Policy Options” and “Practical Measures (what/how)” that are included in the Chair’s Summary from the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting, along with “Examples” and “Key implementation actors (+partners)” related to each policy option.

FOLLOWING UP THE WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMITMENTS ON CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: OPTIONS FOR ACTION BY GOVERNMENTS
(Chatham House/RIIA, February 2005) The objectives of this report, authored by Fanny Calder and Malaika Culverwell, are to identify a wide range of policy options that governments could adopt in following up the WSSD Corporate Social Responsibility commitments at the international level and to assess the viability and potential effectiveness of each. The analysis in this report is based on consultations with key stakeholders.

2005 ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY INDEX (ESI): BENCHMARKING NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
(Yale Centre for Environmental Law and Policy, January 2005) The 2005 Environmental Sustainability Index was formally released in Davos, Switzerland, at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. It establishes indicators that allow for a comparison across the following five components of sustainability: Environmental Systems; Environmental Stresses; Human Vulnerability to Environmental Stresses; Societal Capacity to Respond to Environmental Challenges; and Global Stewardship.

IMPLICATIONS OF A UNEO FOR THE GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE SYSTEM
(Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations, December 2004) This “think piece” by Richard G. Tarasofsky and Alison L. Hoare of Chatham House/RIIA presents some of the implications for the international architecture of a new UN Environment Organization (UNEO) and evaluates whether such an organization would lead to an improvement in the status quo.

TRANSFORMING THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME (UNEP) INTO A UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT ORGANISATION (UNEO)
The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has created a website on transforming UNEP into a UN Environment Organization (UNEO), a French position announced by President Chirac to the UN General Assembly in September 2003. The site includes information on: the concept of an UNEO, an informal intergovernmental working groups launched in 2004, and studies on global environmental governance. The site states that the aim of France’s foreign policy is to get the issue on the United Nations’ agenda.


Climate and atmosphere


THE BUSINESS OF CLIMATE CHANGE—CORPORATE RESPONSES TO KYOTO

Greenleaf, March 2005) This book analyzes corporate responses to the climate change issue. The book describes and examines various recent business approaches in order to identify effective strategies and “promote the dissemination of proactive corporate practices on climate change worldwide.” It considers the factors that cause companies to pursue strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and support the Kyoto Protocol process. The book includes contributions from numerous climate and business experts, and was edited by Kathryn Begg, Frans van der Woerd, and David Levy.

QUO VADIS, KYOTO? PITFALLS AND OPPORTUNITIES
(Oxford, March 2005) This short opinion piece by Benito Müller was presented during a civil society event held alongside the G8 environment and development ministers meeting in March 2005. The piece considers the “opportunities and pitfalls of the upcoming post-2012 multilateral climate change negotiations.” The report warns of the dangers of moving away from a mandatory emissions cap regime of the type set out under the Kyoto Protocol. Rather than abandoning this approach after 2012, as officials from the UK and elsewhere have apparently mooted in recent months, Müller recommends that the UK and other EU member States establish a post-Kyoto system that allows sub-national entities, such as US states and companies, to join such a treaty. Joint technology initiatives with the current US administration should be entered into as a complement to, but not as a replacement for, a Kyoto-style treaty, he argues. With regards to engaging developing countries, Müller suggests that the developed world should start by fulfilling their pledges to support various funds agreed under the UNFCCC.


Biodiversity and wildlife


PROTECTING AND PROMOTING TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE: SYSTEMS, NATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND INTERNATIONAL DIMENSIONS

(UNCTAD, 2004) Edited by S. Twarog and P. Kapoor, this book consists of a collection of papers emanating from an expert meeting held in October 2000. Papers address: the role of traditional knowledge in healthcare and agriculture; national actions, regional initiatives and international dimensions of traditional knowledge protection; and harnessing traditional knowledge for development. The book takes a broad view of the subject, addressing issues ranging from the importance of traditional knowledge for communities, countries and the global economy to means of preserving and protecting it as well as harnessing its potential for development and ensuring equitable distribution of economic benefits derived from traditional knowledge.

AFRICAN POLICY DIALOGUES ON BIOTECHNOLOGY – REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS
(IFPRI, 2005) The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has made available the report of the second session of the African Policy Dialogues on Biotechnology, held in September 2004 in Harare, Zimbabwe, the Statement of commitments adopted in September 2004, as well as a series of background papers. These papers cover a range of issues, including “governing biotechnology in Africa: toward consensus on key issues in biosafety” and “agricultural biotechnology, politics, ethics and policy.”


Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts


THE STATE OF WORLD FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE 2004
(FAO, 2004) According to this publication, seven of the top 10 marine fish species are fully exploited or overexploited, and serious biological and economic drawbacks are likely if fishing capacity for these stocks is further increased. The report indicated that 52% of the world’s marine stocks are fully exploited, which means they are being fished at their maximum biological productivity. Increased fishing of these stocks would not produce any additional sustainable harvests and would reduce reproduction to dangerously low levels. Another 16% are considered over-exploited, and 7% are depleted. Regions with fish stocks in greatest need of recovery include the Northeast Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea, followed by the Northwest Atlantic, the Southeast Atlantic, the Southeast Pacific and the Southern Ocean.

In addition to providing a world review of fisheries and aquaculture, the report also addresses the following issues: capture-based aquaculture; fishing sector labor standards; fisheries management and CITES; trade implications of fish species and fish product identification; depleted stocks recovery; and governance and management of deep-water fisheries. The report further highlights special studies on: the seaweed industry; aquaculture production forecasts to 2030; impacts of trawling on benthic systems; measurement of fishing capacity; re-estimating discards; fisheries subsidies; and African freshwater small-scale fisheries.


UNEP GLOBAL WATER QUALITY DATA AND STATISTICS DATABASE
UNEP through its GEMS/Water Programme, has launched a new online searchable database of global water quality data and statistics. The data found on the site aims to strengthen the scientific basis for global and regional water assessments, indicators and early warning.


“FINANCING WATER FOR ALL” WEBSITE
The World Water Council and the Global Water Partnership has launched a joint website to provide information on the follow-up activities that have been initiated since the publication of “Financing Water for All,” the report of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure. The website features case studies of innovative ways to finance investments for water infrastructure, thus allowing users to take note of actions and experiences in this area since the original report was released.

Forests, deserts, land

STATE OF THE WORLD’S FORESTS 2005

(FAO, 2005) This report was presented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization at the March 2005 session of the FAO Committee on Forestry to about 100 heads of national forestry agencies. The 2005 version of this biennial publication has as its theme, “realizing the economic benefits from forests.” The report includes contributions on: enhancing the economic benefits from forests; economic benefits from agroforestry; the economics of wood energy; impacts of tariffs and non-tariff measures on forest products trade; and violent conflicts in forested areas.

WEBSITE ON FOREST INVASIVE SPECIES FOR AFRICA
(FAO, March 2005) This website, which was launched on 24 March 2005, will enable African countries to share information on outbreaks of invasive pest species and woody species, and on ways to tackle them. The site was created by African specialists at the initiative of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Africa (FISNA), and is hosted by FAO.
 

NEW UPCOMING MEETINGS


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Change of dates:

ITTC-38:
19 June 2005 - 22 June 2005. Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The 38th Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees will convene in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo in June 2005. Participants will take part in site visits and Council sessions on 19 June; 20 and 21 June will comprise all-day Council sessions; and the 22nd will host a special event on the Congo Basin Partnership. For more information contact: Manoel Sobral Filho, Executive Director, ITTO; tel: +81-45-223-1110; fax: +81-45-223-1111; e-mail: itto@itto.or.jp; Internet: http://www.itto.or.jp/live/PageDisplayHandler?pageId=189

The following are
upcoming meetings recently added to Linkages website:

Sustainable development

BRIEFING ON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A CONTRADICTION?:
5 April 2005. New York, US. This briefing for the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, which is open to all, is being organized by the Division for Social Policy and Development, DESA, and the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development. It will take place at UN headquarters in Conference Room 7 from 1:15-2:45 pm. For more information contact: Roma Stibravy, Chair of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development; tel: +1-212-703-5069

CALABASH PILOT TRAINING COURSE ON EIA/PP:
24 May 2005 - 25 May 2005. Windhoek, Namibia. A training course on civil society participation in environmental impact assessment will take place from 24-25 May 2005 in Windhoek. For more information contact: Peter Croal, Program Manager, Calabash; tel: +264-61-220-579; fax: +264-61-279-897; e-mail: Peter.croal@saiea.com; Internet: http://www.saiea.com

SECOND INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION UNDER THE MARRAKECH PROCESS:
Costa Rica. The dates and city for this second international meeting under the Marrakech Process on the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production are yet to be confirmed. For more information contact: Alejandro Carpio, UN DESA; tel: +49-531-2343; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sdissues/consumption/Marrakech/conprod10Y2ndafr.htm

58TH ANNUAL DPI/NGO CONFERENCE:
7 September 2005 - 9 September 2005. New York, US. Scheduled for 7-9 September 2005, in New York, this conference will focus on the review of the Millennium Declaration, the MDGs and United Nations reform. For more information contact: DPI NGO Section; tel: +1-212-963-6842; fax: +1-212-963-6914; e-mail: dpingo@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/

GLOBAL DAY FOR MOBILIZATION:
10 September 2005. Worldwide. Organized by the Global Call to Action against Poverty, the Global Day for Mobilization seeks to pressure world leaders to tackle the causes of poverty, and meet the MDGs. For more information contact: GCAP; e-mail: info@whiteband.org; Internet: http://www.whiteband.org/

Biodiversity and wildlife


FAO E-MAIL CONFERENCE ON BIOTECHNOLOGY AND CHARACTERIZATION/CONSERVATION OF GENETIC RESOURCES:
30 May 2005 - 26 June 2005. E-mail conference. The FAO Biotechnology Forum is devoting its next e-mail conference to the role that biotechnology can play in the characterization and conservation of crop, animal, forestry and fishery genetic resources in developing countries. This will be the 13th conference hosted by the Forum since it was launched in 2000. The conference is open to all, is free and will be moderated. All e-mail messages posted during the conference will also be placed on the Forum website. For more information contact: e-mail: biotech-mod1@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/biotech/conf13.htm

Climate and atmosphere


24TH SESSION OF THE IPCC AND WGIII MEETING:
22 September 2005 - 28 September 2005. Montreal, Canada. The 8th session of IPCC WG III will meet from 22-24 September, and will be followed by the meeting of the 24th Session of the IPCC, which will take place from 26-28 September. For more information contact: IPCC Secretariat C/O World Meteorological Organization; tel: +41-22-730-8208; fax: +41-22-730-8025; e-mail: IPCC-Sec@wmo.int; Internet: http://www.ipcc.ch/calendar.htm

Human development


61ST SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS:
14 March 2005 - 22 April 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. The 61st session of the UN Commission on Human Rights will take place from 14 March to 22 April 2005 in Geneva. For more information contact: Laura Dolci-Kanaan, OHCHR; tel: +41-22-917-9656; fax: +41-22-917-9004; e-mail: ldolci-kanaan@ohchr.org; Internet: http://www.ohchr.org/english/bodies/chr/

PAN ARAB CONFERENCE ON WSIS- PHASE II - TOWARDS WSIS II - AN ARAB REGIONAL DIALOGUE:
8 May 2005 - 10 May 2005. Cairo, Egypt. This conference will be held under the auspices of the League of Arab States, in coordination with the International Telecommunication Union and the WSIS Executive Secretariat. Organized and hosted by Egypt’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the conference is expected to produce an updated version of the Pan Arab Regional Plan of Action. For more information contact: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Egypt; e-mail: mayconf@mcit.gov.eg; Internet: http://www.wsis-egypt.gov.eg/

58TH SESSION OF THE WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY:
16 May 2005 - 25 May 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. This session of the World Health Assembly will take place from 16-25 May 2005 in Geneva. For more information contact: General enquiries; tel: +41-22-791-2222; e-mail: mediainquiries@who.int; Internet: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2005/wha58/en/index.html

93RD SESSION OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR CONFERENCE:
31 May 2005 - 16 June 2005. Geneva, Switzerland. This session of the ILO general conference will take place from 31 May to 16 June 2005 in Geneva. For more information contact: Official Relations Branch; tel: +41-22-799-7732; fax: +41-22-799-8944; e-mail: RELOFF@ilo.org; Internet: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/relm/ilc/ilc93/reports.htm

REGIONAL WSIS PREPARATORY MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE FOR LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: ON THE WAY TO TUNIS:
8 June 2005 - 10 June 2005. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This regional preparatory conference for the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society will take place from 8-10 June 2005 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For more information contact: Organizing Committee; e-mail: secretariado@riocmsi.net; Internet: http://www.riocmsi.net/home_en.htm

GLOBAL CONFERENCE - FROM REACTION TO PREVENTION: CIVIL SOCIETY FORGING PARTNERSHIPS TO PREVENT VIOLENT CONFLICT AND BUILD PEACE:
19 July 2005 - 21 July 2005. New York, US. Convening from 19-21 July 2005, in New York, this meeting seeks to advance a global and regional policy paradigm shift from reaction to prevention of conflict. For more information contact: International Secretariat, European Centre for Conflict Prevention; tel: +31-30-242-7777; fax: +31-30-236-9268; e-mail: info@conflict-prevention.net; Internet: http://www.gppac.net/

UN bodies and Intergovernmental organizations


RESUMED ECOSOC ORGANIZATIONAL SESSION:
27 April 2005 - 28 April 2005. UNHQ, New York. The resumed ECOSOC Organizational Session will take place from 27-28 April 2005, at UN headquarters in New York. 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/meetings2005.html

23RD MINISTERIAL SESSION OF ESCWA:
9 May 2005 - 12 May 2005. Damascus, Syria. The 23rd session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia will meet from 9-12 May 2005 in Damascus. For more information contact: ESCWA; tel: +961-1-981-301; fax: +961-1-981-510; e-mail: webmaster-escwa@un.org; Internet: http://www.escwa.org.lb/index.html

61ST SESSION OF ESCAP:
12 May 2005 - 18 May 2005. Bangkok, Thailand. The 61st session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific will take place from 12-18 May 2005 at ESCAP headquarters in Bangkok. For more information contact: ESCAP; tel: +66-2-288-1234; fax: +66-2-288-1000; e-mail: unescap@unescap.org; Internet: http://www.unescap.org/61/index.asp

ANNUAL SESSION OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARDS OF UNDP AND UNFPA:
13 June 2005 - 24 June 2005. New YorkThe annual session of the UNDP/UNFPA Executive Boards will meet from 13-24 June in New York and the second regular session of the Executive Boards will take place from 6-9 September 2005. For more information contact: Rekha Thap, Director, Executive Board Secretariat and Secretary, UNDP/UNFPA Executive Boar; tel: +1-212-906-5576; fax: +1-212-906-5634; Internet: http://www.unfpa.org/exbrd/2005/firstsession/dp-2005-crp-1.pdf

G8 GLENEAGLES 2005 SUMMIT:
6 July 2005 - 8 July 2005. Gleneagles, Perthshire, Scotland. The 2005 G8 Summit will convene from 6-8 July at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland. Under the UK Presidency, the G8's deliberations will focus on Africa and climate change among other topics. For more information contact: British Prime Minister's Office; fax: +44-20-7925-0918; e-mail: http://www.number-10.gov.uk/output/Page821.asp; Internet: http://www.g8.gov.uk/

Trade, finance, investment


G8 FINANCE MINISTERS:
10 June 2005 - 11 June 2005. London, UK. The pre-summit meeting of the G8 Finance Ministers will take place from 10-11 June 2005 in London. For more information contact: Internet: http://www.g8.gov.uk

Water, wetlands, oceans, coasts


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WATER: VALUES AND RIGHTS:
2 May 2005 - 4 May 2005. Ramallah, Palestinian Authority. This conference will provide an international forum to consider key issues related to water rights, the adequate distribution of water (including the application of water science and technology), and sustainable provision of sanitation services. Topics on the agenda include: water resource management; wastewater treatment; international water law and rights; developmental and strategic planning; socioeconomic impacts; and water and wastewater technology. For more information contact: Palestine Academy for Science and Technology and Palestinian Water Authority; e-mail: conference@palestineacademy.org; Internet: http://www.palestineacademy.org/wconf/

15TH MEETING OF THE STATES PARTIES TO UNCLOS:
16 June 2005 - 24 June 2005. UNHQ, New York. This Meeting of the States Parties to UNCLOS will meet from 16-24 June 2005. For more information contact: Secretary of the Meeting of States Parties, DOALOS; tel: +1-212-963-3972; fax: +1-212-963-5847; e-mail: doalos@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/Depts/los/meeting_states_parties/fifteenthmeetingtatesparties.htm
 

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