ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 POPs COP-1: 2-6 May, Punta del Este, Uruguay
 CRIC-3: 2-11 May, Bonn, Germany
 GFSE-5: 11-13 May 2005, Vienna, Austria
 World Agricultural Forum 2005: 16-18 May 2005, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

 
THIRTEENTH SESSION OF COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT CONCLUDES; RECOMMENDS POLICY OPTIONS, FOLLOW-UP ON KEY THEMES
11-22 April 2005 | UN Headquarters, New York

After prolonged late night negotiations, the thirteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development has finally ended, with delegates recommending a range of policy options and follow-up decisions on water, sanitation and human settlements. CSD-13’s recommendations should be transmitted to the UN General Assembly’s High-level Plenary Meeting—also known as the “Millennium Review Session”—taking place in September 2005. CSD-13 also included a high-level segment for ministers, a Partnerships Fair, Learning Center and side events. IISDRS coverage.
 


CSD-13 Chair John Ashe

 

UN-HABITAT COUNCIL COMPLETES HEAVY WORKLOAD
4-8 April 2005 | Nairobi, Kenya

The Governing Council of UN-HABITAT has completed a heavy workload at its latest session, adopting decisions on issues ranging from the UN Millennium Declaration to its budget. IISDRS coverage.
 

PETRÓPOLIS WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS OPPORTUNITIES FOR FOREST LANDSCAPE RESTORATION
4-8 April 2005 | Petrópolis, Brazil
A workshop has taken place in Petrópolis, Brazil to discuss ways to increase understanding of good practices and opportunities in Forest Landscape Restoration activities. IISDRS coverage.
 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable Development
  Task force tackles ICT’s role in education, MDGs
  Earth Day celebrated

  WIPO considers development goals

  EU looks to increase foreign aid


Chemicals Management
  Norway proposes penta-BDE for Stockholm Convention
  International POPs elimination project website launched

  UN names Sheila Watt-Cloutier “Champion of the Earth”


Biodiversity and Wildlife
  CITES raises concerns over decline in Indian tiger numbers
  Illegal GM corn results in U.S penalties, EU controls

  CBD expert group ends without agreement on identification requirements of living modified organisms

  Canadian seal hunt sparks protests 

  Mining in biodiverse areas brings hope, protests


Climate and Atmosphere
  Project reveals developing countries’ solar, wind potential
  Australian conference questions climate science, post-Kyoto period

  EU, Japan to strengthen climate research links

  UK needs climate change minister–panel

  Canada announces auto industry emissions agreement

  U.S. states push EPA on climate change

  Pressure grows to cut U.S. power plant pollution
  Monsoons predicted for Pacific Northwest


Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  European companies call for legislation on illegally-sourced timber
  Talks end in pledges to press governments on illegal logging


Human Development
  Commission on Population and Development highlights issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS
  Experts, activists mark World Health Day

  Media companies join anti-AIDS campaign


Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  World Bank, IMF urge action on poverty
  Cairns group urges agriculture trade reform

  WTO head calls for “substantial progress” by July

  Environmental laws threatened by trade talks, claims lobby group
 


Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  FAO adopts eco-labeling guidelines for marine fisheries
  Indian organization wins 2005 Stockholm Water Prize

  Latin American and Caribbean water prizes launched

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.


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Upcoming meetings
Media reports
Key publications, online resources
Comings and goings

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COMINGS AND GOINGS


Appointments

CLINTON APPOINTED UN SPECIAL ENVOY FOR TSUNAMI RECOVERY
Bill Clinton has been named as UN special envoy for tsunami recovery. The former U.S. President will liaise with government, humanitarian and development agencies, and other institutions to support the transition from emergency relief to recovery.

 

NEW CEO JOINS UK ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has a new Chief Executive, Professor Alan Thorpe. A weather and climate expert, Thorpe was director of the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre for climate prediction and research from 1999-2001, and has recently been at Reading University.


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Vacancies

UNEP seeks environmental policy implementation division director

UNEP RSCAP seeks programme officer

IUCN seeks project manager for Pangani Basin

CCD seeks associate information officer

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complete postings on appointments, departures and vacancies.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable Development
  Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report
  Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion - Programming Guidance

  2004 Top News on the Environment in Asia

  The Environmentally Sustainable City

  Report of the Informal Meeting on Interoperability among the Three Rio and Other Environmental Conventions


Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  African Water Laws: Plural Legislative Frameworks for Rural Water Management in Africa

  Review of the State of World Marine Fishery Resources

  Getting to the Boiling Point


 


Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Third Edition of the CBD Handbook
  Handbook of the CBD Financial Mechanism

  A Guiding Frame for Mainstreaming Biodiversity and Development Into National Adaptation Programmes of Action

  An Introduction to the Biosafety Consensus Documents of OECD’s Working Group for Harmonisation in Biotechnology

  CGIAR Guidelines on Unintentional Presence of GMOs in Genebanks

  SciDev.net Focus Area on Traditional Medicine

  Questions and Answers on the Regulation of GMOs in the EU

  The Precautionary Principle in Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management: An Issues Paper for Policy-Makers, Researchers and Practitioners
 


Climate and Atmosphere
  Safeguarding the Ozone Layer and the Global Climate System: Issues Related to Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and Perfluorocarbons (PFCs)
  Changing Climate, Changing Opportunities

  Why are There So Few Energy Efficiency Projects in the CDM Registers?

  Companies and Regulators in Emissions Trading Programs

  Taxes vs. Permits: Options for Price-Based Climate Change Regulation


Forests, Deserts, Land
  Principles for FLEGT Partnership Agreements
 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  Conference on Biodiversity and Conservation Biology in Plantation Forests: 26-29 April; Bordeaux, France

  Resumed ECOSOC Organizational Session: 27-28 April; UN Headquarters, New York

  OECD Forum 2005: 2-4 May; Paris, France

  First Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention: 2-6 May; Punta del Este, Uruguay

  UN Convention to Combat Desertification, Third Session of the Committee for the Review of Implementation (CRIC-3): 2-11 May; Bonn, Germany

  Workshop on Options for Including LULUCF Activities in a Post-2012 International Climate Agreement: 5-6 May; Graz, Austria
 

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