ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 GFSE-5: 11-13 May 2005, Vienna, Austria
 World Agricultural Forum: 16-18 May 2005, St. Louis
 UNFF-5: 16-27 May, UN headquarters, New York

 UNFCCC SOGE/SB-22: 16-27 May, Bonn
 CITES Committees: 17-25 May, Geneva
 Biosafety Working Group: 25-27 May, Montreal

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

FIRST STOCKHOLM CONVENTION COP SETS IMPLEMENTATION IN MOTION
2-6 May 2005 | Punta del Este, Uruguay

The first Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) has taken place in Punta del Este, Uruguay. In spite of a heavy agenda, delegates succeeded in adopting a broad range of decisions required to set the Convention’s implementation in motion. IISDRS coverage.
 


COP-1 President Mariano Arana

TEHRAN CONFERENCE CONSIDERS ENVIRONMENT, PEACE, SECURITY LINKS
9-10 May 2005 | Tehran, Iran

A conference on the interactions between environment, peace and security in the context of multilateral cultural dialogue among civilizations has taken place in Tehran. IISDRS coverage.

DESERTIFICATION COMMITTEE REVIEWS TREATY IMPLEMENTATION
2-11 May 2005 | Bonn, Germany
The Committee for the Review of Implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification has completed its third session in Bonn, Germany.  IISDRS coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable Development
  IUCN, WBCSD intensify cooperation
 

Human Development
  UN links environmental degradation to security, human rights
  Local authorities to back urban environmental accords

  Genetic research project raises indigenous peoples’ ire

  World Bank boosts anti-malaria campaign

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Ramsar meeting considers Africa’s wetlands
  Gorbachev calls for international water treaty

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Paris Ministerial moves ahead on agriculture trade talks
  UN official cautions WTO on food aid
  Mutual support between CBD, WTO urged

  Committee links information economy, Africa’s development

 


Climate and Atmosphere
  Investor summit boosts companies with clean technologies
  Nuclear energy safety reviewed

  New data is “smoking gun” on global warming—expert

  U.S. energy secretary supports “clean” coal

  Progress reported in EU-US climate talks

  China establishes new energy agency

  Carbon tax introduced in New Zealand
  Climate change affecting plants, farms, habitats, say scientists

  UNEP wins ozone protection prize

  US publishes plan on Global Observation System

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  IUCN Commission sets goals on protected areas
  Mutual support between CBD, WTO urged

  Asian countries launch sea turtle campaign

 

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  ITTO workshop considers how to promote phased approaches to certification
  Experts examine innovative financial mechanisms for forests

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

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable Development
  Initial NGO Responses to the Secretary-General’s Report, “In Larger Freedom”
  The Economic and Social Council of the United Nations: An Issues Paper

  Strengthening the UN through Deepened Cooperation with NGOs, Private Sector and Parliament

  Benchmark for the 5-Year Review of the Millennium Summit

  Community-Driven Development for Water and Sanitation in Urban Areas

  The Rough Guide to a Better World


Forests, Deserts, Land
  Review of the Effectiveness of the International Arrangement on Forests: Analytical Study

  In Search of Excellence: Exemplary Forest Management in Asia and the Pacific

  Responsible Wood and Paper Purchasing: Experiences of the Fortune 100

 


Biodiversity and Wildlife
  CBD Ecosystem Approach Sourcebook
  Resource Book on TRIPS and Development

  New Elements of the International Regime on Access and Benefit-Sharing of Genetic Resources: The Role of Certificates of Origin

  Regulating Bioprospecting: Institutions for Drug Research, Access and Benefit-Sharing
 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  A Southern Agenda on Investment? Promoting Development with Balanced Rights and Obligations for Investors, Host States and Home States


Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts

  Fragmentation and Flow Regulation of the World's Large River Systems

  Making Water a Part of Economic Development: The Economic Benefits of Improved Water Management and Services

  Let It Reign: The New Water Paradigm for Global Food Security

  Collaborative Actions for Sustainable Water Management

  New FAO Aquaculture Site

  Community-Driven Development for Water and Sanitation in Urban Areas

 

Chemicals Management
  Chemicals-L news/announcements mailing list launched

UPCOMING MEETINGS


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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  World Agricultural Forum 2005: 16-18 May 2005, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

  58th Session of the World Health Assembly: 16-25 May, Geneva, Switzerland

  Fifth Session of the UN Forum on Forests: 16-27 May, UN headquarters, New York

  UNFCCC Seminar of Governmental Experts (SOGE) and SB-22: 16-27 May, Bonn, Germany

  Fourth Session of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues: 16-27 May, UN headquarters, New York

  CITES Plants & Animals Committees: 17-25 May, Geneva, Switzerland

  Commission on Science and Technology for Development: 23-27 May, Geneva, Switzerland

  Biosafety Working Group on Liability and Redress: 25-27 May, Montreal, Canada
 

Linkages is provided by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin.
It is designed to be an electronic clearing-house for information on past and upcoming international meetings
related to environment and development policy.