ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 ENA FLEG Conference: 6-8 June, Moscow, Russia
 UNICPOLOS-6 and GMA-2: 6-15 June, New York
 CBD Working Group on Protected Areas: 13-17 June, Montecatini, Italy
 UNFCCC Technology for Adaptation Workshop: 14-16 June, Tobago
 Community Commons Dialogue on MDGs: 16-18 June, New York

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

BIOSAFETY TALKS MAKE SOME PROGRESS, BUT STUMBLE ON LMOS
25 May – 3 June 2005 | Montreal, Canada
Biosafety experts have made some progress on implementation of the Cartagena Protocol and on liability and redress, while stumbling over a decision on documentation of living modified organisms for food, feed or processing.  IISDRS coverage.
UNFF-5 UNABLE TO AGREE ON STRENGTHENING INTERNATIONAL ARRANGEMENT ON FORESTS
16-27 May 2005 | UN Headquarters, New York
Delegates attending the fifth session of the UN Forum on Forests in New York have been unable to agree on steps to strengthen the international arrangement on forests. IISDRS coverage.
 


COP/MOP-2 President Sothinathan Sinna Goundar of Malaysia

UNFCCC SUBSIDIARY BODIES ADOPT DECISIONS; SEMINAR TACKLES BROADER ISSUES
16-27 May 2005 | Bonn, Germany

The UN Climate Convention’s Subsidiary Bodies and a “Seminar of Governmental Experts” have taken place in Bonn. IISDRS coverage.

CITES COMMITTEES CONCLUDE DELIBERATIONS
17-25 May 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland
The Plants and Animals Committees of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have finished their latest meetings after adopting decisions on numerous issues.  IISDRS coverage.

AGRICULTURAL FORUM CONSIDERS PEACE, SECURITY, GROWTH
16-18 May 2005 | St. Louis, USA

Peace, security and growth were the themes of the World Agricultural Forum’s recent World Congress. IISDRS coverage.

ENERGY FORUM FOCUSES ON BIOMASS
11-13 May 2005 | Vienna, Austria
Biomass was the focus of discussions at the Fifth Meeting of the Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE-5). IISDRS coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable Development
  World Environment Day Spotlights “Green Cities”

  EU States pledge ODA increase

  More support urged for Africa

  Disaster reduction Task Force reviews progress, future work

  Forum on reinventing government highlights participation, transparency

  UN Regional Commissions consider development goals, poverty

  Graz Declaration commits universities to sustainable development

  Corporate grant programme invites funding applications
 

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  WWF, World Bank renew deforestation pact

 

Human Development
  Progress on HIV/AIDS “significant but insufficient,” officials told

  UN talks up South-South cooperation

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  WTO Agriculture Committee chairmanship in doubt
  Trade rules challenge health, environment safeguards – report

  European Investment Bank energy funding criticized


2005 Review
  General Assembly President presents proposals for September summit

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Codex Alimentarius Committee debates labeling of GM foods
  International Biodiversity Day celebrated; Millennium Ecosystem Report released

 

Chemicals Management
  EU, Mexico, WWF propose chemicals for Stockholm Convention

 

Climate and Atmosphere
  Schwarzenegger sets emissions reduction goals
  Climate change could hit world’s hungry

  Renewable energy initiative launched

  Montreal Protocol’s Multilateral Fund Committee adopts 64 decisions

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Experts discuss GEMS water programme
  Water and Health Protocol set to enter into force

  New FAO regional fisheries body established
  Deadline for international water prize approaches
  UN, Japan to restore Iraqi wetlands 

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

Special Announcement

 

KONRAD VON MOLTKE PASSES AWAY

Dr. Konrad von Moltke, a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), has passed away. Von Moltke was an expert on international environmental relations and widely-published author on issues as diverse as international trade and sustainable development, medieval history, comparative education and curriculum development.

 

Appointments

LAMY CONFIRMED AS WTO HEAD; SUPACHAI JOINS UNCTAD

 

GREENHILL NAMED NEW CIDA PRESIDENT

 

NEW WATER AND SANITATION COUNCIL CHAIR ANNOUNCED

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Vacancies

Center for Clean Air Policy announces vacancies
Pew Center seeks senior fellow
Climate Secretariat seeks information systems officer
IIASA seeks analyst for air pollution programme

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complete postings on appointments, departures and vacancies.

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable Development
  Nextbillion.net – Development Through Enterprise
  The Soul of Environmentalism


Climate and Atmosphere
  Overview of CDM and JI Projects

  Learning in Renewable Energy Technology Development

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in Eastern Africa

 


Biodiversity and Wildlife
  CBD Donor Guide to the Convention on Biological Diversity
  International Trade In GMOs and GM Products: National and Multilateral Legal Frameworks
 

Chemicals Management
  PCB Inventory and Management Decision Supportive Tool

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
 NGO Position Papers on Trade
 


Forests, Deserts, Land
  “Illegal” Logging and Global Wood Markets: The Competitive Impacts on the US Wood Products Industry

  Payments for Environmental Services: Some Nuts and Bolts

  Forests and Floods: Drowning in Fiction or Thriving on Facts?

  Sharing Innovative Experiences: Examples of the Successful Conservation and Sustainable Use of Dryland Biodiversity

  Forests for the New Millennium - Making Forests Work for People and Nature

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  Europe and North Asia FLEG Conference: 6-8 June, Moscow, Russia

  GEF Consultations and Council Meeting: 6-10 June, Washington, DC

  UNICPOLOS-6 and GME-2: 6-15 June, UN Headquarters, New York

  G8 Finance Ministers: 10-11 June, London, UK

  Second South Summit: 12-16 June, Doha, Qatar

  CBD Working Group on Protected Areas: 13-17 June, Montecatini, Italy

  Annual Session of the UNDP and UNFPA Executive Boards: 13-24 June, New York

  UNFCCC Technology for Adaptation Workshop: 14-16 June, Tobago

  15th Meeting of States Parties to UNCLOS: 16-24 June, New York

  Community Commons Dialogue on Local Approaches to the MDGs: 16-18 June, New York

  ITTC-38: 19-22 June, Brazzaville, Republic of Congo

  57th Annual Meeting of the International Whaling Commission: 20-24 June, Ulsan, Republic of Korea
 

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