LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 9 Dec 2002

CURRENT MEETINGS COVERED BY ENB

LINKAGES UPDATE


Linkages Update is our means of keeping you informed of what’s new on IISD Reporting Services’ Linkages website. This page is updated on a fortnightly basis, while the website continually posts new information provided by our seven new Issue Cluster Experts. If you wish to submit relevant materials, e-mail prisna@iisd.org
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS


 
Jan Pronk to Chair IIED

The Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) announced that, effective 18 November 2002, Jan Pronk will serve as its Chair. Pronk was recently UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the WSSD. Click here for more. 

 

 Global Carbon Project seeks Executive Officer

 FAO seeks Senior Programme Officer for Resources and Strategic Partnerships Unit

 ECN seeks Senior Expert in International Climate Policy

 FAO seeks Financial Chief

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


 Recently added meetings:

28th Session of the IPCC Bureau: 9-11 Dec 2002. Geneva, Switzerland.

European Seminar on Finance, Environment and Sustainable Development: 10 Jan 2003. Paris, France. 

22nd Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum: 3-7 Feb 2003. Nairobi, Kenya.

Contribution of Criteria and Indicators to Sustainable Forest Management – The Way Ahead: 3-7 Feb 2003. Guatemala City, Guatemala.

International Conference on Building the Information Commonwealth: Information Technologies and Building Prospects for the Development of Civil Society Institutions in the CIS Countries: 22-24 April 2003. St. Petersburg, Russia.

ITTC-34: 12-17 May 2003, Panama City, Panama.

International Conference on Rural Livelihoods, Forests and Biodiversity: 19-23 May 2003. Bonn, Germany.

IV International Convention on Environment and Sustainable Development: 30 May -12 June 2003. Havana, Cuba.

International Conference on the Impact of Global Environmental Problems on Continental and Coastal Marine Waters: 16-18 July 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.

International Conference on Tropical Savannas and Seasonally Dry Forests – Ecology, Environment and Development: 14-20 Sept 2003. Edinburgh, UK.

Fourth International Symposium on Wastewater Reclamation and Reuse: 12 Nov 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.

Download complete calendar of upcoming meetings (pdf).

 

 

BASEL CONVENTION COP CONVENES THIS WEEK TO CONSIDER
CONTROL OF HAZARDOUS WASTES

9-13 December 2002 | Geneva, Switzerland
The Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal will be convening in Geneva this week. Discussions will focus on implementation of the Basel Declaration on Environmentally Sound Management, the 10-yr Strategic Plan, establishment and functioning of Regional Centers, and establishment of a mechanism for compliance. Click here for ENB's daily reports and web coverage.

 

RECENT KEY MEETINGS

 

WETLANDS CONVENTION COP CONCLUDES ITS WORK

18-26 November 2002 | Valencia, Spain

With the theme of “Wetlands: Water, Life, and Culture,” the Eighth Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands convened from 18-26 November to consider the management one of the world’s most important freshwater ecosystems. Delegates adopted over 40 resolutions addressing a broad range of policy, technical, programme and budgetary matters, including on wetlands and agriculture, climate change, cultural issues, mangroves, water allocation and management, and the Report of the World Commission on Dams. Governments also approved the Convention’s budget and Work Plan for 2003-2005, and its Strategic Plan for 2003-2008. Click here for ENB’s web coverage, summary and analysis of Ramsar COP-8.

 

GOVERNMENTS AGREE TO $573 MILLION FUND FOR CUTTING CFCS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
25-29 November 2002 | Rome, Italy
Governments attending the 14th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol and the sixth Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention have agreed on a US$573 million funding package aimed at phasing out chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in developing countries. The funds will also finance projects that reduce other ozone depleting substances targeted for phase-out under the Montreal Protocol. Click here for ENB’s web coverage, summary and analysis of this meeting.

 

GLOBAL FORUM ADDRESSES PPPS FOR RURAL ENERGY DEVELOPMENT

27-29 November 2002 | Graz, Austria

The Global Forum on Sustainable Energy addressed public-private partnerships for rural energy development, examined the relevant outcomes of the WSSD and discussed further development of initiatives to promote implementation, such as the EU initiative on Energy for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development. Click here for Sustainable Developments’ detailed report on this forum.

COMMITTEE MEETS TO REVIEW IMPLEMENTATION OF
DESERTIFICATION CONVENTION

11-22 November 2002 | Rome, Italy
The first meeting of the Convention to Combat Desertification’s (CCD) Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC-1) convened to review and assess the implementation of the Convention. A drafting group negotiated “conclusions and concrete recommendations on further steps in the implementation of the CCD,” which will be forwarded to the sixth session of the COP, to be held from 1-12 September 2003 in Havana, Cuba. Click here for more information.

 

WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION
TURNS 30

14-16 November 2002 | Venice, Italy
Some 500 delegates, representing governments, IGOs, NGOs, research institutions and the media, met in Venice, Italy from 14-16 November 2002 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Click here for more information.

 

EVENT CONSIDERS THE FUTURE OF THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
14 November 2002 | New York, US
Participants considered the future of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) at a side event convened during the 57th session of the UN General Assembly’s follow-up discussion about the WSSD.  Click here for more information.

PARLIAMENTARIANS COMMIT TO ACTIONS ON POPULATION AND DEVELOPMENT
21-22 November 2002 | Ottawa, Canada.
Over 100 parliamentarians from 70 countries met at the Canadian Parliament to identify actions to safeguard women’s reproductive rights, improve access to reproductive health services (including family planning), reduce maternal mortality and prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The meeting resulted in a Statement of Commitment that outlines specific domestic actions. Click here for more information.

UNFPA HOLDS WORKSHOP ON
CONFLICT RESOLUTION

18-22 November 2002 | Bratislava, Slovakia
Highlighting the role of women in rebuilding war-torn communities, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) organized a five-day workshop to assist women’s NGOs from around the world in dealing with conflict or post-conflict situations. The outcomes included, management and organizational skills training, and increased awareness about conflict resolution, project development and monitoring, budgeting and administration of programmes, and fundraising, including drafting donor proposals. Click here for more information.

 

RECENT NEWS

 

UNEP RECEIVES BOOST IN FUNDING FROM THE DUTCH
The Netherlands has announced an increase in funding for UNEP. This increase in funding explicitly recognizes UNEP’s role in reducing poverty and delivering sustainable development. More information.

 

UN COMMITTEE RECOGNIZES
RIGHT TO WATER

The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights recently adopted a General Comment on the right to water, stating that water is a limited natural resource and a public commodity fundamental to life and health. More information.

 

MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR EDUCATION EFFORT LAUNCHED TO CONSERVE
ARID AREAS OF AFRICA

The UN has launched a multi-million dollar project to help nomads and communities in three African countries conserve and boost the prospects for native flowers, shrubs and trees. More information.

 

EDUCATION FOR ALL INITIATIVE RECEIVES FINANCING
The international donor community has agreed to assist seven developing countries in Africa and Latin America in making their education goals a reality. More information.

 

 

PROGRESS MADE ON NEW RIGHT-TO-KNOW TREATY ON POLLUTION

Progress has been made in drafting a new UN treaty that will strengthen public access to information on pollution and its sources through a mandatory system of reporting by companies. This treaty will be a protocol to the Ǻarhus Convention. More information.

 

EU TO WITHDRAW 320 PESTICIDES
IN JULY 2003

Some 320 substances used in plant protection products – including insecticides, fungicides and herbicides – are to be withdrawn from the European market by 25 July 2003. More information.

 

FSC CERTIFICATION SYSTEM CHALLENGED
The Rainforest Foundation has reported flaws in the certification system used by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), responsible for auditing timber companies worldwide and for certifying that wood and paper is produced in an environmentally and socially acceptable way.  More information.

 

 

WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH KEY TO POVERTY REDUCTION
Ensuring women’s reproductive health and rights, and targeting development efforts at the poor are essential for poverty eradication, according to a recent UN Population Fund report. More information.

 

WORLD BANK LAUNCHES KIDS DEVNEWS
In an effort to educate young people about the latest issues on development, the World Bank has launched Kids DevNews, a monthly online publication geared toward 10-15 year olds. More information.

 

EU LAUNCHES STRATEGY TO CUT
AIR POLLUTION FROM SHIPS

The European Commission recently adopted a new strategy aimed at reducing atmospheric emissions from seafaring ships. More information.

 

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES


 
Sustainable Development

Post-Johannesburg: The Future of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
(WHAT Governance Programme 2002) This paper provides an overview of the CSD’s history, successes and failures and offers several ideas to improve its effectiveness in promoting Agenda 21 and the WSSD's Plan of Implementation.

 

Evaluating Sustainable Development Policy
(Greenleaf Publishing 2002) This special issue of �Greener Management International� represents a step towards initiating a scientific exchange of the different approaches and methods available to evaluate sustainable development policy.

 

The Right To Tell - The Role of Mass Media in Economic Development
(World Bank 2002) Published by the World Bank, this volume explores the role of the media as a watchdog of government and the corporate sector, and considers policies that can prevent the media from exercising that role.

 

Knowledge for Sustainable Development - An Insight into the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems
(UNESCO 2002) With contributions from more than 5,000 scientists, these three volumes present a selection of articles covering every aspect of sustainable development and includes bibliographies, glossaries, an index and a special section called �Knowledge in Depth� introducing other topics and articles available as part of the online Encyclopedia.


 
Trade and Investment

Taking the Doha Language Seriously: The WTO as if Sustainable Development Really Mattered
(IISD May 2002) This paper is based on an address prepared by Aaron Cosbey for the Royal Institute of International Affairs conference on Sustainable Development in the New Trade Round: Trade, Investment and Environment after Doha.

 

WTO Rules and Procedures and their Implication for the Kyoto Protocol
(US Council for International Business November 2002) Based on statements by the EU, Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, this study discusses the possibility that US exports could face sanctions under WTO rules if the US were to experience �unfairly� low energy costs in light of Kyoto non-compliance.

 

Initial Environmental Assessment - Trade Negotiations in the WTO
(Government of Canada 2002) In this assessment report, the Government of Canada concludes that Doha Round of trade negotiations will not adversely affect the Canadian environment.

 

Environment and Trade: A Handbook
(IISD and UNEP 2000) This publication is a primer on trade and environment and was developed to highlight the relationship between environment and trade.

 

An International Investment Regime? Issues of sustainability
(IISD 2000) In this publication, IISD Senior Fellow Konrad von Moltke explores the possibility of a binding international investment agreement that takes the issues of sustainable development seriously.

 


 
Climate and Atmosphere

Protecting the Ozone Layer
(Earthscan 2002) This book considers the role of UNEP in global efforts to protect the Earth's ozone layer through the Montreal Protocol.

 

Global Warming and Social Innovation
(Earthscan 2002)
This book envisions a climate-neutral society.

 

 Human Development

Selfish Altruist - Relief Work in Famine and War
(Earthscan 2002) This book addresses the possibility of �being true to the humanitarian principle of concern in a world where much of the suffering is man-made, and where political divides do not neatly separate good and evil.�

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