RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

WORKSHOP BRAINSTORMS ON MAINSTREAMING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
13-14 July 2005 | Nairobi, Kenya

A High-level Brainstorming Workshop for Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) on Mainstreaming Environment beyond Millennium Development Goal #7
has taken place in Nairobi. IISDRS coverage.
OZONE MEETING TACKLES METHYL BROMIDE, AGREES DRAFT DECISIONS
27 June to 1 July 2005 | Montreal, Canada

The twenty-fifth meeting of the Montreal Protocol’s Open-ended Working Group has agreed 11 draft decisions to be forwarded to the seventeenth Meeting of Parties later this year. Immediately following this, the second Extraordinary Meeting of Parties agreed on critical-use nominations for methyl bromide in 2006. IISDRS coverage.
 


Emil Salim (Indonesia) chaired the Brainstorming Workshop session on longer-term strategies

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL CONSIDERS DEVELOPMENT GOALS
29 June to 1 July 2005 | UN Headquarters, New York
Internationally-agreed development goals were the focus of the UN Economic and Social Council’s High-level Segment. While the meeting ended without a ministerial declaration, it is nevertheless expected to contribute to the General Assembly High-level Plenary – or “2005 World Summit” – in September 2005. IISDRS coverage.

FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS FOR AN ITTA SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT SCHEDULED
27 June to 1 July 2005 | Geneva, Switzerland
The third part of the UN Conference for the Negotiation of a Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994 (ITTA, 1994) has ended by deferring discussion of several contentious issues until January 2006. IISDRS coverage.

UN HOLDS HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT
27-28 June 2005 | UN Headquarters, New York
The UN General Assembly’s High-level Dialogue on Financing for Development took place recently at UN Headquarters in New York. IISDRS coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS


Sustainable Development
  G8 deals on Africa, climate change delight, disappoint

  General Assembly supports declaration on small island States

  Seminar on African electrical interconnection prepares for CSD-14

  Deadline for CSD-14 written contributions announced

  UNCTAD launches biofuels initiative

  UNEP praises environmental credentials of 2012 Olympic bids
 

Climate and Atmosphere
  Conference addresses climate change, disaster risk reduction
  WMO Council focuses on least developed countries

  CDM Executive Board considers work and management plans

  U.S. Senate backs renewable energy, rejects emissions targets
  Wind, solar no solution to energy needs, says Exxon
  Sea level rise accelerates

  Export duty could resolve climate impasse, argue experts

 

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  New Amazon project targets water, forests, wildlife

 

Human Development
  Helsinki Process report tackles globalization

  UK boosts polio campaign

  Population awards recognize champions of reproductive rights
 


2005 Review
  UN-Civil Society Hearings Address Development Concerns, September Summit

  Clinton plans Global Initiative alongside September Summit

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  West African ministers urge development of biosafety frameworks

  TRIPs Council divided over disclosure requirements

  EU allows national bans on certain GMOs to remain

  CITES celebrates 30th anniversary

  Norway establishes seed storage facility

 

Chemicals Management
  Basel Convention group discusses guidelines, ships, phones

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  South-South Summit urges increased cooperation, launches fund

  Least developed countries prepare for WTO ministerial

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Commission rejects pro-whaling resolutions

  UN Atomic Agency supports water management programme

  UNDP and SIWI launch water governance facility

  Kyoto water prize deadline approaches

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Comings and goings

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES


Sustainable Development
  Fourth Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
  Voices of the Least Developed Countries of Asia and the Pacific: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals through a Global Partnership

  Sustainable Livelihoods Experience

  The Family Farm in a Globalizing World: The Role of Crop Science in Alleviating Poverty

  Networking International Recycling Zones in Asia


Forests, Deserts, Land
  USAID’s Enduring Legacy in Natural Forests: Livelihoods, Landscapes, and Governance

  People and Forests: FAO Participatory Forestry Publications

 

Human Development

  Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America: 1994-2004

  Africa: Up In Smoke?

 


Climate and Atmosphere
  Global Warming: Personal Solutions for a Healthy Planet

  Climate Policy journal

  A Guide to Bundling Small-scale CDM Projects

  Approaches for Future International Cooperation

  Climate Change in the US Government Budget – Funding for Technology and Other Programmes, and Implications for EU-US Relations

  Climate Change and the Financial Sector: An Agenda for Action

  The Carbon 100 – Quantifying the Carbon Emissions, Intensities and Exposures of the FTSE 100

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  WTO Annual Report 2005

  Emerging Issues in the Interface between Trade, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy


Biodiversity and Wildlife

  Biotechnology and Characterization/Conservation of Genetic Resources

  Status of Research and Application of Crop Biotechnologies in Developing Countries

  Towards an Effective Protected Areas Network in Africa

  Register of GM Contamination

  Annotated Bibliography on the Economic and Socio-economic Impact of Agricultural Biotechnology in Developing Countries

  Modern Food Biotechnology, Human Health and Development

  In Full Swing: An Assessment of Trade in Orang-utans and Gibbons on Java and Bali, Indonesia

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Rain: The Neglected Resource

  Launch of Online Middle East and North Africa Water Dialogue

  World Bank Water Resources Management website

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  XXV IUSSP International Population Conference: 18-23 July, Tours, France

  ECOSOC 2005 General Segment and Conclusion: 18-27 July, UNHQ, New York

  Children's World Summit for the Environment: 26-29 July, Aichi, Japan
 

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