ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 UNCCD COP 7: 17-28 October, Nairobi, Kenya
 ITTC-39: 7-12 November, Yokohama, Japan
 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands COP9: 8-15 November, Kampala, Uganda
 UNFF Country-Led Initiative: 16-18 November, Berlin, Germany

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

CLIMATE EVENT EXAMINES JOINT IMPLEMENTATION
21 October 2005 | Madrid, Spain
Procedures for organizing Joint Implementation (JI) projects under the Kyoto Protocol were discussed at a forum arranged by the Climate Technology Initiative, International Emissions Trading Association, and UN Industrial Development Organization. IISDRS coverage.

WORKSHOP CONSIDERS FIVE-YEAR ADAPTATION PLAN
17-19 October 2005 | Bonn, Germany
An informal UN workshop on the development of a
five-year work programme on climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation has taken place in Bonn. IISDRS coverage.

SUMMIT TARGETS INTEGRATED OCEAN POLICY
11-13 October 2005 | Lisbon, Portugal
The Ocean Policy Summit 2005 has concluded after examining different aspects of integrated ocean management, including national and regional experiences and emerging practices. IISDRS coverage.

PRO-POOR MARKETS FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES DISCUSSED
10-12 October 2005 | London, UK
A high-level workshop organized by the UN Environment Programme has been held to brainstorm on the creation of “pro-poor markets for ecosystem services.” IISDRS coverage.

 

Biliana Cicin-Sain, Co-Chair and Head of the Secretariat of the Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands, and Director of the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy
at the University of Delaware

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS

Sustainable Development
  UN General Assembly, Second Committee consider financing and development challenges

  Preparations for CSD-14 take shape

  Benefits of conservation agriculture for Africa considered

  African ministers approve science and technology plan

  EC calls for high level group on competitiveness, energy and the environment

  UN observes days for disaster reduction, food and poverty eradication

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  WIPO extends committee mandate on intellectual property, genetic resources

  Biodiversity-related conventions to establish global biodiversity partnership

  World Wilderness Congress addresses conservation concerns

  Codex Task Force starts work on health-enhanced GM products

  New benchmarks for intellectual property proposed

 

Human Development
  Environmental problems could displace 50 million by 2010, says UN

  UNESCO adopts three new texts, re-elects Matsuura

  Indigenous people need special attention to combat poverty - UN

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  UNEP Finance Initiative Global Roundtable held

  Agriculture trade talks remain bogged down

  Trade talks must meet LDCs’ needs, says civil society

Climate and Atmosphere
  Regional climate pact summit postponed
  Meetings consider disasters in Asia, financial links

  Warming fuels disturbing water vapor trend – study

  2005 could be warmest year yet, says NASA
  U.S. official “can’t guarantee” emissions progress

  Many Americans still skeptical about climate change – poll

  Second European Climate Change Programme launched

  EU faltering on climate change, claims NGO

  Japan’s emissions fall slightly

  Emissions trading workshop considers lessons, trends

 

Chemicals Management
  WWF tests show children more contaminated than mothers

 

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  UNECE timber committee highlights climate-forest links

  Experts deny deforestation-flooding connection

  Industry issues position paper on forestry governance

  Policy forum discusses sustainable forest management

  Amazon destruction worse than thought – study

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  UNESCO approves new water-related centers

  World Water Monitoring Day marked

  Marine conservation groups assess Indonesia’s coral reef

 

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

Special Announcement

 

JOKE WALLER-HUNTER PASSES AWAY

Joke Waller-Hunter, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, passed away on 14 October 2005.

 

Appointments

BEAT NOBS APPOINTED AMBASSADOR TO NEW ZEALAND

 

JAPAN’S YUKIYA AMINO TO CHAIR UN ATOMIC AGENCY

 

ANNAN NAMES SPECIAL ADVISER ON GLOBAL COMPACT

 

BUSINESS EXECUTIVE TO RUN CANADA’S “CLEAN FUND”

Click here for more information on these appointments and departures

Vacancies

FAO announces pesticide management vacancy

 

IUCN seeks maritime policy officer


UNFCCC seeks programme officer

 

IGES seeks climate researchers

 

Potsdam Institute seeks PhD students, post-doctoral experts

Click for a full listing of job postings

Click here for complete postings on appointments, departures and vacancies.

 

KEY REPORTS, PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

Sustainable Development
  Information as a Vehicle for Sustainable Development in Asia – Establishing a Regional Agreement in Asia
  Agricultural Workers and Their Contribution to Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

  Beyond Grey Pinstripes

  Danger Need Not Spell Disaster, But How Vulnerable Are We?

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife

  The GM Debate – Who Decides? An Analysis of Decision-Making about Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries

  Guidelines for Applying the Precautionary Principle to Biodiversity Conservation and Natural Resource Management

  International Portal on Food Safety, Animal and Plant Health

  Climate Change and Migratory Species

Climate and Atmosphere
  CO2 Price Dynamics: The Implications of EU Emissions Trading for the Price of Electricity

  Analyzing Countries� Contribution to Climate Change: Scientific and Policy-Related Choices

  Overview of the Pipeline of CDM and JI Projects

 

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  World Economic and Social Survey 2005

  Charting a Way Ahead: The Results Agenda

  TRIPS and Health: Frequently Asked Questions

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Brochure announcing Second World Water Development Report

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  UN General Assembly 60th Session (continues): September-December 2005, New York

  ITTC-39: 7-12 November, Yokohama, Japan

  Fourth Summit of the Americas: 4-5 November, Mar del Plata, Argentina

  First Meeting of the POPs Review Committee: 7-11 November, Geneva

  GEF Council Meeting and Consultations: 7-11 November, Washington, DC

  Ramsar Convention on Wetlands COP9: 8-15 November, Kampala, Uganda

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.