ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 Ramsar Convention on Wetlands COP9: 8-15 November, Kampala, Uganda
 UNFF Country-Led Initiative: 16-18 November, Berlin, Germany
 Convention on Migratory Species COP-8: 20-25 November, Nairobi, Kenya
 ENA FLEG Ministerial Meeting: 22-25 November, St. Petersburg, Russia
 Convention on Biological Diversity SBSTTA-11: 28 November – 2 December, Montreal, Canada
 UNFCCC COP 11 and Kyoto Protocol COP/MOP 1: 28 November – 9 December, Montreal, Canada

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

TROPICAL TIMBER COUNCIL ADOPTS WORK PROGRAMME, DECISIONS
7-12 November 2005 | Yokohama, Japan
The thirty-ninth session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-39) has ended in Yokohama, Japan, with delegates adopting a revised work programme for 2006-2007, along with various other decisions and Committee reports. While the meeting appeared on the surface to be “business as usual,” the session was apparently overshadowed by uncertainty associated with the renegotiation of ITTA, 1994. The next round of talks – ITTA-4 – is slated for January 2006. IISDRS coverage.

 

ITTC Chair Alhassan Attah
(Ghana)

DESERTIFICATION CONFERENCE MAKES LIMITED PROGRESS ON IMPLEMENTATION
17-28 October 2005 | Nairobi, Kenya
The seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-7) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification has completed its deliberations without reaching decisions on some issues. Parties reported that the COP’s outcomes did not meet their expectations, and therefore the meeting was not deemed successful in moving forward the Convention’s implementation. IISDRS coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS

Sustainable Development
  Second Committee discusses LDCs, sustainable development; other meetings tackle financing and development

  First CSD regional implementation meeting convenes in Africa

  Europe prepares for Seventh UNEP Global Civil Society Forum

  Parliamentarians’ forum supports human-rights approach to energy services

  ECOSOC selects theme for 2006 high-level segment

  Annan marks day for preventing environmental exploitation in war

  Olympics champion environmental goals

  FAO agricultural census to account for Millennium Development Goals

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  TRIPS council divided on disclosure requirements

  Avian influenza dominates waterbirds meeting

  Experts discuss liability under the CBD


Human Development

  Habitat “JAM” to kick-start World Urban Forum process

  Indigenous people still face human rights abuses – UN

  Internet divide harming developing world

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Marine Protected Areas Congress calls for cooperation between conservation and fisheries sectors

  FAO’s Fisheries Code of Conduct turns ten

  New species found in Fiji's Great Sea Reef, survey reveals

  New foundation established to conserve Baltic Sea

Climate and Atmosphere
  Parties prepare for historic Kyoto meeting in Montreal
  London climate conference pushes technology focus

  Methane pact gains support

  Japan plans new climate tax
  New York adopts vehicle emissions targets

  Climate change will harm health, economies – study

  Supercomputers confirm U.S. climate risk

  Volcanoes hide climate change impacts – report

 

Chemicals Management
  First Stockholm Convention Review Committee meeting held
  Greenpeace highlights toxic chemicals in European eels

  IFCS releases publication on children’s health

  Further comments requested on SAICM high-level declaration

 

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  Forests dialogue develops input to ENA FLEG ministerial conference

  Partnership to address land degradation in Africa

  FAO weighs in on selective logging issue

  EU ministers establish timber licensing scheme


Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Hopes for strong Hong Kong outcome fade

  Rio conventions heads call for substantial GEF replenishment

  Trade deal eludes Americas summit
  Microfinance support grows

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
  Interactive Education for Rural People Tool Kit

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife

  A User’s Guide to Biodiversity Indicators

  Legal Remedies for the Resource Curse: A Digest of Experience in Using Law to Combat Natural Resource Corruption

  The Role of Biotechnology for the Characterization and Conservation of Crop, Forest, Animal and Fishery Genetic Resources in Developing Countries

Human Development
  Malaria Dossier

Climate and Atmosphere
  Carbon Countdown

  Guidebook on Preparing for Climate Change in Small Islands

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues

  Building Blocks towards the St. Petersburg Declaration

  Restoring Forest Landscapes: An Introduction to the Art and Science of Forest Landscape Restoration

  Ensuring Sustainability of Forests and Livelihoods through Improved Governance and Control of Illegal Logging for Economies in Transition

 

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Atlas of African Lakes

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings

KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

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

  UNFF Country-Led Initiative: 16-18 November, Berlin

  World Summit on the Information Society - Tunis phase: 16-18 November, Tunis

  FAO Conference, 33rd Session: 19-26 November, Rome

  Convention on Migratory Species COP-8: 20-25 November, Nairobi

  Montreal Protocol Multilateral Fund Executive Committee: 21-25 November, Montreal
  ENA FLEG Ministerial Meeting: 22-25 November, St. Petersburg
  World Renewable Energy Assembly: 26-30 November, Bonn
  Stockholm Convention BAT/BEP Expert Group: 28 November - 2 December, Geneva
  Convention on Biological Diversity SBSTTA-11: 28 November - 2 December, Montreal
  UNFCCC COP 11 and Kyoto Protocol COP/MOP 1: 28 November - 9 December, Montreal

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.