ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

OZONE MEETING AGREES ON MULTILATERAL FUND, EXEMPTIONS
12-16 December 2005 | Dakar, Senegal
Agreements have been struck on the Multilateral Fund, exemptions for using ozone-depleting substances, and numerous other issues during the seventh Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and seventeenth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (COP-7/MOP-17). Despite a heavy workload, delegates resolved all issues on the agenda, avoiding the need for a third extraordinary MOP. IISDRS coverage

MONTREAL CLIMATE MEETING FINALIZES KYOTO RULES, SECURES POST-2012 PROCESS
29 November to 10 December 2005 | Montreal, Canada
Negotiators at the first meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol have succeeded in finalizing the treaty’s operational “rule book,” including a package of decisions known as the Marrakesh Accords. The meeting, which was widely hailed as a success, also resulted in an agreement on a three-track process under both the Protocol and the UN Climate Convention for considering further action beyond 2012, when the Protocol’s first commitment period ends. IISDRS coverage.

 


Canada’s Environment Minister, Stéphane Dion

CLIMATE EVENT FOCUSES ON DEVELOPMENT AND ADAPTATION
3-4 December 2005 | Montreal, Canada
The “Development and Adaptation Days at COP 11” event has been held alongside the UN climate meetings in Montreal. IISDRS coverage.

BIODIVERSITY SUBSIDIARY BODY CONSIDERS DRYLANDS, TAXONOMY INITIATIVE
28 November to 2 December 2005 | Montreal, Canada
The eleventh meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reviewed
the programmes of work on biodiversity of dry and sub-humid lands, and the Global Taxonomy Initiative. IISDRS coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS

Sustainable Development
  UN considers budget for 2005 World Summit reforms
  General Assembly establishes emergency response fund
  UN Second Committee adopts resolutions on desertification, financing, Summit follow-up
  Small island states follow-up on Mauritius Strategy
  South-South Cooperation Day highlights diversity, creativity
  Renewables conference adopts Beijing Declaration
  World Tourism Organization changes acronym, re-elects secretary-general


Chemicals Management

  Workshops on chemicals classification and labeling held


Forests, Desertification and Land Issues

  FAO offers to help developing countries explore ways to reduce forest loss


Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  UN General Assembly trawl fishing decision not enough, claims coalition

  UN urges reform of fishing subsidies at WTO

  Middle East water task force announced

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Hong Kong trade ministerial agrees “interim” deal; sets 2006 deadline for final agreement

Climate and Atmosphere
  Expert workshop focuses on cooking-carbon links

  UK, Norway launch underwater CO2 scheme

 

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  WTO negotiations on CBD issues cause friction

  Diversitas conference calls for scientific panel on biodiversity

  Biosafety Protocol expert group discusses risk assessment

  Swiss support five-year ban on GM crops

  Wildlife law enforcement network launched in Southeast Asia

  New study maps locations of species threatened with extinction

 

Chemicals Management

  Workshops on chemicals classification and labeling held

 

Human Development
  Gender equality agreement signed

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
  Indicators for Sustainable Development: Proposal for a Way Forward
  What 2005 Means for Civil Society?
  How to Make Poverty History – The Central Role of Local Organizations in Meeting the MDGs
  The State of Food and Agriculture 2005

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Health Synthesis
  Disclosure Requirements: Ensuring Mutual Supportiveness Between the WTO Trips Agreement and the CBD
  Ministerial Conference on Biotechnology of the Economic Community of West African States: Main Conclusions and Recommendations
  Building on Gender, Agrobiodiversity and Local Knowledge: A Training Manual
  Intellectual Property and Biological Resources: An Overview of Key Issues and Current Debates

Climate and Atmosphere
  Growing in the Greenhouse: Policies and Measures for Sustainable Development while Protecting the Climate
  The Sustainable Forest Products Industry, Carbon and Climate Change - Key Messages For Policy Makers


Forests, Desertification and Land Issues

  Failing the Forests: Europe's Illegal Timber Trade

  An Independent Appraisal of the WWF �Failing the Forests� Report

  Best Practices for Improving Law Compliance in the Forest Sector


Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  The Role of Business and CSR in Fostering Development

  The Contribution of Good Environmental Regulation to Competitiveness


Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts

  Ethical Issues of Fisheries
  State of the World Fisheries

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Click here for a complete listing of upcoming meetings

KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  First International Conference on Water Resources in the 21st Century: 26-28 December, Alexandria, Egypt

  Start of the International Year of Deserts and Desertification: 1 January 2006, Global

  Conference on Environmental Change in Lakes, Lagoons and Wetlands of the Southern Mediterranean Region: 4-7 January, Cairo, Egypt


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting daily from the Fourth World Water Forum in March 2006.

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.