ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 CBD Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing: 30 January – 3 February 2006, Granada
 UNEP Governing Council/GMEF/ICCM: 4-9 February 2006, Dubai
 Working Group on Marine Biodiversity: 13-17 February 2006, UN headquarters, New York
 UN Forum on Forests, Sixth Session: 13-24 February 2006, UN headquarters, New York
 WG on Liability and Redress under the Biosafety Protocol: 20-24 February 2006, Montreal

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

TROPICAL TIMBER TALKS PRODUCE A SUCCESSOR AGREEMENT TO THE ITTA, 1994
16-27 January 2006 | Geneva, Switzerland
The UN Conference on the Negotiation of the Successor Agreement to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 1994 (ITTA, 1994), Fourth Part, has achieved consensus after two weeks of intensive negotiations. IISDRS coverage.

Carlos Antonio da Rocha Paranhos of Brazil presided over the ITTA Successor Agreement talks in Geneva

CBD WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE, ESTABLISHES VOLUNTARY FUND FOR INDIGENOUS PARTICIPATION
23-27 January 2006 | Granada, Spain
Participants attending a Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Working Group on Article 8(j) and related provisions have addressed issues of traditional knowledge protection and agreed on a voluntary fund for indigenous and local community participation in the process. IISDRS coverage.

OCEANS CONFERENCE CONSIDERS GLOBAL TARGETS, GOVERNANCE, CLIMATE CHANGE
24-27 January 2006 | Paris, France
The Third Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands has considered how to move the international oceans agenda forward, as well as discussing governance and climate-related matters. IISDRS coverage.

MEETING CONSIDERS HOW UNEP COULD FOSTER COMPLIANCE WITH MEAS
21-22 January 2006 | Colombo, Sri Lanka
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has held a High-Level Meeting on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements intended to contribute ideas for a UNEP action plan. IISDRS coverage.

MEDITERRANEAN PARTNERSHIP HOLDS HIGH-LEVEL ENVIRONMENTAL MEETING
19 December 2005 | Barcelona, Spain
Participants at the Euro-Med Partnership Environmental High Level Meeting – Horizon 2020, have discussed priority actions needed to de-pollute the Mediterranean by 2020. IISDRS coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS

Sustainable Development
  Regional meetings and Bureau prepare for 2006 Commission on Sustainable Development session
  ECOSOC role in Summit follow up stressed
  African leaders adopt declaration to boost technology support and capacity building
  NGO Committee concludes latest meeting
  Meeting considers international environmental governance
  Carpathian convention to enter into force
  EU growth report spotlights sustainable energy
  Annan awarded prize for global environmental leadership
  Regional environment award deadline approaches

Climate and Atmosphere
  Asia-Pacific climate pact adopts work plan; critics find fault

  China pledges renewable energy focus
  Lovelock predicts climate devastation; Blair’s concern deepens
  EU emissions trading scheme criticized
  Northeast U.S. agrees to cap emissions
  Tackling climate change “good for economy” - report
  Surveys reveal views on nuclear energy, climate change
  2005 warmest year yet – NASA
  Research on plants’ warming link misreported, say authors

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Working group focuses on legal and financial rules for the international treaty on plant genetic resources

  Range states address threats to the Asian elephant

  CITES bans trade in caviar

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  International Year of Deserts and Desertification launched
  Dialogue considers ways to reduce forest conflict in Asia

Human Development
  UN meeting endorses workers’ environmental rights
  Draft discussed for Convention on rights of disabled persons
  UN prepares for 50th session of Commission on women

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Davos boosts TB plan and climate change agenda, sets trade deadline
  Growth of Global Compact highlighted
  South Asia trade pact enters into force

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  “Oceans-L” information listserve launched
  Regional preparations for Fourth World Water Forum held
  Deep-sea fishing “unsustainable,” extinctions loom - experts

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
  Outgrowing the Earth: The Food Security Challenge in an Age of Falling Water Tables and Rising Temperatures
  Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
  International Conference on Engaging Communities Proceedings
  Survey on General Assembly Civil Society Hearings

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Environment and Trade (Second Edition)
  Corporate Responsibility - The Connected World in 2006
  Trade, Aid and Security – Six Key Objectives
  The Roles of the IMF, the World Bank, and the WTO in Liberalization and Privatization of the Water Services Sector

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Progress on UNEP/GPA National Programme of Action (NPA) Programme
  The Environment in Asia Pacific Harbors
  Overview of Wetlands Status in Viet Nam Following 15 Years of Ramsar Convention Implementation
  Managing Conflict in Watersheds of Sri Lanka

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Report of the Third Session of the FAO Working Group on Plant Genetic Resources
  Report of the Fifth Session of the Codex Task Force on Foods Derived from Biotechnology
  Learning Module: Law and Policy of Relevance to the Management of Plant Genetic Resources

Chemicals Management
  The Songhua River Spill, China December 2005: Field Study Report

Climate and Atmosphere
  CDM Country Guides
  Asian Perspectives on Climate Regime Beyond 2012: Concerns, Interests and Priorities
  Energy Planning, Technologies and Sustainability: A Primer
  Energy “Factoids”

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  Nontimber Forest Products Management on National Forests in the United States

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  UNEP Governing Council/GMEF/ICCM: 4-9 February 2006, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  Security, Development, and Forest Conflict Forum: 8-9 February 2006, Brussels, Belgium

  44th Session of the Commission for Social Development: 8-17 February 2006, UN headquarters, New York
  UN Forum on Forests, Sixth Session: 13-24 February 2006, UN headquarters, New York


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.
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