LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 24 Dec 2002

RECENT MEETING COVERED BY ENB

LINKAGES UPDATE


Linkages Update is our means of keeping you informed of what’s new on IISD Reporting Services’ Linkages website. This page is updated on a fortnightly basis, while the website continually posts new information provided by our seven new Issue Cluster Experts. If you wish to submit relevant materials, e-mail prisna@iisd.org
 

COMINGS AND GOINGS


 
Brazil Appoints Silva As Envt Chief
  Bellagio Forum Seeks New Executive Director
  GEF Seeks CEO And Chairperson
  OHCHR Seeks Senior Adviser
  World Bank Seeks Lead Environmental Economist
  IFAD Seeks Prog Coordinator
 WWF Seeks Freshwater Policy Officer For Southeast Asia Prog

Click here for all new appointments and vacancies

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


 Recently added meetings:

European Seminar on Finance, Envt and Sustainable Development: 10 Jan 2003. Paris, France.

First Meeting of IOSEA Marine Turtle MOU Signatory States: 22-24 Jan 2003. Bangkok, Thailand.

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: 23-28 Jan 2003. Davos, Switzerland.

Towards Sustainable Agriculture for Developing Countries - Options from Life Sciences and Biotechnologies: 30-31 Jan 2003. Brussels, Belgium.

Changing Dimensions of the Food Economy: 6-7 Feb 2003. The Hague, Netherlands.

Second Global Conference: Environmental Justice and Global Citizenship: 13-15 Feb 2003. Copenhagen, Denmark.

WSIS Prepcom2: 17-28 Feb 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.

Freshwater Forum: 18 Feb 2003. Winnipeg, Canada.

Greening the FTAA? Towards the Protection of Ecological Integrity in our Hemisphere: 17-18 March 2003. Montreal, QC, Canada.

Best Practices in Corporate Governance for Public and Private Enterprises: 17-28 March 2003. Washington, DC, US.

Fourth EURSAFE Congress: 20-22 March 2003. Toulouse, France.

Second North American Symposium on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade: 25-26 March 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.

UNEP Capacity Building Meeting on Environment, Trade and Sustainable Development: 27-28 March 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.

Meeting On Disclosure Of Environmental Information: How To Provide Environmental Information In A Form Useful To Financial Institutions: 27-28 March 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.

Global Civil Society - Expectations, Capacities And The Accountability Of International NGOs: 28 March - 5 April 2003. Oxford, England, UK.

Forum on HIV/AIDS/STD in Latin America and the Caribbean: 7-12 April 2003. Havana, Cuba.

Fourth Annual Asia Pacific Cities Summit: 13-16 April 2003. Brisbane, Australia.

14th Annual Earth Technologies Forum (ETF): 22-24 April 2003. Washington DC, US.

Stockholm International Investment Conference with Focus on Africa: 16-17 May 2003. Stockholm, Sweden.

Environment for Europe Fifth Ministerial Conference: 21-23 May 2003. Kiev, Ukraine.

Sharing Indigenous Wisdom: An International Dialogue on Sustainable Development: 8-12 June 2003. Green Bay, Wisconsin, US.

2003 World Water Week in Stockholm and Stockholm Water Symposium: 11-14 Aug 2003. Stockholm, Sweden.

13th International Conference on AIDS and STIS in Africa (ICASA): 21-26 Sept 2003. Nairobi, Kenya.

Third Meeting of the European Academy of Forensic Science: 22-27 Sept 2003. Istanbul, Turkey.

 

BASEL CONVENTION ON HAZARDOUS WASTE ADOPTS 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN AND COMPLIANCE MECHANISM
9-13 December 2002 | Geneva, Switzerland
The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-6) to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal was held from 9-14 December 2002, in Geneva, Switzerland. After lengthy negotiations, COP-6 also set the budget for 2003-2005, agreed on a compliance mechanism for the Convention, adopted a Strategic Plan, and finalized the Framework Agreement on the legal establishment of the Regional Centers for Training and Technology Transfer. With COP-6 ending many hours later than scheduled, most delegates departed from COP-6 fatigued but satisfied at completing their work on these important tasks. Nevertheless, broader goals such as hazardous waste minimization and entry into force of the Ban Amendment are certain to remain on the agenda for some time to come. Click here for ENB’s daily and summary report, and digital coverage.

SECOND COMMITTEE OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
24 September - 11 December 2002 | UNHQ, New York, US
The Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly met from 24 September through 11 December 2002. The Committee addressed issues relating to the environment and sustainable development, and considered outcomes of the relevant major UN conferences and summits.
During this session, the committee’s work focused on, inter alia: macroeconomic policy questions; sustainable development and international economic cooperation; environment and sustainable development; operational activities for development; and implementation of the first United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (1997-2006). Click here for ENB's briefing note on the Second Committee.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS

GOVERNMENTS ADOPT ACTION PLAN ON POPULATION AND POVERTY FOR
ASIA PACIFIC, THE US OUTVOTED ON FAMILY PLANNING LANGUAGE
11-17 December 2002 | Bangkok, Thailand
Governments convened from 11-17 December 2002 in Bangkok, Thailand for the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference to review the population and development situation in the Asia and Pacific region and identify the challenges faced in implementing the actions agreed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo. During the ministerial segment held from 16-17 December, delegates adopted a Plan of Action targeted at poverty reduction, with recommendations on issues such as migration and urbanization, population ageing, gender equality, equity and empowerment of women, reproductive rights and reproductive health, adolescent reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. Discussions on reproductive health, including family planning, proved to be contentious. Click here for more.

FOURTH GLOBAL FORUM ON REINVENTING GOVERNMENT
11-13 December 2002 | Marrakech, Morocco
Over 2,000 participants, including over 50 high-level representatives and ministers, gathered for the Fourth Global Forum on Reinventing Government held from 11-13 December 2002 in Marrakech, Morocco. This year’s forum convened under theme “Citizens, Businesses, and Governments: Partnerships for Development and Democracy.” The forum’s workshops and roundtables identified the erosion of locally shared values and social stability, particularly in the face of globalization, as a major challenge facing developing country governments. Click here for more.

MONTERREY BRIDGE COALITION HOLDS STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION
18-19 November 2002 | New York, US
Formed in 2002 to bring together key actors who recognize the need for greater cooperation, synergy and mutual supportiveness among the intrinsically linked fields of agriculture, biodiversity and poverty and hunger reduction, the Monterrey Bridge Coalition held a strategic planning session from 18-19 November 2002 at The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York. During the two-day meeting, participants initiated the process of identifying key challenges, core issues and actions that the Coalition should initially address or undertake and created task forces to develop components of an action plan. Click here for more.

WIPO’S COMMITTEE DISCUSSES
LEGAL PROTECTION FOR TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
9-17 December 2002 | Geneva, Switzerland
The fourth meeting of WIPO’s Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore focused on possible ways of providing legal protection for traditional knowledge and folklore, including through the use of databases, a multilateral sui generis system and disclosure requirements for country of origin, benefit sharing and prior informed consent in patent applications. On the sidelines of the meeting, a group of indigenous experts launched the “Call of the Earth” initiative, aiming to respond to the “threats and challenges of emerging international intellectual property policies that do not adequately reflect or respond to the concerns of indigenous peoples.” Click here for more.

USDA CARBON SYMPOSIUM ON NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TO OFFSET GHG EMISSIONS
19-21 November 2002 | Raleigh, NC, US
The objective of the conference was to discuss management options for increased storage of terrestrial carbon, monitor information on current terrestrial carbon stocks, and provide a forum for discussing the policy implications of scientific carbon research findings. Participants heard over 150 presentations over the course of the three-day meeting, and plenary sessions helped bring together common research, policy and land management needs that could be derived from the studies. Key findings will be published in a special edition of Environmental Management.

THE MICROCREDIT SUMMIT +5
10-13 November 2002 | New York, US
Over 2,000 delegates representing over 100 countries attended the Microcredit Summit +5 in New York. Participants convened in Plenary and breakout sessions and 13 day-long courses throughout the Summit. Discussions focused on six newly commissioned papers presented in a book entitled “Pathways Out of Poverty: Innovations in Microfinance for the Poorest Families.” Outcomes include the presentation of Institutional Action Plans and the release of the most extensive directory of microcredit institutions produced to date.

LIKE-MINDED MEGADIVERSE COUNTRIES ADOPT DECLARATION ON GENETIC RESOURCES, TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
27-29 November 2002 | Cusco, Peru
Ministers and high-ranking representatives of the “Like-Minded Megadiverse” countries assembled in Cusco, Peru, to discuss access to genetic resources, traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights. The ministerial meeting attended by officials from Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, South Africa and Venezuela was preceded by an expert meeting on access and benefit sharing. Click here for more.

123RD SESSION OF THE FAO COUNCIL
28 October – 1 November 2002 | Rome, Italy
This meeting convened at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 28 October – 1 November 2002. Agenda items for the Council, which consists of 49 Member States, included the report of the 28th Session of the Committee on World Food Security, activities of the World Food Programme, and budgetary and administrative matters. Among other decisions taken, the Council established and developed the terms of reference for an Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) to elaborate a set of voluntary guidelines to support Member Nations’ efforts to achieve the progressive realization of the right to adequate food in the context of national food security. Click here for more.

RECENT NEWS

2002 SECOND WARMEST YEAR
ON RECORD

Forecasts by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) demonstrate that this year will replace 2001 as the second warmest ever recorded. Since 1860, when instruments first began recording land and sea surface temperatures, 1998 has been the hottest year, and 10 of the warmest years have occurred since 1987, with nine of these years occurring since 1990. More information.

CANADA RATIFIES KYOTO, MEMBERSHIP NOW 100
Canada’s recent ratification of the Kyoto Protocol puts the number of Kyoto-committed countries at 100. The world now awaits ratification by the Russian Federation, which has announced that it will act within months, for entry into force of the 1997 Protocol on climate change. More information.

NEW TOOL CALCULATES GHG EMISSIONS OF PULP AND PAPER MILLS
A new methodology has been developed for calculating greenhouse gas emissions from pulp and paper mills. Touted as a solution that can serve as a single industry approach to emissions accounting, the calculation tool was developed by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, in association with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI). More information.

 

GENERAL ASSEMBLY ADOPTS THREE RESOLUTIONS ON OCEANS,
UN COMMEMORATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF LAW OF THE SEA
Having concluded its work on oceans and the law of the sea, the United Nations General Assembly (GA) adopted three resolutions concerning marine environment protection, destructive fishing practices and compliance of shipping vessels with conservation measures. The UN also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was first opened for signature in Montego Bay, Jamaica in 1982. More information.

BRITISH JOURNALIST AWARDED GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM PRIZE
British journalist James Meek, writing for the Guardian newspaper, received the 2002 Reuters-IUCN Global Media Award for his article �Worlds Apart - a journey from A to Z of inequality - from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to Zug, Switzerland.� Queen Noor of Jordan presented Meeks with the award at a ceremony in Washington, DC. More information.

IUCN LAUNCHES PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE PROJECT
The Precautionary Principle stands at a nexus where trade, development, food security and conservation interests often clash. This has prompted a consortium of conservation organisations, under the umbrella of IUCN, to launch a project examining the role of the principle in natural resource management and biodiversity conservation. More information.

UN LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF FRESHWATER
Endeavoring to raise awareness and promote action on managing and protecting clean water resources, the United Nations has launched the International Year of Freshwater. As part of the Year's observances, in January 2003 the UN will issue the first edition of the World Water Development Report, a joint effort involving 23 UN agencies and other entities that provides a comprehensive view of today's water problems and offers recommendations for meeting future water demand. More information.

UNEP CHIEF CONDEMNS KENYA TERRORIST ATTACK
UNEP Executive Director Klaus T�pfer condemned the terrorist attack at the Paradise Hotel in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa, killing 10 Kenyans and 3 Israelis. Although Mombasa is 485 kilometers away from Nairobi, T�pfer said that the UN would work closely with the Kenya authorities to ensure security for all, including UN staff. More information.

KEY PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

Alpha 2000 - Ecological Education
in Everyday Life

(UNESCO Publishing 2002) With contributions from 16 researchers from ten countries, this book looks at adult education and discusses how an ecological approach that focuses on cultural traditions and natural environments of communities can be more useful than education in specialized institutions. The contributors aim to provide alternatives to neo-capitalist thinking and promote local education and development through international cooperation.


Report on Small Cetaceans
(CMS Secretariat, December 2002) A review report on small cetaceans� distribution, behavior, migration and threats, prepared by Professor Boris Culik, is made available by the Secretariat of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS). The report was conceived with the main objective of providing the CMS Secretariat, other CMS statutory bodies, the Parties and a wider audience with an up-to-date and comprehensive review of available information on small cetacean migration and related conservation issues on a worldwide scale.

The WIPO Patent Agenda: Risks for
Developing Countries

(South Centre, November 2002) Written by Carlos Correa and Sisule Musungu, this report gives an overview of the intellectual property standard setting at WIPO and the WTO. It further provides an historical perspective of the trends in international intellectual property standard setting, and discusses the three main pillars that underlie the patent agenda process as well as reasons of concern for developing countries.


Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Folklore:
A Review of Progress in Diplomacy
and Policy Formulation

(ICTSD, October 2002) Authored by Graham Dutfield, this case study was produced as part of the UNCTAD/ICTSD Capacity Building Project on intellectual property rights and development. It presents a range of proposed systems and measures to protect traditional knowledge and folklore in light of ongoing international negotiations taking place at the WTO, WIPO and the CBD, including proposals made by governments, experts and NGOs.

The Trade in Wildlife: Regulation for Conservation
(Earthscan, December 2002) Edited by Sara Oldfield, this book provides a critical assessment of how international trade in wildlife is currently regulated and how those regulations are enforced.


Policing International Trade in Endangered Species: The CITES Treaty and Compliance
(Earthscan, November 2002) Authored by Rosalind Reeve, this book presents the first definitive study of the CITES compliance system.

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