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Recently added meetings:
European Seminar on Finance, Envt and
10 Jan 2003. Paris, France.
First Meeting of IOSEA Marine Turtle
MOU Signatory States: 22-24 Jan 2003. Bangkok,
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting:
23-28 Jan 2003. Davos, Switzerland.
Towards Sustainable Agriculture for
Developing Countries - Options from Life Sciences and
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.
17-28 Feb 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
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
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.
CONVENTION ON HAZARDOUS WASTE ADOPTS 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN AND
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.
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SECOND COMMITTEE OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL
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).
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RECENT KEY MEETINGS
GOVERNMENTS ADOPT ACTION PLAN ON POPULATION AND POVERTY FOR
ASIA PACIFIC, THE US OUTVOTED ON FAMILY PLANNING LANGUAGE
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.
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FOURTH GLOBAL FORUM ON REINVENTING GOVERNMENT
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
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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
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WIPO’S COMMITTEE DISCUSSES
LEGAL PROTECTION FOR TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
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.”
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USDA CARBON SYMPOSIUM ON NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT TO OFFSET GHG
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
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
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
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123RD SESSION OF THE FAO COUNCIL
– 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.
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2002 SECOND WARMEST YEAR
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.
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.
NEW TOOL CALCULATES GHG EMISSIONS OF PULP AND PAPER MILLS
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).
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.
BRITISH JOURNALIST AWARDED GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM PRIZE
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.
IUCN LAUNCHES PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE PROJECT
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.
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.
UNEP CHIEF CONDEMNS KENYA TERRORIST ATTACK
Executive Director Klaus Tï¿½pfer 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, Tï¿½pfer said that the
UN would work closely with the Kenya authorities to ensure security for
all, including UN staff.
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
Report on Small Cetaceans
(CMS Secretariat, December 2002) A review report on small
cetaceansï¿½ 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
(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.