LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of international environment and sustainable development news - 23 February 2006

 ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD                                                       LINKAGES UPDATE

 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
 CTI Technology Transfer Seminar: 8-9 March 2006, Hanoi, Viet Nam

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES MARINE BIODIVERSITY IN AREAS BEYOND NATIONAL JURISDICTION
13-17 February 2006 | UN headquarters, New York
The Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group of the General Assembly to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction has supported the need for short-term measures to address illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and destructive fishing practices. IISDRS coverage.

UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL CONSIDERS ENERGY AND GOVERNANCE, APPROVES CHEMICALS PLAN
7-9 February 2006 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The latest special session of the UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum has considered energy and climate change issues as a contribution to the upcoming session of the Commission on Sustainable Development. The Council also discussed environmental governance and approved an agreement on international chemicals management. IISDRS coverage.

 

Outgoing UNEP Executive
Director Klaus Töpfer

STRATEGIC APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL CHEMICALS MANAGEMENT ADOPTED
4-6 February 2006 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A “strategic approach to international chemicals management” (SAICM) has been agreed at an intergovernmental meeting in Dubai. The voluntary approach was approved during the International Conference on Chemicals Management. IISDRS Coverage.

BIODIVERSITY WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES ACCESS AND BENEFIT-SHARING
30 January – 3 February 2006 | Granada, Spain
The Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing of the Convention on Biological Diversity has continued talks on an international regime and agreed on a draft to serve as the basis for future negotiations. IISDRS Coverage.

RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS

Sustainable Development
  High-level UN panel on development, humanitarian assistance and the environment established

  ECOSOC elects bureau, sets agenda

  Sixth Delhi Sustainable Development Summit addresses MDGs

  Recent meetings address disaster risk reduction and recovery

  Tsunami warning system for the Caribbean discussed

  Global Action Plan on landslides launched

  Renewable energy forum considers lessons, prospects

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Brazil to create new national parks

Chemicals Management
  Rotterdam review committee considers chrysotile asbestos, other chemicals
  Basel Convention bureau considers administrative matters, synergies study

  UNITAR, Swiss launch chemicals management project

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Global development strategies ignoring wetlands, says NGO

  Cooperation between Ramsar and Barcelona conventions announced

  Deadline for environmental film festival nears

Climate and Atmosphere
  Joint Implementation committee holds first meeting
  Solar cycle may delay recovery of the ozone layer - report

  Kyoto targets achievable - climate convention chief

  Kyoto ushers in carbon market success; India endorses market
  U.S. should take lead in UN climate talks, says senator

  Christian coalition joins climate cause

  Dutch NGOs launch climate campaign

Human Development
  Commission for Social Development focuses on poverty eradication

  Women’s anti-discrimination committee reviews compliance issues

  UN-HABITAT urges gender equality in accessing human settlements

Intergovernmental Organizations
  UNESCO convention on “intangible” cultural heritage to enter into force

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Provisional WTO ruling on GMO products rejects EU moratorium & member states’ bans

  IADB approves new environment and safeguards compliance policy

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
  Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Year Book 2006
  Sustainable Asia 2005 and Beyond – In the Pursuit of Innovative Policies
  International Environmental Protection

Chemicals Management
  Emission Scenario Document on Insecticides for Stables and Manure Storage Systems

  Good Laboratory Practice: OECD Principles and Guidance for Compliance Monitoring

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  World Economic Situation and Prospects 2006
  Economic Development and Multilateral Trade Cooperation
  Challenging Preconceptions about Trade in Sustainable Products: Towards Win-Win-Win for Developing Countries
  Asian Environment Outlook 2005: Making Profits, Protecting our Planet – Corporate Responsibility for Environmental Performance in Asia and the Pacific
  The A to Z of the GEF
 Trade and Environment Review 2006

Climate and Atmosphere
  Joint Implementation website section launched

  Agenda for Climate Action
  Montreal 2005: What Happened and What it Means
  Report of the 35th Meeting of the Montreal Protocol Implementation Committee
  Report of Montreal Protocol MOP 17 & Vienna Convention COP 7
  Changing Climates – The Role of Renewable Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World
  Linking Climate Change Adaptation Network Website
  “NapAssess”: A Decision Support Tool for Use in the NAPA Process
  Not If, But When: Adapting to Natural Hazards in the Pacific Islands Region

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  2006 World Water Day Website
  Promoting Responsible Ports
  In the Front Line: Shoreline Protection and Other Ecosystem Services from Mangroves and Coral Reefs
  Report of the Panama Bay Ramsar Site Workshop

Biodiversity and Wildlife

  Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Foundation Reports

  The Evolution of CITES, 8th edition

  Who Benefits from GM Crops? Monsanto and its Corporate Driven Genetically Modified Crop Revolution

  Global Status of Commercialized Biotech: GM Crops 2005

  Sustainable Use and Management of Natural Resources

  Out of Africa: Mysteries of Access and Benefit Sharing

  Tunza Magazine – Biodiversity Special

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues

  Land Rights for African Development: From Knowledge to Action

Human Development
  Land Tenure Reform and Gender Equality
  The World’s Women 2005: Progress in Statistics
  Equal Participation of Women and Men in Decision-Making Processes, with Particular Emphasis on Political Participation and Leadership
  Assessing Environment’s Contribution to Poverty Reduction

UPCOMING MEETINGS

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KEY MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS:

  Carbon Market Insights Event 2006: 28 February – 2 March 2006, Copenhagen, Denmark

  50th Session, Commission on the Status of Women: 27 February – 2 March 2006, UNHQ, NY

  Sharing the Fish Conference 2006: 23 February - 2 March 2006, Perth Australia

  World Bank Energy Week 2006: Clean Energy for Development: 6-8 March 2006, Washington, DC


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting daily from the 4th World Water Forum in March 2006.

Linkages Update 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.