LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of international environment and sustainable development news - 27 April 2006

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

LINKAGES UPDATE

 IPCC-25: 26-28 April 2006, Port Louis, Mauritius
 Stockholm Convention COP-2: 1-5 May 2006, Geneva, Switzerland
 CSD-14: 1-12 May 2006, UN headquarters, New York
RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS
UN HOLDS HIGH-LEVEL MEETING WITH WTO, IMF, WORLD BANK
24 April 2006 | UNHQ, New York
A high-level meeting of the UN’s Economic and Social Council with the Bretton Woods institutions, World Trade Organization and UN Conference on Trade and Development has been held at UN headquarters in New York. The meeting focused on issues such as the Doha trade round and trade-distorting subsidies for agriculture, the “Aid for Trade Initiative,” matters relating to financing for development, debt relief, and the risks of protectionism. Full story.

UN REFORM PROPOSALS SPARK RIFT
April 2006 | New York
Countries remain divided over proposed management reforms at the United Nations, according to General Assembly President Jan Eliasson. Full story.

President of the Economic and Social Council Ali Hachani (Tunisia) opened the high-level meeting

BRETTON WOODS “SPRING MEETINGS” FOCUS ON CLEAN ENERGY, IMF REFORM
22-23 April 2006 | Washington, DC
The International Monetary Fund-World Bank Spring Meetings have focused on ways to finance clean energy in developing countries, and on the role of governance in meeting worldwide social, health, and economic goals. In addition, discussions also dwelt on possible reforms to the IMF. Full story.

Sustainable Development
  Climate change-sustainable development nexus considered in preparation for CSD

Richard Kinley, UNFCCC Acting Executive Secretary, spoke at the pre-CSD workshop

  China reflects on green targets

 
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  UNEP Annual Report 2005

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