LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of international environment and sustainable development news - 30 June 2006

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

LINKAGES UPDATE

 26th Meeting of the Montreal Protocol’s Open-ended WG: 3-6 July 2006, Montreal, Canada
 16th Meeting of the CITES Plants Committee: 3-8 July 2006, Lima, Peru
 22nd Meeting of the CITES Animals Committee: 7-13 July 2006, Lima, Peru
RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS
WORLD URBAN FORUM III FOCUSES ON ENVIRONMENT, FINANCE AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
19-23 June 2006 | Vancouver, Canada
The World Urban Forum has concluded in Vancouver after taking up such issues as urban growth and the environment, partnerships and finance, and social inclusion and cohesion. Organized by UN-HABITAT and the Government of Canada, the Forum convened under the theme, “Sustainable Cities – Turning Ideas into Action.” The report of the meeting will be submitted for consideration to the 21st session of the UN-HABITAT Governing Council, scheduled to take place in early 2007. Full story.

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive
Director of UN-HABITAT

ITPGR GOVERNING BODY ADOPTS STANDARD MATERIAL TRANSFER AGREEMENT
12-16 June 2006 | Madrid, Spain
The first session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has adopted a standard Material Transfer Agreement. The session focused on a number of issues necessary to operationalize the Treaty, with most matters being successfully concluded. Full story.

UNICPOLOS-7 Co-Chair
Lori Ridgeway
(Canada)

 

UNICPOLOS-7 ADDRESSES ECOSYSTEM APPROACHES AND OCEANS
12-16 June 2006 | UN headquarters, New York
The seventh meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea has ended with agreement on a report that will be submitted to the General Assembly for consideration at its next session. The meeting included a discussion panel to consider ecosystem approaches and oceans. Full story.

 

 
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Sustainable Development
  Filling the Gaps: Priority Data Needs and Key Management Challenges for National Reporting on Ecosystem Condition
  Science on Sustainability 2006

Biodiversity and Wildlife
  Intellectual Property Rights: Designing Regimes to Support Plant Breeding in Developing Countries

  The Role of Biotechnology in Exploring and Protecting Agricultural Genetic Resources

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
  America’s Free Trade for Illegal Timber – How U.S Trade Pacts Speed the Destruction of the World’s Forests

  Payments for Environmental Services – An Equitable Approach for Reducing Poverty and Conserving Nature
  Tourism and Deserts – A Practical Guide to Managing the Social and Environmental Impacts in the Desert Recreation Sector

Human Development
  Preventing Disease through Healthy Environments: Towards an Estimate of the Environmental Burden of Disease
  International Migration 2006 Wall Chart
  Gender and Trade: A Guide to the Key Issues
  The Story behind the Numbers: Women and Employment in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States

Climate and Atmosphere
  Taxing Carbon to Finance Tax Reform
  Greenhouse Gas Inventory Network
  CDM/JI Pipeline Overview
  Increasing the Ambition of EU Emissions Trading
  Global Mitigation of Non-C02 Greenhouse Gases

Chemicals Management
  REACH Implementation Project: Technical Guidance Document

  SAICM: Quick Start Programme Trust Fund
  IFCS: Documents for Forum V
  Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) Database
  Position Paper of the Working Group on Good Laboratory Practices: �Outsourcing� of Inspection Functions by GLP Compliance Monitoring Authorities

Intergovernmental Organizations
  Basic Information on Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements: Mission, Structure, Financing and Governance
  Website for the High-Level Panel on UN System-Wide Coherence

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Podcast: World Bank on gas flaring

  The View from the Summit: Gleneagles G8 One Year On

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Deep Waters and High Seas
  June Edition of the GPA Outreach Newsletter

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