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WHO WILL HEAD WHO NEXT?
LEE CHOSEN TO LEAD
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
of searching for a new Chief to replace outgoing Director-General
Gro Harlem Brundtland, the WHO Executive Board has nominated Jong
Wook Lee to head the UN agency. Following the approval of his nomination
at this May’s 56th World Health Assembly, Lee will succeed Brundtland
as the agency’s chief technical and administrative officer and policymaker,
beginning his five-year term on 21 July.
Senior Project Management Officer
Senior Policy Officer in Africa
Conservation Advisor in Ghana
looks to hire
P-3 Programme Officer
Senior Environmental Economist
Water and Sanitation
Senior Programme Officer
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UNECE Eighth Execom Meeting:
17-18 Jan 2003. Kiev, Ukraine.
Public Forum on Inter-Linkages:
Environmental Governance in 14 Asian and Pacific Countries:
21 Jan 2003. Tokyo, Japan.
World Social Forum:
23-28 Jan 2003. Porto Alegre, Brazil.
The Public Eye on Davos 2003:
23-27 Jan 2003. Davos, Switzerland.
EC Environmental Governance
Conference: 27-28 Jan 2003. Brussels, Belgium.
Judges Ad Hoc Meeting
for the Development of a Plan of Work as a Follow-Up to the Global
Judges Symposium Relating to Capacity Building of Judges, Prosecutors,
and Other Legal Stakeholders: 30-31 Jan 2003. Nairobi,
World Wetlands Day:
2 Feb 2003.
ICTSD Conference on Making the WTO Dispute Settlement System
Work for Developing Countries and LDCs:
7 Feb 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
Expert Meeting on Indicators
of Biological Diversity Including Indicators for Rapid Assessment
of Inland Water Ecosystems: 10-12 Feb 2003. Montreal,
OECD Global Science Forum Workshop:
12-14 Feb 2003. Tokyo, Japan.
Workshop for the Development
of a Framework for Strategic Integrated Assessment: 13-14
Feb 2003. Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland.
Third UNEP Working Group Meeting
on Economic Instruments: 17-18 Feb 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
OHCHR and UNESCO Joint Workshop
to Develop a Publication to Combat Racism and Foster Tolerance:
19-20 Feb 2003. Paris, France.
20th Session of the IPCC:
19-21 Feb 2003. Paris, France.
Fourth Session of the Interim
Chemical Review Committee (ICRC-4): 3-7 March 2003. Rome,
Public Hearing on the EU Between
Jo'burg Follow-Up and Cancun Politics: How to Set the Right Framework
for Investment Rules: 6 Mar 2003. Brussels, Belgium.
International Workshop on Methods
and Tools for the Development of Sustainable Neighborhoods:
6-7 Mar 2003. Copenhagen, Denmark.
16th Session of the FAO Committee
on Forestry: 10-14 Mar 2003. Rome, Italy.
First Session of BAT/BEP Expert
Group of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee of the Stockholm
Convention: 10-14 March 2003. Research Triangle Park,
North Carolina, US.
Workshop on Monitoring for Effectiveness
in Community-Based Water Supply and Sanitation: 10-21
Mar 2003. Nairobi, Kenya.
Greening The FTAA? - Towards
the Protection of Ecological Integrity in our Hemisphere:
17-18 Mar 2003, Montreal, Canada.
World Water Day 2003:
22 Mar 2003.
OECD Conference on Sustainable
Transportation: 23-25 Mar 2003. Nagoya, Japan.
Regional Seminar on Policies
for the Protection of Farmers' Rights in Mountain Regions:
24-26 Mar 2003, Godavari, Lalitpur, Nepal.
Public Workshop on NAFTA Chapter
24 Mar 2003. Mexico
Second North American Symposium
on Assessing the Environmental Effects of Trade: 25-26
Mar 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.
UNEP Capacity Building Meeting
on Environment, Trade and Sustainable Development: 27-28
Mar 2003. Mexico City, Mexico.
UNIDO Technology Foresight Summit:
27-29 Mar 2003. Budapest, Hungary.
Workshop on Structuring, Financing,
and Monitoring PPP Projects in the Energy Sector: 7-25
April 2003. Washington, DC, US.
49th Meeting of the CITES Standing
Committee: 22-25 April 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
Sixth Workshop on International
Climate Policy: 25-26 April 2003. Vienna, Austria.
11th Session of the UN Commission
on Sustainable Development: 28 April 2003 - 9 May 2003.
New York, US.
Workshop on Structuring, Financing,
and Monitoring PPP Projects in the Water Sector: 5-23
May 2003. Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA, US.
Meeting of the Open-Ended Informal
Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea:
2-6 June 2003. New York, US.
International Conference on
the Urban Dimensions of Environmental Change – Science, Exposures,
Policies, and Technologies: 3-6 June 2003. Shanghai,
12th Meeting of States Parties
to the Convention on the Law of the Sea: 9-13 June 2003.
New York, US.
Third International Course in
Ecosystem Health - Ecosystem Health: New Thinking for New Challenges:
10-13 June 2003. London, ON, Canada.
POPs INC-7: 14-18
July 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
PIC INC-10: 17-21
November 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
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complete list of upcoming meetings.
22nd Session of the UNEP Governing
Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum
3 - 7 February 2003, Nairobi, Kenya
Conference on Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest
3 - 7 February 2003, Guatemala City, Guatemala
and Sustainable Forest Management - Impacts and Interactions
3 - 5 February 2003, Rome,
RECENT KEY MEETINGS
COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
MEETS TO ELECT BUREAU
2003 | UNHQ, New York, US
Delegates to the first meeting of the 11th session of the United Nations
Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) met at UN Headquarters in
New York on 27 January 2003 to elect the officers for the 11th session
of the CSD (CSD-11), which will convene 28 April – 9 May 2003. Elected
as Bureau Chair was South African Minister of Environmental Affairs
and Tourism, Valli Moosa. Minister
Moosa’s opening remarks noted the challenge that CSD-11 will face in
translating the outcomes of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development
(WSSD) into practical modalities for its next decade of work. He stated
that the Commission should serve as a focal point for the discussion
of partnerships promoting the implementation of sustainable development
and urged that the participation of stakeholders in the Commission’s
work be enhanced.
Briefing Note by Pamela
Chasek, ENB Editor.
AFRICAN FINANCE MINISTERS FOCUS
ON ECONOMY AND DEVELOPMENT AT BIG TABLE MEETING
18-19 January 2003
| Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
This year’s discussion at the
Third Big Table meeting of African Finance Ministers and their OECD
counterparts focused on economic and development issues arising from
the Fourth WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, the International Conference
on Financing for Development in Monterrey, and the WSSD in Johannesburg, all held in 2002.
CONVENES EUROPEAN SEMINAR ON FINANCE, ENVIRONMENT
2003 | Paris, France
Attended by over 300 participants,
this gathering of Europe’s financial community explored the implications
for the finance sector of last year's WSSD.
Participants included bankers, insurers and asset managers from across
Europe, as well as representatives from government and civil society.
MOROCCO TAKES OVER G-77 CHAIR
In a formal ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York on 16 January
2003, Morocco formally took over the Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77)
UK EXCHEQUER PROPOSES
NEW DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT
international plan that pledges to bring much needed investment financing
to the world’s poorest countries has been proposed. Unveiled by UK Chancellor
of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, the International Finance Facility (IFF)
would seek long-term donor support from wealthy countries, leveraging
additional financing from the global capital markets on the basis of
UN LAUNCHES INTERNATIONAL
YEAR OF FRESHWATER
In a bid to raise awareness
and action to manage and protect the world’s clean water resources,
the United Nations has declared 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater.
UNEP PLEDGES TO HELP NEW KENYAN
GOVERNMENT WITH FOREST AND RIVER MANAGEMENT
The United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) announced it’s plans to enhance the management of land
and water resources flowing from Mount Kenya. The multi-million-dollar
project will also back Kenyan government efforts to reduce illegal water
removal in the rivers and streams feeding the Tana River.
KENYAN HONEY PRODUCER WINS SUSTAINABLE
Honey Care Africa, a small, socially
responsible Kenyan honey producer, has won the prestigious $30,000 Equator
UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY ESTABLISHES
WORLD SOLIDARITY FUND
Nations General Assembly has formally endorsed the establishment of
a World Solidarity Fund aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting social
and human development in developing countries.
UNEP MARKS 30 YEARS
Marking UNEP’s 30th anniversary, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer
said in an end of the year editorial that 2003 was a defining moment
in the long march towards a more environmentally-sound, sustainable
and healthier world.
CHINA COMMENCES WITH
SOUTH-NORTH WATER DIVERSION
Following 50 years
of planning, China has finally begun the colossal undertaking of diverting
its water from the water-rich South to the parched and thirsty North.
The project, which was envisioned by Chairman Mao Zedong in the 1950s
and approved last year by the State Council, is expected to take another
50 years to complete.
WSSD PARTNERSHIP SPURRING AFRICA
TO SWITCH TO UNLEADED PETROL
A survey carried out by UNEP, a leading member of the global Partnership
for Clean Fuels and Vehicles, indicates that within five years most
African countries will have phased out, or be close to phasing out,
lead from petrol.
PRIMER ON GLOBAL FOREST POLICY
Linkages provides background
information on various issues and multilateral processes. Our background
Global Forest Policy has been recently
information on recent sessions of the International Tropical Timber
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and announcement list service that focuses on the climate change policy
process and the UNFCCC. In addition, archives of
Climate-L News – a comprehensive climate news resource containing
all the latest news, scientific research findings, opinion pieces and
speeches on climate change – have now been made accessible online.
of the World 2003
(Worldwatch Institute, 2003) This 2003
release represents the 20th anniversary edition of Worldwatch’s classic
evaluation of the state of the world. The text argues that past successes—such
as the elimination of smallpox and the encouraging drop in birth rates
in many countries—prove that humanity is capable of redirecting itself
in positive ways. Substantive chapters examine the disappearance of
birds, links between population, women and biodiversity, efforts to
combat malaria, energy technologies, mining dependence, urban issues,
and engaging religion for sustainable development.
to Earth: Geographic Information for Sustainable Development in Africa
(US National Research Council, 2002) This report reviews the applicability
and importance of geographic data for sustainable development. As the
executive summary notes, geographic data describe spatial variations
across the landscape at a variety of levels (local, national and global)
and include elements such as climate, elevation, soil, land use and
population. The report draws on experiences in African countries and
examines how future sources and applications of geographic data could
provide reliable support to decision-makers as they work toward sustainable
Environmental Report on
UNEP has recently published a desk
study on the state of the environment in the Palestinian
Territories. The Desk Study team, comprised of eight impartial
environmental experts under the chair of former Finnish Environment and Development
Cooperation Minister Pekka Haavisto, visited the region from 1-11 October
2002. The report carries recommendations on improving the environment
that will benefit the territories and the region as a whole. The study
will be discussed by environment ministers attending UNEP’s 22nd Governing
Council, which will run from3-7 February 2003 at UNEP Headquarters in Nairobi,
Sustainable Development CD
The IUCN Sustainable Use Team recently
produced a new CD containing over 50 technical papers relating to sustainable
use of wild living natural resources. It is the culmination of over
five years work and includes papers from Volumes I (1998), II (1999),
and III (2001) of the SUI Technical Series and six cases studies from
Lessons Learned: Case Studies in Sustainable Use (2001), which comprises
the proceedings of a workshop held to identify "lessons learned" from
case studies of sustainable use projects.
Report on Sustainable Development
The United Nation’s Department of
Economic and Social Affairs has recently published a new E-book (268
pages) on supporting Africa’s efforts to achieve sustainable development.
2002 Status of Coral Reefs
IUCN, together with the Global Coral
Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) has released its 2002 Status of Coral
Reefs of the World report. This new report documents the current health
of major reef systems, including updated patterns of damage and recovery
2003-2007 Action Plan
The South Pacific Regional Environment
Programme (SPREP) has just released its 2003-2007 action strategy for
nature conservation in the Pacific Islands region.
Trade and Development
Handbook of Statistics 2002
(UNCTAD, 2002) This handbook provides a comprehensive collection
of statistical data relevant to the analysis of world trade, investment
and development, for individual countries and for economic and trade
groupings. The Handbook is available in print and CD-ROM versions and
is also available online.
Trade Remedy Law: The Canadian Experience 2nd Edition 1985-2000
(Government of Canada, 2002) This study describes Canada's experience
with US anti-dumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations
during the period 1985-2000. It is intended to update and expand upon
Canada's experience with US trade remedy laws as provided in the 1993
Bank 2003 World Development Report
The World Bank has recently released
its World Development Report for 2003, which focuses on the theme of:
Sustainable Development in a Dynamic World. Now in its 25th edition,
this year's report examines the relationship between competing policy
objectives of reducing poverty, maintaining growth, improving social
cohesion, and protecting the environment over a 50 year time period.
It also reviews institutional progress and stresses that ensuring economic
growth and improved management of the planet's ecosystem requires a
reduction in poverty and inequality at all levels: local, national,
Aid in the National Interest: Promoting Freedom, Security, and Opportunity
(USAID, January 2003) This USAID policy report stresses the critical
link between national security and foreign assistance and lays out a
framework for development in the coming decades. The report's six chapters
discuss: promoting democratic governance; driving economic growth; changing
health needs; mitigating and managing conflict; providing humanitarian
aid; and the full measure of foreign aid. Development scholars and academics
outside USAID, including Larry Diamond of the Hoover Institute, Michael
Porter of Harvard, Peter Timmer of University of California-San Diego
and Carol Adelman of the Hudson Institute, served as primary authors.
The report seeks to capture accomplishments to date and the state of
the art in development strategy, as it educates about the state of development
assistance and fosters discussion about the challenges that lie ahead.
Imports of Illegal Timber:
Options for Europe
(RIIA and FERN, December 2002) Written by Duncan Brack, Chantal
Marijnissen and Saskia Ozinga, this report presents recommendations
for the institutions of the European Union (EU) and for the governments
of the EU member states on means to control the import of illegally
sourced timber and wood products into the territory of the EU. Using
a series of country studies - from France, Germany, the Netherlands
and the UK - that covered the relevant legislation and current measures
dealing with illegal logging and imports of illegally sourced timber
in each country, the report identifies existing legislation that may
be applicable in controlling imports; looks at ways of promoting legal
products in the market and of controlling flows of investment to potentially
illegal forestry activities; examines existing global frameworks that
may be applicable; analyzes new approaches that are currently being
discussed, in particular the option of new EU legislation, including
a licensing scheme for legal timber enabling member states to control
the entry of illegally sourced timber; and considers practical issues,
including identification systems, that must be addressed.
2002-2006 Strategic Report
The International Fund for Agricultural
Development (IFAD) has recently released its strategic framework for
2002-2006 on enabling the rural poor to overcome poverty.
AND NOTEWORTHY ONLINE RESOURCES
- UNEP's Platform
on Sustainable Consumption
UNEP has launched a Sustainable Consumption website with information
on its follow-up of the Johannesburg decisions on sustainable consumption
and production, its Advertising and Communication Forum, the Life-Cycle
Initiative, the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection survey, the joint
UNEP/UNESCO youth and sustainable consumption and lifestyles project
and product and service design. Most documents and meeting reports are
directly downloadable. Through ï¿½SC.net,ï¿½ UNEP and a wide variety of
contributors exchange information on the global activities on Sustainable
Consumption on a monthly informal basis. For more information, contact:
Bas de Leeuw, Coordinator of UNEP's Sustainable Consumption activities;
tel: +33-14-437-3009; e-mail:
Socioeconomic Internet Portal
The UNEP.Net Socioeconomic portal provides a data and information
access service focused on socioeconomic data related to the environment.
It contains links to major sources of social and economic assessment
information used by UNEP and its partners for integrated environment
assessments as part of the GEO process. Offerings include links to policy/strategy
documents such as the World Bank's World Development Report 2003,
datasets including UNDP's Human Development Indicators, and maps and
graphics including WHO World Health Maps.
European Regional Internet Portal
UNEP has launched a new European-wide environmental portal with
the goal of making available the best existing sources of information
on the European environment at regional, sub-regional and national levels.
The portal also aims to provide a means of integrating, analyzing and
adding value for improved environmental management and related decision-making.