LINKAGES UPDATE - an e-update of international environment and sustainable development news - 24 August 2006

ONGOING AND UPCOMING MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

LINKAGES UPDATE

 Third GEF Assembly: 29-30 August 2006, Cape Town, South Africa
RECENT KEY MEETINGS AND MEDIA REPORTS
AIDS CONFERENCE URGES UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO PREVENTION, TREATMENT
13-18 August 2006 | Toronto, Canada
A large conference on HIV/AIDS has concluded with calls for universal access to effective prevention strategies, as well as HIV care and treatment. The XVI International AIDS Conference involved the presentation of more than 4,500 abstracts and was attended by a large number of experts, activists, policy makers, health providers and caregivers. Full story.

OZONE LAYER RECOVERY OF ANTARCTICA DELAYED, METHYL BROMIDE UNDERESTIMATED, SAYS UN REPORT
18 August 2006 | Nairobi, Kenya
The ozone layer will not be fully restored over Antarctica until 2060-2075, an extension of 10-25 years longer than previous estimates, according to a new report. In addition, the effects of emissions of methyl bromide from humans appear to be greater than previously thought, according to the new study by the Scientific Assessment Panel to the Montreal Protocol. Full story.

Bill Clinton was one of the
high-profile speakers at the AIDS Conference. The former U.S President also recently launched a new climate change plan (see “Clinton Climate Initiative launched”
below)

UNFF ONLINE DISCUSSION ADDRESSES FOREST GOVERNANCE
August 2006 | Global
An online discussion forum is focusing on the question “how should a country balance authority to ensure sustainable forest management?” The discussion, hosted by the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat, began on 11 August 2006 and follows an earlier online forum on “the roots causes of deforestation.” Full story.

UN LAUNCHES ASIA-PACIFIC ENVIRONMENT CENTERS
17 August 2006 | Seoul/Bangkok
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), along with several other organizations, has launched two new environmental centers in Asia. Full story.

 
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Vacancies

Sustainable Development
  One Planet, Many People: Atlas of Our Changing Environment
  A New Era for Oil Prices

  Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble

  IUCN E-Discussion Forum: The Future Of Sustainability: Have Your Say!

Human Development
  Eliminating World Poverty: Making Governance Work for the Poor

  UN-HABITAT Annual Report 2005

  Budgeting for Women's Rights: Monitoring Government Budgets for Compliance with CEDAW

  Elimination of Violence against Women in Partnership with Men

  Uncounted and Discounted

  Using Gender Research in Development

  New website of the UN Research Institute for Social Development

Intergovernmental Organizations
  Would a United Nations Environment Organization Help to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals?

  Governing Collaborative Governance: Enhancing Development Outcomes by Improving Partnership Governance and Accountability

  Policy Engagement: How Civil Society Can Be More Effective

Trade, Finance and Investment in Sustainable Development
  Poverty, Health, and Ecosystems: Experience from Asia

Water, Wetlands, Oceans, Coasts
  Directory of Neotropical Wetlands
  The Future Oceans: Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour
  August Edition of GPA Outreach
  Business in the World of Water
  Rich Countries, Poor Water

UPCOMING MEETINGS

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 29-30 August 2006 from the:

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