LINKAGES UPDATE - a fortnightly e-update of new additions to IISD’s Linkages website  - 21 Feb 2003

RECENT MEETINGS COVERED BY IISD REPORTING SERVICES

 

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COMINGS AND GOINGS

Appointments and Departures

 Scientific Support Chief Leaves CITES Secretariat
 ECOSOC Elects New President
 New SPREP Director Begins Term

  UNFCCCD-2 vacancies
 IUCNseeks water programme coordinator
  UNESCOseeks communications director
  UN universitylooking to hire vice-rector
  IFADseeks country portfolio manager
  UNESCAPseeks regional advisers on trade and ICT
  IUCNPakistan seeks country representative
  IUCNseeks legal counsel
  Tyndall Centrelooking to hire internal research coordinator
Click here for more information on new appointments and vacancies

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS


 Recently added meetings:

Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group Meeting on the Potential Impacts of Genetic Use Restriction Technologies on Smallholder Farmers, Indigenous and Local Communities and Farmers’ Rights:19-21 Feb 2003. Montreal, Canada.
Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Traditional Knowledge and Clearing-House Mechanism: 24-26 Feb 2003. Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.
25th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI): 24-28 Feb 2003. Rome, Italy.
Workshop on Fresh Water and International Trade Law:
3 Mar 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
Biodiversity After Johannesburg: The Critical Role of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals: 3-4 Mar 2003.  London, UK.
STIC-European Hub Escalator 51 and the Agri-Food Chain Workshop:
6 Mar 2003. Brussels, Belgium.
Joint UNESCAP-UNDP Advisory Panel Meeting: 12-13 Mar 2003. Bangkok, Thailand. Commonwealth Trade Summit: 15-16 Mar 2003. New Delhi, India.
Seminar on Local Solutions to Climate Change: 16-21 Mar 2003. Cambridge, UK.
GEMI 2003 Conference – Sustainablility through Strategic Partnerships: 19-21 Mar 2003. Orlando, Florida, US.
Conference on “Achieving Sustainable Business Success - Defining Tomorrow's Company”:
20 Mar 2003. London, UK.
Conference on Developments in WTO Law: 20-21 Mar 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
Water UK Environmental Liability Conference: 
26 Mar 2003.  London, UK.
Medicinal Plants: Access, Use and Benefit-Sharing in Light of the CBD:
3 April 2003. Oslo, Norway.
Seminar on Achieving Sustainability: Poverty Elimination and the Environment: 
9 April 2003. Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK.
2003 Spring Meeting of the IMF-WORLD BANK Group: 12-13 April 2003. Washington, DC, US.
Conference on Patagonian Wetlands: 16-18 April 2003. Rio Gallegos, Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina.
XIX Latin American Conference of Rural Electrification (CLER): 5-10 May 2003. Havana, Cuba.
Second Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 12-24 May. New York, US.
Fifth Central American Congress on Forestry: 21-23 May 2003, Panama City, Panama.
Iberoamerican Regional Workshop on Wetlands and Sustainable Development: 26-28 May 2003. Panama City, Panama.
Conference on Technology and Management for Sustainable Building: 26-30 May 2003. Pretoria, South Africa.
European Green Week Conference: 2-5 June 2003. Brussels, Belgium.
Fourth Annual International Course on Wetland Restoration: 2 June - 
1 July 2003. Lelystad, Netherlands.
2003 Business and Sustainability Conference: Implementing Environmental, Economic and Social Objectives – Challenges, Benefits and Rewards: 4-5 June 2003. New York, US.
International Conference on Regional Climate Change and Agriculture (ICRCCA 2003): 5-7 June 2003. Chhattisgarh, India.
Fourth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity: Technology Transfer and Capacity Building: 23-27 June 2003. Trondheim, Norway.
International Conference on Mineral and Energy Resources Management 2003: 28-31 July 2003. Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
10th Annual International Course on Wetland Management: 19 August - 
1 Oct 2003. Lelystad, Netherlands.
International Wildland Fire Conference and Exhibition: 3-6 Oct 2003, Sydney, Australia.
Stockholm International Investment Conference with Focus on Africa: 14-15 Oct 2003, Stockholm, Sweden.
2003 UNEP FI Global Roundtable: Sustaining Value – A Meeting on Finance and Sustainability: 20-21 Oct 2003. Tokyo, Japan.
Deep Sea 2003 Conference: 1-4 Dec 2003. Queenstown, New Zealand.

 Click here to download complete list of upcoming meetings

 

UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL ADOPTS OVER 40 DECISIONS AT RECENT SESSION
3-7 February 2003 | Nairobi, Kenya
The 22nd session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council and fourth Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GMEF) took place from 3-7 February 2003, at UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. During the meeting, delegates considered a wide range of topics, including emerging policy issues, the role of civil society, international environmental governance, linkages among environment-related conventions, and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). High-level ministerial consultations were held on the theme, “Implementation of the Outcomes of the WSSD.” The Governing Council concluded its work by adopting more than 40 decisions on issues relating to international environmental governance, post-conflict environmental assessment, water policy and strategy, a strategic approach to chemicals management, a mercury programme, support to Africa, production and consumption patterns, and the environment and cultural diversity. After protracted negotiations, delegates also adopted UNEP’s Programme of Work and budget for the biennium 2004-2005. Click here for the Earth Negotiations Bulletin’s web coverage, summary report and analysis of this meeting.

CONFERENCE CONSIDERS CONTRIBUTION OF CRITERIA AND INDICATORS TO SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
3-7 February 2003 | Guatemala City, Guatemala
The International Conference on the Contribution of Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management: the Way Forward (CICI-2003) met from 3-7 February 2003 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Discussions were structured around four thematic areas: strengthening the elaboration and application of C&I for SFM; promoting political commitment for the use of C&I as tools for SFM; strengthening institutional capacity and stakeholder partnerships for implementing C&I and facilitating the exchange of information among all stakeholders; and contributing to the work of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) and to the international initiatives on C&I related to sustainable development. Consideration of each thematic area was conducted through background discussion papers, case studies and working group sessions. The Final Report of CICI-2003 included 30 conclusions and 23 recommendations. Click here for the Sustainable Developments report outlining these discussions in detail.

EXPERTS DISCUSS IMPACTS AND INTERACTION BETWEEN TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT
3-5 February 2003 | Rome, Italy
The Expert Consultation on Trade and Sustainable Forest Management: Impacts and Interaction convened at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy from 3-5 February 2003. Bringing together 73 participants from 26 countries, representing government, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, the Expert Consultation provided a forum to debate how current developments in trade policies and market development affect the sustainability of forest management, and how sustainable forest management (SFM) is changing trade patterns and market share. FAO will publish the results of this process and convene a second expert consultation meeting later this year that will include trade policy-makers and trade specialists involved in debates on a new International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), the implementation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Declaration, regional trade agreements and national trade policy making. Click here for the Sustainable Developments report outlining these discussions in detail.

RECENT MEETINGS

FISHERIES EXPERTS EXPRESS CONCERN OVER DECLINE IN FRESHWATER FISHERIES
11-14 February 2003 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Over 200 river fisheries experts gathered to assess the world’s freshwater fisheries at the “Second International Symposium On The Management Of Large Rivers For Fisheries: Sustaining Livelihoods And Biodiversity In The New Millennium,” held from 11-14 February 2003 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Participants convened in sessions to consider: the status of rivers; the value of river fisheries; fisheries ecology and biodiversity; options for management and policy, including traditional management systems; and methods  for collecting data, information dissemination, and turning knowledge into policy. Click here for more information.

FIRST MEETING OF IOSEA MARINE TURTLE MOU SIGNATORY STATES
22-24 January 2003 | Bangkok, Thailand
The first Meeting of the Signatory States to the Indian Ocean – Southeast Asia (IOSEA) Marine Turtle Memorandum of Understanding was held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 22-24 January 2003. The meeting established an advisory committee, reviewed implementation of the Conservation and Management Plan, identified complementary regional initiatives, reviewed financial matters and discussed arrangements for the Memorandum Secretariat. Madagascar and the Seychelles signed the Memorandum during the meeting, bringing the number of Signatory States to 15. Click here for more information.

MEDIA REPORTS

UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL ADOPTS “COMPROMISE DECISION” ON THE GLOBAL MERCURY ASSESSMENT
Delegates at the 22nd session of the UNEP Governing Council adopted a “compromise decision” aimed at addressing the dangers of mercury. Other chemicals-related decisions were also taken on lead, the Strategic Approach on International Chemicals Management (SAICM), and the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. More information.

WTO GRANTS MEAS PROVISIONAL OBSERVER STATUS
WTO member states have agreed to grant the Secretariats of six multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) provisional observer status at meetings of the WTO Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE). More information.

NO BANANAS IN 10 YEARS?
Bananas could be extinct within the next decade, according to findings by the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain. More information.

FAO APPEALS FOR DONATIONS FOR SOUTHERN AFRICAN HUNGER CRISIS
The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has requested US$15million in aid to help more than a half a million households in southern Africa that are facing a severe food and health crisis. The appeal follows several FAO humanitarian assistance assessment missions to southern Africa in December 2002 and January 2003. More information

IFAD CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), based in Rome, Italy, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. More information.

EXPERTS CALL FOR END TO DESTRUCTIVE FISHING METHODS
Over 400 experts have called on the United Nations to issue a ban on industrial fishing methods that are destroying fish populations, turtles, marine mammals and other marine species. More information.

UNDP TO HELP FUND AFRICA’S NEPAD
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has pledged a US$1.9 million funding package to support the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The contribution is part of a broader $3.5 million project expected to draw funding from additional international partners.More information.

FEED FOR FISH FARMING THREAT TO WILD FISH
The rapidly expanding aquaculture industry and its hunger for fish feed is placing undue pressure on wild fish stocks, finds a new report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). More information.

AUSTRALIA CONTESTS ICELAND’S RESERVATION TO WHALING BAN
Australia has lodged an official document objecting to Iceland’s reservation to the international ban on commercial whaling. More information.

EUROPE’S GMO MORATORIUM AT AN END?
The recent rise in the number of applications for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) scheduled to go through the EU approval process could be spelling the end of the EU moratorium on GMO releases and market placement. More information.

 

 NEW PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

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GEF 2002 ANNUAL REPORT
(GEF, 2003) The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has recently released its draft text of the GEF 2002 Annual Report: A Year of Renewed Commitment to Sustaining the Earth. The report includes a summary of GEF contributions to the WSSD, new GEF projects and programmes, and financial statements for the GEF Trust Fund. Click here for the full version of the draft text.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS DOSSIER
Developed by SciDev.net, this online guide to intellectual property rights contains various resources, including official documents, discussion and policy papers and reports, as well as policy briefs on TRIPS and its impact on developing countries, IPR impact on food security, IPR and human rights, patent rules and access to medicines, and bioprospecting. Click here for this online resource.

THE GLOBAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT: POWER WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY?
(One World Trust, 2003). In this report, Hetty Kovach, Caroline Neligan and Simon Burall compare the degree to which 18 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and transnational corporations (TNCs) can be held accountable to their stakeholders (both internal and external). Rankings are based on access to information and member control of governance. Click here for the report.

THE ECONOMICS OF WORLDWIDE CORAL REEF DEGRADATION
(WWF, February 2003) This report by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature considers the cost of coral reef degradation to world economies, estimating a loss of nearly US$30 billion in annual net benefits that coral reefs provide in goods and services to tourism, fisheries and coastal protection. In addition to addressing the economic valuation of coral reef decline, the study also includes information on the status of coral reefs, considers causes of reef decline, and looks at the impacts on biodiversity and people. Click here for the report.

DOWN TO EARTH: GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
(National Academies Press, 2002) This report outlines the importance and applicability of geographic data for sustainable development. Drawing on experience in African countries, the report considers how future sources and applications of geographic data could provide reliable support to policy makers working towards sustainable development. Click here for the report.

INTERNETWORK FOR SUSTAINABILITY PORTAL
The InterNetwork for Sustainability is a web based data and information center dedicated to sustainable development issues. It aims to make information on sustainable development visible and easily accessible. Click here for the portal.

 

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MAKING A KILLING OR MAKING A LIVING: WILDLIFE TRADE, TRADE CONTROLS AND RURAL LIVELIHOODS
(IIED and TRAFFIC, February 2003) Prepared by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and TRAFFIC, this report examines the contribution of wildlife trade and assesses the impacts of wildlife trade regulations on rural livelihoods. The study encourages increased collaboration between the conservation and development sectors, and urges development of policies that are aimed at species conservation and that account for the needs of rural people. Click here for the full text of the report.

FISHERY ACTIVITIES AND TRADE OF PATAGONIAN TOOTHFISH IN SOUTH AMERICA: A REGIONAL PERSPECTIVE
(TRAFFIC, January 2003) Authored by TRAFFIC, this study analyzes catch and management information for all South American countries engaged in the catch and trade of toothfish. It suggests that lack of coordination of fishing activities between the countries could be contributing to the pressure faced by the species from unregulated fishing. The report calls for urgent dialogue among the countries to develop joint management measures. Click here for a summary of the report.

UN CENTRE ON TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS WEBSITE
From 1977 to 1993 the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC) undertook an extensive research programme on transnational corporations, worked on policy responses to South African investment, environment, and corporate standards, and advised developing and transition countries on foreign direct investment matters. Though disbanded in 1993, a group of former UNCTC staff are now creating a website to make the reports and studies prepared by the Center accessible to the public. Click here for the website.

KNOWLEDGE AND DIPLOMACY: SCIENCE ADVICE IN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM
(National Academies Press, 2002) This report examines United Nations sustainable development activities and their science advisory processes. It outlines the development of science advisory systems internationally particularly in the UN system, explores options and presents a model process for developing science advice, illustrates the use of science advisory mechanisms in the UN system, and presents recommendations for strengthening institutional arrangements for science advice in the UN system. Click here for the report.

IISD WEEKLY JOURNAL REVIEW
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