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RAMSAR SELECTS NEW SG
The Ramsar Bureau announced at the 29th meeting of its Standing
Committee, the appointment of Peter Bridgewater as the
Convention’s new Secretary General. Bridgewater who will assume
his new position in August 2003 replaces Delmar Blasco, who will
be stepping down at the end of July 2003 after eight years of
service for the Wetlands Convention.
ENVIRONMENT AGENCY APPOINTS NEW CHIEF
Jacqueline McGlade, a British-Canadian environmental scientist,
has been appointed as the next executive director of the
European environment agency. McGlade will take over the position
from Gordon McInnes in June 2003. McInnes has been the Agency’s
interim director since the agency's first chief, Domingo Jiménez
Beltrán, retired in May 2002.
APPOINTS DIRECTOR GENERAL DESIGNATE
Board of Trustees of the International Plant Genetic Resources
Institute (IPGRI) has appointed Emile Frison as IPGRI’s Director
General Designate. Frison, who is currently Director of the
International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain
one of IPGRI’s three programmes, will take over as Director
General of IPGRI on
1 August 2003, when the term of office of current Director General
Geoffrey Hawtin, ends.
for Europe - 15 Apr
Human Settlements Officers
- 12 Apr
- 20 Mar
Officer - 12 Mar
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47th Session of the
Commission of the Status Of Women: 3-14 Mar 2003. New
First People’s World Water
Forum: 21-22 Mar 2003. Florence, Italy.
Informal Consultations for
the Organization of Work During CSD-11: 24-26 Mar
2003. New York,
Expert Meeting on
Sustainable Consumption and Production: 31 Mar - 3
Apr 2003. Marrakech, Morocco.
Conference and Regional Round Table on FDI for Central Asia:
2-4 Apr 2003. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
Second UNFCCC Workshop on
Methodologies for Adjustments Under Article 5, Paragraph 2, of
the Kyoto Protocol: 7-9 Apr 2003. Lisbon, Portugal.
Conference on Global Climate Change and Biodiversity:
8-10 Apr 2003. East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
UNFCCC Workshop on the Use
of the Guidelines for the Preparation of National Communications
of Non-Annex I Parties: 8-11 Apr 2003. Port Louis,
UNFCCC Workshop on Enabling
Environments for Technology Transfer: 9-10 Apr 2003.
OECD Forum and Ministerial
Summit: 28-30 Apr 2003. Paris, France.
First Session of the
Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 1) of the Basel Convention:
28 Apr - 2 May 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
19th Session of the
Governing Council of UN-Habitat: 5-9 May 2003.
Fourth World Forum of
Parliamentarians on Habitat: 12-14 May 2003. Berlin,
International Workshop on
Urban and Regional Development in a New Era of Globalization,
Information and Sustainable Development: 26-31 May
2003. Wuhan, China.
4-13 June 2003. Bonn, Germany.
Africa Economic Summit 2003:
11-13 June 2003. Durban, South Africa.
Open-Ended Working Group
Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol:
17-20 June 2003. Vienna, Austria.
Symposium On Water: 23-27 June 2003. Cannes, France.
International Conference on
the Protection of the Environment from the Effects of Ionizing
Radiation: 6-10 Oct 2003. Stockholm, Sweden.
Eastern European Investment
Summit - Expanding the European Investment Frontier:
14-15 Oct 2003. Bucharest, Romania.
Second Session of the
Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the Basel Convention:
3-7 Nov 2003. Geneva, Switzerland.
15th Meeting of the Parties
to the Montreal Protocol (MOP-15): 10-14 Nov 2003.
Second World Wind Energy
Conference - Renewable Energy Exhibition 2003: 23-26
Nov 2003. Cape Town, South Africa.
30th Meeting of the Ramsar
Standing Committee: 12-16 Jan 2004. Gland,
Third Session of the
Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 3) of the Basel Convention:
26-30 Apr 2004. Geneva, Switzerland.
Seventh Meeting of the
Conference of the Parties (COP7) to the Basel Convention:
25-29 Oct 2004. Geneva, Switzerland.
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CONSIDERS FUTURE WORK PROGRAMME
24-25 February 2003 | UNHQ, New York,
CSD-11 Chair, South Africa’s
Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Mohammed Valli Moosa,
convened informal consultations in preparation for CSD-11 on 24-25
February 2003, at UN headquarters in New York. The purpose of the
meeting was to hear initial views of delegations on the scope and
nature of the future programme of work of the CSD and, in
particular, to allow for informal discussions on the Report of the
Secretary General and the proposed organization of work for CSD-11.
Click here for the
Earth Negotiations Bulletin Briefing Note.
MEETING EXAMINES CRITICAL ROLE
OF BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN ACHIEVING MILLENNIUM
March 2003 | London, UK
Entitled “Biodiversity After
Johannesburg,” this meeting convened from 2-4 March 2003 in London,
UK. Participants discussed the links between biodiversity, ecosystem
services, sustainable development and the UN Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs). This was the first of two meetings in London
addressing the linkages between biodiversity and sustainable
development. Plenary sessions provided an overview of the MDGs and
biodiversity mandates arising from the CBD, the WSSD, and the WEHAB
framework. To explore the interaction between biodiversity and the
MDGs, participants convened in four working groups to discuss:
poverty, hunger and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; water,
sanitation, urban poverty and biodiversity; and the MDG on
developing a global partnership for development. The final Plenary
summarized the meeting’s recommendations, which will contribute to
the second meeting on “Biodiversity after Johannesburg” and to the
UN Millennium Project. Click here for the
Sustainable Developments report outlining these discussions in
RAMSAR SELECTS SCIENTIFIC AND
26-28 February 2003 | Gland, Switzerland
The Ramsar Standing
Committee convened for its 29th meeting from 26-28 February to
select regional experts for the Convention’s scientific subsidiary
body – the Scientific and Technical Panel (STRP). Together with
BirdLife International, IUCN-The World Conservation Union, Wetlands
International, WWF International and other invited experts from NGOs
and MEA Secretariats, these 14 new regional experts will serve as
full members of the STRP for the triennium 2003-2005. The STRP will
review priorities set by the Standing Committee and consider the way
forward at the Panel’s first meeting, which is scheduled for 8-11
April 2003 in Gland, Switzerland. Max Finlayson and Heather MacKay
were appointed to serve as STRP’s Chair and Vice-Chair respectively.
UNEP WORKING GROUP DISCUSSES
17-18 February 2003 | Geneva, Switzerland
Approximately 35 participants
from government, academic and intergovernmental and non-governmental
organizations gathered on 17-18 February 2003 in Geneva, Switzerland
for the Third UNEP Working Group Meeting on Economic Instruments.
Participants discussed two papers: “Opportunities, Prospects and
Challenges for the Use of Economic Instruments in Environmental
Policy Making” and “The Use of Economic Instruments to Implement
Selected Multilateral Environmental Agreements.” The second paper
was prepared in close collaboration between UNEP and the CBD, CITES
and Ramsar Convention Secretariats. It analyses existing provisions
in these Conventions and decisions of the Conferences of the Parties
for the use of economic instruments, their implementation and
relevant environment and trade implications.
HIGH-LEVEL FORUM CONVENES TO
ADDRESS AID HARMONIZATION
24-25 February 2003 | Rome, Italy
Government officials from 26
developing nations and representatives from numerous bilateral and
multilateral aid agencies met in Rome, Italy from 24-25 February to
look at ways to streamline the policies and procedures that guide
aid delivery worldwide. The meeting focused primarily on voluntary
application of good practices by donors and recipients and their
application in country assistance programmes.
FIRST NEPAD SCIENCE AND
17-19 February 2003 | Johannesburg, South Africa
The New Partnership for
Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Secretariat, together with the South
African Department of Science and Technology, held its first
workshop on science and technology from 17-19 February 2003 in
Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop focused on the contribution
and utilization of science and technology as optimal instruments of
growth and sustainable development on the African continent.
WORLD WATER SUPPLY TO DECREASE
BY ONE-THIRD IN 20 YEARS
Global water supply is
expected to decline by a third in the next 20 years and political
inertia will worsen the problem, states a new UN report. Described
as the most comprehensive, up-to-date overview of the state of the
world’s water resources, the World Water Development Report – Water
for People, Water for Life was compiled by the 23 UN partners that
make up the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP).
The report notes that water resources will
decline as a result of population growth, pollution and climate
change, and implicates poor governance and a lack of political will to manage water resources effectively in the
NEW UN PROTOCOL ON CIVIL
LIABILITY FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS ON TRANSBOUNDARY
Negotiations on a new
legally binding instrument on civil liability and compensation for
damage to transboundary waters caused by industrial accidents
involving hazardous substances have been successfully concluded.
FAO AND LIBYA SIGN AGRICULTURE
The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) has signed several agreements with
Libya to help finance agricultural projects in Africa. The
agreements, totaling more than US$21 million, will be used to
enhance agricultural production and enhance food security in Burkina
Faso, Chad, Mali, Sudan and Niger.
WORLD BANK’S BOARD ENDORSES
WATER RESOURCES STRATEGY
In its effort to meet the
Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015, the World
Bank’s Board of Directors has recently endorsed a Water Resources
Strategy aimed at sustainable development and poverty alleviation. A
key element of this new strategy is its intent to transform water
from a potential source of conflict to a catalyst for economic
integration and cooperation at all levels.
NEW UN TREATY ON ENVIRONMENTAL
A new international
environmental treaty that will assess countries’ environmental draft
plans, programmes, policies and legislation has been finalized. The
aim of the Protocol is to provide extensive public participation in
government decision-making in numerous development sectors,
including land-use planning, transport, agriculture and industry.
Under the Protocol, the public will not only have the right to know
about plans and programmes, but also the right to comment on
environmental decisions. The SEA Protocol is expected to be formally
adopted and signed at the upcoming Ministerial ‘Environment for
Europe’ Conference in Kiev, Ukraine, scheduled for 21-23 May 2003.
UN REVISES POPULATION
PROJECTIONS, ESTIMATES DROP BY 400 MILLION
UN global population
projections for 2050 have dropped by 400 million from the 9.3
billion that was estimated two years ago. The new figure of 8.9
billion reflects the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and of a
reduction in the number of projected births. For the first time, the
UN Population Division expects that future fertility levels will be
less than the population replacement level, that is below 2.1
children per woman. Estimates predict that by 2050, 75 percent of
developing countries will experience below-replacement fertility.
HIGH-LEVEL REVIEW OF UN-CIVIL
SOCIETY RELATIONS TO BE LED BY CARDOSO
UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan has appointed former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique
Cardoso to chair a blue-ribbon panel on relations with civil
society. The “Panel of Eminent Persons on United Nations-Civil
Society Relations” will look into the modes of participation in UN
processes of NGOs, as well as of other non-governmental actors such
as the private sector and parliamentarians.
STATE OF WORLD FISHERIES AND
2003) Published every two years with the purpose of providing
policymakers, civil society and stakeholders of the fisheries sector
a comprehensive, objective and global view of capture fisheries and
aquaculture, the 2002 edition of the State of World Fisheries and
Aquaculture (SOFIA) was presented at the 25th session of the FAO’s
Committee on Fisheries held on 24-25 February in Rome. Divided into
five parts, the report considers trends in production, utilization
and trade in fisheries resources, and selected issues facing fishers
and aquaculture, such as: implementing the ecosystem approach to
capture fisheries management; reliable statistics as an essential
basis for effective fisheries management; catch certification and
documentation; poverty alleviation in small-scale fishing
communities; and antibiotic residues in aquaculture products. Click here to download
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND
THE NATION STATE: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2001 BERLIN CONFERENCE ON THE
HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
Institute for Climate Impact Research 2002) Frank Biermann, Rainer
Brohm and Klaus Dingwerth edited this report, which contains 50
papers from 96 presentations at the 2001 Berlin Conference on the
Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. These papers
examine the role of the nation state in environmental policy and how
issues such as new environmental law, sovereignty and a new role of
NGOs and IGOs could develop as new environmental concerns emerge.
Click here to access this
DAMMED RIVERS, DAMNED LIES: WHAT
THE WATER ESTABLISHMENT DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW
(International Rivers Network and Friends of
the Earth Japan 2003) This briefing kit “exposes the myths behind
large dams” and endorses sustainable solutions for meeting the
world’s water, energy and flood management needs. The
kit is created ahead of the Third World Water Forum in Kyoto,
Japan, and is available in English and Japanese. Click
here to access the
IMPLEMENTATION OF AGENDA 21 IN
LAKE REGIONS – CONFERENCE DOCUMENTATION FROM THE SEVENTH LIVING
Nature Fund 2003) Conference proceedings from last year’s Seventh
Living Lakes Conference that was held in South Africa prior to the
World Summit on Sustainable Development are now available. Featuring
case studies on how NGOs, businesses and authorities have
successfully cooperated in implementing Agenda 21 in the Lake
Regions, the conference documentation also includes the conference
Declaration “Twelve Principles of Sustainable Development in Lake Regions.” These principles outline general legal conditions
for sustainable development and are applicable to lakes,
wetlands and other similar ecosystems. Click here to
download the 76-page
UNICEF 2002 ANNUAL REPORT
UNICEF Annual Report summarizes major trends affecting children
worldwide and outlines the results secured by UNICEF and its
partners. The first section describes issues, challenges, goals and
the work of UNICEF’s headquarters, 126 country offices and 37
National Committees. The second section details UNICEF’s finances,
resources and management, including a summary of contributions,
income and expenditures. Click here for the
DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: VICTIMS OF
PARTICIPANTS – THEIR CHANGING ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS
Development Institute 2003) In this paper, Sheila Page asks whether
developing countries can participate effectively in international
negotiations, what lessons can be learned from past negotiations,
and whether international institutions or donors can help. The paper
also explores the implications of more extensive and effective
participation in such negotiations for the way these negotiations
are conducted. Click here to
PROGRESS OR PERIL? PARTNERSHIPS
AND NETWORKS IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE. THE
Public Policy institute 2003) Jan Martin Witte, Thorsten Benner and
Charlotte Streck edited this collection, which speaks to the ongoing
debate about Type II partnerships and pinpoints the challenges the
partnership agenda faces. It combines essays from researchers and
policymakers from all sectors – public, private, and civil society –
who offer their analyses and viewpoints. With this book, the Global
Public Policy institute (GPPi) hopes to provide a balanced
perspective on current discussions in the post-Johannesburg context.
More importantly, the institute hopes to push the debate forward by
injecting some fresh thinking and specific action recommendations
for the creation and management of partnerships. Click here to
text’s nine chapters.
Highlights is published every two months by the Inter-Agency
Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
(UN/ISDR). It is designed to provide a forum to share experiences,
ideas and major developments in the field of disaster reduction, as
well as further enhance efforts toward the achievement of disaster
reduction objectives such as increased public awareness, the
expansion of risk reduction networks and the facilitation of
information exchange, in a user-friendly way. E-mail or hard copy
subscriptions can be requested at
http://www.unisdr.org or through mailing
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has increased its original commentary and expanded web searches on
its three environmental websites: the “Forest
Conservation Portal,” the
ClimateArk – Climate
Change Portal, and the
Environmental Sustainability Portal. Among the new features are “blogs,”
or journals of timely web commentary, on each site. The forest and
climate search engines each tap into half a million URLs, while the
Eco-Portal approaches two million URLs. In addition, Forest.org will
soon unveil a “Water Conservation Portal.”
THE WATER PORTAL OF THE AMERICAS
by the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the Water Portal of
the Americas is an information service that aims to enhance the
availability of quality water information and to create a community
and resource that will provide qualified and verifiable information
and contacts. The purpose of the Portal will be to improve access to
information and thus facilitate decision-making processes. The Water
Portal of the Americas, which is also a prototype resource developed
in preparation for the upcoming World Water Portal, is accessible
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ONLINE
Sustainable Development Online (SDO) seeks to map the continually changing and vital area of
sustainable development and to provide access to significant
websites built by organizations supporting the move towards
sustainable development. It is a free web portal that is regularly
updated and offers a comprehensive resource for policy makers,
NGOs, academics and business people alike. SDO has recently added 16
additional TOOLS and 20 additional EVENTS.
ï¿½www.brazilink.orgï¿½ describes itself as a resource connecting
people, information and ideas on Brazil through electronic research.
It contains a directory of links and papers about social development in Brazil and covers
issue areas such as: Children, Gender, AfroBrazilians, Labor,
Environment, Native People Rural Issues, Human Rights and Justice,
Foreign Policy, Economics , History, Society and Politics. It can be
INDIAN ENVIRONMENT ONLINE
Environment Online is a new website launched by the Society for
Environmental Information and Sustainable Development (SEISD), New
Delhi. It contains links to news, articles, press releases and
resources related to the environment in India.