PROPOSED GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED INTERSESSIONAL MEETINGS:
During the coming months, individual governments and
international organizations will be hosting meetings and workshops
that will contribute to the work of the CSD at its third session.
During the High-Level Segment, the following governments announced
plans to hold such intersessional meetings:
- The Czech Republic will host a conference on economic instruments for sustainable development in Prague in February 1995;
- UNIDO will host an interagency consultation on biotechnology in Vienna in August or September 1994;
- The Republic of Korea will host a workshop on information access and dissemination of environmentally sound technologies in Seoul;
- GATT will be holding a public symposium on trade, the environment and sustainable development in June;
- Canada proposed a meeting on the long-range transport of persistent organic pollutants in the high Arctic;
- Canada and Malaysia will host the second intergovernmental working group on global forests (IWGGF) in Canada in October 1994;
- Italy will organize an intersessional conference on sustainable development in the Mediterranean;
- The Philippines will host a meeting on the economics of sustainability in July, which will focus on indicators;
- Indonesia is supporting a conference on sustainable forest management; and
There are also a number of confirmed intersessional meetings
related to the work of the CSD. These include:
- Germany will host an international workshop on the minimization and recycling of waste.
- UNCTAD and the International Academy of the Environment will host a series of workshops and seminars related to trade and the environment in Geneva. There will be a policy dialogue on trade and environment on 3 June 1994; a workshop on eco-labelling from 28-30 June 1994; and a policy dialogue on competitiveness and environment from 24-25 September 1994. For more information contact Rene Vossenaar at UNCTAD; phone: (41-22) 907-5679.
- The United Kingdom will host a conference, "The Earth Summit Two Years On: Achievements and Disappointments of the UNCED," in Wilton Park, Wiston House, Steyning, West Sussex from 20-24 June 1994. For more information contact Elizabeth Harris; phone: (44-903) 815020; fax: (44-903) 815931.
- India and the UK will host a workshop on forests from 25-27 July 1994 in New Delhi. This workshop is for senior officials representing 46 countries who will discuss the development of formats for national reporting to the CSD in 1995.
- Poland and UNEP will co-sponsor a symposium on cleaner production from 12-14 October 1994 in Warsaw, Poland. This is a bi-annual meeting to review the progress achieved since the previous meeting in Paris in 1994. For more information, contact Mr. C. Wieckowski; phone: (48-22) 25.35.59; fax: (48-22) 25.39.72.
AD HOC OPEN-ENDED INTERSESSIONAL WORKING GROUPS: The
CSD agreed to continue the work of the ad hoc open-ended
intersessional working group on finance and established a new
working group to address the sectoral issues that will be addressed
by the CSD in 1995 (land management, forests, desertification and
biodiversity). Look for an announcement on the dates and agendas of
these two working groups, which will likely meet early in 1995.
- The World Congress on Urban Growth and the Environment will take place in Hong Kong from 7-12 November 1994. This Congress will discuss the environmental impact of the world's largest cities, examine technological and institutional innovations to help control this impact, and encourage close cooperation between governments, NGOs and local communities.
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