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CSD MEETINGS

AD HOC OPEN-ENDED INTERSESSIONAL WORKING GROUPS: At its third session, the CSD agreed to continue the work of the ad hoc open-ended intersessional working group on sectoral issues and finance. The Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Sectoral Issues will focus on the oceans and atmosphere chapters of Agenda 21 and will meet from 26 February - 1 March 1996. The Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Finance and Consumption and Production Patterns will meet from 4-8 March 1996. Both meetings will be at UN Headquarters in New York. For more information, contact Andrey Vasilyev, Division for Sustainable Development, tel: +1-212-963-5949; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: dpcsd@igc.apc.org.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON FORESTS: The second session of the IPF will meet from 11-22 March 1996 in Geneva. Substantive focus will be on Cluster I (items I.2 — causes of deforestation, I.4 — afforestation, reforestation and restoration, and I.5 — needs and requirements of countries with low forest cover); Cluster II — international cooperation in financial assistance and technology transfer; and Cluster III (item III.1 — assessment, scientific knowledge and valuation). There will also be an initial discussion on the rest of the work programme elements. For more information, contact Elizabeth Barsk-Rundquist, tel: +1-212-963-3263; fax: +1-212-963-1795; e-mail: barsk-rundquist@un.org.

FOURTH SESSION OF THE CSD: The fourth session of the CSD is scheduled to meet from 18 April - 3 May 1996 at UN Headquarters in New York. The proposed schedule is to open the session with a presentation of the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests, to be followed by a discussion on cross-sectoral issues not dealt with by the ad hoc working groups (technology transfer, education, capacity building, trade, poverty, population, decision-making, major groups and national reporting). During the week of 22-26 April, the CSD will begin with a presentation of the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Finance and Consumption and Production Patterns, followed by a panel and discussion. On Tuesday, there will be a presentation on the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Sectoral Issues, followed by a panel and discussion. During the rest of the week, the CSD will examine implementation of the SIDS Programme of Action and exchanges of national experiences on coastal zone management and sustainable development strategies. The drafting groups will begin their work on Thursday and conclude the following Tuesday. The High-Level Segment will take place from Wednesday through Friday, 1-3 May.

CSD-RELATED INTERSESSIONAL MEETINGS

AFRICAN REGIONAL WORKSHOP ON NEEDS ASSESSMENT IN SUPPORT OF TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY-SOUND TECHNOLOGIES: This meeting, which is jointly organized by the African Regional Centre for Technology, DPCSD and the Economic Commission for Africa, will take place from 17-19 January 1995 in Dakar, Senegal. For more information, contact Dirk Pilari, DPCSD, tel: +1-212-963-6757; fax: +1-212-963-1267; e-mail: pilari@un.org.

MEETING ON TRANSFER OF ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND TECHNOLOGIES AND EN-TECHMART ‘96: This meeting, which will take place from 22-25 January 1996 in New Delhi, India, is organized by the Asian Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of ESCAP, in cooperation with the Small Industry Development Bank of India. For more information, Contract Vadim Kotelnikov, APCTT, tel: (91-11) 685-6276; fax: (91-11) 685-6274; e-mail: apctt@sir-netd.ernet.in.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS MEETING ON ASSESSMENT OF TECHNOLOGICAL NEEDS FOR SUSTAINABILITY: This meeting, which will be held from 5-7 February 1996 in The Hague, The Netherlands, is jointly organized by the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland. For more information, contact, Ms. Petra Loeff, Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning and Environment, The Netherlands, tel: (31-70) 339-4080; fax: (31-70) 339-1304.

FAO TECHNICAL CONSULTATION OF SOUTH PACIFIC SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AGRICULTURE, FORESTRY AND FISHERIES: This consultation will be held in Western Samoa from 26-29 March 1996.

CONFERENCE ON INTEGRATING ECONOMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING IN ISLANDS AND SMALL STATES: This Conference will be held in Malta from 14-16 March 1996.

UNCTAD IX: The ninth session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development will take place in Midrand, South Africa from 26 April - 11 May 1996. The theme of the session is "Promoting growth and sustainable development in a liberalizing and globalizing world economy." Particular focus will be given to policies and actions, required at both national and international levels, to allow developing countries to benefit from the processes of globalization and liberalization of the world economy while ensuring that poorer nations will not be marginalized from the mainstream of the world economy.

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