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THINGS TO LOOK FOR BEFORE CSD-6

FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE: The next sessions of the subsidiary bodies are scheduled to take place in Bonn from 28 July to 7 August 1997 at the Hotel Maritim. SBSTA, SBI and AG-13 will meet from 28-30 July and are likely to meet once more during the following week. The AGBM will begin on Thursday, 31 July. The subsidiary bodies are scheduled to meet again from 20-31 October 1997 in Bonn at a conference facility to be determined. At present, all subsidiary bodies except for AG-13 are scheduled to meet in October.

The third Conference of the Parties is scheduled for 1-12 December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan. COP-3 will immediately allocate the completion of decisions of the Berlin Mandate process to a sessional Committee of the Whole, open to all delegations. The political negotiations will be finalized in a ministerial segment, which will be convened from 8-10 December and where the final text of a protocol or other legal instrument will be adopted. For all meetings related to the FCCC, contact the secretariat in Bonn, Germany; tel: +49-228-815-1000; fax: +49-228-815-1999; e-mail: secretariat@unfccc.de. Also try the FCCC home page at http://www.unfccc.de and UNEP’s Information Unit for Conventions at http://www.unep.ch/iuc.html.

CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY: SBSTTA-3 will be held in Montreal from 1-5 September 1997. The third meeting of the Ad Hoc Group on Biosafety (BSWG-3) is scheduled for 13-17 October 1997 in Montreal. Other CBD- related meetings include a Latin American and Caribbean regional meeting on the Clearinghouse Mechanism, tentatively scheduled for July in Colombia, and a workshop on the implementation of Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge), tentatively scheduled from 10-14 November 1997 in a venue to be determined. COP-4 is scheduled for 4-15 May 1998 in Bratislava, Slovakia. For more information contact the CBD Secretariat, World Trade Centre, 413 St. Jacques Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2Y 1N9; tel: +1-514- 288-2220; fax: +1-514-288-6588; e-mail: biodiv@mtl.net. Also try http://www.biodiv.org.

CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION: The resumed session of INCD-10 is scheduled from 18-22 August 1997 in Geneva. COP-1 is currently scheduled for 29 September - 1 October 1997 in Rome. For more information, contact the CCD Secretariat, Geneva Executive Center, 11/13 Chemin des Anemones, CH-1219 Chatelaine, Geneva, Switzerland; tel: +41- 22-979-9419; fax: +41-22-979-9030/31; e- mail: secretariat@unccd.ch. Also see the INCD World Wide Web site at http://www.unep.ch/incd.html.

MONTREAL PROTOCOL: The preparatory meeting for the Ninth Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol is scheduled from 9-12 September 1997 in Montreal, to be followed by the Ninth Meeting of the Parties from 15-17 September. For information contact the Secretariat for the Vienna Convention and the Montreal Protocol, P.O. Box 30552, Nairobi, Kenya; tel: +254-2-62-1234/62-3851; fax: +254-2-52-1930; e- mail: ozoneinfo@unep.org. Also try http://www.unep.org/unep/secretar/ozone/home.htm.

ELEVENTH WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS: The Congress, with the theme “Forestry for Sustainable Development: Towards the 21st Century,” is scheduled for 13- 22 October 1997 in Antalya, Turkey. The technical programme has been structured into seven main programme areas, which follow the seven basic criteria of sustainable forest management (SFM) under consideration by the various processes (Montreal, Helsinki, Tarapoto, etc.). For information contact: Mesut Y. Kamiloglu, Ministry of Forestry, Ataturk Bulvari 153, Ankara, Turkey, tel: + 90-312-4177724, fax: + 90-312- 4179160, e- mail: obdi-f@servis.net.tr or Luis Santiago Botero, FAO, Forestry Department; tel: +39 6/5225 5088, fax: +39 6/5225 5137, e-mail: luis.botero@fao.org. Also try http://www.fao.org/waicent/faoinfo/forestry/wforcong/.

PRIOR INFORMED CONSENT: The fourth session of the INC for the preparation of an international legally-binding instrument for the application of a prior informed consent procedure for certain hazardous chemicals in international trade (INC- 4) will be held in Brussels from 20-24 October 1997. A diplomatic conference with a short preparatory INC session is envisaged for December 1997 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The UNEP Governing Council, at its last meeting, adopted a decision calling for completion of negotiations on a legally-binding agreement by the end of 1997. For more information contact: UNEP Chemicals (IRPTC); tel: +41-22-979-9111; fax: +41-22-797-3460; e-mail: IRTPC@unep.ch.

BASEL CONVENTION: The Fourth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on Hazardous Wastes is expected to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 6 - 10 October 1997. For information contact I. Rummel-Bulska, Basel Secretariat; tel: +41-22-979-9213; fax: +41-22-797-3454, e-mail: sbc@unep.ch. Also try UNEP’s Information Unit for Conventions at http://www.unep.ch/iuc.html.

UN CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA: The International Seabed Authority (ISBA) will hold its resumed third session from 18-29 August 1997 in Kingston, Jamaica. The resumed first session of the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf will be held from 2-12 September 1997. The Eighth Meeting of States parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will be held from 18-22 May 1998. For information contact doalos@un.org or try http://www.un.org/Depts/los.

INDEPENDENT WORLD COMMISSION ON THE OCEANS: The Independent Commission on Oceans will hold its fifth session in Cape Town, South Africa from 11-14 November 1997 and its sixth session in Lisbon, Portugal in July 1998, in conjunction with EXPO’98. “The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future.” The Commission seeks to draw attention to the issues of ocean development and encourage the further development of the ocean regime evolving from UNCLOS. For information contact the Secretariat in Geneva; tel: + 41-22-710-0711; fax: +41-22-710-0722; e-mail: secretariat@world-oceans.org.

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