Bridges Trade BioResVolume 12Number 7 • 16th April 2012

Upcoming Trade and Environment Events


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Coming up in the next two weeks (16 -30 April)

16 April, Stockholm, Sweden. CLIMDEV-AFRICA HIGH-LEVEL ROUNDTABLE. This roundtable will focus on mobilising resources for the ClimDev-Africa Special Fund (CDSF), which was established to pool resources and finance demand-driven projects in Africa that aim to generate and disseminate climate information at all levels. ClimDev-Africa is a joint strategic initiative of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). These institutions will host the event jointly with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The CDSF supports operations in three main areas: generation and dissemination of reliable and high quality climate information in Africa; capacity enhancement of policy makers and policy support institutions to integrate climate change information into development programmes; and implementation of pilot adaptation practices that demonstrate the value of mainstreaming climate information into development. For more details regarding this event, click here.

16 April, Brussels, Belgium. HIGH-LEVEL CONFERENCE ON “COMPETITVENESS, TRADE, ENVIRONMENT AND JOBS IN EUROPE: INSIGHTS FROM THE NEW WORLD INPUT OUTPUT DATABASE (WIOD).” Hosted by the European Commission, the aim of this conference is to discuss the policy implications related to the expansion of global value chains and the shifting pattern of trade. The conference will make use of the WIOD database to deepen participants’ knowledge of the causes and effects of the increasing interrelatedness of countries and industries. This way, it aims to help policy makers and societies better respond to many pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges. For more details, please visit the event’s website.

16-18 April, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM ON LATIN AMERICA 2012. Sponsored by the Government of Mexico and the Forum’s key strategic partners, the meeting will convene decision-makers from government, industry, civil society, and academia. Under the theme “Regional Transformation in a New Global Context,” leaders will work on shaping a strategic vision for the region’s growth, gaining understanding of its global potential and aligning stakeholders around that vision to inspire its realisation. This event will address Latin America’s role and contribution to the governance of the global economy, the creation of innovative models for a sustainable future, and the improvement of capabilities for a regional transformation. For more information, please visit the event’s website here.

16-21 April, Panama City, Panama. 2ND MEETING OF THE PLENARY ON IPBES. The second session of the plenary meeting to determine the modalities and institutional arrangements for the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) will take place in Panama from 16-21 April 2012. The plenary will be convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other organisations. The deadline for registration (see website for registration form) is 31 January 2012.

17-18 April, Copenhagen, Denmark. 6TH EUROPEAN ORGANIC CONGRESS. Over the course of this year, far reaching decisions will be made to shape European food systems for the future: European Parliament and Council of Ministers will discuss the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020, based upon proposals made by the Commission in October 2011. Challenges to Europe’s future food supply such as climate change, increasing scarcity of natural resources and socio-economic shifts in rural areas demand progressive change in policies and farm practice. Organic farming as a knowledge based, innovative system approach to sustainability and quality food production with EU wide certification in place offers opportunities to meeting a broad range of these challenges and the economic strengthening of High Nature Value farms can ensure the enhancement of biodiversity and contribute to the viability of rural societies; both farm systems should be in the focus of the new policies. The 6th European Organic Congress “Smart change - towards a sustainable CAP” addresses the policy change needed to come to a greener, smarter, fairer CAP for the future. More information can be found here.

17-20 April, Maastricht, Netherlands. SECOND EUROPEAN ENERGY CONFERENCE. Organised by the European Science Foundation, the European Physical Society, and the European Materials Research Society, this biennial conference brings together policy makers, scientists, researchers, and private sector leaders to discuss the future of European energy systems, with a focus on environmental impacts, energy supply, industrial viability, and societal acceptance. The conference includes symposiums on: system aspects and sustainability; sciences for energy; primary energy conservation; energy networks and storage; and efficient end use of energy. The conference aims to provide participants with a vision on how the future of energy in Europe could look like. For more details, please visit the event’s website.

18 April, Toronto, Canada. NORTH AMERICA’S ENERGY FUTURE: POWERING A LOW-CARBON ECONOMY FOR 2030 AND BEYOND. Organised by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC), this public forum will bring together energy experts to discuss: progress made in fostering renewable electricity markets in Canada, Mexico, and the US since the CEC’s 2007 report on the subject; challenges and barriers affecting the use of renewable energy in North America; and how to promote renewable energy projects in remote communities. The forum will also be webcast live. For more information, please visit the event’s website.

20-21 April, Arusha, Tanzania. PAN AFRICA INDIGENOUS PEOPLE PREPARATORY MEETING FOR RIO +20. The Pan African Indigenous Peoples Preparatory Meeting on Rio +20 and UNPFII will be held from the 20-21 April. The meeting will see the African Position on Rio + 20 as its main outcome, as well as the inputs to the UNPFII agenda. The venue of the meeting is Arusha, Tanzania. The meeting is organized by the Mainyoito Pastoralists Integrated Development Organisation (MPIDO) of Kenya. For more information please visit here.

23 April - 4 May, New York, USA. SECOND ROUND OF ‘INFORMAL-INFORMAL’ NEGOTIATIONS ON THE ZERO DRAFT OF OUTCOME DOCUMENT. This event is the last planned informal consultation on the zero draft outcome document of the Rio +20 Conference. Registration for major groups is now open. Visit the UNCSD website to register.

30 April - 5 May, Montreal, Canada. CBD’S 16TH MEETING OF THE SUBSIDIARY BODY ON SCIENTIFIC, TECHNICAL, AND TECHNOLOGICAL ADVICE. The Convention on Biological Diversity’s SBSTTA 16 will be held in Montreal, Canada, from 30 April to 5 May 2012 and will discuss advice on REDD+ biodiversity safeguards, and indicators to assess the impacts of REDD+ on biodiversity and on indigenous and local communities. Relevant SBSTTA documents on REDD+ safeguards are now online for peer review.

Other Upcoming Events

6-7 May, Sao Paulo, Brazil. MAGNA CONFERENCE ON ENERGY AND FORESTS TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE CITIES. The Magna Conference on Energy and Forests towards Sustainable Cities will gather academics, experts, government officials, UN representatives and civil society representatives to discuss the paths to sustainable cities. This event is being organised by the Humanitare Institute and the University of São Paulo. More information can be found here.

29-31 May, Lausanne, Switzerland. TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A WAY TO REDUCE POVERTY? As a UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development, the Cooperation and Development Center (CODEV) will host an international conference entitled Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty? The meeting aims to bring researchers and practitioners together in order to bridge the gap between the two communities, focusing on collaboration, methodologies, instruments and policies that will lead to integrated and sustainable development within developing and emerging countries. More information can be found here.

11-12 June, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FORUM ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. The Forum is organised by the International Council for Science, in partnership with UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. The Forum will provide a space for interdisciplinary scientific discussions, and dialogue between scientists, policy-makers, Major Groups and other stakeholders. Key messages and conclusions from the Forum will be reported to the Rio+20 conference. More information can be found here.

13-15 June, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 3RD PREPARATORY COMMITTEE MEETING UN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. The third and final preparatory committee meeting will be held in Rio de Janeiro 13-15 June. For more information please visit the event’s website.

13-20 June, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RIO +20 GLOBAL TOWN HALL. To address the challenges ahead, ICLEI is organising the Rio+20 Global Town Hall during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development from 13-22 June 2012. This event will be an important venue at Rio+20 to discuss the sustainable urban future and agree potential solutions to pressing problems. More information can be found here.

14-18 June, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. ICLEI WORLD CONGRESS 2012. The ICLEI World Congress 2012 will deal with the pressing issues facing urban areas in this unpredictable era of change. The Congress will bring our Members, partners, global strategists, academics and NGO’s together. Closely linked to the UN Rio+20 conference, the ICLEI World Congress 2012 will chart the way forward for local governments and their partners to a more sustainable and prosperous future. More information can be found here.

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