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DISTANCE LEARNING SPECIALIZATION COURSES ON “MANAGEMENT OF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT” AND “GENDER APPROACH TO LOCAL DEVELOPMENT”:  23 April 2004 - 1 April 2005.  Internet and e-mail. Offered by the Delnet Programme of the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the course on “Management of local development” is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, and the course on “Gender approach to local development” is available in Spanish only. Training, information and technical advice services are provided through internet and via e-mail. Delnet supports and assists local actors in the promotion of the territorial development processes. The deadline for enrolment is 26 March and the programmes will begin on 23 April 2004. Forty scholarships are available to applicants from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The deadline for receipt of application for a scholarship is 8 March 2004. For more information contact: Delnet; tel: +39-11-693-6656; e-mail: delnetenglish@delnetitcilo.net; Internet: http://www.itcilo.it/delnet

FORUM BARCELONA 2004:  9 May 2004 - 26 September 2004.  Barcelona, Spain. Embracing the core themes of sustainable development, cultural diversity and conditions for peace, the Forum will run for 141 days, allowing visitors to experience cultures and entertainment from around the world through a variety of exhibitions, markets, games and performances. For more information contact: Universal Forum of Cultures – Barcelona 2004; tel: +34-93-320-9010; fax: +34-93-320-9020; e-mail: forum@barcelona2004.org; Internet: http://www.barcelona2004.org/eng/

SEVENTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL ECONOMIC ANALYSIS - TRADE, POVERTY AND THE ENVIRONMENT:  17 June 2004 - 19 June 2004.  Washington, D.C., United States. Jointly organized by the World Bank and the Center for Global Trade Analysis, with additional support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Economic Research Service, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the U.S. International Trade Commission, this conference aims to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues. For more information contact: Judy Connor; tel: +1-765-494-4267; e-mail: connerjr@purdue.edu; Internet: http://www.gtap.org

CONFERENCE ON FOOD SCIENCE AND FOOD BIOTECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES:  20 June 2004 - 23 June 2004.  Durango, Mexico. This conference will take place from 20-23 June 2004 in Durango, Mexico. For more information contact: Instituto Tecnologico de Durango; Internet: http://www.itdposgrado-bioquimica.com.mx/congress2004.htm

ISO CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY:  21 June 2004 - 22 June 2004.  Stockholm, Sweden. Organized by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this conference will complement the current ISO exploration of social responsibility and help form the basis for an ISO decision on whether or not to launch the development of International Standards or other ISO tools addressing social responsibility. For more information contact: Takashi Hamasaka, Secretary of the Advisory Group on Social Responsibility; tel: +41-22-749-7253; fax: +41-22-749-7349; e-mail: hamasaka@iso.org; Internet: http://www.iso.ch/iso/en/commcentre/pressreleases/2004/Ref892.html

WHO FOURTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE ON ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH:  23 June 2004 - 25 June 2004.  Budapest, Hungary. Organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, this Conference will focus on addressing the health impacts of degraded environments on children. Held under the theme “The Future for Our Children,” this conference will convene ministers of health and of the environment as well as major stakeholders. European ministers are expected to reach consensus and make political commitments to ensure safer environments for children, through the adoption of a Conference declaration and of a children's environment and health action plan for Europe. For more information contact: Elaine Price, Technical Officer; tel: +45-39-171-473; fax: +45-39-171-878; e-mail: ecp@euro.who.int; Internet: http://www.euro.who.int/budapest2004

GLOBAL COMPACT LEADERS SUMMIT:  24 June 2004.  New York, United States. To be chaired by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the Global Compact Leaders Summit will convene leaders of participating companies, international labor and civil society and select government officials to take stock of the Global Compact and chart its future course. Launched in July 2000, the Global Compact is an international initiative that brings companies together with UN agencies, labor and civil society to support nine agreed principles of human rights, labor and the environment. For more information contact: Gavin Power, Director of Communications; tel: +1-212-963-4681; fax: +1-212-963-1207; e-mail: powerg@un.org; Internet: http://www.unglobalcompact.org/Portal/Default.asp

PREPCOM-1 OF THE TUNIS PHASE OF THE WSIS:  24 June 2004 - 26 June 2004.  Hammamet, Tunisia. This prepcom will review issues that will form the focus of the Tunis phase of the Summit, and will consider the process leading to the second phase of WSIS. For more information contact: http://www.itu.int/wsis/contact/index.html; Internet: http://www.itu.int/wsis/preparatory2/hammamet/index.html

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON 50 YEARS OF NUCLEAR POWER - THE NEXT 50 YEARS:  27 June 2004 - 2 July 2004.  Moscow/Obninsk, Russian Federation. Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, this event marks two 50th year anniversaries. The first marks 50 years of electricity produced by nuclear power for a national grid, which took place in Obninsk in June 1954. The second milestone is the 50th anniversary of the UN General Assembly resolution that called for international cooperation in developing the peaceful uses of atomic energy. The conference will provide a platform for discussion of the current and future role of nuclear energy. It will review what has been learnt from 50 years of electricity generation from nuclear energy and 50 years of international co-operation in the peaceful applications of nuclear power, and then consider how these lessons are relevant to the future. For more information contact: R. I. Facer, IAEA; tel: +43-1-2600-22806; fax: +43-1-2600-7; e-mail: R.I. Facer@iaea.org; Internet: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Meetings/Announcements.asp?ConfID=114

ECOSOC HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT:  28 June 2004 - 30 June 2004.  New York, NY, United States. The theme for ECOSOC’s 2004 High-Level segment is “Resources mobilization and enabling environment for poverty eradication in the context of the implementation of the Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries for the Decade 2001-2010.” For more information contact: e-mail: esa@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/hl2004/index.htm

2004 ECOSOC SUBSTANTIVE SESSION:  28 June 2004 - 23 July 2004.  New York, NY, United States. ECOSOC’s 2004 Substantive Session will commence with a High-Level Segment. The 2004 coordination segment will take place from 1-7 July 2004 and will address two themes: “Mainstreaming the gender perspective into all policies and programmes in the United Nations system” and “Coordinated and integrated United Nations approach to promote rural development in developing countries, with due consideration to least developed countries.” The 2004 operational activities segment will take place from 7-12 July 2004 and will undertake the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development. The operational activities segment will be closely related to the humanitarian affairs segment, which will take place from 12-14 July 2004. The general segment will convene from 15-22 July 2004 and a closing session will take place on 23 July 2004. For more information contact: e-mail: esa@un.org; Internet: http: www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

CONFERENCE ON CONSUMERS, FARMERS AND FOOD - RECONCILING THE FUTURE:  5 July 2004 - 6 July 2004.  London, UK. This conference is organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) in partnership with NewScientist magazine. This two-day conference will address questions concerning how and where food is produced and sourced, how it is transported, and how and where it is sold. For more information contact: Dino Ribeiro, RIIA; tel: +44-20-7957-5753; e-mail: dribeiro@riia.org; Internet: http://www.riia.org/index.php?id=5&cid=55

INTERNATIONAL CHATHAM HOUSE CONFERENCE ON CONSUMERS, FARMERS AND FOOD: RECONCILING THE FUTURE:  5 July 2004 - 6 July 2004.  Chatham House, London, United Kingdom. Organized by the Royal Institute of International Affairs, this conference will provide a forum for debate on issues relating to consumers’ concerns about biodiversity and the environment, animal welfare, food safety and GMOs. For more information contact: Dino Ribeiro; e-mail: dribeiro@riia.org; Internet: http://www.riia.org/Agriculture2004

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM 2004:  7 July 2004 - 9 July 2004.  Segovia, Spain. This international conference on sustainable tourism is organized by the Wessex Institute of Technology, the Inter-University Department of Ecology of Madrid and EUROPARC. Participants will present empirical work and case studies using a multi-disciplinary approach. For more information contact: Gaye McKeogh, Conference Manager, Wessex Institute of Technology; tel: +44-238-029-3223; fax: +44-238-029-2853; e-mail: gmckeogh@wessex.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2004/sustainabletourism04/index.html

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE:  9 July 2004 - 11 July 2004.  Auckland, New Zealand. The conference aims to provide an international forum for discussion on engineering and science research for achieving sustainability, and to determine mechanisms for ongoing collaboration and dissemination of such research for the future. For more information contact: Vickya Adin, Conference Secretariat; tel: +64-9-299-7538; e-mail: vickya@kiwilink.co.nz; Internet: http://www.icser.auckland.ac.nz

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE: CURRENT AND FUTURE:  10 July 2004 - 12 July 2004.  Beijing, China. Scheduled to take place from 10-12 July 2004 in Beijing China, this symposium will convene under the theme of “Innovation and Development in Agricultural Science and Technology.” For more information contact: The World Food Prize Foundation; tel: +1-515-245-3783; fax: +1-515-245-3785; e-mail: wfp@worldfoodprize.org; Internet: http://www.worldfoodprize.org/chinaconference.htm

2004 TUNZA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S CONFERENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT:  19 July 2004 - 23 July 2004.  New London, CT, United States. Approximately 600 young people, ages 10 to 13, will study, deliberate, and publish their unique positions on Oceans, Rivers and Waterways; Living on the Edge of Extinction; Indigenous Healing Ways; and Energy Policy. For more information contact: International Children's Conference; tel: +1-860-437-0757; e-mail: info@icc04.org; Internet: http://www.icc04.org/home.html

TIADAWORLD 2004: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, DEMOCRACY, AND DEVELOPMENT:  23 July 2004 - 24 July 2004.  Boston, Massachusetts, US. This meeting will focus on “Information Technology, Democracy and Development.” For more information contact: Genes Barry, Local Chair, TiadaWorld 2004; tel: +1-978-687-3524; fax: +1-978-349-6001; Internet: http://www.tiada.org

XI WORLD CONGRESS OF RURAL SOCIOLOGY:  25 July 2004 - 30 July 2004.  Trondheim, Norway. This event will address a diverse range of food security interests under the theme of “Globalization, risks and resistance.” For more information contact: Mark Shucksmith, ESRS; tel: +44-1224-273-901; fax: +44-1224-273-902; e-mail: IRSA@abdn.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.irsa-world.org/XI/

LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME ON ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:  26 July 2004 - 31 July 2004.  Shanghai, China. 'Emerging leaders' from the Asia-Pacific region are expected to attend this week long leadership programme to learn to make balanced decisions on complex environmental and sustainable development issues. For more information contact: Mahesh Pradhan, UNEP ROAP; tel: +66-2-288-1801; fax: +66-2-280-3829; e-mail: pradhan@un.org; Internet: http://www.rrcap.unep.org/uneptongji

UNIVERSITY OF JOENSUU–UNEP COURSE ON INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW-MAKING AND DIPLOMACY:  22 August 2004 - 3 September 2004.  Joensuu, Finland. The University of Joensuu and UNEP are conducting a two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The Course seeks to transfer past experiences in the field of environmental law to the future negotiators of environmental agreements. In addition, the Course aims to provide a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of recent developments in negotiations and implementation of multilateral agreements and in diplomatic practices in the field. The application deadline is 15 June 2004. For more information contact: University of Joensuu; tel: +358-13-251-2709; fax: +358-13-251-4893; e-mail: unepcourse@joensuu.fi; Internet: http://www.joensuu.fi/unep/envlaw/

SER 2004 - WORLD CONFERENCE ON ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION:  24 August 2004 - 26 August 2004.  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The Society for Ecological Restoration’s 16th annual conference will examine theory, policy and practice in ecological restoration. Areas of particular focus will include: ecological restoration as a component of sustainable development, ecological restoration in the context of global warming, impacts of invasive species, and large scale transboundary restoration. The conference will be preceded and followed by field trips to ecosystems and restoration sites in western Canada and the US. For more information contact: Robert Seaton, SER 2004 Conference Chair; tel: +1-604-521-7771; fax: +1-604-520-1968; e-mail: Robert_Seaton@brinkman.ca; Internet: http://www.ser.org

CONFERENCE ON INTEGRATED AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOR DEVELOPMENT- ACHIEVEMENTS, LESSONS LEARNT AND BEST PRACTICE:  1 September 2004 - 4 September 2004.  Kampala, Uganda. The National Agricultural Research Organization of Uganda is inviting scientists to submit papers for this conference. Papers should focus on the following themes: understanding people, their livelihood systems, demands and impact of innovations; enhancing innovation process and partnerships; enhancing integrated management of natural resources; technological options that respond to demands and market opportunities; and enabling policies and linking producers to markets. These papers will be reviewed and developed into best-practice guidelines during the conference. For more information contact: Conference Organizing Committee; tel: +256-77-221-351; fax: +256-41-280-351; e-mail: naroconf@narosaari.org; Internet: http://wwww.naro.go.ug/about/Events.htm

CONFERENCE ON FOOD SAFETY UNDER EXTREME CONDITIONS:  6 September 2004 - 8 September 2004.  Jaén, Spain. This conference will consider small-scale producing units of traditional fermented foods, with a focus on Mediterranean and Sub-Sahelian African countries. For more information contact: Antonio Gálvez del Postigo; fax: +34-9-5301-2141; e-mail: foodsafe@ujaen.es; Internet: http://www.ujaen.es/huesped/foodsafe/

MONITORING SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM: UNIFYING KNOWLEDGE FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE:  20 September 2004 - 24 September 2004.  Denver, Colorado, United States. The symposium is designed to promote the integration and exchange of information and knowledge about environmental and human sustainability at multiple scales and resolutions. For more information contact: Sidney Draggan, US Environmental Protection Agency; tel: +1-202-564-6658; fax: +1-202-565-2431; e-mail: draggan.sidney@epa.gov; Internet: http://www.monitoringsymposium.com

30TH SESSION OF THE FAO COMMITTEE ON WORLD FOOD SECURITY:  20 September 2004 - 24 September 2004.  Rome, Italy. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for 20-24 September 2004 at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy. For more information contact: Margarita Flores, Secretary, Committee on World Food Security; e-mail: margarita.flores@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/unfao/govbodies/wfsfinal_en.htm

FIRST INTERNATIONAL ECOAGRICULTURE CONFERENCE AND PRACTITIONERS' FAIR:  27 September 2004 - 1 October 2004.  Nairobi, Kenya. This event will be hosted by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). For more information contact: Sara J. Scherr, Director, Ecoagriculture Partners; tel: +1-703-758-2548; e-mail: SScherr@ecoagriculturepartners.org; Internet: http://wwwecoagriculturepartners.org/Meetings/Nairobi04.htm

15TH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FERTILIZERS AND FERTILIZATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN AGRICULTURE: THE FIRST WORLD MEETS THE THIRD WORLD, CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE:  27 September 2004 - 30 September 2004.  Pretoria, South Africa. For more information contact: Lizelle Adams, University of Pretoria; tel: +27-12-420-3879; fax: +27-12-420-3221; e-mail: ladams@postino.up.ac.za; Internet: http://www.suelos.org.ar/Pretoria.htm

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SUMMIT (YES) CAMPAIGN MILESTONE CONFERENCE 2004:  4 October 2004 - 7 October 2004.  Boca del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico. The Youth Employment Summit (YES) Campaign is a decade-long campaign aimed at creating productive and sustainable employment for young people in their native countries. This year’s Summit will consider, inter alia, successful social entrepreneurship programmes in HIV/AIDS, renewable energy, rural development, ICT and other emerging sectors for youth employment. For more information contact: Gustavo Payan; tel: +1-617-618-2743; fax: +1-617-618-2937; e-mail: gustavo@yesweb.org; Internet: http://www.yesweb.org/mexico/index.html

FOOD SECURITY ASSEMBLY 2004: GROWING TOGETHER: CULTIVATING FOOD SECURITY IN CANADIAN SOCIETY:  14 October 2004 - 16 October 2004.  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Hosted by the Canadian Food Grains Bank and Winnipeg Harvest, this event aims to provide an opportunity to engage Canadians from all sectors including farmers, fisher-folk, academics, health, government, NGOs and those who are “food insecure” on the many facets of food security. For more information contact: Assembly on Food Security; tel: +1-204-982-3675; e-mail: planners@foodsecurityassembly.ca; Internet: http://www.foodsecurityassembly.ca

WORLD FOOD DAY:  16 October 2004.  Worldwide. The theme of this year’s World Food Day is “Biodiversity for Food Security.” For more information contact: e-mail: World-Food-Day@fao.org; Internet: http://www.fao.org/wfd/index_en.asp

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOPICAL ISSUES IN NUCLEAR INSTALLATION SAFETY: CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF NUCLEAR SAFETY IN A CHANGING WORLD:  18 October 2004 - 22 October 2004.  Beijing, China. Organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency, this event will develop an international consensus on the basic approaches for dealing with nuclear safety, and propose recommendations for future activities for the IAEA, nuclear utilities and regulatory authorities, and emerging issues with international implications. For more information contact: M. Lipar, IAEA; tel: +43-1-2600-22691; fax: +43-1-2600-29937; e-mail: M.Lipar@iaea.org; Internet: http://www-pub.iaea.org/MTCD/Meetings/Announcements.asp?ConfID=120

AGROENVIRON 2004 CONFERENCE: ROLE OF MULTI-PURPOSE AGRICULTURE IN SUSTAINING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT:  20 October 2004 - 24 October 2004.  Udine, Italy. Convening from 20-24 October 2004 in Udine, Italy, this meeting will focus on sustainable agriculture. For more information contact: AgroEnv; e-mail: agroenv@uniud.it; Internet: http://www.conferencealerts.com/seeconf.mv?q=ca1h0iam

21ST CENTURY TRUST CONFERENCE ON GLOBAL GOVERNANCE: SCENARIOS FOR THE FUTURE:  21 October 2004 - 29 October 2004.  Madingley Hall, Cambridge, United Kingdom. For more information contact: tel: +44-20-7323-2099; fax: +44-20-7323-2088; e-mail: trust@21stcenturytrust.org; Internet: http://www.21stcenturytrust.org/2004.html

WORKSHOP AND FORUM ON GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE INSTITUTE ON GLOBALISATION AND FOOD SYSTEMS:  24 October 2004 - 6 November 2004.  Nicoya, Costa Rica. This scientific workshop and science-policy forum will be held from 24 October to 6 November 2004 in Nicoya, Costa Rica. The event will focus on interactions between globalization and global environmental change, and the implications of these interactions for food systems and food security. For more information contact: Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI); tel: +55-12-3945-6856; fax: +55-12-3941-4410; e-mail: i2004-geci@dir.iai.int; Internet: http://www.institutes.iai.int/2004GECI.htm

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 04 - CREATING AND DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE AND RESPONSIBLE NEW BUSINESS MODELS:  25 October 2004 - 26 October 2004.  Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom. Sustainable Innovation 04 will consider issues related to sustainability, corporate responsibility and new business models. This conference aims to explore new approaches to sustainable product, service and PSS development by providing a platform for discussion over best practice and new ideas. The event will analyze the problems, barriers and obstacles to new sustainable and responsible business models and will highlight opportunities. For more information contact: Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, The Surrey Institute of Art &; tel: +44-12-5289-2772; fax: +44-12-5289-2747; e-mail: mcharter@surrart.ac.uk; Internet: http://www.cfsd.org.uk/events/tspd9

WORLD RICE RESEARCH CONFERENCE:  4 November 2004 - 7 November 2004.  Tokyo and Tsukuba, Japan. Touted as the most important scientific event of the 2004 International Year of Rice, the World Rice Research Conference (WRRC) aims to help provide solutions to the challenges of the rice industry, by presenting the latest research information on a wide range of rice-related issues such as international food security, poverty alleviation and the environment. The Opening symposium and keynote speeches will take place in Tokyo and a scientific symposium will be held in Tsukuba. For more information contact: K. Toriyama, JIRCAS; tel: +81-29-838-6345; fax: +81-29-838-6342; e-mail: WRRC2004@ml.affrc.go.jp; Internet: http://www.irri.org/wrrc2004/default.htm

WORKSHOP ON WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT FOR LOCAL DEVELOPMENT: GOVERNANCE, INSTITUTIONS AND POLICIES:  8 November 2004 - 11 November 2004.  Loskop Dam, South Africa. This workshop will convene researchers and policy and development agents to discuss issues relating to water management for local sustainable development, with a focus on rural development. For more information contact: Sylvain Perret; e-mail: sylvain.perret@cirad.fr; Internet: http://wrm2004.cirad.fr

EURO ENVIRONMENT 2004:  11 November 2004 - 12 November 2004.  Aalborg, Denmark. This Business and Sustainable Performance Conference will focus on progressive corporate governance and partnerships. For more information contact: Hans Jørgen Brodersen, Organizing Chair, Europa Plads 4, DK-9000 Aalborg; e-mail: ehe@akkc.dk; Internet: http://www.euro-environment.dk

GLOBAL WASH FORUM 2004 - WATER, SANITATION AND HYGIENE FOR ALL - BUILDING COALITIONS FOR THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS:  22 November 2004 - 26 November 2004.  Dakar, Senegal. Organized by the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), the first Global WASH Forum aims to draw lessons on the success of water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, sector reforms and development partnerships in poverty eradication, and to strengthen regional and national partnership initiatives aimed at attaining the relevant goals of the WSSD and the MDGs. For more information contact: Forum Manager; tel: +41-22-917-8657; fax: +41-22-917-8084; e-mail: wsscc@who.int; Internet: http://www.wsscc.org/load.cfm?edit_id=332

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ERADICATING POVERTY THROUGH PROFIT: MAKING BUSINESS WORK FOR THE POOR:  12 December 2004 - 14 December 2004.  San Francisco, California,, US. Keynote addresses, panels, workshops and other presentations during this international conference organized by the World Resources Institute (WRI) will focus on private sector approaches to development and ask how business can “do good and do well” at the same time. For more information contact: World Resources Institute; tel: +1-202-729-7600; fax: +1-202-729-7610; e-mail: PovertyConference@wri.org; Internet: http://povertyprofit.wri.org/

INTERNATIONAL MEETING FOR THE TEN-YEAR REVIEW OF THE BARBADOS PROGRAMME OF ACTION FOR THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF SIDS:  10 January 2005 - 14 January 2005.  Port Louis, Mauritius. The ten-year review of implementation of the BPOA is to be held in Mauritius from 10-14 January 2005. The international meeting will be preceded by two days of informal consultations to be held from 8-9 January. For more information contact: Diane Quarless, UNDSD, SIDS Unit; tel: +1-212-963-4135; fax: +1-917-367-3391; e-mail: Mauritius2004@sidsnet.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/sids/sids.htm

SECOND WORLD CONFERENCE ON DISASTER REDUCTION:  18 January 2005 - 22 January 2005.  Kobe-Hyogo, Japan. ISDR Secretariat, in collaboration with several partner organizations, is currently engaged in the ten-year review of disaster reduction activities since the first World Conference on Natural Disaster Reduction, which took place in Yokohama, Japan in 1994. The overall objective of the Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction is to increase the commitment for implementation of disaster risk reduction at all levels and in particular its integration into development planning processes. The review process will culminate in the Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction to be held in Kobe, Hyogo, on 18-22 January 2005. For more information contact: Helena Molin Valdes, Senior Officer, International Strategy for Disaster Reduction; tel: +41-22-917-2776; fax: +41-22-917-0563; e-mail: molinvaldes@un.org; Internet: http://www.unisdr.org

2005 AAAS ANNUAL MEETING:  17 February 2005 - 21 February 2005.  Washington, DC, United States. The 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will take place from 17-25 February 2005 in Washington, DC. For more information contact: AAAS Meetings Department, 1200 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005; tel: +1-202-326-6450; fax: +1-202-289-4021; e-mail: aaasmeeting@aaas.org; Internet: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/MPE_08_index_Prop.shtml

CSD POLICY YEAR PREPARATORY MEETING:  28 February 2005 - 4 March 2005.  New York, United States. This meeting will prepare for CSD-13, which is tentatively scheduled to meet in May 2005. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN DSD/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/

GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND TRADITIONAL MEDICINE:  16 March 2005 - 18 March 2005.  Johannesburg, South Africa. This conference is organized by the Africa First LLC of Minnesota, USA, in collaboration with South Africa's Ministry of Health, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Association of Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association, the National Maori Health Providers Association of New Zealand and others. For more information contact: William Danquah; tel: +1-651-646-4721; fax: +1-651-644-3235; e-mail: info@africa-first.com; Internet: http://www.africa-first.com/iktm2005/index.htm

THIRTEENTH SESSION OF THE COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:  2 May 2005 - 13 May 2005.  New York, United States. The dates for this meeting are tentative. CSD-13 will be a “Policy Year” to decide on measures to speed up implementation and mobilize action to overcome these obstacles and constraints for the thematic clusters of water, sanitation and human settlements. For more information contact: Federica Pietracci, Major Groups Programme Coordinator, UN DSD/DESA; tel: +1-212-963-2803; fax: +1-212-963-4260; e-mail: pietracci@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/

FOURTH SESSION OF THE PERMANENT FORUM FOR INDIGENOUS ISSUES:  9 May 2005 - 20 May 2005.  New York, United States. The fourth session of the Permanent Forum will focus on the “Millennium Development Goals and Indigenous Peoples,” emphasizing on the MDGs related to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and the achievement of universal primary education. For more information contact: IPF Secretariat; tel: +1-917-367-5100; fax: +1-212-963-3063; e-mail: IndigenousPermanentForum@un.org; Internet: http://www.un.org/esa/socdev/unpfii/index.html

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON BUILT ENVIRONMENT ISSUES IN SMALL ISLANDS STATES:  14 August 2005 - 19 August 2005.  Kingston, Jamaica. The conference is being hosted in the context of the WSSD, the recognition of the special circumstances of SIDS, and the role of academic institutions in this international framework. The event will focus on issues effecting the built environment. For more information contact: David Harrison, Dean, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of Technology, Jamaica; tel: +876-970-2242; fax: +876-970-2242; e-mail: daharrison@utech.edu.jm; Internet: http://www.cdera.org/cunews/uploads/utech_conf_aug2005.pdf

18TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF NUTRITION: NUTRITION SAFARI FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS:  19 September 2005 - 24 September 2005.  Durban, South Africa. Organized by the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS), this congress will take place from 19-24 September 2005 in Durban, South Africa. The 'nutrition safaris' will precede the main congress in Durban, and entail safari's or journeys in southern Africa of small groups (20-30) of nutrition scientists and practitioners focusing on a specialized area of nutrition. For more information contact: safari@puk.ac.za; Internet: http://www.puk.ac.za/iuns

THIRD WORLD CONGRESS ON CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE:  3 October 2005 - 7 October 2005.  Nairobi, Kenya. Held under the theme of “Linking Production, Livelihoods and Conservation,” this conference aims to build and strengthen the role of conservation agriculture in the attainment of socio-economic development and sustainable natural resource management. For more information contact: Martin Bwalya, Congress Sectretariat; tel: +263-4-334395; fax: +263-4-332853; e-mail: mbwalya@africaonline.co.zw; Internet: http://www.act.org.zw/Congress/congress.htm