Sunday, January 21, 2007

New African sustainable development reporting service

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT), and the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Office for Africa (UNEP), are collaborating to communicate policy outcomes of regional meetings about environment and related sustainable development issues to the larger international community.

The project, African Regional Coverage, aims at giving African meetings and activities more exposure to the international community. The first phase of the project report meetings of ministers in Africa on sustainable development and environment as well as those on water, energy, transport, human settlements and technology. Through the distribution of targeted policy briefs on upcoming international meetings, IISD plans to build a network of environment and sustainable development policy experts working in African capitals. The meetings to be covered by IISD Reporting Services will include the African Union and its subsidiary bodies, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and its subsidiary bodies, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), bi-annual meetings of the African Ministerial Conference on Environment and meetings of the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s Committee on Sustainable Development.

The IISD will also publish periodic policy briefs about multilateral environmental agreements and sustainable development for governments in the region.

Among the service's recent listings for upcoming meetings:

African Union Summit on Science and Technology 29-30 January 2007, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
6th session of the African Ministerial Council on Water 12-16 March 2007, Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

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