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RIO+5 FORUM: The Earth Council is hosting the Rio+5 Forum in Rio de Janeiro from 13-19 March 1997. The Forum will bring together over 700 individuals, including representatives from NGOs, major groups, business and industry and governments, to develop recommendations for operationalizing sustainable development at all levels of governance. For more information, contact: Johannah Bernstein, UN and European Coordinator, Earth Council, tel: +1-212-682-5998, fax: +1-212- 682-6040, e-mail: earthc@undp.org. Also visit the Earth Council’s web site at: http://www.ecouncil@terra.ac.ca.

FAO COMMITTEE ON FISHERIES: The 22nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries (COFI) will meet from 17-20 March 1997 in Rome, Italy. The agenda will address: the state of world fisheries and aquaculture; implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries; strengthening the role of regional fishery bodies in the conservation and management of fish stocks; the essential role of fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance in fisheries management; and activities and programmes of the Fisheries Department. For information, contact: David Doulman at FAO; fax: +39-6- 52255188; e-mail: David.Doulman@fao.org.

UNEP GOVERNING COUNCIL: Executive Director Elizabeth Dowdeswell invited the Governing Council to resume its suspended 19th Session on 1 April 1997, in Nairobi. For more information, contact Jim Sniffen, UNEP Information Officer, New York; tel: +1-212-963-8094; fax:+1-212-963-7341; e-mail:sniffenj@un.org.

GLOBAL BIODIVERSITY FORUM: A meeting of the Global Biodiversity Forum will convene from 3-4 April 1997 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Forum will explore options for Biodiversity Indicators and Implementation Targets to help measure and expedite tangible progress in implementing the CBD. For more information, contact: Sheldon Cohen, Biodiversity Action Network (BIONET), 1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 502, Washington, DC 20036, USA, tel: +1-202-547- 8902, fax: +1-202-265-0222, e-mail: bionet@igc.apc.org.

COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: The fifth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development will meet from 8-25 April 1997. The High-Level segment will take place from 8-11 April. For more information on the CSD, contact: Andrey Vasilyev, UN Division for Sustainable Development, tel: +1-212-963-5949, fax: +1-212-963- 4260, e-mail: vasilyev@un.org. Also visit the UN Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (DPCSD) Home Page at http://www.un.org/DPCSD.

INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES FORUM: This forum, co-sponsored by the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, ANPED, ELCI and the Stanley Foundation, will meet from 12-13 April 1997, at the Learning Alliance in New York. The meeting will engage international dialogue and action strategies among civil society activists working to create sustainable communities around the world. For more information, contact: Michael McCoy, Center for Citizen Advocacy, tel: +1-212-431-3922, e-mail: mmccoy@undp.org.

SIXTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE WORLD INFORMATION TRANSFER: A conference on "Environmental Degradation: Its Effects on Children," co-sponsored by the Government of Chile and World Information Transfer, will take place on 17-18 April 1997 in New York. For information, contact: World Information Transfer, 444 Park Avenue South, Suite 1202, New York, NY 10022, USA, tel: +1-212-686-1996, fax: +1-212-686-2172, e-mail: wit@igc.apc.org.

FIRST EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE ISLAND DEVELOPMENT: This conference will be held in Minorca, Spain from 23-26 April 1997. The Conference is a cooperative endeavor by UNESCO, the International Scientific Council for Island Development (INSULA), the Spanish Ministry for Environment, the Minorca Island Council and the Government of the Balearic Islands. The major goal of the Conference is to design a permanent forum to reach agreements and shape initiatives, which will result in effective inter-island cooperation in favor of sustainable development. For more information contact: Consell Insular de Menorca, Cam� des Castell no. 28 07702, MA�, Minorca, Balearic Islands, SPAIN, tel: +34 71 35.31.00, fax: +34 71 36.61.99; or contact: INSULA, UNESCO, 1 rue de Miollis, 75015 Paris-France, tel: +33 1 45684056, fax: +33 1 45685804, e-mail: eurisland@insula.org. Also visit their Web site at http://www.insula.org/conf.htm.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF COUNTRIES WITH ECONOMIES IN TRANSITION: This meeting, scheduled from 23-26 April 1997 in Minsk, Belarus, is intended to increase national, subregional and regional efforts on the realization of UNCED decisions for countries with economies in transition to achieve sustainable development as one of the main conditions of integration into European and world economic systems. For information contact the Conference Secretariat at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Protection of Belarus, 10 Kollectornaya St., 220048 Minsk, Belarus, tel: +(0375-172) 204771.

PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABILITY: This international conference on local initiatives for cities and towns will take place from 1-5 June 1997 in Newcastle, Australia. The conference objectives are to: showcase exemplary Local Agenda 21 case studies; provide opportunity for debate; and engage local communities in progress towards local and therefore global sustainability. For further information, contact the Conference Secretariat at Capital Conferences Pty Ltd, PO Box N399, Grosvenor Place, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia, tel: +61 2 9252 3388, fax: +61 2 9241 5282, e-mail: capcon@ozemail.com.au. Also visit the World Wide Web site at http://bicentenary.ncc.nsw.gov.au.

SPECIAL SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The Special Session of the UN General Assembly is scheduled for 23-27 June 1997. The session will conduct an overall review and appraisal of progress in implementing the UNCED agreements since the 1992 Earth Summit. For more information, contact: Andrey Vasilyev, UN Division for Sustainable Development, tel: +1-212-963-5949, fax: +1-212-963-4260, e-mail: vasilyev@un.org. Also visit theHome Page for the Speical Session at http://www.un.org/DPCSD/earthsummit/.

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