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Analysis

Cities of joy

Issue Date: May 15, 2000
mayor Horst Mller was overwhelmed. Around 200 citizens of Olpe, a small industrial town west of Cologne, Germany, had gathered to attend the first meeting for the Local Agenda 21 ( la21 ). The numbers were much more than expected.

Deaths foretold

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2000
Ninety per cent of the 50,000 persons who died in the October 29, 1999, super cyclone that hit the Ersama block in coastal Orissa would be alive today - if only the population there had been evacuated inland, beyond the reach of the three 10-metre-high tidal waves that swept away everything in their wake. And there was all the time in the world to do it.

Green politics

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
I t's official. Bill Clinton will not be coming to India to discuss the nuclear issue, or the Indo-Pak issue. Environment and energy will top his list of priorities. This may come as a surprise to Indian politicos, who consider this a 'soft agenda'. But Clinton will be addressing an issue that is currently the biggest economic threat to his country. The us has its back against the wall at international negotiations to control climate change.

Boiling point

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE In force from March 1994, ratified by 176 countries KYOTO PROTOCOL Signed by 84 countries, not yet in force

Biodiversity

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY In force December 29, 1993, Ratified by 175 countries The convention The Convention on Biological Diversity ( cbd ) recognises the rights of countries on their genetic resources. It emphasises - the conservation of biodiversity - its sustainable use

Rio's stepchild

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
UN CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION In force from December 1996, Ratified by 145 countries The convention The persistence of countries from Africa, where two-thirds of the land area is either desert or dryland, led to the decision to adopt the Convention to Combat Desertification ( ccd ) at Rio in 1992. The main elements of the convention include

Toxic travellers

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
Ongoing negotiations on a legally binding instrument for international action on certain PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS Deadline for the treaty to be signed:2001 The negotiations National governments have now come together to negotiate a global treaty to control and eventually eliminate pop s from the environment.

Wood-headed proposal

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS ON FORESTS Intergovernmental Panel on Forests set up in 1995 Intergovernmental Forum on Forests set up in 1997

Free, not fair

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2000
INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS ON TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT History of conflict - The world initiated a multilateral trading system with the establishment of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade ( gatt ) in 1946 to promote trade liberalisation.
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