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The APEC Sustainable Development Network

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Sustainable Development Network (APEC Network) is a gateway for cooperation, capacity building and the application of sustainable development practices among the twenty-one members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. The APEC Network has strategic relationships with the APEC Energy Working Group (EWG), the Human Resources Development Working Group (HRD) and the APEC Study Centres.

The APEC Network supports the U.S. Department of Energy's APEC programs in the areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy. These programs include: the Expert Group on Energy Efficiency and Conservation, the Expert Group on New and Renewable Energy Technologies and the Energy for Sustainable Communities Program. The central goal of these programs is to develop partnerships among national and local governments and the private sector in APEC member economies to generate and use energy in a manner that support both development and environmental goals. The APEC Network is also a clearinghouse to draw upon the expertise in sustainable technologies at the US DOE National Laboratories.

The APEC Network was initiated as the APEC Sustainable Development Training and Information Network. This program is operated on behalf of APEC's Human Resources Development Working Group and supports capacity building to advance sustainable practices in the public and private sectors among the twenty-one member economies of APEC.

The APEC Network manages the Oregon APEC Education and Research Alliance (OAERA), which is a new partnership among Oregon's leading public universities - Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon. OAERA is dedicated to cooperative research and the development of education and training programs that advance sustainable development practices in Oregon and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. In late 1997, OAERA was accepted as a member of the consortium of APEC Study Centers.

The APEC Network is hosted by the International Sustainable Development Foundation (ISDF), a 501(c)3 non profit organization in Portland, Oregon.



European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

The objectives of the Foundation are to:

  • Promote awareness of the issues and changes in behaviour by industry, SMEs and consumers;
  • Analyze the impact of new instruments to balance competitiveness and employment goals with sustainable production and consumption policies, and with improved living and working conditions;
  • Contribute to the development of the concept of shared responsibility of the main actors for policies and actions

The website is for social partners at all levels to help their activities to promote sustainable development from a practical company level to a policy level. In particular, the website aims to benefit employers and employees at small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with information and tools. The resources here may also assist public policy makers and non-governmental organisations working in the area.

In addition to providing information about the Foundation's past and current research in the area, the website also hosts SD Online. This special information initiative currently comprises four online databases with listings of sustainability-oriented conferences, networks, tools, training courses and SME support initiatives.

The focus is on practical and innovative instruments for improvements rather than on monitoring while the approach is holistic and is integrated in particular with issues such as health and safety at the workplace. Currently, there are three ongoing research projects:

  • Design for Sustainable Development
  • Economic and Fiscal Instruments for Sustainable Development
  • Professional Education and Training for Sustainable Development relating to SMEs




UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD)

Part of the UN-SCD web site, this area provides information on the Working List of Indicators of Sustainable Development. The indicators are intended for use at the national level by countries in their decision-making processes. Not all of the indicators will be applicable in every situation. It is understood that countries will choose to use from among the indicators those relevant to national priorities, goals and targets.




Convention on Biological Diversity

A comprehensive site on the Convention on Biological Diversity. Site has links to:

  • Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
  • Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Protocol)
  • Clearing-house Mechanism (CHM)
  • Biosafety Clearing-House (BCH)
  • Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity



Convention to Combat Desertification

Official web site of the United Nations Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification. Provides general information on "What is Desertification", as well as listing the signatures/ratification, Official Documents, including COP3 Final Report (English, French, Spanish) in downloadable PDF format


For National Action Programmes to Combat Desertification, see (www.undp.org/seed/unso/prog/nap.htm)


Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

The international wildlife trade, worth billions of dollars annually, has caused massive declines in the numbers of many species of animals and plants. The scale of over-exploitation for trade aroused such concern for the survival of species that an international treaty was drawn up in 1973 to protect wildlife against such over-exploitation and to prevent international trade from threatening species with extinction. Known as CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, entered into force on 1 July 1975 and now has a membership of 152 countries. These countries act by banning commercial international trade in an agreed list of endangered species and by regulating and monitoring trade in others that might become endangered



Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (also known as CMS or the Bonn Convention) aims to conserve terrestrial, marine and avian migratory species throughout their range. It is one of a small number of intergovernmental treaties concerned with the conservation of wildlife and wildlife habitats on a global scale. Since the Convention's entry into force on 1 November 1983, its membership has grown steadily to include 70 (as of 1 October 2000) Parties from Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Europe and Oceania

(www.unep-wcmc.org/cms/ or www.unep.org/unep/secretar/cms/)


Environmental Treaties and Resource Indicators (ENTRI)

Extensive site with information and links on environmental and other treaties, conventions and protocols. The funding for the ENTRI data access system is provided by NASA, for which CIESIN operates the Socioeconomic Data Application Center (SEDAC), an element of NASA's Mission to Planet Earth



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