Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 7, Environment and human settlements
In 2004, the United Nations and the international community continued to protect the environment through legally binding instruments and the activities of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The UNEP Governing Council/fifth Global Ministerial Environment Forum held its eighth special session on the theme of the environmental dimensions of water, sanitation and human settlements, as part of its follow-up to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. The summary of its consultations—the Jeju Initiative— addressed key environmental dimensions and concepts for meeting the water-related targets of the 2000 Millennium Declaration. The meeting also adopted decisions relating to international environmental governance; small island developing States; regional implementation of UNEP's work programme; and waste management. The High-level Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on an Intergovernmental Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building, established by GC/GMEF in March, adopted in December the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building, designed to provide targeted long and short-term measures for support in those areas to developing countries and economies in transition. The first Global Women's Assembly on Environment: Women as the Voice for the Environment, held in October, adopted a manifesto calling for urgent action to achieve sustainable development and made recommendations for action, among others, on gender issues with regard to global environmental change. The Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted the Buenos Aires programme of work on measures dealing with adaptation and response to climate change. The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity adopted the Addis Ababa Principles and Guidelines for the Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. The 1998 Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, which entered into force on 24 February, held its first Conference of the Parties to the Convention in September. The 2001 Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants also entered into force on 17 May. The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) continued to support the implementation of the 1996 Habitat Agenda; the 2000 UN Millennium Declaration; the 2001 Declaration on Cities and Other Human Settlements in the New Millennium; and the human settlements related elements of the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. It convened the second session of the World Urban Forum in September. In 2004, UN-Habitat had 95 technical cooperation programmes and projects under execution in 56 countries.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. v. 58; Vol. 58
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