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Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Today is the occasion of the Third Earth Observation Summit, hosted by the European Commission in Brussels. Representatives of around 60 nations and over 40 international organisations will endorse a 10-year plan with concrete steps towards comprehensive co-operation in Earth observation. Over the next decade, this system will increase our understanding of the Earth and how it works. With benefits as broad as the planet itself, this initiative promises to make peoples and economies around the globe healthier, safer and better equipped to manage their basic daily needs. The aim is to create an observation system as interrelated as the planet it observes, predicts and protects, providing the science on which sound policy and decision-making can be built.

Thursday, 17 February 2005
The European Commission is seeking views from a wide range of stakeholders on the most important issues that should inform the revision of the current European Community development policy. A new policy proposal will be made in the first half of 2005, aimed at providing a vision for long term reflection and positioning of the Union in the international development debate, as well as a framework to guide the implementation of EU development assistance. The Commission is therefore launching an internet consultation in order to reach the widest possible range of development partners. Started on 19 January, the consultation will run until 9 March 2005 with results to be published by April 2005.
An online questionnaire has been devised, based on an issues paper available in English and French and attached.
Women and the elderly are crossing the digital divide, but the poor still lag behind, says new EU report.Women have overtaken men in the past three years in their pace of Internet take-up.The over 55s are also increasingly gaining computer skills, and this trend is set to continue. However, the poorly educated and poorly paid are not catching up as quickly and this is denying them new opportunities. Education, age and income remain the most important areas in the digital divide, the report says. It concludes that access to the Internet and computer skills can help people escape from, and avoid, poverty. But more information, particularly from national sources, is needed so that policies to help people access the information society can be better targeted. Without action, Europe may become even more polarised between the 'eIncluded and the eExcluded'. Failing to acquire information skills compounds the difficulties faced by the poor and long-term unemployed, producing the 'eExcluded'.
Wednesday, 16 February 2005
A briefing paper written jointly by EURODAD, Oxfam and Action Aid, explores EU member state achievements regarding their announcements and actual commitments on three fronts:
•Aid – improving the quantity and quality of international aid
•Debt – easing the burden of unsustainable debt
•International Trade – making the rules of world trade more fair.
They consider the heroes and villains in the EU’s 25-member bloc by asking:
are they collectively doing enough to make sure that the EU seizes the opportunity to make poverty history?
The key issues raised are : the EU must take positive action on improving the quantity and quality of international aid; easing the burden of unsustainable debt; and making the rules of world trade more fair.
On aid, the EU could play a pivotal role in helping to achieve the increases that are necessary in order to meet the MDGs by the year 2015. In the past, EU commitments have acted as a catalyst to stimulate action by other major aid donors, such as the
USA. The EU should achieve an average level of 0.7 per cent of GNI allocated to overseas aid by 2010. Sadly, the EU has a mixed record.
See full report attached.
Established in 1991, the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) is a forum for communication between European organisations, researchers, EU institutions and others concerned with (sub-)tropical forest research. The ETFRN Network seeks to promote the involvement of European research expertise towards the conservation and wise use of forests and woodlands in tropical and subtropical countries. The network has participants in 16 European countries, including Norway, Switzerland, and all European Union member states, except Luxemburg. ETFRN provides Network Services which include: webservices, workshops, news, research exchange.

The recent meeting held in Brussels on 20-21 January 2005 on forest research for development had interesting presentations and involved a number of Southern foretsry networks amongst which the African Forest Research Network (AFORNET), the Forestry Research Network in Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA) and the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI).
See futher information in ETFRN website.