Linkages Update - Issue #164
Editor's Note
   
Increasing Transparency for Decision Makers
The sustainable development policy calendar is especially full this year; although we are only two-and-a-half months into 2011, IISD Reporting Services has already sent teams of experts to eleven meetings since early January. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Communicating Clearly: Writeshops for Developing Country Scientists
Over the last decade there have been numerous calls of alarm at how few peer-reviewed journal articles on environment and development issues are actually authored by developing country scientists. Without doubt, writing an article for peer-reviewed journals is a challenge for everyone. More.
Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute

Green Growth: Time to Reframe the Way We Think About Growth
In many countries, Green is the colour of hope. So, how “green” are we in 2011? The substantive achievements of COP 16 in Cancun, Mexico, were a crucial step in the international effort to address climate change and re-injected hope, trust and confidence in multilateral cooperation. But in order for this cooperation to be effective, we need to support it with major policy shifts at home. More.
Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General

Comings & Goings
   
Appointments
Next IEA Executive Director Selected

New Reports and Resources
   
Protected Areas Increase Economic Gains in West Africa

Measuring Irrigation Subsidies in Andhra Pradesh and Southern India: An Application of the GSI Method for Quantifying Subsidies

Global Honey Bee Colony Disorders and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators

European Commission FLEGT Action Plan

Hyogo Framework for Action Mid-term Review 2010-2011

Report Submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food to the UN Human Rights Council

Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy

State of Food and Agriculture

The Road to Rio+20: For A Development-Led Green Economy

IISD RS' Policy & Practice Knowledgebases
   
Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Climate Change
Sustainable Energy
Water and Sanitation
Biodiversity
Forests
Land
Chemicals and Wastes
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
African Regional Coverage
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage

Latest News - 17 March 2011
   
UNCSD Dates Announced, Drafting Procedure for Outcome Adopted at PrepCom II

8 March 2011: Delegates at the second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom II) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012), which took place from 7-8 March 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, adopted a decision outlining the process for preparing the draft outcome document for the UNCSD. The Government of Brazil also announced that UNCSD will take place from 4-6 June 2012, and PrepCom II will take place from 28-30 May 2012. More.

Photo: The dais during the Opening Plenary of UNCSD PrepCom II.


IPM Prepares for CSD 19

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19), which took place at UN Headquarters in New York from 28 February-4 March 2011, resulted in a Chair's draft negotiating text that will serve as a starting point for CSD 19 negotiations on transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and sustainable consumption and production patterns. More.

Photo: CSD-19 IPM participants.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
Commonwealth Consultative Group on Environment Discusses Green Growth

CGIAR Program Convenes Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

Experts at UNIDO Event Highlight Interdependence of Green Economy and Structural Change

Group of Friends on Green Economy Convenes First Workshop

Chemicals Management
   
Basel Executive Secretary Releases Non-Paper on Wastes to Resources

Stockholm Publishes Issue 8 of Technical Assistance Newsletter

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
ACP MEAs Project Launches New Website

UN Convenes Fourth Meeting of the IMG on Sustainability Management

Fourth Meeting of the IMG on Biodiversity Discusses Work for 2011-2012

UN-Energy Launches New Website and Knowledge Network

Climate and Atmosphere
   
African Climate Policy Centre Calls for Regional Strategy on Climate Change

European Commission Unveils Roadmap for Competitive Low-carbon Europe

BASIC Ministers Discuss Cancun Outcome

Andorra Ratifies UNFCCC

EU Ministers Discuss Energy 2020

Human Development
   
African Union and UN Women Identify Priorities for Collaboration

55th CSW Considers Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
ECOSOC High-Level Meeting with IFIs Addresses Financial Crisis, MDGs

UNGA Holds Debate on LDC Financing

FCPF, GEF Organize Brazil-Africa Event on REDD+ and Community Forestry

WTO Aid for Trade Workshop Highlights Caribbean and Pacific

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
SPREP, CMS Launch Pacific Action Plan for Year of Dugong

Ministers Adopt Bali Declaration on the ITPGR

WIPO IGC Working Group Focuses on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources

Four Countries Sign Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress at Opening for Signature

CMS and CITES Secretariats Hold Virtual Meeting

WIPO Working Group Streamlines Text on Traditional Knowledge

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
CBD Publishes Booklet on REDD+, Biodiversity and Livelihoods

Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
SPC Develops Tuna Management Tool

SPC Heads of Fisheries Meeting Focuses on Climate Change

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
GEF STAP Meeting: 17-18 March 2011. Vienna, Wien, Austria

UNEP FI Advanced Training Workshop on Environmental and Social Risk Analysis: 17-18 March 2011. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Fifth International Marine Debris Conference: 20-25 March 2011. Honolulu, HI, US

UN-REDD Programme Sixth Policy Board Meeting: 21-22 March 2011. Da Lat, Lam Dong, Viet Nam

Eighth Session of the Basel Convention Implementation and Compliance Committee : 21-23 March 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

World Water Day 2011: 22 March 2011. worldwide

Joint Expert Meeting of IPCC WGII and WGIII on Human Settlement, Water, Energy and Transport Infrastructure - Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies: 22-24 March 2011. Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Workshop 2 on Green Economy Opportunities and Challenges: 23 March 2011. New York City, US

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Eighth Participant Committee Meeting: 23-25 March 2011. Da Lat, Lam Dong, Viet Nam

44th Session of the Economic Commission for Africa: 24-29 March 2011. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Fifth International Conference on Community Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change: 24-31 March 2011. Dhaka, Bangladesh

IDB Annual Meeting: 25-28 March 2011. Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Seventh Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemicals Review Committee: 28 March - 1 April 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Ninth Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention for Co-operation in the Protection and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the West and Central African Region: 28 March - 1 April 2011. Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

First Meeting of Technical Committee to the CMS Gorilla Agreement: 29-30 March 2011. Kigali, Rwanda


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting on 22 March 2011 from the World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011)

WWD 2011