Linkages Update - Issue #166
Editor's Note
   
Arrivals and Departures on the Sustainable Development Journey
The three meetings that IISD RS has reported from in the last fortnight offer an interesting review of the progression of international sustainable development policy making. Our teams reported from events ranging from the development of an international forum through which governments can seek to coordinate their actions, to ongoing negotiations seeking to strengthen international commitments, to the examination of practical efforts to implement international obligations and how they could be replicated. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
The Nagoya Biodiversity Compact
In May 2010, we were reminded that the status of biodiversity for millions of years to come will be determined by the actions that human society takes in the coming decades. Under the leadership of Japan, the world responded. The task the world set itself in Nagoya was ambitious and will require leadership and creative thinking from the international community to ensure the timely delivery of the Aichi Targets. More.
Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

New Reports and Resources
   
Forests and Climate Change after Cancun: An Asia-Pacific Perspective

Mitigating Climate Change through Restoration and Management of Coastal Wetlands and Near-shore Marine Ecosystems

Estimating the Opportunity Costs of REDD+

Governance of International Trade for the Green Economy

Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation

World in Transition: A Social Contract for Sustainability - Summary Report for Policy Makers

Clean Energy Progress Report

Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010

Tracking Aid in Support of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Developing Countries

UNECE Report 2011

Opportunities to Improve Climate Observing Networks through Engagement with the UNFCCC

Climate Change and Food Security in the Context of the Cancun Agreements

Compact for Inclusive Growth and Prosperity: Report of the UN Secretary-General's Eminent Persons Group on the Least Developed Countries

IISD RS' Policy & Practice Knowledgebases
   
Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Post-2015 Development Agenda
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 - 15 April 2011
   
April 2011 UN Climate Change Conference Adopts AWG-LCA 14 Agenda

8 April 2011: The 16th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP 16), the 14th session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-Term Cooperative Action (AWG-LCA 14), and three pre-sessional workshops convened in Bangkok, Thailand, from 3-8 April 2011. Over 2000 participants from governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, academia, the private sector and the media attended the meetings, which concluded with the adoption of an agenda for AWG-LCA 14. More.

Photo: AWG-LCA Chair Daniel Reifsnyder (US) gavelled the meeting to a close at 9:34pm.


First IRENA Assembly Appoints Director-General, Elects Council

5 April 2011: The fifth session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the first session of the IRENA Assembly, which convened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), brought together 950 participants to, inter alia: appoint the Director-General; elect the Council; adopt a work programme and budget for 2011, and rules of procedure; designate the permanent seat of the Agency; select a permanent emblem of IRENA; and organize the second session of the Assembly. During the Assembly, Adnan Amin was sworn in as Director-General for a term of four years. More.

Photo: Adnan Amin (Kenya) addressed the plenary during his appointment as the Director-General of IRENA.


Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation Focuses on "Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots"

31 March 2011: The Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA), which was organized by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) and convened in Dhaka, Bangladesh, addressed the theme “Scaling Up: Beyond Pilots.” Participants focused on the need to spread CBA knowledge and practical lessons horizontally across communities and vertically across levels of governance and action. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
Group of Friends on Green Economy Convenes Second Workshop

AU-UNECA Ministerial Meetings Consider State's Role in Economic Transformation, Green Economy

Global Sustainability Panel Sets Overall Goal, Guiding Principles

Chemicals Management
   
UNIDO Convenes E-waste Workshop

Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee Recommends Listing of Three Chemicals

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
FAO Creates Partnership for Mediterranean Forests

UNCCD Invites Input through Knowledge Needs Assessment

UNFF CLI Addresses Challenges of Sustainable Forest Management

Institution Selected to Organize 2nd UNCCD Scientific Conference

Climate and Atmosphere
   
Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Holds Critical Energy Issues Dialogue

FCPF Publishes Outcomes of Eighth Participants Committee Meeting

UN-Energy and Partners Organize Roundtable on Climate Finance and Energy Access

Pan-African Climate and Health Workshop Discusses Preparations for COP 17

Human Development
   
UNWTO Announces Launch of UN Steering Committee on Tourism for Development

World Bank Launches e-Atlas of Global Development

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
64th Session of UNECE Commission Focuses on Energy and Transport

UNEP Releases Report on UN Emissions

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
CBD Activities in Africa Promote National Action on Biodiversity

CITES Marks 30 Years of Cooperation with China for Biodiversity, Sustainable Development

CMS Meeting Urges Stronger Protection for Gorillas

EU Announces EUR 3.1 Million for Colombia's Protected Areas

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
CBD Parties Informed about Expanded Access to GEF Funds for Reporting

World Bank Approves Save our Species Program

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
South West Indian Fisheries Commission Holds Fifth Session

GEF STAP Workshop Addresses Marine Debris Problems

Key Protocols Enter into Force for Mediterranean Action Plan

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF: 15-17 April 2011. Washington D.C., US

CBD Regional Workshop for Europe on NBSAPs: 15-19 April 2011. Vilm (Isle of), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

G77 Retreat on UNCSD: 16 April 2011. New York City, US

Second Session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21: 18 April 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

CITES PC 19: 18-21 April 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Workshop 3 on Green Economy Pathways: 19 April 2011. New York City, US

17th Meeting of the UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation: 19-20 April 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention: 25-29 April 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

DDT Global Alliance Assembly: 26 April 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IPCC Working Group II Small Island Developing States Regional Expert Meeting: 27-29 April 2011. Belize City, Belize

GEF South America Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW): 27-29 April 2011. Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia

First Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund: 28-29 April 2011. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

South America Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance: 30 April 2011. Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 28-29 April 2011 from the Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy: Energy between Danube and Caucasus:

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