Linkages Update - Issue #172
Editor's Note
   
Brainstorming Stage
The brainstorming of options related to the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) gained momentum this week... More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Future Development Must Be Centred Around Risk
Risk reduction's inclusion in national development plans, especially in hazard zones, should be an informed choice. The recent endorsement by the Maldives' Parliament for the world's first Strategic National Action Plan, which integrates risk reduction and climate change adaptation, is a landmark achievement. Peru, Indonesia and Viet Nam are also making rapid progress to mitigate against the risks to their development. Others will surely follow once the decision is made to reduce the impact of climate and disaster risk. More.
Margareta Wahlström, Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Contribution of Design to Sustainable Development
Sustainable design has emerged in response to a global problem – the need to maintain environmental integrity. Global problems require global platforms that support and facilitate the dissemination of sustainable products. The global filing and registration systems that WIPO offers, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks and the Hague System, promise to become such platforms. More.
Francis Gurry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General

Comings & Goings
   
Vacancies
GEF STAP Searches for New Panel Members

New Reports and Resources
   
Issues Brief 2: Lessons from the Peer Review Mechanism

Global Trends in Renewable Energy 2011

Economic Development in Africa Report 2011

The Green Growth Strategy Reshaping the OECD's Work Agenda for the Years to Come

Environmental Enforcement in Decentralised Governance Systems: Toward a Nationwide Level Playing Field

The Ramsar Handbooks for the Wise Use of Wetlands, 4th Edition

UNCTAD Policy Brief: Building a Development-led Green Economy

Taxation, Innovation and the Environment

World Economic and Social Survey 2011

Draft Framework for Sharing Approaches for Better Multi-stakeholder Participation Practices

Framework for Assessing and Monitoring Forest Governance

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 - 21 July 2011
   
FAO Seminar Considers Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

16 July 2011: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization held a Special Information Seminar on "Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: State of Knowledge, Risks and Opportunities," addressing the impacts of climate change on the conservation of genetic resources in different agricultural sectors as well as opportunities for adaptation and challenges and possible responses in integrating the issue with the international climate change agenda. More.

Photo: CGRFA Chair Javad Mozafari Hashjin (Iran)


IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy Discusses Africa's Implementation Challenges

10 July 2011: The IRENA High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy concluded with the adoption of the Abu Dhabi Communiqué on Renewable Energy for Accelerating Africa's Development. More.

Photo: Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, during the opening of the Forum.


Subregional Preparatory Meeting for AIMS Adopts Recommendations for UNCSD

8 July 2011: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS) Countries has convened in Mahé, Seychelles, to develop AIMS inputs into the preparatory process for the UNCSD in June 2012. More.


Fourth Aarhus MOP Adopts Chisinau Declaration

1 July 2011: The fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 4) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) concluded with the adoption of the Chisinau Declaration, “Rio Plus Aarhus – 20 Years On: Bearing Fruit and Looking Forward,” which includes sections on Aarhus and the green economy, Aarhus and environmental governance, and looking ahead. More.


ECLAC Meeting Considers Climate Change Costs and Benefits in Caribbean Countries

30 June 2011: The third Expert Group Meeting on Understanding the Potential Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean, which was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), considered climate change costs and benefits in Caribbean countries. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
UN Secretary-General Stresses Sustainable Development as Top Priority

UNCSD Secretary-General Outlines Eight Priorities for UNCSD

ECESA Plus Discusses UNCSD Outcomes

AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Youth Employment, Climate Change and UNCSD

First Global Green Growth Summit Highlights Technology's Role in Green Economy

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
UNFF Launches Forests Heroes Programme and Awards

UNCCD Organizes Workshop on Impact Indicators for Pilot Countries

UNCCD Invites Input on the Organization of International Interdisciplinary Scientific Advice

Six New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme

Symposium on Green Growth, Science and Technology Prepares for UNCCD COP 10

Human Development
   
OAS Members Adopt Draft Declaration on Sustainable Tourism Development

African Renewable Energy Conference Focuses on Gender

Climate and Atmosphere
   
Green Climate Fund Transitional Committee Agrees on Work Plan

ITU Symposium Highlights Role of ICTs in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

CARICOM Heads of Government Discuss Participation in UNFCCC and UNCSD Meetings

Petersberg Climate Dialogue Sets Out Framework for Durban

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
ECOSOC Emphasizes Role of Dialogue with Regional Commissions in Cooperation and Development

AU Signs MOU with Africa Rice Center to Enhance Food Security on the Continent

ECOSOC Adopts Ministerial Declaration on Education

AU, FAO Sign MOU on Reducing Post-Harvest Losses

IFAD Calls for Investment in East Africa to Avert Food Crisis

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
AfDB, Denmark Establish Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa

International Agencies Launch Transparency in Trade Initiative

WTO CTE Considers Carbon Border Adjustments and Carbon Footprint Schemes

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
IWC 63 Postpones Decision on South Atlantic Sanctuary

CBD West Africa Workshop Focuses on Finance and Biodiversity

CBD Workshop for East Africa Focuses on NBSAPs

Bioversity International Launches Agrobiodiversity Project to Combat Climate Change

EU Parliament Allows Member States to Ban GMOs for Environmental Reasons

Report of IPBES Capacity Building Meeting Available

CMS, FAO Convene Scientific Task Force on Wildlife Diseases

Cuba Hosts Launch of UN Decade on Biodiversity in the Caribbean and Celebration for UN Decade for Deserts

CBD and ITPGR Announce Efforts on Coherent Implementation of ITPGR and Nagoya Protocol

Chemicals Management
   
Stockholm Convention Releases Technical Assistance Newsletter

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
Proposed Reform of EU Common Fisheries Policy Unveiled

IMO Environment Committee Adopts Mandatory GHG Reduction Measures

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
ECOSOC Substantive Session 2011: 4-29 July 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Pacific: 21-22 July 2011. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

Tenth International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant: 24-29 July 2011. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Emergency Ministerial Meeting on the Drought Crisis in the Horn of Africa: 25 July 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

UN High-Level Meeting on Youth: 25-26 July 2011. New York City, US

64th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund: 25-29 July 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Regional Workshop on Joint Implementation of the Waigani, Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions: 25-29 July 2011. Suva, Central, Fiji

Montreal Protocol OEWG 31: 1-5 August 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Inter-Regional Workshop on Eco-Efficient and Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in Asia and Latin America: 3-4 August 2011. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Science and Technology Workshop: 3-5 August 2011. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

46th Meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol : 7-8 August 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada


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