Linkages Update - Issue #179
Editor's Note
   
2011 Concluding with Three COPs
In the coming week, our teams will be traveling to three continents for key meetings, capping off a very busy year. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF): Working with the CBD to support Arctic biodiversity
The Arctic's “challenge to survive” is increasing in scope and urgency. Climate change is emerging as the most far-reaching stressor on Arctic biodiversity, although contaminants, habitat change, industrial development and unsustainable harvest levels continue to have impacts as well. Our ability to respond effectively to change is dependent upon how well we cooperate effectively and share knowledge across borders. More.
Tom Barry, Executive Secretary of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna

Adapting Decision Making for a Warming World
Climate change will test the ability of governments to lead as never before. Given the difficult trade-offs involved, and the scale of resources needed, the decisions that climate change imposes on governments are more political than technical. How decision makers and societies make these choices will determine how well they adapt to a changing climate, and shape the world our children and grandchildren inherit. More.
Manish Bapna, Acting President, World Resources Institute

Policy Update
   
Insanity, Death and Climate Change
Since the Conference of the Parties (COP) in Copenhagen in 2009, the witnesses for the prosecution—those who think the process has “lost the plot”—have been growing more vocal. The negotiations are stuck in an endless treadmill of repetitive meetings, they say. Morale within the process, which plummeted after Copenhagen only to lift a little in Cancun in December 2010, has sunk once more, say skeptical insiders. More.
Chris Spence, Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services

New Reports and Resources
   
Children's Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Disaster Impacts in East Asia and the Pacific

Climate Change for Policy-Makers: An Approach for Integrating Climate Change in Forest Programmes in Support of Sustainable Forest Management

G-20 Clean Energy, and Energy Efficiency Deployment and Policy Progress

The Road to Rio+20: For a Development-led Green Economy

Satoyama 3

Human Development Report 2011 Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All

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 - 18 November 2011
   
SBSTTA 15 Considers Indicators for Strategic Plan, Forwards Recommendations to COP

11 November 2011: The 15th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) considered, among other items, a draft set of indicators for monitoring implementation of the CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and measuring progress towards the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. SBSTTA 15 also adopted eight recommendations to be forwarded to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (COP 11). More.

Photo: L-R: Jo Mulongoy, CBD Secretariat; Chair Senka Barudanovic; and David Cooper, CBD Secretariat


GEF Council Evaluates Reducing Fees, Discusses Private Sector Engagement

10 November 2011: During its 41st meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved its work programme for the next year and initiated the search for a new CEO. The work programme includes 40 project concepts and nine programmatic approaches, including 11 for the biodiversity focal area, eight on climate change, two on international waters, 23 on land degradation, and five on persistent organic pollutants (POPs). More.

Photo: Chair Monique Barbut, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO


INC 3 Concludes Negotiations on New Draft Text of Mercury Instrument

4 November 2011: At the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC 3), delegates conducted negotiations on the new draft text (UNEP(DTIE)/Hg.INC.3/3) and requested the Secretariat to compile a revised draft text based on the plenary negotiations, the reports of the INC 3 contact groups, and the work of the Legal Group. More.


Working Group on 8j Adopts Eight Recommendations

4 November 2011: The Ad hoc Open-ended Inter-Sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted eight recommendations and made progress on additional issues. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
UNGA's Third Committee Considers Draft Resolutions on Sustainable Development

Second Committee Concludes General Discussion on Sustainable Development

UNRISD Conference Addresses Social Dimension of Green Economy

G20 Cannes Summit Calls for Fostering Clean Energy, Green Growth

Brazil, Host of UNCSD, Proposes Change of Dates

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
Ramsar Announces 2012 Award Winners

SPC Assists PICs in Managing Tuna Fisheries Data

EU and Comoros Coordinate on IUU Fishing

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
CAF Invests in Clean Energy Fund for Latin America

CIF Meeting Approves Support to Eight Countries to Address Climate Change

Vanuatu, Samoa to Accede to WTO

Climate and Atmosphere
   
IMO Commissions Study on Energy Efficiency Measures

en.lighten Initiative Announces Southeast Asian Support for Incandescent Lights Phase-Out

Central Asian Experts Identify Challenges to Adaptation in Mountain Regions

World Energy Outlook 2011 Warns Against Unsustainable Energy Future

BASIC Ministers Outline Expectations Ahead of Durban

Human Development
   
OECD Launches Web Platform on Policy Coherence for Development

AfDB, FAO Ninth Partnership Meeting Focuses on Drought Resilience Project

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
UNEP Peacebuilding Study Highlights Natural Resource Management

IRENA Council Concludes Second Meeting

UNEP Tree Campaign Reaches 12 Billion Milestone

UNEP Launches Article Series on Rio+20 Themes

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
ITPGR Celebrates Tenth Anniversary, Releases List of Benefit-sharing Grantees

CBD Releases Draft Study on Impacts of Climate-Related Geo-engineering on Biodiversity

IUCN Declares West African Black Rhino Extinct

Amazon Governments Agree to Cooperate on E-Permitting for CITES

CBD, IUCN Sign Cooperation Agreement on Invasive Species

UNESCO Launches 40th Anniversary Celebrations of World Heritage Convention

World Bank, Interpol Launch International Partnership for Tiger Protection Enforcement

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
SPC, FAO Support Awareness-Raising of Forest Benefits in Asia-Pacific

WMO Symposium Focuses on Improving Drought Information Systems

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week Focuses on New Challenges and Opportunities

ICID+19 Develops Declaration of Niamey on Drylands

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
ITTC 47: 14-19 November 2011. Antigua, Guatemala

Bonn 2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy: 16-18 November 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

17th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council: 17-18 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Thirteenth Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate: 17-18 November 2011. Washington D.C., US

IPCC 34th Session: 18-19 November 2011. Kampala, Uganda

38th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee: 19 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

First Meeting of the Signatories to the Bukhara Deer MoU: 19 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas: 19 November 2011. Thimphu, Bhutan

Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS COP 10): 20-25 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

IRENA/NREL Workshop on Best Practices in International Renewable Energy Technology Cooperation : 21-23 November 2011. Golden, CO, US

Joint 9th Meeting of the Vienna Convention COP and 23rd Montreal Protocol MOP: 21-25 November 2011. Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

65th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board: 21-25 November 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

MOP 2 of the CMS Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats : 26-27 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

Seventh Meeting of the AEWA Standing Committee: 26-27 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

UNFCCC COP 17 and COP/MOP 7: 28 November - 9 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for ECE Region: 1-2 December 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 17: 3 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Forest Day 5: 4 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Mountain Day at UNFCCC COP 17: 4 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Durban Trade and Climate Change Symposium: 5-6 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa


IISD Reporting Services is reporting from 18-19 November 2011, in Kampala, Uganda, from the Thirty-fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

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