Linkages Update - Issue #180
Editor's Note
   
Coalitions and Coordination
Coalition building and coordination of policy measures are key objectives in many sustainable development processes. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Development and Environment: The Nexus
An elegant word has appeared recently in our conversations – nexus – to illustrate that issues are interlinked. But the nexus of all nexuses is the planet, which remains the blind spot, not only because it is difficult to assess its state, but above all because there is no political forum to take care of it. More.
Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator, UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)

How Developing Countries Can Speed Up Climate Finance
UNDP has produced a guide on how countries can lay foundations for driving resources toward national climate and development priorities. More.
Veerle Vandeweerd, Director of the UNDP Environment & Energy Group

Toward Full Operationalization of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
It has been a long time in the making, but a strengthened science-policy interface on biodiversity and ecosystem services is now just round the corner. More.
Neville Ash, Chief of the Biodiversity Unit, and Coordinator of the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Branch, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

New Reports and Resources
   
Gender and Climate Change Research in Agriculture and Food Security for Rural Development

Technology and Innovation Report 2011

Private Sector Engagement in Adaptation to Climate Change

"Energy-Smart" Food for People and Climate

Summary Report on State of World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

Coordination Notes: On the Road to Rio+20

UNCCD News Issue 3.4

Summary for Policy Makers of UNEP's Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone

Water and Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies

OECD's Environmental Outlook to 2050: Key Findings on Climate Change

Bridging the Emissions Gap

Rio+20: Making it Happen, Vol. 2, Issue 21

Tipping the Balance Towards Climate Protection through the HCFC Phase-Out

Securing a Green Economy Through Ecosystem Management

Trade, Investment and Climate Change: Searching for Progress on Key Issues Conference Resources

HFCs: A Critical Link in Protecting Climate and the Ozone Layer

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

Summary for Policy Makers of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change

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 - 2 December 2011
   
Second MOP on Gorilla Agreement Addresses Budget Shortfall, Action Plans Review

29 November 2011: Participants at the second Meeting of the Parties (MOP 2) of the Agreement on the Conservation of Gorillas and their Habitats (the Gorilla Agreement), under the auspices of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) discussed the outcomes of the International Year of the Gorilla (YoG) 2009 and adopted resolutions on institutional arrangements for the Agreement, the review of Action Plans, and cooperation on law enforcement, among other decisions. More.


CMS COP 10 Agrees to List Additional Species, Sends Climate Change Message to Durban

25 November 2011: The 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) adopted 27 resolutions, including on: synergies and partnerships; the future shape of the CMS; enhanced engagement with the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and climate change and migratory species. More.

Photo: Elizabeth Mrema, CMS Executive Secretary, thanked the outgoing Chair of the Standing Committee, Mohammed Saud Sulayem, presenting him with a token of gratitude on behalf of the CMS Secretariat.


Ozone COP/MOP Adopts Decision on Multilateral Fund Replenishment

25 November 2011: Parties to the Montreal Protocol adopted over 25 decisions, including: a US$450 million replenishment of the Multilateral Fund to the Montreal Protocol (MLF) for the period of 2012-2014; issues related to exemptions; mitigation of ODS emissions from feedstock and process-agent uses; updating the nomination processes and recusal guidelines for the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP); the treatment of ODS used to service ships; and additional information on alternatives. More.


ITTC Approves Biennial Work Programme, Modest Budget Increase

19 November 2011: The 47th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and meetings of its associated committees concluded with the adoption of a decision on the Biennial Work Programme 2012-2013, as well as the approval of funding for a series of projects, pre-projects and activities. More.


IPCC 34 Focuses on Workstreams, Accepts SREX Summary

19 November 2011: The 34th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused primarily on the workstreams resulting from the consideration of the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on procedures, conflict of interest policy, and communications strategy. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
ACTO Ministers Forward Declaration to Rio+20 and Adopt Manaus Commitment

UNGA President Encourages Small States' Participation in Rio+20

UN Starts "Global Conversation" to Engage Public Ahead of Rio+20

Conference on Water Energy Food Nexus Sees Launch of New Water Initiative

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
CPF Highlights Role of Markets in Sustaining Forests

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
World Bank Launches Climate Data Access Portal, Launches Apps Competition

GEF SGP and Australian Aid Launch CBA Project for SIDS

IDB Supports Wind Generation Expansion in Latin America

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
UNEP Circulates Ecosystem Services Economics Working Papers

INTERPOL, World Bank Launch Project Predator

UNESCO Releases Proceedings of Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change Conference

ABS Protocol Reaches 67 Signatures, Gabon the First to Ratify

CBD Reports on African Meetings on Green Development Initiative

Human Development
   
African Development to Remain Priority for G20

Africa Industrialization Day Highlights Importance of Energy Access

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
IWMI Conference in Nepal Highlights Uncertainty on Future Water Availability

Climate and Atmosphere
   
WMO: 2011 is 10th Warmest Year on Record

UN Security Council Debates Climate Change as Threat to Peace and Security

African Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions

UN, ASEAN Conclude Joint Declaration on Climate, Economy, Energy, Food and Disaster Cooperation

Latin American Experts Discuss Adaptation and Development in Mountain Regions

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
Second Committee Agrees on NGO Modalities, UNFF Contribution, Sustainable Mountain Development

UNGA Second Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Climate Change, Mountain Development

ILO Governing Body Discusses Green Jobs, Decent Work and Sustainable Development

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
UNFCCC COP 17 and COP/MOP 7: 28 November - 9 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

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

Development and Climate Days at COP 17: 3-4 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

Sixth Regional EST Forum in Asia: 4-6 December 2011. New Delhi, Delhi, India

Durban Global Business Day: 5 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

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

Land Day 5: 6 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Africa Day at UNFCCC COP 17: 8 December 2011. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Eye on Earth Summit: 12-15 December 2011. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

International Coral Reef Initiative General Meeting 2011: 12-15 December 2011. Saint-Denis, Réunion

Second Intersessional Meeting for UNCSD: 15-16 December 2011. New York City, US

WTO Eighth Ministerial Conference: 15-17 December 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 3-5 December 2011, in Durban, South Africa, from various “Days” meetings

Oceans Day at Durban


Development and Climate Days at COP 17


Forest Day 5


Durban Mountain Day


Fifth Global Business Day