Linkages Update - Issue #191
Editor's Note
   
Implementing the Rio Outcome
As the dust settles after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and analyses of the event continue to circulate, efforts in the coming months to follow-up on the outcome will, in many ways, shape the true Rio+20 legacy. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Bonn Climate Talks: Negotiations on Agriculture Slow but Country Interest High and Growing
The lack of progress on agriculture at the international level, within the context of the UNFCCC, contrasts with a growing interest in, and appetite on the part of many developing countries for, implementation of agricultural adaptation and mitigation activities at national level.... More.
Wendy Mann, Senior Policy Advisor, EC-funded FAO Project on Climate-Smart Agriculture, Leslie Lipper, Leader, FAO Programme on Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate-Smart Agriculture

Beyond GDP: Measuring the Future We Want
Equity, dignity, happiness, sustainability – these are all fundamental to our well being, but absent in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) measure. Progress needs to be defined and measured in a way that accounts for a broader picture of human development and its context. More.
Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme, and former Prime Minister of New Zealand

Participation and Citizen-driven Accountability 20 Years after Rio
Moving forward, the role and responsibilities of international financial institutions (IFIs) will change. New and innovative financial instruments to fund sustainable development will emerge. In this context, the issue of ensuring accountability and people's access to recourse mechanisms, as well as safeguarding Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration more generally, are gaining increasing importance. More.
Alf Morten Jerve, Chair, World Bank Inspection Panel

The Future of Europe Depends on Smart and Resilient Cities
Under the slogan Adapt! It's hot! It's cool! It's better!, the EU Cities Adapt initiative aims to mainstream urban climate adaptation throughout Europe. More.
Holger Robrecht, Director Sustainability Management, ICLEI Europe – Local Governments for Sustainability and Member of the EU Adaptation Steering Group

New Reports and Resources
   
UNDP Annual Report

Managing the Water-Land-Energy Nexus for Sustainable Development

Sustainable Energy for All: The Business Opportunity

From Rio to Rio: A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies

Global Energy Assessment Executive Summary

Healthy Ocean, Healthy People

The State of the World's Forests 2012: Executive Summary

Population Matters for Sustainable Development

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 - 28 June 2012
   
Rio+20 Adopts "The Future We Want" Outcome Document, Voluntary Pledges Reported to Reach US$513 Billion

22 June 2012: The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), Pre-Conference Informal Consultations Facilitated by the Host Country, and the UNCSD convened back-to-back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-22 June 2012. During their ten days in Rio, government delegations concluded negotiations on the Rio outcome document, titled “The Future We Want. More.

Photo: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff receives a gavel as a gift from Ban Ki-moon and officially closes the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.


World Congress Forwards Declaration on Justice for Environmental Sustainability to Rio+20

20 June 2012: The World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability aimed to support Chief Justices, Attorneys General, Auditors Generals and other legal experts in contributing towards the achievement of sustainable development, and to provide inputs to Rio+20. More.

Photo: Congress participants pose for a photograph at the closing session.


Sustainable Development Dialogue Days Deliver Recommendations to Rio+20

19 June 2012: The Sustainable Development Dialogue Days were organized by the Government of Brazil, with the support of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and brought together approximately 1,300 representatives from civil society, including the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the scientific community, among other major groups to engage in open and action-oriented debate on themes related to sustainable development. More.


Rio+20 Business Day Develops Recommendations on "Achieving Scale"

19 June 2012: The Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) 2012 Business Day took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and included sector-oriented workshops highlighting: business solutions being delivered; commitments to action; and hurdles to achieving scale, in several sectors: agriculture, cement, chemicals, consumer goods, energy/power, forestry, materials, oil and gas, and transport. More.


IPCC 35 Concludes Consideration of the IAC Review Recommendations

9 June 2012: The 35th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) focused on the work resulting from the consideration of the recommendations from the InterAcademy Council (IAC) Review of the IPCC processes and procedures, namely those on: governance and management; procedures for the IPCC reports; and the communications strategy. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
Brazil Launches World Centre for Sustainable Development

Rio+Social Addresses Role of Technology and Social Media in Sustainable Development

Sustainia100 Recognizes Sustainable Solutions

Multilateral Development Banks Announce US$175 Billion for Sustainable Transport

Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum Calls for Business Involvement in the SDG Process

Rio+20 World Summit of Legislators Approves Legislators' Protocol

Food, Nutrition and Agriculture Meeting Highlights Solutions for Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

Human Development
   
UN-HABITAT, Government of Brazil Collaborate on Sustainable Urban Development

UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators of Consultations on Habitat III

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
FAO-ILC Project Provides Access to Land Governance Data

ITTO Awards 28 Fellowships in Sustainable Tropical Forestry

World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
EU MarBEF Demonstrates Importance of Cultural Views in Conservation Policy

High-Level Round Table on ITPGR Convenes in Rio

International Year of the Rhino Begins

Mexico Ratifies ABS Protocol

CITES Announces GEF/UNEP-Backed Rhino Project

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
Sustainable Human Development Index to Measure "Future We Want"

IRENA Launches Global Solar and Wind Energy Atlas, Signs Partnership with OLADE

UN-OHRLLS Announces Samoa to Graduate from LDC Status

UN General Assembly Elects 67th Session President

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
IMO Announces Plans to Develop Maritime Sustainability Goals

UNEP Launches Global Marine Litter Partnership

Oceans Day at Rio Pavilion Celebrates Ten Years of the Global Ocean Forum

UNCLOS Parties Celebrate 30th Anniversary of the Convention

Climate and Atmosphere
   
IPCC Issues Statement on Election Procedures, Non-Peer Reviewed Literature

Technology Executive Committee Launches Call for Inputs on Work Plan

SPREP, IOC, CCCCC to Cooperate on Climate Change

Adaptation Fund Outlines Benefits of Direct Access

AfDB Holds Training on Climate Change, Energy and Transport

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
ADB Energy For All Announces Three New Members

ESMAP Reviews its 2009-11 Work on Clean Energy, Access and Efficiency

G20 Los Cabos Declaration Reaffirms Commitment to Green Growth

ADB Energy For All Convenes Second E4All Investor Forum

UNCTAD Congress Takes Stock of Achievements of BioTrade

World Bank Co-Organizes Forum on Diaspora Resources for Development in Africa

Finance CEOs Launch Natural Capital Declaration at Rio+20

World Bank, Rio de Janeiro Launch Low Carbon City Development Program

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress: 25-30 June 2012. Nairobi, Kenya

Africa Energy Forum 2012: 26-28 June 2012. Berlin, Germany

Fourth Session of the INC to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury: 27 June - 2 July 2012. Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay

World Cities Summit 2012 : 1-4 July 2012. Singapore, Singapore

Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the ABS Protocol: 2-6 July 2012. Delhi, India

Second Meeting of the IWG on the Mid-term Evaluation of the UNCCD Strategy: 2-6 July 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

2012 ECOSOC Substantive Session: 2-27 July 2012. New York City, US

44th Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee : 4 July 2012. Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

33rd Regular Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government: 4-6 July 2012. Saint Lucia

Meeting of the Ministers for Culture in the Pacific Islands: 4-11 July 2012. Honiara, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Infrastructure for Climate Change: The Challenge of Constructing Infrastructure Systems for a New Environmental Reality: 5 July 2012. Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia

Ramsar COP 11: 6-13 July 2012. Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania

The Fourth East Asian Seas Congress 2012: 9-13 July 2012. Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

30th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries: 9-13 July 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

WIPO IGC 22: 9-13 July 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland


IISD Reporting Services is reporting from:

First Regional Congress of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA) and International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and African Forest Forum (AFF) Forest Policy Day