Linkages Update - Issue #192
Recent Guest Articles
   
CITES: From Stockholm in ‘72 to Rio+20 - Back to the future
Paragraph 208 of "The Future We Want" is a ground-breaking acknowledgment of the importance of CITES to achieving sustainable development, reinforcing its contribution towards the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and demonstrating that CITES is as relevant today, if not more relevant, than when it was adopted in 1973. More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

A Step Change for Biodiversity Knowledge
With the long-awaited Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) finally underway, how can we make the best use of the new Platform to advance the understanding of our planet's life support system and strengthen science-policy links on biodiversity and its benefits? More.
Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

New Reports and Resources
   
CITES Trade: Recent Trends in International Trade in Appendix-II Species (1996-2010)

Social Protection for Food Security, HLPE Report 4

Incorporating Climate Change Considerations Into Agricultural Investment Programmes: A Guidance Document

2012 Study on Forest Financing

Assessing Progress in Africa towards the Millennium Development Goals 2012

Agricultural Outlook 2012-2021

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2012

World Investment Report 2012

Executive Summary of Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2012

World Economic and Social Survey 2012: In Search of New Development Finance

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2012

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 - 27 July 2012
   
Ramsar COP 11 Renews IUCN as Secretariat Host

13 July 2012: The 11th Meeting of the Conference of Contracting Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat (Ramsar Convention) was organized under the theme “Wetlands: Home and Destination.” The main debate during COP 11 was over the institutional hosting of the Secretariat, and after intense negotiations the COP decided to renew confidence in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as host. More.

Photo: Ramsar Convention Secretary General Anada Tiéga


COFI 30 Builds on Rio+20 Momentum

13 July 2012: Participants at the 30th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI 30) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which took place one month after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), noted that Rio+20's momentum could be used to address pressing concerns such as illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, the management of shark fisheries and shark by-catch, the impacts of proliferating ecolabels, and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries. More.

Photo: L-R: Árni Mathiesen, Assistant Director-General, Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, FAO and Mohammed Pourkazemi, Chair of COFI 30, Islamic Republic of Iran


Nagoya Protocol Committee Adopts Recommendations on Future Work, Financial Issues

6 July 2012: The second meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP) on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted eight recommendations setting the groundwork for the Protocol's implementation and entry into force. More.


INC 4 Narrows Divergent Views on Global Agreement on Mercury

2 July 2012: The fourth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC 4) continuing negotiating the text of a treaty to regulate mercury use and reduce its environmental and health impacts. More.


IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress Discusses Conservation, Sustainable Management of African Forests and Trees

29 June 2012: The First International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)-Forestry Research Network of SubSaharan Africa (FORNESSA) Regional Congress took place on the theme, “Forests and Trees: Serving the People of Africa and the World.” The draft Nairobi Resolution, containing key needs for enhancing goods and services from forests and trees in African landscapes, was presented to participants at the end of the Congress. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
NRDC Launches "Cloud of Commitments" Following Rio+20

MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20

UNGA President Provides Summary of Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

ECOSOC Opening Statements Highlight Importance of Rio+20 Outcomes

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
UNCCD Announces Winners of Inaugural Land for Life Award

Brazil's Amazon Fund to Extend Anti-Deforestation Support to ACTO Countries

South-South-North Collaboration Will Address Desertification in Africa's Sahel

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
Clean Energy Solutions Center Releases Tool for Analyzing Solar Technologies' Market Potential

WTO Seminar Calls for Enhanced Collaboration to Protect Biodiversity from Invasive Species

Five Stock Exchanges Commit to Promoting Sustainability

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
CITES SC 62 Opens in Geneva

UNESCO Council Adds 20 New Biosphere Reserves

IPBES Announces Timeline for Intersessional Process

IWC Discusses Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling, Environmental and Health Matters

CITES-ITTO Cooperate to Support Timber Tracking

Human Development
   
Executive Heads Discuss Strategic Priorities for Next QCPR Cycle

Family Planning Summit Features Commitments from UN System, Global Leaders

Human Rights Council Links Internal Displacement With Climate Change

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
IRENA-PPA Workshop Supports Renewable Energy Integration in Pacific Grids

IEA Reports on Caspian Energy Policy Dialogue

IRENA Highlights Renewable Energy Learning Partnership at WWEC 2012

Climate and Atmosphere
   
CDM Executive Board Adopts Guidelines on Additionality of Small-Scale Projects

FAO, CCAFS Host Workshop on NAMAs in Agriculture

CCAC Launches Awareness-Raising Contest on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

ICAO Agrees on Carbon Dioxide Metric System

BASIC Countries Call for Focus on Implementation

UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Scaling Up Long-term Finance

WMO Considers Draft Implementation Plan for Global Framework for Climate Services

Adaptation Fund Board Approves Over $50 Million for Seven Projects

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
International Coral Reef Symposium Adopts Consensus Statement on Climate Change

Caribbean Ministers Adopt Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture Agenda

Brazil, ACTO Launch Amazon Regional Action on Water Resources

IAEA to Open Center on Ocean Acidification

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
48th Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol : 29-30 July 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

CBD Capacity-building Workshop on the GTI to Address IAS and to Achieve Aichi Biodiversity Targets in East and South East Asia: 30 July - 1 August 2012. Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

CBD Southern Indian Ocean Workshop to Facilitate Description of EBSAs: 30 July - 3 August 2012. Flic-en-Flac, Rivière Noire, Mauritius

CBD Regional Workshop for the Pacific on Updating NBSAPs: 6-9 August 2012. Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

2nd Session of the Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management: 13-15 August 2012. New York City, US

CBD Latin American and Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshops for Indigenous and Local Community Representatives: 13-18 August 2012. Asuncion, Nueva Asuncion, Paraguay