Linkages Update - Issue #193
Editor's Note
   
Planning Underway for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
As the end of the Northern summer nears, several of the issues that are likely to be prominent on the sustainable development agenda during the final months of 2012 are taking shape. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Rio+20 Recognizes Value of Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Implications for Global, Regional and National Policy
Through the Rio+20 outcome document, governments explicitly recognize, for the first time, that natural capital is the essential core element of sustainable development, and that healthy ecosystems must be the foundation of human well-being. More.
Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP, Richard Munang, Policy Advisor and Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation and Development, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Adaptation Strategies Should Factor in Migration
Awareness about migration in the context of climate change has reached the international agenda only in very recent years. If we are serious about managing the impacts of climate change on migration, we need more capacities, funding and political will. More.
Dina Ionesco, Policy Officer, International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Comings & Goings
   
Appointments
Wu Hongbo Takes Office as Head of DESA

Naoko Ishii Takes Office as GEF CEO and Chairperson

UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning

New Reports and Resources
   
Sustainable Diets and Biodiversity: Directions and Solutions for Policy, Research and Action

Assessing International Funding for Climate Change Adaptation

A Dozen Innovative Renewable Energy Technologies

Impacts of Bioenergy on Food Security: Guidance for Assessment and Response at National and Project Levels

Independent Evaluation of Lessons Learned from Delivering As One: Main Report

Food Security and Climate Change

Reefs at Risk Revisited in the Coral Triangle

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 - 13 August 2012
   
CITES SC 62 Closes with Agreement on Ivory Trade Reporting

27 July 2012: The 62nd meeting of the Standing Committee (SC 62) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 23-27 July 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee addressed, inter alia: financial matters; CITES' relationship with the UN Environment Programme; and species trade and conservation, with discussions focusing on elephants, rhinos, and tigers. More.

Photo: The closing dais.


Montreal Protocol OEWG 32 Concludes Without Agreement on HFCs

27 July 2012: The 32nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considered two proposals to amend the Montreal Protocol related to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): the first by the Federated States of Micronesia; and the second by the US, Canada and Mexico. Parties were unable to reach consensus on establishing a contact group on the proposals. More.

Photo: Thailand receives a plaque celebrating Thailand's commitment to the Montreal Protocol. L-R: OEWG 32 Co-Chairs Ghazi Odat, Jordan, and Gudi Alkemade, the Netherlands; Pongthep Jaru-ampornpan, Thailand Ministry of Industry; and Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
GSP Secretariat Concludes its Work

ECOSOC Substantive Session Adopts Resolutions on Development Matters

Ten Latin American and Caribbean Countries Commit to Drafting Plan of Action on Principle 10

UN General Assembly Endorses Rio+20 Outcome

Ministers Adopt Beijing Action Plan for 2013-2015

Human Development
   
UN Website on “Beyond 2015” Provides Resources, Timeline for Process

UN Releases Terms of Reference for Post-2015 Panel

UN Secretary-General Announces High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Agenda

DESA Launches Knowledge Management Portal for Social Development

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
New Marine Protected Area Established on Nguna Island, Vanuatu

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
Migratory Wildlife Network Assesses CMS Influence, NGO Relations

ICCWC Launches Toolkit on Wildlife and Forest Crime

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
UNCCD Ad Hoc Working Group on Scientific Advice Discusses Scope of Work

UNCCD Ad Hoc Group on Impact Indicator Refinement Discusses Scope of Work

Congo Basin Forest Fund Launches Forest Monitoring Systems

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
AU to Establish African Risk Capacity Secretariat

ILO Calls for Meso and Macro-Level Climate Change Insurance

CCAFS East African Workshop Identifies Climate and Agriculture Priorities

CCAFS Project Demonstrates Positive Impacts of Climate Smart Agriculture

Climate and Atmosphere
   
UNFCCC Releases Workshop Report on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development

UNFCCC Launches DNA Help Desk for Under-Represented Regions and Countries

SEI Launches 2012 Version of Long-range Energy Alternatives Planning (LEAP) System

UNFCCC Holds Expert Meeting on Loss and Damage in LAC

Policy Dialogue Panel Finalizes Recommendations for CDM Reform

UNFCCC Holds Workshop on Water, Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes Four New Partners

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
GEF SGP Funds Renewable Energy Center in Jamaica

EBRD Supports Energy Efficient Transportation in Ukraine

Pacific ACP Officials Focus on Trade During Inaugural Meeting

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

57th Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel: 13-17 August 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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

61st Meeting of the CDM Accreditation Panel: 14-17 August 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

38th Meeting of the CDM Small Scale Working Group: 20-23 August 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

First Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board: 23-25 August 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

World Water Week 2012: 26-31 August 2012. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

Expert Meeting on a Range of Approaches to Address Loss and Damage: 27-29 August 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Regional Workshop (Middle East and North Africa) on Updating NBSAPs: 27-30 August 2012. Muscat, Masqat, Oman

CBD Eastern Tropical and Temperate Pacific Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs: 27-31 August 2012. Port Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

43rd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum: 27-31 August 2012. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

ECLAC XXXIV: 27-31 August 2012. San Salvador, El Salvador

Additional Sessions of the UNFCCC Ad Hoc Working Groups: 30 August - 5 September 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

World Urban Forum 6 (WUF6): 1-7 September 2012. Napoli, Campania, Italy


IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 30 August to 5 September from the Bangkok Climate Change Conference - August 2012

The UN Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand.