Linkages Update - Issue #196
Editor's Note
   
SDGs, MDGs, Post-Rio and Post-2015
The opening of the UN General Assembly has been accompanied by a flurry of events to set the stage for the follow-up of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the post-2015 development agenda. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Evolving Research on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change
In order to facilitate and promote further research on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change around the world, UNEP, WMO and UNESCO came together in 2011 to set up PROVIA as a vehicle to provide advice and inputs to research funders. UNEP has supported PROVIA since its inception. More.
Saleemul Huq, Chair of the Interim Scientific Steering Committee of PROVIA

Policy Update
   
On the Road to Doha: Will the Bell Toll for the Kyoto Protocol?
This policy update addresses the reasons why many parties want to “really” adopt a “robust” second commitment period in Doha and presents an overview of the main elements that need to be agreed at COP 18 to configure the second commitment period's main features and rules. More.
Eugenia Recio, MPhil, Thematic Expert for Climate Change Negotiations and UNFCCC, IISD Reporting Services (Argentina/Spain)

New Reports and Resources
   
Impacts of Climate Change on the Agricultural and Aquatic Systems and Natural Resources within CGIAR's Mandate

Renewable Energy and Employment

Biofuels and Biodiversity

Impacts of Marine Debris on Biodiversity: Current Status and Potential Solutions

Geoengineering in Relation to the Convention on Biological Diversity: Technical and Regulatory Matters

Estimate of Technical Potential for Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards in 13 Major World Economies

Powerful Synergies: Gender Equality, Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability

The State of the World's Forests 2012 (SOFO 2012)

Economic Development in Africa 2012 Report

Greening the Economy with Climate-Smart Agriculture

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 - 10 October 2012
   
Biosafey COP/MOP 6 Adopts 16 Decisions

5 October 2012: The sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 6) adopted 16 decisions, including a decision on socio-economic considerations which, for the first time, initiates activities aiming to provide a basis for future substantive work on considerations with regard to socio-economic impacts of living modified organisms. More.

Photo: COP/MOP 6 Chair M.F. Farooqui, India, gavels the meeting to a close at 9:30 pm.


Second Workshop on Long-term Finance Focuses on Creating Enabling Environments

3 October 2012: The second UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) workshop on long-term finance focused on approaches to scale-up climate finance and create enabling environments. More.

Photo: Co-Chairs Zaheer Fakir, South Africa, and Georg Børsting, Norway


MOS 1 Adopts Conservation Plan for Sharks

27 September 2012: The First Meeting of Signatories (MOS 1) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks, the first meeting since the MOU came into effect in 2011, adopted a conservation plan for sharks. More.


ICCM-3 Agrees to Extend Funding Window for Chemicals Activities

24 September 2012: The third session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM-3) agreed to extend the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management's (SAICM's) Quick Start Programme (QSP) Trust Fund until 2015. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
UNGA President Prioritizes Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNECA Holds Consultations on Post-2015 Development Agenda

DESA Head Stresses Importance of SDGs, Rio Implementation, Post-2015 Agenda

Public Discussion Launched Ahead of Special Event on SDGs

SIDS Call for Action on Climate Change and SDGs

UNGA Debate Speakers Urge Post-2015 Cohesiveness, Rio+20 Implementation

UNGA Debate Addresses "Second Generation" of MDGs, Blue Economy

UNGA Debate Addresses Rio+20 Outcome, Complementarity of MDGs, SDGs, Post-2015 Agenda

Sustainable Development Solutions Network to Focus on Ten Critical Areas

Post-2015 High-Level Panel Holds Open Dialogue Ahead of First Meeting

ECOSOC Special Ministerial Meeting Discusses the Multilateral System for Sustainable Development

UN Launches New Sustainable Development Website

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
New World Water Development Report Format Announced, 2014 Edition to Focus on Water and Energy

High-Level Roundtable on Water, Peace and Security Calls for Addressing Water Scarcity

Chemicals Management
   
Basel Convention Open-Ended Working Group Agrees to Develop ESM Guidelines on New POPs

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
IEA Holds Workshop on Renewables Deployment in the Mediterranean

Commonwealth Ministers Agree on Draft Charter Committing to New Support to SIDS

UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Praise Small States' Contributions

ITU Green Standards Week Adopts Declaration on Green Growth and Climate Change

High-level Event on SE4ALL Addresses Need for Implementation, Highlights SIDS Commitments

Pacific SIDS Commit to Develop an Integrated Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management

Climate and Atmosphere
   
IPCC Enters Second Stage of Review of Fifth Assessment Report

Addis Ababa Declaration Supports Global Framework on Climate Services

Working Group Established to Review National Platforms on Disaster Risk Reduction

Leaders Express Hope for Climate Action at UNFCCC COP18

IEA and UNFCCC to Collaborate to Improve Climate Data and Analysis

BASIC Countries Call for Strengthened Commitments Ahead of Doha

Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change Releases Hanoi Communiqué

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
Green Growth Best Practice Initiative Launched

AfDB Irrigation Rehabilitation Project Improves Food Security in Madagascar

Human Development
   
UN Women, UNICEF Open Public Discussion on Inequalities, Feeding into Post-2015 Development Agenda

World Habitat Day Recognizes Need for Continued Action on Sustainable Cities

UN Marks World Tourism Day with Call for Sustainable Energy for All

Social Good Summit Addresses Impact of Technology on Lives and Communities

New Commitments Announced at High-level SE4ALL Event

UNCTAD Trade and Development Board Discusses Situation of LDCs

High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda Dialogues with Civil Society

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
EC Proposes Draft Regulation on Biopiracy and Research

CBD COP 11 Opens with Focus on Strategic Plan Implementation, Climate and Marine Issues

CITES Receives Proposals for Improving Conservation and Sustainable Use of Wild Species

IPBES Issues Guidance on Nominations to Bureau, Expert Platform

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
Pacific Agricultural and Forestry Ministers Endorse Regional REDD+ Framework

First Wangari Maathai Award Recognizes Successes in Community Forest Management

EU, FAO Announce Call for Proposals on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade

UNECE, FAO, IEA Launch Joint Wood Energy Enquiry for 2011

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
CBD COP 11: 8-19 October 2012. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Regional Workshop for Latin America and Caribbean Regions on NAMAs: 9-10 October 2012. Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia

International Seminar on Energy Access: 9-10 October 2012. New Delhi, Delhi, India

Expert Meeting on a Range of Approaches to Address Loss and Damage : 9-11 October 2012. Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados

2012 Annual Meetings of World Bank and International Monetary Fund: 9-14 October 2012. Tokyo, Japan

Tree Diversity Day: 11 October 2012. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

5th Meeting of the Working Group on Water and Health under the UNECE Watercourses Convention: 11-12 October 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Land Day 6: 15 October 2012. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Ad Hoc Expert Group Meeting on the Assessment of Biodiversity, Forests, Mountains, Biotechnology and Tourism in Africa: 15-16 October 2012. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Cities for Life: Cities' and Sub-national Governments' Biodiversity Summit: 15-16 October 2012. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

POPRC 8: 15-19 October 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Bhutan+10: Gender and Sustainable Mountain Development in a Changing World: 15-19 October 2012. Thimphu, Bhutan

World Food Day: 16 October 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Summit on Island Innovations: Celebrating Bright Spots, Leadership and Successes in Island Conservation and Sustainable Livelihoods: 16 October 2012. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Conceptualizing a Set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 16 October 2012. New York City, US


IISD Reporting Services is reporting from 8-19 October 2012, from Hyderabad, India, from the Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Selected Side Events at CBD COP 11 and the Rio Conventions Pavilion at CBD COP 11

CBD COP 11 coverage