Linkages Update - Issue #202
Editor's Note
   
Upcoming Meetings and Post-2015 Consultations
Among the many stories that have been entered into our knowledgebases in the past few weeks have been posts regarding preparations for key upcoming meetings, and publications and dialogues feeding into the post-2015 development agenda. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Climate Change and Geoengineering: Ocean Fertilization Practicalities, Opportunities and Threats
Concern over human-driven climate change and the lack of success in constraining greenhouse gas emissions have increased scientific and policy interest in geo-engineering − deliberate interventions in the Earth's climate system that might moderate global warming. One of the earliest proposed carbon-removal techniques is large-scale ocean fertilization. More.
Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO; Jorge Luis Valdes, Head, Ocean Sciences; and Henrik Enevoldsen, Program Specialist, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

Opening Up Energy Data to SMEs: Core Business for SE4All
In the fight against climate change, shifting the energy sector from fossil fuels to clean energy requires a massive, transformative change, not least in mindset. The challenge is particularly stark in those countries where the industry is dominated by large state-owned power producers. More.
Martin Hiller, Director General of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

Comings & Goings
   
Appointments
CMS Announces New Executive Secretary

New Reports and Resources
   
Electricity in a Climate- Constrained World

Addressing Inequalities: Synthesis Report of Global Public Consultation

Advance Unedited Version: Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 61/16 on the Strengthening of the Economic and Social Council: Report of the Secretary-General

2012 Study on Forest Financing

Analysis and Overview of New Actors and Formats for the Global Partnership for Development Post-2015

Advancing Agroforestry on the Policy Agenda: A Guide for Policy-Makers

Financing for Sustainable Development in the Global Partnership beyond 2015

Knowledge, Capacity Building and Networks for Sustainable Development: A Review

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands

E-Discussion Framing Paper: Environmental Sustainability for the World We Want: Moving From the MDGs to Post-2015

Measuring Progress Towards Sustainable Development Goals

Ending Poverty In Our Generation

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 - 14 February 2013
   
INC-Forests3 Continues to Revise Draft Negotiating Text for Legally Binding Agreement

4 February 2013: The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) continued to revise draft negotiating text for a legally binding agreement (LBA) as revised by INC-Forests2 in September 2012, considered the outcome of intersessional work undertaken by an expert meeting on key terms and definitions, and addressed a paper on the implications of various options for bringing the LBA “under the United Nations umbrella,” which was produced by independent consultants at the Chair's request. More.

Photo: L-R: INC Chair Jan Heino, Finland, thanking Ismail Üzmez, Deputy Director-General for Forestry, Turkey.


First IPBES Plenary Meeting Elects Chair, Addresses Organizational Issues

29 January 2013: The first session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-1) addressed a series of organizational, procedural and budgetary issues, including the election of its Chair, Bureau and Muldisciplinary Expert Panel. Following intense consultations among regional groups, Zakri Abdul Hamid (Malaysia) was selected as IPBES Chair and Robert Watson (UK) as Vice-Chair for the next three years. More.

Photo: Zakri Abdul Hamid (right), Malaysia, being congratulated for his election as the IPBES Chair.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
CBD Executive Secretary Briefs UN Secretary-General on Links between Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

6th EU-Brazil Summit Reflects on Rio+20 and Doha

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
WIPO IGC 23 Advances on Text on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources

CITES Secretariat Publishes Recommendations on Listing Proposals

ITPGR Secretariat Invites Submissions on Sustainable Use

CGIAR Launches Global Research Programs on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals

Working Group on Forest Genetic Resources Prepares Recommendations

IRENA, CMS and AEWA Call for Proposals on Renewable Energy and Migratory Species

FAO Releases Report of the Fourth Meeting of the Regional Fishery Body Secretariats Network

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013 Launched

UNECE Water Convention Becomes Global

IUCN, IWA Launch Water-Food-Energy Nexus Dialogue on Water Infrastructure

UN-Water Zaragoza Conference Prepares for International Year of Cooperation

Human Development
   
FAO, WFP Release Report on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition e-Consultation

Co-facilitators Initiate Consultations on MDGs Special Event

Deputy UNSG Calls for Poverty Eradication in Post-2015 Framework

Panama Consultation Discusses Violence, Security in Post-2015 Agenda

Pan-African Parliament Stresses Governance, Accountability in Post-2015 Agenda

20th AU Summit Discusses MDGs, Post-2015 Development Agenda

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
UN-REDD Holds REDD+ Stakeholder and Anti-corruption Workshops for Latin American Countries

Global Mechanism Launches Sustainable Land Management Web Platform

ELD Initiative Seeks Case Studies Regarding SLM Benefits and Costs of Land Degradation

Ministers at Global Forum Call for Responsible Land Governance and Investment in Agriculture

UNFF, Turkey Sign Host Country Agreement for UNFF 10

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
UNEP Creates Advisory Body on Environmental Law, Justice and Governance

Climate and Atmosphere
   
UN Secretary-General Warns Against the “Gathering Threat of Climate Change”

Adaptation Fund Board Chair Calls on Donors to Support Adaptation Efforts

UNFCCC Releases ADP Report from Doha

UNDP Assesses Climate Finance in 15 Countries

AAKNet Adopted as African Adaptation Network

IPCC Undertakes Expert Review of First Draft of Guidance on GHG Emissions from LULUCF

IPCC Calls for Review of Second Draft of Wetlands Supplement for GHG Inventory Guidelines

CDM Reaches 6000th Project Milestone

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
World Economic Forum 2013 Considers Ways to Revive Global Economy Sustainably

World Bank President Urges World Economic Forum to Make Climate a Top Priority

Chemicals Management
   
UNDP, GEF Assist Chinese Farmers to Reduce Reliance on DDT

Basel Convention Technical Expert Group Finalizes ESM Framework

Expert Group Recommends Continued Use of DDT for Vector-Borne Disease Control

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
E-discussion on Growth, Diversification and Structural Transformation: 18 January - 15 February 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Development-led Globalization: 25 January - 22 February 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Sustainability and Growth : 31 January - 15 March 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Environmental Sustainability in Post-2015 Development Agenda: 4 February - 1 March 2013. virtual

51st Session of the Commission for Social Development: 6-15 February 2013. New York City, US

TUNZA International Youth Conference on the Environment : 10-14 February 2013. Nairobi, Kenya

E-discussion on Water for Peace: 11-17 February 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Governing and Managing Water Resources for Sustainable Development: 11-17 February 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Economic Opportunities in Wastewater: 11-17 February 2013. virtual

E-discussion on WASH and Economic Development: 11-17 February 2013. virtual

36th Session of IFAD's Governing Council: 13-14 February 2013. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Special Joint Meeting of ECOSOC and the Economic and Financial Committee of the General Assembly on "Food Security and Nutrition: Scaling Up the Global Response”: 14 February 2013. New York City, US

First Round of Informal Consultations on MDGs Special Event: 15 February 2013. New York City, US

14th Meeting of the BASIC Group: 15-16 February 2013. Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Fourteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-14) : 16-17 February 2013. Nairobi, Kenya

High-Level Meeting on the Rule of Law and the Environment : 17 February 2013. Nairobi, Kenya

Forum on Gender and the Environment: 17 February 2013. Nairobi, Kenya

High-Level Leadership Meeting on Addressing Inequalities: 18-19 February 2013. Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

27th Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum : 18-22 February 2013. Nairobi, Kenya

Second Signatory States Meeting of the Dugong MoU: 19-20 February 2013. Manila, Philippines

Africa Energy Indaba 2013: 19-21 February 2013. Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

WSIS+10 Review: Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development: 25-27 February 2013. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Options for Addressing Tenure under REDD+: 25-27 February 2013. Rome, Lazio, Italy

E-discussion on Energy and Means of Implementation: 25 February - 8 March 2013. virtual

Post-2015 Development Agenda Consultation on Water: Water Resources Management and Wastewater Management and Water Quality: 27-28 February 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

High-Level Consultation on Governance: 28 February - 1 March 2013. Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

CITES COP 16: 3-14 March 2013. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand


IISD Reporting Services will be covering the Global Thematic Consultation on Addressing Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, from 18-19 February 2013, in Copenhagen, Denmark

The World We Want 2015