Linkages Update - Issue #206
Recent Guest Articles
   
CITES CoP16, Bangkok 2013: A ‘Watershed Moment' for Combating Wildlife Crime
The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) took decisive action to tackle the disturbing spike in the illegal killing of the African elephant and rhino and smuggling of their ivory and horn, which is the focus of this article. More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Connect4Climate – Right Here, Right Now
Last November, a World Bank-commissioned report on the effects of climate change was added to the ever growing body of scientific evidence on climate change. It argues that a warmer world is no longer a remote scientific possibility, but an imminent threat to humankind if change does not happen right here, right now. More.
Cyril Muller, Vice President, External Affairs, the World Bank

Policy Update
   
UNCCD Opens Discussions on Economic Assessment of Desertification and Global Indicators
What would happen if a global convention could measure its parties' implementation actions and progress on the ground? More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

REDDy to Put the Jigsaw Together?
Over the past two decades, the relevance of forests has been increasingly acknowledged in the international arena, however, their consideration and regulation constitutes a geo-political jigsaw, whose pieces are dispersed throughout various processes. More.
Eugenia Recio, MPhil, Thematic Expert for Climate Change Negotiations and UNFCCC, IISD Reporting Services (Argentina/Spain), Alice Bisiaux, LL.M, Content Editor and Thematic Expert on Oceans, Coasts, and Freshwater, IISD Reporting Services (Spain)

New Reports and Resources
   
Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2013

Private Sector Initiatives on Measuring and Reporting on Green Growth

Derisking Renewable Energy Investment

Soil, Your Silent Ally

Moving towards a Common Approach on Green Growth Indicators

Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2013

Asian Water Development Outlook 2013

Guidelines for Formulating National Forest Financing Strategies

Achieving Energy Efficiency through Behavior Change

The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought: Methodologies and Analysis for Decision-Making

Economics of Climate Change in the Arab World

Towards the Assessment of Trees Outside Forests

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 - 25 April 2013
   
UNCCD CRIC 11 Forwards Report to CRIC 12

19 April 2013: The eleventh session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) developed a report that contains a synopsis of parties' views and recommendations noted on the floor in plenary. The week prior to CRIC 11, participants at the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference focused on the theme "Economic assessment of desertification, SLM and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas." More.

Photo: L-R: Kwang-Su Ryu, Ministry of the Korean Forest Service of the Republic of Korea; Stefan Schmitz, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; UNCCD Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja; and Chair of the CRIC Mary Rowen


CGRFA 14 Adopts GPA on Forest Genetic Resources, Genebank Standards

19 April 2013: The fourteenth session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 14) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) marked the Commission's 30th anniversary. More.

Photo: CGRFA Chair Brad Fraleigh (Canada)


OWG 2 Considers Options for Universality of SDGs

19 April 2013: The second session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was devoted to conceptualizing the SDGs and the SDG process, and to poverty eradication. More.

L-R: Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Co-Chair Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya; and Emer Herity, GA Conference Services


UNFF10 Adopts Resolution on Emerging Issues, MoI and the Forum Trust Fund

19 April 2013: The tenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), which met from 8-19 April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey, focused on the theme "Forests and Economic Development." More.

Photo: Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director


Energy Consultation Culminates in High-level Meeting, Finalizes Common Vision

9 April 2013: Participants at the High Level Meeting on Energy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda took stock of the online and regional consultations on energy, and finalized a common vision to be set forth as a set of recommendations to be submitted to the UN Secretary-General's High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. More.

Photo: His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway


UNECE Outlines Possible SDG Themes

9 April 2013: During its regular 65th session, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) addressed follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the post-2015 development agenda for Europe. More.

Photo: UNECE Executive Secretary Sven Alkalaj highlighted member states' agreement to create SDGs at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, reminding delegates that, “the clock is ticking.”


INC-Forests3 Brings Forests Agreement under UN Umbrella

5 April 2013: The Resumed Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) recommended bringing the LBA “under the UN umbrella," considered an offer from Germany to host the Agreement, and further revised the draft negotiating text of the LBA. More.


Post-2015 Consultation on Nutrition Delivers Synthesis Report to UN Secretary-General

4 April 2013: Participants at the final meeting of the Post-2015 Thematic Consultation on Hunger, Food Security and Nutrition discussed a vision for, and identify priority areas and building blocks related to, food security and nutrition in the post-2015 development agenda. More.


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
UN Hosts Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

Finance Ministers Build Momentum on Natural Capital Accounting

UNEP-Hosted IRP Releases City-Level Decoupling Report

UNEP Updates UN Member States on 10FYP on SCP Implementation Process

UNGA Informals Consider "Hybrid Option" for HLPF

Experts Provide Input on HLPF

Chemicals Management
   
Multilateral Fund Commits US$385 Million for HCFC Reduction

UNEP, Russian Federation Partner to Promote Chemicals Regulation

GEF Approves Over US$43 Million for 12 POPs Projects

Stockholm Convention Updates Guidance on NIPs, Action Plans

Rotterdam Convention Calls for Information on Hazardous Pesticide Formulation

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
ITTO and FAO Support Forest Statistics in China

UNCCD and IAEA Sign "Practical Arrangement"

UNCCD Launches Capacity Building Marketplace

WRI, UNEP and Partners Preview Forest Monitoring System

Climate and Atmosphere
   
UN Secretary-General Calls on Ministers to Deliver on Climate Change Financing Commitments

G8 Identifies Climate Change as Contributing Factor to Security Risks

SREP Calls for Proposals that Engage the Private Sector in Low Carbon Investment

Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial Launches Actions on Energy Access, Efficiency, and Supply

UNFCCC Releases Parties' Views on Implications of Decisions for the Kyoto Protocol

LDCs to "Take the Lead" on Climate Change

Dublin Conference Stresses Local Solutions to Address Food Security and Climate Challenges

Ministerial Meeting Discusses Scaling Up Climate Finance

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Sets Priorities for 2013

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
Great Bustard MoU Meeting Adopts New Action Plan

CBD Calls for Views on Biodiversity Financing, Nominations for High-level Panel on Global Assessment of Resources

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty Stresses Land Governance

IDB Approves US$50 Million Energy Efficiency Finance Facility

World Bank President Outlines Agenda to End Extreme Poverty

Human Development
   
ECOSOC, BWIs Discuss Coordination to Advance Post-2015 Agenda

HLP Briefs on Bali Meeting, Forthcoming Final Report

UN, Six Financial Institutions Collaborate to Monitor Development Outcomes

Environmental Sustainability Consultation Enters Second Phase

UNGA Debates Global Economic Governance for Development

Participants at Arab Development Forum Discuss “World We Want”

On 1,000 Days Mark, UN Calls for Accelerated Action on MDGs

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
Group of Friends on SE4ALL Highlights Progress, Plans

SE4All Advisory Board Announced, Marking "New Era in UN-World Bank Relations"

UN Prepares for 2014 SIDS Conference

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
Conference Discusses Role of Energy and Water in Africa's Development

Ramsar, Conservation International Enhance Cooperation

High Seas Conference Concludes with Paris Appeal

Asia-Pacific Water Summit Preparatory Meeting Discusses MDG Targets, IWRM

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
Environmental Sustainability E-discussion: Human Rights, Peace and Security: 15-28 April 2013. virtual

WIPO IGC 24: 22-26 April 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

2013 Global Land Forum and Assembly of Members: 23-26 April 2013. Antigua, Guatemala

69th Commission Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: 25 April - 1 May 2013. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Clean Energy Financing Forum for Central America and the Caribbean: 26 April 2013. San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras

Coordinated Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions: 28 April - 10 May 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings: 29 April - 3 May 2013. Washington D.C., US

Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action: 29 April - 3 May 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Seventh Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Meeting: 1-3 May 2013. Washington D.C., US

Statistical Challenges of Monitoring Development Beyond 2015: 2-3 May 2013. Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

World Migratory Bird Day 2013: 11-12 May 2013. worldwide

International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition: 13-15 May 2013. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Environmental Sustainability E-discussion: Translating Global Commons and Universal Agenda to Local Action and Context: 13-26 May 2013. virtual

UNGA Thematic Debate: Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Water-Energy Nexus: 16 May 2013. New York City, US


IISD Reporting Services is reporting from the Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport (EST) Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Integrated Conference on Next Generation Transport Systems We Want for 21st Century ~ Looking Beyond Rio+20, from 23-25 April 2013, from Bali, Indonesia.

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