Linkages Update - Issue #209
Editor's Note
   
Implementation Challenges
On the eve of the first anniversary of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) as well as the close of the June 2013 Bonn Climate Change Conference, many of the challenges associated with implementing negotiated agreements have been apparent. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Manager, Knowledge Management Projects, IISD Reporting Services

Recent Guest Articles
   
Countries Forge Ahead on Mitigation in Agriculture Despite UNFCCC Delays
Although UNFCCC negotiations on agriculture are on hold, agricultural mitigation is already an objective for many developing countries. More.
Lini Wollenberg, Theme Leader, Pro-Poor Climate Change Mitigation, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)

The COP 18 Gender Decision – A Step Towards Gender Equality in the Climate Regime
The final COP 18 Gender Decision reaffirms a COP decision taken over a decade ago. Despite the COP 7 decision, participation of women in UNFCCC bodies and as Party delegates overall has remained low. More.
Nathalie Eddy, Coordinator for the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

Green Growth is the Heart of Development
In only few places on planet earth is the complete integration of environment and development visible. More.
Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and Former Minister of the Environment and International Development, Norway

New Reports and Resources
   
Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map

Integrating REDD+ into a Green Economy Transition: Opportunities and Challenges

Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook

Improving Measurement and Reporting of Progress for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development: Report to the UN Secretary-General

Climate Change and Health: A Tool to Estimate Health and Adaptation Costs

Reducing Food Loss and Waste

The Little Green Data Book 2013

Small Holders, Food Security and the Environment

Putting Green Growth at the Heart of Development

Report of the High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Who Will Be Accountable? Human Rights and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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 June 2013
   
Trondheim Conference Focuses on Biodiversity Mainstreaming

31 May 2013: Hosted by the Norwegian Government in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank, the seventh Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity considered 'Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society.' More.

L-R: Ivar Baste, Directorate for Nature Management, Norway, and Tone Solhaug, Ministry of Environment, Norway


SREP Pilot Countries Exchange Lessons on Renewable Energy Investments

30 May 2013: The fifth meeting of pilot countries participating in the Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) brought together participants from pilot countries, countries on the SREP pilot reserve list, multilateral development banks and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Administrative Unit. More.

Photo: Ahmed Shafeeu, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives


Vienna Energy Forum Sees Launch of SE4ALL Tracking Framework, Post-2015 Goal Recommendations, MoU for Renewables Center

30 May 2013: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF) 2013 brought together over 1,200 participants from 100 countries, under the theme 'One year after Rio+20: the energy future we want.' More.


Arab RIM Adopts Dubai Document as Regional Input to SDGs, HLPF and Post-2015 Processes

30 May 2013: The Arab Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Rio+20 Outcomes was one of a series of events organized by the UN Regional Commissions to discuss follow-up on the main outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and the post-2015 development agenda. More.


IHA World Congress Discusses Advancing Sustainable Hydropower

24 May 2013: The Fourth International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower included focus sessions on: whether sustainability is constraining economic development; regional interconnections; who is investing in hydropower; working with project affected communities; climate change; and renewable systems. More.

Photo: IHA President Refaat Abdel-Malek


OWG 3 Considers SDGs on Food, Water, Land and Agriculture

24 May 2013: The third session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place from 22-24 May 2013, focused on the thematic issues of: food security and nutrition, sustainable agriculture, desertification, land degradation and drought; and water and sanitation. More.

Photo: OWG3 Co-Chairs Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and  Csaba Körösi (Hungary)


Asia-Pacific Water Summit Adopts Chiang Mai Declaration

20 May 2013: The 2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS), which convened under the theme of 'Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment,' concluded with the adoption of the Chiang Mai Declaration, encouraging actions on water security and the efficient use of water resources. More.

Photo: Yoshiro Mori, President Asia Pacific Water Forum


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
HLPF Consultations Address Core Issues

UN Secretary-General Stresses Need for Climate Change Agreement, SDGs

HLPF Consultations Address Major Groups, Post-2015

TICAD Adopts Yokohama Action Plan on Inclusive Development in Africa

UNGA Hosts Workshops on the Development, Transfer, and Dissemination of Clean Technology

UNEP Launches Global Sustainable Consumption and Production Clearinghouse

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
ILC Annual Report Documents Success in Supporting Civil Society

Draft Report of UNCCD IWG for Mid-term Evaluation of Strategy Open for Comment

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
Oceans Day Celebrates People and Oceans

UNECE Water Convention Implementation Committee Elects Chair, Launches Activities

World Health Assembly Calls for Urgent Efforts on Drinking Water, Sanitation

World Bank Launches Second Phase of Water Partnership Program

Climate and Atmosphere
   
ICRAF Opens Tree Ring Laboratory for Climate Change Research

NAP Process Launched in LDCs

International Partnership Launches Knowledge Map on Mitigation and MRV

IISD RS Launches “ENB Video: In the Corridors" at Bonn Session

Busan Partnership Reviews Climate Public Expenditure in Asian and African Countries

IMO Environment Committee Makes Progress on Energy Efficiency, GHG Estimates

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
12th PFII Calls for Focus on Indigenous Peoples' Health, Education, Land Rights, and Culture

IUCN, CBD and Partners Launch 'Friends of Target 12'

Meeting of the East Atlantic Biosphere Reserve Network Sets Priorities

International Biodiversity Day Focuses on Water

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
UNGA Confirms Appointment of Next UNCTAD Secretary-General

African Economic Outlook 2013 Addresses Structural Transformation and Natural Resources

ECOSOC Debate on Global Economic Governance Emphasizes Inclusive System

Human Development
   
UNDP Proposes Focus on Poverty and Inequalities

UN Member States Consider Launching Road Map to 2015

UNGA Briefed on Report of High-level Panel

Human Rights Council Experts Call for Equality, Social Security and Accountability in Post-2015 Agenda

Intergovernmental Organizations
   
World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Reducing “Foodprints”

Global DRR Platform Reflects on Increasing Losses from Disasters, Post-2015 Framework

UNGA Sets Dates for 2014 SIDS Conference

Chemicals Management
   
US, China to Collaborate on HFCs Phase Down

UNEP Spotlights Mongolian Mercury-Free Processing Plant

Stockholm Convention Requests Comments on Guidance on Alternatives to PFOS

Basel Convention Releases Feasibility Study on Ship-Dismantling

SAICM Funding Window Now Open

EU Commits Funding for Pacific Hazardous Waste Issues

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies June 2013: 3-14 June 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

INC-Forests 4: 10-14 June 2013. Warsaw, Poland

First Plenary Assembly of the GSP: 11-12 June 2013. Rome, Lazio, Italy

High-level Conference of Middle-Income Countries: 12-14 June 2013. San Jose, Costa Rica

Google+ Hangout on Rio+20 Anniversary: 13 June 2013. virtual

Land for Business–Business for Land: 13-14 June 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Expert Meeting on Growth and Employment: A Contribution to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 14 June 2013. New York City, US

World Day to Combat Desertification 2013: 17 June 2013. worldwide

Fourth Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs: 17-19 June 2013. New York City, US

GEF 44th Council Meeting : 17-20 June 2013. Washington D.C., US

14th Session of the Informal Consultative Process (ICP 14): 17-20 June 2013. New York City, US

Berlin High-level Dialogue on Implementing Rio+20 Decisions on Sustainable Cities and Urban Transport: 19-21 June 2013. Berlin, Germany

33rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 24-28 June 2013. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand


IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) is reporting from the Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4), from 10-14 June 2013, from Warsaw, Poland


Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)



IISD RS is reporting from the High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries (MICs), from 12-14 June 2013, from San José, Costa Rica


High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries (MICs)