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Corruption and Fraud in Agricultural and Energy Subsidies: Identifying the Key Issues
Bringing the Ocean Back into the Earth Summit
World Economic Situation and Prospects 2011
UNEP/GRID Arendal Marine Newsletter
Forests and Climate Change in the Near East Region (Forests and Climate Change Working Paper 9)
Harvesting Knowledge on REDD+: Early Lessons from the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Initiative and Beyond
Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower
Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion and its Interactions with Climate Change: 2010 Assessment
Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2010
Advancing Adaptation through Climate Information Services: Results of a Global Survey on the Information Requirements of the Financial Sector
The Role of Ecosystems in Developing a Sustainable ‘Green Economy’
Handbook for Conducting Technology Needs Assessment for Climate Change
Capacity Development for Environmental Management and Governance in the Energy Sector in Developing Countries
Rural Poverty Report 2011
Food Security, Farming, and Climate Change to 2050
The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequalities and Urban Land Markets

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Latest News - Tuesday, 25 January 2011
World Future Energy Summit 2011 Discusses Business, Technology and Finance
Abu Dhabi, 21 January—World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 included a Summit with 29 sessions, two exhibitions, a Young Future Energy Leaders Programme, approximately 90 roundtable discussions, as well as numerous side events, industry and investment seminars, and corporate meetings. In addition, many WFES participants attended the award ceremony for the Zayed Future Energy Prize for long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability, which was awarded to Vestas of Denmark. More.
Photo: Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar, UAE
First Intersessional Meeting Discusses UNCSD Objectives and Themes
New York, 12 January—In his summary of the first Intersesssional Meeting leading to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also called Rio+20), Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang highlighted that delegates’ key messages included that: strong commitment to development needs to be emphasized; green economy should not be viewed as a substitute to sustainable development; more studies on green economy are needed; the current institutional framework needs to be strengthened by improving coordination; and different views exist regarding the best architecture for sustainable development. More.
Photo: Co-Chair John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) before one of the plenary sessions
ITTC 46 Agrees on Collaborative Initiative with CBD
Yokohama, 19 December—The 46th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and the associated sessions of its four Committees concluded with compromises on the Collaborative Initiative between the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on Biological Diversity to conserve tropical forest biodiversity, and financial arrangements for Council sessions outside of ITTO headquarters. More.
Cancún Climate Change Conference Concludes with Agreement on Package of Decisions
Cancún, 12 December—The UN Climate Change Conference in Cancún concluded with agreement on a package of decisions that include provisions on adaptation, REDD+, technology, mitigation and finance. More.
Other News
Sustainable Development
UNGA Agrees to Discuss Indicators of Sustainable Development, Endorses UNCSD Prep Process
ECLAC Holds Pre-Rio+20 Expert Meeting
DESA, ECLAC Gather Experts on Sustainable Use and Production of Lithium
Rabat Declaration Adopted on Sustainable Waste Management
Sustainable Development News

Chemicals Management
UNEP and Global Mercury Partnership Convenes Global Forum on Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining
UNEP and OCHA Release Assessment of Lead Poisoning in Nigeria
More Chemicals News

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
International Expert Group Discusses Indigenous Peoples and Forests
UNCCD Organizes Technical Workshop on Impact Indicators
More Forests and Deserts News

Climate and Atmosphere
China and US Launch Two New EcoPartnerships
62nd Meeting of ExCom Approves ODS Destruction Project
More Climate News

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CBD Closes International Year of Biodiversity
CBD COP 10 Report Available Online
WOW Project Concluded
European Protected Area Network Enlarged
More Biodiversity News

Trade, Finance & Investment
WTO Members Address Environmental Issues within the Doha Mandate
World Bank Umbrella Carbon Facility to Buy Post-2012 Carbon Credits
GEF CEO Endorses Projects on Protected Areas, Integrated Resource Management and Biosafety
IDB and Japan Sign Renewable Energy, and Energy Efficiency Support MOU
More Trade News

Human Development
Preparatory Meeting for LDC IV Calls for Action on Brussels Programme
UNGA Holds Debate on Strengthening Disaster Relief Assistance
UNHCR Celebrates 60th Anniversary
More Development News

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP and PERSGA Organize Regional Training Workshop on Adaptation Planning and Financing
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UNEP RONA Launches Webpage on Sustainable Consumption and Production
UNGA adopts climate change resolution UN WTO Assists Hotels in Reducing Carbon Footprint
More IGO News

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNECE Supports Finalization of Third Aral Sea Basin Programme
Experts Discuss Sustainable Water Management in Cities
UNGA Adopts Resolutions Addressing Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Biodiversity
More Water News

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 9): 24 January-4 February 2011. New York, NY.
Second Session of the INC to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury: 24-28 January 2011. Chiba, Japan.
Third Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns: 26-27 January 2011. Cairo, Egypt.
Davos World Economic Forum: 26-30 January 2011. Davos, Switzerland.
29th Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries: 31 January-4 February 2011. Rome, Italy.
North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Workshop on Green Building: 31 January-1 February 2011. Ottawa, Canada.
CBD AHTEG Meeting on Invasive Alien Species: 2-4 February 2011. Geneva, Switzerland.
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2011: 3-5 February 2011. Delhi, India.

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting on 8 February 2011 from the
Ninth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forest Governance and Climate Change

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