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Issue #163 | 3 March 2011

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Editor's Note
The New Linkages Update for IISD's Knowledge Management Projects
Welcome to the new format for Linkages Update. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Turning Wastes into Resources While Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Contribution to a Green Economy
Environmentally sound management of wastes – including hazardous wastes – is not among the measures that spontaneously come to mind in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. More.
Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: 40 years of biodiversity conservation and wise use
One year before the creation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the founders of the Ramsar Convention were showing the way for international cooperation to care for the environment, valuing all types of wetlands as a set of assets that connect us all. More.
Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

New Reports and Resources
Energy Poverty: The Missing Millennium Development Goal?

Climate Change and POPs: Predicting the Impacts

GFP February Newsletter

The State of the World's Children 2011 Report – Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity

Promoting Decent Work in a Green Economy

The Convention on Biological Diversity: Year in Review 2010

Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal (Vol 35, Issue 1)

UN-REDD Programme Strategy 2011-2015

Reefs at Risk Revisited

Progress Report. Global Drylands: A United Nations system-wide response

Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

UNEP 2011 Year Book

Measuring the Value of Land

Rio 2012: Making it Happen (Vol. 2, Issue 3)

Bioenergy, Land Use Change and Climate Change Mitigation

IOSEA e-News

REDD+ and Biodiversity e-Newsletter

Strategies for Green Growth: Framing the Issues

UNEP/GRID-Arendal Marine Newsletter #14

IISD RS' Policy & Practice Knowledgebases
Natural Reources
Sustainable Development
Climate Change
Sustainable Energy
Chemicals and Wastes
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
African Regional Coverage
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage

Latest News
UNCCD Subsidiary Bodies Review Monitoring and Assessment Indicators

25 February 2011: The second special session of the Committee on Science and Technology and the ninth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have concluded their reviews of intersessional work to follow-up on decisions related to impact and performance indicators. More

Photo: The dais at the opening meeting of the Ninth Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention.

UNEP GC 26/GMEF Discusses Green Economy, IEG, IPBES

27 February 2011: The 26th session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC 26/GMEF) adopted 17 decisions, including on international environmental governance (IEG), the green economy, and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). More

Photo: Members of the Secretariat with the Committee of the Whole (COW) Chair Liana Bratasida at the close of the COW

Ninth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue Discusses Implications of Cancun Agreement

8 February 2011: The ninth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change discussed the global implications of the Cancún Agreement on Long-term Cooperative Action (Cancún Agreement) for forests and people, among other topics. More

COFI 29 Addresses Ecolabelling, Bycatch and Small-Scale Fisheries

4 February 2011: The 29th session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) adopted a final report in which it, inter alia: adopted Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Inland Capture Fisheries; approved Guidelines on Aquaculture Certification; endorsed Guidelines on Bycatch Management and the Reduction of Discards; and approved the development of new guidelines on small-scale fisheries. More

Other News
Sustainable Development
CSD Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting Addresses SIDS Issues

North American SCP Workshop Focuses on Green Building

Intergovernmental Organizations
India to Host World Environment Day, UNEP Announces

UNEP Convenes Green Customs Partners Meeting

UNEP GMGSF Calls for Strong Government Engagement in Rio 2012

UN-Energy Outlines Priorities Ahead of Rio 2012

Trade, Finance & Investment
World Bank, DANIDA Establish First Climate Innovation Center

GEF Approves Projects on Transport and Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Industry

GEF Approves Sustainable Transport Project for Major African Cities

UNCTAD Holds Third Multi-year Meeting on Investment for Development

Climate and Atmosphere
CARICOM Leaders Identify Climate Change Priorities

IRENA Reports on Recent Ratifications

UNFCCC Receives Submissions from Parties

Ozone Parties Invited to Join Declaration on Global Transition from HCFCs and CFCs

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
CPF Calls for Greater Role for Women in Forest Management

ITTO Calls for Proposals on Reducing Deforestation and Enhancing Environmental Services

UNCCD and GEF Host Consultations on Great Green Wall

UNCCD Selects Theme for 2011 World Day to Combat Desertification

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ramsar's STRP Makes Progress on Guidance for COP 11

UNESCO's Blue Carbon Working Group Holds First Meeting

Biodiversity and Wildlife
FAO Policy Guide Highlights Role of Small Seed Enterprises to Secure Food Security

Six Countries Sign ABS Protocol in First Month

CMS Flyways Working Group Convenes

CBD, GEF Hold Central Africa Workshops on Financing COP 10 Outcomes

CBD and UNEP-WCMC Conducting Survey on National Indicators for Strategic Plan

CBD Invites Input for Island Biodiversity POW Review

Working Group on CMS Future Shape Identifies Three Options

CBD Secretariat Publishes Study on Incentive Measures

Chemicals Management
SPREP, UNEP Prepare Pacific POPs Regional Project

UNEP Convenes Third Consultation on Chemicals and Wastes Financing

Human Development
UN Women Officially Launched

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Kuala Lumpur-Nagoya Supplementary Protocol Signing Ceremony: 7 March 2011. New York City, US

Second PrepCom for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD): 7-8 March 2011. New York City, US

ECOSOC High-level Meeting with Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD: 10-11 March 2011. New York City, US

UNGA Thematic Debate on LDC IV: 11 March 2011. New York City, US

Fourth Session of the Governing Body to the ITPGR: 14-18 March 2011. Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

Sixth Session of the IPPC Commission on Phytosanitary Measures: 14-18 March 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

CBD Regional Workshop for Southern Africa on Updating NBSAPs: 14-20 March 2011. Kasane, North-West, Botswana

CBD Asia-Pacific Workshop on REDD+: 15-18 March 2011. Singapore, Singapore

Interactive Dialogue between UN General Assembly and Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability: 16 March 2011. New York City, US

CBD Capacity-building Workshop for Latin American and Caribbean ILC: 16-18 March 2011. Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana

Fifth GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium : 16-18 March 2011. Tokyo, Japan

GEF STAP Meeting: 17-18 March 2011. Vienna, Wien, Austria

Fifth International Marine Debris Conference: 20-25 March 2011. Honolulu, HI, US

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 28-31 March 2011 from the Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change

Fifth International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA) to Climate Change

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