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Issue #165 | 30 March 2011

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Editor's Note
Looking towards April: Energy and Climate Change
Looking ahead on the international sustainable development calendar, the month of April will begin with a heavy focus on energy and climate change issues. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Understanding Earth's Polar Challenges

Recommendations from the International Working Group on Coastal “Blue” Carbon

Biosafety Protocol News

Guidance Document on the Environmentally Sound Management of Used and End-of-Life Equipment

WMO Statement on the Status of Global Climate in 2010

Staff Guide to Greening UNESCO

UN-REDD 2010 Year in Review

Managing Private Investment in Natural Resources: A Primer for Pro-Poor Growth and Environmental Sustainability

Rio+20: Making it Happen (Vol. 2, Issue 5)

SDG2012 Think Pieces

A Rapid Response Assessment – Green Hills, Blue Cities: An Ecosystem Approach to Water Resources Management for African Cities

Views on the Elaboration of Market-Based Mechanisms

Assuring Food Security in Developing Countries under the Challenges of Climate Change: Key Trade and Development Issues of a Fundamental Transformation of Agriculture

Weather Extremes in a Changing Climate: Hindsight on Foresight

Interactions of Policies for Renewable Energy and Climate

Inclusive and Sustainable Development: For Whom?

Mitigation of What and by What? Adaptation by Whom and for Whom? Dilemmas in Delivering for the Poor and the Vulnerable in International Climate Policy

Impacts of GM Crops on Biodiversity

UNCCD News, Issue 2.6

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
World Water Day 2011 Focuses on Water for Cities

22 March 2011: The official celebration of World Water Day 2011 (WWD 2011) convened in Cape Town, South Africa on 22 March 2011, under the theme “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge.” Participants discussed where the gaps lay and how best to solve these problems through: urban planning; public-private partnerships; using the expertise of local governments for effective implementation; and the necessity of adequate funding and political will. More.

Photo: L-R: HRH Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Chair of UNSGAB; Edna Molewa, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs; and Tim Kasten, UN Environmental Programme

ITPGR Governing Body Adopts Procedures and Mechanisms on Compliance

18 March 2011: Participants at the fourth session of the Governing Body (GB 4) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (the Treaty or ITPGR), which convened from 14-18 March 2011, in Bali, Indonesia, adopted procedures and mechanisms on compliance, reached consensus on the long-standing item of the financial rules of the Governing Body, and adopted resolutions on farmers' rights, sustainable use, cooperation with other organizations, and implementation of the Funding Strategy, among others. More.

Photo: Members of the Secretariat. L-R: Clive Stannard, Kent Nnadozie, and ITPGR Secretary Shakeel Bhatti.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Global Sustainability Panel Sets Overall Goal, Guiding Principles

Aarhus Convention Seeks Input Ahead of Chisinau Meeting

UNCSD Bureau Discusses Outcome-drafting Process, Consultations on Nairobi-Helsinki Outcome

UNEP, Stakeholder Forum Hold Consultation on Sustainable Development Governance

CSD 19 Bureau Prepares for May Event

Sustainability Panel Hears Input from UNGA

UNECA Holds Sustainable Development Workshop in Preparation for Rio 2012

Chemicals Management
Global Alliance for Alternatives to DDT Convenes Meeting

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Marine Debris Conference Adopts Honolulu Commitment

World Water Day 2011 Focuses on the Urban Challenge

Ocean Monitoring System Expanded into the Arctic

Climate and Atmosphere
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility Holds Eighth Participants Committee Meeting

Ozone Secretariat Releases 2010 Technical Options Committee Reports

Adaptation Fund Board Approves Projects in Solomon Islands, Eritrea and Ecuador

SPREP Convenes Pacific Climate Change Roundtable

Eight Countries Ratify IRENA Treaty

Human Development
IUCN Meeting Discusses New Paradigm for Sustainable Development

UNDP Discusses Multilateral Agencies' Role in Achieving Universal Energy Access

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UN-REDD Approves Funding for REDD+ in Ecuador

UNCCD and WMO Discuss Action Plans

UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Plans Expansion, Issues User Survey

WIPO-Sponsored Meeting Concludes TKDL Can Prevent Misappropriation, Fuel Innovation

GEF Establishes Fund for Nagoya Protocol Implementation

CBD, IPCC Invite Contributions for AR5 on Biodiversity and Climate Change

Australia Signs CMS Shark MOU

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN Celebrates Earth Hour

UN/ISDR Holds Briefing on Preparations for Third Session of the Global Platform for DRR

UNDP and UNITAR to Strengthen African Participation in Multilateral Negotiations

Trade, Finance & Investment
IDB Annual Meeting Discusses Growth Strategies for Latin America

World Bank Outlines Green Growth Strategy for China

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Meeting of UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB): 1-2 April 2011. Nairobi, Kenya

First Session of the IRENA Assembly and Fifth Preparatory Commission for IRENA: 3-5 April 2011. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

UN Climate Change Conference – Bangkok: 3-8 April 2011. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Joint Pacific Ministerial for Energy, Transport and ICT: 4-8 April 2011. Noumea, New Caledonia

LDC-IV Preparatory Committee - Second Session: 4-8 April 2011. New York City, US

63rd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol: 4-8 April 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Second Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM2): 6-7 April 2011. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

2011 Business and Industry Global Dialogue: The Road to Rio+20 : 11-12 April 2011. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

60th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board: 11-15 April 2011. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 3-5 April 2011 from:

Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and First Session of the Assembly of IRENA

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