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Issue #167 | 29 April 2011

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Editor's Note
Collaborative Implementation
Synergies. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The First Interagency “Forum on Green Jobs: Local Strategies and Actions”
What are the linkages between climate change and sustainable local development? More.
Patricia O'Donovan, Director, International Training Centre of the ILO

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves: An international network for sustainable development learning
The concept of biosphere reserve has evolved since its origin in the 1970s to fully embrace the notion of sustainable development, but integration of the CBD's objectives into sustainable development has not been an easy task. More.
Dr. Natarajan Ishwaran, Director, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, Secretary, Man and the Biosphere Programme, UNESCO

Comings & Goings
Joint Executive Secretary of Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions Takes Office

New Reports and Resources
The Marrakech Process Progress Report: Paving the Way for Sustainable Consumption and Production

Introduction to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

The China New Energy Vehicles Program: Challenges and Opportunities

Overview of the Conservation Status of the Marine Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea

Mitigation Potential of Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies: A General Equilibrium Assessment

Green Growth and Transport

Destination Sustainability: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Freight Transportation in North America

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
CITES Plants Committee Convenes

21 April 2011: The 19th meeting of the Plants Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) convened from 18-21 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. Delegates discussed, inter alia: CITES participation in the Biodiversity Indicators Partnership; CITES collaboration with the UN Environment Programme and biodiversity-related conventions on the definition of the content and modalities of the relationships between the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and other Conventions' scientific bodies; CITES' role in the Convention on Biological Diversity's Global Strategy for Plant Conservation; and climate change impacts on CITES' science-based decision-making processes. More.

Photo: L-R: PC Chair Margarita Clemente and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon

UN-HABITAT Governing Council Focuses on Sustainable Urban Development

15 April 2011: The 23rd session of the Governing Council (GC-23) of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), which convened from 11-15 April 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya, concluded with the adoption of 18 resolutions on issues relating to, inter alia: gender equality and empowerment of women in sustainable urban development; the World Urban Forum; expanding equitable access to land, housing, basic services and infrastructure; and natural disaster risk reduction, preparedness, prevention and mitigation. More.

Photo: L-R: Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT Executive Director; and GC-23 President Vincent Karega (Rwanda), shake hands at the end of the session.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UN General Assembly Debates Harmony with Nature

Group of Friends of Green Economy Convenes Final Workshop

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES Asian Snake Trade Workshop Forwards Recommendations to CITES Animals Committee

UN Crime Commission Adopts Resolution on Trafficking in Endangered Species

Mozambique Signs Dugong MoU

CBD Releases Report on REDD+ and Biodiversity Safeguards Workshop in Asia-Pacific

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Input Invited on Zero Draft of Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure Governance

ASB and IISD Develop Platform for South-South Exchange on REDD+

International Land Coalition Launches Online Land Portal

Climate and Atmosphere
African Countries Address Methyl Bromide Phase-Out Under the Montreal Protocol

Hungary Donates Funds for Fast-Start Climate Finance

UNFCCC Parties Select Transitional Committee for Green Climate Fund

Chemicals Management
GEF, UNDP Launch Awareness Training Module on POPs

Stockholm Convention Launches POPs-Free Initiative

Intergovernmental Organizations
CEB Takes Action on Biodiversity, Climate, Sustainable Development, DDR

UNEP and CARICOM Workshop Trains Caribbean Nations on Mainstreaming MEAs

UNECE Convenes Second Workshop on Water and Adaptation in Transboundary Basins

UNEP Convenes Business Leaders in Debate on Green Economy

Human Development
ECOSOC Selects Focus for Next Three Annual Ministerial Reviews

UNCTAD XIII to Focus on "Development-centered Globalization"

Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF Project Fosters Integrated Coastal Management and Mangrove Conservation in India

World Bank Invites Arab Countries' Researchers to Contribute to Adaptation Report

World Bank Reports on Climate Sector Lending

AfDB, GEF Discuss Project Portfolio

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
GEF, UNDP Support Danube Countries in Adopting Joint River Management Plan

IMO, Republic of Korea to Build Capacities to Mitigate GHG from Ships

Abidjan Convention Parties Agree to Take Action on Oil Spills and Marine Protected Areas

Key meetings in the next two weeks
GEF Central America Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW): 2-4 May 2011. Panama City, Panama

CBD Workshop for North Africa and Middle East on Updating NBSAPs: 2-7 May 2011. Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon

CSD 19: 2-13 May 2011. New York City, US

Central America Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance: 4 May 2011. Panama City, Panama

Fourth Meeting of the Consultative Process on Financing Options for Chemicals and Wastes : 4-5 May 2011. New York City, US

UN/ISDR Third Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction : 8-13 May 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Fourth UN Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC-IV): 9-13 May 2011. Istanbul, Turkey

WIPO IGC 18: 9-13 May 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

35th Session of Mediterranean Fisheries Commission: 9-14 May 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

CBD Regional Workshop for East, South and Southeast Asia on Updating NBSAPs: 9-16 May 2011. Xian, Shaanxi, China

102nd Session of IFAD's Executive Board: 10-12 May 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

IPCC 33: 10-13 May 2011. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Second Signing Ceremony for the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress: 11 May 2011. New York City, US

World Migratory Bird Day 2011: 14-15 May 2011. worldwide

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting on 5 May 2011 from the Central America Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance

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