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Issue #168 | 13 May 2011

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Editor's Note
National Reporting and Programmes for Action: Mapping the Road Ahead
As the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC IV) concludes its week-long meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, those watching it will soon turn to consider how the Istanbul Programme of Action will determine the global development perspective towards the LDCs for 2011-2020. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Cooperation for a Green Economy
In this first guest article, Achim Steiner suggests that Rio+20 could provide the frameworks, financing and market mechanisms to support transitions to a Green Economy across the world. More.
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Comings & Goings
Lenten Named CMS Deputy Executive Secretary

New Reports and Resources
Findings and Implications from a Coarse-Scale Global Assessment of Recent Selected Mega-Fires

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

Co-Generation and Renewables: Solutions for a Low-Carbon Energy Future

Compendium of Legal Instruments, Norms and Standards 2011

Sustainable Transport in the UNECE Region

Summary for Policymakers: Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation

Why a Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries

Indexing CDM Distribution: Leveling the Playing Field

Growth, Employment and Decent Work in the Least Developed Countries

REDDy-Set-Grow: Opportunities and Roles of Financial Institutions in Forest Carbon Markets

The Rio 2012 Conference - The Explanatory Roadmap to Rio+20

Implementation of the 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations in IEA Member Countries: Recent Developments

Improving the Practice of Cost Benefit Analysis in Transport

2010 Revision of the World Population Prospects

Perspectives from Mexico to Achieve More with Less: Alternative Transport Modes and their Social and Environmental Benefits

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
Central America Workshop Focuses on Biodiversity and Finance

4 May 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Environment Facility's Country Support Programme organized a Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes for Central America, which took place in Panama City, Panama, on 4 May 2011. More.

Photo: L-R: Edgar Chacón, Panama; Hesiquio Benítez, Mexico, facilitator; and Yibin Xiang, CBD Secretariat

POPs COP 5 Adopts Decisions on Endosulfan, Synergies

29 April 2011: The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which convened from 25-29 April 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, concluded with an agreement to add endosulfan to Annex A of the Convention and phase out its use. Delegates also adopted a decision on synergies among the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions, among other decisions. More.

Photo: Osvaldo Álvarez, Chile, was elected POPs COP 6 President at the close of COP 5

Forum Discusses Regional Approaches and Cooperative Initiatives to Promote Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

29 April 2011: The Regional Global Forum on Sustainable Energy (GFSE), which met from 28-29 April 2011, in Vienna, Austria, addressed the theme “Energy between Danube and Caucasus: The Role of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as a Key Issue for Economic Development.” Participants discussed the potential for and ways to address barriers to energy efficiency and renewable energy sources in these regions. More.

Workshop Discusses "Blue Economy"

29 April 2011: A workshop focused on “Keeping the Green Economy Blue” convened on 29 April 2011, at UN Headquarters, New York, US, to assess the current state of the oceans and marine environment, and consider social and economic implications and policy recommendations for transitioning to a “blue economy.” More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UN/ISDR Announces Private Sector Commitment to Address Disaster Vulnerability

SLoCaT Partnership, DESA Convene Workshop on NAMAs and Sustainable Transport

World Economic Forum for Africa Addresses Energy and Sustainable Development Challenges

CSD 19 Opens in New York

UNCSD Bureau Discusses Guidelines for Zero Draft Submissions, Study of Nairobi-Helsinki Outcome

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES Publishes Draft Guide to Development, Review, Updating and Revision of NBSAPs

CBD Regional Workshop on NBSAPs Convenes in Beirut

CBD/GEF South America Regional Workshop Focuses on Biodiversity and Finance

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
EU, Liberia Conclude Bilateral Forest Agreement

OAS Celebrates International Year of Forests

CPF Calls for Increased Community-Based Forest Management

Climate and Atmosphere
US, Canada and Mexico, and Federated States of Micronesia Propose HFCs Phase-down Under Montreal Protocol

Clean Development Mechanism Registers 3000th Project

ICAO Holds First Regional Workshop on Action Plans for Reducing Aviation Emissions

BRICS Leaders Adopt Sanya Declaration

UNFCCC Holds Expert Workshop on the Technology Mechanism

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Discusses Prospects for Durban Climate Change Conference

Green Climate Fund's Transitional Committee Elects Three Co-Chairs

Chemicals Management
Stockholm Convention Secretariat Requests Comments on Risk Management Evaluation of HBCD

SAICM Invites Comments on Proposals for GPA Activities

Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF Publishes Template for Direct Access to Desertification Funding

World Bank, GEF Fund Transfrontier Conservation in Malawi and Zambia

Human Development
PIFS Announces EU Finance for PICs to Achieve the MDGs

UNDP Hosts Fourth Ministerial Forum on Development for Latin America

Fourth LDC Conference Opens in Istanbul

OECD-NEPAD Ministerial Conference Highlights Green Investment for Africa

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN CC:Learn Pilot Projects Receive Expressions of Interest

UN Champions of the Earth Announced

ITU Increases Energy Efficiency of Universal Charging Solution

UNDP, SPREP and SPC Hold Pacific Workshop on Climate Change Impacts in Agriculture

UNEP FI Convenes Workshop on Integrating Biodiversity into Business

WIPO Underscores Design's Role in Sustainability

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Chile Becomes 15th Signatory to CMS Sharks MOU

Ramsar Convention Releases Report of STRP 16

Key meetings in the next two weeks
CBD Regional Workshop for East, South and Southeast Asia on Updating NBSAPs: 9-16 May 2011. Xian, Shaanxi, China

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

GSP 3: 16-17 May 2011. Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland

42nd Meeting of the Ramsar Standing Committee: 16-20 May 2011. Gland, Vaud, Switzerland

10th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 16-27 May 2011. New York City, US

CBD Third Expert Meeting for South-South Cooperation on Biodiversity for Development: 18-20 May 2011. Incheon, Republic of Korea

Expert Meeting on Governance of Forests and REDD+: 19-20 May 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

67th Session of UNESCAP: 19-25 May 2011. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

International Day for Biodiversity 2011: Biodiversity and Forests: 22 May 2011. worldwide

CBD Sub-regional Capacity-building Workshop for West Africa on Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas: 22-26 May 2011. Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal

CBD Regional Workshop for West Africa on Updating National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans: 22-26 May 2011. Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal

40th GEF Council Meeting: 23-26 May 2011. Washington D.C., US

International Expert Meeting on IPBES and Capacity Building: 25-27 May 2011. Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 7-10 November 2011 from the
Forty-first Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

Forty-first Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

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