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Issue #170 | 16 June 2011

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Editor's Note
Open and Transparent
Present at the creation. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Latin America and the Caribbean on the Road to Rio+20
It is urgent to move towards a “social compact” based on the transformation of production patterns with full employment and environmental criteria. More.
Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Clean Air and Climate Change Mitigation
Most Latin American cities and countries require greater technical capacity to assess the impacts of urban policy and transport in terms of emissions and climate change, better technology tools and business processes to reduce emissions and energy consumption, and greater resources to introduce innovative vehicle technologies and cleaner fuels. More.
Mario Molina, President of the Clean Air Institute Board of Directors, Nobel Prize of Chemistry 1995, President of the Mario Molina Center for Strategic Environmental and Energy Studies, Professor of University of California in San Diego.

New Reports and Resources
Save and Grow

National REDD+ Registries: An Overview of Issues and Design Options

Reforming Forest Tenure: Issues, Principles and Process

Climate Change, Water and Food Security

Aichi Targets Newsletter

Next Steps for Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture

The A to Z of the GEF for Civil Society Organizations

Climate Change Adaptation and Natural Disasters Preparedness in the Coastal Cities of North Africa

Mapping Hotspots of Climate Change and Food Insecurity in the Global Tropics

The State of Forests in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin and Southeast Asia

REDD-plus and Biodiversity

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
ICNP-1 Adopts Recommendations on Awareness Raising, Compliance

13 June 2011: The Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted four recommendations, including on compliance with the Protocol. More.

Photo: L-R: Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD Executive Secretary; Co-Chair Janet Lowe, New Zealand; Co-Chair Fernando Casas, Colombia; and Valerie Normand, CBD

Conference on Climate Change and Displacement Drafts Guiding Principles

7 June 2011: The Nansen Conference on Climate Change and Displacement in the 21st Century drafted a set of principles to guide responses to challenges posed by the impacts of climate change. More.

Photo: Chair Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Latin America and Caribbean SAICM Meeting Adopts Five Resolutions

3 June 2011: The third Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) regional meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) discussed regional implementation, relations with the chemical and waste conventions, and preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or “Rio+20”), among other topics. More.

UNGA Working Group Recommends Starting Process on Legal Regime on Marine Biodiversity

3 June 2011: The fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction has recommended starting a new process on the legal regime on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. More.

UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Implementation of the Technology Mechanism

2 June 2011: The UNFCCC Workshop on Technology Needs Assessments (TNAs) discussed, inter alia, good practices and lessons learned from non-Annex I parties' experiences in conducting TNAs and the roles of TNAs in the context of the implementation of the Technology Mechanism as established at COP 16. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNEP Holds Discussion on Nairobi-Helsinki Outcome

UNGA Debates Green Economy

GSP Secretariat Briefs UN Delegates on Outcomes of Helsinki Meeting

Trade, Finance & Investment
IDB Launches Carbon Finance Portal for Latin America

AfDB Invests in Solar and Wind Power in Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank Supports Design of Carbon Market Instruments in Eight Developing Countries

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNDP, GEF Launch Yellow Sea Initiative

European Commission Closes Bluefin Tuna Fishery to Spain's Large Trawlers

Workshop on Wetlands in West Asia Identifies Best Practices

World Oceans Day Focuses on Greening our Future

Climate and Atmosphere
Food Security Experts Invite Input on Food Security and Climate Change Study

IDB Launches Initiative to Support Sustainable Aviation Biofuels

UNFCCC Launches Finance Portal for Climate Change

World Meteorological Congress Sets Priorities for Next Four Years

Methodology for Calculating Mangrove Carbon Storage Approved

Chemicals Management
UNEP Launches Safe Planet Website

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNEP, MEAs Launch InforMEA Webportal

UNWTO Launches Energy Efficiency Project

UNEP Hosts Faith Groups' Meeting on Climate Justice

UNEP Opens Review Process for First Draft of GEO-5

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNESCO Hosts Expert Meeting on IPBES

Experts Recommend New Solutions to Growing Bushmeat Trade

CITES Launches Virtual College

World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Forests

UNEP, IFAD Launch Resource Management Policy, Call for Support for Sustainable Agriculture

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
ASB, IISD Hold Workshops for REDD+ Negotiators in Cameroon and Viet Nam

Rainforest Basins Summit Calls for South-South Cooperation

Human Development
MDGs Follow-up Meeting Calls for Equity-Based Approaches

UN Launches Information Portal for LDCs

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UN Climate Change Conference June 2011: 6-17 June 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

IHA World Congress : 14-17 June 2011. Foz Do Iguacu, Parana, Brazil

World Day to Combat Desertification 2011: 17 June 2011. worldwide

35th Session of the World Heritage Committee: 19-29 June 2011. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean: 20 June 2011. Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana

Fifth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention (PIC COP 5): 20-24 June 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

12th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 20-24 June 2011. New York City, US

CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020: 20-24 June 2011. High Wycombe, England, UK

Vienna Energy Conference 2011 (VEC 2011): 21-23 June 2011. Vienna, Wien, Austria

CIF Partnership Forum 2011: 24-25 June 2011. Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

37th Session of the FAO Conference: 25 June - 2 July 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

IISD Reporting Services is reporting from the International Hydropower Association (IHA) 2011 World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower

International Hydropower Association (IHA) 2011 World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower

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