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Issue #171 | 30 June 2011

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Editor's Note
Focal Points
Over the last few years, many of the activities included in Linkages Update have incorporated some relationship with climate change policy. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Policy Brief
What Can a Deal in Durban Deliver?
With only one more official negotiating session remaining between now and the opening of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) in Durban, South Africa, in late November, it is worth reviewing what happened at the recent negotiations in Bonn, Germany. More.
Chris Spence, Deputy Director, IISD Reporting Services

Comings & Goings
Ban Ki-moon Appointed to Second Term as UN Secretary-General

New FAO Director-General Elected

New IMO Secretary-General Elected

New Reports and Resources
Technology Transfer Perspectives Series

Greening the Economy with Agriculture

Synthesis and Assessment Report on the Greenhouse Gas Inventories Submitted in 2011

FAO Biosafety Resource Book

Biotechnologies for Agricultural Development

The Economics of Desertification, Land Degradation, and Drought: Toward an Integrated Global Assessment

Principles and Practice of Forest Landscape Restoration

OECD Preliminary Report on A Green Growth Strategy for Food and Agriculture

For Life, For the Future: Biosphere Reserves and Climate Change, A Collection of Good Practice Case Studies

The Road to Rio

The Report on the World Social Situation 2011: The Global Social Crisis

Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change

Rio+20: Towards the Green Economy and Better Governance

A Better Climate for Disaster Risk Management

OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020

Global Environmental Governance: The Role of Local Governments

Report of the Secretary-General: Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Risk Quantification and Risk Management in Renewable Energy Projects

Transport Outlook 2011: Meeting the Needs of 9 Billion People

State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report

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
Stakeholders Share Experiences on Climate Investment Funds

25 June 2011: The 2011 Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum provided an opportunity for CIF stakeholders to exchange lessons learned and discuss how the CIF can be expanded or improved and help other CIF stakeholders apply lessons learned. More.

Photo: L-R: CIF Partnership Forum Co-Chairs Renosi Mokate and Andrew Steer

Rotterdam COP Agrees to List Three Chemicals

24 June 2011: The fifth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 5) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade adopted 13 decisions. More.

Photo: L-R: Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel and Stockholm Conventions and UNEP-part of the Rotterdam Convention, and COP5 President Noluzuko Gwayi, South Africa

Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and LOS Sends Outcome to UNCSD

24 June 2011: The UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process (ICP) on Oceans and the Law of the Sea considered the theme “contributing to the assessment, in the context of the UNCSD, of progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges.” More.

Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Energy Poverty, Business Models

24 June 2011: The Asian Development Bank's Sixth Asia Clean Energy Forum 2011 focused on “New Business Models and Policy Drivers - Building the Low-Carbon Future.” More.

Vienna Energy Forum Addresses Universal Energy Access

23 June 2011: The Vienna Energy Forum 2011 focused on energy poverty and increasing energy access in developing countries, while a parallel Ministerial Meeting on Energy and Green Industry sought to contribute to the preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or “Rio+20”). More.

UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean Generates Input to Rio+20

20 June 2011: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean discussed creating a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, the need for a blue economy addressing oceans and related issues, the institutional framework for sustainable development, and emerging issues and partnerships. More.

Bonn Talks Focus on Agendas of the Subsidiary Bodies

17 June 2011: The UN Climate Change Conference June 2011 centered on the agendas of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies during the first week, with agreement reached to launch work on some agenda items, while the Ad Hoc Working Groups made some progress on their agendas but recognized that much work remains before the Durban Climate Change Conference. More.

International Hydropower Association Congress Adopts Sustainability Protocol

17 June 2011: The International Hydropower Association (IHA) Congress also discussed opportunities arising from the growing interest in green growth strategies and carbon market finance opportunities. More.

European Ministers Agree to Negotiate Legally Binding Agreement

16 June 2011: During the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, ministers adopted a Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
General Assembly Debates Global Governance

INECE Conference Discusses Environmental Crime and Support for Sustainable Development

Africa and Arab Regional Workshop Addresses Climate Change, Environmental Degradation and Disasters

UNCSD Bureau Endorses Schedule for Remaining Prep Process, Awaits IFSD Study

Human Development
UN/ISDR, UN-HABITAT and UNDP Convene Disaster Reduction Workshop

UNGA Development Dialogue Discusses Post-2015 Agenda

Climate and Atmosphere
Adaptation Fund Board Accredits National and Regional Implementing Entities

Maldives Adopts DRR and Climate Change Adaptation Action Plan

UNFCCC Publishes Summaries of CDM Executive Board Meetings

Adaptation Fund Board Launches Accreditation Toolkit

Biodiversity and Wildlife
LAC Customs Authorities Plan for Transition to Electronic Permitting

UNESCO Releases Outcome of Expert Meeting on IPBES

UNDP and Japan Launch Satoyama Initiative

European Commission Adopts Zero Tolerance Policy on GMO Material in Feed

WHC Inscribes Sites in Africa, Asia, Oceania

G20 Agriculture Meeting Adopts Declaration and Action Plan on Food Price Volatility

Brazzaville Workshop Focuses on Updating NBSAPs

Experts Develop Roadmap on Climate Change and Migratory Species

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Switzerland Extends Ramsar Site

Norway Designates 14 Ramsar Sites

Chemicals Management
Rotterdam Convention Releases PIC Circular

Trade, Finance & Investment
World Bank, CIF Fund Climate Resilient Urban Improvements in the Caribbean

PIFS Announces First Country to Access the Pacific Environment Community Fund

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN Secretary-General Highlights Corporate Sustainability as Critical Theme at UNCSD

AUC Session Opens with Calls for Investments in Sustainable Youth

UNCTAD Public Symposium Discusses Transition to Green Economy

UNEP FI Convenes North American Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD Organizes Fourth Land Day

First Africa Drylands Week Highlights Potential for Sustainable Development

UN Marks World Day to Combat Desertification

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third Africa Carbon Forum: 4-6 July 2011. Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco

UNECE/FAO Workshop: Payments for Ecosystems Services: What role for a green economy?: 4-6 July 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

ECOSOC Substantive Session 2011: 4-29 July 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

CBD Latin America and Caribbean Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD-Plus Including Relevant Biodiversity Safeguards: 5-8 July 2011. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Regional Synergies Workshop - Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions: 5-8 July 2011. Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal

13th Meeting of the Enforcement Branch of the Compliance Committee: 6-8 July 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Meeting for AIMS: 7-8 July 2011. Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

CBD Liaison Group for the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation: 8-9 July 2011. Saint Louis, MO, US

High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy: 8-9 July 2011. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Seventh Regional Workshop on Biodiversity and Finance in Support of the Nagoya Outcomes: 9 July 2011. Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal

Workshop on the Amazon Regional Biodiversity Strategy: 11-12 July 2011. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

UNCCD Impact Indicators Piloting Exercise: Multi-National Pilot Inception Workshop: 11-13 July 2011. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

64th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol: 11-15 July 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CBD Regional Workshop on the Updating and Revision of NBSAPs for South America: 13-15 July 2011. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

IISD Reporting Services is reporting from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Expert Group Meeting on the Economic Impacts of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean

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