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Issue #173 | 4 August 2011

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Editor's Note
Preparation Processes
The final half of 2011 is shaping up to be a very busy period, with formal and informal events convening in the lead up to the Durban Climate Change Conference and the UNCSD. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Forests Plus: Looking outside the box
The full picture of what forests offer is much more than simply economic values and carbon. More.
Jan L. McAlpine, Director, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat

The Work of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
At the Special Information Seminar on “Climate Change and Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture,” scientists and experts discussed the risks posed by climate change to the different sectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture and the potential use of genetic resources for food and agriculture in mitigation and adaptation strategies. More.
Linda Collette, Secretary of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture of the FAO

Harnessing the Potential of IRENA
With 152 affiliated States, a clear political mandate has been afforded to IRENA's vision. More.
Adnan Amin, IRENA Director General

New Reports and Resources
Energy Efficiency Policy and Carbon Pricing

A Framework for Assessing the Vulnerability of Wetlands to Climate Change

Payments for Ecosystem Services and Food Security

Global Governance: The Rise of Non-state Actors

Renewables 2011 Global Status 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
CGRFA 13 Adopts Second Global Plan of Action on PGRFA

22 July 2011: The 13th regular session of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 13) recently adopted the Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), established an Ad hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA), and developed a roadmap for climate change and GRFA. More.

Photo: Javad Mozafari Hashjin, CGRFA Chair, applauding at the close of CGRFA 13.

CITES Animals Committee Makes Shark, Snake Trade Recommendations

25 July 2011: The 25th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) laid the groundwork for responding to the multiple mandates received from the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES in March 2010. More.

Photo: L-R: AC Chair Ibero Solana and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon.

Pacific UNCSD PrepCom Adopts Outcomes “in Principle”

24 July 2011: The Joint Ministerial Meeting of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for Pacific Countries adopted “in principle” an outcome document, including recommendations, and established a process to gather comments on the document. More.

Photo: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minster of Samoa

Other News
Sustainable Development
High-level Meeting on Youth Emphasizes Sustainable Development, Full Employment

Pacific Open Forum on Green Growth Contributes to UNCSD PrepCom

ECESA Plus and UNCSD Bureau Discuss Expected Outcomes

Indonesia Dialogue on IFSD Highlights Need for Integration, Implementation

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Registration Opens for First Session of IPBES Plenary

UNFF Updates Timeline for Nominations to Forest Heroes Programme

African Governments Discuss Collaboration to Combat Poaching

New Fund Established at FAO for Livestock Biodiversity Management

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
ITTO Supports REDD+ Feasibility Study in Brazil

Climate Experts Prepare Compendium on National Drought Policy

Human Development
UNGA Debates Achieving the Right to Water in the Context of the MDGs

Emergency Ministerial-Level Meeting on the Horn of Africa Discusses Response to Crisis

Trade, Finance & Investment
ESCAP Committee Highlights Importance of Trade in Low Carbon Goods

IDB Joins Airplane Companies in Funding Research on Jet Biofuel from Sugarcane

Forum Economic Ministers' Meeting Adopts Economic Action Plan

WIPO Holds Conference on Innovation and Climate Change

WTO Establishes First Dispute Settlement Panel on Renewable Energy Subsidies

World Bank Hosts High-Level Event on Low Emissions Development

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ban on Heavy Fuel Oil in Antarctic Enters into Force

Mexico Designates 122nd and 123rd Ramsar Sites

Climate and Atmosphere
South African Ministers Outline Priorities for Durban

World Bank Institute Calls on Young African Activists to Participate in Youth Parliament

IPCC Calls for Comments on 33rd Session's Draft Report

Multilateral Fund ExCom Supports China's Commitment to Cut HCFCs

Adaptation Fund Board Adopts Decisions on Private Donations and Operational Policies Templates

World Bank Approves GEF Project on REDD+ in the Congo Basin

UN Security Council Debates Security Impacts of Climate Change

CGIAR Announces US$170 Million Alliance on Maize Research

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN CC:Learn Selects Pilot Countries for Climate Change Learning

FAO Develops Webportal on Horn of Africa Drought Emergency

ECOSOC Establishes Committee on Global Geospatial Information Management

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Montreal Protocol OEWG 31: 1-5 August 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

46th Meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure for the Montreal Protocol : 7-8 August 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Seventh Meeting of the Accreditation Panel of the Adaptation Fund: 8-9 August 2011. Washington D.C., US

Second Regional Forum for People and Forests: 8-9 August 2011. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Integrated Climate Impact Assessment Tool for Urban Policy Makers: Expert Consultations: 8-9 August 2011. Manila, Philippines

CITES Standing Committee 61: 15-19 August 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

GEF SGP Workshop for Asia Pacific: 15-19 August 2011. Beijing, China

2011 World Water Week: 21-27 August 2011. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from the Sixty-first meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Standing Committee


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