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Issue #174 | 31 August 2011

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Editor's Note
Looking Ahead: Climate and UNCSD on the Horizon
As the 2011 Northern summer comes to a close, we are planning for a very busy final four months of the year. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Road to Durban - The State of Play of the Climate Negotiations
It has never been clearer that the nations of the world have acknowledged both the challenges and opportunities of climate change and, in Durban, they need to take the next decisive step in their response to the challenge. More.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

An Irreversible Truth
The ecosystem approach recognises that biodiversity and ecosystem services provide many benefits for humanity, many of which we take for granted and undervalue. More.
David Osborn, Coordinator, Ecosystem Management Programme, UN Environment Programme

Comings & Goings
WMO Secretary-General Elected Chair of UN-Water

Leading Energy Research Scientist Lee Schipper Passes Away

New Reports and Resources
The Climate Change Starter's Guidebook

Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning: A Guide for Practitioners

Sources of Finance, Investment Policies and Plant Entry in the Renewable Energy Sector

Harmonising Climate Risk Management: Adaptation Screening and Assessment Tools for Development Co-operation

Sustaining Forests: Investing in Our Common Future

An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water and Food Security

Help for MEA Negotiators who Encounter Problems: A FIELD Guide

Report of the Secretary-General: Promotion of New and Renewable Sources of Energy

Agricultural Technology for Development

Report of the Secretary-General: Sustainable Mountain Development

Implementation of the CBD: A Retrospective Analysis in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Countries

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 Standing Committee Takes Decisions on Elephants, Rhinos, Snakes

22 August 2011: The 61st session of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC 61) considered a complex agenda and agreed to recommendations on several topics, including trade and conservation issues in great apes, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, sturgeons, ramin, bigleaf mahogany and other species. More.

Photo: L-R: John Scanlon, CITES, thanks John Sellar with a CITES pin to thank him for his lifetime dedication to combating illegal trade.

Ozone OEWG 31 Considers HFC Phase-Down Proposal

8 August 2011: The 31st meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 31) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer considered two proposals - one by the US, Canada and Mexico, and a second by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) - to amend the Montreal Protocol to address hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). More.

Photo: Marco González, Executive Secretary, Ozone Secretariat

Other News
Sustainable Development
IISD Convenes Consultations in Africa on Environmental Governance

Pacific UNCSD PrepCom Finalizes Outcomes

Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF Announces Activities and Publications Ahead of UNCSD

GEF Meeting Reviews Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change Project

GEF Launches Process to Engage Indigenous Peoples

SIDS DOCK Launched to Catalyze Renewable Energy

Climate and Atmosphere
BASIC Ministers Call for Durban to Advance All Aspects of Negotiations

IRENA and REEEP Sign Partnership Agreement

African Group of Negotiators Prepares Position for COP17/CMP7

Human Development
2012 Equator Prize to Focus on Current Development Challenges

Follow-up Meeting on the Horn of Africa Crisis Calls for Tackling the Root Causes of the Crisis

Intergovernmental Organizations
SPREP Meteorological Meeting Recommends Increased Climate Activities

Latin American and Caribbean Countries Move Toward Phasing Out Inefficient Lighting

Regional Seminar Examines UN's Changing Role in Global Governance

UN Marks 2011 International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Expert Meeting Reviews ITTO Forest Management Guidelines

UNCCD Executive Secretary Visits Reforestation Program in Dominican Republic

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Water Week Sends Message to Rio+20

Water and Sanitation Report Highlights Leadership Opportunities for African Countries

PIFS Continues Economic Partnership Negotiations with EU on Fish Stocks

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES Issues Notification on Decision-Making Mechanism for Ivory Trade

CITES Standing Committee Lifts Trade Suspensions Against Nigeria, India, Recognizes Peru's Efforts

Report of 11th Meeting of Rio Conventions Joint Liaison Group Released

Expert Team to Prepare Assessment of CBD Funding Needs

Eighth Regional CBD Workshop Focuses on Biodiversity and Finance

Key meetings in the next two weeks
64th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference: Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens: 3-5 September 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20: 5-7 September 2011. Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal

FAO-OECD Expert Meeting on Greening the Economy with Agriculture: 5-7 September 2011. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

ITU Green Standards Week: 5-9 September 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Third Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on SAICM, UNITAR Workshop on Nanotechnology and Manufactured Nanomaterials, and Global Meeting on SAICM's PFC Project: 5-9 September 2011. Beijing, China

42nd Meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum: 6-9 September 2011. Auckland, New Zealand

Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: 7-8 September 2011. The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin American and Caribbean : 7-9 September 2011. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Launch: 7-9 September 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

High-Level Symposium on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development: 8-9 September 2011. Beijing, China

IISD Consultation on Global Environmental Governance: 8-9 September 2011. Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

2011 CIVICUS World Assembly: 10-12 September 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Third Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund : 11-13 September 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Meeting of UNCSD Bureau with IFIs and Regional Development Banks: 12 September 2011. New York City, US

20th Meeting of UNFCCC LDCs Expert Group: 12-14 September 2011. Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

Fourth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN): 12-16 September 2011. Bamako, Mali

103rd Session of IFAD's Executive Board: 14-15 September 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

15th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board: 15-16 September 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 5-7 September 2011, in Kathmandu, Nepal, from the International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20

International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development

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