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Issue #175 | 14 September 2011

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Editor's Note
Renewed Commitment and New Directions
As the proposals for discussion within the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Preparatory Committee continue to flow in, the question will soon turn to which proposals could be highlighted in a consensus outcome from the June 2012 event. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Challenges for Rio+20
Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), intense political negotiations in the first two quarters of 2012 on the draft will help bridge gaps, identify common ground and move member States toward a focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document. More.
Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs

CITES' Contribution to the New Strategic Biodiversity Plan 2011-2020 and Aichi Biodiversity Targets
Four of the biodiversity-related convention Secretariats carried a message from the High-level Retreat held in September 2010 to the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Clean Energy: Helping Propel Asia to New Prosperity
That the entire world is facing a new era of scarcer resources is a fact. More.
Haruhiko Kuroda, President, Asian Development Bank

New Reports and Resources
World Risk Report 2011

Land Fragmentation in Europe

The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands: 40 Years of Action

OECD Synthesis Report on Agricultural Progress and Poverty Reduction

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
Latin America and Caribbean Meeting Discusses Regional Contribution to UNCSD

9 September 2011: The Latin America and Caribbean Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) assessed progress since the 1992 Earth Summit, discussed the themes for Rio+20 and adopted a set of conclusions that will be submitted to the Rio+20 Preparatory Committee as inputs for the draft negotiating document for UNCSD. More.

Photo: Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

International Conference Contributes Kathmandu Declaration on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development

9 September 2011: Participants at the “International Conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development: Opportunities and Challenges in View of Rio+20,” organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development with support from the UN Environment Programme and the International Development Research Centre, contributed to the “Kathmandu Declaration on Green Economy and Sustainable Mountain Development,” which recommends, inter alia, a green economy in mountains based on equity. More.

Photo: Andreas Schild, Director General, ICIMOD

RRI, Oxfam Dialogue Highlights Linkages between Forestry, Climate Change and Food Security Issues

9 September 2011: The Tenth Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue, which convened from 7-8 September 2011, in The Hague, the Netherlands, focused on common approaches to dealing with the challenges of food security and climate change. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Amazon Countries Debate ACTO's Environmental Agenda

High-level Symposium on UNCSD Held in Beijing

UNECE Deputy Executive Secretary Shares Insights on Rio Experience

64th UN DPI/NGO Conference Prepares for Rio+20, Urges Civil Society to "Connect the Dots"

SIDS Advance UNCSD Preparation at Inter-Regional Meeting

Trade, Finance & Investment
IDB, Mexico Launch Sustainable Energy Technologies Contest

UNEP FI Convenes Oceania Consultation on Sustainable Insurance Principles

Human Development
Human Rights Council Opens with Focus on Horn of Africa Drought

UNDP Administrator Presents Sustainable Development Efforts to Executive Board

Climate and Atmosphere
Informal Meeting Focuses on Deliverables for Durban

IICA, Four CGIAR Centers to Cooperate on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Pacific Smaller Island States Call for More Action on Climate Change

First Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee Focuses on Stakeholders Engagement

ECOWAS Urges Members to Intensify Implementation of NAMAs

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Forest Partnership Calls for Better Fire Management Near Forests

Representatives of Past and Future UNCCD COP Presidencies Issue Call for Action

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Palau Joins IMO

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES Publishes Draft Joint CMS/CITES Action Plan

CBD COP Presidents Call for Nagoya Implementation

CBD Invites Nominations for Delegates to COP/MOP 6

EU Court of Justice Rules on Products Containing GMO Pollen

CMS and IUCN ELC Enter into New Agreement

Intergovernmental Organizations
42nd Pacific Island Forum Develops Communique and Joint Statement from Leaders and UN Secretary-General

UN Asia Group Changes Name to Asia Pacific Group

Chemicals Management
World Bank, GEF Project to Fund PCB Removal and Phase Out in Nigeria

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third Meeting of the Transitional Committee for the Design of the Green Climate Fund : 11-13 September 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

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

Workshop to Discuss Sustainable Fisheries: 15-16 September 2011. New York City, US

GSP 4: 18-19 September 2011. New York City, US

International Youth Strategy Meeting for Rio+20: 19-24 September 2011. Mollina, Andalusia, Spain

UNGA High-Level Event on Desertification: 20 September 2011. New York City, US

Signing Ceremony for Nagoya Protocol on ABS: 20 September 2011. New York City, US

Signing Ceremony for Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress: 20 September 2011. New York City, US

UNFCCC Workshop on Promoting Risk Management Approaches on the Specific Needs and Concerns of Developing Country Parties Arising from the Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures: 21 September 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference: 21-23 September 2011. Astana, Kazakhstan

2011 Annual Meetings of the Bretton Woods Institutions: 23-25 September 2011. Washington D.C., US

Sixth Latin American Carbon Forum: 27-29 September 2011. San Jose, Costa Rica

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Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference

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