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Issue #177 | 18 October 2011

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Editor's Note
Setting the Agenda for 2012
As the 1 November 2011 deadline for submissions to the compilation document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) approaches, the number of proposals for the outcome(s) from 2012 are increasing. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Value Island Biodiversity – It's Our Life
In the Pacific, biodiversity is seriously threatened by development pressures, causing habitat loss, invasive species and, ever increasingly, the many impacts of climate change. More.
David Sheppard, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)

Climate Change Negotiations: Keeping Africa Safe
The Durban Conference on Climate Change is coming just when the continent is pulling out of what has been classified as one of the worst food crises of the 21st Century. More.
Emily Massawa, Team Leader on Climate Change in the UNEP Regional Office for Africa

Cities and Climate Change
Cities represent the greatest achievements of human civilisation, and although urban areas, with their high concentrations of people, industries and infrastructure, are likely to face the most severe impacts of climate change, urbanisation will also offer many opportunities to develop cohesive mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with climate change. More.
Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT

Comings & Goings
Deputy Executive Director of UN-HABITAT Appointed

New Reports and Resources
Land for Life: Securing Our Common Future

2011 Global Hunger Index: The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility

Green Urban Economy

Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals: MDG Report 2011

Climate Change and Tourism Policy in OECD Countries

The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2011

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
POPs Review Committee Adopts 12 Decisions, Sets Up Working Groups for Emerging Issues

14 October 2011: The seventh meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 7) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) established intersessional working groups to address the emerging issues that go beyond the Committee's usual scope, among other decisions. More,

Photo: Stockholm Convention Executive Secretary Donald Cooper

Eleventh RRI Dialogue Considers Role of Public and Private Finance to Reduce Forest Loss and Degradation

12 October 2011: The Eleventh Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) Dialogue was organized by RRI, the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and Forest Trends. More.

Photo: L-R: Stephen O'Brien, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, UK, and Andy White, RRI

Panama Climate Change Conference Forwards Text to Durban

7 October 2011: Parties continued discussions ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 17) to be held in Durban, South Africa, at the end of the year. More.

Events Mark Opening of IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre

7 October 2011: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) organized a workshop, opening ceremony and panel discussion to mark the inauguration of its IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) in Bonn, Germany. More.

Conference on Forests in a Green Economy Develops Recommendations for Rio+20, UNFF 10

7 October 2011: The Conference on Forests in a Green Economy concluded with recommended actions on how to realize the potential of forests to help build a green economy. More.

IPBES Meeting Plans Intersessional Work

7 October 2011: The first session of a plenary meeting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) concluded with an invitation for institutions and governments to submit proposals for the institutional and physical hosts of the IPBES Secretariat. More.

GBIF Science Symposium 2011 Discusses "Reaping Benefits for Science and Society"

5 October: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) Science Symposium 2011 convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2011. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Delhi Dialogue Advances Consideration of Green Economy, SDGs

Lucerne World Mountain Conference Calls for Strong Message at Rio+20

Global Green Growth Forum Focuses on Energy, Transport, Trade and Finance

2011 Urban Environmental Accords Summit Focuses on Green Cities

Norway Launches Energy+ Initiative at Energy for All Conference

Global Sustainability Panel Identifies Three Clusters of Recommendations

UNEP TUNZA Conference Develops Bandung Declaration

Human Development
UN Security Council Calls for Security Sector Reform in Africa

UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities

Intergovernmental Organizations
NEPAD, UNDP Strengthen Cooperation

NEPAD Marks 10th Anniversary, Assesses Growth in Africa

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD, UNEP-WCMC Report on Impact Indicator Pilot Project

UNCCD, GRF-Davos Sign MOU for Organization of 2nd Scientific Conference

FAO Developing Guidelines on Urban Forestry

Global Soil Partnership for Food Security and Climate Change Outlines Mission

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CBD, SPREP Hold Pacific Workshops on NBSAPs and Protected Areas

Oslo Governance Forum Focuses on Management of Natural Resources

CBD Sends Input to UNFCCC on Biodiversity, ILC Aspects of REDD+ Safeguards

G-77/China Ministers Call for Implementation of Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Trade, Finance & Investment
AfDB Assists African Countries with NAMAs

en.Lighten Middle East and North Africa Conference Adopts Beirut Declaration

IDB to Fund Energy Efficiency Investments in Central America

Climate and Atmosphere
CCAFS Launches Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Knowledge Network

Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution on Climate Change

Latin American Carbon Forum Calls for CDM Continuity

PAHO Adopts Strategy and Action Plan on Climate Change

Major Economies Forum Calls for a Balanced Package in Durban

World Habitat Day Focuses on Cities and Climate Change

UNCTAD Meeting Addresses Adaptation Challenges for Global Ports

Asia and the Pacific Meeting Addresses Sustainable Energy Development

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UN-Water Conference Showcases Water's Contribution to a Green Economy

UNESCO Supports Preparation of Water Education Material

ECLAC Hosts First Latin American Conference on Marine Energy

Central America Workshop Discusses Water Management and Climate Change

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNCCD COP 10: 10-21 October 2011. Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea

Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention : 17-21 October 2011. Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia

37th Committee on World Food Security: 17-22 October 2011. Rome, Lazio, Italy

2011 IEA Ministerial and Energy Business Council Meetings: 18-19 October 2011. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

ICAO Aviation and Sustainable Alternative Fuels Workshop: 18-20 October 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

UNEP FI Global Roundtable 2011: 19-20 October 2011. Washington D.C., US

UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Asia and the Pacific Region: 19-20 October 2011. Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea

UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Africa Region: 20-25 October 2011. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Arab Forum for Environment and Development : 27-28 October 2011. Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Third Session of the INC to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury : 31 October - 4 November 2011. Nairobi, Kenya

Seventh Meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j): 31 October - 4 November 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CIF November 2011 Committee Meetings: 31 October - 4 November 2011. Washington D.C., US

2011 G20 Summit: 3-4 November 2011. Cannes, Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur, France

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 19-20 October 2011, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from the UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region

UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region

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