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Issue #178 | 4 November 2011

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Editor's Note
Defining the Outcome
Following the 1 November deadline for submissions to the compilation document for the draft outcome from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), the focus of many is now on the possible outcomes (and dates) for the June 2012 event. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
CMS Networking for Migratory Species: The Way Forward
COP 10's motto “Networking for migratory species” implies a two-fold approach: ecological networks and critical sites are crucial for migratory species conservation; and stronger collaboration with governments, other UN organizations, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), NGOs and the corporate sector is important. More.
Elizabeth M. Mrema, Executive Secretary, Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

The Importance of Standards for Green ICT…and the World
In Durban, ITU will continue to voice its message that ICT has an integral role to play in greening our global economy, and that sustainable development – whether related to ICT or not – cannot be achieved without collaborative mechanisms between industry sectors, and between industry and government. More.
Malcolm Johnson, ITU Deputy Secretary-General

Global Drylands Report Develops UN Strategy to Support Dryland People and Ecosystems
A new report, titled "Global Drylands: A UN system-wide response," sets out for the first time a coherent strategy by the UN to address the special needs of drylands from the perspective of the environment and human settlements. More.
Hossein Fadaei, Head of the Environment Management Group Secretariat, Geneva

Comings & Goings
IRENA Invites Applications for Deputy Director-General Position

UNEP Invites Applications for CBD Executive Secretary Position

New Reports and Resources
Human Development Report 2011: Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All

Paving the Way for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20

A Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability

Sustainable Development: Is there a role for public-private partnerships?

Global Drylands: A UN System-wide Response

World Resources Report 2010-2011: Decision-Making in a Changing Climate

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
Africa Regional Meeting Prepares Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20

25 October 2011: The Africa Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UNCSD (also referred to as Rio+20) was organized by UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union (AU). Participants agreed on a consensus statement and adopted a draft resolution on Africa's effective participation at Rio+20. More.

Photo: Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister, Ethiopia

UNCCD COP 10 Adopts Decisions on GM Governance, Scientific Advice and Indicators

21 October 2011: Delegates at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 10) adopted 40 decisions, including on addressing the governance of the Convention's Global Mechanism (GM), scientific advice, and performance and impact indicators. More.

Photo: L-R: Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary and UNCCD COP 10 President Don Koo Lee

UNEP Executive Director Hails Successful Basel COP 10

21 October 2011: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner hailed the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Basel Convention as its most successful meeting ever, expressing hope that its outcomes could contribute to a successful UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), as hazardous waste management is an important component of a green economy. More.

UNCSD Regional Meeting for Asia-Pacific Adopts "Seoul Outcome"

20 October 2011: The Asia and Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) adopted a short “Seoul Outcome." The Chair also produced and distributed his own detailed summary. More.

Draft Green Climate Fund Governing Instrument Forwarded to Durban

18 October 2011: The fourth meeting of the Transitional Committee (TC 4) for the design of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) aimed to conclude discussions for the design of the GCF ahead of the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the UNFCCC. More.

Arab Regional Meeting Forwards Recommendations to UNCSD

17 October 2011: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Arab Regional Meeting approved recommendations to the UNCSD Preparatory Committee. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
AFED Conference Calls on Arab Governments to Prioritize Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security

GSP, States Exchange Views on Roadmap to Sustainability

UN Launches Office for Sustainable Development

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ramsar, WWT Strengthen Cooperation

European Ramsar Meeting Discusses Challenges to Water-Ecosystem Management

International Waters Conference Addresses Transboundary Cooperation, LMEs

Workshop Discusses Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution in Wider Caribbean

Asian Wetland Symposium Adopts Wuxi Declaration

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Workshop on Migratory Waterbirds Establishes Global Interflyway Network

Coral Triangle Initiative Opens Third Ministerial Meeting

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN Secretary-General Presents Vision Statement on “Sustainable Energy for All," Announces Membership of High-Level Group

CEB Releases Common Statement on Rio+20

IRENA Begins Work in Pacific Region at Sydney Workshop

WIPO General Assembly Renews IGC Mandate

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
ITTO Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Establishment in Yokohama

CPF Cites Forests' Role in Food Security, Calls for Support

Trade, Finance & Investment
IDB Provides Micro-finance Loans for Solar Power in Central America

GEF, IFC to Support Climate Change Mitigation Business Models

UNEP FI Global Roundtable Calls for Incentives for Private Finance

GEF Reports to UNCCD COP 10

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Holds Workshop on Climate Risk Management

SPREP Trains Pacific Negotiators Ahead of Durban Climate Conference

IPCC Awards Nine Scholarships for 2011-2012

African Economic Conference Calls for Climate Insurance for Farmers

Climate-Smart Agriculture Conference Adopts Wageningen Statement

Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Conference Adopts Nairobi Declaration

UNECA Holds First Climate Change and Development Conference in Africa

IEA Ministerial Stresses Climate and Energy Security Challenges

Draft Green Climate Fund Governing Instrument Forwarded to Durban

Human Development
UN Women Opens Regional Center for Latin America and Caribbean

Eradication of Poverty Day Focuses on Sustainability and Inclusive Development

Key meetings in the next two weeks
36th Session of UNESCO's General Conference: 25 October - 10 November 2011. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

International Conference on Climate Change and Food Security : 6-8 November 2011. Beijing, China

CBD SBSTTA 15: 7-11 November 2011. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Second Asia Pacific Forestry Week: 7-11 November 2011. Beijing, China

UNCTAD Ad Hoc Expert Meeting on the Green Economy: Trade and Sustainable Development Implications: 8-10 November 2011. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

GEF 41st Council Meeting: 8-10 November 2011. Washington D.C., US

APEC 2011: 8-13 November 2011. Honolulu, HI, US

10th Asia Pacific Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (APRSCP): 9-11 November 2011. Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia

International Symposium on Drought and National Drought Policies: 9-11 November 2011. Casablanca, Morocco

International Conference on Adaptation to Climate Change and Food Security in West Asia and North Africa: 13-16 November 2011. Kuwait, Al Kuwayt, Kuwait

Second Session of the IRENA Council: 14-15 November 2011. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Joint IPCC WGI and WGII Session: 14-17 November 2011. Kampala, Uganda

ITTC 47: 14-19 November 2011. Antigua, Guatemala

Intersessional Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM OEWG): 15-18 November 2011. Belgrade, Serbia

Bonn 2011 Conference: The Water Energy and Food Security Nexus – Solutions for the Green Economy: 16-18 November 2011. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

17th Meeting of the CMS Scientific Council: 17-18 November 2011. Bergen, Hordaland, Norway

UNEP High-Level International Forum on Ecosystem Management and Green Economy : 18 November 2011. Beijing, China

IPCC 34th Session: 18-19 November 2011. Kampala, Uganda

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 7-10 November 2011 from the
Forty-first Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

Forty-first Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council

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