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Issue #181 | 20 December 2011

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Editor's Note
Developing the Narrative for 2012
The last two key events on the 2011 sustainable development calendar help point to the developing narrative for 2012. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Regional Preparatory Committee Meetings for Rio+20: An Analysis of the Outcomes
With six months to go until the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), the preparations are beginning to intensify. More.
Pamela S. Chasek, Executive Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin [ENB], IISD Reporting Services (US)

New Reports and Resources
Climate Change in the Pacific: Scientific Assessment and New Research

Working Towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy: A UN System-Wide Perspective

Corruption in the Land Sector

World Livestock 2011

Monitoring and Evaluation for Adaptation: Lessons from Development Co-operation Agencies

ICAO Review: Sustainable Alternative Fuels for Aviation

Mountain Forests in a Changing World

Towards an ILO Approach to Climate Change Adaptation

Second Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

Women at the Front Line of Climate Change

Health Co-benefits of Climate Change Mitigation - Transport Sector

Livelihood Security: Climate Change, Migration and Conflict in the Sahel

Wildlife in a Changing Climate

Global Forest Land-Use Change from 1990 to 2005

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
UNCSD Intersessional Prepares for Zero Draft

16 December 2011: Participants at the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) discussed the compilation of submissions from States, UN bodies, intergovernmental organizations and Major Groups, and provided guidance on the development, structure and format of a “zero draft” of the outcome document, which is expected to be ready in mid-January 2012. More.

Photo: Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, at the close of the session.

Eye on Earth Summit Declaration Forwarded to UNCSD

15 December 2011: Held under the theme “Convene, Converge, Collaborate,” discussions during Eye on Earth 2011 centered on strengthening existing efforts and inspiring a search for unified, global solutions to the issues that preclude access to data. More.

Durban Conference Sets Pathway to More Inclusive 21st Century Climate Regime

11 December 2011: The Durban Climate Change Conference concluded with the adoption of a set of decisions covering a wide range of topics, notably the establishment of a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, a decision on long-term cooperative action under the Convention, the launch of a new process towards an agreed outcome with legal force applicable to all parties to the Convention, and the operationalization of the Green Climate Fund. More.

At Global Business Day, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Notes Progress in Durban

5 December 2011: Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, participated in a panel at the fifth Global Business Day on the theme "What is at stake in Durban? Why should a Durban deal be relevant for business?" More.

Forest Day 5 Highlights African Forests

4 December 2011: Forest Day 5 addressed the theme “From Policy to Practice,” with a special focus on the role of African forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change. More.

Mountain Day Highlights Role of Mountains in Addressing Climate Change

4 December 2011: Mountain Day 2011 highlighted the critical role that mountain ecosystems play in climate adaptation and sustainable development. More.

Development and Climate Days Examine Adaptation Planning

4 December 2011: The 2011 Develoment and Climate Days focused on “effective climate change adaptation planning” in response to the 2010 decision under the Cancún Adaptation Framework inviting all countries to develop National Adaptation Plans. More.

Oceans Day Forwards Statement to COP 17

3 December 2011: Oceans Day considered, inter alia: oceans and coasts at the UNFCCC and Rio+20; climate change and African fisheries; evidence of climate change from the large marine ecosystems; and oceans and climate issues in small island developing States. More.

ECE Meeting Prepares for UNCSD

2 December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened as the final of the five regions' preparatory meetings. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
GSP Extends Its Work, Briefs on Current Draft Report

Mountain Focus Group Discusses Strategy for UNCSD

Workshop on Best Practices for Partnerships Considers Options for Rio+20

Monaco Sustainable Use of Oceans Workshop Focuses on the Green Economy

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
CPF Calls on Rio+20 to Capitalize on Forest Values for Sustainable Development

ITTA, 2006 Enters into Force

ITTO, UNCCD Sign MoU on Dry Tropical Forests

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CBD, World Future Council Formalize Cooperation Framework

Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress Receives First Ratification

UNEP and IRRI Launch Sustainable Rice Platform

CBD Releases Second National Reports on Biosafety, Launches Report Analysis Tool

Central African Countries Sign Action Plan to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF-managed Least Developed Countries Fund Receives New Pledges

Adaptation Fund Highlights Case Studies of Direct Access to Financing

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ramsar Pan-American Meeting Focuses on Preparations for COP 11

Nordic Conference Reflects on Current and Future State of Wetlands

Pre-COP 11 Ramsar Regional Meeting for Asia Discusses Future Priorities

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Sustainable Fisheries

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNESCO Launches Global Open Access Portal

WMO, IRENA Sign MoU on Assessment of Renewable Energy Potential

UNEP Shifts Management of Billion Tree Campaign to Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation

UNIDO General Conference Agrees to Strengthen Activities in Energy and Environment

UNCTAD Expert Meeting Addresses Trade in the Context of Green Economy

Climate and Atmosphere
Canada Withdraws from Kyoto Protocol

CCAFS Program Encourages Farmers to Share Information on Adaptation Strategies

Declaration of Intent on REDD+ in the Congo Basin Signed

UNFCCC Launches Momentum for Change Initiative

First Global Climate and Health Summit Adopts Durban Declaration

UNFCCC Launches Database of Private Sector Adaptation Actions

Agricultural Organizations Appeal to COP 17 Negotiators to Address Agriculture

UN/ISDR Announces Adoption of Climate Change Adaptation Charter for Local Government

IRENA Develops Renewable Energy Country Profiles for Africa and Pacific

Human Development
2011 SEED Awards Focus on African Entrepreneurs

World Bank to Support Low-Carbon Initiatives in Poorest Countries

Development Banks Agree on Partnership for Climate Action in Cities

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