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Issue #182 | 24 January 2012

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Editor's Note
Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Development, and Climate Change
After a slow first few weeks, 2012 is getting very busy, very quickly. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
DESA's Commitment to SIDS
A key component of DESA's work to assist SIDS is the revitalization of the Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet), an important information network that helps facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among SIDS policy makers and practitioners. More.
Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs

ICAO En-Route to Sustainability
Although air transport currently represents only 2% of global carbon dioxide emissions, traffic is expected to increase at an annual average rate of 4.5% over the next 20 years, which will put tremendous pressure on the sector to find ways to maintain and ultimately reduce its impact on climate change. More.
Roberto Kobeh González, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

Urgent Action on Energy Needed For Both Development and Environment
Energy is an enabler of all three components of sustainable development – economic development, social development, and environmental protection. More.
Timothy E. Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation, and Member of UN Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All

Comings & Goings
Braulio Dias of Brazil Appointed New CBD Executive Secretary

New WFP Executive Director Appointed

New FAO Director-General Takes Office

CMS Executive Secretary Appointed UNEP DEPI Deputy Director

New Reports and Resources
World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012

Towards an 'Energy Plus' Approach for the Poor: A Review of Good Practices and Lessons Learned from Asia and the Pacific

Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation: Capturing Environmental, Economic and Social Dividends

Putting Ecosystem Management in the Vision of Africa's Development: Towards a Sustainable Green Economy

Linked Open Data: The Essentials

The Global Political Economy of REDD+: Engaging Social Dimensions in the Emerging Green Economy

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
Fifth World Future Energy Summit Convenes Renewable Energy and Environment Industry Leaders

19 January 2012: The Fifth World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 was convened around a high-level segment focusing on policy and strategy, and three forums on: business and policy; technology and innovation; and finance and regulation. In addition to the Summit sessions, WFES 2012 included an exhibition, the Project Village, roundtable discussions, Innovate @ WFES, the Young Future Energy Leaders programme, corporate meetings and social events. More.

Photo: Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar

Second Assembly Solidifies IRENA's Institutional Structure

15 January 2012: The second session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly brought together over 750 delegates from member States, signatories, non-member States and observers. IRENA's governing body adopted decisions on IRENA's work programme and budget for 2012, secondment of personnel, ethics and conflicts of interest. More.

Photo: Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA

IRENA Hosts High-Level Renewable Energy Meeting for Pacific Leaders

13 January 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) hosted the Pacific Leaders Meeting, a high-level meeting on facilitating renewable energy uptake in the Pacific Islands, immediately preceding the second session of the IRENA Assembly, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Bureau Members Respond to Zero Draft

UNGA President's Retreat Addresses Partnerships, Rio+20 Outcome

UN Secretary-General Launches International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

Green Growth Knowledge Platform Launched in Mexico

ECLAC Head Calls for Tax Reform With a Vision of Sustainable Development

UNITAR Launches Green Dreams Campaign

New LAC Forum Agrees to Coordinate on Sustainable Development

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CBD Mediterranean Workshop Considers Local and National Action for Biodiversity

CBD Secretariat Seeks Expressions of Interest for Wildlife Management Partnership

Global Bioenergy Partnership Publishes Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy

ABS Protocol Reaches 75 Signatures, Two Ratifications

GEF Approves First Access and Benefit Sharing Project Under Nagoya Protocol Fund

Agreement for Bioenergy Crops Study in ECOWAS Region Signed

African Elephant Fund Approves First Projects

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
AfDB Commits to Financing Ugandan Water and Sanitation Programme

Ramsar Releases New Interactive Tools

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Action to Power Low-Carbon Growth

UNECE to Adopt New Emissions Ceilings for Buses and Trucks

New Chair Calls for Greater Public Involvement in CEC's Work

Deadline for Submissions to CDM Policy Dialogue Extended

UNFCCC Calls for Proposals for Hosting the Climate Technology Centre

FAO, EU Fund Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa and South-east Asia

Fifth Investor Summit on Climate Risk and Energy Solutions Calls for Further Innovation

Adaptation Fund Board Meeting Approves $39.5 Million Funding for Six Projects

UNEP Announces Launch of China's HCFC Phase-Out Management Plan

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Conference Addresses Role of Forests, Markets in Green Economy

CSOs to Nominate Observer on UNCCD's Strategy Mid-term Evaluation Working Group

UNCCD, GEF Prepare Answers to FAQs on GEF Funding

European Forest Database Provides Information on Carbon Balances, Biodiversity, and Wood Energy

WMO, UNCCD Organize Planning Meeting for High-Level Meeting on National Drought Policy

Human Development
UNDP to Promote National Action for International Year of Sustainable Energy for All

UNGA Decides to Convene Habitat III in 2016

Trade, Finance & Investment
US Appeals Tuna-Dolphin Decision at WTO

GEF Holds Familiarization Seminar on Biological Diversity for Public Officials

WTO Opens Session on Renewable Energy Generation Dispute

IDB Approves New Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Fund

PIFS Announces EU Assistance for Trade and Regional Economic Integration

Intergovernmental Organizations
REN21 and IRENA Sign MoU

Latin America Steps Up Cooperation on Developing Jatropha as a Sustainable Biofuel

REN21 Develops Interactive Renewables Map

Application Period Opens for IEA Training Courses

IRENA, IEA Develop Partnership to Strengthen Technology and Innovation Cooperation

IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Country Profiles Database for the African Region

IRENA Releases Renewable Energy Profiles for Pacific Countries

ITU Approves Standards for Smart Grids

Chemicals Management
Secretariat Reorganization Proposed for Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions

Advisory Panel Calls on CEC to Reform Enforcement Complaint Process, Tackle Hazardous Wastes

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Sixth Meeting of the IOSEA Signatory States: 23-27 January 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

18th AU Summit: 23-30 January 2012. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Third Intergovernmental Review of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Pollution (GPA): 25-27 January 2012. Manila, Philippines

Initial Discussions on Zero Draft of UNCSD Outcome Document : 25-27 January 2012. New York City, US

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 : 25-29 January 2012. Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland

Transforming Transportation: 26-27 January 2012. Washington D.C., US

Intergovernmental Meeting to Negotiate and Endorse GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers: 30 January - 1 February 2012. Gwangju, Gwangju-gwangyeoksi, Republic of Korea

18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean: 31 January - 3 February 2012. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

50th Session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD): 1-10 February 2012. New York City, US

World Wetlands Day 2012: 2 February 2012. worldwide

Rio+2.0: Bridging Connection Technologies and Sustainable Development (USRIO+2.0): 2-4 February 2012. Palo Alto, CA, US

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012: 2-4 February 2012. Delhi, India

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 31 January - 3 February 2012, in Quito, Ecuador, from the:

Eighteenth Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin America and Caribbean

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