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Issue #183 | 10 February 2012

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Editor's Note
UNCSD Negotiations Underway
The initial discussions on the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) concluded two weeks ago. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Placing Small Scale Adaptation Solutions within the Climate Change Discourse in Africa
The current climate crisis plaguing Africa may offer a window of opportunity if solutions are put in place with the ability to build both the social and physical resilience of societies. More.
Richard Munang, Policy Advisor and Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation and Development, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Comings & Goings
New UN-Water Chair and Vice-Chair Take Office

New Reports and Resources
Development-led Globalization: Towards Sustainable and Inclusive Development Paths - Report of the Secretary General of UNCTAD to UNCTAD XIII

World Youth Report

Indonesia's Forest Moratorium: A Stepping Stone to Better Forest Governance

Business Solutions to Enable Energy Access for All

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing

Green Economy in a Blue World

Policy Pathways: Joint Public-Private Approaches for Energy Efficiency Finance

Improving Nutrition with Agricultural Biodiversity

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
18th Forum of LAC Environment Ministers Adopts Quito Declaration

3 February 2012: The 18th session of the Forum of Ministers of the Environment (FEM 18) of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) brought together high-level environment officials who adopted ten decisions and the Quito Declaration. On the final day of FEM 18, the first Meeting of Environment Ministers of the recently constituted Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) convened and created a working group to define a regional environmental agenda. More.

Photo: Marcela Aguiñaga, Environment Minister, Ecuador

Intergovernmental Meeting on the GEO-5 SPM Reviews Report

31 January 2012: The Intergovernmental Meeting on the Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) endorsed the draft SPM, which will be forwarded to the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme Governing Council for consideration and adoption. More.

Initial Discussions on First Two Sections of UNCSD Draft Conclude

27 January 2012: The initial discussions on the “zero draft” of the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, from 25-27 January 2012. More.

Photo: Co-Chair Sook Kim, at the end of the meeting.

Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the GPA Adopts Manila Declaration

27 January 2012: The Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) of the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) concluded with the adoption of the Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA, and of the GPA's Programme of Work 2012-1016. These outcomes will be forwarded for consideration and adoption by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council at its 12th Special Session. The Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) took place immediately prior to IGR-3, in order to provide recommendations to IGR-3. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNCSD Bureau Agrees on New Dates for Second Informal-Informals

International Year of Sustainable Energy for All Launched in Asia

WEF Addresses Energy Poverty, Rio+20

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Forest Assessment Data Now Available Online

UNCCD Introduces Changes to PRAIS Reporting System

Report on UNCCD Impact Indicator Workshop Released

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Wetlands Day Promotes Sustainable Tourism

Kazakhstan Designates River Delta as Ninth Ramsar Site

France Designates Two Ramsar Sites

Biodiversity and Wildlife
World Bank Institute Sponsors Training for Tiger Protection in Thailand

CITES, WCO Support Discussion on Measures to Combat Illegal Trade

CMS, Wild Camel Protection Foundation Launch Educational Project to Save Wild Camels

New CBD Executive Secretary to Take Up Duties on 15 February 2012

CBD Invites Action Plans for PoWPA Implementation

ITPGR Launches New Website

Trade, Finance & Investment
AfDB Identifies Key Challenges to Address through Agriculture Strategy

Human Development
UN Commission for Social Development Focuses on Poverty Reduction

Working Group on LDCs' "Smooth Transition" Begins Work

Climate and Atmosphere
AfDB Holds Climate Change and Agriculture Training

IPCC Outlines Review of Working Group AR5 Contributions

WMO Launches New Weather and Climate Information System

World Bank Methodology for Soil Carbon Sequestration Approved

UNFCCC Launches Database of Private Sector-Led Adaptation Activities

Intergovernmental Organizations
Summary Versions of UN Green Guide Released

UNEP Preparing Draft Medium-Term Strategy

SPREP Launches Clean Pacific 2012 Campaign

UN Secretary-General Outlines "The Future We Want"

IEA Announces Launch of Bus Rapid Transport Database

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

Head of Police and Customs Seminar on Tiger Crime: 13-14 February 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Business Perspective on Sustainable Growth: Preparing for Rio+20: 14-16 February 2012. New York City, US

WIPO IGC 20: 14-22 February 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

CEC Sound Management of Chemicals Working Group: 16-17 February 2012. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum: 18-19 February 2012. Nairobi, Kenya

12th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum: 20-22 February 2012. Nairobi, Kenya

TEEB Capacity-building Workshop for North Africa and the Middle East : 21-23 February 2012. Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Rio+20: Green Bridge Projects - Practical Contribution to a Green Economy: 22-23 February 2012. Astana, Kazakhstan

35th Session of IFAD's Governing Council: 22-23 February 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 18-19 February 2012, in Nairobi, Kenya, from the Thirteenth Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13)


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