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Issue #184 | 23 February 2012

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Editor's Note
Knowledge Management for SD Policy Makers
Linkages Update represents one of IISD's first forays into the field of knowledge management. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Phase-out of Inefficient Lighting to Mitigate Climate Change and Increase Energy Access by 2016
To assist countries and mobilize efforts to phase out inefficient incandescent lamps, UNEP has convened government representatives and international lighting experts from over 40 organizations to provide guidance on the development and implementation of successful national efficient lighting strategies. More.
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

New Reports and Resources
Financing Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Drivers and Barriers for Private Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa

UNEP Foresight Report

Environment and Development Challenges: The Imperative to Act

Review Draft: A Review of Barriers to the Sharing of Biodiversity Data and Information, with Recommendations for Eliminating Them

Overcoming Barriers to the Transfer and Diffusion of Climate Technologies

Addressing Climate Change Challenges in Africa: A Practical Guide towards Sustainable Development

Green Growth, Resources, and Resilience

Renewable Energy Jobs: Status, Prospects & Policies

Implementation Strategy for a Global Solar and Wind Atlas

Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century

Sustainable Energy for All: A Framework for Action

Satoyama 4

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
UNEP GCSS-12/GMEF Adopts Seven Decisions

22 February 2012: Delegates to the 12th Special Session of the UN Environment Programme Governing Council/Global Environment Ministerial Forum (UNEP GCSS-12/GMEF) adopted decisions on: accounting, financial and administrative arrangements between UNEP and the MEAs; enhancing cooperation and coordination with the chemicals and wastes cluster; a consultative process on financing options for chemicals and wastes; the world environment situation; international environmental governance; sustainable consumption and production; and the UNEP 40th Anniversary Ministerial Statement. More.

Photo: Federico Ramos de Armas, Spain, President of the Governing Council, gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:25pm.

Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum Discusses Rio+20 Issues

19 February 2012: The thirteenth session of the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13) brought together approximately 150 representatives from all regions and the nine Major Groups. In addition to facilitating their participation at the UNEP Governing Council and its associated meetings, GMGSF-13 provided a platform for exchange between representatives of Major Groups and governments on their respective positions for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Businesses Gather for Summit on Sustainable Growth

DSDS 2012 Considers Ways to Preserve the "Global Commons"

Francophone Forum on Rio+20 Adopts "Call from Lyon"

International Francophone Organization Holds Workshop on Sustainable Development Information

Thematic Social Forum Considers Alternative Ways to Address Social and Environmental Crises

Trade, Finance & Investment
CEC Grants Aim to Address North American Environmental Challenges

IDB Launches Contest to Promote Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

World Bank President Robert Zoellick Will Not Seek Another Term

IDB Holds Consultations on Caribbean Aid for Trade Strategy

EBRD Increases Investment in Sustainable Energy

Human Development
DCF Preparatory Meeting Discusses Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development

Cairns Compact Marshall Islands Peer Review Underway

Commission for Social Development Adopts Resolution on NEPAD

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Launches Momentum for Change Initiative Webpage

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Initiative Launched

Global Organic Market Access Conference Examines Barriers for Access in Developing Countries

OECS Investigates Funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Energy

CDM Policy Dialogue Panel Adopts Work Plan and Research Programme

BASIC Countries Develop Joint Statement, Object to EU Aviation Carbon Tax

Seven New Countries Join UN-REDD Programme

Intergovernmental Organizations
World Radiocommunication Conference Addresses Weather Forecasting and Climate Monitoring

CARICOM, Chile Strengthen Cooperation on Sustainable Development

ACTO Environment Ministers Discuss FME 18, Rio+20, Amazon Agenda

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ramsar Releases First Batch of Draft COP 11 Resolutions

Barcelona Convention Parties Call for a Blue Economy to Safeguard the Mediterranean

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Atlantic Seamount First Addition to CBD EBSAs Repository

Braulio Dias Begins Tenure as CBD Executive Secretary

Tiger Range States Agree to Tighter Controls, Increased Cross-Border Cooperation

Workshop Discusses Policy Support Challenges Facing the IPBES

ASCOBANS Working Group Reviews Recovery Plan for Harbour Porpoises

CITES to Collaborate on Innovative Financing for Conservation

ABS Protocol Reaches 92 Signatures, Two Ratifications

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
2012 World Day to Combat Desertification to Focus on Land Degradation Neutrality

ACTO Countries Explore Possible Cooperation to Combat Illegal Timber Harvesting

International Year of Forests Closes with Awards Ceremony

Chemicals Management
SPREP Publishes E-waste Guide for Journalists

GEF Launches Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management

CEC Secretariat Launches Independent Study on Transborder Lead-Acid Battery Recycling

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Second Independent Scientific Workshop on Assessments in IPBES: 27-29 February 2012. Tokyo, Japan

CBD African Workshop on Updating NBSAPs: 27 February - 1 March 2012. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Commission on the Status of Women: 56th Session : 27 February - 9 March 2012. New York City, US

Dialogue on Energy and Climate Change Governance: 28 February 2012. Washington D.C., US

CBD Expert Meeting on Compliance Under the Nagoya Protocol: 28 February - 1 March 2012. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CBD Caribbean and Mid-Atlantic Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of Ecologically or Biologically Significant Marine Areas: 28 February - 2 March 2012. Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil

GEF SGP Regional Workshop for Pacific: 28 February - 6 March 2012. Suva, Central, Fiji

Intergovernmental Committee of Experts for the Central African Region: 28th Session: 29 February - 2 March 2012. Brazzaville, Congo

CBD Dialogue Seminar on Scaling up Finance for Biodiversity: 6-9 March 2012. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Second International Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development of Caribbean SIDS: 7-9 March 2012. Oranjestad, Aruba

IPBES Regional Capacity Building Workshop: 10-12 March 2012. Tehran, Iran

Special High-level Meeting of ECOSOC with the Bretton Woods Institutions, WTO and UNCTAD: 12-13 March 2012. New York City, US

UNCTAD Workshop on Corporate Climate Change Reporting: 16 March 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

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