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Issue #186 | 2 April 2012

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Editor's Note
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
…we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size... More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
We Need Many Strong, United Voices to Combat Climate Change
Today we join with our brothers and sisters from other islands and polar regions through the Many Strong Voices programme — a network of individuals and communities in the Arctic and SIDS connecting for strategic action on climate change mitigation and adaptation. More.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Inuit environment, culture and human rights advocate, and former political leader, Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and Small Island Developing State Issues

Time to Bring Corporate Sustainability to Scale
Thousands of companies already incorporate environmental and social issues into their agendas. More.
Georg Kell, Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Comings & Goings
New UNECE Executive Secretary Appointed

New Reports and Resources
Action on Climate Change in Agriculture: Linkages to Food Security, Markets, and Trade Policies in Developing Countries

IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation

Achieving Food Security in the Face of Climate Change

Sustainable Development 20 Years on from the Earth Summit: Progress, Gaps and Strategic Guidelines for Latin America and the Caribbean

North American Forest Sector Outlook Study

Executive Summary of the Global Outlook on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

FAO Statistical Yearbook 2012

Addressing Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific

Business Models for Renewable Energy in the Built Environment

Energy Aid in Times of Climate Change: Designing Climate Compatible Development Strategies

Urban Transport and Energy Efficiency

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
CITES Scientific Committees Meet in Tandem

30 March 2012: During a series of meetings over 13 days, the CITES scientific committees addressed, inter alia, periodic review, shark issues and collaboration with FAO, NDFs and timber issues. They also recommended that the second IPBES meeting should clarify CITES participation mechanisms in IPBES. More.

Photo: L-R: Margarita Clemente, CITES Plants Committee Chair, and Carlos I. Solana, CITES Animals Committee Chair

STAP Discusses How to Leverage Planet Under Pressure Outcomes to Inform the GEF Process

29 March 2012: The biannual meeting of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) was held on the sidelines of the 2012 Planet Under Pressure Conference. More.

UNCSD Meetings Begin Negotiations on Green Economy, IFSD and Framework for Action

27 March 2012: Delegates resumed their discussions on the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) during back-to-back meetings from 19-27 March 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. More.

Photo: UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang

Rotterdam Convention's CRC Adopts Eight Decisions

23 March 2012: The eighth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-8) of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade adopted decisions on, inter alia: dicofol; trichlorfon; pentabromodiphenyl ether (pentaBDE) and pentaBDE commercial mixtures; octabromodiphenyl ether (octaBDE) and octaBDE commercial mixtures; perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, perfluorooctanesulfonates, perfluorooctanesulfonamides and perfluorooctanesulfonyls; paraquat; and working procedures and policy guidance. More.

Sixth Aviation and Environment Summit Discusses Ways of Delivering Sustainable Air Transport

22 March 2012: The 6th Aviation and Environment Summit (AES-6) included sessions on: aviation's role in achieving sustainable development; tackling the key scale-up challenges faced by biofuels; securing a global framework; and ensuring an efficient and sustainable aviation industry. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Planet Under Pressure Conference Releases State of the Planet Declaration

ICSU Launches "Future Earth" Platform for Sustainability Research

UNU Hosts Rio+20 Preparatory Symposium on Sustainable Urban Development

WBCSD, IUCN Urge Concrete Action on Sustainability at Rio+20

African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth

UNESCO Panel on Education for Sustainable Development Recommends Integrating Education into Rio+20 Outcome

Roundtable on Sustainable Agriculture Forwards Declaration to Rio+20 Process

UNCSD Secretariat Invites Announcements of Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments

Rio+Social Event and Online Social Platform Announced

UNESCO IOC Highlights Ocean Issues Ahead of Rio+20

Biodiversity and Wildlife
ABS Protocol Compliance Meeting Discusses Draft Procedures and Mechanisms

SPREP Hosts CITES Meeting for the Pacific

CMS Calls for Proposals for SGP's 2012-2013 Funding Cycle

UNEP-ROAP Convenes Meeting on Combating Environmental Crime in Asia

Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress Closes for Signature

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD Designates New Drylands Ambassadors

FAO Assessment on Teak Highlights Decline in Natural Forests

UNCCD Global Mechanism Launches Finance Info Kit

Climate and Atmosphere
BRICS Call for Accelerating Growth and Sustainable Development

UNFCCC Publishes Views on Options for Further Increasing the Level of Ambition

UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on CCS under the CDM

Nordic Environment Ministers Adopt Svalbard Declaration on Short-lived Climate Forcers

UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Drivers of Deforestation

GEF-Funded UNEP-WCMC Project Focuses on Conservation Impacts of Climate Change

Adaptation Fund Board Sets $100 Million Fundraising Target

R20 Regions of Climate Action Conference Addresses Building the Green Economy

Kiribati to Purchase Fiji Land as “Climate Change Insurance”

Asia-Pacific Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development

Trade, Finance & Investment
Regional Development Banks Support Community-Based Sustainable Businesses

GEF Approves First Two Projects Under the SFM/REDD+ Window

IDB Annual Meeting Presents New Low Carbon and Sustainable Energy Initiatives

GEF SGP Showcases Activities in the Pacific

ECOSOC Meeting Considers Intersection between Green Growth, Equity and Job Creation

EBRD and International Confederation of Energy Regulators to Increase Collaboration

Chemicals Management
Pan-African Forum on E-Waste Issues Call to Action

Basel Convention, ITU Partner to Address Electronic Waste

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Water Day Focuses on Food Security

UNDP Announces International Platform for Global Water Solidarity

6th World Water Forum Adopts Marseille Declaration

4th World Water Development Report Launched

Ramsar Sites Reach Milestone

Intergovernmental Organizations
CARIFORUM, EU Sign Three Agreements

CGIAR Institutions Launch Initiative to Tackle Water, Food and Environmental Crises

UNCTAD and Partners Discuss Corporate Climate Change Reporting Beyond Rio+20

REEEP Announces Cooperation between reegle and the Clean Energy Solutions Center

UNECE Launches Environmental Performance Review of Morocco

AfDB Supports CGIAR's Institutions Work on Africa's Strategic Crops

IEA Launches Building Energy Efficiency Policies Database, Signs MOU with WBCSD at Workshop

CAF Launches Regional Initiative on Renewable Energy Technology Development

CGIAR Consortium Attains International Organization Status

UNWTO Announces World Tourism Day Theme: Tourism and Sustainable Energy

Human Development
Human Rights Council Appoints Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment

Istanbul Declaration Calls for Bold New Vision for Global Sustainable Development

UN-HABITAT, EU Launch Low-Emission City Growth Initiative

UN Discusses Global Progress on MDGs

Key meetings in the next two weeks
CBD Sub-regional Workshop for the Caribbean on Capacity-building for Implementation of the Programme of Work on Protected Areas: 1-5 April 2012. Christ Church, Barbados

Realising Inclusive and Green Growth: UN Rio+20 Business and Industry Consultation with Government and Civil Society: 11-12 April 2012. Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Sixth Summit of the Americas: 14-15 April 2012. Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia

WIPO IGC 21: 16-20 April 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

66th Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) to the Multilateral Fund of the Montreal Protocol: 16-20 April 2012. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

ECOWAS Regional Workshop on Small Scale Hydropower: 16-20 April 2012. Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

CBD Capacity Building Workshop for West Asia and North Africa on PoWPA Implementation: 16-20 April 2012. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Second Session of a Plenary Meeting on IPBES: 16-21 April 2012. Panama City, Panama

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from:

Africa Carbon Forum 2012

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