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Issue #187 | 20 April 2012

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Editor's Note
Crowdsourcing, Projects and Solutions
Rio+Social. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Americas…Looking Ahead to Rio+20
Looking ahead to Rio+20, the panel and audience at the Organization of American States (OAS) Dialogue on energy and climate change discussed key priorities for the LAC region for the next two decades. More.
Jose Miguel Insulza Salinas, Secretary General of the Organization of American States

Comings & Goings
Jim Yong Kim Selected as Next World Bank President

New UNECA Executive Secretary Appointed

New Reports and Resources
Rio+20: The Essential Information

Adaptation and Innovation - An Analysis of Crop Biotechnology Patent Data

Corruption, Environment and the UN Convention Against Corruption

Making Rio+20 A Success

IEAenergy- Renewable Energy, Coming of Age

Progress Implementing the IEA 25 Energy Efficiency Policy Recommendations

The National Bioenergy Investment Model

Technology Transfer and Innovation: Key Country Priorities for Rio+20

Spreading the Net: The Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency Improvements

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
Panama Hosts IPBES Meeting

19 April 2012: Delegates at the second session of the plenary meeting on an Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), which is meeting in Panama City, Panama, are discussing, inter alia: work programme of the platform; functions and structures of bodies that might be established under the platform; rules and procedures; physical location of the platform's secretariat; host institution or institutions; budget; and legal issues relating to the establishment and operationalization of the platform. More.

Photo: Robert Watson, IPBES Chair

Other News
Sustainable Development
Envision Conference Focuses on Stories for a Sustainable Future

Online Multistakeholder Dialogues Opened to Feed Ideas to Rio+20

OECD Ministers Consider How to Make Green Growth Deliver

Forum on Realizing Inclusive and Green Growth Agrees on Need for Implementation

Sustainia Launches Sustainable Solutions Project

UN Foundation and Devex Launch “Rio+Solutions” Campaign

Brazil and UN Sign Host Country Agreement for Rio+20

Meeting Calls for New Economic Paradigm Based on Happiness and Well-being

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNFF 10 Bureau Calls for Views on Forest Finance and Post-2015 Agenda

UNCCD, IFAD Sign Revised MOU on Global Mechanism

FAO LAC Forestry Commission Discusses Climate Change, Forest Management

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Ministers Adopt Andean Environment Agenda, Water Resources Management Action Plan

Oceania Regional Meeting Prepares for Ramsar COP 11

Draft Ramsar COP 11 Resolutions Released

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Releases Progress Report on Nairobi Work Programme

New EU-Pacific Partnership to Address Climate Change

OzonetoClimate Industry Roundtable Discusses Climate Friendly Alternatives to HCFCs

IOC Assesses Climate Vulnerability of South-West Indian Ocean Islands

CDM Reaches 4000th Project Milestone

G8 Foreign Ministers Recognize Climate Change as a Security Threat

UNFCCC Releases Submissions on Support to National Adaptation Plan Process

UNU, IPCC Convene Workshop on Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Mitigation

Biodiversity and Wildlife
SPC to Collaborate with Caribbean on Conservation of Genetic Resources

Quito Seminar Discusses Biodiversity Finance

Rwanda Third Country to Ratify the ABS Protocol

CBD Secretariat Outlines Planned Activities at UNCSD

IPPC Adopts New Strategic Framework and Resource Mobilization Strategy

Chemicals Management
FAO, EU to Work Together to Manage Obsolete Pesticides

Trade, Finance & Investment
Bids to Host the Green Climate Fund Announced

First tCERs Issued for World Bank Reforestation Project in Brazil

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNISDR Launches Local Government Self-Assessment Tool

UNECE Launches Green Economy Seminar Series With Discussion of Green Homes

EU Launches Initiative at Summit to Improve Energy Access and Reduce Energy Poverty

VI Summit of the Americas Expresses Support for Rio+20

UNGA Debates Incorporating DRR into Rio+20 Outcomes

Clean Energy Ministerial Update Highlights Preparations for CEM3

IEA, EMBARQ Launch Global Database of Bus Rapid Transit Systems

Human Development
Horn of Africa Meeting Launches Global Alliance for Action for Drought Resilience

First Africa Forum on Science, Technology and Innovations Adopts Nairobi Declaration

Commission on Status of Women Ends Without Agreed Conclusions

FAO Launches Tools for People-centered Investment in Agriculture and Development

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Thirteenth Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII): 21-26 April 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

Second Preparatory Meeting of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability: 23-24 April 2012. Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

Stockholm+40: Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development: 23-25 April 2012. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

UN Commission on Population and Development: 45th Session : 23-27 April 2012. New York City, US

27th Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Africa: 23-27 April 2012. Brazzaville, Congo

Second Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document: 23 April - 4 May 2012. New York City, US

Fifth Annual Global Marine Renewable Energy Conference: 24-26 April 2012. Washington D.C., US

Third Clean Energy Ministerial : 25-26 April 2012. London, England, UK

CBD SBSTTA 16: 30 April - 4 May 2012. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

CIF Trust Fund Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings: 30 April - 4 May 2012. Washington D.C., US

Building on Rio+20: Canada's Role and Priorities in a Global Green Economy: 1-2 May 2012. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Small Island Developing States Consultation on Sustainable Energy for All: 7-9 May 2012. Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from:

Africa Carbon Forum 2012

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