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Issue #189 | 22 May 2012

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Editor's Note
Underlying Debates
Last week, delegates at the Bonn Climate Change Conference participated in an in-session workshop on equitable access to sustainable development. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Now is the Time to Make Agriculture Part of the Climate Change Solution
Progress on agriculture and food security can and should be pursued in major international policy venues such as the G20 and the Rio+20 Earth Summit and through national and sectoral initiatives. More.
Mohammed Asaduzzaman, Research Director of the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), member of the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change and Bangladesh delegation to the UNFCCC

Establishment of IPBES: Implications for Global, Regional and National Policy
While scientific understanding of the complex biophysical interrelations and the causes of biodiversity loss has increased, research at the interface between science and policy, and individual behaviour and environmental degradation has advanced the least. More.
Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP, Richard Munang, Policy Advisor and Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation and Development, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Indian Ocean Islands Call on Rio+20 to Focus on Climate Change
The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) is the only African intergovernmental organisation made up entirely of islands. More.
Callixte D'Offay, Secretary-General of the Indian Ocean Commission

Policy Brief
Promising Winds and Threatening Clouds - A Forecast of the Level of Ambition of the Durban Platform
A review of the submissions received by the UNFCCC Secretariat on options for increasing the level of ambition enables a first forecast of the prospects to bridge the ambition gap pre-2020, and for the process to develop a new instrument to raise the level of ambition post-2020. More.
Alice Bisiaux, LL.M, Content Editor, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (France/Spain)

New Reports and Resources
Forest Management and Climate Change: Stakeholder Perceptions

Little Green Data Book 2012

Environmental Indicator Report 2012

Living Planet Report 2012

Living Planet: Connected Planet

Guidelines for Conducting a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smart Grid Projects

Sustainable Energy for All: A Global Action Agenda­– Pathways for Concerted Action toward Sustainable Energy for All

Roadmap to Agriculture at the UNFCCC Climate Talks

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
AEWA MOP 5 Adopts 27 Resolutions

18 May 2012: Delegates at the fifth Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) discussed, among other things: implementation of the Agreement and Action Plan; international reviews; the International Implementation Tasks 2009-2016; the African-Eurasian Flyways Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project; and implementation and revision of the communication strategy. More.

Photo: Paul Delduc, AEWA MOP 5 Chair

CBD WGRI 4 Forwards Eight Recommendations to COP 11, Message to UNCSD

11 May 2012: The fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on the Review of Implementation (WGRI 4) of the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted eight recommendations that will be submitted to the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11), including a message to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). More.

Photo: Chair Kazuaki Hosino, Japan, gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:07pm.

Working Group on Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction Recommends Continuing its Work

11 May 2012: The Working Group focused on: marine genetic resources; the organization of intersessional workshops; and the identification of gaps and ways forward, with a view to ensuring an effective legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. More.

First Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) Convenes

1o May 2012: The First Stakeholder Forum of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) sought to make progress on the AEEP 2020 targets to radically improve African deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy access, and energy security. More.

SIDS High-Level Conference on SE4ALL Adopts Barbados Declaration

9 May 2012: Delegates at the SIDS High-Level Conference on Sustainable Development for All (SE4ALL), which convened in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 7-8 May 2012, unanimously adopted the Barbados Declaration, which will be taken to the Rio+20 Conference in June. More.

SBSTTA 16 Adopts Recommendations on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity, Biodiversity and Climate Change

5 May 2012: The 16th session of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 16) to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted 15 recommendations, including two packages of recommendations on marine and coastal biodiversity, and biodiversity and climate change. It also addressed the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, and in-depth review of the work programme on island biodiversity, inter alia. More.

UNCSD Informal Consultations Conclude, Additional Negotiating Time Scheduled

4 May 2012: The second round of “informal informal” consultations on the draft outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) made some progress in clarifying positions and finding compromise text, and agreed on 21 paragraphs ad referendum (pending agreement on the final text). Approximately 400 paragraphs remain to be negotiated. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
ADB Hosts High-level Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals

WBCSD's Forum Highlights the Role of Business in Addressing Global Energy Access Challenges

UNCSD Secretariat Releases Preliminary Programme of Side Events

Brazilian Senate Approves Rio+20 Hosting Arrangements

Rio+20 Secretariat Presents Guidelines for Voluntary Commitments

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
ACTO Launches Project to Monitor Amazon Deforestation and Land Use Changes

Global Guidelines on Tenure of Land, Forests and Fisheries Adopted

Trade, Finance & Investment
EBRD Announces New Energy Efficiency Phase of its Sustainable Energy Initiative

AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa

World Bank Reports on Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Project

IFC Launches US Green Bond for Climate-Friendly Investments in Developing Countries

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES E-Permitting Meeting Highlights Role in Sustainable Development

France and Slovak Republic Sign Raptors MOU

CMS, Ramsar Sign MoU to Refocus Collaboration

Migratory Bird Day Celebrates Birds' Cultural Roles

Human Development
G-8/African Leaders Launch New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

UNGA Working Group Considers Recommendations on LDC Graduation

Central America Discusses Mainstreaming Gender into Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management Policy

FAO's Regional Conference for Africa Calls for Creating African Food Security Trust Fund

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Adopts 9 Recommendations

Saudia Arabia and FAO Cooperate on Managing Water, Forests, Crop Production

FAO, NEPAD Partnership to Boost Fisheries Development in Africa

Climate and Atmosphere
G-8 Calls for Comprehensive Energy Strategy

UNEP, World Bank and UN-HABITAT Welcome Pilot Protocol on Urban Emission Measurement and Reporting

UNFCCC Workshop Discusses Developed Countries' Emission Reduction Targets

UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Equitable Access to Sustainable Development

Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change Calls for Building on Durban

Clean Energy Ministerial Publishes Chair's Summary of London Summit

Transport Forum Concludes with Declaration on Sustainable Transport

UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol

Informal Ministerial Meeting on the Durban Platform Calls for Building on Durban's Momentum

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Fourth Africa Water Week Focuses on Water for Growth

UNEP Releases Survey Results on Improved Water Management

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies May 2012: 14-25 May 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

68th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: 17-23 May 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

23rd Meeting of the FAO Committee on Agriculture: 21-23 May 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Regional Consultation Workshop for Africa on the Groundwater Governance Project: 29-31 May 2012. Nairobi, Kenya

CBD Regional Workshop on Valuation and Incentive Measures for Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 29-31 May 2012. Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia

13th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 29 May - 1 June 2012. New York City, US

Third Informal Informal Consultations on the UNCSD Outcome Document: 29 May - 2 June 2012. New York City, US

OECD Conference on Marine Biotechnology for Ocean Productivity and Sustainability: 30-31 May 2012. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Carbon Expo 2012: 30 May - 1 June 2012. Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

24th Session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC): 31 May 2012. Georgetown, Demerara-Mahaica, Guyana

ADB Energy for All Second Investor Forum: 4 June 2012. Manila, Philippines

GEF 42nd Council Meeting: 4-7 June 2012. Washington D.C., US

CBD Capacity-Building Workshop for Central & Eastern Europe, Central Asia for Implementation of PoWPA: 4-8 June 2012. Belgrade, Serbia

World Environment Day 2012: 5 June 2012. worldwide

IPCC 35: 6-9 June 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 5-7 June 2012 from the Forty-second Meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council (GEF):


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