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Issue #190 | 11 June 2012

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Editor's Note
Ready, Set, Goio!
As all eyes turn to Rio for the coming two weeks, it is useful to look back at the process that has led to this point. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Connecting Youth and Nature to Act on Climate Change
As a multinational, omnipresent, multigenerational and perhaps existential global issue, climate change cannot simply be addressed by individual countries or by policy prescriptions, international treaties and national laws: these are vital, but have no bite at all without fundamental changes in the cultural will of our societies. More.
Peter Prokosch, Managing Director, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, Julia Rawlins, Head Society Programmes, British Council Germany

Invasive Alien Species Responses on Islands - To Conserve Biodiversity, Adapt to Climate Change and Support Livelihoods
The challenges facing island biodiversity, and indeed the very sustainability of islands, are massive and increasing. More.
Kate Brown, Coordinator of Global Island Partnership (GLISPA)

Comings & Goings
UN Secretary-General Announces New Heads of DPI, DESA

New Reports and Resources
Renewables 2012 Global Status Report

The People's Republic of China National Report on Sustainable Development

Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future - Human health and the Rio Conventions: Biological Diversity, Climate Change and Desertification

Unfinished Business: Perspectives from the Sustainable Development Frontier

Best Practice Guide for Biodiversity Data Publishing by Local Governments

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost Analysis Series – Hydropower

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost Analysis Series – Biomass for Power Generation

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost Analysis Series – Concentrating Solar Power

Inclusive Green Growth: For The Future We Want: OECD Work of Relevant to Rio+20

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost Analysis Series – Wind Power

Renewable Energy Technologies: Cost Analysis Series – Solar Photovoltaics

Renewable Energy Jobs and Access

Toward a Green, Clean, and Resilient World for All: The World Bank Group's Environment Strategy 2012-2022

The Climate and Development Challenge for Latin America and the Caribbean: Options for Climate Resilient Low Carbon Development

Inclusive Green Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

Report and Recommendations: Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development in Small Island Developing States

Navigating from Rio+20 to Polar Sustainability: Solutions for Sustainable Development in the Arctic and Antarctic

Working Towards Sustainable Development: Opportunities for Decent Work and Social Inclusion in a Green Economy

The State of the World's Refugees: In Search of Solidarity

Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2012

Handbook for Local Government Leaders: How to Make Cities More Resilient

Rio+20 and Beyond: Business Solutions for a Sustainable World

Public-Private Partnerships in Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

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
GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date

7 June 2012: During its recently concluded meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF Chairperson and CEO. More.

Photo: After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.

Asia Clean Energy Forum Focuses on Low-Carbon Energy For All

8 June 2012: This three-day Forum was hosted by ADB, and stressed successful strategies and mechanisms for accelerating access to affordable, low-carbon energy. It was framed around four thematic tracks: energy access; technology; policy and regulation; and finance and investment. More.

Third Informal-Informal Consultations Conclude with Key Areas of Divergence

2 June 2012: At the third and final round of “informal informal” consultations ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), delegates resumed consideration of the draft outcome document for Rio+20, which is titled “The Future We Want.” More.

ICP 13 Discusses Marine Renewable Energies

1 June 2012: The 13th meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP 13) brought together representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and academic institutions to examine this year's topic, marine renewable energies (MREs). More.

Bonn Talks Focus on Implementing the Durban Outcome

25 May 2012: The first official UNFCCC negotiating session of 2012, after the 17th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 17) held in Durban, South Africa, took place in Bonn, Germany, from 14-25 May 2012. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
World Environment Day Celebrations Focus on Green Economy

ITU Symposium Adopts Declaration on ICTs for Climate Change and Sustainable Development

MERCOSUR Adopts Declaration of Buenos Aires on Rio+20

Summit for Sustainability in Africa Adopts Gaborone Declaration

Rio+20 Secretariat Lists Voluntary Commitments

Experts Discuss Substance, Process of SDGs at UNGA Debate on Rio+20

Inter-Regional Meeting Examines Best Practice in MDG Indicators

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IUCN Releases Bird Update to Red List

Zimbabwe Joins CMS and AEWA

CARICOM Trains Negotiators on MEAs

Inter-regional Workshop Addresses Whale Migration and Habitats

CITES Secretary-General Testifies on Wildlife Trade Before US Senate Committee

International Biodiversity Day 2012 Celebrates Marine Biodiversity

Trade, Finance & Investment
GEF, World Bank Receive Development Impact Prize

UNEP Announces Expansion of African Carbon Asset Development Facility

World Bank, GEF Finance Climate Technology Needs Assessment in China

AfDB Annual Meetings Discuss Importance of South-South Development

Climate and Atmosphere
GEF/UNDP/WHO Project on Climate Change Adaptation and Health Holds First Meeting

SPC, SPREP to Develop Disaster Risk and Climate Change Regional Strategy

Sweden, US Launch Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Campaign

UN-REDD Supports South-South Exchange on REDD+ Governance

SPC Announces Australian Funding for Climate Change Adaptation and Education in the Pacific

Panel on CDM Policy Dialogue Concludes Second Meeting

Caribbean Experts Study Climate Change in Pacific Atoll Countries

UN-HABITAT Workshop Focuses on Climate Change and Decentralization in Asia and Pacific

G-8 Joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition

FAO, IIASA Launch Global Agro-Ecological Zones Portal to Plan for Climate Change Impacts

CCAFS Launches Learning Platform on Climate Smart Agriculture

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
SPREP Reports on Robotic Sensors Deployment for Ocean Research

Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS

Future Policy Award Nominates 31 Coast and Ocean Policies

Bhutan Joins Ramsar, Designates Two Wetlands of International Importance

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
FAO Advisory Committee Calls for Enhanced Role for Forest-based Industries

FAO Drylands Workshop Addresses Building Resilient Forest Landscapes

UNCCD Calls for Proverbs Regarding Land

Human Development
UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning

AFD, IFAD to Develop Agricultural Index Insurance in West Africa

High-Level Meeting Creates SICA Body to Promote Political, Civil Rights of Women

Latin American and African Ministers Discuss Poverty Eradication Solutions

Africa Day 2012 Hears Call to Establish African Development Agenda

Intergovernmental Organizations
IEA Workshop Urges Improvement of Energy Efficiency Indicators

IEA Releases Study on Wind Energy in Cold Climates

IRENA Council Meeting Addresses Strategic, Budgetary and Programmatic Issues

UNESCO, UNEP and UNIDO Launch Online Energy Efficiency Campaign

OLADE Launches Six-Year Project on Sustainable Energy

IRENA Workshop on Renewables in the Pacific Calls for Improved Regional Cooperation

OECD Week Focuses on Sustainable Jobs and Economic Recovery

ESCAP Commits to Improved Regional Energy Connectivity

UNGA President Calls for New Paradigm on Energy

InforMEA Expands to Include New Tools and Members

UNEP Launches South-South Cooperation Network

Chemicals Management
CAN Agrees to Joint Action on Illegal Mining, Takes Issue to Rio+20

Key meetings in the next two weeks
TEDxRio+20: 11-12 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development: 11-15 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Third PrepCom for UNCSD: 13-15 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Global and Regional Research Workshop on SCP Systems: 13-15 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Global Town Hall at Rio+20: 13-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

SD-Learning: 13-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Conventions Pavilion at Rio+20: 13-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Island Hub: 13-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

ICLEI - 2012 World Congress: 14-18 June 2012. Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Global Wind Day: 15 June 2012. worldwide

First GLOBE Summit of Legislators: 15-17 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want: 15-18 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oceans Day at Rio+20: 16 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Fair Ideas: Solutions for a Sustainable Planet International Conference: 16-17 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sustainable Development Dialogues: 16-19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2012 World Day to Combat Desertification: 17 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability: 17-20 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Forests: The Heart of a Green Economy: 18 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Agriculture and Rural Development Day at Rio+20: 18 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Expanding Energy Access to Achieve Sustainable Energy for All: 18 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

G20 Summit 2012: 18-19 June 2012. Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Peoples Summit at UNCSD: 18-23 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio+Social: 19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (worldwide)

Forests: The 8th Roundtable at Rio+20: 19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

BASD 2012 Business Day: 19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A Focus on Forests, REDD+ & Low Emission Sustainable Development at Rio+20: A Reception Co-hosted by the GCF and CIFOR: 19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Africa Day at Rio+20: 19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio + C40: Megacity Mayors Taking Action on Climate Change: 19 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Launch of Sustainia100: 20 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

IDB Climate Change and Sustainability Day: 20 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

One Planet, One Ocean: Knowing our Ocean, Protecting our Marine Treasures, Empowering Ocean Citizens: 20 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD): 20-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

36th Meeting of the CDM Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group: 20-22 June 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Partnership Forum at Rio+20: 20-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UNCSD High-level Roundtables: 20-22 June 2012. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

18th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board: 21-22 June 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Africa Energy Forum 2012: 26-28 June 2012. Berlin, Germany

Third Meeting of the ITPGR Committee on the SMTA and the MLS: 26-28 June 2012. New Delhi, Delhi, India

Fourth Session of the INC to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury: 27 June - 2 July 2012. Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay

Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the ABS Protocol: 2-6 July 2012. Delhi, India

First Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board: 23-25 August 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

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