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Issue #194 | 6 September 2012

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Director's Cut
Knowledge Curation for Policymakers
The ways and speed with which policy-makers have accessed information over the past two decades has proved a mixed blessing. More.
Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI, Vice President, Reporting Services and UN Liaison, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Climate Change and Wetlands: Implications for the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Wetlands continue to be lost as a consequence of human actions, despite the fact that they provide a wide range of ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being and, in particular, that some wetland types deliver services that are extremely important for climate change adaptation. More.
Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Africa: Seizing the Opportunity
Climate change hinders growth and poverty reduction, but it also presents tremendous opportunities. More.
Keith Alverson, UNEP Head of Climate Change Adaptation and Terrestrial Ecosystems Branch and Climate Change Adaptation Unit, Richard Munang, Policy Advisor and Coordinator, Climate Change Adaptation and Development, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

From Rio to Jeju: Nature Leads the Way
The first major global environmental meeting that will seek to implement the Rio+20 outcomes is the IUCN World Conservation Congress, which will take place in Jeju, Republic of Korea. More.
Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

New Reports and Resources
Global Chemicals Outlook: Towards Sound Management of Chemicals

Making Cities Resilient Report 2012

Strengthening Global Climate Change Negotiations: Improving the Efficiency of the UNFCCC Process

Forest Products Annual Market Review, 2011-2012

Feeding a Thirsty World: Challenges and Opportunities for a Water and Food Secure World

Scaling Up: Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture

A Framework for Corporate Action on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

IEA Wind Annual Report

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
Additional Sessions of the AWGs Convene in Bangkok

5 September 2012: The informal additional sessions of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP) and the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) took place from 30 August-5 September 2012. The sessions sought to enable the bodies to continue work from the Climate Change Talks held in May 2012, in Bonn, Germany, and to advance preparations for the resumed sessions of the ad hoc working groups to be convened in Doha, Qatar, at the end of the year. More.

Photo: ADP Co-Chairs Harald Dovland, Norway, and Jayant Moreshwar Mauskar, India, being congratulated by Haldor Thorgeirsson, UNFCCC Secretariat at the close of AWG-ADP.

Other News
Sustainable Development
43rd Pacific Islands Forum Develops Leaders Communique

UN Launches Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNECE Watercourses Convention Celebrates 20th Anniversary

World Water Week Addresses Water and Food Security

Pacific Countries Sign Eight Maritime Boundary Agreements

UN Secretary-General Proposes Ocean Advisory Group

UN Secretary-General Launches Oceans Compact

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNEP, UN-HABITAT, World Bank and Cities Alliance Launch K4C at World Urban Forum

Tuiloma Neroni Slade Appointed First Ocean Commissioner

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Launches Brick Production Initiative

UNESCO, UNICEF and Partners to Launch Global Conversation on Education for All

Study Finds Europe's Grid Provides Storage Function for Renewable Energy

Caspian Region Participants Attend High-level Energy Policy Dialogue

Climate and Atmosphere
CDM Help Desk Launched to Improve Regional Distribution of CDM Projects

Australia, EU to Link Emissions Trading Systems

Pacific Smaller Island Leaders Discuss Climate Change, Tourism and Trade

UNECA Expert Group Meeting Urges Mainstreaming Climate Change into Development Policies

GCF Inaugural Board Meeting Elects Co-Chairs, Agrees on Process for Selecting Host

Cartagena Dialogue Discusses Expectations Ahead of Bangkok and Doha

Ecuador Launches UN-REDD National Programme

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
ITTO Releases Report and Work Plan on Wood Product Accounting and Climate Change

WMO, UNCCD Call for Coordinated Efforts to Manage Risks from Drought

Human Development
ASEAN Workshop Calls for Pro-poor Growth, Inter-sectoral Coordination in MDGs and Post-2015 Agenda

ECREEE to Award €1Million to 41 African Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects

Canada Issues Position on Right to Safe Drinking Water and Basic Sanitation in Rio+20 Outcome

Trade, Finance & Investment
Adaptation Fund Board Adopts Decisions on Performance Review of the Secretariat

World Bank Approves GEF Grant for Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in Mexico

GEF Supports Renewable Energy Power Project in India

Biodiversity and Wildlife
OIE Launches Updated World Animal Health Information System

Bahrain Joins CITES as 176th Member State

AEWA TC Addresses Implementation of Work Plan for 2012-2015

EU, Norway Harmonize Control Measures for Sustainable Fisheries

World Bank, Conservation International Support REDD Project in Madagascar

WIPO IGC Addresses Traditional Cultural Expressions

ICI, UNEP-WCMC and BirdLife Hold Workshop on Biodiversity Criteria

Spain Designates 74th Ramsar Site

UN Marks International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples

Chemicals Management
GEF, Chemicals Conventions Join Forces

Key meetings in the next two weeks
World Urban Forum 6 (WUF6): 1-7 September 2012. Napoli, Campania, Italy

GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for West Africa: 4-6 September 2012. Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit: 6-7 September 2012. Malta

Fourth Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee: 6-8 September 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

First Meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee: 6-8 September 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2012: 6-15 September 2012. Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea

14th Ordinary Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment: 7-14 September 2012. Arusha, Tanzania

Third Meeting of the Signatories to the MOU for the Conservation of Cetaceans and their Habitats in the Pacific Islands Region: 8 September 2012. Noumea, New Caledonia

69th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board: 9-13 September 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) Workshop: 10-12 September 2012. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Regional Workshop for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regions on Updating NBSAPs: 10-14 September 2012. Chisinau, Moldova

Ad Hoc Technical Working Group on Access and Benefit-sharing for Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture: 11-13 September 2012. Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

Informal Dialogue on the CBD Strategy for Resource Mobilization: 17-18 September 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Third Session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM3): 17-21 September 2012. Nairobi, Kenya

2012 GBIF Science Symposium: 19 September 2012. Lillehammer, Oppland, Norway

IISD Reporting Services is reporting from 6 to 7 September 2012, from Malta, from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewables and Islands Global Summit


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