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Issue #195 | 21 September 2012

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Editor's Note
A Very Busy Quarter
The annual opening of the UN General Assembly often signals the start of a busy final quarter to the sustainable development calendar. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Contested Legacy of Rio+20
One could read the ambiguous waffling of "The Future We Want" as a meaningless potpourri of issues and actors – or as the license to operate more freely for a number of institutions at multiple levels of governance. More.
Maria Ivanova, Assistant Professor of Global Governance and Co-Director, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston

Comings & Goings
Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Convention's Welcome New Deputy Executive Secretary

New Reports and Resources
Good Practices in Building Innovative Rural Institutions to Increase Food Security

Unlocking National Opportunities: New Insights on Financing Sustainable Forest and Land Management

Surveying the ‘Green Economy' and ‘Green Growth' Landscape

Accelerating Achievement of MDGs by Ways and Means of Economic and Social Rights

Promoting Clean Energy Business Models in Small and Medium Enterprises

Transboundary River Basin Management: Addressing Water, Energy and Food Security

Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific: An Institutional and Policy Analysis

Africa Environment Outlook 3 - Authors' Guide

Manifesto for Cities: The Urban Future We Want

IRENA Renewable Energy Country Profiles for the Caribbean

The Global Water Crisis: Addressing an Urgent Security Issue

Future Organization and Methods of Work of the Commission for Social Development

Conserving Dryland Biodiversity

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
Bonn Negotiations Make Progress Toward Legally Binding Agreement on Forests

9 September 2012: The Second Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests 2) concluded a first reading and much of a second reading on the text of a draft multilateral legally binding agreement (LBA) on forests. More.

IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit Adopts Malta Communique

9 September 2012: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewables and Islands Global Summit, which took place from 6-7 September 2012, in Malta, brought together more than 130 representatives from IRENA member States, including ministers from 14 member States and participants from international organizations and the private sector. More.

Photo: Group photo of the delegates of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit.

Technology Executive Committee and Technology Needs Assessment Workshop Convene in Bangkok

12 September 2012: Two events focused on technology convened in Bangkok, Thailand, following the Bangkok Climate Change Conference. The fourth meeting of the UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee (TEC 4) continued its thematic dialogue with relevant stakeholders on enabling environments and barriers to technology development and transfer, which began at TEC 3, and also considered progress on the implementation of its workplan for 2012-2013, in relation to, inter alia: technology roadmaps, relevant work of other institutions under and outside of the Convention, technology needs assessments, and possible topics for technical papers. And the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) for Climate Change Experience Sharing Workshop aimed to: showcase best TNA practices; get feedback from participating countries on conducting and reporting TNAs and Technology Action Plans (TAPs); enhance capacity of National TNA Coordinators in project proposal development; and facilitate interaction between country representatives and the funding community. TEC. TNA Workshop.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Opening UNGA 67, Incoming President Outlines Plans

UN Secretary-General Issues Implementation Matrix of Rio+20 Outcomes

AMCEN 14 Adopts Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post-Rio Strategy

Online Forum on "Building the Future We Want" Opens Ahead of ECOSOC Ministerial

ECOSOC Requests UNSG Report following Rio+20 Outcome

Human Development
UN Secretary-General Appoints Lead Author for Post-2015 Panel

Leaders Agree to Independent Review of Pacific Plan

CIVICUS World Assembly Considers New Social Contract, Post-2015 Development Agenda

OECD Announces Decisions on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

UNGA Spotlights Macroeconomic Policies for Sustainable Development and MDGs

Sixth World Urban Forum Concludes with Calls for Sustainable Urbanization

Chemicals Management
UNEP Convenes Consultation on Long-Term Financing of Chemicals and Wastes

Climate and Atmosphere
CDM Executive Board Adopts Procedure for Voluntary Cancelation of CERs

Inaugural Meeting of the Adaptation Committee Develops Activities for its Work Programme

Adaptation Fund Board Authorizes CERs Sales to the UNFCCC

CDM Loan Scheme Issues First Loan Authorizations

CDM Issues One Billionth Certified Emission Reduction Credit

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNGA 66 Concludes with Decisions on Africa, Indigenous Conference, SDG Working Group

Central Asian Forum Calls for Increasing Access to Sustainable Energy

UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN

Aarhus Convention Parties Agree to Promote Convention in IFIs

Trade, Finance & Investment
ADB Finances Road Project with Climate Benefits in India

Landlocked Developing Countries' Trade Ministers Adopt Almaty Declaration

Biodiversity and Wildlife
SPREP Releases Annual Meeting Outcomes

IUCN World Conservation Congress Adopts Jeju Declaration, Elects New President

Cetacean MOU Signatories Meet to Address Threats to Dolphins and Whales

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD CRIC Bureau Sets Dates for CRIC 11, Postpones Submission Deadline of National Reports

UNCCD and Xinhua News Agency to Spread Land Restoration News

UN Announces Forest Heroes Award Winners

ASEAN-Korea Forestry Meeting Adopts Seoul Declaration

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World's Largest Marine Parks Established in Cook Islands, New Caledonia

IFPRI Produces Water Management Mapping Tool for Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia

IMO Secretary-General Reviews Plans to Develop Sustainable Maritime Development Goals

UNESCO Reports on New Model for Estimating Coastline Erosion from Sea Level Rise

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel Initiative: 24 September 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

High-level Event on Sustainable Energy for All: 24 September 2012. New York City, US

ECOSOC Special Ministerial Meeting: 24 September 2012. New York City, US

WTO Public Forum 2012: 24-26 September 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

First Meeting of Signatories to the MOU on Shark Conservation: 24-27 September 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

21st Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry: 24-28 September 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

First Meeting of UN High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 25 September 2012. New York City, US

GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia: 25-27 September 2012. Yerevan, Armenia

Eighth Session of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 8) of the Basel Convention : 25-28 September 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

LEG 22 Meeting: 26-29 September 2012. Funafuti, Tuvalu

Fourth Meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership Advisory Group: 27-28 September 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

LEG Workshop for Pacific LDCs: 28 September - 3 October 2012. Funafuti, Tuvalu

Joint Meeting on the Economics of Land Degradation and Adoption of Sustainable Land Practices: 1-2 October 2012. Brussels, Belgium

Second UNFCCC Workshop on Long-term Finance: 1-3 October 2012. Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Biosafety Protocol COP/MOP 6: 1-5 October 2012. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

53rd Session of Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): 1-19 October 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 1 to 3 October 2012, from Cape Town, South Africa, from the Second UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Workshop on Long-term Finance


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