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Issue #197 | 26 October 2012

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Editor's Note
Post-2015 Agenda Developments
The last fortnight has seen a flurry of activities related to the post-2015 development agenda, while the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity has added additional activities to watch for in the coming years. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Seizing the Ecosystem Based Adaptation Opportunity: Buffering Climate Change Impacts Now and Beyond COP 18
Ecosystems Based Adaptation (EbA) is the use of biodiversity and ecosystem services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people and communities adapt to the negative effects of climate change at local, national, regional and global levels. More.
Ibrahim Thiaw, Director of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI), UNEP

How Climate Services Can Help Countries Adapt to Climate Variability and Change
The Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS) is an ambitious initiative. More.
Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization

New Reports and Resources
Transport and Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa

Best Practice Guide for Compiling, Maintaining and Disseminating National Species Checklists

Transforming On-Grid Renewable Energy Markets

Financing Green Urban Infrastructure

UNCTAD Trade and Development Report 2012

Inequalities and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Sustainable Development in an Unequal World: How Do We Really Get The Future We Want?

Positioning Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: WHO Discussion Paper

Energy for a Shared Development Agenda: Global Scenarios and Governance Implications

Impacts of Megacities on Air Pollution and Climate

Guidance on Green ICT Procurement

Cities and Biodiversity Outlook

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
CBD COP 11 Adopts Interim Target and Roadmap for Resource Mobilization

22 October 2012: Held from 8-19 October 2012, in Hyderabad, India, the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 33 decisions on a range of strategic, substantive, administrative, financial and budgetary issues. Delegates agreed to set an interim target of doubling biodiversity-related international financial resource flows to developing countries by 2015, and at least maintaining this level until 2020. This is coupled with targets on improving baseline information, as well as a preliminary reporting framework for monitoring resource mobilization. More.

Photo: COP 11 President Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India, gavelled the meeting to a close at 3:02 am.

POPs Review Committee Advances Four Substances, Discusses Climate Change, Toxic Interactions

19 October 2012: The eighth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 8) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) took place from 15-19 October 2012, in Geneva, Switzerland. Over 125 participants attended the meeting, which adopted 12 decisions and established six intersessional working groups. More.

Photo: Members and observers attending POPRC-8.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNGA, ECOSOC Discuss Council Reform and Rio+20 Follow-Up

CSOs Plan Input to Post-Rio and Post-2015 Sustainable Development Processes

EMG Chair Releases Contribution to Implementation of Rio+20 Outcomes

Second Committee Holds Substantive Discussion on SDGs

States Identify Priorities for Second Committee, QCPR Review

3GF Launches Public and Private Partnerships to Enhance Green Growth

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
CFS Launches Process to Develop Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment

Economics of Land Degradation Meeting Agrees on Methodology, Working Groups for Initiative

UNECA Launches Studies on Land Policy

Land Day Convenes at Rio Conventions Pavilion

COFO 21 Considers Implications of Rio+20 Outcomes

Trade, Finance & Investment
Lighting Africa Policy Briefs Discuss Barriers, Propose Recommendations for Six African Nations

UNCTAD Announces Forum on Trade and the Green Economy

GEF Develops Strategy for Long-Term Environmental Goals

World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings Reflect on Natural Capital Accounting

World Bank, Germany Sign MOU in Support of Climate Investment Readiness

ESMAP Report Highlights Benefits of Energy Efficient Purchasing Programmes

Human Development
UK Parliament Begins Inquiry on Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA Second Committee Discusses Development of Countries in Special Situations

Committee on Food Security Tackles Hunger and Sustainable Development

DESA NGO News Answers FAQs on Post-2015 Activities

African Regional Dialogue Opens Consultation on Governance in Post-2015 Development Agenda

WHO, UNICEF Open Consultation on Health in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Human Rights Council Calls for Integrating Right to Water in Development Agenda

Intergovernmental Organizations
IEA Member Countries and Auto Makers Meet to Discuss Future of Global Electric Vehicle Use

GGGI Forms Assembly and Council, Appoints Director-General

Global Fuel Economy Initiative Launched for the African Region

UNECE Develops Recommendations on Promoting Wood in Green Economy

UNECE Working Group Considers Links Between Water and Health, Green Economy

Pacific Dialogue Prepares for UNESCAP's Asian and Pacific Energy Forum Ministerial

GGGI Receives Third Ratification for Establishment as International Organization

Chemicals Management
POPs Review Committee Advances Four Substances, Discusses Climate Change, Toxic Interactions

Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Secretariats Release Details of Current Funding Shortfalls

Stockholm Convention Releases Guidance on Inclusion of “New POPs” in NIPs

Biodiversity and Wildlife
ASCOBANS 7 Adopts Conservation Plan for Harbour Porpoise, Agrees on Priorities for Research and Conservation

Meeting on Animal Genetic Resources Documents Progress on Livestock Diversity

UNDP Launches 2012-2020 Global Framework on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

EC Commits EUR18 Million to Management of Biodiversity Hotspots

CGIAR-CBD Partnership Focuses on Tree Diversity and the Aichi Targets

Climate and Atmosphere
Ministerial Conference Adopts Integrated African Strategy for Meteorology

African Climate Change and Development Conference Urges Guidelines for African Policymakers

REEEP Launches Tool for Automatic Tagging and Linking of Online Energy Resources

Green Climate Fund Board Selects Host

UNFCCC Publishes Report of Workshop on New Market-based Mechanism

UNFCCC Releases Update on Global Climate Observing System

African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

First Temporary African CDM Forestry Credits Issued

UNEP, GEF Release Toolkit to Foster Transition to Efficient Lighting in Developing Countries

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Pacific Workshop on Aquaculture Develops Technical Assistance Plan for Biosecurity and Statistics

IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling

Key meetings in the next two weeks
ECOWAS High-Level Forum: Paving the Way for Sustainable Energy for All in West Africa through Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency: 29-31 October 2012. Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

Conference of African Ministers of Agriculture and Trade 2012: 29 October - 2 November 2012. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for East Africa: 30 October - 1 November 2012. Arusha, Tanzania

Climate Investment Funds Associated Meetings: 30 October - 5 November 2012. Istanbul, Turkey

Second Meeting of High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 31 October - 2 November 2012. London, England, UK

First International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference: 1-2 November 2012. Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

Twelfth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: 5 November 2012. Washington D.C., US

GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Asia: 5-6 November 2012. New Delhi, Delhi, India

International Conference on Fresh Water Governance for Sustainable Development: 5-7 November 2012. Central Drakensberg, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012: 5-9 November 2012. virtual

ITTC-48: 5-10 November 2012. Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Third Asian Development Bank Transport Forum : 6-8 November 2012. Manila, Philippines

Second Council Meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP): 6-8 November 2012. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

CMS Standing Committee Meeting: 7-8 November 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

18th Senior Officials Meeting of the Environment Management Group: 26-27 November 2012. New York City, US

IISD Reporting Services will be reporting from 30 October to 7 November 2012, from Istanbul, Turkey, from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events

Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum and Associated Events

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