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Issue #199 | 29 November 2012

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Editor's Note
Treaties, Goals and Action
As delegates in Doha, Qatar, are considering how to advance the agreement reached last year in Durban, South Africa, a number of other events in the past fortnight have also considered the question of how to spur international cooperation for sustainable development. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Momentum for Change: Recognizing Climate Action on the Ground
Momentum for Change provides a platform to showcase activities from around the world that have been successful at either reducing greenhouse gas emissions or assisting communities to adapt to the consequences of climate change, while benefitting the urban poor. More.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Empowering Rural Areas: A Springboard to Sustainable Development
There is a compelling argument for the need to think, and act, outside the traditional urban/rural box. More.
Loretta De Luca, Coordinator, Rural Employment and Decent Work Programme, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Kenya and Morocco: Breaking a Trail to Step Up Affordable Green Power
The African continent boasts abundant renewable energy potential in the form of water, wind, sun and biofuel stocks. More.
Mafalda Duarte, CIF Coordinator and Chief Climate Change Specialist, African Development Bank (AfDB)

First Global Soil Week Will Urge Stakeholders To Take Actions For Soils: They Are Crucial For Life!
Managing soils in a sustainable way is essential in the fight against hunger. More.
Alexander Müller, Assistant Director-General, Natural Resources Management and Environment Department, FAO, Jes Weigelt, TMG. ThinkTank for Sustainability.

Policy Brief
Scenarios and Sticking Points under the Durban Platform: The Long and Winding Road to 2020
As COP 18 quickly approaches, it is important to consider where we have come since Durban in order to understand where things may go in Doha—and beyond. More.
Jessica Boyle, Project Manager, Climate Change & Energy, IISD, Soledad Aguilar, LL.M, Thematic Expert on Trade and Investment, IISD Reporting Services (Argentina)

New Reports and Resources
Policy Implications of Warming Permafrost

Evidence from the frontlines of climate change: Loss and damage to communities despite coping and adaptation

A Guide for the Concerned: Guidance on Elaboration and Implementation of Border Carbon Adjustment

IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Policy Makers and Project Developers

CDM and Women

Green Growth Innovation: New Pathways for International Cooperation

The Emissions Gap Report 2012

Building Green Economies

World Energy Outlook Executive Summary

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
First Global Soil Week Discusses UNCSD's Call for Land Degradation Neutral World

26 November 2012: The first Global Soil Week took place within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, and served as a platform to initiate follow up on the land and soil-related decisions of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). More.

Photo: Participants at the first Global Soil Week posed for a photo outside the Scandic Hotel. Photo credit: Agentur StandArt.

CFSSD 8 Calls for Elevating Africa-RIM to High-Level Regional Forum

26 November 2012: The eighth Session of the UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD 8) concluded with the adoption of the Africa-RIM Outcome Document, which will serve as Africa's collective input to the 20th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 20). More.

Photo: L-R: David R.L. Luke, Rapporteur, Malawi; Sami R.S. Sabry, First Vice-Chair, Egypt; Chair Lazare Makayat Safousse, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Marjon Mamara, Second Vice-Chair, Liberia

MOP 24 Adopts 19 Substantive Decisions, Fails to Reach Agreement on HFC Amendment

16 November 2012: The 24th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted 19 substantive and 11 procedural decisions. Decisions addressed, inter alia: the review by the Scientific Assessment Panel of RC-316c; procedural issues related to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel and its subsidiary bodies; budget; and data and compliance issues. More.

43rd GEF Council Approves Work Program

15 November 2012: The 43rd Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted a Work Program that amounts to US$174 million and aims to benefit 63 countries. More.

GRASP's Second Meeting Revises Global Strategy, Priority Plan and GRASP Rules

8 November 2012: At the Second Council Meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), participants discussed, formulated and revised the Global Strategy for Great Apes, the GRASP Priority Plan 2013-2016, and the Rules for the Organization and Management of GRASP. More.

CIF 2012 Partnership Forum Focuses on Implementation, Knowledge Building and Lesson Sharing

7 November 2012: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2012 Partnership Forum convened on 6-7 November 2012, in Istanbul, Turkey, and emphasized on-the-ground implementation, knowledge building and lesson sharing. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNGA President Urges Agreement, Accelerated Progress on SDG Working Group

UNOSD Workshop Calls for Greater Accountability on Sustainable Development Targets

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
European Parliament Votes to Ban Shark Finning

Workshops, Group of Experts Contributing to World Ocean Assessment

FAO Releases Global Spatial Database on Water and Agriculture

Water Governance Conference Highlights Central Role of Water in Development

UN Global Compact Announces New Projects under the CEO Water Mandate "Water Action Hub"

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNIDO Announces Advisory Board of Green Industry Platform

Third LAC Political Dialogue on Energy Efficiency Adopts Declaration

UNISDR Releases Information Note on Post-2015 DRR Framework

UNISDR, UNESCO Convene Retreat on Post-Hyogo Disaster Framework

ICAO Council Forms High-Level Group on Market-Based Measures, EU ETS "Stops the Clock" on Aviation

CGIAR Affirms Commitment to Open Access to Agricultural Research Products

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the New Market Mechanism

CDM Executive Board Adopts Tool to Promote Sustainable Development Co-Benefits

BASIC Ministerial Meeting Welcomes Rio+20 Outcome, Discusses Doha

WMO Reports Record Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentrations

EC Proposes One-Year Deferral of EU ETS International Aviation Compliance

UNFCCC Releases Green Climate Fund Report

IPCC Working Group on Mitigation Gathers to Prepare Next Assessment Report

IEA Announces Business Dialogues and Policies Database on Energy Systems Resilience

UNDP Joins Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Trade, Finance & Investment
WEF, UNFCCC Launch Initiative on Innovative Financing for Climate-Friendly Investment

Investors Call on Governments to Avert Climate Change

IDB Provides US$15 Million for Climate Change Mitigation in Mexico

Chemicals Management
UNITAR Convenes GHS Training in Republic of Congo

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IUCN SSC Guidelines for Reintroductions Now Available

SOS Funds 25 New Biodiversity Conservation Projects

UNESCO Study Finds Most Marine Biodiversity Still Undiscovered

CMS Small Grants Programme Announces Projects Funded

CMS Standing Committee Reviews Activities Since COP 10

Human Development
UN Women Convenes Expert Group Meeting to Discuss Gender Goals

UNDP and OHCHR Open Post-2015 Online Public Discussions on Governance

Fiji Elected G77/China Chair for 2013

UNDP, UN-Habitat Hold Asian Workshop on Cities and Climate Change

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNFF Officials Brief on Structure, Goals of AHEG 2

IICA, Conservation Groups Agree to Cooperate on Reforestation

International Conference Discusses Ways to Operationalize Zero-Net Land Degradation

UNCCD Invites Nominations for 2013 Land for Life Award

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNFCCC COP 18: 26 November - 7 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

GEF CReW Workshop on Revolving Funds as Sustainable Financing Mechanisms: 28-29 November 2012. Belize City, Belize

Sixth Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Water Convention: 28-30 November 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Fifth Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development: 29-30 November 2012. Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon

Development and Climate Days, Adaptation Practioner's Day: 1-2 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

Forest Day 6: Shaping the Global Agenda for Forests and Climate: 2 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

World Climate Summit 2012: 2 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

CMS Workshop to Develop an International Action Plan on the Conservation of Argali and Their Habitat: 2-4 December 2012. Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Agriculture, Landscapes and Livelihoods Day 5: 3 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

First session of UNCTAD Forum on Trade and the Green Economy : 3 December 2012. TBA

Mountain Day 2: 3 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

Doha Global Business Day 2012: 3 December 2012. Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar

42nd Session of the ECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods: 3-11 December 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum : 4-6 December 2012. Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

Better Air Quality 2012: 5-7 December 2012. Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region), China

Technical Workshop on Managing Living Soils: 5-7 December 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for International Transport Networks: Fifth Session: 7 December 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

First Meeting of Signatories to the Raptors MoU : 9-11 December 2012. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

19th Meeting of the Adaptation Fund Board: 11-14 December 2012. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

107th Session of the IFAD Executive Board: 12-13 December 2012. Rome, Lazio, Italy

CMS Meeting to Negotiate the Institutional and Legal Framework for the Central Asian Flyway : 12-13 December 2012. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Joint Meeting of the Bureaux of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions: 13-14 December 2012. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IISD RS is covering the following events during the Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012:

IISD RS coverage of the Doha Climate Change Conference - November 2012

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