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Issue #200 | 21 December 2012

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Editor's Note
2012 in Review
Sustainable development events during 2012 have resulted in a very full agenda for the coming three years. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Global Forest and Land Use Change 1990-2005

Secretary-General's Initial Input to the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals

A Guidebook to the Green Economy: Issue 3: Exploring Green Economy Policies and International Experience with National Strategies

Water Security at the Energy Crossroads

Green Economy or Green Society? Contestation and Policies for a Fair Transition

Happiness: towards a holistic approach to development

The Education Link: Why Learning is Central to the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda

Carbon Footprint and Food Exports. A Practical Guide

Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues

Development Co-operation Report 2012: Lessons in Linking Sustainability and Development

Synthesis of National Reports for Rio+20

The State of Food and Agriculture 2012

Planning for a Low Carbon Future: Lessons Learned from Seven Country Studies

Promoting Handwashing Behavior: The Effect of Mass Media and Community Level Interventions in Peru

Evaluating the Risk to Ramsar Sites from Climate Change Induced Sea Level Rise

The Atlas of Health and Climate

Measuring Progress Towards an Inclusive Green Economy

National Climate Funds: Learning from the Experience of Asia-Pacific Countries

UNEP Global Environment Alert: Gas Fracking: Can We Safely Squeeze the Rocks?

Where the Rain Falls: Climate Change, Food and Livelihood Security, and Migration

Using Scenarios to Improve Understanding of Environment and Security Issues

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
CMS Raptors MoU Concludes First Meeting of Signatories

11 December 2012: Signatories at the First Meeting of Signatories (MoS1) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) agreed on: a process for future work and national reporting; the creation of the Raptors MoU Coordination Unit and the Technical and Advisory Group; identification of priority areas to address the threats facing birds of prey; and endorsement of CMS CoP 10 Resolution 10.11 on power lines and migratory birds. More.

Photo: The CMS Secretariat.

Doha Climate Change Conference Adopts Doha Climate Gateway

8 December 2012: The UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, focused on ensuring the implementation of agreements reached at previous conferences. Following two weeks of negotiations, delegates adopted the package of “Doha Climate Gateway” decisions on the evening of Saturday, 8 December. The outcome includes amendments to the Kyoto Protocol to establish its second commitment period. More.

Photo: COP President consults with delegates from the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Belarus before the closing plenary.

UNECE Water Convention Parties Adopt 2013-2015 Work Programme

30 November 2012: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (the Water Convention) concluded their sixth Meeting of Parties (MOP6) with the adoption of decisions on various issues, including a 2013-15 work programme. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNGA President Appoints Facilitators for HLPF Negotiations

Second Committee Approves Text on Strengthening UNEP

UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Habitat III

UNGA Stresses Sustainable Fisheries' Contribution to Sustainable Development

UNECE Green Economy Seminar Discusses Sustainable Cities

Second Committee Approves "Harmony with Nature" Draft

UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution to Declare 2014-2024 Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Caribbean Sea

Chemicals Management
UNECE Heavy Metals Protocol Amended, Stringent Heavy Metals Emissions Controls Adopted

UNITAR, UNEP Training Representatives in Nine African Countries to Inventory Mercury Releases

Stockholm Convention Expert Group Revises Unintentional POPs Toolkit

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Workshop for Eastern Africa Considers Economic Valuation of Land and Ecosystem Services

Latin America and Caribbean Land Forum Meeting Calls for Land Reform

FAO Documents Forest Products Industry Recovery

UNCCD IWG Initiates Survey on Mid-Term Evaluation

International Partners Release Land Matrix Portal

Sixth Forest Day Focuses on Interlinkages Between Forests and Agriculture

Climate and Atmosphere
NAMA Partnership Launched at COP 18

Six Countries Join CCAC, Pledge to Reduce SLCPs

UNFCCC, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Initiative on Women and Climate Change

Agriculture, Landscapes and Rural Development Day Shares Advancements on Climate-Smart Agriculture

UNFCCC, The Climate Group to Encourage Business and Government Leadership on Climate

DFID, IDRC Introduce Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia at COP 18

Mountain Day 2 Calls for Strengthening Global Mountain Agenda in Multilateral Negotiations

Doha Global Business Day Focuses on Diversifying Actions for Climate Impact

UNFCCC and Partners Launch UN Alliance on Climate Change Education, Training and Awareness

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on CBD Implementation

UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on Ecotourism

UNGA Committee Approves Draft Resolution on Illegal Trade in Endangered Species

FAO Biotechnology Forum Discusses New GMOs for Developing Countries

African Workshop Addresses Integration of CMS, CITES Objectives into NBSAPs

Trade, Finance & Investment
Adaptation Fund Board Accredits NIE, Approves Projects in Argentina and Sri Lanka

UNDP Assists Asia Pacific Countries in Making the Most of Domestic Climate Finance

GEF CEO Launches Forum on Innovation and Partnership

Human Development
Post-2015 HLP Envoys Provide Update on Progress, Coming Work

Indigenous Peoples of Asia Call to Strengthen Participation Mechanisms by 2014 Conference

Vienna Policy Dialogue Highlights MDG Lessons for Post-2015 Development Agenda

Parliamentarians, CSOs Call for Human Rights, Gender Equality in Post-2015 Discussions

UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolutions on LDCs, Graduating Countries

UN's First Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights Promotes Implementation of Guiding Principles

UN Forum in Africa Calls to Integrate Peace in Post-2015 Framework

World Bank Hosts Online Discussions on Poverty Eradication

Local Governments Highlight Cities' Critical Role in Post-2015 Agenda

Intergovernmental Organizations
UNEP Launches Blue Carbon Portal

North American MGS Consultation Develops Key Messages for UNEP GC/GMEF

OECD Forum Discusses Green Growth and Sustainable Development

FAO Council Sets Hunger Eradication as Primary Goal

UNEP Launches the Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Tehran Convention Adopts Protocol Protecting Caspian Sea from Land-based Pollution

UNGA Resolution on Oceans and Law of the Sea Recalls Rio+20 Outcome

UNGA Second Committee Approves Resolution on International Year of Water Cooperation

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Third IRENA General Assembly: 13-14 January 2013. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Fifth Session of the INC to Prepare a Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury : 13-18 January 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Second Meeting of the UNFF Ad Hoc Expert Group on Forest Financing: 14-18 January 2013. Vienna, Wien, Austria

Zayed Future Energy Prize Awards Ceremony 2013: 15 January 2013. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

International Water Summit 2013: 15-17 January 2013. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi International Renewable Energy Conference (ADIREC): 15-17 January 2013. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2013: 15-17 January 2013. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Transforming Transportation 2013: 17-18 January 2013. Washington D.C., US

IPBES-1: 21-26 January 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

20th African Union Summit: 21-28 January 2013. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

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