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Issue #201 | 24 January 2013

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Editor's Note
A Fast Start for 2013
The sustainable development calendar for 2013 has already yielded several notable results; we look forward to tracking and reporting on what the rest of the year has to offer. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
International Development Committee: Eighth Report - Post-2015 Development Goals

Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives

REN21 Global Futures Report REN21 (GFR)

Monitoring the Achievement of the Health-related Millennium Development Goals: Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Future We Want: Background Paper for Global Energy Consultation

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

No 1 (2012) Thematic Issue on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure

Good Business: Making Private Investments Work for Tropical Forests

Doubling the Global Share of Renewable Energy: A Roadmap to 2030

Africa's Renewable Future

Ramsar Convention Manual

Guide for Investing in Locally Controlled Forestry

Draft Report on the Global Thematic Consultation on Inequalities

Global Mercury Assessment 2013

Determination and Implementation of Environmental Water Requirements for Estuaries

Quantifying the Energy Embedded in the US Water System

Plugging the Energy Efficiency Gap with Climate Finance

Gender Chart 2012

Assessment of the Comparability of Greenhouse Gas and Black Carbon Emissions Inventories in North America

Development Cooperation in Light of Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Preliminary Exploration of the 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
Mercury Convention Agreed at INC 5

19 January 2013: Negotiations have completed on a new comprehensive global treaty on mercury. The fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Globally Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC 5) completed its work on 19 January 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. More.

Photo: INC Chair Fernando Lugris (Uruguay) gaveled the meeting to a close at 7:42am on Saturday, 19 January 2013.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Third Arab Economic and Social Development Summit Issues Riyadh Declaration

UN General Assembly Decides to Establish OWG on SDGs, Agrees on Membership

Kazakhstan Begins Consultations on CSD 20

IMO Announces Development of Sustainable Maritime Development Goals

UNGA President Appoints Facilitators to Establish SD Financing Committee

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Implementing Rio+20 Outcomes

UNGA Establishes Universal Membership for UNEP

Chemicals Management
Secretariat Outlines Plans for Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm COPs

SICA Workshop Discusses Enforcement, Regional Cooperation on HCFCs

ITU Adopts Resolution Calling for Work on E-Waste

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
First International Water Summit (IWS) Explores Water Governance, Water-Energy Nexus

Fifth International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) Hosts High-Level Discussions on Innovation and Finance

FAO AQUASTAT Updates Irrigation Database

African Water Facility Governing Council Reviews Implementation of AWF Strategy

Climate and Atmosphere
Acclimate Project Concludes, IOC Member States Adopt Regional Adaptation Strategy

First Energy Ministerial of South American and Arab Countries (ASPA) Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration

MENA Countries to Form Regional Initiative for Mountains

Costa Rica Presents Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Model Initiatives

Workshop Discusses Green Credit for Climate Change Mitigation in LAC Energy and Agriculture

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Planning Workshop Discusses Wetlands and Urbanisation Project in West Africa

ITPGR Secretariat Launches Electronic Consultation on Sustainable Use of PGRFA

IUCN-China Seminar Discusses How to Communicate about Nature Conservation

UN Security Council Calls for Investigating Involvement of LRA in Elephant Poaching

EC to Fund INTERPOL's Efforts against Wildlife Crime

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Overview of Working Papers for UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference Released

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Implementing UNCCD

Global Soil Partnership Terms of Reference Approved by the FAO

FAO Data Indicate Recovery of Global Forest Products Industry

Human Development
UNAIDS Launches E-Discussions on HIV, Health, Post-2015 Agenda

Population Consultation Discussed in Briefing to Member States

Details Released on Outreach Plans, Objectives of Third HLP Meeting

UNDG Releases Factsheets on 11 Global Thematic Consultations

UNDG Updates Member States on Post-2015 Consultations

African CSO Secretariat Launches Post-2015 Communique, Website and Questionnaire

UN-HABITAT Launches Consultation on Wastewater Management and Water Quality

UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for MDGs Review

Business Leaders Commit to Bringing Anti-Corruption into Post-2015 Agenda

ODI Develops List of Proposals on Post-2015 Development Goals

Senegal Forum Outcome Document Reflects African Priorities for Post-2015

North-East Asian Youth Consultation Adopts Declaration on Post-2015 Agenda

World We Want Platform Introduces Interactive Timeline

Africa Youth Conference Adopts Declaration on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda

Trade, Finance & Investment
FAO and IFC Join to Promote Responsible Agricultural Investment

Finland, Germany and Norway Announce Pledges to the FCPF

Key meetings in the next two weeks
E-discussion on Jobs and Livelihoods: 11 January - 8 February 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Growth, Diversification and Structural Transformation: 18 January - 15 February 2013. virtual

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

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

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2013: 23-27 January 2013. Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland

E-discussion on Development-led Globalization: 25 January - 22 February 2013. virtual

INC-Forests3: 28 January - 1 February 2013. Antalya, Turkey

Preparatory Meeting for the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial: 30-31 January 2013. Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea

GEF Familiarization Seminar on GEF-5 Activities: 30 January - 1 February 2013. Washington D.C., US

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013: 31 January - 2 February 2013. Delhi, India

Third Meeting of HLP on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 31 January - 2 February 2013. Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

E-discussion on Sustainability and Growth : 31 January - 15 March 2013. virtual

WIPO IGC 23: 4-8 February 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

51st Session of the Commission for Social Development: 6-15 February 2013. New York City, US

IISD Reporting Services will be covering the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) from 28 January - 1 February 2013, from Antalya, Turkey.


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