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Issue #204 | 20 March 2013

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Editor's Note
Consultations and Enforcement Networks
As the long list of meeting reports at the right indicates, this has been a very busy fortnight for many sustainable development processes. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Campaigning for Wetlands – Ramsar's World Wetlands Day
First launched in 1997, the Ramsar Convention's World Wetlands Day (WWD) campaign takes place on and around the 2nd of February each year – a date that celebrates the launch back in 1971 of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands as an intergovernmental treaty for the conservation and wise use of wetlands. More.
Anada Tiega, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands

New International Regulations Could Stop Shark Finning
The only real way to protect sharks is a combination of regulating trade of endangered species with ensuring they are protected in the waters where they migrate. More.
Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Synergies Between Mitigation and Adaptation Exist in Several Sectors
According to a new study commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers, harnessing adaptation-mitigation synergies can serve as an important component in building the necessary knowledge base, institutional capacity and sectorial collaboration that effective climate policy in the 21st century will require. More.
Harri Laurikka, Finnish Ministry of the Environment

New Reports and Resources
The Impact of International Shipping on European Air Quality and Climate Forcing

Education for All is Affordable

2013 Human Development Report

Addressing Gender in Climate-Smart Smallholder Agriculture

Report on Adaptation Challenges in Pacific Island Countries

Final Summary of the Online Discussion on Persons with Disabilities and Inequalities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Women, Men and Forest Research: A Review of Approaches, Resources and Methods for Addressing Gender

No One Left Behind: Good Practices to Ensure Equitable Access to Water and Sanitation in the Pan-European Region

Guidelines on Financial Incentives for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Vehicles

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
CITES CoP 16 Closes with Renewed Commitment to Halt Species' Decline and Wildlife Crime

15 March 2013: The sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) adopted 55 new listing proposals, saw the first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks and adopted measures to address wildlife crime. More.

Photo: L-R: Preecha Rengsomboonsuk, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand; John Scanlon, CITES Secretary-General; and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme

First Meeting of the OWG on SDGs Elects Co-Chairs, Engages in Initial Exchange of Views

15 March 2013: The first session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 14-15 March 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York, included a general discussion and an interactive discussion on “Conceptualizing the SDGs.” More.

Post-2015 Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster Culminates in High-level Meeting

13 March 2013: The Global Thematic Consultation on Conflict, Violence and Disaster in the Post-2015 Development Agenda has culminated with final, high-level meeting, which recognized that conflict, violence and disasters mutually reinforce each other, and recommended addressing them simultaneously within the post-2015 development agenda. More.

Photo: Heidi Hautala, Minister for International Development of Finland

Post-2015 Consultation on Population Dynamics Culminates in Dhaka Declaration

13 March 2013: The Global Thematic Consultation on Population Dynamics culminated in a High-level Meeting (HLM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 12-13 March 2013. The HLM resulted in the "Dhaka Declaration on the Global Leadership Meeting on Population Dynamics" in the context of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. More.

LAC Countries Discuss MDGs, SDGs and Post-2015 Agenda

9 March 2013: Latin American and Caribbean countries convened for the "Conference on Sustainable Development in LAC: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20," during which participants discussed development goals, global and regional governance, the implications from a regional perspective of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and the follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015. More.

Caribbean Forum Identifies Priorities for Sustainable Development

6 March 2013: The Caribbean Forum on "Shaping a sustainable development agenda to address the Caribbean reality in the 21st century" concluded with participants adopting conclusions on priority areas as well as guidelines on how to continue working toward development in the Caribbean. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
SDGs e-Inventory Provides Platform for Recommendations on Global Goals

UNOSD Consultation Adopts Framework for Action

UNEP Executive Director Outlines Impacts of Rio+20

Human Development
CSW 57 Concludes with Agreement on Violence Against Women

UN Secretary-General Calls for Single, Global Post-2015 Agenda

Africa Consultations Culminate in Common Position for Post-2015

Co-leaders, Co-host Governments Provide Update on Energy Consultation

UNFPA Briefs Member States on ICPD+20 Plans

Post-2015 Consultation on Health Culminates in High-level Dialogue

Climate and Atmosphere
Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Project Focuses on Gender

UN Agrees on Plan of Action on Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience

Like-Minded Developing Countries Urge Ambitious Mitigation Commitments by Developed Countries

UNGA Session on Water and Disasters Stresses Need to Address Climate Change

GCOS Meeting Identifies Climate Observations Needs of Adaptation Activities

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Final Declaration from High-Level Meeting Encourages All Countries to Develop Drought Management Policies

Asia Pacific Experts Group Develops Plan to Cooperate to Combat Illegal Logging

UNCCD, WMO Launch Global Campaign for Drought Mitigation

ITTO-CITES Informs on Programme to Implement CITES Listings of Tropical Tree Species

International Land Coalition Launches Initiative to Promote Innovation

UNCCD Expert Group on Impact Indicators Discusses Outputs

Intergovernmental Organizations
UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on UNEP Governing Council Designation

UN Women Executive Director Intends to Step Down

UNDP Holds Second Conference on Measuring Human Progress

Trade, Finance & Investment
EBRD Seminar Discusses Second Generation Biofuels

IDB Launches Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program in Latin America and the Caribbean

GEF SGP Implements Community Based Adaptation Portfolio in Caribbean SIDS

WIPO Conference Discusses Intellectual Property Policies in Africa

WTO Director General Says Growth Key in Post-2015 Agenda

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IUCN and ICSU Solicit Views on Stakeholder Engagement in IPBES

Ramsar, Arctic Council Conservation Programme Discuss Cooperation

FAO Circulates Proposed Amendments to CGRFA Rules of Procedure

ICCWC Offers Training on Combating Wildlife and Forest Crime in Asia

Eye on Earth Summit Concludes with Commitments on Biodiversity, Oceans and Water Security

TEEB for Business Coalition Tracks Progress on Natural Capital Accounting

Ministerial Roundtable Discusses Transnational Wildlife and Forest Crime

ICCWC Partners Meet at CITES CoP 16

Ramsar STRP Agrees on Draft Work Plan for 2013-2015

Chemicals Management
IKEA Announces BCtA Commitment to Use Better Cotton

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Discusses Implementation of Municipal Solid Waste Initiative

SPREP Launches Best Practice Waste Management Training in the Pacific

Basel ICC Releases Draft Guidance on National Reporting, Control System, and Illegal Traffic

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
GWP, WMO Launch Integrated Drought Management Programme at HMNDP

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Online Discussion on Disability in Post-2015 Development Agenda: 8-28 March 2013. virtual

E-discussion on Integrating Energy into Post-2015 Development Framework: 11-22 March 2013. virtual

Fourth Regional 3R Forum in Asia: 18-20 March 2013. Hanoi, Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Expert Group Meeting on Science and Sustainable Development Goals: 20-21 March 2013. New York City, US

Advancing the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda: Reconfirming Rights-Recognising Limits-Redefining Goals: 20-22 March 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

International Day of Forests: 21 March 2013. worldwide

High-Level Consultation on Water: 21-22 March 2013. The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Pacific Leaders Energy Summit: 21-22 March 2013. Nukualofa, Tongatapu, Tonga

World Water Day 2013: 22 March 2013. worldwide

Pacific Energy Summit: 24-27 March 2013. Auckland, New Zealand

UNFCCC Expert Meeting on Technology Roadmaps: 25 March 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Fourth Meeting of High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 25-27 March 2013. Bali, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia

Fifth Meeting of the Technology Executive Committee: 26-27 March 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Resumed Seventh Meeting of the ITPGR Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy: 26-27 March 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

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