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Issue #205 | 4 April 2013

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Editor's Note
Cooperation and Conventions
The form of international cooperation on sustainable development issues has featured in a number of discussions over the last fortnight. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The UNESCO World Heritage Marine Programme: A Community of Managers Driving Change in Ocean Conservation
The 1972 World Heritage Convention is founded on the premise that certain places on our planet are of Outstanding Universal Value and as such, should form part of the common heritage of humankind. More.
Dr. Fanny Douvere, Coordinator, UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Marine Programme

New Reports and Resources
Sustainable Development, Decent Work, and Green Jobs

A Renewed Global Partnership for Development

IEA 2012 Annual Report

2012 Global Food Policy Report

Forests and Economic Development: A Driver for the Green Economy in the ECE Region

Inclusive Future: Inequality, Inclusive Growth and the Post-2015 Framework

Collaborative Conflict Management for Enhanced National Forest Programmes

Water: Catalyst for Cooperation

Post-2015: Framing a New Approach to Sustainable Development

Forests and Water: International Momentum and Action

The Global Conversation Begins: Emerging Views for a New Development Agenda

Rationale of the Strategic Framework on Mediterranean Forests

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
UNFCCC TEC Holds Meeting on Technology Roadmaps, Plans Technology Briefs

27 March 2013: An expert meeting on technology roadmaps (TRMs) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technology Executive Committee (TEC) preceded the fifth meeting of the TEC. The meetings saw presentations and discussions on experiences with TRMs and other planning tools such as Technology Needs Assessments, and how to ensure their complementarity with one another, as well as balance between planning for mitigation and adaptation technologies. More.

High-Level Meeting Sends Water Outcomes to HLP, OWG

22 March 2013: Participants at the High-Level Meeting of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda discussed and endorsed the Consultation's outcomes, as presented in the “Advance Summary of the Consultation's Synthesis Report,” for submission to the UN High-level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) and the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.

L-R: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, and Chair, High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda; and HRH Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange, the Netherlands, and Chair, UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation

Asia-Pacific 3R Forum Adopts Waste Management Goals

20 March 2013: The Fourth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific addressed the theme of “3Rs in the Context of the Rio+20 Outcomes – The Future We Want.” The meeting focused on waste minimization, reuse and recycling issues in various sectors, including agriculture, industry and energy. It also adopted the Ha Noi 3R Declaration, which sets out 30 waste management goals to be achieved by 2023. More.

Thematic Consultation on Environmental Sustainability Culminates in Leadership Meeting

19 March 2013: The Global Thematic Consultation on Environmental Sustainability culminated in a Leadership Meeting in San José, Costa Rica, which aimed to stimulate creative thinking on how to best reflect environmental sustainability in a multi-dimensional context within the post-2015 agenda. More.

Consultation on Education Culminates in a High-level Meeting, Agrees Overarching Education Goal

19 March 2013: The Global Thematic Consultation on Education culminated in a High-level Meeting (HLM) in Dakar, Senegal, during which participants agreed on an overarching education goal of “equitable quality lifelong learning for all.” More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
ECOSOC Youth Forum Discusses Shaping Tomorrow's Innovators

UNGA Holds Third Informal Consultation on HLPF

Experts Provide Input on SDGs

Chemicals Management
GEF Approves Projects to Update POPs NIPs in Lesotho, Mexico, Central African Republic and Lao PDR

Sustainable Waste Management in SIDS Discussed at 3R Forum

SAICM Quick Start Programme Executive Board Agrees to Increase Funding Opportunities for NGOs

Afghanistan and Cambodia Accede to the Rotterdam Convention

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD Responds to Withdrawal of Canada

Agendas for UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, CST S-3 and CRIC 11 Available

First International Day of Forests Celebrated

Events and Publications Mark First International Day of Forests

Climate and Atmosphere
Pacific Energy Summit Secures Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Funding

IPCC Calls for Review of Draft WGII Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report

Afghanistan Joins Kyoto Protocol

UNESCO-Backed Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts in Asian Mountains

World Meteorological Day Highlights Impacts of Weather Extremes

Arab Region DRR Conference Calls for Emphasis on Climate Resilience

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Angola, Namibia and South Africa Sign Convention on Ocean Governance

UNFCCC Workshop Addresses Ecosystem-based Approaches for Adaptation

Trade, Finance & Investment
Fifth BRICS Summit Discusses Partnership for Development in Africa

World Bank Supports Solar PV and Green Building Projects in China

Human Development
CSO Conference Develops Outcome Documents on Post-2015 Agenda

UNSG Calls for Inclusive, Sustainable Human Development on First International Day of Happiness

Intergovernmental Organizations
HLP Calls for Global Governance Reform, Highlights Financing Needs

UN Secretary-General Outlines Health Components of Post-2015 Agenda

ECOWAS, SEAD Start Activities under Partnership for Energy Efficiency Appliance Standards

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Blue Carbon Initiative Launches New Website

UNDP Highlights Water Cooperation Projects Around the World

UNESCO Holds Fifth Regional Groundwater Governance Consultation for UNECE Region

UN Deputy Secretary-General Launches Call to Action on Sanitation

UN Celebrates World Water Day with High-Level Interactive Dialogue

Key meetings in the next two weeks
High-level Political Forum Expert Group Meeting: 3-4 April 2013. New York City, US

First Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of GEF Resources (GEF-6): 3-4 April 2013. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

INC-Forests3 Resumed Session: 3-5 April 2013. Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

High-Level Consultation on Food and Nutrition: 4 April 2013. Madrid, Spain

2013 Global Forum on Development: 4-5 April 2013. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Third Meeting of Signatories to UNEP/CMS MoU on Middle-European Population of Great Bustard: 8-12 April 2013. Szarvas, Békés, Hungary

UNFF 10: 8-19 April 2013. Istanbul, Turkey

High-level Meeting on Energy and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 9 April 2013. Oslo, Norway

65th session of UN Economic Commission for Europe: 9-11 April 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference and CST S-3: 9-12 April 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

14th Regular Session of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture : 15-19 April 2013. Rome, Lazio, Italy

UNCCD CRIC 11: 15-19 April 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial: 17-18 April 2013. New Delhi, Delhi, India

Post-2015 Development Agenda Meeting Reporting

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