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Issue #207 | 10 May 2013

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Editor's Note
Gathering Views for 2015 Targets and Goals
As we move further into 2013, consultations for key decision points in 2015 continue at a steady pace. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
CITES at 40 Marks a Major Decision Point for Sharks, Trees, Snakes, Turtles and other Wildlife Species
The 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP16) held March 2013 in Bangkok, will be remembered as a defining moment in the 40 year history of the Convention. More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

The New CILSS Climate Change and Sustainable Land Management Platform
The Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (Comité permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la Sécheresse dans le Sahel; CILSS in French) was created in 1973, after the devastating droughts that hit the region. More.
Mohamed Yahya Ould Mahmoud, Director General of AGRHYMET Regional Center, a CILSS Technical Institution

New Reports and Resources
REDD+ in a Green Economy: Draft Study Proposal for the International Resource Panel

Soil Atlas of Africa

WMO Statement on the Status of the Global Climate 2012

Report on National GHG Emissions Baseline Scenarios

Integrating Gender Considerations into Energy Operations

The Ethical Implications of Global Climate Change

Water Quality and Health Strategy: 2013-2020

International Aid Transparency Initiative Annual Report 2013

Climate Change Fuelling Resource-Based Conflicts in the Asia-Pacific

Global Action to Advance Carbon Capture and Storage

The Health Impacts of Climate Change in Asia-Pacific

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
Pilot Program for Climate Resilience Meeting Discusses Monitoring and Reporting Systems

3 May 2013: Over 70 participants attended the seventh meeting of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) for pilot countries and participating regions, which provided countries and regional organizations with opportunities to share challenges and experiences in implementing their programmes to enhance climate resilient development. More.

Photo: Andrea Kutter, PPCR Senior Program Coordinator, CIF, delivering closing remarks.

ADP Continues Discussing Elements for a 2015 Agreement and Pre-2020 Ambition

6 May 2013: “Countries discussed concrete solutions to speed up and scale up action and they are committed to sticking to their own timetable,” said Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, reporting on discussions held during the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2). More.

Photo: A view of the plenary hall in the World Conference Center Bonn.

Transport Forum Considers Next Generation Transport Systems in Asia

25 April 2013: The Seventh Regional Environmentally Sustainable Transport Forum in Asia and the Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda considered the theme 'Next Generation Transport Systems We Want for the 21st Century ~ Looking Beyond Rio+20.' Delegates adopted the “Bali Declaration on Vision Three Zeros: Zero Congestion, Zero Pollution and Zero Accidents towards Next Generation Transport Systems in Asia.” More.

Asia-Pacific RIM Discusses Rio+20 Follow-up

24 April 2013: The Asian and Pacific Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Rio+20 Outcomes discussed regional perspectives and follow-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), such as the establishment of a high-level political forum (HLPF) to replace the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and the development of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Workshop Makes Recommendations for Next Inclusive Wealth Report

DESA Releases Information on Global Sustainable Development Report 2013

Commonwealth Leaders of Micro-States Discuss Challenges in Delivering Sustainable Development

HLPF Consultations Address Institutional "Home"

LAC Countries Approve Action Plan on Principle 10

ECOSOC Partnership Forum Discusses Innovation for Sustainable Development

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD Executive Secretary Stresses Need for Goal on Land Degradation Neutral World

FAO Council Approves Partnership Strategies and Names 2015 International Year of Soils

Trade, Finance & Investment
IMF/World Bank 2013 Spring Meetings Focus on Extreme Poverty Eradication

African Development Bank to Host SE4All's Africa Hub

ESMAP Annual Report Highlights 2012 Work on SE4ALL, Low Carbon Growth

Climate and Atmosphere
CIF Increases Support to Solar Energy, Establishes Index of the Business Environment for Energy

Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change Focuses on Mainstreaming

IPCC Opens Review of the Second Order Draft of the KP Supplement

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNESCO, CITES and UNEP Draw Spotlight on the Need to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trade

UNODC Underscores Rule of Law for Sustainable Development

UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Adopts Draft Resolution on Wildlife Crime

WIPO IGC Advances Draft on Traditional Knowledge

Draft Strategic Plan for Migratory Species Released for Comments

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Romania and Bulgaria Designate Transboundary Ramsar Sites

UAE Designates Wetland in Abu Dhabi as Fourth Ramsar Site

New Ramsar Secretary General Appointed

Riparian States Address Green Growth in Aral Sea Basin

Chemicals Management
Three Chemicals Conventions Open Joint COPs

Human Development
Member States Urged to Hold National Consultations on Disability and Development

UNSG, Member States Consider Strategies to Meet Health MDGs

World Bank Analysis Shows Fragile States Meeting MDGs

UN Prepares for High-level Dialogue on Migration and Development

UN Launches Zero Hunger Challenge for Asia-Pacific

Parliamentarian-CSO Forum Adopts Third Asia-Pacific Declaration on MDGs, Post-2015 Agenda

Intergovernmental Organizations
Global Compact Board Prepares for Leaders Summit

UN Complaints Mechanism on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Enters into Force

CFS Briefing Highlights Food Security, Nutrition in Post-2015 Agenda

CGIAR Creates Open Access to Agriculture Information

UNICEF, WHO Launch Plan to Tackle Sanitation and Health

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Coordinated Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions: 28 April - 10 May 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Environmental Sustainability E-discussion: Role of Private Sector/Markets: 29 April - 12 May 2013. virtual

World Migratory Bird Day 2013: 11-12 May 2013. worldwide

ECOSOC Integration Meeting on Achieving Sustainable Development: Integrating the Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions: 13 May 2013. New York City, US

Fifth Meeting of High-Level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 13-15 May 2013. New York City, US

Environmental Sustainability E-discussion: Translating Global Commons and Universal Agenda to Local Action and Context: 13-26 May 2013. virtual

ICAO Symposium on Aviation and Climate Change: 14-16 May 2013. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

EGM on Foresight and SIDS: 14-16 May 2013. Cambridge, England, UK

65th Session of the WMO Executive Council Session: 15-23 May 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

UNGA Thematic Debate: Sustainable Development and Climate Change: Practical Solutions in the Water-Energy Nexus: 16 May 2013. New York City, US

2nd Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) and Technical Workshops: 16-20 May 2013. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: 19-23 May 2013. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

21st African Union Summit: 19-27 May 2013. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Twelfth Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: 20-31 May 2013. New York City, US

2013 International Hydropower Association World Congress: 21-24 May 2013. Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

International Day for Biological Diversity 2013: 22 May 2013. worldwide

Third Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs: 22-24 May 2013. New York City, US

Expert Group Meeting on Innovative Ways of Measuring Sustainable Development Progress: 26-27 May 2013. Lund, Skane Lan, Sweden

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) will be reporting from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Meeting on Achieving Sustainable Development: Integrating the Social, Economic and Environmental Dimensions, on 13 May 2013, from the UN Headquarters, New York, US .

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