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Issue #208 | 22 May 2013

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Editor's Note
M(S)DGs Consultations and Recommendations
Key events during the next fortnight will provide the next step in bringing together numerous consultations on the post-2015 development agenda. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Natural Solutions for Water Security

Arctic Biodiversity Assessment

World Health Statistics 2013

Water Finance: Preparing for the Next Critical Juncture

Ridge to Reef: Protecting Water Quality from Source to Sea

Green Economy and Trade: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities

Global Assessments and Guidelines for Sustainable Liquid Biofuel Production in Developing Countries

Progress on Sanitation and Drinking-Water

Food Security and Nutrition: The Role of Forests

LDC's View on LULUCF

Approaches to Benefit Sharing: A Preliminary Comparative Analysis of 13 REDD+ Countries

Towards Transformational Change

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
ECOSOC Considers Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development

13 May 2013: The 2013 Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Integration Meeting convened on the topic of 'Achieving sustainable development: Integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions,' during which participants examined how science, technology and innovation (STI) can contribute to strengthening the science-policy interface and integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development so as to implement triple-win solutions, with a specific focus on the themes of sustainable energy and agriculture. More.

Photo: The meeting took place in the newly renovated ECOSOC Chamber.

Geneva Synergy Meetings Reach Over 40 Decisions

10 May 2013: Negotiations during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (BC COP11), the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (RC COP6), the sixth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (SC COP6), and the second simultaneous extraordinary meetings of the Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions (ExCOPs2) focused on, inter alia: joint activities among the conventions; progress on enhancing cooperation and coordination among the three conventions; identifying new concrete areas where synergies could be achieved; and convention-specific issues. More.

Photo: BC COP11 President Franz Perrez (Switzerland), RC COP6 President Magdalena Balicka (Poland), SC COP6 President Osvaldo Patricio Álvarez (Chile) and Executive Secretary of the Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam Conventions Jim Willis cut the ribbon for the inauguration of the Regional Fair with the theme “Synergies through regional delivery.”

Other News
Sustainable Development
Report on Strengthening ECOSOC Highlights Need for "Transformative Vision"

UN Secretary-General Reports on Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in UN System

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CITES Receives National Ivory Action Plans and Recommends Suspension of Trade with Guinea

CITES Highlights Cooperation with WCO in Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

World Migratory Bird Day 2013 Marks the Importance of Ecological Networks

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
12th CBFP Meeting Focuses on Gender Mainstreaming

FAO Conference Examines Role of Forests in Food Security

CIFOR, ICRAF, Bioversity say Landscape-Level Approaches to Forestry and Food Security Crucial

ITTO and Government of Japan to Fund Forest Rehabilitation in Côte d'Ivoire

UNCCD Names New Drylands Ambassador

Climate and Atmosphere
EEA Study Highlights Green Growth Benefits of Environmental Tax Reform

First SIDS DOCK Pacific Meeting Reviews Progress

Adaptation Fund Calls for Comments on Project Proposals

Observed Carbon Dioxide Concentrations Reach 400 Parts Per Million Threshold

Workshop on Tracking Mitigation Actions Strengthens Interactions Among African Countries

Fourth Petersberg Climate Dialogue Prepares for COP 19

CCAFS Opens Southeast Asia Hub for Climate-Smart Agriculture Research

UNFCCC COP 19 President Designated

Trade, Finance & Investment
Brazilian Diplomat Succeeds Pascal Lamy as WTO Head

WEF on Africa Addresses Sustainable Growth and Inclusive Development

Chemicals Management
GEF Launches Documentary on Toxic Clean-up Efforts

Human Development
UNGA Discusses Climate Change and Energy-Water Nexus in Post-2015 Context

HLP 5 Reviews Second Report Draft

Washington Communique Calls on HLP to Address Fragility

HLP Releases Progress Update

ILO Paper Suggests Post-2015 Targets and Indicators on Jobs and Livelihoods

Experts Discuss Needs, Options for Intergenerational Solidarity

Intergovernmental Organizations
WSIS Forum Recognizes Role of ICTs in Smart Climate Monitoring, Post-2015 Agenda

MY World Voters Prioritize Education, Health Care, Good Government

CEB Updates ECOSOC on Post-2015 Work, Strategic Plans

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
GEF's IWRM Releases Progress Snapshots on Fiji, Majuro Atoll, Samoa, Niue and Palau

Azerbaijan, Georgia Make Progress Towards the Joint Sustainable Management of Kura River

Key meetings in the next two weeks
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

Soil Carbon Sequestration: A Solution for Climate, Food Security and Ecosystem Services: 26-29 May 2013. Reykjavik, Iceland

The Asian and Pacific Energy Forum (APEF 2013): 27-30 May 2013. Vladivostok, Primor'Ye, Russian Federation

Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity: Ecology and Economy for a Sustainable Society: 27-31 May 2013. Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway

First Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance: 28 May 2013. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

OECD Forum 2013: 28-29 May 2013. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Vienna Energy Forum 2013: 28-30 May 2013. Vienna, Wien, Austria

ESCWA Regional Implementation Meeting: 29-30 May 2013. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Submission and Briefings on Final Report of High-level Panel: 30-31 May 2013. New York City, US

TICAD V: 1-3 June 2013. Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies June 2013: 3-14 June 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

ISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) is reporting from the International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower 2013, from 21-24 May 2013, from Kuching, Malaysia.

International Hydropower Association (IHA) World Congress on Advancing Sustainable Hydropower 2013

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