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Issue #212 | 8 August 2013

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Editor's Note
New Partnerships
IISD Reporting Services is pleased to announce two new partnerships for our knowledge management projects. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Building an Effective Future-proof International Chemicals and Waste Regime
Convening three independent treaty conferences at the same time was an unprecedented step, not only for the chemicals and waste regime but also for broader international environmental governance. More.
Franz Perrez, Ambassador, Head of International Affairs Division of Switzerland’s Federal Office for the Environment, President of COP 11 of the Basel Convention.

Harnessing Diversity by Connecting People is the Key to Climate Adaptation in Agriculture
Climate change is affecting agriculture already in a measurable degree and has serious consequences for global food security and poverty. More.
Emile Frison, Director General of Bioversity International, Jacob van Etten, Senior Scientist, Theme Leader Climate Change Adaptation, Bioversity International

New Reports and Resources
Biomass Potential in Africa

Indigenous Peoples' Rights to Lands, Territories and Resources

ICT, Climate Change and Green Growth

UNEP Post-2015 Discussion Paper I: Embedding the Environment in SDGs

Toward a Sustainable Energy Future for All: Directions for the World Bank Group's Energy Sector

Agricultural Water Storage in an Era of Climate Change: Assessing Need and Effectiveness in Africa

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
AIMS States Outline Post-2015 Priorities for SIDS

19 July 2013: The third and final Regional Preparatory meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place in Mahé, Seychelles, from 17-19 July 2013. The meeting for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and South China Sea (AIMS) SIDS concluded with the adoption of an outcome document detailing "regional priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS (post-2015)." More.

Photo: The “Family Photo” of Heads of Delegation with James Alix Michel, President of the Republic of Seychelles

First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance Considers Pathways for Mobilizing Climate Finance

17 July 2013: Participants at the First Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance (LTF) considered possible pathways for mobilizing scaled-up climate finance, parameters for identifying such pathways, and enabling environments and policy frameworks in the context of mobilization and effective deployment of climate finance in developing countries. More.

Photo: L-R: Naderev Saño, LTF Co-Chair, the Philippines, and Mark Storey, LTF Co-Chair, Sweden

Other News
Sustainable Development
OWG Issues Interim Progress Report

Japan, Partners Launch Research toward Post-2015 Development Agenda

UNEP Hosts Conference on Intergenerational Equity

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
CIFOR Database Provides Insights into Forest Carbon Pools

Global Soil Partnership Discusses Direction for Partnership

Expert Groups on Indicators, Scientific Advice Send Recommendations to UNCCD COP

Theme Selected for UNCCD COP 11

Caux Dialogue Explores Links between Land and Human Security

UNCCD, IUCN Sign Joint Plan of Action

Climate and Atmosphere
IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions

MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

US, China Agree on Climate Change Mitigation Actions

CCCCC Launches Online Climate Risk Management Tool for the Caribbean

Human Development
First Joint Meeting Discusses AIDS in Post-2015 Agenda

Caribbean Dialogue Discusses HLP Report, Post-2015 Agenda

Draft Outcome Circulated for Special Event on MDGs

UNSG Receives CSO Letter on HLP Report

UNGA President Issues Summary of Panel on Migrant Rights and Well-being

CARICOM Countries to Establish Task Force on Post-2015 Agenda, SDGs

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNEP Announces Drylands Partnership with UNCCD and Elion Foundation

Global Initiative Bridges Agriculture and Biodiversity Conservation

CITES Assists Five Caribbean Countries with Legislative Reforms

IPBES Releases First Bureau and MEP Meeting Report

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
ECLAC Meeting Examines Tariff, Regulatory Policy in the Context of Water and Sanitation MDGs

EU Council Adopts Conclusions on Water Diplomacy

UN-Water Launches Country Briefs

Intergovernmental Organizations
Caribbean Workshop Examines Potential NAMAs in Agriculture and Energy

UN Names Next UNEP Deputy Executive Director

ECOSOC Holds 2013 Substantive Session, Suspends Negotiations on Ministerial Declaration

CCAC to Fund Clean Cook Stoves, Brick Kilns Clean Ups, and Landfill Emissions Cuts

ECOSOC Launches Beijing+20 Review Process

ECOSOC Substantive Session Highlights Science and Culture

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Global Economic Governance

Trade, Finance & Investment
Caribbean Development Bank Launches DRR and Adaptation Fund

IFIs Offer Support for Global Partnership to Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Chemicals Management
UNITAR Assists Burkina Faso in Launching SAICM Project

UNIDO Spotlights Assistance to Mongolia in PCB Disposal

UNIDO Partners with Japanese Eco-City to Train Environmental Managers

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Interactive Dialogue on International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: 9 August 2013. New York City, US

Second Meeting of Experts on Long-term Finance: 19-20 August 2013. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to Study Issues Relating to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity Beyond Areas of National Jurisdiction: 19-23 August 2013. New York City, US

High-Level International Conference on Water Cooperation: 20-21 August 2013. Dushanbe, Kuhistoni Badakhshon, Tajikistan

First Africa Food Security Conference: 20-21 August 2013. Nairobi, Kenya

Expert Workshop on the Conceptual Framework for IPBES: 25-26 August 2013. Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Asia-Pacific Ministerial Dialogue on Post-2015: 26-27 August 2013. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

SIDS Conference - Interregional Preparatory Meeting: 26-28 August 2013. Barbados

Regional Workshop on the Prosecution of Illegal Traffic of Hazardous Wastes and Other Wastes: 28-29 August 2013. Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina

Latin American Carbon Forum 2013: 28-30 August 2013. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

First Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing: 28-30 August 2013. New York City, US

World Water Week 2013: 1-6 September 2013. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

44th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting: 3-6 September 2013. Majuro, Marshall Islands

Expert Group Meeting on Science-Policy Interface: 5 September 2013. New York City, US

2013 G20 Leaders Summit: 5-6 September 2013. Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) will be reporting from the First Africa Food Security Conference – “Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa,” from 20-21 August 2013, from Nairobi, Kenya

First Africa Food Security Conference – “Harnessing Ecosystem based Approaches for Food Security and Adaptation to Climate Change in Africa”

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