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Editor's Note: Summer Reading Highlights 

Issue #213 | 5 September 2013

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By: Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD <>

This issue of Linkages Update will help you catch up on what you may have missed while out of the office during the Northern summer month of August.

Although the number of out of office replies that our listservs received indicated that many of you were on holiday, a number of events following up on the outcome from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) convened in August:

  • The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) sought to develop the document that would form the basis of the negotiating text in the lead-up to the Third International Conference on SIDS in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, which was called for at Rio+20. Negotiations on the outcome document did not reach consensus, however, so the IPM was suspended and will resume negotiations, with an aim to adopt the outcome document before the conclusion of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly later this month.
  • The sixth meeting of the 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 (BBNJ) convened in light of the Rio+20 outcome, which contains a commitment to address on an urgent basis, building on the work of the Working Group, the issue of BBNJ including by taking a decision on the development of an international instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) before the end of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly. Delegates agreed to establish a preparatory process in the Working Group to fulfill the Rio+20 commitment by focusing on the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument under UNCLOS.
  • The first meeting of the UN Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing, which was created based on the Rio+20 mandate to identify options for a sustainable development financing strategy, discussed modalities for its work, an outreach strategy for communication with the UN General Assembly and stakeholders, and ways to organize itself for future sessions.
  • And UN Member States resumed consultations on the process to review implementation of the UN General Assembly resolution on strengthening the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Among other key events in August, recommended reading includes our summary of the second of three Meetings of Experts on Long-term Finance (LTF), which focused on aspects of the extended work programme on LTF under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The final wrap-up meeting on the extended work programme will take place from 10-12 September, and will be followed by the submission of a report by the LTF Co-Chairs on the outcomes of the extended work programme to the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013.

We hope you have all had a chance to rest during the slower Northern summer, and we look forward to seeing many of you out on the road during the coming, busy final four months of 2013.