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Issue #217 | 19 December 2013

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Editor's Note
Looking Back and Looking Forward
A number of the news stories in this issue of Linkages Update suggest that, while 2013 was an extremely busy year for sustainable development policy makers, 2014 is shaping up to be even busier. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Building on a Firm Foundation: Land and Soils in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Unlike the recently concluded climate change conference in Warsaw, the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in September generated few headlines. More.
Luc Gnacadja, Former Executive Secretary, UNCCD

Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development in a Post-2015 World
In designing the new global framework that will create the world for our future generations, the international community has an extraordinary albeit daunting opportunity at hand. More.
Li Yong, Director General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

New Reports and Resources
World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014: Chapter 1: Global Economic Outlook

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2013

Smart Grids and Renewables– A Guide for Effective Deployment

The Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2014

Key Outcomes and Recommendations from the Forum for Deepening Parliamentary Engagement with the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Arab Region Atlas of Our Changing Environment

World Resources Report 2013-2014: Creating a Sustainable Food Future

The Story Behind the Success: Ten Case Studies Identifying What Led to Uptake of Research for Development

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
IPBES-2 Adopts the Antalya Consensus, Appoints First Executive Secretary

14 December 2013: The second session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-2) concluded with the adoption of the Antalya Consensus, a set of decisions detailing the Platform's work programme, operating procedures and relationship with the UN. The Plenary also announced the appointment of Anne Larigauderie as the first IPBES Executive Secretary. More.

Photo: L-R: Robert Watson, Bureau member; Anne Larigauderie, incoming IPBES Executive Secretary; IPBES Chair Abdul Hamid Zakri; Leonel Sierralta, Bureau member; and MEP Co-Chair Mark Lonsdale

Metsä2013 Adopts the Rovaniemi Action Plan

13 December 2013: Metsä2013, the Joint Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) European Forestry Commission (EFC) announced the adoption of the 'Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy.' More.

Photo: A band opened the session, singing traditional Sàmi songs around Santa Claus.

OWG 6 Addresses MOI, Partnerships, Human Rights

13 December 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) held its sixth session to discuss: means of implementation (MOI, especially science and technology, knowledge-sharing and capacity building); global partnership for achieving sustainable development; needs of countries in special situations, African countries, least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), and small island developing States (SIDS), as well as specific challenges facing the middle-income countries; and human rights, the right to development, and global governance. More.

Photo: Co-Chairs Csaba Kőrösi and Macharia Kamau, shaking hands at the end of the Session.

VANTAGE Conference Recommends Increased Natural Capital Valuation in Africa

6 December 2013: Participants at the International Conference on Valuation and Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) in Africa agreed on a draft outcome document that takes stock of progress on natural wealth valuation and accounting, and formulates recommendations on increasing implementation of VANTAGE in Africa. More.

OWG 5 Considers Macro-economic Policy and Energy Themes

27 November 2013: Participants at the fifth session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed the thematic issues of: (a) sustained and inclusive economic growth, macroeconomic policy questions (including international trade, international financial system and external debt sustainability), infrastructure development and industrialization, and (b) energy. More.

Parties to Protocol on Water and Health Discuss Programme of Work, Equitable Access

27 November 2013: The third session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 3) to the Protocol on Water and Health to the UN Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was organized by the UNECE and the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
ECOSOC Bureau Proposes Theme for 2014 Segment

Preparatory Process Approved for Third SIDS Conference

SD Financing Committee Issues Summary of Second Meeting

OWG Holds Informal Meeting on Measuring Progress

Experts Discuss Science, Technology for SDGs

Experts Discuss Urban SDG Targets

ICSDF Briefs Stakeholders, Hears Civil Society Proposals

17 Countries Adopt Lima Vision for LAC Instrument on Access Rights

Post-2015 Development Agenda
UN Group Proposes Migration-Related Targets in New Agenda

UNDG Announces Second Round of Post-2015 Consultations

CWD Recommends Gender Pillar for Africa's Common Position

Participants at Sustainable Cities Days Recommend Urban SDG

g7+ Welcomes New Support for Fragile States

Stakeholders Call for Gender Equality Goal

Sustainable Energy
ADB, Australia and Cambodia Sign Grant Agreement for Cookstoves, Rural Electrification

SE4ALL Workshop Discusses Utility-Scale Concentrated Solar Power for Developing Countries

ESMAP Event Considers How to Hasten Progress on SE4ALL Goals

SE4ALL Launches Finance Committee to Mobilize Funds

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Central African Biodiversity Working Group Discusses CBD and IPBES-Related Issues

Biosafety Supplementary Protocol Reaches Half-way Mark in Ratifications for Entry into Force

UNODC Develops Guidelines for Ivory Sampling to Combat Illegal Trade

Polar Bear Forum Adopts Declaration, Commits to Completion of 2015 Circumpolar Action Plan

Plan of Action Calls for Sustainable and Legal Use of Migratory Birds in Egypt and Libya

CMS StC41 Discusses Future and Implementation of Priority Activities

CITES Announces Smart Tool to Support the Tracking and Sustainable Use of Endangered Snakes

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD GM Launches Support for Local Sustainable Development in Africa

European Forest Week Highlights Forests in the Green Economy

UNCCD's GM and IOM Collaborate on Land Degradation and Migration in West Africa

ITTC Reviews Project Implementation and Receives Funding Pledges for ITTO

CGIAR Institutions Enacting Open Access and Data Management Policy

Chemicals Management
Basel and Stockholm Regional Centres Discuss Performance and Sustainability

SAICM Africa Meeting Calls on GEF to Allocate Resources for Implementation

Climate and Atmosphere
Panama's UN-REDD Programme Resumes with Renewed Focus on Indigenous Rights

Elysée Summit on Africa Adopts Declaration on Peace and Security, Climate Change

Global Conference Paves the Way to an Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture

Transport NAMA Database Prototype Launched

African Countries to Bolster Private Sector's Role in Climate Action

Mexico Launches Voluntary Carbon Credit Exchange

ECPA Newsletter Highlights Clean Energy, Sustainable Cities, Climate Science Initiatives

Trade, Finance & Investment
High-level Panel Discusses Illicit Financial Flows from Africa

GEF, Montreal Protocol Support ODS Reduction Efforts in the Gambia

ADB, DFID and Rockefeller Foundation Launch Urban Climate Proofing Project

Gaborone Signatories Agree to Further Efforts on Valuing Natural Capital

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNECE, University of Geneva Conference Showcases Public Participation in Freshwater Resources

International Year of Water Cooperation Closes with Post-2015 Agenda Inputs

UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change

Barcelona Convention Parties Adopt Declaration on Marine Environment

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Global E-Consultation: Promoting Equality, Including Social Equity: 16 M 2013 - 20 January 2014. virtual

Seventh Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 7): 6-10 January 2014. New York City, US

2014 UN-Water International Zaragoza Conference: 13-16 January 2014. Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Ministerial Summit: 14-17 January 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Fourth Session of the IRENA Assembly: 18-19 January 2014. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) will cover the Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X) and 2014 GEO Ministerial Summit, from 14-17 January 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland

Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-X) and 2014 GEO Ministerial Summit

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