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Issue #219 | 12 February 2014

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Editor's Note
The Nexus Narrative
During the more than twenty years that the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) has been tracking and reporting the “real-time” story of sustainable development, we have seen the elaboration of a number of narratives in sustainable development policy making. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
An Overview of the GEF's Funding for Chemicals
The Global Environment Facility's (GEF's) involvement in supporting chemicals, including mercury projects, dates back to 1995 when the GEF Council recognized the global significance of problems posed by persistent toxic substances (PTS), with the development of a portfolio of strategically designed projects. More.
Ibrahima Sow, Chemicals Cluster Coordinator, Global Environment Facility

Donors are Improving Information, Policy and Action for Better Land Rights: A New Global Database and Common Ground for the Post-2015 Development Agenda
In many emerging economies, land remains a largely unprotected asset, one that lacks documented tenure and property rights. More.
Iris Krebber, Senior Land Policy Lead, DFID and Chair, Global Donor Group on Land

Policy Brief
International Wildlife Crime: An IISD Overview of Recent Events
In recent months, as headlines and reporting in the biodiversity sphere have increasingly focused on the waning status of flagship species of rhinoceros, elephants and apes, a number of international actors have undertaken a flurry of activity and first-ever steps to address the issue of wildlife crime. More.
Lauren Anderson, Content Editor, Biodiversity, Forests, Land and Water (US)

New Reports and Resources
Stimulating Interim Demand for REDD+ Emission Reductions: The Need for a Strategic Intervention from 2015 to 2020

Climate Action in Megacities 2.0

From the Bottom Up: How Small Power Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa

Fish to 2030 Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture

A Post-2015 Global Goal for Water: Synthesis of Key Findings and Recommendations from UN-Water

International Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management

Achieving Sustainable Development: The Energy Investment Challenge

Desertification: The Invisible Frontline

Post 2015: How to Design Goals for (Inter)National Action

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
OWG Completes Stocktaking Phase

7 February 2014: During the eighth and final stocktaking meeting of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), delegates focused on: oceans and seas, forests, and biodiversity; promoting equality, including social equity, gender equality and women's empowerment; and conflict prevention, post-conflict peacebuilding and the promotion of durable peace, rule of law and governance. Delegates emphasized that oceans, seas and forests account for a large percentage of global biodiversity, and noted the importance of each of these topics for poverty alleviation, food security, water quality and other development objectives. During discussions on equity and gender equality, and conflict and rule of law, participants highlighted that these issues are integral components of sustainable development. Past, unresolved debates over these issues and their underlying implications for sovereignty, the international structure, and resource flows revealed that the Group's task over the upcoming five decision-making meetings will be complex and will require careful navigation to maintain the spirit of what Co-Chair Macharia Kamau called “our lovely OWG.” More.

Photo: OWG Co-Chair Csaba Kőrösi

Other News
Sustainable Development
Delhi Sustainable Development Summit Discusses Energy, Water and Food Security

SD Financing Committee Invites Input on Institutional Arrangements, Governance

Workshop Considers Governance of and for SDGs

Pacific SIDS Recommend Oceans SDG

UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting

GGKP Launches Green Growth Knowledge-Sharing Website

UNEP Live Data Platform Launched

Climate and Atmosphere
CCAFS Re-Launches 'Big Facts' Website on Climate Change and Agriculture

2013 Among the Warmest on Record: WMO Reports

Former New York City Mayor Appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change

IPCC Report Finds Warming Unequivocal, Human Influence Dominant Cause

World Economic Forum Focuses on Climate Change, Post-2015

World Economic Forum Session Focuses on Short Lived Climate Pollutants

UNDP, Sweden Release Video on Climate Finance Management

Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project Seeks to Enable Countries to Grow Economies, Decrease Emissions

Chemicals Management
WBCSD Announces Agreement on Chemicals Project Workplan

SPREP Launches EU-Funded Waste Project

Basel Convention, WCO and UNEP-ROAP Seize Tons of Hazardous Waste

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Panel Discusses Illicit Financial Flows from Africa during US Visit

DESA, UNDP Launch E-Discussion on 2014 AMR

UNDP Meeting Identifies Data, Accountability Needs

Interactive Briefing Addresses Civil Society Involvement in Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA President Announces Organizational, Financing Steps towards Post-2015 Agenda

AU Adopts Common African Position on Post-2015

Sustainable Energy
First Two Years of SE4ALL Decade to Focus on Women, Energy and Health

Clean Cooking Loan Fund Launched

Munich Security Conference Addresses Energy and Climate Security

SLoCaT Partnership Annual Meeting Approves Work Programme, Formalizes Secretariat

EIB, Masdar to Fast-Track Clean Energy Investment

World Bank Launches 'Thirsty Energy' Initiative

Rural Energy Access Conference Addresses Problems of the Energy-Poor

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Wetlands Day Focuses on Agriculture

New Ramsar Secretary General Outlines Vision for the Future of Wetlands

January 2014 Global Water Partnership Update

Blue Economy Summit Adopts Abu Dhabi Declaration

UN-Water Highlights Water and Energy Nexus at Zaragoza Conference

Trade, Finance & Investment
Guyana, Norway Lead Consultations on Third FFD Conference

World Bank Launches City Climate Accreditation Program

January 2014 Climate Finance Update

World Bank, Canada Launch Caribbean Climate Innovation Center

January 2014 Water Finance Update

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CMS, IRENA and BirdLife Studying Impacts of Renewable Energy on Migratory Species

TEEB Launches Study on Ecosystems, Agriculture and Food

Republic of Korea and FAO Collaborate on Sustainable Fisheries

UN Security Council Sanctions Target Groups Financed through Poaching and Illegal Trade in Wildlife

ABS Protocol Reaches 29 Ratifications

ITPGR Secretariat Holds Event on Benefit-sharing During International Green Week

CITES and ITC Announce Partnership to Support Community-focused, Legal Wildlife Trade

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD CRIC Bureau Sets Date for Submission of National Reports

UNCCD CSO Panel Outlines 2014 Work Programme

Global Donor Platform Brief Addresses Land in a Post-2015 Development Framework

UNECE/FAO Workshop Ties Forests to the SDGs

Views on the Future of the IAF Presented

Land Matrix Project Documents Use of Transparent Data for Decision-Making

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Second High Level Meeting of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership: 11-13 February 2014. Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia

Global Workshop on the Facilitation of Entry into Force of the Ban Amendment: 17-18 February 2014. Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

Water, Sanitation and Sustainable Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 18-19 February 2014. New York City, US

Sixth Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board: 19-21 February 2014. Indonesia

Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for 3rd International Conference on SIDS: 24-26 February 2014. New York City, US

ICNP 3: 24-28 February 2014. Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea

Open Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group of the UNFF on the IAF: 24-28 February 2014. Nairobi, Kenya

Ninth Session of the Open Working Group on SDGs: 3-5 March 2014. New York City, US

Third Session of Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing: 3-7 March 2014. New York City, US

Latin American Workshop on Law of International Waters: 3-7 March 2014. Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) is covering the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership (AEEP) - “Taking the Next Step: Africa and the EU are tackling energy challenges together,”
from 11-13 February 2014, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


IISD RS will cover the Third Meeting of the Open-ended Ad-Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol (ICNP-3) on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
from 24-28 February 2014, from Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea


IISD RS will cover the Bonn Climate Change Conference - March 2014,
from 10-14 March 2014, from Bonn, Germany


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