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Issue #222 | 16 April 2014

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Editor's Note
Transparency and New Directions
In 2013, the IISD RS team contributed to raising the transparency of decision making at 94 intergovernmental meetings. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Seeds for a Changing Climate - Launching the 3rd Call for Project Proposals under the ITPGRFA
The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) recently launched the 3rd Call for Proposals under its Benefit-sharing Fund. More.
Shakeel Bhatti, Secretary, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

New Reports and Resources
Equity and Spectrum of Mitigation Commitments in the 2015 Agreement

Unlocking New Opportunities: Jobs in Green and Health Transport

Prosperity for All: Ending Extreme Poverty

Efficiency and Productivity Differential Effects of Land Certification Program in Ethiopia

How Does Climate Change Alter Agricultural Strategies to Support Food Security

Conservation Agriculture with Trees: Principles and Practice

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century

UNEP Post-2015 Note #3: Human Health and the Environment

World Energy Perspective: Energy Efficiency Technologies

Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles: Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2014

Lessons in Theory of Change: Experiences from CCAFS

Making Development Co-operation More Effective: 2014 Progress Report

Arctic Ocean Acidification 2013: An Overview

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
IPCC Approves Third Contribution to its Fifth Assessment

13 April 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) approved the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of its third contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) on mitigation of climate change. Human-generated emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) are continuing to rise to unprecedented levels, according to the report, which underscores the inadequacy of existing levels of effort to curb emissions. More.

Photo: Group photo at the end of the IPCC meetings

WUF 7 Adopts Medellín Declaration, Recommends Urban SDG

11 April 2014: Participants at the seventh session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 7) adopted the Medellín Declaration, which recognizes the transformational power of cities and describes equity as the foundation of sustainable urban development. Signatories also support the inclusion of an urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in the post-2015 development agenda. More.

Photo: Participants at WUF7 gave a standing ovation when youth volunteers sang at the closing ceremony

OWG Considers 19 Focus Areas, Almost 300 Targets for SDGs

4 April 2014: At the tenth session of the UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), governments held a detailed discussion of 19 focus areas and approximately 300 targets for potential inclusion in the SDGs. More.

Working Group Engages in Substantive Discussions on BBNJ

4 April 2014: Delegates discussed the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument at the seventh 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). More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
South-South Forum Discusses New Models of Development Cooperation

HABITAT and Partners Launch Collaboration on Urban Resilience

Pacific Ministers Recommend Including Transport in SDGs

EU-Africa Summit Outlines Actions on Peace and Security, Prosperity and People

HRC Adopts Resolution on Human Rights and the Environment

EC-Funded Survey Assesses Green Policy Implementation

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
IMO Environment Committee Considers Ballast Water Systems, Ship Recycling Convention

UNESCO-IOC Forecasting Harmful Algal Blooms

Mekong Summit Focuses on Water, Food and Energy Nexus in Changing Climate

IMO Environment Committee Considers MARPOL Amendments, Energy Efficiency

IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area

UNESCO, Sweden, SIWI Launch International Centre for Water Cooperation

UNESCO Launches Ocean Acidification Website

Trade, Finance & Investment
IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings Emphasize Climate Change, Sustainable Development

UK, US, Germany Launch Climate Finance Innovation Lab

OECD Reports Development Aid at All-Time High

World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Discusses Land Tenure in Post-2015 Agenda

March 2014 Climate Finance Update

March 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Officials Discuss Steps Toward Data Revolution

UN Secretary-General, Global Leaders Urge Action on Education

CPD Discusses Population Implications for Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA-ECOSOC Debate Explores Post-2015 Partnerships

Civil Society Discusses Partnerships in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Arab Sustainable Development Forum Discusses MDG Progress, Post-2015 Agenda

UNCTAD Hosts Second Geneva Dialogue on Post-2015

Parliamentarians Outline Role in Post-2015 Agenda

African Leaders Discuss Inclusive, Transformative Development

Human Rights Commissioner Calls for Implementing Right to Development through SDGs

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CMS Parties Discuss Programme of Work on Climate Change and Migratory Species

African Range States Adopt Casablanca Declaration on CITES Shark and Manta Ray Listings

WIPO IGC Refines Draft Articles on Traditional Knowledge, Cultural Expressions

ITPGR Secretariat Calls for Input on Sustainable Use, Global Information System

New Species Listed under CITES Appendix III

ICJ Orders Japan to Stop Antarctic Whaling Activities

Sustainable Energy
SE4ALL Decade Launched to Business Community

Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All

ECREEE Supports National Renewable Energy Plans, SE4ALL Action Agendas

Climate and Atmosphere
UN Secretary-General Calls for Ambitious and Achievable 2015 Climate Agreement

Corporate Leaders Call for Capping Emissions in 'Trillion Tonne Communiqué'

REDD+ Partners in Congo Basin to Enhance Coordination

Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets

CDM Executive Board Addresses Double Counting Risks

UNFCCC Loss and Damage Committee Considers Draft Workplan

CCAC Working Group Approves US$10 Million Investments

CGIAR, FAO, IFAD, World Bank Discuss Implications of IPCC Report on Food Security

EU-US Energy Council Urges Adopting New Climate Agreement in 2015

EU, China Discuss Climate Change, Post-2015 Development Agenda

C20 Conversations Invites Ideas for G20 Action on Climate and Sustainability

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD Update April 2014

FAO and CATIE Sign Cooperation Agreement

IFAD Launches Multidimensional Poverty Assessment Tool

Horn of Africa Countries Address Drought Threat and Disaster Resilience

EC Supporting Global Soil Partnership Activities

Chemicals Management
WHO Releases New Estimates on Deaths Caused by Air Pollution

Kerstin Stendahl Appointed Ad Interim Executive Secretary of BRS Conventions

Key meetings in the next two weeks
CBD High-level Panel on the Global Assessment of Resources and Latin America Workshop on Resource Mobilization: 14-17 April 2014. Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil

First High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation: 15-16 April 2014. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

World Green Economy Summit 2014: 15-16 April 2014. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fourth Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of the GEF: 16-17 April 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Intersessional Meeting for 3rd International Conference on SIDS: 21-25 April 2014. New York City, US

Africa Clean Energy Summit: 22-24 April 2014. Abuja, Nigeria

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth: 22-25 April 2014. The Hague, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies in the Post-2015 Development Framework: 24-25 April 2014. New York City, US

Expert Meeting on Global Justice, Poverty Eradication and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 28-29 April 2014. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation: 28-30 April 2014. Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana

27th Meeting of the CITES AC, 21st Meeting of the CITES PC and Joint AC/PC Session: 28 April - 8 May 2014. Veracruz, Mexico

IISD Reporting Services (IISD RS) will cover the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, from 22-25 April 2014, from The Hague, the Netherlands

Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth

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