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Issue #223 | 19 May 2014

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Editor's Note
Evolving Relationships
“While environment helped drive the process of democratization even 25 years ago, today, democratic institutions, such as better access to information, environmental assessments and accountability mechanisms, are the drivers of a growing sustainability movement.” More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Desperately Seeking a Rapid-Onset Response to a Slow-Onset Event – The Case of Ocean Acidification
I last wrote an article for this bulletin in July 2009 (Guest article #17). More.
David Osborn, Director, Environment Laboratories, IAEA

The Promises of Benefit-sharing
What has largely passed under the radar is that the idea of benefit-sharing is increasingly being taken up in a number of other international legal developments related to natural resources, human rights and corporate accountability. More.
Elisa Morgera, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh School of Law, UK

Turning the 'Biggest Global Health Threat' in to our Biggest Global Health Opportunity
The Global Climate and Health Alliance has recently released its briefing, outlining the implications of the IPCC report for public health and health professionals. More.
Isobel Braithwaite, Communications Director, Global Climate and Health Alliance, Nick Watts, Convenor, Global Climate and Health Alliance

MRV-ing Carbon in Practice
In 2013, we saw the continuation of two emerging trends in the global carbon pricing landscape. More.
Benoît Leguet, Head of Research, CDC Climat, Xueman Wang, Head, PMR Secretariat, World Bank

Working with Nature to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals: An Urgent Imperative
For almost 15 years, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have served as the world's agenda for development. More.
Ibrahim Thiaw, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

New Reports and Resources
Training Manual for Chairs of Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

IWRM as a Tool for Adaptation to Climate Change: Training Manual and Facilitator's Guide

Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future

Energy Technology Perspectives 2014

FAO Annual Yearbook Forest Products 2012

Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation: 2014 Update

Land Rights in the Post-2015 Agenda

State of Sustainability Initiatives Review 2014

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
African Countries Adopt Common Position on Post-2015 DRR Framework

16 May 2014: The 5th Africa Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (AfRP14) and the 3rd Ministerial Meeting for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) convened under the theme ‘Prevent Risk: Build Resilience.' More.

Governments Host Second Discussion on HLPF Review Mechanism

15 May 2014: Participants at the second workshop on 'Making the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development Work: How to build an effective "Review Mechanism"' addressed five questions: Who is to be reviewed, by whom and how often? What is to be reviewed? What might be the incentives to participate? What is the optimal approach for national and systemic reviews? And how will the review outputs link to other elements of the HLPF/SDG/Post-2015 puzzle, and to the wider geography of sustainable development endeavor? More.

Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial Addresses Finance, Markets and Energy-Water Nexus

13 May 2014: Energy ministers and high-level delegates from 24 countries, as well as representatives from the private sector and international organizations, gathered for the Fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5) to discuss accelerating the transition toward a global clean energy economy and to assess progress made since CEM1 in 2010. More.

Photo: Delegates during the Ministerial

OWG 11 Expands List of Goals and Targets

9 May 2014: Participants in the 11th session of the UN General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals considered a list of 16 “focus areas” and approximately 150 potential targets, as contained in the working document for the session. More.

Photo: Delegates at OWG 11 presented their comments on four focus areas: energy; economic growth, employment and infrastructure; industrialization and promoting equality among nations; and sustainable cities and human settlements.

Forest Asia Conference Discusses Landscape Approach to Forestry

6 May 2014: Participants at the Forests Asia Summit 2014 committed to promote a landscape approach in forestry management, research and education. Summit participants also supported strategies to promote green growth policies, strengthen law enforcement in relation to land tenure, land use and trade, develop a low-carbon economy and reaffirm the potential for REDD+. More.

African Conference on Inequalities Results in Accra Declaration

30 April 2014: The Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation agreed on the Accra Declaration on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation. The Declaration will contribute to the Common African Position on the post-2015 development agenda, and will be used to support Agenda 2063, which is the African Union's strategy for “the future we want for Africa.” More.

Global Oceans Action Summit Charts a Path for Ocean Health, Blue Growth

25 April 2014: Urgent, coordinated action is needed to restore productive, resilient oceans, ensure food security and support human livelihoods, according to participants at the Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth. The Summit also called for oceans to be embedded in the post-2015 development agenda, preferably in a stand-alone sustainable development goal on oceans. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Andean Countries Support Regional Mechanism for Sustainable Mountain Development

ECOSOC Prepares for First Integration Segment

UNECE Region Agrees on Scope, Objectives for Sustainable Housing Charter

Draft Narrative "Chapeau" Released for SDGs

Expert Meeting Discusses HLPF

SIDS Conference PrepCom Concludes Intersessional Meeting

SIDS Conference PrepCom Suspends Negotiations

World Bank Supporting STEM Capacity in Africa

Trade, Finance & Investment
EBRD Annual Meeting Highlights 25 Years of Environmental Transition

Stakeholders Discuss Sustainable Development Financing

World Bank Issues Draft Statement Carbon Pricing

April 2014 Climate Finance Update

OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Evaluate Development Finance Reporting

Global Equity Index Excludes Fossil Fuel Extraction Companies

April 2014 Water Finance Update

Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6

UN Secretary-General Releases Note on Sustainable Development Financing

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
World Coral Reef Conference Participants Sign Manado Communiqué

Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme

Caribbean Organizations Discuss Cooperation on Water and Wastewater Issues

UNECE Workshop Addresses Transboundary Water Cooperation

Sanitation and Water for All High-Level Meeting a Milestone in High-Level Commitments Dialogue

CEO Water Mandate Conference Addresses Corporate Water Stewardship

Post-2015 Development Agenda
OHRLLS Retreat Agrees on Key Challenges, Priorities for LLDCs

Global Meeting Recommends Quality Education and Lifelong Learning for All

UN Global Compact Launches Food and Agriculture Business Principles

Resources for Post-2015 Assessment and Advocacy Released

Experts Call for Integrating Migration in Post-2015 Agenda

CEB Spring Session Focuses on Post-2015, Climate, Education

UNESCO Experts Prioritize Global Justice in Post-2015 Agenda

UN Advisors Promote Governance Goal for Post-2015

UNGA Speakers Recommend including Culture in Post-2015 Agenda

Civil Society Groups Publish Reports on Post-2015, SDGs

Member States Consider Scope, Timing for Third Financing for Development Conference

UNGA Debates Peaceful and Stable Societies

Meeting on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Develops Communiqué

Chemicals Management
SAICM QSP Invites Applications on Non-chemical Alternatives

BRS Secretariat Releases First Technical Assistance Newsletter

Geneva Environment Network, BRS Secretariat Discuss Chemicals SDG

UNITAR Support Zambian Government in Early Minamata Ratification

UNEP Calls for Information on Lead, Cadmium Emissions Abatement

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
EU Program Applies Voluntary Guidelines to Strengthen Land Governance in Ten African Countries

Chinese Companies Learn from Central Africa's Experience in Forest Certification

GSP Issues Call in Support of International Year of Soils

Viet Nam Becomes 69th Party to ITTA

Climate and Atmosphere
IFPRI Conference Highlights Role of Resilience in Ensuring Food and Nutrition Security

Peru Holds First Latin American Civil Society Dialogue Ahead of COP 20

China Supports International Cooperation on DRR

UNEP, China Collaborate on Climate Change Adaptation

Major Economies Forum Calls for Urgent Climate Action

WMO South West Pacific Meeting Addresses Strengthened Weather and Climate Services

Air Pollution in Most Cities Exceeds WHO Guidelines

Adaptation Fund Launches Climate Finance Readiness Programme

Informal Climate Ministerial Outlines Expectations for 2015 Agreement

Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent

Central American Countries to Join Risk Insurance Facility

Event Focuses on Latin American Leadership Ahead of COP 20

WMO Commission for Agricultural Meteorology Sets Quadrennial Priorities

Sustainable Energy
Global Sustainable Energy Partnership Launches PPP Website for Electricity Development

SIDS Workshop Addresses Energy and Water Regulation

IISD-GSI, UNEP, IMF, GIZ Workshop Promotes Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNODC Announces Programme to Combat Forest and Wildlife Crime

CITES Scientific Committees Discuss Sustainability of Wildlife Trade

Kenya and China Sign Bilateral Agreements on Environment

WMBD Marks the Launch of Project Destination Flyways

CBD Releases Results of Survey on Biosafety Protocol Implementation

WorldFish, FAO and Earth Observatory of Singapore Will Produce Roadmap for Future of Fish

UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS

Key meetings in the next two weeks
13th Session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 13): 12-23 May 2014. New York City, US

Seventh Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board : 17-21 May 2014. Incheon, Republic of Korea

Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development: 19-21 May 2014. Pattaya, Chon Buri, Thailand

Delivering the Post-2015 Applied Science and Skills Agenda for Africa: The Role of Business: 20 May 2014. New York City, US

Contributions of South-South, Triangular Cooperation and ICT for Development to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 21-22 May 2014. New York City, US

2014 International Day for Biological Diversity: Island Biodiversity: 22 May 2014. worldwide

UNECE Water Convention Workshop on benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation : 22-23 May 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

UNGA High-level Event on Achieving Poverty Eradication through Full Employment and Decent Work for All in the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 23 May 2014. New York City, US

World Mountain Forum 2014: 23-24 May 2014. Cusco, Peru

46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly: 25-30 May 2014. Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico

CBD Workshop on Resource Mobilization for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia: 26-28 May 2014. Vilm (Isle of), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

Fourth Session of the Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas: 27-29 May 2014. Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador

ECOSOC Integration Segment: 27-29 May 2014. New York City, US

15th Meeting of the Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 27-30 May 2014. New York City, US

ECOSOC Youth Forum: 2-3 June 2014. New York City, US

UNGA Dialogue 3 on Technology Transfer Mechanism: 4 June 2014. New York City, US

First Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum: 4-6 June 2014. New York City, US

UNFCCC 40th Sessions of the Subsidiary Bodies: 4-15 June 2014. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

World Environment Day 2014: 5 June 2014. worldwide

2nd World Summit of Legislators: 6-8 June 2014. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

World Oceans Day: 8 June 2014. New York City, US (worldwide)

IISD RS will cover the Forty-sixth meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Forum, 16th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council, and 5th GEF Assembly, from 25-30 May 2014, Cancún, Mexico

Forty-sixth meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Forum, 16th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council, and 5th GEF Assembly

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