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Issue #227 | 20 August 2014

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Editor's Note
Many of the stories in this issue of Linkages Update help identify what to expect during key events in September, in case you missed it (ICYMI). More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Asia and the Pacific: A Story of Transformation and Resurgence

Assessing Forest Governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis and Use

Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries: A Handbook

Pacific Media and Climate Change Toolkit: Activities Manual

Energy and Water: The Vital Link for a Sustainable Future

Towards a Global Map of Natural Capital: Key Ecosystem Assets

Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice

A Post-2015 World Fit for Children: A Review of the OWG Report on SDGs from a Child Rights Perspective

Renewable Energy in Manufacturing: A Technology Roadmap for REmap 2030

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

Other News
Sustainable Development
PGA Announces ICESDF Report as UNGA 69 Document

PGA Reports on Technology Dialogues, Transmits Elements for Resolution

UN Committee Discusses Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development

UNDP Administrator Outlines Long-Term Development View

ICESDF Concludes Work, Forwards Report to UNGA

UN Secretary-General Appoints Three-Year Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport

Pacific Countries Highlight Importance of Statistics in Measuring Development Outcomes

PGA Transmits Report of OWG to Member States

UN Releases Six Briefs for SIDS Conference Partnership Dialogues

LDCs Conference Discusses Building Productive Capacity

Pacific Island Forum Focuses on Development Agenda and Cooperation

OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Consensus Outcome

Sustainable Energy
CEM Workshop Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Demand Response in India

World Bank Announces US$5bn for Power Generation in Africa

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD IWG Discusses LDN, Regional Conference Discusses Economics of Land Degradation

GSP Welcomes Establishment of Healthy Soils Facility

UNCCD: 187 Reports Submitted for 5th Reporting and Review Process

UNFF Provides Background Note on Proposed SDGs

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Asia-Pacific Ministers Agree on 6 Post-2015 Priorities for Education

Asia-Pacific Consultation on Post-2015 Accountability Calls for Stronger Use of Data and Statistics

Consultations on Post-2015 Summit to Resume in September

ESCAP Session Focuses on Regional Connectivity

ICESDF Holds Final Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

SIDS Youth Highlight Needs for Capacity Building, Quality Education and Employment

PGA Appoints Co-facilitators for Consultations on Modalities for 3rd FfD Conference

Special Adviser on Post-2015 Outlines Next Steps

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UNEP and Norway Sign Agreement on GRID-Arendal's 25th Anniversary

Pacific Island States Prepare for Implementation of Nagoya Protocol on ABS

Report of First ABS Expert Team Released

African and US Leaders Discuss Illegal Trade in Wildlife

Japan Notifies on Inclusion of 18,000 Samples into ITPGR MLS

CMS Siberian Crane MoU Marks 20th Anniversary

CBD Reacts to Recognition of Biodiversity in SDG Proposal

Arctic Council Task Force Discusses Advancing Scientific Cooperation

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
ISO Releases Water Footprint Standard

UNEP, Brazil's ANA to Promote Water Quality through Regional Centre

Africa Water Forum Focuses on Access to Water For All

Climate and Atmosphere
BASIC Call for Finalizing Elements of Draft Negotiating Text in Lima

WMO Launches SIDS Website

NAP Expo 2014 Catalyzes Actions and Support for NAP Process

GCF Calls for Inputs on Investment Framework

EEA Updates Climate Change Indicators

UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario

India, US Consult on Climate Change

UNEP, Japan Launch Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership

UNFCCC Adds Newsroom Feature to Website

WMO, SPREP Campaign to Improve Weather and Climate Services

Latin American Workshop Improves Climate Services

Mexico, California Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change

Trade, Finance & Investment
ADB, Private Equity Investments Partner in Climate-Related Transactions

African Water Facility Supports Improved Sanitation in Kenya

July 2014 Climate Finance Update

July 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

July 2014 Water Finance Update

Chemicals Management
UNEP Highlights ASGM Mercury Recovery Project

Mercury Secretariat Hosts Francophone Workshops for Ratification, Early Implementation

SAICM Releases Stakeholder Comments on EPPP as an Emerging Policy Issue

IOMC Releases Review of SAICM Global Plan of Action

Key meetings in the next two weeks
WHO Conference on Health and Climate: 27-29 August 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference : 27-29 August 2014. New York City, US

SIDS Pre-Conference Youth Forum: 28 August 2014. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

SIDS Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum: 29 August 2014. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

SIDS Renewable Energy Forum: 30 August 2014. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

SIDS Private Sector Forum: 30-31 August 2014. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

World Water Week 2014: 31 August - 5 September 2014. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States: 1-4 September 2014. Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa

IISD RS will cover the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) -
‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS through Genuine and Durable Partnerships,'
from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa

Third International Conference on SIDS

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