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Issue #228 | 16 September 2014

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Editor's Note
   
Policy Coherence
2015 should be the “year of policy coherence,” suggested Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States earlier this month. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
   
Reflections on the Chemicals and Wastes Landscape Towards 2020
The slowdown of activities during a warm August (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) provides a moment to reflect on the current state of the international chemicals and wastes landscape before the more usual hectic pace quickly resumes, with a number of key events taking place on the international calendar during the remaining months of 2014 and into 2015. More.
Jonathan Krueger, Environment and health consultant, and former manager of UNITAR's Chemicals and Waste Management Programme

New Reports and Resources
   
Sustainable Development Goals and Indicators for a Small Planet: Part II: Measuring Sustainability

Estimating the Renewable Energy Potential in Africa: A GIS-based Approach

Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections: A Working Paper for REmap 2030

Social and Solidarity Economy and the Challenge of Sustainable Development

Land Degradation Neutrality: Resilience at Local, National and Regional Levels

A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands

Diversification of Energy Supply: Prospects for Emerging Energy Sources

Paris 2015: Getting a Global Agreement on Climate Change

From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean

Learning Guide on Climate Change and Health

IEA Wind 2013 Annual Report

REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System

Climate Change and Primary Industries: Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation in the Nordic Countries

Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa

GEO SIDS Outlook

Partnerships for Improving Water and Energy Access, Efficiency and Sustainability

Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS

Global Governance and Global Rules for Development in the Post-2015 Era

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
   
SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document

4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary. More.

Photo: The “Samoa Partnerships Commitment” banner signed by participants of the Third International Conference on SIDS


WHO Conference Calls for Strengthening Health Resilience to Climate Change

29 August 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate discussed linking climate, sustainable development and health policy. The conference also produced a draft summary recognizing the need to strengthen health resilience to climate change and highlighting the opportunity for climate change mitigation measures to achieve public health gains. More.

Photo: The participants of the first-ever WHO Health and Climate Conference


Other News
Sustainable Development
   
LAC Officials Discuss Progress on Regional Instrument on Principle 10

UNECE Espoo Convention on EIA Becomes Global Instrument

OWG Report to be "Main Basis" for SDGs in Post-2015 Agenda

Island Leaders Commit to New Partnerships through GLISPA

Civil Society Sets Action Agenda to 2015

Private Sector Forum Discusses SIDS Global Business Network

Youth Forum Seeks Opportunities in Sustainable Development

Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development

Biodiversity and Wildlife
   
CITES Protections Come into Effect for Sharks and Manta Rays

IOSEA Addresses Marine Turtle Conservation, Launches Network of Sites

WAVES Highlights Natural Capital Accounting for Forests, SIDS

SPREP to Host Regional Protected Areas and Biodiversity Hub

CBD Secretariat Circulates Draft Gangwon Declaration on Biodiversity for Sustainable Development

SIDS Conference Generates Partnerships to Conserve and Manage Pacific Ocean Resources

UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS

Regional Workshops Address Key CMS COP 11 Agenda Items

Sustainable Energy
   
Pacific SIDS Launch Sustainable Energy Web Portal

ICAO Convenes First Seminar on Green Technologies

EC President-Elect Appoints Climate and Energy Commissioner

APEC Ministerial Urges Cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy

High-level Event Discusses Renewable Energy in SIDS

US, Hawaii Announce Aloha+ Challenge for Sustainability

Renewable Energy Forum Addresses SIDS' Transition to Sustainable Energy

IEA Releases Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report

Post-2015 Development Agenda
   
Governments Conclude Consultations on WCIP Outcome Document

Pacific SIDS Recommend Data Revolution to Meet Post-2015 Statistical Needs

UNGA President Submits Draft Procedural Resolution on Technology Dialogues

Civil Society Gives Input to Post-2015 Synthesis Report

UNDP Executive Board Briefed on Post-2015 Agenda, Accountability

ECLAC Consultation Addresses Accountability in Post-2015 Agenda

ECLAC Assesses Progress on Statistics

UN Secretary-General Announces Advisory Group on Data Revolution

African Forum Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Framework

POST2015 Project Creates Database of Goals, Targets and Indicators

UN Leaders Urge Action in Last 500 Days of MDGs

Arab Forum on Post-2015 Addresses Socio-economic Inequality

Trade, Finance & Investment
   
MDBs Pledge to Enhance Climate Finance Action

August 2014 Climate Finance Update

UN Global Compact Calls on Businesses to Align with Carbon Pricing Criteria

August Water Finance Update

UNEP Launches Green Economy Toolkit for Policymakers

August 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
   
LAC Officials Trained in Using Satellite Technology to Monitor Forests

GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS

Learning Event Highlights Adaptation and Resilience Links in African Drylands

Websites Prepared for International Year of Soils 2015

Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation

Climate and Atmosphere
   
CAF Mesoamerica and Caribbean Workshop Focuses on Adaptation Finance

Euro-Asia Dialogue Addresses Climate Change, Urban Resilience

Adaptation Fund Strengthens Capacity of Asia Pacific Implementing Entities

UNSG Briefs Member States on Climate Summit

Solomon Islands Accepts Doha Amendment

Latin American and Caribbean Forum Discusses Future of Carbon Markets

Climate Scientists Identify Future Research Priorities

GCF Set for Initial Resource Mobilization

IFPRI Launches Climate Change and Food Policy Website

UN Circulates Member States' Proposals on WCIP Outcome Document

NATO Stresses Climate Change Impacts on Security

Pacific SIDS Discuss Climate and Disaster Resilient Strategy

Provisional Agendas Issued for Lima

WMO Launches SIDS Partnership to Strengthen Climate Services

WMO Launches Weather Reports from 2050

Lima Climate Finance Week Paves Way for COP 20

France Outlines Expectations for Paris COP

UNFCCC Launches Multilateral Assessment of Developed Country Targets

Chemicals Management
   
UNEP, WMO Assessment Finds Ozone Layer Could Recover to 1980 Levels

UNEP Hosts South American Workshop on Ratification, Early Implementation of Minamata Convention

Seychelles Environment Minister Appointed BRS Executive Secretary

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
   
World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda

UN Watercourses Convention Enters into Force

Key meetings in the next two weeks
   
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission: 11-18 September 2014. Slovenia

European Regional Consultation on Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 15-16 September 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

EUROBATS MOP 7: 15-17 September 2014. Brussels, Belgium

Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9): 16-19 September 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69): 16 September - 1 October 2014. New York City, US

HABITAT III - First PrepCom: 17-18 September 2014. New York City, US

CCAC High Level Assembly: 22 September 2014. New York City, US

2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples: 22-23 September 2014. New York City, US

2014 Climate Summit: 23 September 2014. New York City, US

UN Private Sector Forum: 23 September 2014. New York City, US

Fourth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Carpathian Convention (COP 4): 23-26 September 2014. Czech Republic

Special High-level Event for the Signature and Ratification of the Minamata Convention on Mercury: 24 September 2014. New York City, US

Fourth High-Level Round Table on the ITPGR: 24 September 2014. New York City, US

CGIAR Development Dialogues: 25 September 2014. New York City, US

High-level event on "Delivering Zero Hunger - Demonstrating Impact": 25 September 2014. New York City, US

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7: 29 September - 3 October 2014. Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea

Second UN Conference on LLDCs - PrepCom 2: 2-3 October 2014. New York City, US


IISD RS will cover the UN Climate Summit 2014
on Tuesday, 23 September 2014, from UN Headquarters, New York, US


UN Climate Summit 2014



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