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Issue #229 | 30 September 2014

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Editor's Note
Building Momentum for 2015
Will the tone set during this very busy start to the final quarter of 2014 extend into the 2015 decision making processes that the September 2014 events have sought to influence? More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Scaling the e-Waste Mountain: Opportunities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
The commonly agreed vision of the Step Initiative's 65 institutional members is to achieve “societies which have succeeded in reducing to a sustainable level the e-waste related burden on the ecosystem." More.
Ruediger Kuehr, Head of UNU-IAS Operating Unit SCYCLE

All People, All Countries: Accountability in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
In designing an accountability framework for the post-2015 development agenda, are there lessons to be taken from the last round of development goals? More.
Paul Ladd, Head of UN Development Programme's (UNDP) team on the post-2015 development agenda

High-Efficiency Appliances for a Low-Carbon Future
Living standards and populations are growing across the globe, and the new, increasingly urbanized, middle classes are looking to the creature comforts that have long been taken for granted by others. More.
Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP)

Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether?
The biofuel question will certainly come up in the coming months when the sustainable development goals (SDGs) will be debated. More.
William Dar, Director General, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Branding the Sustainable Development Goals: Will "17" Work?
UN Member States have drafted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that should guide the world's transformation towards a greener future free of poverty. More.
Stanislav Saling, UNDP Communications Advisor

Policy Brief
Small Island Developing States: Shaping the Sustainable Development Agenda in a Terrestrially-Focused World
The Samoa conference suggested that SIDS could also become bellwethers for sustainable development, modeling whole-of-society approaches to renewable energy, waste management and other aspects of sustainability, and acting as stewards of the oceans on behalf of all humanity. More.
Delia Paul, Thematic Expert for Poverty Reduction, Rights and Governance (Malaysia/Australia)

New Reports and Resources
Sea Ice and Vegetation Trends in the Arctic

Accelerating Action: Global Leaders on Challenges & Opportunities for MDG Achievement

Integrating Migration into the Post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda

The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and Challenges

Independent Assessment on the International Arrangement on Forests

Sustainable Development Goals and Inclusive Development

UN-Water 2013 Annual Report

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
UN Climate Summit Catalyzes Action

23 September 2014: Climate Summit 2014 concluded with countries committing to domestic action on climate change and pledging a total of US$2.3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). More.

Photo: Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, civil society representative, Marshall Islands, and family, during the opening session of the UN Climate Summit 2014

CCAC High-Level Assembly Considers Five-Year Strategic Vision, Extends Mandate

22 September 2014: The fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) considered the Coalition's five-year strategic vision and discussed five statements on short-lived climate pollutants that were subsequently presented during the UN Climate Summit. More.

Photo: View of the room during the CCAC High-Level Assembly

High-Level Event Focuses on Implementing Sustainable Energy for All

22 September 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) high-level event, titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Energy for All,' featured high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at the country level. More.

Photo: L-R: Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative to the UN Secretary-General and CEO, SE4ALL, and Andrew Herscowitz, Coordinator for Power Africa and Trade Africa, US Agency for International Development

Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders

21 September 2014: The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. More.

Photo: Mary Robinson with Equator Prize winning representative from Indigenous Organizations

Basel OEWG-9 Advances Work on Technical Guidelines for POP, Mercury and E-Waste

19 September 2014: The ninth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-9) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal took decisions on, inter alia: technical guidelines for persistent organic pollutants (POP) and mercury wastes, as well as electrical and electronic waste; a glossary of terms to provide legal clarity; and national reporting. The meeting also advanced work on technical guidelines, legal matters and other issues to facilitate progress at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), scheduled to convene in May 2015. More.

Photo: L-R: Co-Chairs Magda Gosk, Poland, and Prakash Kowlesser, Mauritius

Other News
Sustainable Development
UN General Debate Continues Addressing Post-2015 Agenda on Day 4

69th General Debate Addresses Post-2015, Countries in Special Situations

69th General Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda, Highlights Biodiversity, SIDS Issues

UNIDO, UN Global Compact Launch Report of Post-2015 Dialogue

69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change

World Conference Reaffirms Commitment to Indigenous Peoples' Rights

Data Expert Group Seeking Civil Society, Academic Participants for First Meeting

UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda

Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
IFAD Promotes Discussion of Land Governance and Indigenous Rights

High-Level Event Highlights Land-Based Adaptation

New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030

Trade, Finance & Investment
AfDB to Enhance Climate Finance Access

Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds

GEF, World Bank Partner to Manage Migratory Fish Stocks in Coastal Areas, ABNJ

OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Review Rio Markers in ODA Reporting

GEF Launches Sustainable Cities Program

World Bank-GEF Project Will Triple Brazil's MPAs

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Regional Ministerial Consultation Outlines Roles in Accountability Framework

UNGA 68 Agrees to Continue Discussing Technology Transfer

UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage

UNGA 69 Opening Highlights Climate Summit, Responsibility for Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA 68 Closes, Reflects on Progress Towards Post-2015 Agenda

Statistics Division Preparing for Post-2015 Indicator Framework

Co-facilitators Forward Consensus Text on Post-2015 Summit

Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang

CMS Concludes COP 11 Regional Preparatory Workshops

Countries Adopt Declaration on Conservation of Large Migratory Mammals in Central Asia

International Workshop Declares Importance of Yellow Sea to Migratory Birds

IWC65 Adopts Resolutions on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Migratory Cetacean Species

ICCWC Senior Experts Discuss Progress on Combating Wildlife Crime

IPPC Joins Liaison Group of Biodiversity-Related Conventions

Progress on Saving Tigers Evaluated by Range States

Chemicals Management
Minamata Special High-Level Event Concludes with Five New Parties

SPC, FAO Hold Workshop on Pesticide Management in Pacific Region

Climate and Atmosphere
UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS

CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links

Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative Launched at UN Climate Summit

ICAO, Aviation Industry Cooperate on Climate Change

UNFPA Tool Identifies Climate Vulnerable Populations and Areas

Djibouti, Peru Accept Doha Amendment

UNEP, Investors Launch Coalition to Decarbonize Institutional Investment

Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture Launched

Compact of Mayors Launched at UN Climate Summit

Mexico, Singapore Accept Doha Amendment

UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing

Major Economies Forum Convenes Foreign Ministers

UNFCCC Outlines Options on Meeting Frequency

World Bank Group Designs Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
GOC Petition Calls for Urgent Action on Oceans

FAO Bulletin Highlights ABNJ Deep-Seas Project

Sustainable Energy
UNEP and Partners Launch Energy Efficient Appliances Partnership

IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Initiatives in Africa, SIDS

EBRD, BNEF Hold Forum on Sustainable Energy Finance

UNECE, International Geothermal Association Sign MoU on Reporting Standard

Key meetings in the next two weeks
16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans: 29 September - 1 October 2014. Athens, Attiki, Greece

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

Symposium on Integrating Sustainability into the Post-2015 Development Agenda: 2 October 2014. Tokyo, Japan

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

Eleventh Meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF11): 6-8 October 2014. Washington D.C., US

CBD COP 12: 6-17 October 2014. Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea

75th Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management: 8-9 October 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF: 10-12 October 2014. Washington D.C., US

CBD Capacity-Building Workshop on the ABS Clearing-House: 12 October 2014. Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea

Cities Biodiversity Summit: 12-14 October 2014. Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea

67th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee: 13-17 October 2014. London, England, UK

Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1: 13-17 October 2014. Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea

8th Meeting of the GCF Board: 14-17 October 2014. Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados

Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014): 20-21 October 2014. Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

Bonn Climate Change Conference October 2014: ADP 2-6: 20-25 October 2014. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10): 21-24 October 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

First Africa Regional Mountain Meeting (AMRF): 22-24 October 2014. Arusha, Tanzania

47th Meeting of the GEF Council: 27-30 October 2014. Washington D.C., US

IISD RS is covering the Sixteenth Global Meeting of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Seas Conventions and Actions Plans, from 29 September - 1 October 2014, from Athens, Greece

40 Years UNEP Regional Seas Convention

IISD RS will cover the Seventy-fifth Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM), from 8-9 October 2014,
from the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland


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