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Issue #230 | 20 October 2014

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Editor's Note
Did you catch the news regarding the appointment of co-facilitators for consultations on the organization and modalities for the negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda? More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Innovations Around Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS)
The ABS framework needs to be developed not as a legal-centered, heavily administrative process, but as a resource-centered instrument that offers streamlined opportunities to raise local resources. More.
Balakrishna Pisupati, Chairperson, Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE)

How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity
As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect... More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Innovative Financing Can Put the World's Wealth to Work for All People
Many industrialised countries are facing heavy debt and slow economic growth, so it is no surprise when the media admonish that there is no money for global development and social needs. More.
Philippe Douste-Blazy, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor on Innovative Financing for Development

Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean
SE4ALL has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. More.
Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho, Lead Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Inter-American Development Bank, and Alice Driver, Consultant for Sustainable Energy for All Americas

Policy Brief
UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate
When UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took to the streets of New York on the eve of the Climate Summit, he was endeavoring to signal a decisive new phase in the world's movement towards an ambitious post-2015 agreement on climate action under the UNFCCC. More.
Peter Doran, PhD, IISD Reporting Services and Queens University (Ireland), Anna Schulz, LL.M., Thematic Expert for International Organizations, IISD Reporting Services (US)

New Reports and Resources
DoD 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap

Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want, Popular Version

Living Planet Report 2014: Species and Spaces, People and Places

Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014

Africa Energy Outlook: A Focus on Energy Prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa

Subsidies and Costs of EU Energy: An Interim Report

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Nagoya Protocol: Intellectual Property Implications

Global Monitoring Report 2014/2015

OECD Regional Outlook 2014

Development Co-operation Report 2014: Mobilizing Resources for Sustainable Development

Global Biodiversity Outlook 4

Ocean Energy: Technology Readiness, Patents, Deployment Status and Outlook

Land Degradation, Less Favored Lands and the Rural Poor: A Spatial and Economic Analysis

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
CBD COP 12 Adopts 33 Decisions, Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Adopts 10 Decisions

17 October 2014: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) was held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) was held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014. A High-Level Segment was held from 15-17 October 2014, under the theme “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development.” Other parallel meetings included: the Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Fair; the Rio Conventions Pavilion; and the Biodiversity Summit for Cities and Sub-national Governments. More.

Photo: COP 12 President Seongkyu Yoon during the High-Level Segment

UNECE Committee Approves Work on Sustainable Housing and Urban Development, Land Management

9 December 2014: The 75th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) agreed on the text of the Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing and decided on new work regarding energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, urban planning and disaster risk reduction, social housing, preparations for the Third United Nations on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), and various issues in land administration and management. More.

Photo: UNECE CHLM-75 Participants (photo courtesy of the UNECE Secreatariat)

Biosafety COP/MOP Adopts 14 Decisions, Extends Work on Risk Assessment, Socio-economic Considerations

3 October 2014: The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7) adopted 14 decisions, including decisions providing for continued intersessional work on risk assessment and risk management and socio-economic considerations. More.

Photo: COP/MOP 7 Chair Inho Lee gaveled the meeting to a close at 5:28 pm.

Regional Seas Global Meeting Agrees on Oceans Roadmap, Marine Litter Actions, Suggests SDG Targets

1 October 2014: Participants agreed on a "visioning roadmap" for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs). The ten-year road map addresses: the extraction of living and non-living marine resources; governance; impacts of a changing climate; ocean acidification; and pollution. More.

Photo: RSCAPs Representatives (photo courtesy of UNEP)

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNGA President Appoints Co-Facilitators for Post-2015 Negotiations

UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing

Second Committee Hears Proposals on Streamlining Agenda

OWG Co-Chairs Reflect on Sustainable Development

UNGA Second Committee Debates Priorities for 69th Session

IEAG Solicits Input on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

Global Compact Papers Highlight Private Sector's Role in Post-2015 Agenda

Guyana, Norway Ambassadors to Continue Consultations on FfD Conference

ECOSOC Reflects on SIDS Conference, Post-2015, Climate Processes

Secretary-General Proposes Terms for 10YFP Board Members

Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year

Expert Group Begins Work on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

On Final Day, UNGA General Debate Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, SIDS and Oceans

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Oceania Regional Meeting Prepares for Ramsar COP 12

Oceans Events Support Ocean Management, Stress Enforcement

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
CBD and ITTO Renew Partnership for Tropical Forest Biodiversity

Republic of Korea Launches Forest Restoration Initiative

UN Celebrates 2014 World Food Day, FAO Releases State of Food and Agriculture Report

GSP Eurasian Soil Partnership Holds Plenary During Arid Land Conference

FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring

Global Mechanism, FSD Sign MoU on Land Degradation Neutrality

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda

Bio-Bridge Initiative Launched at CBD COP 12

CBD COP 12 HLS Adopts Gangwon Declaration

Business and Biodiversity Forum Seeks Greater Private Sector Engagement in CBD Goals

Biodiversity Cities Summit Produces Gangwon/Pyeongchang Resolution

ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security

Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority

Liberia and Norway Partner to Halt Deforestation

Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing Enters into Force

UNESCO IOC and GBIF Partner to Improve Marine Biodiversity Data

UN Crime Convention COP Highlights Impacts of Rhinoceros Poaching

OSCE Trains Customs Officers to Detect Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Hazardous Waste

UNEP-WCMC Models Policy Scenarios for Land, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in East Africa

Sustainable Energy
UN Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport Calls for Paradigm Shift

Italy-Africa Ministerial Discusses Sustainable Energy Future

SE4ALL Receives EU Funding, Holds Access Committee Meeting

ECPA Reports on Sustainable Energy Activities in LAC

IRENA, UNECE Cooperate on Renewable Energy Promotion

Pacific Islands Partner on Transition to Efficient Lighting

India, US Establish Strategic Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate Change

Chemicals Management
SPREP Announces Plans for Improved Management of Shipping Waste

BRS Launches Search Tool for Technical, Scientific Publications

Climate and Atmosphere
ADP 2-6 Opens with Focus on Two Draft Decisions

131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management

COP 20 Presidency Meets Informally with Lead ADP Negotiators

EUROCLIMA Seminar Prepares for Lima

World Summit of Regions Issues Paris Declaration on Climate Action

CEOs, Finance Ministers Address Climate Change at World Bank, IMF Meetings

BASIC Ministers Prepare for Lima

Standing Committee on Finance Prepares for Lima

CCAC Launches Partnership to Reduce Oil and Gas Methane Emissions

Loss and Damage Excom Agrees on Two-Year Workplan

Arctic Sea Ice Sixth Lowest on Record

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability

FfD Co-Facilitators Propose Road Map, Programme of Work

WB-IMF Event Addresses Post-2015 Financing for Development

HLP Members Call for Seven Actions for Post-2015 Negotiations

Africa RECs Discuss Role of Agenda 2063 in Development

AUC Calls for Peace, Security and Rule of Law in Post-2015 Agenda

Commonwealth Heads of Government Issue Statement on Post-2015 Development

Global Sustainable Development Foundation Launched at UN

Trade, Finance & Investment
September 2014 Water Finance Update

OECD's ENVIRONET, WP-STAT Host Training Workshop on Rio Markers

September 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

September 2014 Climate Finance Update

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Bonn Climate Change Conference October 2014: ADP 2-6: 20-25 October 2014. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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

Third Meeting of the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC: 26 October 2014. Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10): 26-30 October 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

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

IPCC 40: 27-31 October 2014. Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark

Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015: 29-31 October 2014. Beijing, China

Sixteenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: 30 October 2014. Lima, Peru

Sixth Meeting of the Advisory Group of the UNEP Global Mercury Partnership: 30 October - 1 November 2014. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee: 2-3 November 2014. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Eighth Meeting of the IRENA Council: 2-4 November 2014. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel: 3 November 2014. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

FOREST EUROPE Round Table on updating the Sustainable Forest Management Tools: 3 November 2014. Cuenca, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs): 3-5 November 2014. Vienna, Wien, Austria

Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6): 3-7 November 2014. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC): 3-8 November 2014. Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

CMS COP 11: 3-9 November 2014. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

Fourth Meeting of Signatory Countries of Principle 10 Declaration in LAC: 4-6 November 2014. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week: 5-11 November 2014. Beijing, China

IISD RS will cover the African Mountains Regional Forum - “Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa”
from 22-24 October 2014, from Arusha, Tanzania

African Mountains Regional Forum

IISD RS will cover the Forty-seventh meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, Civil Society Organization (CSO) Consultation and 17th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council, from 27-30 October 2014, from Washington, DC, US


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