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Issue #231 | 11 November 2014

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Editor's Note
Finance, Science and Bridging Borders
As indicated by the list to the right, with all of the recent meetings covered by IISD's Reporting Services, the last few weeks have been an incredibly busy period for sustainable development policy makers. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
The Valuable Relationship Between Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change
Because of its possible effects on climate change and on natural resource degradation, the way in which we produce our food is a globally important issue. More.
Clayton Campanhola, Director, Plant Production and Protection Division, UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Can Business Help Finance the Post-2015 Agenda? Yes, But…
Diplomats and their governments are in the middle of a huge exercise to update the world's development agenda. More.
Paul Ladd, Head of UN Development Programme's (UNDP) team on the post-2015 development agenda

An Untapped Potential: Wildlife NGOs and the CMS Family
Wildlife Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) have been part of the fabric and culture of CMS since the agreement was originally negotiated. More.
Margi Prideaux, Policy and Negotiations Director, Wild Migration

Breadth and Collaboration at the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission
The IWC pre-dates the term biodiversity by several decades, but in 1946, the founding members of the IWC had grasped the need to conserve species. More.
Dr. Simon Brockington, Executive Secretary of the International Whaling Commission (IWC)

CMS COP11 Quito, Ecuador: The Most Important Agenda for Global Wildlife Protection in Recent Memory
COP11 will address key proposals to strengthen the Convention and empower it to protect migratory animals across the globe more effectively. More.
Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Climate Finance for Global Impact
The GEF is helping to catalyze substantial funding from the private sector, national governments and other partners that would otherwise not have occurred. More.
Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future
To achieve sustainable development, political regulations and financial incentives are not enough. More.
Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Why We Need Climate Clubs - A Second Track Climate Strategy
The formation of a climate club would have an enormous psychological impact: its members would reinforce one another's resolution and the ultimate goal of stabilizing the atmospheric system. More.
Hermann Ott, Senior Advisor, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and Former Member of Parliament, Germany

New Reports and Resources
World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Risk

The Business Case for Eco-Innovation

Unpacking the Data Revolution at the Country Level - Initial Findings

Our Planet: Climate for Life

State of the Least Developed Countries 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
CMS COP11 Adopts Record Number of Listing Proposals

9 November 2014: In closing the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), Ecuador's Minister of Environment, Lorena Tapia, said participants “made borders disappear” by making firm decisions and commitments for action on migratory species' conservation. More.

Photo: L-R: Melanie Virtue, CMS Secretariat; Co-Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway; and Bradnee Chambers, CMS Executive Secretary

ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding

8 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities, among other decisions. More.

Photo: The Green Ambassadors Performing a Song and Dance during the Opening

INC 6 on Mercury Establishes Working Group to Develop New Programme

7 November 2014: The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC 6) established an Ad Hoc Working Group on Finance, which will develop a new programme to support implementation in developing countries and countries with economies in transition. More.

Photo: As Fatoumata Keita-Ouane announced her retirement as Head of Chemicals Branch, UNEP, during the closing plenary, Fernando Lugris, INC Chair, presented her flowers to thank her for all her work.

UNIDO Forum Examines Partnerships for Inclusive, Sustainable Industrial Development

5 November 2014: UNIDO convened a forum to discuss the theme, ‘Partnerships to scale up investment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development.' More.

Photo: UNIDO Director General Li Yong closes UNIDO's Second ISID Forum (photo courtesy of UNIDO)

IPCC Approves AR5 Synthesis Report

1 November 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change considered and finalized the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three IPCC Working Group (WG) reports. Together, these comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). More.

RRI Dialogue Considers Investment Risks and Opportunities

30 October 2014: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) hosted its 16th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change in Lima, Peru, organized around the theme of "Investments, Communities and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities." More.

Workshop on IAF Beyond 2015 Provides Input to Ad Hoc Expert Group

31 October 2014: The Workshop on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015, a Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), considered options for a renewed IAF based on strengths and weaknesses of the current IAF. More.

POPs Review Committee Takes Decisions on Live Chemicals

30 October 2014: The tenth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10) to the Stockholm Convention on POPs adopted decisions on dicofol, decabromodiphenyl ether, pentachlorophenol, its salts and esters, and alternatives to perfluorooctane sulfonic acid, its salts and perflurooctane sulfonyl fluoride, among other issues. More,

GEF and LDCF/SCCF Councils Approve Work Programs Worth Over US$200 Million

30 October 2014: The 47th meeting of the Global Environment Facility Council approved, among other decisions, a Work Program that consists of 15 project concepts, with total resources equal to US$190.74 million. More.

ADP Prepares for Lima

25 October 2014: The sixth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-6) under the UNFCCC focused on preparing key documents for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. More.

First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes

27 October 2014: The First African Mountains Regional Forum addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development agenda. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
LAC Countries Agree to Negotiate Rights of Access in Environmental Matters

LLDCs Conference Adopts 10-Year Programme of Action

DESA Accepting Input to GSDR 2015

UN Right to Food Rapporteur Outlines Priorities on Climate Change, Food Waste and SDGs

Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition

IEAG Receives Several Hundred Comments on Draft Report on Data Revolution

Co-facilitators Update Road Map for FfD Prep Process

Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development

Member States Start Preparations for 3rd FfD Conference, SG Announced

EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs

Trade, Finance & Investment
October 2014 Water Finance Update

October 2014 Climate Finance Update

GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement

Sweden Announces US$550 Million GCF Contribution

Chemicals Management
FAO Spotlights Mozambique's Cancellation of Highly Hazardous Pesticides

UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion

Post-2015 Development Agenda
NGOs Voice Views for Post-2015 Synthesis Report

Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations

UNDP Administrator Discusses Post-2015 Agenda, SDG 16 and "Soft" Means of Implementation

Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Accountability Mechanism

States Propose Features of HLPF Review Mechanism

Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism

IAEG Invites Comments on Data-Related Rights

Climate and Atmosphere
UN-REDD Policy Board Welcomes US$11.6 Million in Funding

ICAO Asia-Pacific Seminars Discuss Environmental and Climate Action

COP 20 Presidency Holds Stakeholder Dialogues in Lima

African Countries Adopt Sustainable Transport Framework

G77/China Ministerial Declaration Addresses Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change

Senior Arctic Officials Prepare for Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting

GCF Board Paves Way for Initial Resource Mobilization

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Technical Protocol Concluded on Transboundary Cooperation in Neman Basin

Conference Addresses Development Cooperation to Mitigate Environmental Disaster in Aral Sea

New Partnership Highlights Role of Local Authorities in Water Management

Biodiversity and Wildlife
SPREP, SPC, UNEP Develop TOR for Pacific IAS Advisory Group

IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita

Berlin Meeting Launches Process for GEO-6

Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation

IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions

UNEP-WCMC Updates Biodiversity A-Z Website

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
TAI Global Gathering Focuses on Forests and Land Rights

UNFF Releases Voluntary Reports for UNFF11

Major Groups Establish Liaison Organization to UNFF

Land Matrix Introduces Regional Focal Points

UNCCD Provides Information on Land Degradation Neutrality in SDGs

FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification

Sustainable Energy
IRENA Invites 'Energy Enthusiasts' to Join Global Atlas Virtual Advisory Network

Local Renewables Conference Calls for Energy-Productive Cities

IRENA Council Holds Eighth Meeting

EU-Sponsored Workshop Explores Renewable Energy Projects

Global Green Growth Forum Discusses Production and Consumption, Launches Partnerships

Key meetings in the next two weeks
73rd Executive Committee Meeting for the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol: 9-13 November 2014. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

2015 International Year of Soils Launch in Latin America and the Caribbean: 9-15 November 2014. Cusco, Peru

Substantive Informal Meeting on Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD): 10-13 November 2014. New York City, US

IEA World Energy Outlook 2014 Launch: 12 November 2014. worldwide

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014: 12-19 November 2014. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

GEO-XI: 13-14 November 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Emerging Activities to Combat Climate Change: Use of FAO Data and IPCC GHG Inventory Guidelines for Agriculture and Land Use: 13-14 November 2014. Rome, Lazio, Italy

G20 Leaders' Summit 2014: 15-16 November 2014. Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Second Preparatory Committee meeting for Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: 17-18 November 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting: 17-18 November 2014. New York City, US

5th International Conference on Drylands, Deserts and Desertification: 17-20 November 2014. Israel

Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 17-21 November 2014. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

UNECE Sustainable Energy Week: 17-21 November 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Second International Conference on Nutrition: 19-21 November 2014. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Green Climate Fund High-Level Pledging Conference: 20 November 2014. Berlin, Germany

Joint CBD, UNCCD Workshop on NBSAPs - NAP Synergies: 21-22 November 2014. Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt

First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations: 26-28 November 2014. Nairobi, Kenya

OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus: 27-28 November 2014. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

IISD RS is covering the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014, from 12-19 November 2014, from Sydney, Australia


IISD RS will cover the Twenty-sixth Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Montreal Protocol and Tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Vienna Convention, from 17-21 November 2014, from Paris, France

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