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Issue #232 | 1 December 2014

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Editor's Note
Déjà Vu or a Different Drumbeat?
If you are paying close attention to the events leading into the Lima Climate Change Conference, you might be excused for wondering if it is 2007 or 2014. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
From Defining to Implementing Sustainable Transport
Making sustainable transport an integral part of global policies on sustainable development and climate change needs to go hand-in-hand with the development of effective funding and financing frameworks for sustainable transport. More.
Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)

Policy Brief
CMS COP11 Shines Spotlight on Conservation in Central Asia
One of the important outcomes of the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), was the adoption of the Central Asian Mammals Initiative (CAMI). More.
Tanya Rosen, Thematic Expert on Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (Italy/Yugoslavia/US)

The Sustainable Development Landscape: Journey to the Post-2015 Development Agenda
When the 69th UN General Assembly opened in September, negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda remained an abstract concept in many ways. More.
Faye Leone, Content Editor, SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (US)

New Reports and Resources
Information Relevant to Emissions from Fuel Used for International Aviation and Maritime Transport

Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New Climate Normal

Turning over a New Leaf: State of Forest Carbon Markets 2014

Renewable Energy Prospects: China

The State of the World's Children 2015: Reimagine the Future

2014 Global Nutrition Report: Actions and Accountability to Accelerate the World's Progress on Nutrition

Renewables Readiness Assessment: Sultanate of Oman

Mapping Multilateral Collaboration on Low-Carbon Energy Technologies

The Emissions Gap Report 2014: A UNEP Synthesis Report

The Land in Numbers: Livelihoods at a Tipping Point

World Energy Outlook 2014 Executive Summary

A World That Counts: Mobilising The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

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
First International Basin Forum Addresses Water Quality, Ecosystem Health, Water-Energy-Food Nexus

28 November 2014: Participants at the First International Environment Forum for Basin Organizations shared approaches and experiences with a view to strengthening freshwater governance in their countries and regions. Participants also discussed ways to enhance implementation of basin-level agreements and relevant global conventions, especially in light of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (the Watercourses Convention) in August 2014. More.

Photo: L-R: Arnold Kreilhuber, UNEP; Thomas Chiramba, UNEP; Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Ephraim Kamuntu, Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda; and Elizabeth Mrema, UNEP-DELC

ICN2 Endorses “Landmark” Rome Declaration on Nutrition

21 November 2014: Participants endorsed the Rome Declaration on Nutrition and an accompanying technical Framework for Action to guide the Declaration's implementation at the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN 2). The conference was jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). More.

Photo: His Holiness Pope Francis

Montreal Protocol MOP Adopts 26 Substantive Decisions

21 November 2014: The 26th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP MOP 26) concluded with the adoption of substantive decisions on: essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs); availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons; and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances. More.

Photo: L-R: Tina Birmpili, Ozone Secretariat; Co-Chairs Patrick McInerney (Australia) and Richard Mwendandu (Kenya)

IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Concludes with 'The Promise of Sydney'

20 November 2014: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress (WPC) 2014 has concluded in Sydney, Australia, with the release of ‘The Promise of Sydney' outcome. The outcome sets out an agenda for the protection of the earth's natural assets over the next decade, and positions protected areas as effective and efficient solutions to some of the world's key development challenges. More.

Photo: Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General, IUCN, during the closing ceremonies

Other News
Sustainable Development
ECLAC Forum Discusses Urbanization in China, LAC

UNGA Second Committee Approves Drafts on Poverty Eradication, MDGs, Doha

Open Government Partnership of the Americas Recommends Goal 16 Targets

OAS, UNEP Increase Cooperation on Environmental Rule of Law

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Amina Mohammed Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Agenda

DESA, NGLS Establishing Post-2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee

Pacific Consultation Acknowledges “Unique Context” for Post-2015 Development

LAC Review Supports Mainstreaming Gender, Human Rights in Post-2015 Agenda

Side Event Highlights Data in SDG Implementation

Parliaments, UN Discuss Shared Responsibilities in SDGs, Post-2015 Process

ECOSOC Discusses Food Security and Post-2015

Governments Discuss Global Context for FfD, Public and Private Finance

Co-Facilitators Propose Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations

UNECE Holds First Regional Review of Beijing+20

African Civil Society Assesses Progress on Beijing Platform for Action

Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations

Regional Commissions Discuss Roles in Achieving Post-2015 Development Agenda

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNECE Meeting Discusses Wood-Based Fuels and Fibers

Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa Launches Investment Guiding Principles

UNFF Advances Preparations for UNFF11

UNCCD, Ramsar Commit to Land Degradation Neutrality

FOREST EUROPE Prepares for 7th Ministerial Conference

Climate and Atmosphere
FAO Launches Index for Risk Management

European Parliament Adopts Resolution on Lima Climate Change Conference

January-October Temperatures Break Records, WMO Reports

UNFCCC Updates on NAP Process

UNFCCC Synthesizes Annex I Parties' Sixth National Communications, First Biennial Reports

WMO Supports African Countries Forecast Hazardous Weather

France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change

PrepCom Agrees to Open-ended Negotiations on Post-2015 DRR Framework

G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola

US, China Announce Emissions Targets

Social PreCOP Collects Messages from Civil Society Participants

WMO Highlights Women's Role in Building Resilience

Sustainable Energy
SE4ALL Catalyst for Energy SDG

CEM Ask an Expert Service Celebrates Over 100 Responses on Clean Energy

UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy Convenes First Session

UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy Focuses on CCS, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

APEC Energy Working Group Advances Goal to Double Renewable Energy by 2030

NREL, R20 Announce Partnership on Clean Energy

UNECE Workshop Examines Renewable Energy Project Classification

UNECE Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency Convenes First Session

IEA Proposes Five Actions for Energy Sector Decarbonization

Chemicals Management
Experts Address Waste Management in Kenya

GEF Marks Stockholm Convention's 10-Year Anniversary

Trade, Finance & Investment
ESMAP Technical Assistance Facility to Support Energy Subsidy Reform

World Bank Launches Sustainable Energy Investment Readiness Tool

US$413 Million Pledged at Cookstoves Future Summit

UN Secretary-General Appoints High-Level Panel to Advise on LDC Technology Bank

CIF Governing Body Confirms Funds' Mandate

World Bank, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Form Partnership

US$9.3 Billion Pledged to GCF

World Bank Highlights Social Protection Systems to Manage Disaster Risk

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
IMO Provides Update on BWM Convention at Shiptech Conference

UNEP-WCMC Updates Ocean Data Viewer

Drought Management Experts Examine Tools to Address Water Scarcity

IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping

World Toilet Day Links Gender-Based Violence and Sanitation

IUCN, MedPAN Sign MOU to Improve Marine Management in Mediterranean

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Federation of Mountain Protected Areas to Facilitate Management

CBD Holds Final Consultations on State of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Human Health

Pacific Islands Showcase Marine Conservation Efforts at World Parks Congress

Natural Capital Declaration, Natural Capital Coalition Workshops Review Flagship Projects

CITES and SPREP to Strengthen Partnership in Pacific Region

World Parks Congress Showcases Efforts to Improve People's Health through Nature

IUCN Red List Marks 50th Anniversary, Finds 22,413 Species Face Extinction

Arusha Declaration on Wildlife Crime Adopted in Tanzania

APEC Ministers Address Wildlife, Energy, Oceans and Disaster Management

Key meetings in the next two weeks
UNFCCC COP 20: 1-12 December 2014. Lima, Peru

Arctic Biodiversity Congress: 2-4 December 2014. Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway

Global Soil Biodiversity Conference: 2-5 December 2014. Dijon, Bourgogne, France

UNGA Meeting on Post-2015 Development Agenda Negotiations: 3 December 2014. New York City, US

WIPO Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge: 3-5 December 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

4th Meeting of the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention: 4 December 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

World Soil Day 2014: 5 December 2014. worldwide

Transport Day 2014: 7 December 2014. Lima, Peru

International Mountain Day 2014: 11 December 2014. worldwide

Second Meeting of the SAICM OEWG: 15-17 December 2014. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IISD RS is covering the Lima Climate Change Conference - December 2014,
from 1-12 December 2014, from Lima, Peru

Lima Climate Change Conference - December 2014

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