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Issue #233 | 19 December 2014

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Editor's Note
2015: The Year of Decisions
2015 is set to be a year of many decisions with important implications for the future of the sustainable development governance system, following an exceptionally busy year's worth of preparation in 2014. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Mobilizing for Impact in 2015: Inspiring Action for People and Planet
To achieve good outcomes from key processes culminating in 2015, we must mobilize both political will and public engagement at all levels. More.
Nelson Muffuh, Head of Outreach and Stakeholder Engagement, Post-2015 Development Planning Unit, Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General

Towards a Third Decade of Connecting Science and Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region
In just over three months' time, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN) will celebrate its 20th anniversary of operations... More.
Hiroshi Tsujihara, Director, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research

Making the SDGs Famous and Popular
I have seen how, with passion and dedication, the serious problems of the world can be addressed head-on – and I've seen that most people in the world actually, passionately want that to happen. More.
Richard Curtis

CMS COP11: A Substantive Summary of Critical Outcomes
The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals was a watershed in many respects. More.
Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary, Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

The Value of the Regional Network of Climate Change Offices in Southeast Asia
As we all know well, climate change is a global issue. More.
Pham Van Tan, Deputy Head, Vietnam Delegation at COP 20, and Deputy Director General, Department of Hydrology, Meteorology and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam

The UN System Delivering as One on Climate Action
The transition to low-carbon, resilient and inclusive development offers huge opportunities to achieve the ultimate objective of the UN system – a life in dignity for all. More.
Elena Manaenkova, Assistant Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Chair of the HLCP Working Group on Climate Change

Enhancing South-South Cooperation to Complement North-South Cooperation on Climate Change
South-South cooperation should be an integral part of the post-2015 agreement under the UNFCCC. More.
Jian Liu, Director, UNEP-International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP)

The Adaptation Fund's Success Story
The Adaptation Fund has built a focused, effective and transparent climate adaptation financing instrument that directly aids the most vulnerable communities in developing countries. More.
Mamadou Honadia, Chair, Adaptation Fund Board

Policy Brief
Financing for (Sustainable) Development: Building the Vascular System of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Achieving a transformative post-2015 development agenda will require a comprehensive framework for its financing, among other means of implementation. More.
Ana Maria Lebada, Thematic Expert for 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Romania)

Latest News
Lima Call for Climate Action Lays Foundation for 2015 Agreement in Paris

14 December 2014: The Lima Climate Change Conference concluded with the Lima Call for Climate Action, which lays the groundwork for a 2015 climate agreement in Paris, including rules on how countries can submit intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) during the first quarter of 2015. More.

Photo: COP 20/CMP 10 President Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru, holds the gavel at the end of COP 20.

Participants at Voluntary Meeting on REDD+ Exchange Views on Future Meetings

8 December 2014: Antonio Garcia Revilla, COP 20/CMP 10 Presidency, and Tomasz Chruszczow, COP 19/CMP 9 Presidency, co-facilitated the first annual voluntary meeting on the coordination of support for the implementation of REDD+ activities in developing countries, which took place alongside UNFCCC COP 20. More.

Photo: L-R: Tomasz Chruszczow, COP 19/CMP 9 Presidency, and Ambassador Antonio Garcia Revilla, COP 20/CMP 10 Presidency, co-facilitating the meeting

Transport Day 2014 Discusses Climate Initiatives, SDGs and UNFCCC Linkages with Transport

7 December 2014: Approximately 200 participants convened at the Sheraton Lima Hotel and Convention Center to focus on the theme 'Transport Tackles Climate Change,' during Transport Day 2014. More.

Photo: Participants at Transport Day 2014 gather for a group photo.

Arctic Biodiversity Congress Discusses Arctic Biodiversity Assessment, Climate Change

4 December 2014: Participants at the Arctic Biodiversity Congress addressed the conservation and sustainable use of Arctic biodiversity through three main themes: Arctic change, resilience and adaptation; mainstreaming biodiversity and linking Arctic ecosystems to society; and understanding cumulative effects and managing impacts. More.

Photo: Risa Smith, Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Chair and Arctic Biodiversity Congress Co-Chair

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015

Scientific Advisory Board Reviews Progress, Discusses 2015 Inputs

UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Means of Implementation

Civil Society Responds to UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report

ECOSOC Panel Explores Sustainability in Credit Rating

Ministers Discuss Sustainable Mountain Development at XIII Alpine Conference

UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs

Trade, Finance & Investment
IDB Launching Portal on LAC Development Indicators

World Bank President Highlights Role of Economic Transformation in Net Zero Emissions

ADB Launches Service to Connect Clean Technology Buyers and Sellers

OECD Publishes Data on Climate-Related External Financial Flows

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Initial Outputs of UNEP Project on Synergies among Biodiversity-Related Conventions Available for Review

Kuwait Convenes Workshop on Sea Turtle Conservation

Gangwon Declaration Presented to UN Secretary-General for Transmittal to UNGA

ASEAN Members Adopt Declaration on Combating Wildlife Trafficking

CBD Announces 2015 IDB Theme

Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change

WIPO Organizes Workshop for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities on Intellectual Property and Traditional Knowledge

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Member States Set Modalities for Post-2015 Negotiations

UN Discusses Migration in Post-2015 Development Agenda, SDG Targets

African Officials Recommend Actions for Implementing Agenda 2063

UNGA Reaches Informal Agreement on Post-2015 Summit Organization, Dates

Co-facilitators Brief Civil Society on Post-2015 Negotiations

FfD Prep Session Addresses Data Gaps, Global Economic Governance

Trade, Technology, Capacity-building Focus of FfD Prep Meeting

FfD Prep Session Takes up Enabling Environment

Post-2015 Consultation Recommends Actions for Civil Society Partnerships

EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda

Sustainable Energy
SEAD Initiates Intergovernmental Conversations on Energy Efficiency Best Practices

GCC COP 20 Discussion Highlights Energy Efficiency Progress in the Gulf

World Bank Highlights Geothermal Energy Expansion in Developing Countries

EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Third Arab Water Forum Focuses on Water for Food, Cities and Energy

Global Water Forum Recommends Better Indicators on Wastewater Treatment

African Water Facility Celebrates 10 Years with €1.2 billion

International Ocean Research Conference Urges Scientific Cooperation for Ocean Protection

Climate and Atmosphere
UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture

GCF COP 20 Event Considers 2015 Prospects

COP President Launches Nazca Climate Action Portal

C4C Business Forum Showcases Role of Business in Addressing Climate Change

African Group of Negotiators, AMCEN Discuss Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance Priorities

CCAC Event Reviews SLCP Mitigation Progress

COP 20 Event Highlights MAPS Experience in Latin America

ITTO and Japan Release Updated REDD+ Information Booklet

CIF Pledges Reach US$8.3 Billion

GCF Passes US$10 Billion Mark Following Pledges from Australia, Belgium

REEEP, IDS Side Event Highlights "Climate Knowledge Grid"

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Latin American Communicators Define Plans for Forests

COP 20 Panel Discusses Land-Based Adaptation Indicator

IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding

LAC Countries Launch Land Restoration Project

UN Launches International Year of Soils on World Soil Day

Chemicals Management
European Programmes Aim to Decouple Waste Generation, Economic Growth

ICCM OEWG2 to Review Progress Towards 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management

UNECE Convention on Transboundary Industrial Accidents Meets 30 Years after Bhopal

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Ministerial Meeting of Asia-Pacific LDCs on Graduation and Post-2015 Development Agenda: 16-18 December 2014. Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal

Arab Water Week 2015: 11-15 January 2015. Dead Sea, Jordan

Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2): 12-16 January 2015. New York City, US

Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary: 12-17 January 2015. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Informal Interactive Hearings with Civil Society for Third Conference on FfD: 15 January 2015. New York City, US

2015 Zaragoza Conference: 15-17 January 2015. Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

Stakeholder Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Development Agenda: 16 January 2015. New York City, US

Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda - Current International Discussions and Challenges for Implementation: 16 January 2015. Tokyo, Japan

CGRFA 15 Seminar 'Towards The State of the World's Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture': 17 January 2015. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Fifth Session of the IRENA Assembly: 17-18 January 2015. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

IISD RS will cover the Stakeholder Day and the Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary, from 11 to 17 January 2015, from Bonn, Germany


IISD RS will cover the Second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2), from 12 to 16 January 2015, from New York, US


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