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Issue #236 | 8 April 2015

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Editor's Note
Zero Drafts In, Let the Negotiations Begin
Over the last few weeks, zero drafts have been released for a number of 2015 negotiation processes. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Thinking Bigger: Business Engagement in the SDGs
In the upcoming six or seven months, UN Member States will be deeply engaged in the final steps in securing an international agreement for the post-2015 development agenda. More.
Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Policy Brief
Learning the Politics of the Possible: An E-Course on the International Environmental Law Protecting the Ozone Layer
The multilateral response to ozone depletion represents, as the e-course highlights, a milestone among MEAs for two reasons: it set targets and timelines; and laid the foundations for the emergence of the precautionary principle. More.
Jennifer Allan, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Canada)

New Reports and Resources
Sustainable Consumption and Production Indicators for the Future SDGs

Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2015

Key Elements of a Successful Addis Ababa Accord on Financing for Sustainable Development

States of Fragility 2015: Meeting Post-2015 Ambitions

Measuring What Matters in the Energy SDG

Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals: Launching a data revolution for the SDGs

G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan: Voluntary Collaboration on Energy Efficiency

Independent evaluation of the effectiveness of the Integrated Investment Frameworks

Fiscal Policies and the Green Economy Transition: Generating Knowledge, Creating Impact

Water in the World We Want: Catalyzing National Water-Related Sustainable Development

Our Planet: Time for Global Action

Evidence Changes Lives: Realizing Evaluation's Potential to Inform the Global Sustainable Development Goals

Energy Access Realities in Urban Poor Communities of Developing Countries

Handbook on Measurement, Reporting and Verification for Developing Country Parties

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015

Assessment of Global Megatrends

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
UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas

27 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact. More.

Photo: A bird's eye view of the dais during CRIC 13

GCF Board Accredits Seven Entities, Adopts Investment Framework

26 March 2015: At its ninth meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board took a number of necessary steps toward its goal of approving funding for the first projects and programmes in October 2015. It agreed to accredit seven organizations, opening the door for them to begin developing and submitting project and programme proposals. In addition, it agreed on an initial investment framework, which will guide entities in the development of their proposals and create a transparent process for evaluating them. More.

Third Session of Post-2015 Negotiations Takes up Target Revision, Indicator Development

27 March 2015: The third session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda discussed: the timeline and process for creating an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); country experiences in implementing sustainable development; the targets for the proposed SDGs and possible revisions to the targets agreed by the Open Working Group (OWG); and arrangements for a joint meeting with the preparatory process for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) in April 2015. More.

Photo: Co-Facilitators David Donoghue (Ireland, left) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya, right) confer with Amina J. Mohammed, UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning

Meeting Discusses Prevention and Elimination of Plastic Waste from Marine Environment

18 March 2015: The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission convened a meeting titled 'Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges' on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US. In addition to statements, panel presentations and round-table dialogues, a high-level session convened in the afternoon to hear from HRH The Prince of Wales and Co-Chairs of the Global Ocean Commission David Miliband and José María Figueres. More.

WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action. More.

UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation

12 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality." More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Africa to Develop Common Position on Urban Agenda

ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work

African Finance Ministers Address FfD, Data Revolution, Climate Change

OECD Development Forum Calls for Ambition, Action, Accountability in FfD

Consultation Addresses HLPF, Sustainable Development Governance

UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position

UNECE Consultation Considers Ways to Unlock Financing for Sustainable Development

CSW 59 Closes with Renewed Commitments, Calls for Continued Action on Gender Equality

LAC Holds Regional Forum on Sustainable Development

Co-facilitators Release Zero Draft of Addis Ababa Accord

LAC Starts Series of Regional Consultations on FfD

GSDR Receives over 140 Science Briefs for 2015 Report

Experts Highlight Role of Green Industrial Policies in SCP

AMCEN Declaration Urges Action on Climate Change, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Green Economy

AMCEN Session Launches Reports on Biodiversity, Climate Change, Mountains, South-South Cooperation

Chemicals Management
SPREP, JICA Agree to Improve Waste and Pollution Management in Pacific

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNGA Dialogue Highlights Role of Water in Development, Peace and Security

Panel Identifies Priorities for Oceans SDG

UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day

Post-2015 Development Agenda
First Dresden Conference Discusses Nexus Approach to SDGs

ILO High-level Segment Addresses UN Fit for Purpose, Decent Work for All

UNDP Fund Supporting Transition from MDGs to SDGs in 18 Countries

UN Statistical Commission Sets Roadmap to Post-2015 Indicators

Experts Discuss National Monitoring for SDGs

Statistics Experts Discuss SDG Indicators

Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes

Biodiversity and Wildlife
Birds in the Spotlight at CMS

ITPGR Committee on Sustainable Use Recommends Toolbox to Expand Crop Genetic Base

PFII Collects Input on WCIP Follow-up

Denmark, Estonia Ratify Supplementary Biosafety Protocol

2015 WWD Gets 'Serious About Wildlife Crime'

UNESCO Conference Focuses on Interaction between Biodiversity and Climate Change

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNFF11 Ministerial Declaration Elements Identified

World Bank Land and Poverty Conference Addresses Land Tenure for Shared Prosperity

European Soil Partnership Workshop Discusses Regional Implementation Plan

Civil Society Organizations Hold National and Online Consultations Ahead of Desertif'actions 2015

UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session

Global Land Outlook Discussed on Sidelines of UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference

Climate and Atmosphere
UNFCCC Outlines Next Steps for BURs

African Workshop Builds Capacity on National GHG Inventories

Russian Federation, Gabon Submit INDCs

US Submits INDC

European Mayors to Cooperate on Climate Change

Norway, Mexico Submit INDCs

ECO Countries Resolve to Communicate INDCs

C40 Latin American Mayors Forum Demonstrate Local Climate Leadership

World Meteorological Day 2015 Highlights Climate Knowledge for Climate Action

UNFCCC Circulates Draft Climate Agreement to Parties

CGIAR Members, Partners Establish Climate Research Centers in Africa

UN Human Rights Council Discusses Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights

Switzerland Submits First INDC, Aims to Reduce Emissions 50% by 2030

Sustainable Energy
EC Launches Legal Action over Non-Transposition of Energy Efficiency Directive by Member States

Arab Region Launches UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All

European Council Addresses Next Steps for Energy Union

IEA: Global Energy Emissions Decoupled from Economic Growth in 2014

Trade, Finance & Investment
March 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

March 2015 Climate Finance Update

Commission Discusses Effects of Tax Avoidance on Poverty, Inequality

Key meetings in the next two weeks
16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea: 6-10 April 2015. New York City, US

ICLEI World Congress 2015: 8-12 April 2015. Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea

Seventh World Water Forum: 12-17 April 2015. Daegu, Daegu-Gyeongbuk, Republic of Korea

Seventh Africa Carbon Forum: 13-15 April 2015. Marrakesh, Marrakech, Morocco

Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD: 13-17 April 2015. New York City, US

48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 48): 13-17 April 2015. New York City, US

Scaling Up Finance for Climate Action: A Public-Private Dialogue: 16 April 2015. Washington D.C., US

2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF: 17-19 April 2015. Washington D.C., US

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF): 19-20 April 2015. Washington D.C., US

3rd Global Soil Week: 19-23 April 2015. Berlin, Germany

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session: 21-24 April 2015. New York City, US

35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 22-24 April 2015. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting: 24-25 April 2015. Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East: 27-28 April 2015. Al Khobar, Ash Sharqiyah, Saudi Arabia

WIPO-ESCAP Regional Meeting on Partnership for Innovation and Technological Capacity-building in LDCs: 28-29 April 2015. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

IISD/ENB will cover the Third Global Soil Week (GSW) 2015 - “Soil the Substance of Transformation,”
from 19 to 23 April 2015, from Berlin, Germany

GSW 2015

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