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Issue #237 | 28 April 2015

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Editor's Note
Exchanging Views
Participants at several of the events our teams attended recently commented on the productive exchange of views that the meetings had facilitated. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Common But Differentiated Governance: Making the SDGs Work
This article takes up the unique challenge of governing universal goals. More.
Ingeborg Niestroy, IISD

Highly Hazardous Pesticides: Finding Alternatives and Reducing Risk by 2020
Participants at the second meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group requested the FAO, UNEP and WHO to develop a proposal on Highly Hazardous Pesticides, with multi-stakeholder input. More.
Mark Davis, Senior Officer-Pesticides Management, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN

Policy Brief
Informing the Informers: Bettering Understanding of an Information-Provision Chemicals Convention
As Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade convene as part of a ‘Triple Conference of the Parties (COP)' meeting in May, an e-course has been launched to support the Convention's goals of protecting the environment and human health from hazardous chemicals. More.
Jennifer Allan, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Canada)

New Reports and Resources
Sources, Fates and Effects of Microplastics in the Marine Environment: A Global Assessment

Achieving the SDGs Pertaining to Water and Food Security

Establishing China's Green Financial System

Grounding the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Options for the Protection of Our Precious Soil and Land Resources

Global Diagnostic on Groundwater Governance

Report on the Achievements during the International Decade for Action: Water for Life 2005-2015

World Economic Outlook April 2015

Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development

A Global Partnership for Poverty Eradication and Sustainable Development after 2015

Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update 2014

Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges

Asian Development Outlook 2015: Financing Asia's Future Growth

Increasing Private Capital Investment into Energy Access

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
FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition

24 April 2015: Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes. More.

Photo: L-R: Ambassadors George Talbot (Guyana) and Geir Pedersen (Norway) co-facilitated the drafting session

Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management

24 April 2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36. More.

Photo: Participants during the 35th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol

Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability

24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas. More.

Photo: L-R: Jes Weigelt, Global Soil Forum Coordinator, IASS, with Johan Kuylenstierna, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Member States Review FfD 3 Zero Draft

17 April 2015: The second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) focused on reviewing the zero draft of the outcome document, the Addis Ababa Accord, circulated by Co-Facilitators George Talbot, Guyana, and Geir Pedersen, Norway. More.

ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development

10 April 2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Side Event Highlights Benefits of Geospatial Data for SDGs

International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World

Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs

ECLAC Countries Launch Consultations on LAC Forum on Sustainable Development

Negotiations Set to Begin on Principle 10 Instrument for LAC

PrepCom Agrees on HABITAT III Process, Timing

ESCAP Statistics Committee Promotes National Capacities for Monitoring SDGs

DCF Symposium Discusses Targeting ODA to Poorest 20%

Post-2015 Development Agenda
TFM, Technology Assessment in Focus at Post-2015 Event

UN Deputy Secretary-General: Sustainable Energy Central to Post-2015 Development Agenda

ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD

ECOSOC Dialogue Considers Functions of UN Development System

Pacific Forum Highlights Urban Challenges as Priority Development Issue

Sustainable Energy
UNDP, Turkey Inaugurate Energy Efficiency Incubation Center

ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group Concludes Technical Assistance Round

UNIDO, IIP, TERI Launch SE4ALL Industrial Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform

Trade, Finance & Investment
Industrial Diversification, Structural Transformation Key for Central Asian and European MICs

OECD Advances Reforms on Policy Framework for Investment

World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Heads of MDBs Commit to “Do More” to Transform Development Finance, Achieve SDGs

Member States Discuss Proposed Measure of Total Official Support for Sustainable Development

G7 Foreign Ministers Identify Climate Change, Fragility as Priority

Development Finance Institutions Work on Principles for Tracking Climate Finance

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IWC Gray Whale Research Documents Longest Mammal Migration

Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship

EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency

UN Crime Congress Calls for Justice for All, Action on Wildlife, Forest Crime

CBD Secretariat Surveying National Approaches on Assessing Progress towards Aichi Targets

Chemicals Management
SAICM Releases Draft Proposal for Action on Highly Hazardous Pesticides

Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint Announces 2020 Elimination Goal

Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force

Climate and Atmosphere
UN Launches ‘Data for Climate Action' Initiative

10YFP Adds Programme on Sustainable Buildings and Construction

CARIAA Updates on Adaptation Projects in Africa and Asia

CARIAA Explores Adaptation in Climate Change Hotspots in Africa and Asia

UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies

African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum

China, UN Sign MOU on South-South Climate Cooperation

Clean Energy Initiatives Announced at US-CARICOM Summit

OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement

Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference

UNFCCC Compiles Overlaps and Duplication in Draft Climate Agreement

Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNECE, FAO Cooperate to Support Land Governance in Europe

UNU Launches Interactive Platform for Comparing Nexus-Related Modeling Tools

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
IDB, IWA Launch World's First Rating Agency for the Water Sector

Key meetings in the next two weeks
14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14): 20 April - 1 May 2015. New York City, US

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

Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development: 29-30 April 2015. Jakarta, Indonesia

UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations: 4 May 2015. New York City, US

UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11): 4-15 May 2015. New York City, US

Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7: 4-15 May 2015. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

ESCWA Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD): 5-7 May 2015. Bahrain

CBD Technical Expert Workshop on Biodiversity-Related Investments and Impacts: 5-7 May 2015. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

First Meeting of Negotiating Committee of the Regional Instrument on access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters (Principle 10 of Rio Declaration in Latin America and Caribbean): 5-7 May 2015. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

25th Anniversary of FOREST Europe: 8 May 2015. New York City, US

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 2: 8 May 2015. New York City, US

68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee: 11-15 May 2015. London, England, UK

2015 Global Land Forum: 12-16 May 2015. Dakar, Kaolack, Senegal

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 3: 13 May 2015. New York City, US

Twelfth Meeting of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety: 13-15 May 2015. Montreal, Quebec, Canada

5th Plenary Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission: 17 May 2015. New York City, US

Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue: 17-19 May 2015. Berlin, Germany

IISD/ENB will cover the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum -
“Financing Sustainable Energy for All”, from 18 to 21 May 2015, from UN Headquarters, New York

Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum - “Financing Sustainable Energy for All”

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