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Issue #238 | 14 May 2015

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Editor's Note
Follow-up and Review
The fifth session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations is scheduled to discuss follow-up and review of the post-2015 development agenda. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
New Goals, New Outcomes and Getting Out of Old Boxes
In the coming months, the UN General Assembly is scheduled to adopt Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the outcome document from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). More.
Harris Gleckman, Senior Fellow, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts – Boston, and Director, Benchmark Environmental Consulting

Policy Brief
Defining the Post-2015 Period
From the back of the negotiating rooms at the United Nations and further afield, IISD's reporting teams have witnessed a flurry of meetings aimed at defining the key 2015 outcomes, and we are not even half way into the year. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Discussion Paper on Follow-up and Review of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Getting Specific on the 2015 Climate Change Agreement

Climate-smart Agriculture: Acting Locally, Informing Globally

World Happiness Report 2015

Towards Effective National Forest Funds

Resilient Recovery: An Imperative for Sustainable Development

Chemicals and Waste Management for Sustainable Development

Energy Technology Perspectives 2015: Executive Summary

Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Urbanization

Economic Cost of the Health Impact of Air Pollution in Europe: Clean Air, Health and Wealth

Development Effectiveness Review 2014: Energy

Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook

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
High-Level Event Considers Follow-up and Review for Natural Resource Governance

13 May 2015: The Institute for the Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam, Germany, along with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the Biovision Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland, and Millennium Institute in Washington DC, US, convened a high-level event on ‘Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“ More.

Photo: Interactive panel on ‘Current discussions on the follow-up and review at different levels'

UN Member States Hold Informal Discussion of Post-2015 Review Options

30 April 2015: A Workshop on Building an Effective Review Mechanism for the Post-2015 Development Agenda was convened by the Permanent Missions of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland to the UN, in cooperation with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). The workshop for UN Member States sought to create an open discussion on options for the architecture for review and follow-up of the post-2015 development agenda, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in the context of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF). More.

International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions, Response Measures

30 April 2015: A two-part workshop on carbon management, organized by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco, focused on methane emissions and mitigation in the oil and gas sector, as well as the adverse social and economic impacts of mitigation measures (response measures). More.

Photo: L-R: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC Secretariat; Khalid Al-Falih, President and CEO, Saudi Aramco; Adel Al-Ghamdi, Saudi Aramco; HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Vice Minister, Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi Arabia; and Joseph Westphal, US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Other News
Sustainable Development
ECOSOC Dialogue Discusses Funding of UN Development System

Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development

UN Commission Highlights Science, Technology and Innovation as MOI for SDGs

Co-Facilitators Identify 21 SDG Targets for Revision

LAC Countries Hold First Negotiating Committee Meeting on Principle 10 of Rio Declaration

UN Brings 'Zero Hunger Challenge' to Expo Milano 2015

UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Strengthening Cooperation between UN, Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations

Civil Society Discusses Positioning of UN Development System

UNGA Holds Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

Sustainable Energy
Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue

UNECE Resource Classification Week Stresses Renewable Energy Assessment

Chemicals Management
GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China

Chemicals COPs Address Basel Issues, Begin Second Week

UNEP Executive Director Addresses "Triple COP" of BRS Conventions

Waste Dumping Convention, Protocol Discuss Marine Geoengineering

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Member States Continue Negotiations on FfD3 Outcome

Member States Start Negotiations on Interactive Dialogues for Post-2015 Summit

FfD Co-Facilitators Issue Revised Addis Ababa Accord

High-level Consultation Agrees on FfD Action Plan for Asia-Pacific

Biodiversity and Wildlife
World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Highlights Importance of Bird-Friendly Energy Technologies

CITES and UNEP Support Strengthening of Wildlife Laws

ICARDA Identifies Effective Climate Change Interventions in Agriculture

PFII Discusses WCIP Follow-Up, Indigenous Issues in Post-2015 Development

Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference Calls for Africa-wide Strategy

US, Colombia, Designate Ramsar Sites Ahead of COP 12

Saiga, Pelicans and Elephants in the CMS Spotlight

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Land Policy Initiative Approves First-Ever Joint Regional Work Plan

FAO, Partners, Mark 3rd Anniversary of Voluntary Guidelines on Land

UNFF11 Discusses Implementation, Finance and Partnerships

FAO Forestry Outlines International Year of Soils Messages

FAO, Partners Launch Global Pastoralist Knowledge Hub

FOREST EUROPE Progresses SFM Indicators Revision

Climate and Atmosphere
24 Mediterranean Mayors Sign Climate Change Covenant

Caribbean Countries Call for Effective 2015 Climate Agreement

Mediterranean Countries Prepare for COP 21

G7, Insurance Industry Collaborate on Climate Resilience

Global CO2 Concentrations Reach Record High

ADP Co-Chairs Release June Session Scenario Note

ICAO Dialogues Focus on Market-Based Mechanism for Aviation Emissions

ASEAN Summit Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Resilience

BRICS Environment Ministers Discuss Green Economy, Climate Change

ASEAN Commits to Efficient Lighting

Pontifical Academy of Sciences Holds Workshop on Climate Change, Sustainable Development

Japan, US to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy

Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference

Trade, Finance & Investment
April 2015 Climate Finance Update

April 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

IDB Launches Open Data Portal for LAC Region

April 2015 Water Finance Update

WTO Marks 20 Years with Event, Publication on Environment-Trade Connections

Key meetings in the next two weeks
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

Intersessional Consultations for FfD3: 11-15 May 2015. New York City, US

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

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

Global Stakeholder Meeting of the 10YFP: 14-15 May 2015. New York City, US

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

Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum: 18-21 May 2015. New York City, US

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session: 18-22 May 2015. New York City, US

Climate Week Paris: 18-24 May 2015. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

IWC Scientific Committee Meeting: 19 May - 3 June 2015. San Diego, CA, US

CCAC High-Level Assembly: 20 May 2015. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Third Meeting of Signatories - Aquatic Warbler MoU: 20-21 May 2015. Venta, Siauliu Apskritis, Lithuania

Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development: 21-22 May 2015. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

International Day for Biological Diversity 2015: 22 May 2015. worldwide

Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Second Ministerial Meeting: 25-26 May 2015. Mexico

17th Session of the WMO Congress: 25 May - 12 June 2015. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Intersessional Consultations for FfD3: 26-29 May 2015. New York City, US

Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6): 27-28 May 2015. Mexico

IISD/ENB+ will cover the 5th Plenary of the Global Ocean Commission, on 17 May 2015, from New York, US

5th Plenary of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC)


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