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Issue #240 | 23 July 2015

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Editor's Note
An Action Agenda
With the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) at the conclusion of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), the international community has shifted its attention to the second of three key sustainable development outcomes from 2015. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
IOMC Reflects on its First 20 Years and Highlights 20 Achievements
The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), which now brings together nine intergovernmental organizations actively involved in chemical safety. More.
Bob Diderich, OECD, current IOMC Chair, on behalf of the IOMC Participating Organizations

CITES - 40 Years of International Cooperation and National Action
CITES was the first global environmental agreement to enter into force, on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention. More.
John E. Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

Policy Brief
Unraveling the International Framework on Marine Pollution and Oceanic Conservation
The Earth's oceans are vast and complex ecosystems, and the legal framework for protecting them is similarly intricate, involving numerous international agreements. More.
Jennifer Allan, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Canada)

New Reports and Resources
State of the Climate in 2014

Vision for Paris: Building an Effective Climate Agreement

Aligning Africa's Financial System with Sustainable Development

Scaling Up Finance for Sustainable Energy Investments

Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy

Global Economic Prospects: The Global Economy in Transition

The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015

Global Sustainable Development Report 2015

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
FfD3 Concludes with Adoption of Addis Ababa Action Agenda

16 July 2015: The Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) has concluded with the adoption of the Outcome Document of the Conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). In support of the AAAA, a number of significant partnerships were launched during FfD3, including: the Addis Tax Initiative, which will support strengthening domestic tax systems; the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child, which brings together countries, donors and the private sector; and the Commission on Financing Global Education. More.

Photo: President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, congratulates Hailemariam Desalegn, President of the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, at the close of the conference

HLPF Declaration Calls for Universal, Ambitious, Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda

8 July 2015: Ministers committed to establishing “a strong, universal, ambitious, inclusive and people-centered post-2015 development agenda that will build on the foundations laid and experiences gained by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), complete the unfinished business and respond to new challenges” at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). More.

Photo: Martin Sajdik, President of ECOSOC, in conversation with HLPF 2015 delegates from Austria, Brazil and Egypt

Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft

25 June 2015: Delegates at the penultimate session for the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on, inter alia: common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR), people under foreign occupation, the status of the preamble, the report of the Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), technical revision of the targets, and means of implementation (MOI). The last, two-week leg of the negotiation process opened on 20 July 2015. More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
Side Event Discusses Usefulness of Administrative Data for SDGs

IAEG-SDGs Issues Timeline, Plans for Work Streams

Governments, Experts Call for Using Existing Mechanisms in SDG Implementation

Member States Review Progress on SIDS Partnerships

MDBs Will Collaborate to Mobilize Resources for Achievement of SDGs

Global Sustainability Summit Discusses Smart Cities

'Project Everyone' Launches First Global Ad Campaign on SDGs

Trade, Finance & Investment
New Development Bank Opens for Business

ESCAP, ADB Discuss Development Finance in Asia-Pacific

World Bank, China Establish Trust Fund to Combat Poverty

GCF Set to Review First Project Proposals

MDBs Adopt Principles for Tracking Climate Adaptation Finance

BRICS to Operationalize New Development Bank, Strengthen Energy Cooperation

UNEP Inquiry Event Urges Aligning Financial System with Sustainable Development Objectives

June 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

June 2015 Climate Finance Update

Sustainable Energy
IISD GSI Event: Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Reform Can Finance Development

IRENA Conference Launches Martinique Action Plan for Renewables Deployment on SIDS

SE4All West African Energy Leaders Group Launched

CARICOM Countries Address Renewable Energy, SIDS' Development, Climate Change

CEM's Global Sustainable Cities Network Focuses on Energy Efficiency

Post-2015 Development Agenda
ECLAC Calls for Caribbean SIDS Debt Relief at FfD3

Africa Prioritizes Industrialization, Transformation at FfD3

FfD3 Side Event Discusses Science, Technology and Innovation Post-2015

OECD and UNDP Launch 'Tax Inspectors Without Borders' at FfD Conference

African LDCs Discuss Inclusive Growth, Graduation

ECOSOC Dialogue Focuses on Regional Transition to SDGs

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
FAO/UNCCD GM Workshop Explores Upscaling Private Investments in Landscape Restoration

ECA, BMZ and World Bank to Launch Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa

Parliamentarians and CSOs Discuss Forest Governance in the Congo Basin

Expert Level Meetings Prepare for FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences

Third GSP Plenary Assembly Considers Global Soil Management Strategies

CBFP Partners Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sustainable Management of Forests

Biodiversity and Wildlife
IPBES Calls for Proposals under Matchmaking Facility

IITA, UCLA Partner on Congo Basin Research

Sweden to Support ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund through Annual Contributions

CMS Spotlights AEWA StC10, Egyptian Vultures and Sharks

World Leaders' Conservation Forum Promotes Co-Existence between Humans and Nature

ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Project in India Identifies Climate-Resilient Crop Varieties

Greater Efforts Needed to Reach CBD 2020 Targets on Biodiversity Awareness

Climate and Atmosphere
France Hosts Informal Ministerial Consultations

World Summit Issues Call to Conscience for the Climate

Marshall Islands Submits INDC

North-Pacific SIDS Prepare for Paris Conference, INDCs

APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts

Japan Submits INDC

WMO-Backed Conference Plans for Year of Polar Prediction

UNFCCC, UNCCD and UNEP Highlight Development Benefits of Linking Land and Climate Agendas

African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries Discuss COP 21 Position

CFCC15 Climate Science Conference Calls for Bold Action

Climate Summit of the Americas Issues Climate Action Statement

IFAD, CCAFS Outline Smallholder Farmers' Role in Reducing Emissions

New Zealand Submits INDC

Singapore Submits INDC

Subnational Governments to Reduce Emissions by 1.5 Billion Tons by 2020

Iceland, Republic of Korea, Serbia Submit INDCs

China Submits INDC

US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change

EU, China Adopt Joint Statement on Climate Change

UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Climate Change

BASIC Ministers Outline Views on Paris Agreement

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNESCO-IHP Celebrates 50 Years

Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14

Monaco Assessment Calls for Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Key meetings in the next two weeks
36th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 20-24 July 2015. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Seventh and Eighth Sessions: 20-31 July 2015. New York City, US

Organizational Session on ECOSOC Programme of Work for July 2015-July 2016: 23-24 July 2015. New York City, US

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: 10 August 2015. US (worldwide)

Sixth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific: 16-19 August 2015. Male, Kaafu, Maldives

African Regional Workshop on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs): 17-19 August 2015. Kigali, Rwanda

World Water Week 2015: 23-28 August 2015. Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden

IISD RS is covering the 7th and 8th Sessions of the Post-2015
Intergovernmental Negotiations (Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Outcome Document),
from 20-24 and 27-31 July 2015, from UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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