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Issue #241 | 10 August 2015

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Editor's Note
An Agenda for Sustainable Development
One week ago, negotiators reached agreement, “down to the last comma,” on the post-2015 development agenda, titled “Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Policy Brief
Cracking the Climate Code in Time for the Paris Agreement
In the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC, it is important to understand what has come before, in order to put the future climate agreement and efforts by others into context. More.
Jennifer Allan, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Canada)

New Reports and Resources
National Security Implications of Climate-Related Risks and a Changing Climate

2015 Revision of World Population Prospects

Economic Survey of Latin America and the Caribbean 2015

Scenario Note on the Tenth Part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action

Economic Development, Climate and Values: Making Policy

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
UN Finalizes 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2 August 2015: The final version of the draft post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' was adopted by acclamation at the conclusion of an informal plenary of intergovernmental negotiations. The adoption came at the end of a two-week session and concluded a seven-month process to agree on the UN's development agenda to follow up on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and seek to achieve sustainable development. More.

Photo: L-R: Co-Facilitators David Donoghue (Ireland) and Macharia Kamau (Kenya) applauding the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

Conference Establishes Pan-African Institution on Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security

31 July 2015: Africa has a new regional institution, the Ecosystem Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly (EBAFOSA), dedicated to promoting ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) as a tool to address chronic food insecurity in Africa, while contributing to sustainable agricultural production and rural livelihoods. The Assembly was formally established during the closing session of the 2nd EBA for Food Security Conference (EBAFOSC 2), which took place from 30-31 July 2015, at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. More.

Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down

24 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS). More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
High-level Group Makes Recommendations on Financing Sustainable Transport

UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific

ECOSOC Elects President and Bureau for 2015-2016

Trade, Finance & Investment
July 2015 Climate Finance Update

July 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

UNU Issues Call for Researchers for Africa Green Growth Project

White House Launches American Business Act on Climate Pledge

Biodiversity and Wildlife
UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on Combating Illegal Wildlife Trade

Caribbean, Pacific Regions Focus on Advancing PA Networks

Eye on Earth Launches Data Innovation, Visualization, Blogging Competitions

Post-2015 Development Agenda
DESA Provides Briefing Note on AAAA Contents, Deliverables

UNGA Endorses Addis Ababa Action Agenda

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
FAO: Ratification of Agreement on IUU Fishing Gains Momentum

AU Launches Decade of African Seas and Oceans

Kenya, FAO Launch Blue Growth Initiative

SPREP Organizes Nature Conservation Roundtable, Supports Coral Reef Management Training

OECD Inventory on Water Governance Indicators Open for Comment

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
5th Kubuqi Forum Develops 10-Year Global Action Plan, Unveils 2015 UNCCD Land for Life Winners

FAO, NACD Develop Educational Series on Importance of Healthy Soils

Climate and Atmosphere
GCF Calls for Public Input on Monitoring and Accountability Framework

UN-REDD Highlights Technical Support for UNFCCC REDD+ Implementation

CDM Approves Integrated Methodology on Electrification of Communities

Kenya Submits INDC

Monaco Submits INDC

Pacific Islands, Partners to Strengthen Weather and Climate Services

WMO Calls for Comments on Draft 2015 GCOS Status Report

UNECE Calls for Comments on Draft CCS Specifications

Stakeholders Assess SLCPs' Impacts on Post-2015 Development Agenda

Africa Kick Starts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation

Vatican, Mayors Highlight Links between Climate Change and Human Trafficking

Major Economies Forum Discusses Elements of a Legally-Binding Climate Agreement

Key meetings in the next two weeks
Consultation on the Global Indicator Framework: 11 August - 7 September 2015. virtual

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

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

CITES AC28: 30 August - 3 September 2015. Tel Aviv, Israel

ADP 2-10: 31 August - 4 September 2015. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Africa Climate Talks: East/Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean SIDS: 3-5 September 2015. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Fourteenth World Forestry Congress: 7-11 September 2015. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

IISD Reporting Services will cover the 6th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific,
from 16-19 August 2015, from Male, Maldives

6th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific

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