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Issue #242 | 3 September 2015

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Editor's Note
A Paradigm Shift in Development?
After the 69th session of the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution that transmits the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to the UNGA's 70th session and its summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the moment represented the beginning of a new era and the 2030 Agenda marks a paradigm shift in development. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Ministers Back OECD Principles on Water Governance
Future projections related to water are sobering: by the middle of this century, the world's population will rise to 9 billion, 4 billion of which will live in severely water-stressed basins, while demand for water is expected to rise by 55% globally. More.
Aziza Akhmouch, Head, OECD Water Governance Programme

Investment in Forestry is an Investment in People
When the world's foresters and forest supporters come together for the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, in September, they will have a unique opportunity to highlight the urgent need to give forests credit for the true value they provide. More.
Tiina Vähänen, Deputy Director, Forest Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Policy Brief
Elemental Understanding for Ratification – InforMEA's E-Course on the Minamata Convention
The Minamata Convention represents a strong new tool to protect human health and the environment from the effects of mercury. More.
Jennifer Allan, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (Canada)

Climate Countdown: What Can Be Expected in the Lead Up to Paris?
The UN negotiations being undertaken by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) are expected to culminate at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). More.
Alice Bisiaux, LL.M, Content Editor, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (France/Spain), Gillian Nelson, Writer, Earth Negotiations Bulletin

What Happens Next?: Follow-Up to the FfD3 and Post-2015 Negotiations
Now that the long days (and many sleepless nights) of negotiations have concluded on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' what happens next? More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

New Reports and Resources
Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2015

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene for Accelerating Progress on Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Global Strategy 2015-2020

The 6+1 Step Approach to Assess the Economics of Land Management

Water for Development: Charting a Water-Wise Path

UN Regional Commissions and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving to Deliver on a Transformative and Ambitious Agenda

Valuing the Sustainable Development Co-Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation Actions: The Case of the Waste Sector and Recommendations for the Design of NAMAs

Report of the Secretary-General on the Work of the Organization

Latest News
Video Series Unpacks International Climate Governance

August 2015: IISD has produced four videos to provide an introduction to the history, issues, actors and dynamics in global climate governance. The videos tell the story of climate governance through interviews with those who make, implement and remake institutions for climate change. They contain interviews with 60 people, from Assistant Secretary General Janos Pasztor and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, to frontline delegates drafting the new agreement's text and civil society working to influence policy. More.

6th Regional 3R Forum Examines Economic Opportunities Offerred by 3Rs and Resource Efficiency

19 August 2015: The Sixth Regional 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) Forum in Asia and the Pacific discussed the linkages between waste management, tourism, water security and sustainable urban management in the region, as well as the economic and employment opportunities posed by 3Rs and resource efficiency. The Chair's Summary from the event suggests, among other things: promoting waste minimization and low-carbon development; creating certification and labeling systems to inform consumers of about the sustainability performance of traded goods and services; establishing a regional scientific and community advisory panel; setting up a network of regional innovation centers; phasing out subsidies that conflict with resource efficiency and waste minimization objectives; and developing regional financing mechanisms to support innovative projects based on the 3R principles. The document also recognizes the contribution of the 3Rs to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda. More.

Photo: Ahmed Adeeb Abdul Gafoor, Vice President, Maldives

Other News
Sustainable Development
UN Officials Urge Parliamentarian Support for SDGs, Climate Agreement

Forum Addresses South-South, Triangular Cooperation in Post-2015 Implementation

ECOSOC President's Summaries Suggest Way Forward for HLPF

International Day Underscores Youth as Invaluable Partners in SDGs

UN Secretary-General Reports to UNGA 70 on SD, Environmental Issues

Post-2015 Development Agenda
UNGA Transmits Post-2015 Agenda for Summit Action

DESA Publishes Special Studies on Post-2015 Summit Dialogues

UN Officials Indicate Next Steps in Post-2015 Agenda

UNGA President Circulates Amended 2030 Agenda

Trade, Finance & Investment
August 2015 Climate Finance Update

August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update

Bolivia, Ecuador Submit Reservations to FfD3 Outcome

CSOs Evaluate FfD3 Outcome

UN Committee Concludes Work on Sovereign Debt Restructuring

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
UNDP Partners Promote Human Rights Approach to Water Management

UNESCO Launches Project on Emerging Pollutants in Wastewater

World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement

FAO, IFAD Highlight Water Infrastructure and Information Needs for Agricultural Productivity

Research Shows Wastewater Irrigation Is Safe and Economically Viable

IMO Addresses Sensitive Marine Areas, Regulation of Waste at Sea

Scientists Investigate Scale of Plastic Trash in Southern Indian Ocean

Symposium Highlights Resilience and Food Security Potential of Rainwater Harvesting

Biodiversity and Wildlife
FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning

Researchers Developing Mutant Plant Varieties to Address Climate Change-Related Problems

CITES AC28 Opens in Israel

Chemicals Management
PacWaste Details Asbestos Risks in 13 Pacific SIDS

Pacific Islands Assess POPs Reduction

Climate and Atmosphere
Arctic Conference Highlights Priorities for and Challenges Facing the Region

Leadership Development Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming DRR and Adaptation in Southern Africa

UNFCCC Establishes CDM Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia-Pacific

ADP 2-10 Opens in Bonn

Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21

IMF, USAID to Cooperate on Capacity Development

Dominican Republic Submits INDC

August Update on Doha Amendment Ratification

Democratic Republic of the Congo Submits INDC

Islamic Climate Change Declaration Calls for Zero Emissions Strategy

Djibouti Submits INDC

Final Accounting of Kyoto Protocol First Commitment Period Commences

French, Peruvian UNFCCC COP Presidencies Release Aide-Mémoire

Australia Submits INDC

FYR Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Benin and US Announce Climate Plans

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD, Partners Further COP 12 Preparations

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

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

Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV: 7-11 September 2015. Montevideo, Uruguay

IPBES E-conference on Scoping Assessments for Invasive Alien Species and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity: 7-25 September 2015. virtual

Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC): 8-9 September 2015. Paris, Ile-De-France, France

Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance: 8-9 September 2015. Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

Launch Workshop of the Global GEF/FAO Project on Decision Support for Scaling Up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Land Management: 8-11 September 2015. Rome, Lazio, Italy

Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015: 9-11 September 2015. Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile

International Day for South-South Cooperation 2015: 12 September 2015. worldwide

CBD AHTEG on Indicators for the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity: 14-17 September 2015. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IISD Reporting Services will cover the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) - Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future, from 7 to 11 September 2015, from Durban, South Africa


IISD Reporting Services will cover the Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the 4th Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), from 7 to 11 September 2015, from Montevideo, Uruguay

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