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Issue #244 | 9 October 2015

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Editor's Note
Top-down and Bottom-up
One of the stories dominating sustainable development news in the last two weeks has been the adoption of global goals at the UN Sustainable Development Summit, which every country must now evaluate and move forward on in their national context. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Beyond “FIXIT” – a Financial System Fit for the 21st Century
Financial market reform remains what John Lipsky, former International Monetary Fund (IMF) first deputy managing director, calls an “unfinished business”. More.
Simon Zadek, Co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System, Nick Robins, Co-Director of the UNEP Inquiry into Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System

A Call for Knowledge in the Age of Big Data
It is not information alone that is pivotal in the course of human events, but how that information is taken up, understood, and acted upon; how that information is turned into knowledge and from knowledge to action. More.
Martin Hiller, Director General of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)

Eye on Earth Needs Boots on the Ground
The Eye on Earth initiative—led by the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD), through the Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI)—is now up and running, to provide a mechanism to strengthen the connection from environmental data collection to packaging the data to inform decision-making for sustainable development. More.
Simon Stuart, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission, Eye on Earth Alliance member

17 SDGs, but is there a Priority SDG Target?
In his speech to world leaders on Friday, Pope Francis listed lodging, labor and land as the bare essentials for everyone to live in dignity and to have and support a family. More.
Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary, UNCCD

Closing the Data Gap: Securing the Future
The best decisions are made when we're equipped with quality information, and the bigger the decisions, the better the information needs to be. More.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi

New Reports and Resources
Sustainable Energy for All: Tracking Progress in Asia and the Pacific

Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2015: Making the International Financial Architecture Work for Development

Overview of INDCs Submitted by 31 August 2015

From Aspiration to Action: What Will It Take to End Malaria?

Towards a Land Degradation Neutral World

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
Second Our Ocean Conference Galvanizes 80 Initiatives, US$2.1 Billion in Commitments

6 October 2015: The Second Our Ocean Conference generated US$2.1 billion in commitments on oceans, including announcements of more than 80 initiatives on marine conservation and protection and the protection of over 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean. The Conference aimed to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the world's oceans. More.

Photo: Heraldo Muñoz, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile, addressing participants

ICCM4 Adopts Resolutions on HHPs, Management beyond 2020

2 October 2015: The fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) gathered over 450 delegates from governments, international organizations, and NGOs and industry to consider the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, the overall orientation and guidance (OOG), emerging policy issues (EPIs) and other issues of concern, progress towards attaining the 2020 goal on the sound management of chemicals and waste (the 2020 goal), and the activities of the Secretariat and the budget, among other issues. More.

L-R: Richard Lesiyampe, ICCM4 President, and Brenda Koekkoek, SAICM Secretariat

Climate Action Conference Focuses on Local Governments Driving Transformation

2 October 2015: During the International Conference on Climate Action (ICCA2015), which convened under the theme 'Local Governments Driving Transformation,' participants highlighted the leading role of sub-national actors in fighting climate change and formulated messages to convey to negotiators at the Paris Climate Change Conference. More.

Aviation Summit Discusses Ways to Deliver Sustainable Air Transport

30 September 2015: The Eighth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit convened to discuss ways of delivering sustainable air transport. The Summit included sessions on: the contribution of technology in meeting the carbon reduction goal; sustainable alternative aviation fuels; aviation climate solutions case studies; environmental management; emerging environmental issues; and achieving sustainable aviation in the long-term. The role of air transport in reducing illegal trade in wildlife and the upcoming session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC were also discussed. More.

Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a summit of Heads of State and Government. Many speakers called the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet. More.

Photo: Participants during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

Other News
Sustainable Development
Second Committee Begins Session with Focus on 2030 Implementation

UNWTO Highlights Tourism's Role for SDGs

70th UNGA Debate Concludes with Calls to Implement 2030 Agenda

70th General Debate Highlights MOI, Partnerships for Achieving SDGs

UN Secretary-General: Unlocking LDCs' Potential is 2030 Litmus Test

#Generation2030 Event Highlights Youth Role in SDGs

Member States, Stakeholders Launch Global Data Partnership

Children Adopt Declaration on SDGs

TFM Assembling Stakeholder Advisory Group

GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries

UN, Member States Launch Technology Facilitation Mechanism

Sustainable Energy
G20 Energy Ministers Convene Historic Meeting, Adopt Communiqué

Sixth US-India Energy Partnership Summit Addresses Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Finance

High-level SE4All Event Discusses Financing for Sustainable Energy

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
High-Level Event Discusses Actions for Healthy Oceans

SPREP, Coral Triangle Initiative-CFF Cooperate on Marine Conservation

Biodiversity and Wildlife
CBD Secretariat Releases Workshop Report on Detection and Identification of LMOs

UNEP-WCMC Develops Guidance on Experimental Biodiversity Accounting

Intersessional Working Group Proposes Subscription System for ABS under the ITPGRFA MLS

African Heads of State, Environmental Leaders Discuss Illegal Wildlife Trade

Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 66 Ratifications

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
UNCCD COP 12 Draft Consultation Texts Released

CIFOR Director General Comments on Validity Data for Global Forest Assessments

Panama and Costa Rica Highlight LDN Public-Private Partnerships

Six African Countries Launch CAFI Initiative on Forests

Trade, Finance & Investment
High-Level Meeting Seeks Coordinated Approach to Migration, Refugees

September 2015 Climate Finance Update

High-level Panel Discusses Generating SDG Funding

Stock Exchanges Highlight Role in Promoting SDGs

Civil Society Interventions Discuss Data, Transformation, Indicators, Financing

Climate and Atmosphere
WHO Calls for Action to Protect Health from Climate Change

New IPCC Chair Elected

India, Germany Step Up Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy

ADP Co-Chairs Release Draft Negotiating Text for Paris Agreement

October Update on Doha Amendment Ratification

Argentina, Belize, Botswana, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mozambique, the Philippines, Samoa, San Marino, Sierra Leone, Thailand Submit INDCs

June-September 2015 NAMA Update

Major Economies Forum Meets on Sidelines of UN General Assembly

Climate Change Issues Highlighted at UN Sustainable Development Summit

Bhutan, Costa Rica, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Lebanon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe Submit INDCs

Armenia, Cabo Verde, Kyrgyzstan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam Submit INDCs

UN Secretary-General, COP 20, COP 21 Presidents Host Climate Change Working Lunch

Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles, South Africa Submit INDCs

US, China Leaders Outline Vision for Paris

Aide-Mémoire from Second Informal Climate Ministerial Consultations Released

Key meetings in the next two weeks
ITPGR Governing Body 6: 3-9 October 2015. Rome, Lazio, Italy

General Debate of UNGA Second Committee: 7-9 October 2015. New York City, US

Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund: 9-11 October 2015. Lima, Peru

UNCCD COP 12: 12-23 October 2015. Ankara, Turkey

Second Committee Special Event: Women's Equality and Sustainable Development: 14 October 2015. New York City, US

Second Committee Side Event on Promoting Inclusive Growth: 16 October 2015. New York City, US

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations: 19 October 2015. Washington D.C., US

Second Committee Discussion of Sustainable Development: 19-20 October 2015. New York City, US

CITES PC22: 19-23 October 2015. Tbilisi, T'Bilisi, Georgia

ADP 2-11: 19-23 October 2015. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Eleventh Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 11): 19-23 October 2015. Rome, Lazio, Italy

World Statistics Day 2015: 20 October 2015. worldwide

FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference and 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference: 20-21 October 2015. Madrid, Spain

49th Meeting of the GEF Council: 20-22 October 2015. Washington D.C., US

19th Meeting of the LDCF/SCCF Council: 22 October 2015. Washington D.C., US

18th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change: 26 October 2015. Washington D.C., US

Eleventh Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC11): 26-28 October 2015. Rome, Lazio, Italy

IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting: 26-28 October 2015. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

2nd Meeting of the Negotiating Committee of the Regional Instrument on Principle 10 in the LAC Region: 27-29 October 2015. Panama City, Panama

IISD Reporting Services will cover the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12), from 12 to 23 October 2015, from Ankara, Turkey


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