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Issue #249 | 22 February 2016

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Editor's Note
On the Road to 2030
The international community has taken part in several of the "first key checkpoints on the road to 2030” during the last few weeks. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
IPBES to Release its First Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production
The fourth Plenary of IPBES will consider the outcome of the second year of implementation of the first work programme of IPBES. More.
Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Policy Brief
Biodiversity and Land in the SDGs: A Forward-looking Review
While the SDGs have given the UNCCD and the CBD a renewed sense of optimism and urgency for achieving their agendas, much remains to be worked out as the mechanisms for monitoring and implementation of the 2030 Agenda are decided. More.
Lauren Anderson, Content Editor, Biodiversity, Forests, Land and Water (US)

National Reporting under the International Climate Regime: Towards Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals
This policy update considers countries' national reporting obligations on implementation under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as under the Paris Agreement, in order to identify linkages with SDG 13 and its accompanying targets. More.
Elena Kosolapova, Ph.D., Content Editor for Climate Change Policy and Adaptation (Russia/Netherlands)

Emissions from International Transport (AKA the Elephant in the Climate Change Policy Room)
While climate change policy watchers are preparing for the next session of the COP, some expect that the most significant progress in addressing GHG emissions during 2016 could come during the meetings of the ICAO Assembly and IMO MEPC. More.
Alice Bisiaux, LL.M, Content Editor, Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (France/Spain)

2015 Sustainable Energy Year in Review
In September 2015, the world's governments adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 7: “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.” More.
Chad Monfreda, Content Editor and Thematic Expert for Sustainable Energy (US), and Virginia Wiseman, Thematic Expert for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy (US)

Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation (Part I)
Countries would do well to capitalize on existing frameworks for implementation and reporting wherever possible to ensure that resources available for SDG implementation are not wasted on duplicative or unnecessary efforts because of divergent reporting formats. More.
Stefan Jungcurt, Content Editor for Agriculture, Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Energy (Germany)

New Reports and Resources
The Costs of Meeting the 2030 SDG Targets on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Best Practices and Case Studies for Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement: An Introduction for Policy Makers

Latest News
UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030

February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.' More.

Photo: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Julia Pataki, CPR Chair; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP; Corinna Enders, Rapporteur; and Jorge Laguna-Celis, Secretary of Governing Bodies, UNEP, stand for the close of the OECPR-2 meeting.

Stakeholders Prepare for IPBES-4

February 2016: Representatives from academia, civil society, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and the private sector spent two days receiving updates on the work of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and coordinating their contribution to the Platform's fourth plenary session (IPBES-4). The 'Stakeholder Days,' facilitated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council for Science (ICSU)/Future Earth along with other volunteers, convened just before the commencement of IPBES-4. More.

Photo: Najib Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, formally opens IPBES-4 and launches Malaysia's revised National Policy on Biological Diversity for 2016-2025.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UNGA President Calls for Investment, Action on Multilateral Commitments

Public Discussion Emphasizes SDG 16, Leapfrogging in Governance

Post Davos Talks Highlight Urgency of Climate Change, Conflict and Migration

ECOSOC Creates Adviser Team on UNDS Dialogue

Member States Discuss LDC Progress ahead of IPoA Midterm Review

UNGA President Announces Updates on Thematic Debates

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Mediterranean Ministers Renew Commitment to Protect Marine Environment

Port State Measures Agreement on IUU Fishing Moves Closer to Entry into Force

Trade, Finance & Investment
Busan Report Highlights Call to Contribute to SDG Indicators

WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA

SDG Implementation
DESA Launches Platform for Sustainable Development Modelling

Experts Propose Alternative Indicators for SDG 16

Civil Society Highlights Areas for Action on SDGs, Climate Change

UNDP, US Officials Discuss Implementing SDGs in Asia-Pacific

Jordan, Ireland Leading Consultations for Refugee and Migrant HLM

Biodiversity and Wildlife
FAO Symposium Discusses Biotechnologies for Small-scale Farmers

CBD Secretariat Releases Report of Working Group on LMO Risk Assessment

Untapped Source of Wheat Diversity Offers Climate Adaptation Potential

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
African Union and FAO Expand Great Green Wall Partnership

FAO Updates on Implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines

Climate and Atmosphere
Changes in UN High-Level Leadership Announced

EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement

IPCC Discusses Strengthening Communication of its Products

December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update

ICAO CAEP Recommends Emissions Standards, Lays Groundwork for Market-Based Measure

CARICOM Reviews Commitments Made under the Paris Agreement

COP 21 President Reflects on Paris Agreement, Key Steps for 2016

Working Group Makes Progress on Disaster Risk Reduction Indicators

UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015

Sustainable Energy
China's G20 Presidency Holds Green Finance, Energy Sustainability Meetings

Canada, Mexico and US Collaborate on Climate Change and Energy

Morocco Advances INDC Targets with Opening of Solar Power Plant

Key meetings in the next two weeks
ECOSOC Operational Activities Segment (OAS) 2016: 22-24 February 2016. New York City, US

Asia-Pacific Forestry Week: 22-26 February 2016. Pampanga, Philippines

Fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4): 22-28 February 2016. Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Session 6: 23 February 2016. New York City, US

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs: 24 February 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting: 24 February 2016. New York City, US

Habitat III Regional Meeting - Africa: 24-26 February 2016. Abuja, Nigeria

Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition: 25 February 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Retreat 2: 26-27 February 2016. New York City, US

SDSN Workshop on National Perspectives on Implementation of the SDGs: 29 February - 1 March 2016. Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia

International Dialogue on Migration 2016: Follow-up and Review of Migration in the SDGs: 29 February - 1 March 2016. New York City, US

9th Meeting of the Adaptation Committee: 1-3 March 2016. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

World Wildlife Day 2016: 3 March 2016. worldwide

88th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board: 7-11 March 2016. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

12th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund: 8-10 March 2016. Republic of Korea

47th Session of UN Statistical Commission: 8-11 March 2016. New York City, US

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Financing Urban Development: 9-11 March 2016. Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7: 10-15 March 2016. Amman, Jordan

ECOSOC Dialogue on Longer-Term Positioning of UN Development System - Workshop 5: 13 April 2016. New York City, US

IISD Reporting Services will cover the 43rd Committee on Food Security (CFS 43) and Related Meetings, from the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

CFS 43 and Related Meetings

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