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Issue #258 | 7 October 2016

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Editor's Note
Stories Behind the Numbers
This issue of Linkages Update brings you stories of early movers and initial efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
China Leads G20 into Green Finance Reflection: To be continued?
In an innovative and promising development from the Leaders of the Group of 20 (G-20), this year's meeting in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September 2016, considered conclusions from a Green Finance Study Group that this year deliberated for the first time. More.
Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern

Monitoring Business' Performance for SDGs: Lessons from First Year
The international community still has many questions to answer about the role businesses will play in achieving the 2030 Agenda and 17 SDGs, but a commitment to using private sector data from sustainability reporting is a key first step. More.
Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)

Why Legal Timber Matters
Worldwide, forest crime is estimated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Interpol to be worth US$30-100 billion annually, or 10-30% of the total global timber trade. More.
Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

The World's Largest Lesson: Engaging and Inspiring Children Everywhere through Classrooms Across the World
“One thing that I think could make a big difference is if girls and boys grew up feeling that they could achieve anything,” said Emma Watson, actress and HeforShe Goodwill Ambassador. More.
Olav Kjørven, UNICEF Director of Public Partnerships

Policy Brief
Monthly Forecast: October 2016
International policy will be cloaked in urban chic this month, as events focused on sustainable cities, the New Urban Agenda and urban food security feature in the October sustainable development calendar. More.
Content Editors, SDG Knowledge Hub

Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres
Stopping wildlife crime has truly become, as the title of a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) high-level dialogue pronounced, “Everybody's Business.” More.
Lauren Anderson, Content Editor, Biodiversity, Forests, Land and Water (US)

New Reports and Resources
Realizing Farmers' Rights through Community-based Agricultural Biodiversity Management

The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience – An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities

Agricultural Mechanization: A Key Input for Sub-Saharan African Smallholders

The Trade and Development Report 2016: Structural Transformation for Inclusive and Sustained Growth

Financing Sustainable Development: Moving from Momentum to Transformation in a Time of Turmoil

The Future of Scientific Advice to the UN

State of the Least Developed Countries 2016

Latest News
CITES CoP17 Reaches Consensus on Most Agenda Items

4 October 2016: The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) discussed issues including whether to reject trade in white rhino horn, the transfer of the African grey parrot to Appendix I (no trade), and the uplisting of all pangolin species to Appendix I (no trade). Proposals to downlist and uplist populations of African elephants were defeated along with efforts to open the ivory trade. In addition, the first dedicated decision on fighting wildlife cybercrime as well as a resolution to combat corruption were agreed. More.

Photo: John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES

POPRC-12 Recommends SCCPs, c-decaBDE for Stockholm Convention Listing

23 September 2016: The 12th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants adopted decisions recommending that the Conference of the Parties (COP) take a decision to eliminate short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) and decabromodiphenyl ether (commercial mixture, c-decaBDE) under the Convention, and adopted risk profiles on two other chemicals. More.

CCAC WG Discusses Agenda, Communiqué for HLA on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

22 September 2016: The 18th Working Group (WG) meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) convened to, inter alia, prepare for the High-Level Assembly (HLA) that will meet on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016. Participants discussed the draft agenda for the HLA and possible elements for a draft communiqué, both of which will be revised and updated in advance of the HLA. More.

Photo: CCAC Co-Chair Rita Cerutti gaveled the meeting to a close.

Rotterdam CRC-12 Approves Guidance on Carbofuran, Carbosulfan

16 September 2016: The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade adopted decisions on draft guidance documents (DGDs) for two chemicals, a notification of final regulatory action on another, and the proposal for a new Rotterdam Convention listing of a severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF). More.

Other News
Sustainable Development
UN Security Council Recommends António Guterres as Next UN Secretary-General

BRICS Ministers Pledge to Formalize Labor Markets, Introduce Social Protection

UN Secretary-General Issues Final Recommendations on QCPR

FAO Committee Considers Agriculture's Role for Sustainable Development, Climate Change

UN Senior Environment Officials Discuss Next Steps, SDGs Support

UNGA Adopts Political Declaration on Antimicrobial Resistance, Discusses Links with SDGs

Heads of State and Government Welcome New Initiative for SDG 8

High-Level Officials Discuss Needs, Priorities for Refugees, Migrants

Member States Open Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Adopt New York Declaration

Civil Society Highlights Rights of Migrants, Refugees Ahead of Summit

Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III

UN Reports Look at Foreign Debt Frameworks for SDGs

UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA

Biodiversity and Wildlife
FAO, Slow Food Launch Label for Sustainable Mountain Products

CGIAR Approves Next Generation of Research Programmes on Fighting Hunger and Climate Change

US Senate Consents to ITPGR Ratification

GRASP and UNEP-WCMC Launch Apes Seizure Database

IUCN Report Shows Worst Decline in Elephant Populations in 25 Years

IvoryID Database Enables Ivory Tracing

Sustainable Energy
Canada, India to Bolster Energy Cooperation

SDG Implementation
UNGA Advisers Outline Way Forward on Indigenous Peoples' Participation

UNGA Second Committee Begins New Session Focused on Role in Supporting Sustainable Development

Fifth Committee Urges Tackling Financing for 2030 Agenda

Business Alliance Embraces SDGs as “Common Framework” for Inclusiveness

UN Member States, Officials Exchange Views on QCPR Negotiations

Partners Launch Global Alliance for SDG 16 Reporting

UNGA Debate Highlights SDG, Climate, Environmental Priorities

IAEG-SDGs Holds Consultation to Refine Indicators on 10 SDG Targets

UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement

GODAN Summit Event Considers SDG 2 Accountability Framework

UN Secretary-General Reports on Financing for SDGs

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
Indonesia to Start Shipping FLEGT-Licensed Timber in November

ITTO Releases Revised Criteria, Indicators for Sustainable Tropical Forest Management

UNCCD LDN Target-Setting Programme Celebrates 100 Countries

ITTO Showcases Community Forest Management Efforts

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
High-Level Panel on Water Launches Call to Action on SDGs

2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support

Workshop Explores Climate-Ocean Linkages Ahead of Third Our Ocean Conference

UNGA Adopts Modalities for SDG 14 Conference

Climate and Atmosphere
Climate Change Agreement to Enter into Force 4 November

Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Mechanism Prepares for COP 22, CTCN Completes First Requests for Assistance

Mitigation Update: New Applications of CDM Considered, Regional Events Examine Solutions

Cities Commit to Climate Actions, World Bank and Partners Launch Urban Sustainability Tool

June-September 2016 NAMA Update: NAMA Facility Launches Call, Events Focus on Linking NAMAs with Support

COP 22 Presidency Holds Conference on Adaptation Metrics

Major Economies Forum Addresses Climate and Security, Finance

Transparency and Compliance Update: COP 22 Documents Released for Transparency Framework Discussions, Submissions Deadline Approaching

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Technology Enhances Climate Resilience, Climate Change Security Risks Assessed

Chemicals Management
Coalition Calls for Ambitious HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

Trade, Finance & Investment
Sustainable Energy Finance Update: IEA Releases 'World Energy Investment 2016,' New Financing Channels Open

WTO Public Forum Highlights Women's Participation in 'Inclusive Trade'

SDG Fund, IPI Showcase Private Sector's Role in SDG Implementation

September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight

Leaders' Summit on Refugees Raises Financing, Promotes Long-Term Solutions, Supports Global Compact

Islamic Finance in Focus in Discussion on Impact Investing

Key meetings in the next two weeks
2016 Arctic Circle Assembly: 7-9 October 2016. Reykjavik, Iceland

2016 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group: 7-9 October 2016. Washington D.C., US

28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol: 8-14 October 2016. Kigali, Rwanda

5th UCLG Congress: World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders: 12-15 October 2016. Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia

High-Level Meeting on Sustainable Transport of Landlocked Developing Countries: 13-14 October 2016. Santa Cruz, Bolivia

8th BRICS Summit: 15-16 October 2016. Goa, India

Habitat III: 17-20 October 2016. Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

World Mountain Forum 2016: 17-20 October 2016. Mbale, Eastern, Uganda

44th Session of the IPCC: 17-20 October 2016. Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand

43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security: 17-21 October 2016. Rome, Lazio, Italy

UNCCD CRIC 15: 18-20 October 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

Fourth Meeting of Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDGs: 15-18 November 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IISD Reporting Services will cover the International Dialogue on the Global Commons
from 12 to 13 October 2016, from Washington, DC, US

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