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Meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm COPs Begin Considering Agendas[viewed]

On Monday, 4 May 2015, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention (BC), seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention (RC), and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention (SC) opened in Geneva, Switzerland. The meetings will include joint sessions of the COPs on issues that are on the agendas of at least two of the three conventions, including technical assistance, financial resources and mechanisms, and programmes of work and budgets.

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UNFF11 Opens, Considers Future of the International Arrangement on Forests[viewed]

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) opened its eleventh session (UNFF11) with a view to reviewing the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) and progress towards the achievement of the Global Objectives on Forests (GOF). The meeting will also discuss options for the future of the IAF and the UNFF, as well as the role of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and links with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Strengthening Cooperation between UN, Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa convened a high-level thematic debate focusing on strengthening cooperation between the UN, regional and sub-regional organizations. Delegates discussed how to strengthen strategic partnerships, as well as how regional and sub-regional organizations can be engaged and mobilized to play an effective role in the implementation of a transformative post-2015 development agenda. The event resulted in a negotiated declaration on strengthening cooperation between the UN, regional and sub-regional organizations, which was negotiated ahead of the debate and was expected to be adopted by the Assembly on 5 May 2015.

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UNEP Launches District Energy in Cities Initiative in Europe, Central Asia[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its District Energy in Cities initiative in the European and Central Asian region during a workshop co-hosted with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC). At the workshop, several countries and cities committed to meeting climate change targets through modern district energy systems.

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Event: Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7[viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan.

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International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions, Response Measures[viewed]

A two-part workshop on carbon management, organized by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco, focused on methane emissions and mitigation in the oil and gas sector, as well as the adverse social and economic impacts of mitigation measures (response measures).

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12th Carbon Fund Meeting Considers Extension Beyond 2020[viewed]

The 12th meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF12) considered, inter alia: the extension of the Fund's term beyond 2020; the 2016 budget proposal; and the Emission Reduction Programme Document (ER-PD) business process and Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) terms of reference (TOR). The meeting also provided an opportunity to share early ideas on ER-Programme Idea Notes (ER-PINs), including from Argentina, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Laos, Mozambique and Nicaragua.

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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April 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update[viewed]

In April, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), and World Bank announced sustainable energy financing for projects in Argentina, Germany, India, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, the Pacific and West Africa. Several of these institutions also released related publications or reached milestones in their sustainable energy efforts.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference Calls for Africa-wide Strategy[viewed]

African States gathered in Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo, for the International Conference on the Illegal Exploitation and Illicit Trade in African Wildlife, have called for greater coordinated intelligence and law enforcement, involving communities in Africa, and working with transit and destination markets outside the continent.

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