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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers[viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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CGIAR, UNU Study Reveals Cost of Salt Build-up on Agricultural Lands[viewed]

A report from the UN and the CGIAR consortium reveals that land degradation due to salt build-up is causing damages in some 75 countries, estimated at more than US$27 billion per year.

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BNEF Assesses Clean Energy Activities in Emerging Economies[viewed]

A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) assessing clean energy activities and investments in emerging markets has found that capacity additions in these markets, over the past five years, totalled 142 GW, representing faster growth than in developed countries, and equal to more than France's existing clean energy capacity.

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Regional Commissions Issue Concept Note for Dialogue with Executive Secretaries[viewed]

The UN Regional Commissions NY Office issued a Concept Note for an upcoming dialogue with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' It will address the Regional Commissions' potential role in catalyzing and mobilizing the means of implementation for achieving the agenda, and the "growing role of regionalism" as a strong driver for development.

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Event: Second Committee Dialogue with Executive Secretaries of UN Regional Commissions[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will hold a dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' The session will seek to provide Member States and other stakeholders with a better understanding of the role the regional dimension can play in catalyzing and mobilizing means of implementation for the agenda.

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Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation[viewed]

Some 50 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and international and regional organizations met to promote the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

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Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

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Western Balkans and Turkey Agree to Develop Regional Early Warning System[viewed]

Representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia and Turkey agreed to establish a region-wide approach to climate change adaptation and disaster resilience at the conclusion of a two-year project, ‘Building Resilience to Disasters in Western Balkans and Turkey.'

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Philippines National Budget "Tags" Climate Change Response Funds[viewed]

In the Philippines, 53 national agencies have begun the process of "tagging" proposed climate change funding in their 2015 national budget submissions. With over 5% of the total tagged as climate change expenditures, the system intends to make the tracking, strategy and prioritization of the national response to climate change more transparent. The majority of funding will go to the infrastructure, environment, agriculture, energy, and science and technology sectors.

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Pacific Islands Update PACPOL Strategy on Marine Pollution[viewed]

Representatives from 13 Pacific island countries and territories reviewed and updated the Pacific Ocean Pollution Prevention Programme (PACPOL) strategy, which is implemented in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The strategy aims to address transboundary marine pollution in the Pacific islands through both control and prevention measures.

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