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ICESDF Co-Chairs Brief UN Member States, Stakeholders on Committee's Progress[viewed]

The Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), Pertti Majanen (Finland) and Mansur Muhtar (Nigeria), met with UN Member States and stakeholders on 18 July 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to discuss the Committee's progress and key messages that will be included in the final report from the Committee, which they said is expected to be concluded in August.

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Member States Adopt Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee. The resumed PrepCom took place until 11 July 2014.

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IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands"[viewed]

A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) demonstrates how deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce fossil-fuel import dependence and create business and employment opportunities. The report ‘Renewable Islands: Settings for Success' looks at how islands around the world have attracted investments in cost-effective renewable energy resources.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and their 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Addresses Expectations for Lima[viewed]

The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which met under the theme 'Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions,' aimed to introduce new ideas in the UN climate negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. In her statement to ministers at the event, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €750 million to climate change and the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), noting that this is in addition to the €3.2 billion Germany has already contributed to climate efforts in recent years.

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World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans, and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources.

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ITTO Highlights Growth in China's Timber Processing Machinery Industry[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1 - 15 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which discusses the growth of China's forest machinery industry to an annual value of US$2 billion in 2013. The report notes that a majority of timber processing machinery is exported to Europe and North America.

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Major Economies Forum Focuses on Finance, Nationally-Determined Contributions[viewed]

Seventeen of the world's largest economies met for the 19th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate. This iteration of the MEF focused on reaching the political consensus needed for a successful outcome at the 20th session of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru in December 2014.

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Mitigation Partnership's Asian Workshop Provides MRV Training[viewed]

The 'Asian Regional Workshop: Tracking Mitigation Actions in Asia' brought together participants from Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to hear from experts and share experiences on measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate change mitigation actions.

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Australia Assesses Barriers to Renewable Energy Integration in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE) in Australia released an assessment of the costs of generating renewable energy in China, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Australia.

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