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Latest News - 3 March 2015
Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes
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24_February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations. continued...
UNGA President Releases Concept Note on Cooperation with Regional, Sub-Regional Organizations
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24_February 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has released a concept note ahead of the high-level thematic debate on ‘Strengthening Cooperation Between the UN and Regional and Sub-Regional Organizations' convening on 4 May 2015. The concept note highlights that cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations “has remained a cornerstone" of the UN's work, and has intensified over the years. It also underlines the important contribution that regional and sub-regional organizations can make to the post-2015 development agenda, including its implementation. continued...
ESCAP Conference Says Asia-Pacific Must Build Resilience to Ensure Development Gains
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18_February 2015: As the world's most disaster prone region, the Asia-Pacific must build resilience to meet its development goals, according to participants at the Regional Conference on Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into Development Planning and Financing. The Conference, hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), brought together policymakers and experts one month ahead of the Third UN World Conference on DRR. continued...
Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February
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February_2015: In February, the European Commission announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy focusing on terrestrial species, with the Commission emphasizing that flora and fauna from marine as well as inland waters will be added in the future. continued...
Workshops Reflect on Biodiversity Conservation, Fisheries Management in ABNJ
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February_2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Common Oceans Program organized two workshops in February on biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJs). continued...
IPCC-41 Discusses Future Work, Measures to Involve Experts from Developing Countries
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27_February 2015: The 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-41) addressed issues related to the future work of the IPCC, including consideration of the recommendations by the Task Group on the Future Work of the IPCC, and a decision on size, structure and composition of the IPCC Bureau and any Task Force Bureau. continued...
CCAC Working Group Meeting Adopts Decision on the Road to Paris
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25_February 2015: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group Meeting adopted decisions on the Coalition's 5-Year Strategic Plan, the Road to Paris, the Demonstrating Impact Task Force, the Midterm Review and funding requests. continued...
February 2015 Climate Finance Update
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February_2015: During February 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Citi corporation reported on funding and new financial instruments. IDB, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate resilience, green growth and carbon pricing, and reported on a regional event in Asia. continued...
Governments of France, Philippines Launch Manila Call to Action on Climate Change
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26_February 2015: In conjunction with the State visit of François Hollande, President, France, to the Philippines, French actress Marion Cotillard and Philippine Senator Loren Legarda launched the 'Manila Call to Action on Climate Change.' In the declaration, the French and Philippine governments call for climate action, solidarity and justice, cooperation, and financial and technological solidarity. continued...
Inaugural Forum Addresses Unsustainable Consumption
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25_February 2015: The First International Forum on Sustainable Lifestyles discussed drivers of unsustainable consumption and lifestyles, and showcased initiatives that promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP). The Forum also highlighted the role of the private sector in shifting to more sustainable lifestyles and mindsets. continued...
UNGA President Hosts Meeting on Crime-Development Links
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25_February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate on tackling social and economic challenges and promoting sustainable development through strengthening crime prevention and criminal justice. Many participants highlighted the importance of enhancing the rule of law for achieving sustainable development, and called for making it an integral part of the post-2105 development agenda. Many also welcomed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16, on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. continued...
OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050
Read More: OECD Projects 290% Increase in Freight Transport Emissions by 2050
27_January 2015: The International Transport Forum (ITF) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 2015 Transport Outlook. According to the report's projections, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from freight transport will increase by 290% by 2050. The Outlook also predicts that cities in China, India and Latin America will generate 38% of the growth in passenger transport emissions. continued...
Palm Oil Certification in Indonesia Extended to Smallholders
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24_February 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Indonesia announced the launch of a pilot project to implement the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) system on smallholder plantations. The project, led by the Ministry of Agriculture, is expected to engage 2,200 smallholders represented by six cooperatives. continued...
CDM Methodologies to be Developed for Aviation, Renewable Energy, Electrification and Household Energy Supply
Read More: CDM Methodologies to be Developed for Aviation, Renewable Energy, Electrification and Household Energy Supply
20_February 2015: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has confirmed that CDM project participants and coordinating/managing entities (CMEs) may wish to take on voluntary monitoring of sustainable development co-benefits of CDM project activities and programmes of activities (PoAs) in a manner determined in their own judgement. continued...
CCAC Meeting Opens in Kathmandu, Welcomes New Members
Read More: CCAC Meeting Opens in Kathmandu, Welcomes New Members
24_February 2015: The Working Group meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) opened in Kathmandu, Nepal, welcoming two new partners to the network, which now includes 103 State and non-State members. continued...
World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management
Read More: World Bank Calls for Systematic Approach to Air Quality Management
19_February 2015: A report examining the World Bank's activities in relation to air quality management and environmental health recommends a more systematic focus for enhanced impact. Drawing lessons from successful projects to date, the report calls for: better data and systematic monitoring of changes in air quality over time; an active dialogue with all stakeholders; integrated approaches; cross-sectoral involvement; and a combination of technical, policy and economic measures. continued...
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Major Groups-led Initiative in Support of UNFF Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal 2 Mar - 6 Mar
High-Level Policy Dialogue on Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action on LDCs Siem Reap, Cambodia 4 Mar - 6 Mar
Regional Dialogue on Sustainability Science Policy to Support the Post-2015 Development Agenda Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 4 Mar - 6 Mar
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9 Mar - 12 Mar
59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women New York City, US 9 Mar - 20 Mar
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai, Miyagi, Japan 14 Mar - 18 Mar
CMS Raptors MoU TAG2 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 16 Mar - 19 Mar
IV Mediterranean Forest Week Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 17 Mar - 20 Mar
International Day of Forests worldwide 21 Mar
World Water Day 2015 worldwide 22 Mar
CBD Regional Workshop to Facilitate the Description of EBSAs in the North-East Indian Ocean Region Colombo, Sri Lanka 22 Mar - 27 Mar
World Meteorological Day 2015 worldwide 23 Mar
ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the Middle East Region Dubai, United Arab Emirates 23 Mar - 25 Mar
16th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty Washington D.C., US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
 
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