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Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force[viewed]

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, adopted in 2007, entered into force on 14 April 2015. Under the Convention, for wrecks deemed to be a hazard by posing an impediment to navigation or expected to cause harm to the marine environment, liability is placed with the owners to locate, mark and remove wrecks.

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Event: World Education Forum[viewed]

The World Education Forum (WEF) 2015 will take place under the theme, ‘Equitable and inclusive quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030'.

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UN-REDD Moves towards Implementation[viewed]

Demonstrating a shift from planning and preparation to implementation, a number of funding mechanisms, support tools and projects for REDD+ have been launched.

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Clean Energy Initiatives Announced at US-CARICOM Summit[viewed]

US President Barack Obama and leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in Kingston, Jamaica, for a US-CARICOM Summit that focused largely on energy security, affordable energy and climate change mitigation. In conjunction with the Summit, the US announced increased support for the Caribbean through a number of energy and climate initiatives.

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GWEC Reports Record Growth in Wind Power Installations in 2014[viewed]

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), more than 51 GW of wind power capacity were installed globally in 2014. GWEC's Global Wind Report 2014, launched on 1 April, explores growth in new wind power generating capacity during the year and provides an updated five-year market projection for the sector.

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UNU Launches Interactive Platform for Comparing Nexus-Related Modeling Tools[viewed]

The UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) based in Dresden, Germany has developed an interactive ‘Nexus Tools Platform' to enable comparisons of existing modeling tools related to the water-soil-waste nexus. The Platform will also advance integrated environmental management and governance approaches across different sectors and scales.

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OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement[viewed]

The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum, coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brought together technical negotiators and expects from OECD and non-OECD countries to discuss issues under negotiation in the UNFCCC. Topics covered by the 2015 Forum included policy ambition, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), adaptation, actions of non-state actors, technology and capacity building, and long-term signals for mitigation.

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Member States Start Discussions on FfD 3 Zero Draft[viewed]

Opening the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), Co-Facilitator George Talbot, Permanent Representative of Guyana, said “today negotiations begin in earnest; we are embarked on a long road in a very tight time capsule.” The session will focus on a full reading of the zero draft of the FfD 3 outcome document – the ‘Addis Ababa Accord' - which was released on 16 March. The Co-Facilitators indicated that intersessional meetings will be required before the third drafting session, in order to bring a "clean text" to the Conference.

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Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference[viewed]

The ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments worldwide, led to a number of climate announcements intended to increase local climate action. The Congress brought together over 3000 participants, including over 100 mayors from around the world, and boasted the largest number of participants at a congress to date, with many others attending virtually via a live stream.

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Expert Group Meeting Discusses Science-Policy Interface in SIDS[viewed]

An expert group meeting on the science-policy interface (SPI) in small island developing States (SIDS) explored ways to strengthen SPI in SIDS, to inform the 2015 edition of the Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR). It also sought to advance the implementation of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and of the SAMOA Pathway. The latter was the outcome document of the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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