Meeting

Event: UN Briefing on Progress in the Implementation of the Objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity [viewed]

The UN General Assembly, via resolution 67/212 , adopted in December 2012, decided that one of the special events of the Second Committee, in the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, would be devoted to a joint briefing by UN Environment Programme (UNEP), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), on the implementation of the objectives of the CBD, including actions undertaken to promote access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization and associated traditional knowledge. This event, titled 'Briefing on progress in the implementation of the objectives of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, as part of the UN Decade of Biodiversity, and to further efforts to improve coherence,' will be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Second Committee meetings on 30 October 2013.  

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Event: Global South-South Cooperation Development Expo [viewed]

This event aims to bring together high-level policymakers with "solution providers, solution seekers and solution supporters" to demonstrate the global collective response to relevant provisions of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) outcome and its capacity to facilitate South-South Cooperation and an exchange of experiences with green economies. The event will include a Leadership Round Table and a series of solutions exchange forums including on: the building of inclusive green economies; clean technology and green industry; agriculture and food security; sustainable development and decent work; and environment, sustainable development and poverty eradication.  

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Event: 20th Anniversary of NAFTA and the NAAEC [viewed]

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation's (CEC) Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) is marking the 20th anniversary of NAFTA and the NAAEC by holding a public meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). Participants will debate whether environmental cooperation in North America has been successful or has fallen short over the last 20 years and what future collaboration should look like. The speakers and discussion will contribute to the advice JPAC will draft to North America's three environment ministers.  

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Event: GEO (Group on Earth Observations) Ministerial Summit [viewed]

The GEO-X Plenary Session will preceed the 2014 GEO Geneva Ministerial Summit on 13 January. Membership in GEO is open to all member States of the United Nations and to the European Commission. Membership in GEO is contingent upon formal endorsement of the GEOSS 10-Year Implementation Plan, and all members belong to a regional caucus.  

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Second Committee Discusses Development in General Debate [viewed]

UNGA11 October 2013: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) conducted its General Debate for the 68th Session, held from 9-11 October 2013, in New York, US. Speakers addressed development issues of concern to their countries including in the context of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and agreeing on the post-2015 development agenda. They also addressed issues of financing for development, poverty eradication, countries in special situations, and technology transfer, while outlining important issues for a sustainable development agenda. 

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Event: 2014 Climate Summit [viewed]

The 2014 Climate Summit, which will be organized by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place in September 2014 with the aim to mobilize political will for a universal and a legally-binding comprehensive agreement in 2015.  

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High-level Meeting on Sustainable Energy for LDCs Calls for a Post-2015 Global Energy Goal [viewed]

UNOHRLLS23 September 2013: On the margins of the 68th session of the General Assembly, approximately 130 participants, including 20 Heads of State and Government, took part in a high-level event on the importance of sustainable energy for sustainable development, poverty eradication, and broader socio-economic transformation in Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The event aimed to enhance cooperation between LDCs, development partners, the private sector and civil society.

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Local and Regional Leaders Discuss New Global Urban Agenda [viewed]

rabat20137 October 2013: The 2013 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 4th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress – convened under the theme, 'Imagine Society, Build Democracy,' incorporating such topics as fostering wellbeing, managing diversity, new governance, and the dynamics of change and solidarity between territories.

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Event: World Wetlands Day 2014 [viewed]

The theme for the 2014 World Wetlands Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture' as 2014 is the UN International Year of Family Farming. The slogal for the Day is 'Wetlands and Agriculture: Partners for Growth,' placing a focus on the need for the wetland, water and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.  

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Event: IPCC 40 [viewed]

The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 40) will be held to adopt the Fifth Assessment Review (AR5) Synthesis Report and approve its Summary for Policy Makers. Subsequently, in December 2014, a copy of the Synthesis Report will be presented to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.  

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