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Latest News - 27 January 2015
BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument
Read More: BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument
23_January 2015: Delegates at the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) reached consensus on the legally binding nature of a future agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). continued...
Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
21_January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015. continued...
UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal
Read More: UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal
22_January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015. continued...
ILO Report Predicts Rising Unemployment, Widening Inequalities
Read More: ILO Report Predicts Rising Unemployment, Widening Inequalities
22_January 2015: Inequalities are predicted to widen as a result of rising unemployment and a slowing global economy, according to the International Labour Organization's (ILO) ‘World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2015.' The report cautions that rising inequality undermines trust in governments and contributes to a high risk of social unrest, particularly in locations where youth unemployment is high. continued...
UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing
Read More: UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing
21_January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels. continued...
FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts
Read More: FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts
16_January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened an expert meeting on criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) to discuss progress in the implementation of the project, ‘Strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice.' continued...
UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR
Read More: UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR
13_January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks. continued...
UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM
Read More: UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM
January_2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide. continued...
OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation
Read More: OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation
2_December 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Environment Working Paper, titled ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation: Methodological Approaches,' which examines methodological approaches that can be used for monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation initiatives at the project and programme level. continued...
IRENA Launches Online Knowledge Hub 'REsource'
Read More: IRENA Launches Online Knowledge Hub 'REsource'
19_January 2015: REsource, a free, online information hub launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), allows users to easily access the latest renewable energy statistics, country-specific data and market information. IRENA has designed REsource with functions for customizing graphs and tables, comparing renewables use and deployment metrics across countries, and monitoring and analyzing trends. continued...
IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables
Read More: IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables
18_January 2015: During the fifth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, over 1,000 representatives from 150 countries and 115 international organizations discussed ways to accelerate the growth of renewable energy, considering in particular such challenges as energy security, climate change and the future financing of the organization. The Assembly also re-appointed Adnan Amin as Director-General of IRENA. continued...
IPBES-3 Adopts Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
Read More: IPBES-3 Adopts Stakeholder Engagement Strategy
17_January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3), held from 12-17 January in Bonn, Germany, has adopted the revised draft stakeholder engagement strategy (SES) and implementation plan. With stakeholder engagement viewed as an important element for the relevance, effectiveness, credibility and overall success of IPBES, the strategy aims to encourage the participation of scientists and other knowledge holders in the Platform's work and facilitate the use of the IPBES products, such as its policy support tools. continued...
IPBES to Undertake Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration
Read More: IPBES to Undertake Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration
17_January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) has approved a timetable for carrying out an assessment on land degradation and restoration. The assessment is part of a first set of three thematic assessments to be carried out by the Platform between 2015 and 2018. The final outcome will include an executive summary presenting key findings and policy-relevant conclusions, a summary for policymakers and an eight-chapter report. continued...
Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations
Read More: Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations
16_January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders. continued...
WCRP Launches Polar Challenge
Read More: WCRP Launches Polar Challenge
16_January 2015: The World Climate Research Program (WCRP) is launching a Polar Challenge to reward the first team able to send an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) for a 2,000 kilometer mission under the Arctic or Antarctic sea-ice. The challenge will address under-ice navigation, endurance and environmental monitoring. It aims to stimulate the development of a monitoring tool for the Polar regions and expand scientific research capabilities and climate services. continued...
WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk
Read More: WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk
15_January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact. continued...
African Youth Commit to DRR
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14_January 2015: African youth leaders are taking action to ensure their communities are better informed and prepared to reduce disaster risks. Seven youth leaders participated in a disaster risk reduction (DRR) educational voyage and training programme aboard the passenger ship of the Japan-based NGO Peace Boat, which sailed from the port of Maputo, Mozambique, to Cape Town, South Africa. continued...
UNCCD Launches Land Degradation Neutrality Project
Read More: UNCCD Launches Land Degradation Neutrality Project
January_2015: The inception meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Project, attended by 15 country delegates, took place from 14-16 January 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The project's objective is to contribute towards implementing the outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), by providing the UNCCD with empirical evidence on the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the LDN goal. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
14th CGE Meeting Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 28 Jan - 30 Jan
Global Atlas Training Session: Latin America Lima, Peru 2 Feb
SED 4-2 on the 2013-2015 Review Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 9 Feb
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 13 Feb
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session New York City, US 17 Feb - 20 Feb
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America Lima, Peru 23 Feb - 27 Feb
IPCC 41 Nairobi, Kenya 24 Feb - 27 Feb
Mexico WindPower 2015 Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 25 Feb - 26 Feb
International Meeting of the Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Community of Practice Lima, Peru 26 Feb - 27 Feb
South American Soil Partnership Workshop (IYS 2015) Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 2 Mar - 6 Mar
FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector New York City, US 4 Mar - 5 Mar
International Conference on Environmental and Geo-information and Communication Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia 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
 
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