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Latest News - 14 April 2015
Member States Start Discussions on FfD 3 Zero Draft
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13_April_2015: 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. continued...
Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference
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11_April_2015: 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. continued...
Expert Group Meeting Discusses Science-Policy Interface in SIDS
Read More: Expert Group Meeting Discusses Science-Policy Interface in SIDS
18_March_2015: 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. continued...
ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development
Read More: ICP-16 Expresses Support for Oceans SDG, Discusses Integration of Sustainable Development
10_April_2015: The 16th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-16) discussed proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 on oceans and seas and its implementation, and reflected on the utility of the Consultative Process in the evolution of the international oceans agenda. ICP-16 resulted in a Co-Chairs' summary of discussions. continued...
Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released
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7_April_2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the fourth and last session of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review. The 2013–2015 review is carried out by the Conference of the Parties (COP) with assistance from the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which established a joint contact group. The COP established the SED in 2012 to support the work of the joint contact group and ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas. continued...
FAO Report Recommends Increased Geothermal Use in Agricultural Sector
Read More: FAO Report Recommends Increased Geothermal Use in Agricultural Sector
7_April_2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report showcasing the potential uses of geothermal energy for food production and processing in developing countries. According to the report, titled 'Uses of Geothermal Energy in Food and Agriculture: Opportunities for Developing Countries,' heat generated from geothermal energy can be used in many activities, including drying foods, pasteurizing milk, sterilizing produce, as well as heating greenhouses, soils, and water for fish farming. continued...
Business Sector Highlights Infrastructure, SMEs, ESG Ahead of FfD 3
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8_April_2015: UN Member States and representatives of the business sector discussed financing for infrastructure, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and ESG (environmental, social and governance) reporting, at an informal interactive hearing as part of the preparatory process for the third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3). continued...
Development Finance Institutions Work on Principles for Tracking Climate Finance
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3_April_2015: Over two dozen development finance institutions are working on common sets of principles that each will use for tracking climate finance. The first set for tracking mitigation finance has been agreed and similar principles for tracking adaptation finance and the ability to leverage finance will follow later this year. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, said that common methodologies will help “build trust that climate finance is flowing.” continued...
FIP Establishes Dedicated Fund for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities
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31_March_2015: The World Bank has approved a climate investment mechanism to be implemented by indigenous peoples and local communities seeking to address deforestation and forest degradation. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
48th Session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 48) New York City, US 13 Apr - 17 Apr
Second Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 13 Apr - 17 Apr
Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the G20 Washington D.C., US 14 Apr
2015 Spring Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 17 Apr - 19 Apr
Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) Washington D.C., US 19 Apr - 20 Apr
3rd Global Soil Week Berlin, Germany 19 Apr - 23 Apr
Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 20 Apr - 21 Apr
14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14) New York City, US 20 Apr - 1 May
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session New York City, US 21 Apr - 24 Apr
Third Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil 21 Apr - 24 Apr
35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 22 Apr - 24 Apr
UNGA High-level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional Organizations New York City, US 4 May
Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7 Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 4 May - 15 May
UN Forum on Forests Eleventh Session (UNFF11) New York City, US 4 May - 15 May
CBD Technical Expert Workshop on Biodiversity-Related Investments and Impacts Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 5 May - 7 May
 
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