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Latest News - 24 February 2015
IPCC Session Informed of Chair's Resignation, Agenda Focuses on Panel's Future
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24_February 2015: At the opening of the 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 41), delegates were informed that, effective immediately, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri had stepped down from his position. Pachauri sent a letter, dated 24 February 2015, to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informing him of his decision to resign. Pachauri noted that the IPCC needs the time and full attention of the Chair in the immediate future, and that he is unable to provide this leadership at the current time. In response and prior to the opening of IPCC 41, the IPCC Bureau agreed to designate Vice-Chair Ismail El Gizouli as Acting IPCC Chair. continued...
Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration
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20_February 2015: The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators. continued...
GCOS, IPCC, UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Observations to Support Adaptation
Read More: GCOS, IPCC, UNFCCC Workshop Focuses on Observations to Support Adaptation
12_February 2015: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held a joint workshop, titled ‘Enhancing observations to support preparedness and adaptation in a changing climate – Learning from the IPCC 5th Assessment Report,' which aimed to enhance systematic observations and related capacity, especially in developing countries, in light of the detection of observed impacts, exposure and vulnerability to climate change, and in support of assessing the risks of climate change and adaptation planning. continued...
High-Level Panel to Prepare Study on Technology Bank for LDCs
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18_February 2015: UN Secretary-General's High-Level Panel agreed to prepare a study on the creation of a technology bank that would aim to address science, technology and innovation (STI) gaps in least developed countries (LDCs). continued...
Norden, IISD Highlight Mitigation Potential of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
Read More: Norden, IISD Highlight Mitigation Potential of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
10_February 2015: Low oil prices offer an opportunity for countries to remove consumer fossil-fuel subsidies, argues a report by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). GSI has also launched a free model for estimating the impact of fossil-fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) on countries' greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions. continued...
Report Highlights Actions to Limit Disaster Risk in ACP Countries
Read More: Report Highlights Actions to Limit Disaster Risk in ACP Countries
12_February 2015: The Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States has published a study that provides a comprehensive view of the risks faced across its member countries and efforts to reduce them. The ‘ACP Compendium of Risk Knowledge,' reveals that disaster risk in ACP countries is higher than in other regions, with 12 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa and one from the Caribbean among the 20 most-at-risk in the world. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Capacity-Building Workshop for South America Lima, Peru 23 Feb - 27 Feb
Closing Ceremony for the International Year of Small Island Developing States New York City, US 24 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
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
Caribbean Sub-regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and Resource Mobilization Saint John's, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda 9 Mar - 13 Mar
59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women New York City, US 9 Mar - 20 Mar
Energy Efficiency Working Group Seminar on Smart Grids Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 11 Mar - 13 Mar
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai, Miyagi, Japan 14 Mar - 18 Mar
International Day of Forests worldwide 21 Mar
World Water Day 2015 worldwide 22 Mar
World Meteorological Day 2015 worldwide 23 Mar
 
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