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Latest News - 28 October 2014
Member States Highlight Gender, MOI in Poverty Eradication Debate
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23_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) took up its agenda item on poverty eradication and its sub-items, in meetings on 20, 22 and 23 October 2014. After presentations of reports from the UN system, Member States' debate focused on: national-level experiences of poverty; vulnerable groups, especially women and girls; the post-2015 development agenda; the role of the UN system; and means of implementation for poverty eradication. continued...
Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
Read More: Adaptation Fund Board Approves Six Projects Totaling US$33 Million
10_October 2014: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) has announced it will fund six climate resilience projects, in Costa Rica, India, Kenya and South Africa. The decision represents a doubling in the direct access finance provided by the Fund. In addition, the Board approved almost US$150,000 in South-South grants to provide training on the Fund's accreditation process so that more countries will be able to take advantage of direct access finance. continued...
Group of Seven States Urge Consideration of Post-2015 Review Mechanism
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September_2014: The Permanent Representatives of Egypt, Liechtenstein, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland have called on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to include a reference, in his forthcoming synthesis report, to the importance of a review mechanism for the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
Read More: OHRLLS Recommends Greater Efforts to Eradicate Extreme Poverty in LDCs
23_October 2014: Increased efforts are needed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2020 in the world's most vulnerable countries, according to the ‘State of Least Developed Countries 2014,' launched by the UN Office for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). The report, which is subtitled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' identifies gender equality, institutional frameworks, infrastructure development, service delivery and external factors as critical in reducing LDCs' extreme poverty. continued...
EU Supports Amazon Protected Areas Project
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23_October 2014: The European Union (EU) has financed a project to strengthen protected areas systems in the Amazon. The ‘Amazon Conservation Vision' will increase the protected areas' resilience to climate change and promote the maintenance of environmental goods and services provision. continued...
FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
Read More: FAO, EU-ACP Launch Programme to Combat Desertification
22_October 2014: The European Union (EU) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have launched the ‘Action Against Desertification' programme in collaboration with the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The €41 million programme aims to enhance sustainable land management (SLM) and restore degraded lands and drylands in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. continued...
World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages
Read More: World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages
22_October 2014: The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere. continued...
CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management
Read More: CBD Secretariat to Provide Guidance on Sustainable Wildlife Management
21_October 2014: Mandated by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the CBD Secretariat will be cooperating with the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management to prepare technical guidance on the role of sustainable wildlife management in the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and prepare an analysis of the impacts of 'subsistence use' of wildlife on the survival and regeneration of wild species, as well as support Parties in developing and implementing integrated sustainable wildlife management programmes. continued...
SE4ALL Launches in the Americas
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17_October 2014: The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has officially launched in the Americas. With over 500 participants from across Latin America and the Caribbean in attendance, the event highlighted that a transition to universal sustainable energy access is possible in the region and pointed to the health, economic, social and environmental benefits of making that transition a reality. continued...
LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing
Read More: LLDC PrepCom 2 Concludes, Consultations on Draft Outcome Continuing
22_October 2014: The second session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Second UN Conference on the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) concluded on 22 October 2014, in New York, US. The session, which was initially scheduled for 2-3 October 2014, resumed after being postponed on 2 October 2014, after the first day of discussions. continued...
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
Read More: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Releases 2013 Results Report
21_October 2014: The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves has released the second report in its annual series designed to recap the activities of the Alliance and its partners, analyze global progress toward providing cleaner cooking technology and fuel, and identify trends in this area. The report, titled '2013 Results Report: Sharing Progress on the Path to Adoption of Cleaner and More Efficient Cooking Solutions,' highlights eight Country Action Plans that were launched in 2013. continued...
Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
Read More: Second Committee Debates Sustainable Development
16_October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) considered agenda item 19 on Sustainable Development and its sub-items, on 15-16 October 2014, with Member States responding to UN system reports on related issues. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 26 Oct - 30 Oct
Global Dialogue on Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 27 Oct - 28 Oct
V Political Dialogue on Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean Lima, Peru 27 Oct - 28 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas Colombia 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Consultation Workshop on Draft Technical Guidelines for Sound Management of Spent Lead-acid Batteries Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 28 Oct - 29 Oct
COP 20 Global Stakeholders Dialogues: Taking Action on Climate Change Lima, Peru 28 Oct - 30 Oct
Fifth Global Gathering of The Access Initiative Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia 29 Oct - 31 Oct
Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 Beijing, China 29 Oct - 31 Oct
42nd Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 2 Nov - 3 Nov
CMS COP 11 High-level Ministerial Panel Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov
Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) Vienna, Wien, Austria 3 Nov - 5 Nov
39th Meeting of COTED Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana 3 Nov - 7 Nov
Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 6) Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 3 Nov - 7 Nov
 
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