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Latest News - 29 April 2015
WMO Hurricane Committee Prepares for Upcoming Season
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18_April_2015: The 37th session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hurricane Committee met to: review the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins; prepare for the upcoming hurricane season; and improve warning systems for hazards, such as storm surges and coastal flooding. continued...
Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management
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24_April_2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36. continued...
FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition
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24_April_2015: Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes. continued...
Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability
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24_April_2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas. continued...
Side Event Highlights Benefits of Geospatial Data for SDGs
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22_April_2015: The Permanent Mission of Denmark, along with the UN Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), hosted a discussion on the role of geospatial data in the post-2015 development agenda. Presentations focused on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how geospatial data can support their implementation, monitoring and review. The event took place on the sidelines of the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. continued...
LAC Region Discusses 'Blue Solutions' and Launches Project on BillFish Conservation
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22_April_2015: In April, the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region worked to advance coastal, marine and sustainable fisheries management through a forum convened by the Blue Solutions Initiative and the launch of the Caribbean Billfish Project by the Common Oceans Program, a Global Environment Facility-funded (GEF) initiative coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). continued...
ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group Concludes Technical Assistance Round
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16_April_2015: The Energy Efficiency Working Group of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) organized four events and prepared four case studies, which concluded the Working Group's latest technical assistance round. The Working Group, chaired by Mexico, has worked since 2011 to provide technical assistance and advice to governments of the Americas in support of their energy efficiency and conservation goals. continued...
Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible”
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23_April_2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.” continued...
International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World
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22_April_2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world." continued...
Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs
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12_April_2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14) New York City, US 20 Apr - 1 May
Asia-Pacific High-Level Consultation on Financing for Development Jakarta, Indonesia 29 Apr - 30 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
68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee London, England, UK 11 May - 15 May
Intersessional Consultations for FfD3 New York City, US 11 May - 15 May
5th Plenary Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission New York City, US 17 May
Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum New York City, US 17 May - 22 May
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session New York City, US 18 May - 22 May
World Education Forum Incheon, Republic of Korea 19 May - 22 May
IWC Scientific Committee Meeting San Diego, CA, US 19 May - 3 Jun
Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 20 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 worldwide 22 May
Seventh Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan 22 May - 23 May
 
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