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Latest News - 24 September 2014
ECLAC Assesses Climate Change Costs for Latin America and Caribbean
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22_September 2014: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) calculates that, in a 2.5°C temperature rise scenario, the economic costs of climate change will equal approximately 2.5% of the region's annual gross domestic product (GDP). The study notes that the region is faced with “an asymmetrical dual challenge” given its limited contribution to total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and high vulnerability to climate change. It estimates the annual adaptation costs for the region at approximately 0.5% of the region's annual GDP. continued...
UNGA's Second Committee Launches Work
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19_September 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its organizational session for UNGA 69, on 19 September 2014, in New York, US. The Second Committee will conduct its substantive work from 7 October until 26 November, beginning with the general debate on 7-9 October. continued...
MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013
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19_September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation. continued...
UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda
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12_September 2014: The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General. continued...
CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs
Read More: CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs
September_2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management. continued...
Adaptation Committee Workshop Supports Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation
Read More: Adaptation Committee Workshop Supports Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation
11_September 2013: The workshop on the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of adaptation, which was organized by the Adaptation Committee, sought to identify recommendations and guidance to be considered by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) with a view to providing technical support and guidance to Parties in order to facilitate enhanced implementation of adaptation actions. continued...
Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions
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17_September 2014: The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification. continued...
UNGA 68 Closes, Reflects on Progress Towards Post-2015 Agenda
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15_September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) concluded its 68th Session with a plenary session in the renovated General Assembly Hall, reflecting on its achievements toward formulating the post-2015 development agenda and future priorities, including continued efforts to revitalize and reform the UN. continued...
The Marshall Islands Ratify ITPGR
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September_2014: The Marshall Islands has ratified the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) and will become a Party on 13 October 2014, bringing the number of Parties to the ITPGR to 132. continued...
UN Secretary-General Reports on Support to SIDS
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15_August_2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon submitted a report to the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly on ‘Follow-up to and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (A/69/319).' The report provides an update on the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) and the Mauritius Strategy (MSI) and on preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which took place at the beginning of September. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
12th Meeting of the REDBIOS Network Azores, Portugal 22 Sep - 26 Sep
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety COP-MOP 7 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 29 Sep - 3 Oct
Sustainable Ocean Initiative Global Partnership Meeting Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Oct - 4 Oct
Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum 2014 Miami, FL, US 6 Oct - 8 Oct
CBD COP 12 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 6 Oct - 17 Oct
Steering Committee Meeting of the Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Soil Partnership Managua, Nicaragua 7 Oct - 10 Oct
Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 8 Oct - 10 Oct
Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) in Latin America and the Caribbean Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 10 Oct
2014 Annual Meetings of World Bank and IMF Washington D.C., US 10 Oct - 12 Oct
Nagoya Protocol on ABS COP/MOP-1 Pyeongchang, Gangwon (Kangwon-do), Republic of Korea 13 Oct - 17 Oct
8th Meeting of the GCF Board Bridgetown, Saint Michael, Barbados 15 Oct - 17 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Nov - 5 Nov
 
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