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Latest News - 23 July 2014
Montreal Protocol OWEG 34 Addresses HFCs, MLF Replenishment
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21_July_2014: Delegates at the 34th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 34) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer considered: a progress report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP); organizational issues related to the TEAP; the report of the TEAP on 2015-2017 Multilateral Fund (MLF) replenishment; nominations for essential-use exemptions and critical-use exemptions; alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS); the outcomes of the workshop on hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) management; and a proposal for extending an exemption for laboratory and analytical uses. continued...
ICESDF Co-Chairs Brief UN Member States, Stakeholders on Committee's Progress
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18_July_2014: The Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), Pertti Majanen (Finland) and Mansur Muhtar (Nigeria), met with UN Member States and stakeholders on 18 July 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, to discuss the Committee's progress and key messages that will be included in the final report from the Committee, which they said is expected to be concluded in August. continued...
Member States Approve Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference
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11_July_2014: UN Member States approved the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee for the conference, on 11 July 2014. continued...
IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands"
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July_2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report that demonstrates how deployment of renewable energy on islands can reduce fossil-fuel import dependence and create business and employment opportunities. The report, titled ‘Renewable Islands: Settings for Success,' looks at how islands around the world have attracted investments in cost-effective renewable energy resources. continued...
OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA
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19_July_2014: The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session. continued...
Petersberg Climate Dialogue Addresses Expectations for Lima
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17_July_2014: The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue, which met under the theme 'Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions,' aimed to introduce new ideas in the UN climate negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. In her statement to ministers at the event, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged €750 million to climate change and the initial capitalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), noting that this is in addition to the €3.2 billion Germany has already contributed to climate efforts in recent years. continued...
Mitigation Partnership's Asian Workshop Provides MRV Training
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9_July_2014: The 'Asian Regional Workshop: Tracking Mitigation Actions in Asia' brought together participants from Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam to hear from experts and share experiences on measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) of climate change mitigation actions. continued...
CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests
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July_2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet they receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint. continued...
Indigenous Mountain Communities Discuss Climate Change, Food Security
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14_July_2014: Indigenous mountain communities from nine countries formed an International Network of Mountain Indigenous Peoples at a workshop in Bhutan. The workshop, which discussed how to respond to climate change impacts on their food and farming systems, resulted in the Bhutan Declaration on Climate Change and Mountain Indigenous Peoples. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
17th Meeting of the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 21 Jul - 24 Jul
45th Pacific Islands Forum Koror, Palau 29 Jul - 1 Aug
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for the Pacific Nadi, Western, Fiji 18 Aug - 20 Aug
Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa Region Malawi 18 Aug - 20 Aug
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Oceania Nadi, Western, Fiji 18 Aug - 20 Aug
Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum for Third International Conference on SIDS Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 28 Aug
SIDS Pre-Conference Youth Forum Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 28 Aug
SIDS Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 29 Aug
SIDS Renewable Energy Forum Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 30 Aug
SIDS Private Sector Forum Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 30 Aug - 31 Aug
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe TBA 8 Sep - 10 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
Adaptation Fund: Climate Finance Readiness Seminar #3 Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 10 Sep - 12 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
 
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