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Latest News - 29 January 2015
International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress
Read More: International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress
26_January 2015: The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS. continued...
Caribbean Energy Security Summit Commits to Energy Transition
Read More: Caribbean Energy Security Summit Commits to Energy Transition
26_January 2015: Twenty-six countries, together with seven regional and international organizations, have released a joint statement in support of the transformation of the energy systems of Caribbean countries. The signatories of the statement, signed during the Caribbean Energy Security Summit, commit to pursuing comprehensive approaches to an energy transition toward “clean sustainable energy for all” and reforms that support the creation of favorable policy and regulatory environments for sustainable energy. continued...
IRENA, ADFD Announce Project Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities
Read More: IRENA, ADFD Announce Project Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities
18_January 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD) Project Facility have announced US$57 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries around the world. The joint facility promotes renewable energy as a focus for foreign development assistance with long-term sustainable development benefits. continued...
UNDP Reports Development Results, Challenges in Asia-Pacific
Read More: UNDP Reports Development Results, Challenges in Asia-Pacific
26_January 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a report on its development results in 36 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. It stresses the need for continued progress in reducing poverty, conserving natural resources, strengthening democratic governance and building resilience, in order to reduce inequality and eliminate poverty in the region. continued...
Pacific Islands Prioritize Mercury Waste Management
Read More: Pacific Islands Prioritize Mercury Waste Management
23_January 2015: Addressing the first ever sub-regional workshop on the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi emphasized that the sound management of waste and chemicals is crucial for protecting human health and the environment in small island developing States (SIDS). David Sheppard, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General urged all remaining countries to begin ratify the convention as soon as possible. continued...
BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument
Read More: BBNJ Working Group Concludes Mandate, Agrees on Nature of Future Instrument
23_January 2015: Delegates at the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) reached consensus on the legally binding nature of a future agreement on the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). continued...
Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
21_January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015. continued...
UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services
Read More: UNEP Manual Provides Guidance on Valuing SIDS' Ecosystem Services
26_January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a manual on calculating the value of ecosystems in small island developing States (SIDS), with the aim of supporting a transition to a green economy. The manual underscores the importance of accounting for the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being in order to quantify and value these benefits. continued...
UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR
Read More: UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR
13_January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks. continued...
UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM
Read More: UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM
January_2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide. continued...
OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation
Read More: OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation
2_December 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Environment Working Paper, titled ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation: Methodological Approaches,' which examines methodological approaches that can be used for monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation initiatives at the project and programme level. continued...
Tonga Joins ITPGR
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21_January 2015: Tonga deposited the instrument of accession to the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) on 16 December 2014, and will become a Party on 16 March 2015, bringing the number of ITPGR Parties to 134. continued...
IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables
Read More: IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables
18_January 2015: During the fifth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, over 1,000 representatives from 150 countries and 115 international organizations discussed ways to accelerate the growth of renewable energy, considering in particular such challenges as energy security, climate change and the future financing of the organization. The Assembly also re-appointed Adnan Amin as Director-General of IRENA. continued...
Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations
Read More: Stakeholders Address Preparatory Forum on Post-2015 Negotiations
16_January 2015: In advance of the launch of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, held a preparatory forum for major groups and other civil society stakeholders. continued...
UN General Assembly Resolution Links Sustainable Tourism, Conservation and Development
Read More: UN General Assembly Resolution Links Sustainable Tourism, Conservation and Development
14_January 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a resolution (A/RES/69/233) recognizing the contribution of sustainable tourism to poverty eradication, community development and the protection of biodiversity. The resolution, titled 'Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection,' calls on the UN to promote sustainable tourism as a tool for achieving global development goals. continued...
CIAT Develops CSA Country Profiles in LAC
Read More: CIAT Develops CSA Country Profiles in LAC
January_2015: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has developed seven climate-smart agriculture (CSA) country profiles and two sub-national ones, prepared in collaboration with government ministries and agencies, as well as private sector and civil society representatives. Each profile sets a CSA baseline for the following countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Grenada, Mexico and Peru. continued...
Global Soil Partnership Newsletter Focuses on UN World Soil Day
Read More: Global Soil Partnership Newsletter Focuses on UN World Soil Day
December_2014: The Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released the fifth edition of its newsletter celebrating the first official UN World Soil Day, which was held on 5 December 2014 in more than 80 countries, and the launch of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015 with events held in Rome, Italy; New York, US; Bangkok, Thailand; and Santiago, Chile. continued...
ECOSOC, OHRLLS Take Stock of Second LLDCs Conference
Read More: ECOSOC, OHRLLS Take Stock of Second LLDCs Conference
13_January 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) (UN-OHRLLS) co-organized an informal stocktaking meeting on the Second UN Conference on the LLDCs that was held from 3-5 November 2014, in Vienna, Austria. continued...
South Africa Becomes G77 Chair
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8_January_2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa. continued...
Cape Verde Reaffirms Commitment to ECREEE
Read More: Cape Verde Reaffirms Commitment to ECREEE
8_January_2015: The Government of Cape Verde has reaffirmed its commitment to the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), by hosting a handover ceremony of land earmarked for ECREEE's headquarters. continued...
Asia-Pacific LDCs Call for Preferential Treatment in Trade, Financing and Technology
Read More: Asia-Pacific LDCs Call for Preferential Treatment in Trade, Financing and Technology
16_December 2014: Ministers from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in the Asia-Pacific region emphasized the need for structural transformation of their economies to enable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the close of a three-day meeting organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office of the High Representative for LDCs, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS). continued...
Australia Commits US$6 Million to CTI-CFF
Read More: Australia Commits US$6 Million to CTI-CFF
December_2014: The Government of Australia announced a commitment of US$6 million to the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI-CFF) at a World Parks Congress side event, titled ‘Celebrating Achievements in the Coral Triangle.' This funding builds on US$7.2 million that Australia has provided to the CTI since 2009, with the aim of developing a sustainable financing platform. continued...
World Bank Develops Framework for SDG Country-Level Implementation
Read More: World Bank Develops Framework for SDG Country-Level Implementation
November_2014: The World Bank Group has reported on a framework for implementing the post-2015 development agenda at the country level. The framework is intended to evaluate implementation challenges in diverse national circumstances, and will be applied to ten countries in a series of case studies. continued...
December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
Read More: December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update
December_2014: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved finance for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe. continued...
Guyana Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol
Read More: Guyana Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol
29_December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Guyana has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 23. continued...
UNGA Second Committee Concludes Work
Read More: UNGA Second Committee Concludes Work
11_December 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) formally concluded its work for the 69th session on 11 December 2014. Texts passed on to the UNGA for final action cover topics including: sustainable development; the post-2015 development agenda; meetings of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF); sustainable consumption and production (SCP); financing for development (FfD); and UN operational activities. continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
14th CGE Meeting Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 28 Jan - 30 Jan
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 13 Feb
3rd Session of the African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology Praia, Cape Verde 10 Feb - 14 Feb
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Second Session New York City, US 17 Feb - 20 Feb
IPCC 41 Nairobi, Kenya 24 Feb - 27 Feb
FfD Hearings with Civil Society and Business Sector New York City, US 4 Mar - 5 Mar
UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico 9 Mar - 12 Mar
59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women New York City, US 9 Mar - 20 Mar
UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Sendai, Miyagi, Japan 14 Mar - 18 Mar
World Meteorological Day 2015 worldwide 23 Mar
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session New York City, US 23 Mar - 27 Mar
Ninth Meeting of the Green Climate Fund Board Incheon, Republic of Korea 24 Mar - 26 Mar
UNCCD CRIC 13 Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 25 Mar - 27 Mar
DCF Symposium on Development Cooperation for People and Planet: What Will it Take? Incheon, Republic of Korea 8 Apr - 10 Apr
 
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