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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers[viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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BNEF Assesses Clean Energy Activities in Emerging Economies[viewed]

A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) assessing clean energy activities and investments in emerging markets has found that capacity additions in these markets, over the past five years, totalled 142 GW, representing faster growth than in developed countries, and equal to more than France's existing clean energy capacity.

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Regional Commissions Issue Concept Note for Dialogue with Executive Secretaries[viewed]

The UN Regional Commissions NY Office issued a Concept Note for an upcoming dialogue with the UN General Assembly's Second Committee on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' It will address the Regional Commissions' potential role in catalyzing and mobilizing the means of implementation for achieving the agenda, and the "growing role of regionalism" as a strong driver for development.

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AfDB Supports Mapping of Africa's Renewable Energy Resources[viewed]

The Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a US$265,000 grant for the development of an energy resource atlas for Africa aimed at accelerating the deployment of renewable energy in the region through improved information on renewable energy resource availability at country level. The ‘Africa Energy Atlas' will be developed in partnership by the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Event: ECOSOC Coordination Meeting[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) will hold a Coordination Meeting to discuss items related to the coordination of the Council, including implementation and follow-up to major UN conferences, summits, and UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions.

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Event: Second Committee Dialogue with Executive Secretaries of UN Regional Commissions[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will hold a dialogue with the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions on 'The Means of Implementation in Support of the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Regional Perspectives.' The session will seek to provide Member States and other stakeholders with a better understanding of the role the regional dimension can play in catalyzing and mobilizing means of implementation for the agenda.

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Cetaceans Conference Addresses Progress on ACCOBAMS Implementation[viewed]

Some 50 participants from Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia and international and regional organizations met to promote the implementation of the Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area (ACCOBAMS).

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Online Retail Sites in China to Discourage Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

At a seminar in Hangzhou City, China, leading Chinese online retailers announced plans to prevent illegal wildlife trade on their platforms and encourage other businesses as well as the general public to follow suit. In the fight against wildlife crime, the businesses will remove any illegal activity from their sites and take action against those advertising illicit activities.

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First African Mountains Regional Forum Adopts Arusha Outcomes[viewed]

The First African Mountains Regional Forum (AMRF) addressed the theme ‘Towards a Shared Mountain Agenda for Africa.' Participants adopted the Arusha Outcomes, which are aimed to raise the profile of the African sustainable mountain development (SMD) agenda.

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UN, Development Bank Leaders Launch Horn of Africa Initiative on High-Level Visit[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a US$8 billion initiative to reduce poverty, boost economic growth and promote business activity across the Horn of Africa, during a visit to the region with global and regional leaders. The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IsDBG) and EU also made pledges to the Horn of Africa Initiative, which aims to enhance the regions's economic development and its food and water security, among other aims.

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