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Latest News - 21 April 2015
World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda
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20_April_2015: At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting. continued...
Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies
Read More: Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies
17_April_2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so. continued...
Heads of MDBs Commit to “Do More” to Transform Development Finance, Achieve SDGs
Read More: Heads of MDBs Commit to “Do More” to Transform Development Finance, Achieve SDGs
16_April_2015: In a joint statement, the heads of the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) support a comprehensive approach to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while stating that the “resources needed to implement such an ambitious agenda far surpass current development financial flows.” The multilateral development banks (MDBs) note that they “could and should do more,” and state their willingness to generate needed financial resources and help the international community to achieve the SDGs' transformative vision. continued...
UN Crime Congress Calls for Justice for All, Action on Wildlife, Forest Crime
Read More: UN Crime Congress Calls for Justice for All, Action on Wildlife, Forest Crime
19_April_2015: Participants unanimously adopted the Doha Declaration at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, stressing justice for all as critical to the success of the post-2015 development agenda and to fighting criminal activities, terrorism and violence globally. In addition to making recommendations to be submitted to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice convening in May 2015, the Congress lent special focus to the issues of wildlife and forest crime. continued...
World Water Forum Focuses on Implementation, Commits to “Getting on with the Job”
Read More: World Water Forum Focuses on Implementation, Commits to “Getting on with the Job”
17_April_2015: The world's largest water meeting, the Seventh World Water Forum, concluded with a fresh commitment to action towards four overarching goals: water security for all; water for development and prosperity; water for sustainability; and constructing feasible implementation mechanisms. continued...
NAP Expo Shares Experiences and Lessons on Adaptation Plans
Read More: NAP Expo Shares Experiences and Lessons on Adaptation Plans
15_April_2015: Over 150 participants attended the third NAP Expo, which was organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC and an advisory group that included the Adaptation Committee. Hot topics, as well as current experiences and challenges relevant to adaptation to climate change, were the focus of discussions and learning sessions at the Expo. continued...
African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum
Read More: African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum
15_April_2015: Intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement will be essential for durable African economies, according to remarks made by UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley at the Seventh Africa Carbon Forum. Speaking on the outcomes needed for a successful Paris Climate Change Conference, Kinley told African countries gathered at the Forum that "INDCs are each country's opportunity to express their development priorities." continued...
WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development
Read More: WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development
13_April_2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.' continued...
Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force
Read More: Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force
14_April_2015: The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, adopted in 2007, entered into force on 14 April 2015. Under the Convention, for wrecks that are deemed to be a hazard by posing an impediment to navigation or expected to cause harm to the marine environment, liability is placed with the owners to locate, mark and remove wrecks. continued...
UN-REDD Moves towards Implementation
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15_April_2015: Demonstrating a shift from planning and preparation to implementation, a number of funding mechanisms, support tools and projects for REDD+ have been launched. continued...
GWEC Reports Record Growth in Wind Power Installations in 2014
Read More: GWEC Reports Record Growth in Wind Power Installations in 2014
1_April_2015: According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), more than 51 GW of wind power capacity were installed globally in 2014. GWEC's Global Wind Report 2014, launched on 1 April, explores growth in new wind power generating capacity during the year and provides an updated five-year market projection for the sector. continued...
UNU Launches Interactive Platform for Comparing Nexus-Related Modeling Tools
Read More: UNU Launches Interactive Platform for Comparing Nexus-Related Modeling Tools
April_2015: The UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), based in Dresden, Germany, has developed an interactive ‘Nexus Tools Platform' (NTP) to enable comparisons of existing modeling tools related to the water-soil-waste nexus. The Platform will also advance integrated environmental management and governance approaches across different sectors and scales. continued...
OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement
Read More: OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement
18_March_2015: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum, coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brought together technical negotiators and experts from OECD and non-OECD countries to discuss issues under negotiation in the UNFCCC. Topics covered by the 2015 Forum included policy ambition, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), adaptation, actions of non-state actors, technology and capacity building, and long-term signals for mitigation. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
3rd Global Soil Week Berlin, Germany 19 Apr - 23 Apr
Workshop on Hydrofluorocarbon Management Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 20 Apr - 21 Apr
14th Session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII 14) New York City, US 20 Apr - 1 May
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fourth Session New York City, US 21 Apr - 24 Apr
Third Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS Brasilia, Distrito Federal, Brazil 21 Apr - 24 Apr
35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 22 Apr - 24 Apr
International Conference on Illegal Exploitation and Trade in Wildlife and Forest Products of Africa Brazzaville, Congo 27 Apr
Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Vatican City, Holy See 28 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
CBD Technical Expert Workshop on Biodiversity-Related Investments and Impacts Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 5 May - 7 May
ESCWA Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development (AFSD) Bahrain 5 May - 7 May
Science Fair at the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 7 May - 9 May
68th Session of the IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee London, England, UK 11 May - 15 May
 
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