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Latest News - 23 July 2014
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...
Uganda Accedes to the Gorilla Agreement
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17_July_2014: The Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat has announced that Uganda has deposited its instrument of accession to the Gorilla Agreement. continued...
IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands"
Read More: IRENA Identifies Success Factors for "Renewable Islands"
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...
On Mandela Day, Activists Urge Action on Climate and Poverty
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18_July_2014: On the occasion of Mandela Day, Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, Muhammad Yunus, Mo Ibrahim and Malala Yousafzai sent an open letter to world leaders urging them to agree on commitments to address poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015. 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...
World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade
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17_July_2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources. continued...
ITTO Highlights Growth in China's Timber Processing Machinery Industry
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16_July_2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which discusses the growth of China's forest machinery industry to an annual value of US$2 billion in 2013. The report notes that a majority of timber processing machinery is exported to Europe and North America. continued...
Major Economies Forum Focuses on Finance, Nationally-Determined Contributions
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12_July_2014: Seventeen of the world's largest economies met for the 19th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate. This iteration of the MEF focused on reaching the political consensus needed for a successful outcome at the 20th session of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP 20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. continued...
BRICS Launch Development Bank
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16_July_2014: The Sixth BRICS Summit resulted in the establishment of the New Development Bank, which is to finance infrastructure and sustainable development projects in BRICS and other emerging and developing economies. The Summit also launched a BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA), and issued a declaration outlining the five countries' common position on a number of global issues, including climate change and sustainable energy. continued...
UNGA High-Level Debate Discusses Investment in Africa
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17_July_2014: Participants recognized Africa's promising growth potential at a UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Thematic Debate on the role of investment in the region. The debate focused on ‘Promotion of investment in Africa and its catalytic role in achieving Africa's development objectives, including those of the New Partnership, particularly the eradication of poverty and the achievement of inclusive and sustained economic growth and development.' continued...
Benin, Togo Establish Mono River Basin Authority
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15_July_2014: The Governments of Benin and Togo approved the constituting instrument of the Mono River Basin Authority (MBA) at a ministerial meeting held on 4 July 2014, in Cotonou, Benin. This ministerial was preceded by an expert meeting on 2-3 July, which analyzed and submitted the documents for ministerial approval. continued...
UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda
Read More: UNEP and Partners Build Capacity on Food Security in India and Uganda
15_July_2014: Studies by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners analyzing the relationship between ecosystem inputs, and agricultural yields and farm incomes in India and Uganda have found significant potential for improving food security through shifts in cropping patterns and use of water and energy saving technologies. The findings aim to strengthen the two countries' capacities to address their increasing food security deficits and decline in ecosystem services. continued...
GWP Releases Gender Strategy
Read More: GWP Releases Gender Strategy
10_July_2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has released its Gender Strategy, which aims to mainstream gender into GWP's work through an overarching framework on gender- and women- inclusive approaches. The Strategy includes three strategic goals: catalyze change in policies and practice; generate and communicate knowledge; and strengthen partnerships. continued...
African Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
UNGA Dialogue 4 on Technology Transfer Mechanism New York City, US 23 Jul
26th Meeting of the LDC Expert Group Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 4 Aug - 7 Aug
US-Africa Leaders Summit Washington D.C., US 5 Aug - 6 Aug
International Workshop on Open Data for Science and Sustainability in Developing Countries Nairobi, Kenya 6 Aug - 8 Aug
NAP Expo Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 8 Aug - 9 Aug
CBD International Workshop on Financing for Biodiversity Ittingen, Switzerland 18 Aug - 19 Aug
Hands-On Training Workshop on the Preparation of BURs for Africa Region Malawi 18 Aug - 20 Aug
GRID-Arendal Marine Symposium Arendal, Aust-Agder, Norway 21 Aug - 22 Aug
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa Bujumbura, Burundi 4 Sep - 5 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 29 Sep
 
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