Intergovernmental Organization

UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Change, Renewable Energy, SLM [viewed]

UNGA29 September 2014: As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014 entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the challenges of climate change. Delegates addressed climate change impacts, climate financing and the role of renewable energy and climate smart agriculture (CSA) in tackling climate change.

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ITTO Annual Report 2013 Welcomes New Members [viewed]

Itto26 September 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released its Annual Report for 2013 highlighting the addition of three new members, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica, to the International Tropical Timber Agreement (ITTA), 2006.

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CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links [viewed]

CGIAR25 September 2014: The first CGIAR Development Dialogues held in New York, US, focused on the role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, landscapes, and food systems with regard to climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting followed CGIAR's announcement at the Climate Summit 2014 to dedicate at least 60% of its annual budget to climate-smart agriculture.

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Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds [viewed]

african-risk-capacity22 September 2014: In order to leverage available capital for climate change adaptation, African States are set to announce the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a multi-year funding mechanism that will issue climate change catastrophe bonds. The bonds, to be issued in 2016, will provide additional financing to participating countries to enhance adaptation investments, in case extreme heat, droughts, floods or cyclones increase in frequency and intensity in Africa.

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FAO Seeks to Strengthen SFM Criteria and Indicators [viewed]

Forest Europe FAOSeptember 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a project to develop and harmonize criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM). The project will focus, in particular, on developing socio-economic and governance indicators.

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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA24 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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IRENA Launches Renewable Energy Initiatives in Africa, SIDS [viewed]

IRENA23 September 2014: During the 2014 Climate Summit, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched two initiatives aimed at reducing fossil fuel dependency in Africa and delivering cleaner energy for small island developing States (SIDS). Both initiatives will seek to speed up the development of renewable energy resources and strengthen related international cooperation.

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New York Declaration on Forests Pledges to Halt Natural Forest Loss by 2030 [viewed]

United Nations23 September 2014: The 'New York Declaration on Forests', as announced at the Climate Summit 2014, pledges to halve the rate of deforestation by 2020, halt the loss of natural forests by 2030, and restore 350 million hectares of degraded areas. Twenty-seven developed and developing countries, 34 companies, 16 indigenous peoples' organizations, and 45 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) have endorsed the Declaration.

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UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage [viewed]

UNGA15 September 2014: UN Member States discussed the human rights and development impacts of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) and how to end child marriage within a generation, during the first-ever panel discussion on child marriage organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Circulating the summary of key messages from the discussion, UNGA President John Ashe said the event had helped to raise awareness of the harmful impact of CEFM on its victims, the development costs to society at large, and the need for increased international and national action to end the practice.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime [viewed]

INTERPOL - GRID-ArendalSeptember 2014: INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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