Capacity Building & Education

Event: International Ozone Day 2015 [viewed]

International Ozone Day is the annual event that commemorates the date of the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. This year's theme, "30 Years of Healing Ozone Together," is a special commemoration of the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, the framework agreement which the Montreal Protocol complements. The Ozone Secretariat will conduct a "Precious Ozone" digital campaign emphasizing the successes achieved under the ozone protection regime and highlighting the importance of protecting life on Earth from the harmful effects of ultraviolet radiation. Campaign tools will include special posters, logos and banners, animations and internet tools designed to help everyone, from children to policymakers, understand the issues related to protection of the ozone layer.  

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Algeria, Colombia Submit INDCs [viewed]

algeria_colombia7 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria and Colombia are the 58th and 59th Parties, respectively, to formally submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Algeria's INDC includes a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7-22% below a business as usual (BAU) reference level by 2030. In its INDC, Colombia puts forward a unilateral, unconditional GHG reduction target of 20% compared to BAU by 2030, as well as a conditional 30% reduction target.

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UNDP Executive Board Discusses Post-2015, COP 21 Support [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board discussed UNDP's support for the post-2015 and financing for development (FfD) processes and for the climate negotiations, with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stressing the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable, and for finding synergies between development and environment finance and between humanitarian and development finance.

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Wildlife Crime Prevention Gains Traction through Patrols, an Arrest and Dialogue [viewed]

apec_interpol_unepSeptember 2015: Anti-corruption authorities, customs bureaus and law enforcement agencies from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members addressed illegal wildlife trafficking in the Asia-Pacific at the Pathfinder Dialogue II on 'Strengthening the Fight against Corruption and Illicit Trade'

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UN-REDD/IIED Brief Explores the Potential of a Green Economy Approach to Africa's Forest Sector [viewed]

growing_a_green_economy_africaAugust 2015: A brief produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in partnership with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) indicates that scaling up interventions focused on sustainability across Africa could help meet increased demand for timber while enabling sustainable forest management, as long as they are accompanied by actions to create an enabling environment.

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ADP Co-Chairs to Produce Negotiating Text [viewed]

adp2_104 September 2015: The tenth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-10) was the penultimate of several meetings under the UNFCCC in preparation for the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in France in November-December 2015. The Paris Conference is mandated to adopt “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all parties,” which is to come into force in 2020.

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World Forestry Congress Opens with Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment Report [viewed]

WFC_XIV7 September 2015: The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, convening on the theme 'Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.' The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It was preceded by a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), aiming to define CPF's vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era.

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CITES AC28 Makes Key Recommendations with Regard to Trade in Listed Species [viewed]

ac284 September 2015: The twenty-eighth meeting of the Animals Committee (AC28) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) addressed a lengthy agenda, agreeing on guidance with regard to the sustainable trade of snakes, tortoises and freshwater turtles, sharks and rays, and the queen conch. The Committee's Review of Significant Trade concluded that current trade in polar bears is not harming the species, while Kenya and Namibia agreed to provide the Committee a detailed analysis of trade in African lions to inform the species' listing.

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G20 Energy Sustainability Group Discusses Energy Access Action Plan [viewed]

g20-turkey3 September 2015: In its third meeting in 2015, the Group of 20 (G20) Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) received the draft of an Energy Access Action Plan, prepared by the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. G20 energy ministers are expected to endorse the final version of the plan as a voluntary collaboration mechanism in October 2015.

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Post-2015 Summit Delegations Encouraged to Include Young People [viewed]

post2015_summit2 September 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has encouraged all Member States to include young people in their official delegations to the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 agenda. Recalling the encouragement and request also from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Kutesa asked delegations to provide details of their youth representatives by 11 September.

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