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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York.

Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

germany-brazil20 August 2015: Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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Event: Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will provide a platform for participants to discuss regional options and the enabling policy conditions that would be required to move towards carbon neutral economies in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, as well as associated challenges. The Forum aims to facilitate discussions, knowledge exchange and experience sharing on: policies and measures; tools and methodologies; and technologies and financial mechanisms, necessary for putting forward and implementing ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the global effort of keeping global temperatures below 2 degrees C. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).  

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Event: Fifth Climate Change and Development Conference (CCDA-V) [viewed]

To support Africa's preparedness for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), CCDA-V will be held on the theme “Africa, climate change and sustainable development: what is at stake at Paris and beyond?”. The conference will be the culmination of climate change dialogues across the continent and will focus on addressing the climate change, sustainable development and equity issues provided for in Article 2 of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in the context of the broad theme on “Prospects for Sustainable, Resilient and Creative Economies in Africa in the Context of a Changing Climate”. CCDA-V aims to, among other things, contribute towards the development of common African positions regarding the post-Kyoto global climate governance regime, as well as anticipate the outcomes of COP21 and initiate preparations for their implementation. The event is organized under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme, which is a consortium of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Event: 11th Annual High Level Forum: Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

As part of the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association's (CWWA's) 24th Annual Conference and Exhibition, the 11th High Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Water to Climate, Economic Growth and Development within the Post-2015 Development Agenda will discuss and seek collaboration on water and climate matters to help shape the sustainable development agenda of the Caribbean. Co-organized by the CWWA and the Global Water Partnership-Caribbean (GWP-C) in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Forum seeks to produce concrete outcomes and harmonized recommendations to guide national and regional efforts in operationalizing water, wastewater, and climate goals and targets for sustainable development. Some outcomes of the Forum should also feed into the contribution of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December. The Forum is expected to bring together Caribbean Ministers in charge of water resources and management from more than ten countries, and representatives from regional and international organizations.  

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Islamic Climate Change Declaration Calls for Zero Emissions Strategy [viewed]

islamic_climate_change18 August 2015: Islamic leaders, during an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, called on the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to take an active role in combating climate change and urged governments to agree to a new climate change agreement in Paris. The Symposium convened to discuss proposed messages from the Islamic community and to mobilize stakeholders in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. It also aimed to seek consensus on an ‘Islamic Declaration on Climate Change,' which was drafted and circulated for comments prior to the symposium.

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