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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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IDB Hosts Discussion Panel on Healthy, Green and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

IDB26 February 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/CoA) co-hosted a discussion panel for the launch of the Winter 2014 issue of 'Americas Quarterly,' centered on the theme 'Our Cities, Our Future: Making Cities Healthy, Green and Sustainable.' 

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Event: 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit [viewed]

This Summit will gather legislators from over 50 countries to discuss national legislative efforts. Senior officers of the UN and World Bank will also join the approximately 100 legislators to receive the findings of the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study. A Partnership for Climate Legislation will be launched by the President of the Mexican Congress, President Ricardo Anaya Cortes, Chairman of the South African National Assembly, Hon Cedric Frolick MP, President of GLOBE International, Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.  

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African Ministers Agree Wealth Accounting, Valuation Critical for Growth [viewed]

UNEP24 February 2013: Participants at the African High-level Conference of Green Economy recognized the role of wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services as critical to Africa's future growth. Ministers also discussed the role of new energy sources, job creation and wealth generation in driving Africa's future investment and innovation.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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CDM Executive Board Elects New Chair, Approves 2014 Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC21 February 2014: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has approved its 2014 workplan, as well as the 2014 workplans of the CDM Accreditation Panel, Methodology (Meth) Panel, Small-Scale (SSC) Working Group, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) Working Group.

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ADP Co-Chairs Outline March Session's Organization of Work [viewed]

UNFCCC21 February 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the scenario note for the fourth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP), to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 10-14 March 2014 (ADP.2014.2.InformalNote).

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US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

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Event: 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy [viewed]

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

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Event: Sixth Meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

At its sixth meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) is scheduled to consider, inter alia: biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; fifth review of the financial mechanism; second forum of the Standing Committee on Finance; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; MRV of finance beyond the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; and linkages with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

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