Intergovernmental Process

UNITAR, IGAD Partner to Improve Disaster Reduction in East Africa [viewed]

15 February 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAP), has partnered with East Africa's Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to promote the use of geospatial technologies to improve disaster reduction in East Africa.

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G20 Finance Ministers Call for Phase-out of Inefficient Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

16 February 2013: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' Meeting took place from 15-16 February 2013, in Moscow, Russian Federation, and concluded with the adoption of a communiqué in which G20 Finance Ministers commit to report on progress made to rationalize and phase-out, over the medium-term, inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, while providing targeted support for the poorest.

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UNEP Year Book 2013 Highlights Need for Effective Arctic Governance, Chemical Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNEP Year Book 201318 February 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 2013 edition of its Year Book, which presents events and developments from 2012 on key environmental indicators. The Year Book highlights two emerging issues, namely the need for effective governance of the fragile Arctic region, and reaching the goal of sound chemicals management by 2020.

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BASIC Countries Urge Developed Countries to Ratify the Kyoto Protocol Amendments [viewed]

14 February 2012: The 14th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which ministers reaffirm that the Kyoto Protocol remains a key component of the international climate regime, and appreciate the leadership demonstrated by developed countries that joined the second commitment period.

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CEM Announces Online Availability of Global Atlas for Solar and Wind [viewed]

CEM - IRENA14 February 2013: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has announced the online availability of the Global Atlas for Solar and Wind, which provides data to facilitate the evaluation of renewable energy potentials.

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Clean Energy Solutions Center Seeks Feedback on Tool for Evaluating Solar Social and Economic Impacts of Solar Technologies [viewed]

13 February 2013:  The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), is seeking feedback on the Global Renewable Energy Opportunity Tool, which facilitates analysis of technical and economic potential for solar electric technologies.

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CEM4 Preparatory Meeting Identifies Gaps in 13 Clean Energy Initiatives [viewed]

11 February 2013: During a preparatory meeting for the fourth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4), which is to be held in April in Delhi, India, ministers from participating countries discussed progress on CEM's 13 clean energy initiatives, finalized the CEM4 agenda, and received a preview of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) "Clean Energy Progress Report."

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Event: INC-Forests3 Resumed Session [viewed]

The Third Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests3) will reconvene to discuss, inter alia, the decision on whether to adopt the Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) as a UN treaty, finance, compliance and the roadmap for negotiations through to the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference of FOREST EUROPE, scheduled for late 2013 in Madrid, Spain, where the results of the LBA negotiations will be presented to ministers.  

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Event: Seventh Regional EST Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

The integrated event of Seventh Regional EST Forum in Asia and Global Consultation on Sustainable Transport in the post-2015 Development Agenda will be held on 23‐25 April 2013 in Bali, Indonesia. The Regional EST Forum, under the theme of “Next Generation Transport System We Want for 21st Century~ Looking Beyond Rio+20”, will discuss and share the progress and achievements made by the countries towards achieving the goals under the Bangkok 2020 Declarations and will address EST in the context of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) outcome ‐ "The Future We Want". The Seventh EST Forum is expected to address, inter alia: EST in the Context of Rio+20 outcome and the post-2015 development agenda; Non‐Motorized Transport (NMT), road safety and social equity; promotion of Public Bicycle Schemes; full Integration of Public Transport Modes; Intelligent Transport System: A Vision of 21st Century Cities; regional connectivity (intra‐region, rural‐urban linkage, etc.) for sustainable development; building resilient transport infrastructure and services through EST Measures; financing Needs of Next Generation Sustainable Transport Systems for the 21st Century; Institutional Arrangements in Realizing Next Generation Sustainable Transport Systems for the 21st Century; Contribution of Railways towards realizing EST and sustainable development in post Rio+20 development; the contribution towards realizing EST in Asia by the Rio+20 $175 billion voluntary commitment for more sustainable transport by eight multilateral development banks as well as other voluntary commitments on sustainable transport; greenways initiative for converting road space into leaner parks and high quality pedestrian areas; and discussion on a Regional Agreement on Green freight in Asia.  

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Event: 14th Meeting of the BASIC Group [viewed]

The 14th meeting of the BASIC Group -- Brazil, South Africa, India and China -- will meet in Chennai, India, from 15-16 February, to discuss climate change related issues, including how to take forward the decisions taken at the Doha Climate Change Conference. The group meets four times a year, once in each of the BASIC countries by rotation. The BASIC Group also invites representatives of other countries from the Group of 77/China.  

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