Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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Global Soil Week Considers Role of Soil Carbon in Uniting Post-2015 Land, Soil Science and Climate Agendas [viewed]

global_soil_unccd21 April 2015: A focus on soil carbon sequestration could offer a common entry point for improved collaboration among science-policy bodies dealing with different aspects of land management, soil science and climate change. These were among the conclusions of a joint session led by the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) on the opening day of the Third Global Soil Week.

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Beating Famine Conference Discusses Upscaling of Evergreen Agriculture in African Drylands [viewed]

beating_famine21 April 2015: The Beating Famine Southern Africa Conference, held 14-17 April 2015, in Lilongwe, Malawi, explored strategies for expanding farmer-managed natural regeneration, alongside other sustainable land management practices, to help smallholder farmers boost their productivity and resilience to climate change. The conference also discussed ways to align these strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other international aspirations, while preserving a “unique Southern African voice.”

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NAP Expo Shares Experiences and Lessons on Adaptation Plans [viewed]

napexpo15 April 2015: Over 150 participants attended the third NAP Expo, which was organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC and an advisory group that included the Adaptation Committee. Hot topics, as well as current experiences and challenges relevant to adaptation to climate change, were the focus of discussions and learning sessions at the Expo.

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African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

AfricaCarbonForum15 April 2015: Intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement will be essential for durable African economies, according to remarks made by UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley at the Seventh Africa Carbon Forum. Speaking on the outcomes needed for a successful Paris Climate Change Conference, Kinley told African countries gathered at the Forum that "INDCs are each country's opportunity to express their development priorities."

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UNFCCC Publishes International Transaction Log Budget and Implementation Status [viewed]

UNFCCC10 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on the international transaction log (ITL) for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at its 42nd session, scheduled to take place in June 2015, in Bonn, Germany.

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UNFCCC Compiles Overlaps and Duplication in Draft Climate Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC9 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an informal note (FCCC/ADP/2015/1) presenting a table of the overlaps and duplication in the negotiating text that will serve as the basis for negotiations on a 2015 global climate change agreement. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) agreed to the negotiating text at the eighth part of its second session (ADP 2-8) in February 2015. The ADP will continue its work based on the text when it meets again in June 2015.

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Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released [viewed]

UNFCCC7 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the fourth and last session of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review. The 2013–2015 review is carried out by the Conference of the Parties (COP) with assistance from the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which established a joint contact group. The COP established the SED in 2012 to support the work of the joint contact group and ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas.

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Carbon Forum Asia Fosters Collaboration on Market-Based Measures [viewed]

carbon_forum_asia27 March 2015: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse organized the inaugural Carbon Forum Asia (CFA) Workshop, bringing together actors from the entire carbon and energy market value chain to discuss trends in carbon pricing, the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and developments in climate finance. The two-day CFA 2015 Workshop focused on the Asian experience in implementing market-based solutions to reducing carbon pollution.

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Event: NAP Expo 2015: Realizing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process [viewed]

The NAP Expo 2015 will serve as a platform for: exchanging information on formulating and implementing national adaptation plans (NAPs); providing updates on national adaptation activities; sharing technical knowledge on adaptation assessments and design; learning best practices for addressing climate change vulnerabilities and risks; and connecting countries providing technical and financial support with countries in need. Participating stakeholders from least developed countries (LDCs) and non-LDC developing countries and those from supporting agencies and organizations will be able to take advantage of a variety of special events and training opportunities. The event is being organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Adaptation Committee, the global support programmes for NAPs and other partners.  

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