UN Programme, Agency or Fund

FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre Report Describes Transformation of Existing Fund into NCFI in Benin [viewed]

fs-unep-centreMay 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has released a ‘Case study of the National Environment Fund Benin (FNE).' The report describes the transformation of an existing entity, FNE, an institution originally designed to mobilize international and national funding sources for national environmental projects, into a national climate finance institution (NCFI), the National Fund for the Environment and Climate (FNEC), which addresses climate change adaptation and mitigation as well as environment and development efforts.

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Event: Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference [viewed]

The Second Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Conference will take place under the theme ‘Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability,' with an emphasis on science as a tool to address hazard risks and sustainable development. Plenaries and break-out sessions will discuss challenges in implementing integrated disaster risk research as well as inter-organisational collaboration and policy issues, using examples from global and local contexts. Plenary sessions will focus on: the role of science in the 2015 agenda; water; science and the media; and resiliency and reconstruction. More than ten breakout sessions will take place, including ones on: community disaster reduction; empowering local officials; and indigenous and vulnerable populations. A special session will address earth observations for disaster risk reduction in developing countries. The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme and the Chinese Academy of Sciences are organizing the conference in collaboration with a number of partners, including the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).  

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UNEP Inquiry Examining Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

financialinquiry28 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an 'Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System: Policy Innovations for a Green Economy' to explore how the financial system might better meet the needs of, and mobilize capital for, a green economy in January 2014. The Inquiry Co-Directors, Nick Robins and Simon Zadek, presented the background, approach and goals of this 18-month initiative at an event on 28 May, at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington DC, US.

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World Mountain Forum Discusses Climate Change, Mountain Communities [viewed]

wfm24 May 2014: The World Mountain Forum (WMF), which took place from 22-24 May 2014, in Cusco, Peru, provided a platform to promote sustainable mountain development. The Forum convened sessions on four key topics: climate change; family farming; mountain communities; and mountain cities. These sessions included a particular focus on water and food security, sustainable investment and climate change adaptation. 

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WBCSD Report Describes Advantages of Addressing the Water, Food and Energy Nexus [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a report on the water, food and energy nexus, titled ‘Co-optimizing Solutions: Water and Energy for Food, Feed and Fiber.' The report was launched during the ‘Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus' conference, on 20 May in Bonn, Germany, which was convened in recognition that the increasing demand for food and other agricultural products will put significant pressures on resources and impact greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

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Event: Second Task Force Meeting and Bureau Meeting of AMCOMET [viewed]

The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) will hold its Second Task Force Meeting on 26-28 May 2014, back to back with its Second Bureau Meeting on 29-30 May 2014, both in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Task Force and Bureau will discuss: the constitution and rules of procedures; the African Regional Space Programme; the draft Implementation Plan for the Integrated African Strategy on Meteorology; and the feasibility of establishing a regional climate centre in Central Africa. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with the support of the African Union (AU), hosts the AMCOMET Secretariat, which is helping facilitate the meetings.  

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WFP Dakar Office Reduces Emissions, Lowers Costs [viewed]

World Food Programme27 May 2014: As part of the UN campaign 'Greening the Blue,' the World Food Programme's (WFP) regional bureau in Dakar, Senegal, undertook a campaign to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The WFP office saved US$18,000 and reduced emissions by 24% over the period 2010-2012.

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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PEI Review Finds National Adaptation Costs Total US$1 Billion Annually in Bangladesh [viewed]

undp-unep-bangladesh23 May 2014: Bangladesh spends approximately 6-7% of its yearly budget, or US$1 billion annually, on adapting to climate change, according to a financial review undertaken by the Bangladesh Ministry of Finance, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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