UN Programme, Agency or Fund

Event: Data Playground: Showcasing Data for the Public Good at the UN [viewed]

This event will showcase the UN's commitment to the data revolution and the potential and impact of such a revolution. The UN Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and Microsoft will launch an interactive visualization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to map progress towards the goals. The UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team and UN Global Pulse will present the winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, which aims to identify and highlight data-driven evidence on the economic dimensions of climate change. The event will also discuss the results of the MY World survey.  

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Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 September 2014: Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions [viewed]

samoa-unep17 September 2014: The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Notification on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

CBD17 September 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has issued a notification on incorporating disaster risk reduction (DRR) into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in advance of the adoption of a post-2015 framework for DRR that will succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA). The document (SCBD/SAM/DC/DCo/VA/83873) highlights opportunities "to raise awareness of the importance of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets to achieving DRR objectives."

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WMO Workshop Focuses on Improving Climate Services in Asian LDCs [viewed]

WMO17 September 2014: A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regional workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in least developed countries (LDCs) brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of eight Asian LDCs, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen.

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Event: IV EUROCLIMA Seminar [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the EUROCLIMA Programme participants, which represents their first meeting since the Programme entered Phase II, will bring together EUROCLIMA national focal points, EU officials, and experts from associated organizations, namely the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The first day will be devoted to interaction with the Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Offices (RIOCC), which is holding its 11th annual meeting in Lima, Peru, from 30 September-1 October. The second day will look at EUROCLIMA in the context of the EU's recently-approved Indicative Cooperation Programme for Latin America for 2014-2020, preparations for COP 20, plans for EUROCLIMA in the 2014-2016 period, and presentations on EUROCLIMA work at the national level. The third day will examine mainstreaming climate change into development policy, strategic mitigation and adaptation measures, and promoting capacity building and knowledge interchange.  

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Nepal Identifies Drivers of Forest Loss [viewed]

unredd15 September 2014: The Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal has assessed the country's drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in order to develop policy options for REDD+. The assessment includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of previous forest policies and measures, and reports on four key drivers of forest loss that vary across Nepal's biophysical, ecological and social landscapes.

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Arab Countries Highlight Regional Priorities for Post-2015 DRR Framework [viewed]

UNISDR16 September 2014: The 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) provided the opportunity for approximately 400 Arab government officials, donors, policy makers, planners, academics, civil society representatives and development experts to discuss DRR in the region. The Conference highlighted progress made in DRR efforts, reviewed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015 in the region, and discussed regional priorities towards the post-2015 DRR framework.

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World Reconstruction Conference: DRR Critical to Sustainable Development [viewed]

gfdrr12 September 2014: The second World Reconstruction Conference (WRC 2) brought together over 500 practitioners and policymakers from governments, civil society and the private sector to share lessons learned in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. The conference aimed to help countries incorporate disaster recovery into their policies and institutions given the increasing frequency and intensity of natural disasters.

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UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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