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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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UNEP Inquiry Identifies Ways to Make Climate Security Part of a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

financialinquiry22 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'The Coming Financial Climate,' which outlines a set of measures that can be applied to make climate security part of the overall performance framework of a sustainable financial system.

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Event: UNEP-SBCI and GI-REC Joint Symposium on Sustainable Buildings and Cities: Supporting Climate mitigation through resource efficiency [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI) and the Global Initiative for Resource Efficient Cities (GI-REC) are organizing this joint symposium focusing on climate mitigation in the built environment. Hosted by ENERGIES 2050, the symposium will consider recent developments in international climate mitigation in the built environment, the role of role of cities and buildings in achieving greater resource efficiency, and lessons learned and financing opportunities for spurring broader action on resource efficient buildings and cities. Participants will also be introduced to the 10 Year Framework Programme (10YFP) on Sustainable Buildings and Construction.  

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UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

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WHO Updates Health and Climate Change Country Profiles [viewed]

WHO2 June 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) provided an update on the development of WHO/UNFCCC country profiles during a side event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference. ‘Country Profiles for Health and Climate Change' focused on experiences of and lessons learned by the WHO European Country Office in developing the profiles, which aim to support the development of national adaptation plans.

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UNDP-GEF Annual Report Provides Performance Ratings of US$10.35 Billion in Projects [viewed]

UNDP - GEF22 May 2015: The UN Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP-GEF) released its seventh annual performance report, providing progress and quality ratings of environment and sustainable development projects to the value of US$10.35 billion.

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CIFOR, UNEP Investigate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Projects [viewed]

cifor_unep_cbfp2 June 2015: In order to support benefit sharing, which is garnering attention in REDD+ preparedness, especially as countries move towards results based payments, projects in Kenya, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are gathering experiences and developing and testing decision-making support tools.

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SE4ALL Accelerators Plan Joint Action for High-Efficiency Products [viewed]

enlighten15 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) hosted the first joint Project Steering Committee meeting of the en.lighten and United for Efficiency (U4E) initiatives, developing strategic guidance for coordinated action by the two initiatives. U4E and en.lighten are the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative's Accelerators on appliances and lighting, respectively, and are working together to assist countries in leapfrogging to high-efficiency products.

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