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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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Working Papers Assess CDM's Sustainable Development Tool [viewed]

unep-dtu15 September 2015: The Wuppertal Institute and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership have published three working papers on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB)'s Sustainable Development Tool.

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Brazilian Insurers Discuss Impact on Sustainable Development [viewed]

unep_fi_brazil14 September 2015: Leaders and officials from the Brazilian insurance industry, including insurers, reinsurers and the Brazilian Superintendence of Private Insurance, met to discuss how Brazil can harness the full potential of its insurance market for sustainable development. The 'Insurance 2030 Brazil Roundtable' addressed how key stakeholders can develop pathways for action, scale and impact through 2030.

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Event: 23rd Session of the GCOS Steering Committee [viewed]

The 23rd Session of the Global Climate Observing System's (GCOS) Steering Committee is expected to discuss, among other things strategy, review and plans, including the GCOS Implementation Plan. It will also feature a scientific and technical discussion with partners and expert panels on, inter alia: information on preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; reports on past and future activities; and engagement with GCOS partners. The Committee will also discuss governance and budget. The meeting will be preceded by GCOS Science Day on Monday, 28 September 2015, which will promote and discuss long-term climate observations in the atmosphere, terrestrial and marine systems, as well as climate variables and integration into models. The GCOS Steering Committee Steering provides scientific and technical guidance to sponsoring and participating organizations and agencies for the planning, implementation and further development of GCOS, which is a joint undertaking of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Council for Science.  

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Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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UNEP Launches Law and Environmental Ontology Portal [viewed]

unep_informea17 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Law and Environmental Ontology Portal (LEO) at the 6th Multilateral Environment Agreement Information and Knowledge Management (MEA IKM) Initiative Steering Committee Meeting, held from 15-17 September 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. Funded by the European Union, LEO provides an overview of relationships between multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), as well as concepts, definitions and synonyms found in these conventions.

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Financing Institutions Pledge to Scale up Energy Efficiency Investment [viewed]

EBRD_UNEPFi17 September 2015: Seventy financial institutions from over 20 countries have committed to step up financing for energy efficiency investments and develop business strategies that save energy and reduce carbon emissions. The financial institutions, ranging from regional and microfinance institutions to national and global banks, met during an event, titled ‘Building a Global Energy Efficiency Financing Alliance,' where they were encouraged to share experiences about successful business strategies for developing and marketing energy efficiency finance products.

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UNEP, CalPERS Call for Sustainable Institutional Investing [viewed]

unep_calpers14 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) - one of the largest public pension funds in the US - launched a report on ways for institutional investors to place sustainability concerns at the core of their policies. UNEP's press release highlights the potential for the global financial system, worth more than US$300 trillion, to promote sustainable development through wise investment.

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Ozone Day Celebrates '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together' [viewed]

ozone_together16 September 2015: The UN system celebrated the International Ozone Day under the theme '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together,' celebrating the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Vienna Convention is the framework agreement under which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted.

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Event: From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action [viewed]

This event will discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovation related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will take stock of progress made in advancing sustainable development and climate change by higher education institutions since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including best practices and lessons learned, and encourage new or enhanced commitments, especially those related to academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies. The event is expected to develop a message and policy recommendations for presentation at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event is organized by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a consortium of UN entities, including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the UN University (UNU) and Global Compact.  

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