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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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UN Reports Progress Towards Climate Neutrality [viewed]

United Nations27 February 2014: The fifth edition of the publication ‘Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN: The UN System's Footprint and Efforts to Reduce It' provides an analysis of the UN's performance in implementing its Climate Neutral Strategy, details greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 64 organizations in 2012, breaks down emissions by source, and covers nearly 225,000 staff around the world.

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UN Launches International Year of SIDS [viewed]

iy24 February 2014: At the global launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), to be celebrated throughout 2014, Ronald Jumeau, Ambassador of Climate Change and SIDS, Seychelles, who served as Master of Ceremonies, noted that the occasion marks the first time the UN has dedicated an International Year to a particular category of countries.

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OCHA Highlights Funding Needs for Crises Preparedness and Prevention [viewed]

UNOCHA14 February 2014: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a report, titled 'World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2013,' which highlights major trends in humanitarian crises, discusses their underlying causes and drivers, and focuses on the actors that participate in crises prevention, response and recovery.

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Former New York City Mayor Appointed Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change [viewed]

blooberg-ban31 January 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, with the aim of raising political will and mobilizing action among cities as part of the Secretary-General's long-term strategy to advance efforts on climate change. 

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

scientific-advisory-board31 January 2014: The first meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set out a calendar for its work, and discussed means to tighten the linkage between the science and policy, as well as to define priority scientific issues for sustainable development. 

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SLoCaT Partnership Annual Meeting Approves Work Programme, Formalizes Secretariat [viewed]

slocat13 January 2014: The Partnership on Low Carbon Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT) held its 2014 Annual Meeting, which addressed the formalization of the organization, the SLoCaT 2013 Report, and the 2014 work programme and budget. Members agreed to formalize the organization by incorporating the Partnership's Secretariat as an independent legal entity by mid-2014.

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UNDESA Assesses Energy Investments Required to Achieve Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNDESAJanuary 2014: A policy brief published by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) points to the emerging consensus that sustainable development requires a radical transformation of the world's energy system, including the way energy is produced and used, and that such a transformation requires strong leadership, carefully-designed policies, behavior changes, and large investments, both in developed and developing countries.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Action on Poverty, Climate Change [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 January 2014: During an informal meeting of the Plenary of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlined UN challenges for 2014, noting that the post-2015 development agenda “must fully reflect the importance of institutions, governance and the rule of law as essential ingredients for success.” 

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Bolivia Assumes Chair of G-77-China [viewed]

G77 and China8 January 2014: Bolivia took over from Fiji as Chair of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) during a special ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York. Bolivian President Evo Morales attended the event, during which UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and President of the General Assembly (PGA) John Ashe urged the Group to work collectively towards reaching: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); a unified and universal post-2015 development agenda, with poverty eradication as the overarching goal; and a new global climate agreement.

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