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UNEP Reports on Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

Unep LogoJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which provides an overview of 20 environmental issues and 15 socio-economic issues critical to the sustainable development of SIDS. The report discusses, among other challenges facing SIDS, biodiversity damage and loss and climate change, including sea level rise. The report highlights opportunities for SIDS to move towards a green economy, including through renewable energy resources and terrestrial and oceanic natural resources.

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World Day to Combat Desertification 2014 Focuses on Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

2014-world-day-to-combat-desertification17 June 2014: On the World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated annually on 17 June, UN leaders highlighted the importance of the Day's theme, ecosystem-based adaptation, and its slogan ‘Land Belongs to the Future, Let's Climate Proof It.'

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UNGA Elects Sam Kutesa of Uganda as 69th UNGA President [viewed]

UNGA11 June 2014: The UN General Assembly elected Sam Kahamba Kutesa of Uganda as President of its 69th session. Remarking on his election, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and current UNGA President John Ashe underscored the 69th session as a critical time for the UN in elaborating the post-2015 development agenda.

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GLOBE World Summit of Legislators Resolution Urges Climate Action [viewed]

world-summit9 June 2014: Participants at the Second World Summit of Legislators, organized by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), agreed on a Legislators Resolution encouraging national governments and the UN to take seven main actions, with a focus on strengthening climate change mitigation. The Summit took place on 6-8 June 2014, in Mexico City, Mexico, hosted by the Mexican Congress.

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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US EPA Proposes 30% Emission Reductions from Power Plants by 2030 [viewed]

EPA2 June 2014: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulations requiring existing coal-fired power plants to reduce their emissions. The Clean Power Plan is a flexible proposal aimed at ensuring a healthier environment, spurring innovation and strengthening the economy, which, for the first time, cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of such pollution in the US. The plan is expected to protect public health and fight climate change while supplying reliable and affordable power.

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UNECA, ACPC Report Discusses Loss and Damage in Africa [viewed]

uneca-acpc27 May 2014: “Under all warming scenarios and despite strong adaptation efforts in the region, considerable adverse effects of climate change will be felt in Africa, resulting in further loss and damage,” according to a report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC).

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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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CEB Spring Session Focuses on Post-2015, Climate, Education [viewed]

United Nations9 May 2014: The UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Spring Session 2014 focused on how the UN system can support Member States in the transition to the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also discussed implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), financing for sustainable development, climate change and water, among other issues.

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