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DESA to Recognize Innovative Sustainable Energy Practices [viewed]

DESAJuly 2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched an initiative to identify, disseminate and scale up successful experiences and best practices in sustainable energy and sustainable development. The initiative will disburse an annual grant of US$1 million for institutions or individuals demonstrating leadership and innovation in practices aimed at meeting the global energy challenge.

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UN Committee Discusses Geospatial Information for Sustainable Development [viewed]

United Nations12 August 2014: Ministers and senior leaders discussed how to ensure more consistent locational positioning and mapping across the globe at the fourth session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM). The Committee is mandated to assist in making accurate, authoritative and reliable geospatial information available to support global, regional and national development, including for the post-2015 development agenda, as well as to enhance collaboration among Member States.

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UNEP Foresight Report Identifies Emerging Issues for SIDS [viewed]

UNEPJune 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on priority issues for small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process' is one of UNEP's contributions to the Third International SIDS Conference convening in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, and it is aligned with one of the thematic issues of the Conference: “identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them.”

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Three-Year Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations8 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has established a High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, announcing the Group's membership on 8 August 2014. The Group aims to promote accelerated implementation of sustainable transport, in line with objectives to address climate change, protect the global environment and ecosystems and promote inclusive and equitable growth and social development.

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UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario [viewed]

climate-summit20144 August 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the programme for the UN Climate Summit – Catalyzing Action, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2014.

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UN-NGLS Calls for Civil Society Nominations for 2014 Climate Summit [viewed]

climate-summit-201431 July 2014: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has issued a call for nominations for civil society speakers and attendees for the UN Secretary-General's 2014 Climate Summit, to be held on 23 September at the UN Headquarters in New York, US. The deadline for speaker nominations is 15 August.

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UNFCCC, SLoCaT Discuss Sustainable Transport Collaboration [viewed]

unfccc-slocat25 July 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat met with the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) Secretary General and representatives of the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) to coordinate their cooperation on sustainable and low-carbon transport initiatives. Areas of planned collaboration include Technical Expert Meetings (TEMs), capacity-building workshops, Transport Days, fact sheets and the formulation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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Member States Approve Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

samoa-conference11 July 2014: UN Member States approved the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee for the conference, on 11 July 2014.

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On Mandela Day, Activists Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

mandela-day18 July 2014: On the occasion of Mandela Day, Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono, Muhammad Yunus, Mo Ibrahim and Malala Yousafzai sent an open letter to world leaders urging them to agree on commitments to address poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Envoy on Climate Change [viewed]

mary-robinson14 July 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as his Special Envoy for Climate Change. Robinson was brought on to engage Heads of State and Government, help mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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