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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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Advisory Group Discusses Measures to Promote Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations12 June 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport agreed on measures to accelerate a shift towards more efficient, healthy, safe and sustainable transport systems at its meeting in Milan, Italy. The Group will produce an outlook report on global, sustainable transport that will address all modes of transport and a range of issues, including climate change, clean fuels, health and road safety.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights G7 Countries' "Responsibility to Lead" [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw5 June 2015: In an opinion piece for CNN, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argues that G7 countries have a “special responsibility to lead” in securing prosperity and dignity for all. The piece was published ahead of the Schloss Elmau Summit, held in Germany on 7-8 June 2015. Ban called on G7 leaders to “show they are serious about … protecting people and the planet.”

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.

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UN Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change Calls for Renewed Momentum Towards Climate Deal [viewed]

UN4 June 2015: Calling for renewed momentum towards a global climate agreement during a press briefing at UN Headquarters, Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Change Janos Pasztor highlighted recent initiatives meant to facilitate a successful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France, at the end of 2015.

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CEB Reports on 2014 Activities to Support Climate, MDGs, and Post-2015 Preparations [viewed]

CEB29 April 2015: In its 2014 annual overview report, the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) concludes that the Board has contributed to efforts by the UN system to enhance coordination and coherence on various programmatic, management and operational issues in support of intergovernmental mandates and priorities. The report to the UN Economic and Social Council (E/2015/71) provides information on progress and initiatives undertaken by the UN system on the the post-2015 development agenda and climate change, among other issues.

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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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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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May 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-GEF-IDB-OPEC-World BankMay 2015: In May, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and World Bank announced funding for sustainable energy projects.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Discusses "Big Ideas" for the Future of Humanity and the Planet [viewed]

United Nations26 May 2015: The third meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 25-26 May 2015, discussed a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for members to express “scientific concerns you have about the future of people and the planet” for his consideration.

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