Capacity Building & Education

UNGA High-Level Debate Concludes with Focus on Lessons from the MDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations1 October 2013: The 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate concluded its discussions on “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage.” Speakers discussed lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), emphasized connections between development and peace and security, and supported action on climate change.

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Norway and Germany Agree to Reduce Forest Emissions in Ecuador [viewed]

norway-german30 September 2013: The Governments of Norway and Germany have signed an agreement to cooperate with Ecuador to purchase Ecuador's emission reductions and contribute $2.6 million to strengthening national capacities in Ecuador.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Technology and Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC26 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two documents on technology transfer and on response measures, for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) at their 39th sessions in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013.

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UNFCCC Publishes SB Documents on Response Measures, Support for Developing Countries' Mitigation [viewed]

UNFCCC20 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published three documents on the implementation of the impact of response measures, and on support for developing countries' mitigation actions, for consideration by countries at the upcoming Climate Change Conference to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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UNGA 68 High-level Debate Continues Discussion of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

United Nations26 September 2013: Leaders continued to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and post-2015 development agenda priorities during the third day of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate. Speakers again emphasized the relationship between peace and development, and proposed focusing on, inter alia, inequalities and climate change.

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Adaptation Fund Approves Funding for Project in Guatemala [viewed]

Adaptation Fund24 September 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board has approved $5.4 million in funding for an adaptation programme in Guatemala that will increase resilience in two municipalities that are frequently exposed to severe floods and droughts.

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UNGA Debate Addresses Post-2015 Priorities [viewed]

United Nations25 September 2013: On the second day of the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate, leaders highlighted post-2015 agenda priorities, including recognizing the relationship between peace and development, tackling inequalities, ensuring human rights, and addressing climate change and water and sanitation.

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Event: Ninth Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters [viewed]

The ninth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will meet, in accordance with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) decision 2013/239, to discuss, among other things, issues related to the next update of the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries. The Committee will also discuss cross-cutting issues under the UN Model, such as taxation of services and interaction of the Model with climate change mechanisms. In addition, it will work towards the next update of the UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries, foreign direct investment issues and corporate taxation, including resource taxation issues for developing countries, and capacity development. As this will be the first session of the new Membership of the Committee, the Committee will elect a Chair and other officers, and establish subcommittees.  

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Ecosystem Restoration Day [viewed]

ecosystem-restoration-day20 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Ecosystem Restoration Day on Friday, 20 September. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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UNSG Issues Recommendations on Clean Technology [viewed]

United Nations18 September 2013: A report of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on 'Options for facilitating the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' finds that Member States and stakeholders share the objective of accelerating technology facilitation, but differences exist on the details and approaches. The report follows on a mandate in the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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