Economics, Trade & Investment

EEA Describes Climate Change Adaptation Platforms in Europe [viewed]

EEA12 May 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published technical report No. 5/2015, titled ‘Overview of climate change adaptation platforms in Europe,' which reviews the state of play of most adaptation platforms in Europe.

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EU Energy Security Conference Discusses Market Integration, Ukraine, Sustainable Energy [viewed]

eca_logo8 May 2015: The European Court of Auditors (ECA) organized a conference on energy security that focused on obstacles to the completion of the internal energy market and the role of Ukraine in European energy supply. During the half-day event, participants heard presentations by several stakeholder representatives, and a keynote speech stressing the role of energy efficiency and sustainable energy sources in increasing the EU's energy security in the context of COP21 and the EU Energy Union.

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UNDP, UN Women, Argentina Hold Global Conference for Women and Social Inclusion [viewed]

undp_unwomen_argentina8 May 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), with UN Women and the Government of Argentina, hosted a global conference titled 'Women and Social Inclusion: From Beijing to Post-2015.' The conference was part of a series of events to celebrate 20 years since the agreement of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) on women's rights, and brought together global leaders to discuss women's poverty and inequality.

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Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development [viewed]

escwa_bahrain7 May 2015: The second session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development concluded with adoption of the Bahrain Document, which highlights the importance of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the need to promote an enabling environment for achieving sustainable development in the post-2015 era.

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Caribbean Countries Call for Effective 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

Declaration_of_Fort_de_France9 May 2015: Emphasizing the interdependence of the planet's ecosystems and its inhabitants, 13 Caribbean Heads of State and Government have issued a call for an effective global agreement to be agreed at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The leaders state that climate change, with its consequences already being felt, is a strong illustration of the world's interdependence and a reminder of the need to take on collective responsibility to solve the problem together, in solidarity.

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Event: Workshop on Corruption Risks and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Climate Aid [viewed]

The 'Workshop on Corruption Risks and Anti-Corruption Strategies in Climate Aid – Good Governance towards Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability in Achieving Objectives of Climate Mitigation and Adaptation' will discuss: how to most effectively address corruption; and how anti-corruption efforts can be integrated into measures that achieve good governance in combating climate change, and ensuring transparent, efficient and accountable use of climate finance. This high-level and interactive workshop will present cases drawn from climate aid flows and corruption examples in climate aid in the Philippines. Trainers from the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, as well as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and staff from the German Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), will facilitate a training workshop. More specifically, the event aims to: develop a common understanding of corruption risks, causes and consequences in climate financial flows and uses, including regarding natural resource management; examine existing and potential anticorruption strategies to mitigate corruption risks in climate financing and in natural resource management; and formulate recommendations for mitigating corruption risk in the climate financing flows at country level, using the Philippines as a case study. The workshop is being organized by ADB, in collaboration with GIZ, the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, and in partnership with the Government of the Philippines' Office of the Ombudsman.  

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Co-Facilitators Identify 21 SDG Targets for Revision [viewed]

post20157 May 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a revised proposal on targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The revised proposal, which addresses 21 targets, under 11 SDGs, is expected to be discussed at the fifth intergovernmental negotiation session, convening on 18-22 May 2015.

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Mediterranean Countries Prepare for COP 21 [viewed]

ufm7 May 2015: In conjunction with the Mediterranean Climate Week, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) organized an Informal High-Level Conference on Climate Change. The Conference focused on supporting national and regional efforts to prepare climate change goals, and thus advance progress toward a universal climate change agreement to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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G7, Insurance Industry Collaborate on Climate Resilience [viewed]

G7 Germany7 May 2015: Decision makers from the G7 and developing countries, as well as representatives from the financial industry, academia and civil society came together for a high-level G7 Stakeholder Conference on Climate Risk Insurance, which saw the launch of the G7 Initiative on Climate Risk Insurance. The Conference convened under the theme ‘Reducing risks, insuring losses, increasing resilience,' and included a panel discussion with the participation of UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner and the President of the Republic of Kiribati, Anote Tong.

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WMO/UNEP Provides Updated Information on Ozone Layer [viewed]

unep-wmo5 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published ‘Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer,' which complements the 2014 Scientific Assessment Report of Ozone Depletion. The publication aims to enhance understanding regarding the relationship between ozone depletion, ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) and the Montreal Protocol. Many of the questions and answers are updated versions of those presented in previous Ozone Assessments, and some have been elaborated upon, to address emerging issues.

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