Freshwater

Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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Event: 67th Semi-annual IEA-ETSAP Meeting [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) will hold its 67th semi-annual meeting from 1-2 June 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the meeting will comprise two events: the ETSAP Regular Workshop; and the ETSAP Executive Committee Meeting. Topics covered during the workshop will include: impacts of renewable energy promotion; renewable energy technology integration; forecasting road transport energy demand; the energy-water nexus; decarbonization pathways; and synergies and co-benefits of climate change mitigation. The event will be held back to back with the International Energy Workshop 2015, hosted by IRENA in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, from 3-5 June.  

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May 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - Adaptation Fund - UNDP - GEF - World Bank - APEC - SLoCaT - UNISDR - ADB - EIB1 June 2015: Climate finance-related news and announcements during May 2015 were published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). AfDB, IDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank launched studies, reports and stories related to climate risk and finance. AfDB, ADB and the World Bank reported on climate change and finance-related events.

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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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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

climate_action_parisweek21 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress [viewed]

progress_toward_sustainable_energy18 May 2015: According to the second edition of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Global Tracking Framework, the world has made more rapid progress on sustainable energy during 2010-2012 than the period from 1990-2010, measured in the first edition of the Framework. The report cautions, however, that efforts must further accelerate to achieve SE4ALL's three goals of: doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix; doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement; and ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030.

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