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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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Event: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Stock Exchange of Thailand, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRAI), with support from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and other sponsors are hosting the dialogue. CEOs of stock exchanges, institutional investors, regulators and other policy makers will discuss challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable development through capital markets, including ways to promote the environmental, social and governance performance of listed companies. A high-level policy dialogue will take place in the morning, and workshops on sustainability reporting, climate disclosure standards and investor risk management in relation to water scarcity, land use and other natural resource management issues will run in parallel in the afternoon. The event is part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSEI), led by UNEP, UNCTAD, PRAI and the UN Global Compact.  

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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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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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Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit Identifies Adaptation Solutions for Africa [viewed]

acris29 April 2015: The first Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit (ACRIS I), hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC), among others, was held under the theme ‘Africa towards resilient infrastructure development.' The event aimed to introduce African Union (AU) member States to practical solutions that can address the effects of climate change on infrastructure, agriculture, food security and other key sectors.

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ASEAN Summit Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Resilience [viewed]

Asean27 April 2015: The Heads of State and Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a declaration committing to economic, social, cultural, physical and environmental measures that will reduce vulnerability to disaster and climate-related risks. The signatories pledge their intention to systematically mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation into policy making at the local, national and regional levels through multistakeholder engagement.

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CPF Publishes Highlights from 2013-2014 [viewed]

CPF5 May 2015: In celebration of it 15th anniversary, the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) released a review of its activities in 2013 and 2014. In the document, CPF underlines its continually growing commitment to sustainable forest management (SFM) and shows how it has set the stage over the past two years for negotiating the future International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), as well as the forest-related aspects of the expected climate change agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015.

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ICARDA Identifies Effective Climate Change Interventions in Agriculture [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo30 April 2015: The CGIAR International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) has published a report on the water and food security challenges facing the Mediterranean region, emphasizing that many of the most effective climate change interventions have their roots in agriculture.

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