Governance

This section addresses issues related to the way climate change issues are treated at the local, national, regional and international levels, including the negotiations under the UNFCCC.

European Council Agrees on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Council24 October 2014: The European Council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least a 40% domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990, and will submit its contribution under the UNFCCC by the first quarter of 2015, in accordance with the timeline agreed at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19). The target is part of the 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework agreed by the European Council at its meeting on 23-24 October 2014.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages [viewed]

World Resources Forum22 October 2014: The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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'Toward 2015' Co-Chairs Release Report [viewed]

c2esOctober 2014: With a view to creating an informal dialogue among countries as leaders work toward a 2015 agreement on climate change, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) has convened officials from 20 countries under the initiative 'Toward 2015: An International Climate Dialogue.' The co-chairs of the group have released a report presenting their views, drawing on the discussions thus far.

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Human Rights Experts Publish an Open Letter to UNFCCC State Parties [viewed]

OHCHR 221 October 2014: A group of independent experts of the Human Rights Council of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published an open letter, titled ‘A New Climate Change Agreement Must Include Human Rights Protections for All.' The letter urges State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognize the adverse impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights and to adopt urgent and ambitious measures to prevent further harm.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Questions and Answers on Legal and Institutional Aspects of the 2015 Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC20 October 2014: The Legal Affairs Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a document, titled ‘Questions and answers on some legal and institutional aspects of the 2015 agreement.' The document was prepared for the sixth part of the second session of negotiations under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 20-25 October 2014. The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared the questions and answers at the request of the ADP Co-Chairs.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs [viewed]

emeg25 September 2014: During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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Guest Article #113: Why We Need Climate Clubs - A Second Track Climate Strategy [viewed]

Maybe Angela Merkel was just smart as usual when she declined the UN Secretary-General's invitation for the 2014 Climate Summit in New York.

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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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131st IPU Assembly Debates Gender Equality, Climate Change and Water Management [viewed]

Ipu16 October 2014: The 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) addressed a number of sustainable development issues, including gender equality and disaster risk management, climate change, and water management. The Assembly, along with related meetings, gathered more than 700 Members of Parliament (MPs) from 141 countries.

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ITPGR High-Level Round Table Discusses Climate-Adapted Crops for Food Security [viewed]

ITPGRSeptember 2014: The fourth High-Level Ministerial Round Table on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) convened under the topic 'The International Treaty, Climate Change and Food Security.' High-level representatives discussed the importance of climate-adapted crops in helping farmers face challenges confronting the global food system.

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