Governance

UNEP Releases 2014 Year Book on Emerging Environmental Issues [viewed]

UNEPJuly 2014: UNEP has made available an e-book edition of its year book, titled ‘UNEP Year Book 2014: Emerging Issues in Our Global Environment,' which illustrates, across ten chapters, the emergence of current environmental challenges and explores innovative solutions to address them.

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Event: The Challenges of a Living List: Making Progress on a Green Goods Agreement [viewed]

Negotiations on a green goods agreement, announced earlier this year in Davos, Switzerland by 14 World Trade Organization (WTO) Members, will aim to create an initial and “living list” of green goods to be revised as technology evolves. This half-day event organized by the Geneva offices of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) will bring together practitioners, experts and administrators from a variety of agreements that have faced the challenges of a “living list,” to discuss their experiences and lessons learned for consideration by the WTO. Speakers will include John Scanlon, Secretary‐General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Aaron Cosbey, Associate and Senior Advisor, IISD, and Ambassador Jonathan Fried, Permanent Representative of Canada to the WTO, among others. The event takes place on the eve of the WTO Public Forum.  

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Special Envoy on Climate Change [viewed]

mary-robinson14 July 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, as his Special Envoy for Climate Change. Robinson was brought on to engage Heads of State and Government, help mobilize political will and action, and raise ambition in advance of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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Event: Sixth BRICS Summit [viewed]

The sixth Summit of the BRICS, which comprises Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, will convene in Fortaleza and Brasília, Brazil, from 15-16 July, under the theme 'Inclusive Growth, Sustainable Solutions'. The Summit will discuss the establishment of the BRICS Development Bank, aimed at financing infrastructure and sustainable development projects, and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement for assisting countries of the bloc. Discussions will also be held on social inclusion and development. The Summit is expected to result in the signing of two primary financial agreements, an action plan for common social indicators methodologies, and the Fortaleza Declaration containing views of the group on matters on the international agenda and of cooperation within the BRICS. Preceding the Summit, meetings of the BRICS finance ministers, central bank governors and ministers of trade, the BRICS Business Forum and Business Council, and the BRICS Financal Forum will be held on 14 July in Fortaleza.  

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ADP Co-Chairs Reflect on June Session [viewed]

UNFCCC7 July 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a reflections note prepared by the Co-Chairs of the the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on progress made at the fifth part of the second session of the ADP, as well as on the way forward.

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Pacific Partnerships Meeting Focuses on Gender, Climate Change [viewed]

SPC logo13 June 2014: With the goal of advancing the Pacific region's agenda on gender, sustainable development and climate change within UN bodies, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA for Equality) and the Pacific Youth Council convened representatives from civil society organizations (CSOs) and UN missions for the regional meeting 'Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender, Climate Change Response and Sustainable Development.'

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Caux Dialogue Focuses on Land and Security [viewed]

unccd-iucn-llp9 July 2014: The second Caux Dialogue on Land and Security, jointly organized by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), has underscored the need to urgently scale up land rehabilitation and restoration globally.

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Event: Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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UNEP Risø Centre Becomes UNEP DTU Partnership [viewed]

unepdtuJuly 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Risø Centre has changed its name to UNEP DTU Partnership, a tripartite agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark, UNEP and the Technical University of Denmark. The UNEP DTU Partnership is a UNEP Collaborating Centre as well as a research and advisory institution on energy, climate and sustainable development.

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Event: UNFCCC Compliance Committee Meetings [viewed]

The two branches of the UNFCCC Compliance Committee will meet on 4 September 2014. The enforcement branch's meeting will be its 25th, while the facilitative branch will gather for its 16th meeting. The 15th plenary of the Compliance Committee will follow from 4-5 September 2014. The enforcement branch is tasked with determining consequences for lack of compliance under the Kyoto Protocol, while the facilitative branch's role is to promote compliance.  

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