Governance

Event: Seminar on Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change, and Island Partnership [viewed]

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York (TECO-NY), the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), and the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) are co-hosting a seminar on the 'Post-2015 Development Agenda, Climate Change and Island Partnership,' at the TECO-NY office on 22 September 2014, from 2-5 pm. The seminar will explore the intersections between the negotiation on the post-2015 development agenda, the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, and the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in 2014.  

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First IRENA Flagship Series Report Charts Transition to Renewables [viewed]

IRENA8 September 2014: The first edition of a new flagship publication series of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) argues that a new power system that is based on renewable energy would enhance energy access and security, create jobs and safeguard health and the environment globally. Titled ‘REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System,' the report argues that new approaches to electricity systems planning and market design, policy frameworks and funding, and training and education are required to "take the energy transformation to the next level."

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNDP Executive Board Briefed on Post-2015 Agenda, Accountability [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2014: At the second regular session of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark discussed: UNDP responses to current crises; UNDP's support for global development processes; implementation of UNDP's Strategic Plan; UNDP resources; and transparency and accountability. The UN development system is "determined to be fit for purpose for the post-2015 agenda,” Clark said, and the UN Development Group (UNDG) is assessing ways to ensure its members work together in a coherent, results-oriented and strategic manner.

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Event: VII BRICS Summit [viewed]

The Seventh Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) will be held from 9-10 July 2015, in Ufa, the Russian Federation. The host country has signaled it will: ensure the continuity of the group's operation; take into account priorities put forward during the Brazilian presidency of the BRICS; and seek to enrich the group's work with new ideas, and strengthen its role in international affairs and regional issues.  

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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Pacific SIDS Discuss Climate and Disaster Resilient Strategy [viewed]

spc-sprep-unisdr3 September 2014: A side event organized during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) drew attention to regional efforts in the Pacific to integrate climate change and disaster risk management strategies, and advocated for a regional coordinating mechanism to oversee the implementation the regional strategy, expected to be endorsed in 2015. The event was organized by the Government of Tonga, in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

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UNFCCC Announces Climate Heroes Documentary [viewed]

UNFCCC3 September 2014: As part of its Momentum for Change initiative, the UNFCCC Secretariat will launch a documentary on climate action during Climate Week NYC, scheduled for 22-28 September 2014, in support of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit. The documentary, featuring nine initiatives from around the world, aims to demonstrate how climate action is generating jobs and improving lives.

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UNFCCC Releases GEF Report to COP 20 [viewed]

GEF UNFCCC2 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The report will form the basis for the COP to communicate to the GEF Council any policy guidance approved by UNFCCC parties concerning the financial mechanism.

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Event: 2nd Task Force Meeting on the Future Work of the IPCC [viewed]

This Task Group meeting will consider submissions received from scientists, observer organizations, Technical Support Units (TSUs) and the Secretariat regarding: future IPCC products; appropriate structure and modus operandi for producing these products; and enhancing developing country participation in the IPCC's future work. The Group will also consider a draft Options paper prepared by the Task Group Co-Chairs, drawing on government submissions, and further elaborate, as necessary, to take into account submissions from scientists involved in preparing IPCC reports, IPCC observer organizations and other relevant stakeholders. The views and preliminary conclusions will be submitted to IPCC 40.  

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