Governance

CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation [viewed]

cgrfa1526 January 2015: The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy.

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IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables [viewed]

irenna518 January 2015: During the fifth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, over 1,000 representatives from 150 countries and 115 international organizations discussed ways to accelerate the growth of renewable energy, considering in particular such challenges as energy security, climate change and the future financing of the organization. The Assembly also re-appointed Adnan Amin as Director-General of IRENA.

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At Security Council Debate, UN Secretary-General Links Development, Human Rights, Security [viewed]

United Nations19 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of addressing the interdependence of the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights during an address to the UN Security Council. He highlighted the UN intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda as “an important opportunity to broaden the development agenda and highlight the fundamental importance of inclusive societies in building a more peaceful world.”

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon16 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Pasztor will act as a Senior Adviser to Ban on climate change issues in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, to be held in December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Event: Accreditation Panel of the Adaptation Fund [viewed]

The Accreditation Panel of the Adaptation Fund was established by the Adaptation Fund Board to ensure that organizations receiving Adaptation Fund money meet fiduciary standards. The Panel consists of three independent experts and two Board members, who serve on the panel for two calendar years. The Board oversees the performance of the panel and its members. Any organization that will implement Adaptation Fund projects must submit an application for accreditation providing documentation that it meets the fiduciary standards adopted by the Board.  

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UN Secretary-General Outlines Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw8 January 2015: In an informal briefing to UN Member States, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated his priorities for 2015, and discussed UN efforts in the areas of development, peace and security, and human rights. He also highlighted four main moments for action in 2015, as well as needs within the UN's development system.

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South Africa Becomes G77 Chair [viewed]

G77logo8 January 2015: At a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York, US, the Group of 77 and China (G77/China) handed over the chairmanship of its group from the Plurinational State of Bolivia to the Republic of South Africa.

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Event: CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

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Event: An Introduction to the What, Why and How of Forest Governance Assessment [viewed]

This World Bank e-institute online webinar explains the 3-pillar framework for forest governance developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Program on Forests (PROFOR). Targeting REDD+ and Forest Investment Program (FIP) practitioners, the webinar aims to increase understanding of forest governance, build capacity for conducting and assessing forest governance and identify opportunities for stakeholder engagement.  

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Event: Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics [viewed]

This conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), seeks to respond to the increased demand for detailed and timely data to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda goals and targets. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the innovations in data collection, dissemination, access and analytics; means of implementation; and a framework on a transformative strategy for the global statistical system in support of the post-2015 development agenda. The event is organized as a High-Level Forum of official statisticians with the purpose to seek a broad consensus on the strategic agenda for statistics to be considered during the 46th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2015.  

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