Governance

Event: First Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism [viewed]

This first meeting of the Executive Committee of the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts is expected to discuss: vision and expectations of the Committee; rules of procedure of the Committee; two-year workplace of the Committee and the delivery of activities; arrangements for the operationalization of the Mechanism; and the annual report of the Executive Committee. The Loss and Damage Mechanism was established at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, in 2013.  

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Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee Report Released [viewed]

UNFCCC18 September 2015: The UNFCCC has published the 10th annual report of the Compliance Committee to the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP) (FCCC/KP/CMP/2015/3). The report summarizes the facilitative branch's consideration of information in review reports and recommendations, with a view to advising Parties and facilitating implementation of the Kyoto Protocol.

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UNGA 70 Opening Highlights Agenda 2030, Climate Agreement [viewed]

unga7016 September 2015: The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with expressions of optimism for a historic year in which the UN is expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universal agreement on climate change. Speakers also recognized the turmoil of peace and security, and migration challenges. UNGA 70 opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 September 2015.

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Experts Discuss SDGs' Creation, Implementation [viewed]

WRI16 September 2015: The World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted a press call on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with experts and officials who were closely involved in formulating the Goals. The speakers reviewed how the Goals were created, emphasized novel characteristics of the SDGs, particularly universality, highlighted key steps in SDG implementation, and noted the Goals' resonance with civil society. The SDGs are part of the post-2015 development agenda, also called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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CIF Presents Lessons from the Forest Investment Program [viewed]

cif_fip10 September 2015: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has shared lessons from its Forest Investment Program (FIP), highlighting efforts on capacity building with a view to enhancing developing countries' abilities to implement REDD+ in a sustainable and fair manner through principles such as country ownership and coordination with other REDD+ mechanisms.

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Officials Highlight 2030 Agenda as UNGA 69's "Crowning Achievement" [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 September 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), Sam Kutesa of Uganda, offered reflections on the session during the last plenary meeting of UNGA 69. Kutesa and Ban highlighted the Assembly's agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), reform of the UN Security Council, and changes to the selection process for the next UN Secretary-General.

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WFC XIV Concludes Setting out a 2050 Vision for Forests [viewed]

Panelists-for-the-Innovation-and-Investment Forum11 September 2015: Held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the fourteenth World Forestry Congress (XIV WFC) concluded with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing a decisive role for food security, improved livelihoods and in the fight against climate change. The meeting also issued messages to the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

g20-turkey5 September 2015: Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 (G20) released a communiqué from their third meeting under the Turkish G20 presidency, welcoming the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and looking forward to successful and positive outcomes at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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Civil Society Speakers Selected for Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

sustainable_summit_20158 September 2015: The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has finalized the selection of 24 representatives of civil society organizations, NGOs and the Major Groups to speak during the UN Sustainable Development Summit's opening plenary, six interactive dialogues and other plenary meetings. The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) notes that 435 applications were received, and speakers were selected through "an open, transparent and participatory process" based on a short-list produced by a civil society Selection Committee.

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