Governance

EU Environment Council Considers 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Union 3 March 2014: The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.

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Pacific Region Develops Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development [viewed]

pacificdisasterMarch 2014: The Pacific Region is preparing a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) to more effectively address the risks and challenges posed by climate change and disasters within the context of sustainable development.

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GLOBE Summit Launches Partnership for Climate Legislation [viewed]

globe28 February 2014: The 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit, which brought together legislators from over 50 countries, saw the launch of the fourth edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study and of the Partnership for Climate Legislation. Legislators also presented case studies of their national policies, and discussed how national legislation can contribute to a new international climate agreement.

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Federated States of Micronesia Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC19 February 2014: The Federated States of Micronesia has become the seventh party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the period 2013-2020, the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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Event: 2nd World Summit of Legislators [viewed]

The 2nd World Summit of Legislators is expected to be the world's largest conference of parliamentarians, with over 500 participants representing legislative assemblies from all over the world in attendance. Parliamentarians at the three-day summit, which will take place at the Mexican Congress, are expected to agree to and ratify a resolution on climate, natural capital and forest legislation. This meeting follows the first World Summit of Legislators, which convened from 15-17 June 2012, in the Tiradentes Palace, the original seat of the Brazilian Congress. Since this first meeting, the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) has established the GLOBE Climate Legislation Initiative (GCLI), the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) and the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI), all of which will report to the 2nd Summit, as well as provide national legislation examples put forward by GLOBE legislators. The GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) seeks to raise awareness on the benefits of ecosystem valuation and wealth accounting, in order to establish a political support-base for the introduction and long-term uptake of the natural capital approach. Twitter: #WSL2014.  

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Event: 2nd GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit [viewed]

This Summit will gather legislators from over 50 countries to discuss national legislative efforts. Senior officers of the UN and World Bank will also join the approximately 100 legislators to receive the findings of the 4th edition of the GLOBE Climate Legislation Study. A Partnership for Climate Legislation will be launched by the President of the Mexican Congress, President Ricardo Anaya Cortes, Chairman of the South African National Assembly, Hon Cedric Frolick MP, President of GLOBE International, Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.  

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CDM Executive Board Elects New Chair, Approves 2014 Workplan [viewed]

UNFCCC21 February 2014: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has approved its 2014 workplan, as well as the 2014 workplans of the CDM Accreditation Panel, Methodology (Meth) Panel, Small-Scale (SSC) Working Group, Afforestation and Reforestation Working Group, and Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage (CCS) Working Group.

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Event: 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy [viewed]

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

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GCF Makes Progress Towards Initial Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)22 February 2014: At its 6th meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) adopted a number of key decisions that will shape the GCF's work streams and activities as it moves forward in its operations.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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