Governance

UN-REDD Rolls out Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme19 May 2015: The UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) in developing countries (UN-REDD Programme) has launched a tool designed to help REDD+ countries assess the social and environmental benefits and risks associated with potential REDD+ activities. The Benefits and Risks Tool (BeRT) can also analyze existing policies, laws and regulations to see how effectively they address the safeguards that the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC decided should be considered in the undertaking of REDD+ actions.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity" [viewed]

iisd_rs_se4all20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris [viewed]

eclac_unep19 May 2015: Senior officials and negotiators from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries gathered for a meeting, titled ‘4th Meeting of Chief Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean,' to discuss the content of a climate change agreement, which is expected to be adopted during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean [viewed]

iisdrs_goc18 May 2015: The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) discussed the outcome of the GOC report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference [viewed]

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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EE Global 2015 Highlights Leadership, Markets, Buildings and Investment [viewed]

alliance_to_save_energy13 May 2015: The 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) served as a platform for launching new tools and technologies, introducing ideas for energy efficiency governance, discussing ways to demonstrate the value of building efficiency to industry, and advocating proper valuation of energy efficiency in the marketplace. The Forum, in its eighth iteration, brought together thought leaders from private industry, the non-profit sector and government to inspire action to advance energy efficiency.

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G7, EU Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Energy Security​ [viewed]

G7 Germany12 May 2015: G7 energy ministers and their representatives, as well as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, convened to discuss ways to enhance sustainable energy security, including through energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative technologies.

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