Governance

World Meteorological Congress Opens with Focus on Post-2015 Development Agenda, DRR [viewed]

Wmo25 May 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress will discuss the role of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in the post-2015 development agenda and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The Congress is also scheduled to help shape the WMO contribution to the climate change negotiations in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, where a new climate agreement is expected to be adopted.

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GCF Set to Begin Funding Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new23 May 2015: The Government of Japan and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a contribution arrangement confirming the conversion of Japan's pledge of US$1.5 billion equivalent, which carries the Fund over the required 50% threshold to begin allocating resources for projects and programmes in developing countries.

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Climate Finance Day Focuses on Shifting Capital to Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate_finance_day22 May 2015: At the Paris 2015 Climate Finance Day, key stakeholders from the financial sector gathered for four roundtables on climate change, which all centered around the theme of shifting trillions of dollars toward the goal of limiting global warming below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In addition, two platforms for tracking climate actions in the financial sector were announced and speakers throughout the day discussed tools for mitigating risk and transaction costs of climate-friendly projects.

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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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