Governance

Governments Conclude Initial Exchange of Views on Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga6910 November 2014: UN Member States convened for the second informal meeting of the plenary on the organization and modalities of intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The co-facilitators – David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya – expect to issue a “starting document” by the week of 17 November, covering the process, road map, and scope of work for intergovernmental negotiations.

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WMO Highlights Women's Role in Building Resilience [viewed]

WMO7 November 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) convened a conference aimed to ensure that: weather and climate services consider the special needs and strengths of women in order to reduce their vulnerability to disasters and climate change; and realize their potential as champions of community resilience.

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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Event: Fifth Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The fifth session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will take place from 17-18 January in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. The Assembly, constituted by one representative from each member country, is IRENA's ultimate decision-making authority, which convenes annually to discuss and decide on, inter alia, the Agency's work programme and budget, adoption of reports, applications for membership and potential amendments to the Agency's activities.  

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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Event: Climate Justice: Addressing the Global Challenge and Scotland's Contribution [viewed]

This international roundtable conference, organized by CIFAL Scotland, a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-affiliated training center for Northern Europe, will provide a space for discussing the challenges of climate change, climate justice as a human right, and Scotland's contribution to climate justice. In 2012, the Scottish government launched the 'Climate Justice Fund,' the value of which was doubled to £6 million in 2013. The Fund currently supports projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia in the areas of water and food security, and action against climate change impacts, such as floods, droughts and severe weather. The one-day conference will include opening remarks by UNITAR representatives, a keynote speech by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development of the Scottish Government, and a panel discussion.  

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IPCC Approves AR5 Synthesis Report [viewed]

ipcc401 November 2014: The 40th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-40) met to consider and finalize the Synthesis Report (SYR), which integrates the findings from the three IPCC Working Group (WG) reports. Together, these comprise the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). On 1 November, the Panel approved the SYR's Summary for Policymakers (SPM) line by line, and adopted the longer SYR section by section.

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RRI Dialogue Focuses on Climate Change Risks, Opportunities [viewed]

RRI-logo30 October 2014: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) hosted its 16th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, in partnership with Instituto Bien del Común (IBC). The event was organized under the theme ‘Investments, Communities and Climate Change: Risks and Opportunities.'

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AGWA Launches Toolkit for Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resources Management [viewed]

agwa4 September 2014: The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and partners have launched a manual for dealing with uncertainty under climate change by applying climate-informed decision-making to water resource management, project design and risk evaluation. The manual was launched in a seminar held during World Water Week, on 4 September.

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Transparency International Evaluates UN-REDD [viewed]

UN-REDD Programme28 October 2014: Transparency International has conducted an assessment on the level of accountability of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD). The assessment reveals that UN-REDD has achieved some best practices in transparency although there is some room for improvement when considering criteria for accountability at the senior policy level.

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