Governance

UNCCD COP 11 Establishes Science-Policy Interface, Intersessional Group on Follow-up to Rio+20 [viewed]

unccd11-closing-meeting27 September 2013: Delegates at the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) concluded their two-week meeting with the adoption of 41 decisions.

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Event: Ninth Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters [viewed]

The ninth session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters will meet, in accordance with UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) decision 2013/239, to discuss, among other things, issues related to the next update of the UN Model Double Taxation Convention between Developed and Developing Countries. The Committee will also discuss cross-cutting issues under the UN Model, such as taxation of services and interaction of the Model with climate change mechanisms. In addition, it will work towards the next update of the UN Practical Manual on Transfer Pricing for Developing Countries, foreign direct investment issues and corporate taxation, including resource taxation issues for developing countries, and capacity development. As this will be the first session of the new Membership of the Committee, the Committee will elect a Chair and other officers, and establish subcommittees.  

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UNFCCC Releases Parties' Submissions on the GCF, the GEF and Gender [viewed]

UNFCCC18 September 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the submissions by parties on the Green Climate Fund (GCF), on the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and on the gender balance goal. The submissions will be considered by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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CTCN Advisory Board Approves Programme of Work [viewed]

ctcn19 September 2013: The Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) held its second meeting back-to-back with the 7th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC), and adopted key policy documents to enable the CTCN to start its work.

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Closing UNGA 67, President Stresses Urgency of Sustainability Agenda [viewed]

United Nations16 September 2013: The 67th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) officially closed on 16 September 2013, in New York, US. Vuk Jeremic, President of UNGA 67, described the task of developing a post-2015 development agenda as “the most challenging endeavor in the history of multilateral diplomacy.”

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UNCCD COP 11 Opens in Namibia [viewed]

unccd-cop1116 September 2013: The eleventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 11) opened on 16 September 2013, with parties offering opening statements during an afternoon plenary. The COP is meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, and will conclude on 27 September 2013.

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Pacific Islands Leaders Call for Climate Leadership [viewed]

PIFS7 September 2013: In the context of calls for concrete action to ensure the survival of small island developing States (SIDS), the 44th Pacific Islands Forum convened under the theme 'Marshalling the Pacific Response to the Climate Challenge.'

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UNEP, INTOSAI-WGEA Sign MOU to Track Progress in MEA Implementation [viewed]

unep-intosai9 September 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI-WGEA). The MOU aims to track progress in implementing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) covering climate change, biodiversity and hazardous waste.

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G20 Leaders Adopt Declaration, Action Plan [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA9 September 2013: The Group of 20 (G20) held its annual Leaders' Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, to work towards strengthening economic growth and creating jobs. The resulting G20 Leaders' Declaration addresses: enhancing trade, financial regulation and consumer protection; promoting development for all, including through attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; sustainable energy policy; and combating climate change.

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UNEP Publishes Reports on Low Carbon Transport and City Planning in India [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2013: Three reports released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) evaluate and summarize options for low carbon city planning, non-motorised transport (NMT) and infrastructure risks due to climate variability in India. The reports were published as part of the project on 'Promoting Low Carbon Transport in India.'

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