International Negotiations

UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position [viewed]

UNECA24 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted a regional consultation for high-level political and Central Bank representatives, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to discuss: financing the post-2015 development agenda; Africa's progress since the Monterrey Consensus; climate financing; international private financial flows; international public finance and sovereign debt; trade, partnerships, technology and innovation; systemic issues; and monitoring, data and follow up, among other issues. The results of the consultation will be included as part of a Common African Position for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI 42 and SBSTA 42 Agendas [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the agenda for the 42nd sessions of the Subsidiarity Body for Implementation (SBI) (FCCC/SBI/2015/1) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/1).

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Civil Society Calls for Ambitious Targets and Indicators for SDG on Energy [viewed]

measuring_what_matters23 March 2015: A policy brief representing the views of 28 civil society organizations (CSOs), companies and umbrella organizations outlines targets and indicators to support the proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy. Produced by Practical Action, Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the brief calls for robust indicators and clear milestones.

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Event: Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

The Dialogue is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Originally an initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first Dialogue was held in May 2010 as a follow-up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and in preparation for COP 16. Representatives from all regions of the world gather at the Dialogue for informal discussions in support of the UNFCCC negotiating process. The Dialogues are chaired by Germany and the president of the upcoming COP (Mexico in 2010; South Africa in 2011; Qatar in 2012; Poland in 2013; Peru in 2014; and France in 2015).  

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UNFCCC Circulates Draft Climate Agreement to Parties [viewed]

UNFCCC19 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the negotiating text for the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement has been translated into the six official UN languages and formally communicated to governments. The text was agreed as the basis for negotiations by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) at the eighth part of its second session in February 2015.

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Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Opens in Sendai, Japan [viewed]

iisdrrs_coverage_wcdrr14 March 2015: The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is meeting in Sendai, Japan, from 14–18 March 2015, to review implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), discuss international cooperation on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adopt a political declaration and a post-2015 DRR framework, which will guide disaster risk management (DRM) efforts for the next ten to 15 years, depending on the timeframe adopted by the Conference.

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UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

csts412 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality."

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High-level Ministerial Roundtable to Address Climate Change at UNCCD COP 12 [viewed]

turkish_delegation_csts410 March 2015: At a side event during the fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, underlined the importance of the high-level segment of the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12). The high-level segment, which will take place from 20-21 October 2015, will include a series of ministerial roundtables on topics including climate change, and is expected to result in a message that will be sent from UNCCD COP 12 to the UNFCCC COP 21, which will convene a little over one month later in Paris, France.

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Policy Update #20: Learning the Politics of the Possible: An E-Course on the International Environmental Law Protecting the Ozone Layer [viewed]

The Montreal Protocol is highlighted as a successful international multilateral environmental agreement (MEA) through which international cooperation has led to the reduction of ozone depleting substances. The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and several subsequent amendments are noted to exhibit two types of multilateral success – reaching agreement among states with varied interests and achieving real-world reductions of harmful pollutants.

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