International Negotiations

G20 Finance Ministers Express Support for FfD, Tackling Tax Avoidance [viewed]

g20-turkey10 February 2015: Group of 20 (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors released a Communiqué from their first meeting under Turkey's presidency. The Communiqué expresses their full support to the G20-Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Base Erosion and Profit Shifting Project (BEPS), which aims to modernize international tax rules and tackle cross-border tax avoidance, and to the achievement of a successful outcome of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) “towards the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.”

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High-Level Event Explores Means of Implementation Priorities for FfD3, Post-2015 Processes [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA10 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate to discuss key elements of a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, as well as infrastructure development, and the role of parliaments, cities and local authorities in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. A President's Summary of the meeting, to be released by 18 February 2015, will serve as input for both the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

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Event: 38th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 38th session of the Governing Council for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will focus on the theme 'Rural Transformation: Key to Sustainable Development'. The session will discuss topics including indigenous peoples and sustainable food systems, overcoming challenges to rural transformation through the post-2015 sustainable development goals, innovations in financial inclusion, and empowering women to transform rural areas. It will also include a briefing by Turkey on the G20 Presidency. The session will feature high-level officials as keynote speakers such as John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, His Majesty Tupou VI, King of Tonga, and Pier Carlo Padoan, Minister of Economy and Finance, Italy.  

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ADP 2-8 Opens in Geneva [viewed]

UNFCCC8 February 2015: The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has begun the eighth part of its second session (ADP 2-8) in Geneva, Switzerland, and will continue meeting until 13 February. The conference is the first of several meetings to be held in 2015 under the UNFCCC in preparation for the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Paris Conference is mandated to adopt “a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties” that is expected to be implemented in 2020.

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EC Proposes Elements for Global Partnership [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL5 February 2015: The European Commission (EC) published a Communication identifying overarching principles and key components of a global partnership to support the post-2015 development agenda, to inform EU positions ahead of the Third Financing for Development (FfD3) Conference and the Post-2015 Summit, and to contribute to the preparation of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Chile Submits Biennial Update Report to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCCDecember 2014: Chile is the first county in the Latin America and Caribbean region and the fourth country in the world to have submitted its first biennial update report (BUR) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It did so during the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. To date, 10 non-Annex I countries have submitted BURs to the UNFCCC.

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Policy Update #18: Global Climate Governance in 2014 in Retrospect [viewed]

From Each According to His Capability...

As the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC closed in mid-December 2014 in Lima, Peru, some returned to their homes feeling cautiously optimistic regarding the potential for a strong, ambitious outcome at the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015.

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UNFCCC Releases Lima Climate Change Conference Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC2 February 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports of the Lima Climate Change Conference, held in December 2014. The reports include the proceedings of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC (FCCC/CP/2014/10) and cover action taken by the COP in three addenda. The proceedings (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/9) of the 10th session of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 10) to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/9) have also been published, with action taken by CMP 10 included in an addendum.

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24th AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Post-2015 Negotiations, Gender Equality, Illicit Flows [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2015: Participants called for women's empowerment in Africa as an important step in achieving the goals of Agenda 2063, at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened under the theme, ‘2015 Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063.' Delegates adopted the Agenda 2063 framework document and decisions on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda, trade, health and other issues. The Summit also included a presentation of the final report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows.

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Brazil, Japan Organize Informal Meeting on Further Climate Actions [viewed]

brazil-japan30 January 2015: A high level meeting, organized by the Governments of Japan and Brazil, was convened in an effort to strengthen the ongoing UN negotiations on climate change and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The 13th Informal Meeting on further Actions against Climate Change was attended by, among others, the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) Daniel Reifsnyder and Ahmed Djoghlaf.

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