Poverty Eradication

Guest Article #125: Promoting Climate Resilience in the Greater Mekong Subregion: The Role of the GMS Core Environment Program [viewed]

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) comprises Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces of the People's Republic of China. Connected by the Mekong River, the subregion covers 2.6 million square kilometers and has a combined population of about 332 million. The GMS has been one of the fastest growing regions in the world, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging over 9.5% annually between 2000 and 2009.

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Pope Francis, Holy See Advocate Action on Climate Change [viewed]

vatican-flag20 January 2015: The Holy See has published online the message of Pope Francis to the high-level segment of the Lima Climate Change Conference. In the statement, dated 27 November 2014, the Pope stresses the critical importance of the December 2014 negotiations and their impact on humanity, especially the poor and future generations. Referring to the work of the parties to the UNFCCC, he calls for this "ethical and moral responsibility" to be approached with an "open and generous spirit."

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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Ensuring Means of Implementation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt called for the post-2015 development agenda to be supported by “clear means of implementation (MOI) that can guarantee success.” Giving a special address to the CPR's 129th Session, Sameh Shoukry cautioned against agreements with commitments that cannot be implemented, and recommended a post-2015 process that completes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draws lessons learned from their implementation.

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Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda Begin with Stocktaking [viewed]

in1-panel-png19 January 2015: Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda began in New York, US, with the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opening a three-day session of "stocktaking." President Sam Kutesa reminded UN Member States of their responsibility to finalize the agenda on a strict timeline so that Heads of State and Government can adopt it in September 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Martin Sajdik also addressed Member States.

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At Security Council Debate, UN Secretary-General Links Development, Human Rights, Security [viewed]

United Nations19 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of addressing the interdependence of the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights during an address to the UN Security Council. He highlighted the UN intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda as “an important opportunity to broaden the development agenda and highlight the fundamental importance of inclusive societies in building a more peaceful world.”

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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Celebrities Sign onto action/2015 Campaign, Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: In a joint open letter, 31 celebrities have lent their voices to the action/2015 campaign, which calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change. The letter names 2015 as the most important year in global decision-making since the start of the new millennium, citing the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, and UN climate change conference, in September and December 2015, respectively.

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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UNGA President Reviews Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

unga6914 January 2015: Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), briefed the body on his priorities for the remainder of the 69th session. Priorities included many aspects of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and climate change.

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UNFCCC COP 20 and 21 Presidencies, UN Secretary-General Publish Climate Action Agenda [viewed]

UNFCCC14 January 2015: The Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the incoming Presidency of COP 21 and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have issued a joint declaration, titled 'Lima-Paris Action Agenda,' with the aim of catalyzing action on climate change by State and non-State actors to contribute of the objective of the UNFCCC, in particular through increasing pre-2020 ambition and supporting the 2015 agreement.

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