Stakeholder Participation

UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV [viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations. The meeting is expected to address, among other things: the midterm review of the implementation and effectiveness of the Montevideo Programme IV; emerging issues in the field of environmental law, in particular in the Montevideo Programme IV programme areas; and priority areas for action in the field of environmental law for the period up to 2020, taking into account the Montevideo Programme IV.

The mid-term review, carried out in a consultative and participatory manner, is expected to assess progress in delivering the Montevideo Programme, as well as shortcomings, gaps and expected future developments. It will also provide an opportunity to: reassess further development and implementation of environmental law in light of new developments and emerging trends; highlight opportunities for improving synergies and coherence of policies and actions across the international community in the field of environmental law; and provide a platform for sharing experiences and facilitating a coordinated approach among a range of actors to facilitate the implementation of internationally agreed environmental objectives and goals through actions in environmental law. The outcomes of the meeting and the review will be reported to the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) at its second session in 2016.

The UNEP Governing Council (since transformed into the UNEA) adopted he Montevideo Programme IV in February 2009, as a strategy for the international law community and UNEP in formulating activities in the environmental law field for the decade commencing in 2010.  

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York.

Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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Event: Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will provide a platform for participants to discuss regional options and the enabling policy conditions that would be required to move towards carbon neutral economies in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region, as well as associated challenges. The Forum aims to facilitate discussions, knowledge exchange and experience sharing on: policies and measures; tools and methodologies; and technologies and financial mechanisms, necessary for putting forward and implementing ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the global effort of keeping global temperatures below 2 degrees C. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF), and hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).  

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Islamic Climate Change Declaration Calls for Zero Emissions Strategy [viewed]

islamic_climate_change18 August 2015: Islamic leaders, during an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, called on the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to take an active role in combating climate change and urged governments to agree to a new climate change agreement in Paris. The Symposium convened to discuss proposed messages from the Islamic community and to mobilize stakeholders in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. It also aimed to seek consensus on an ‘Islamic Declaration on Climate Change,' which was drafted and circulated for comments prior to the symposium.

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Event: 18th RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change [viewed]

This dialogue of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) will convene under the theme 'Challenges and Opportunities of Climate and REDD+ Milestones for Forest Communities'. It will explore implications for the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities of developments in international efforts to combat climate change, namely negotiations towards a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015, and the further development of international climate and REDD+ funding frameworks and proposals. The Dialogue will provide a platform for taking stock of climate policy and financing developments, such as: the issue of including language on human rights principles and safeguards in the climate agreement; non-carbon benefits of REDD+ and joint mitigation and adaptation measures; and the status of safeguards, grievance mechanisms, full and effective participation of indigenous peoples in decision making and implementation, and direct access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The Dialogue is expected to identify priorities to ensure that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and other local communities are enhanced and safeguarded.  

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Climate Change Action, SD Implementation [viewed]

ban_ki_moonAugust 2015: In his report on the 'Work of the Organization,' UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expresses optimism that “we will soon arrive at a new vision for sustainable development, new directions for the maintenance of peace and security, a renewed embrace of human rights, and a stronger United Nations to help bring our goals to life.” He calls on all countries to submit ambitious national contributions that detail how they will address climate change in the post-2020 period.

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UN-REDD Workshop Explores Indigenous Peoples and CSO Participation in REDD+ Processes [viewed]

unredd24 July 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) hosted a regional knowledge exchange for REDD+ stakeholders from the Asia-Pacific. UN-REDD has released the results of the workshop, which focused on best practices for engaging civil society organizations (CSOs) and indigenous peoples.

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