Sustainable Development

Scientific Advisory Board Highlights Science, Technology and Innovation as MOI [viewed]

United Nations29 April 2015: Members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) called for improving the interface between science and policy in order to develop and implement solutions to global challenges. The call was made at a roundtable with UN Member States on means of implementation (MOI) and the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also underscored the importance of science in facilitating transformations toward local low-carbon economies and sustainable urbanization.

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World Green Economy Summit 2015 Issues Second Dubai Declaration [viewed]

wges23 April 2015: The World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2015, an initiative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), brought together local and international experts and stakeholders to discuss key topics on the green economy agenda, and concluded with the Second Dubai Declaration on the development of the green economy in Dubai and globally.

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Pontifical Academy of Sciences Holds Workshop on Climate Change, Sustainable Development [viewed]

pontifical_academy_sciences29 April 2015: A recent workshop, titled ‘Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Humanity,' aimed to: help strengthen the global consensus on the importance of climate change in the context of sustainable development; elevate the importance of the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the Papal encyclical; and build a global movement to address climate change and sustainable development.

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Japan, US to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy [viewed]

us-japan28 April 2015: During a state visit by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the US, organized to honor the seven-decade partnership between the two countries, Prime Minister Abe and US President Barack Obama reaffirmed their countries' commitment to enhancing the bilateral partnership in a number of areas, including the environment and climate change, space and energy. The leaders announced the two countries would cooperate to address climate change and environmental degradation, and to deliver secure, affordable, sustainable and safe energy.

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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UNGA Holds Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

United Nations27 April 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an interactive dialogue on the theme ‘Harmony with Nature: Towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) including addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda,' in commemoration of Mother Earth Day, which is marked annually on 22 April. The meeting discussed how society should function to be consistent with a Harmony with Nature paradigm. A summary of the event will be circulated to Member States and stakeholders by the UNGA President.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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WTO Marks 20 Years with Event, Publication on Environment-Trade Connections [viewed]

wto_unep28 April 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and partners took stock of current environment-trade connections at a special event marking the WTO's 20th anniversary, on the theme, '20 Years of Building Pathways to Sustainable Development,' in cooperation with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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UNEP, IISD Launch Trade and Green Economy Handbook [viewed]

unep_iisd28 April 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Institute of Sustainable Development (IISD) launched a handbook for policy makers on harnessing the power of trade to drive sustainable development. 'Trade and Green Economy: A Handbook' discusses global trends in international trade law and international environmental governance, focusing on specific environmental provisions in international trade agreements.

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FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition [viewed]

iisdrs_in424 April 2015: Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes.

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