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WNICBR Discusses Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCO13 April 2015: At its fifth meeting, held in Attard, Malta, from 24-26 March 2015, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves (WNICBR) focused on ‘The Impact of Climate Change and Sustainable Development on Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves.'

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India, France Express Support to Successful Paris Conference [viewed]

Agreement_India_France14 April 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande issued a joint statement affirming their support to ensuring a successful outcome at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, and stressing the importance of timely submissions of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and raising pre-2020 ambition. In the statement, made during an official visit by Prime Minister Modi to Paris, France, the two leaders also announced cooperation on smart cities and sustainable energy.

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IRENA, MIST Find Solar PV Cost-Competitive in the UAE [viewed]

renewable_energy_prospectsApril 2015: According to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), renewable energy, in particular electricity from solar photovoltaics (PV), has been cost-competitive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2014. Prepared as part of IRENA's REmap country study series, the report finds that increasing the share of renewable energy in the UAE's energy mix to 10% and electricity generation mix to 25% by 2030 could generate annual net savings of at least US$1.9 billion.

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Event: Employment Working Group Meeting [viewed]

The second Employment Working Group meeting under Turkey's Group of 20 (G20) Presidency will take place on 7-9 May 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey. The issue of employment falls under the first pillar of the Turkish Presidency, 'Strengthening the Global Recovery and Lifting the Potential'. Turkey has chosen to focus on understanding the factors behind the "jobless growth phenomenon," discussing labor income as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) and creating better quality jobs. The Presidency is also guided by the "three I's": Inclusiveness, Implementation and Investment for growth. Under inclusiveness, Turkey wants to ensure that the benefits of growth and prosperity are shared by all segments of the society, focusing on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), gender equality and youth unemployment. Further, according to Turkey's Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, implementation will focus on the Brisbane Action Plan and the 1,000 commitments that, if fully implemented, will generate millions of additional jobs by 2018.  

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UN-REDD Moves towards Implementation [viewed]

logos_unredd_fao_gef15 April 2015: Demonstrating a shift from planning and preparation to implementation, a number of funding mechanisms, support tools and projects for REDD+ have been launched.

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OECD Climate Change Expert Forum Seeks Convergence for 2015 Agreement [viewed]

OECD18 March 2015: The Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG) Global Forum, coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brought together technical negotiators and experts from OECD and non-OECD countries to discuss issues under negotiation in the UNFCCC. Topics covered by the 2015 Forum included policy ambition, nationally determined contributions (NDCs), adaptation, actions of non-state actors, technology and capacity building, and long-term signals for mitigation.

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Event: Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity [viewed]

The Tropical Landscapes Summit aims to affirm and promote existing commitments that exist across various sectors and to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that exist in enhancing green investment in Indonesia beyond a critical threshold. The Summit will aim to enable and generate space for key business sector leaders to explore and engage in opportunities presented by the "Indonesian Green Economy Transition," and is expected to offer real and tangible inputs to policy makers. Plenaries will focus on, inter alia, biodiversity, forests, renewable energy, climate change, sustainable cities, food security, youth, financing for development, as well as public-private partnerships. The summit is co-hosted by the Government of Indonesia and UN System.  

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Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

iclei11 April 2015: The ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments worldwide, led to a number of climate announcements intended to increase local climate action. The Congress brought together over 3000 participants, including over 100 mayors from around the world, and boasted the largest number of participants at a Congress to date, with many others attending virtually via a live stream.

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Adaptation Fund Board Streamlines Small Entities' Accreditation [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 April 2015: At its 25th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), inter alia, approved financing for climate adaptation projects in India, Jordan and Morocco, introduced a streamlined accreditation process for small entities and accredited two new implementing entities.

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Pacific Forum Highlights Urban Challenges as Priority Development Issue [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 April 2015: The Fourth Pacific Urban Forum (PUF 4) highlighted urban challenges as a priority issue for development, focusing on the areas of social equity, urban economy, environment and governance. Outcomes will feed into Asia-Pacific regional input to the Habitat III conference, which will convene in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, as well as to ongoing discussions of the post-2015 development agenda. The Forum preceded the Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF 6), which will take place in May 2015.

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