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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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Bioversity Highlights Work on Conservation, Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2014: Bioversity International's 2013 Annual Report highlights work in relation to four themes, namely how agricultural biodiversity is consumed, produced, planted and safeguarded.

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Event: International Conference on Mountain People Adapting to Change [viewed]

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is organizing an international conference on 'Mountain People Adapting to Change: Solutions Beyond Boundaries Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice'. Noting that the rapid environmental change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas has outpaced adaptation techniques, the organizers aim to fill gaps in knowledge about local trends and global climate change and develop solutions that "look beyond political, sectoral and national boundaries". Over 200 experts and stakeholders are anticipated to convene at the conference, which is expected to produce valuable insights for mountainous regions beyond the Hindu Kush Himalayas. The primary objectives of the conference are "share evidence-based scientific knowledge; boost awareness and engagement; and foster partnerships for action".  

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ICIMOD Reports on Women's Adaptation to Climate Change in Nepal [viewed]

ICIMOD14 August 2014: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has published a report, titled 'Women's Empowerment at the Frontline of Adaptation: Emerging Issues, Adaptive Practices, and Priorities in Nepal.' The publication outlines the vulnerabilities of women in Nepal, especially as climate change threatens rural livelihoods, and examines women's roles in adapting to a changing climate and natural resource base.

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ICIMOD, GRID-Arendal Analyze Food Security, Climate Challenges in Himalayas [viewed]

icimod-grid14 August 2014: The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and GRID-Arendal have released a report detailing the food security and agricultural situation in the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH). The publication considers how food security is being affected by changing socioeconomic and environmental conditions in the region, including climate change and rising global food prices.

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CEM Workshop Focuses on Energy Efficiency, Demand Response in India [viewed]

6 August 2014: A workshop held under the auspices of the Clean Energy MinisterialClean Energy Ministerial (CEM) brought together air conditioning (AC) manufacturers, providers of demand response technologies, and regulatory experts, to consider how India can best employ energy efficiency and demand response to meet the challenges of rising electricity demand, especially as AC unit sales and usage skyrocket in the country.

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FS-UNEP Highlights Climate Finance Projects and Training [viewed]

fs-unep-centreAugust 2014: The Frankfurt School (FS)-UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate and Sustainable Energy Finance has published its sixth newsletter, which highlights, inter alia, work the Centre has carried out to increase the resilience of microfinance institutions (MFIs), to shift finance toward climate-friendly investments and to equip professionals to become climate and renewable energy finance experts.

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UNDP Administrator Outlines Long-Term Development View [viewed]

UNDP7 August 2014: UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark stressed the need to “get ahead of the curve of future crises and disasters to avert huge and costly development setbacks and lives lost,” in the Aspen Institute's Third Annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture. In 'Making Sense of the World We Live In: The Development Contribution,' Clark highlighted: the work involved in achieving transformational change; the importance of investments in building resilience; challenges in nation building; and progress and next steps on the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit [viewed]

Organized under the theme 'Accelerating Resilient Growth and Development,' the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit will address a variety of bilateral issues related to energy efficiency, security, access and technology, including multi-stakeholder discussions on new collaborations in the areas of: renewable energy; green buildings and sustainable cities; decentralized energy access; shale gas; and climate change. The Summit, hosted annually since 2009 by TERI North America and Yale University, brings together senior political representatives, leading policy makers, researchers and corporates from the two countries. The 2014 Summit will coincide with the Indian leadership's visit to the US.  

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BASIC Call for Finalizing Elements of Draft Negotiating Text in Lima [viewed]

Indian Flag8 August 2014: The 18th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change brought together representatives from Brazil, India, South Africa and China (BASIC), who adopted a joint statement emphasizing the need to finalize the elements of a draft negotiating text for the 2015 agreement at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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