Europe

UNFCCC's NAZCA Portal Features Over 500 City Actions [viewed]

nazca22 April 2015: To coincide with Earth Day, over 500 new city actions have been added to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, which was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. NAZCA, a UNFCCC-hosted website, showcases actions of non-state actors, including municipalities, regions and investors, and aims to help build momentum for a global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. Currently, 400 cities, 71 subnational regions and 264 companies are taking 1514 climate-related actions listed on the NAZCA portal.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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EC Communication Outlines Positions on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ec16 April 2015: Participants discussed the latest Communication by the European Commission (EC) on the post-2015 development agenda, at an event organized by the European Economic and Social Committee's Sustainable Development Observatory. The Communication outlines the EC's views on the overarching principles and main components for supporting and implementing the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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EU Environment, Energy Ministers Discuss Biodiversity, Climate, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

EU16 April 2015: Latvia hosted informal meetings of the EU's environment and energy ministers to discuss the Union's environmental and climate and energy policies. The two meetings, which took place back-to-back, from 14-16 April, in Riga, Latvia, focused on biodiversity, international climate change negotiations, energy efficiency in the heating and cooling sector, and the interaction between biodiversity and renewable energy development.

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Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. The event will also aim to: increase the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.

 The event will result in a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, emphasizing the connection between respect for the environment and respect for people, particularly the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations. Vatican officials plus 60 high-level invitees (20 science, business, diplomatic and development experts; 20 religious leaders; and 20 academics and scholars) are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies17 April 2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so.

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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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Event: Climate Change Innovation Camp [viewed]

Ten finalist teams that answered a call for innovative solutions to climate change under a UN Development Programme (UNDP) nationwide campaign in the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia will participate in a three-day Climate Change Innovation Camp. The finalists were selected from 130 submissions to the campaign, which was launched in December 2014 by UNDP in fYR Macedonia. During the Camp, the finalists will receive expert technical advice to develop their proposals further and compete for a US$10,000 prize to develop their proposals into prototypes. Finalists have put forward ideas involving: bikes and shoes to charge electronics; 'Eco Taxis'; solar collectors and billboards; solar cooling devices; re-using shower water for flushing toilets; using smartphones to create reminders for shutting off lights and optimizing heating and cooling; a smart app for carpooling; promotion of alternative means of transport; 'climate cafés'; and green roofs and facades.  

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G7 Foreign Ministers Identify Climate Change, Fragility as Priority [viewed]

G7 Germany15 April 2015: The G7 Foreign Ministers Meeting convened within the framework of Germany's G7 Presidency to address pressing international issues that impact global peace and security. The meeting resulted in the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting Communiqué, in which the Ministers describe climate change as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, threatening the environment, global security and economic prosperity, and potentially reversing progress made in tackling poverty.

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