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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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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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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: Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the G20 [viewed]

During the 2015 Annual Commonwealth and Francophonie Dialogue with the Group of 20 (G20), representatives will discuss: development priorities and actions during Turkey's 2015 G20 Presidency; inputs from Commonwealth and Francophonie developing countries on their development priorities and how the G20 could address them; delivering inclusive global value chains; domestic revenue mobilization and Base Erosion Profit Shifting; and maximizing the flow and reducing the costs of remittances. The Dialogue will be convened by the Secretariat of the Commonwealth, Secretariat of La Francophonie, and Turkey, as G20 President and Chair of the G20 Development Working Group (DWG).  

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