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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 September 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels.

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IAEA Conference Highlights Links with SDGs [viewed]

IAEA18 September 2015: Delegates to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 59th annual General Conference recognized clear linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agency's work, also adopting resolutions on strengthening IAEA's work on nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and approving the IAEA budget for 2016-2017.

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EU, Republic of Korea Discuss Climate, Sustainable Development, Energy [viewed]

eu_rok15 September 2015: The anticipated global climate agreement to be adopted in December 2015, energy efficiency and biodiversity conservation were among the topics addressed at the Eighth Bilateral Summit of the Republic of Korea and the EU. The two parties delivered a joint statement underlining their commitment to work with other countries to deliver an “ambitious” and “effective” agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Four Arctic Council Working Groups Address Cross-Cutting Issues at "Historic" Joint Meetings [viewed]

Arctic Council18 September 2015: Four of the six Arctic Council Working Groups met in parallel from 14-18 September 2015, in Tromsø, Norway. According to the Arctic Council Secretariat, the meeting was unprecedented, allowing the four Working Groups to meet in a joint session mid-week to discuss cross-cutting issues. Arctic State and indigenous Permanent Participant organization delegates to the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Groups were joined by accredited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and non-Arctic State observers for the meetings.

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UNEP Launches Law and Environmental Ontology Portal [viewed]

unep_informea17 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Law and Environmental Ontology Portal (LEO) at the 6th Multilateral Environment Agreement Information and Knowledge Management (MEA IKM) Initiative Steering Committee Meeting, held from 15-17 September 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. Funded by the European Union, LEO provides an overview of relationships between multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), as well as concepts, definitions and synonyms found in these conventions.

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UNGA 70 Opening Highlights Agenda 2030, Climate Agreement [viewed]

unga7016 September 2015: The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with expressions of optimism for a historic year in which the UN is expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universal agreement on climate change. Speakers also recognized the turmoil of peace and security, and migration challenges. UNGA 70 opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 September 2015.

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Ozone Day Celebrates '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together' [viewed]

ozone_together16 September 2015: The UN system celebrated the International Ozone Day under the theme '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together,' celebrating the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Vienna Convention is the framework agreement under which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted.

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UNFCCC Reports on Gender-Responsive Climate Policy Workshop [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report (FCCC/SBI/2015/12) for the workshop on gender-responsive climate policy, which was held during the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June 2015. The workshop examined how gender considerations are integrated into UNFCCC processes, especially with regard to mitigation action, and technology development and transfer.

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CCAC Working Group Reviews Draft Implementation Plan [viewed]

ccac_workingroup9 September 2015: During a meeting in Paris, France, from 8-9 September 2015, the Working Group of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) reviewed and further elaborated on the draft Implementation Plan for the Five-Year Strategy, whose framework was endorsed by the sixth CCAC High-Level Assembly (HLA) in May 2015. The Plan, which the seventh HLA is expected to approve and launch on the margins of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, outlines critical actions for the period 2015 – 2020 as laid out in the CCAC's Five-Year Strategy.

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Co-Chairs Announced for Post-2015 Summit Interactive Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summit31 August 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the Heads of State and Government who will serve as Co-Chairs of each interactive dialogue session during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Summit), taking place on 25-27 September 2015. In his letter accompanying the list, Kutesa indicates that the selection of Co-Chairs was based on submissions as well as consultations with the regional groups of Member States.

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