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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact23 September 2014: The 2014 UN Private Sector Forum, held as part of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, brought together approximately 400 global business, government and civil society leaders. During the event, a list of 31 ‘Carbon Pricing Champions' was announced and 11 ‘Corporate Commitments to Climate and Energy' were presented.

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Climate Week NYC Opens with Focus on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate-week-nyc22 September 2014: Convened by the Climate Week NYC organizer The Climate Group, jointly with CDP, the opening day of the major, week-long event in New York, US, attracted the participation of global leaders from policy and business, and heard announcements of new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments from business and subnational governments. The event also marked the launch of a renewable energy campaign, a pro-mitigation business coalition, and a report on innovative climate and energy policies.

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Major Economies Forum Convenes Foreign Ministers [viewed]

MEF21 September 2014: The 20th Meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the side lines of the 2014 Climate Summit in New York, US, and marked the Forum's first-ever foreign minister's meeting. The meeting was hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, together with Foreign Minister of Peru Gonzalo Gutierrez and Foreign Minister of France Laurent Fabius.

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WHO Assesses Climate Change Risks to Health [viewed]

WHO22 September 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a report, titled ‘Quantitative risk assessment of the effects of climate change on selected causes of death, 2030s and 2050s,' which focuses on future climate change risks to health.

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UNFCCC Reports on Meeting on REDD+ Non-market-based Approaches [viewed]

UNFCCC18 September 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released the report of an in-session expert meeting on non-market-based approaches, such as joint mitigation and adaptation approaches for the integral and sustainable management of forests, to support the implementation of the activities referred to in COP Decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (REDD+ activities).

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UNGA 68 Takes Stock of Input to Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

UNGA12 September 2014: The UN General Assembly conducted a stock-taking on the post-2015 development agenda, with a high-level meeting to gather contributions to the forthcoming synthesis report of the UN Secretary-General.

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Event: 2015 Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

This Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting will bring together ministers of the Arctic States and high-level representatives of the indigenous Permanent Participant organizations to set the Council's objectives for the next two years. The 2015 Ministerial Meeting will mark the conclusion of Canada's and the beginning of the United States' chairmanship, which will last from 2015-2017. The April 2015 meeting will be preceded by an event in Ottawa, Canada, on 23 April 2015 to showcase the Council's accomplishments during Canada's chairmanship.  

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UN-Backed Report: 22 Million Displaced by Disasters in 2013 [viewed]

nrc-idmc17 September 2014: A UN-backed report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, mainly due to earthquakes or climate and weather-related events. The report further indicates that the risk of displacement due to disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades, largely because of the growth and concentration of urban populations.

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Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

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