Northern America

Event: Open-Ended Consultations on UNECE Work on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold Open-Ended Consultations on its sustainable energy work in preparation for the 24th session of its Committee on Sustainable Energy. Member States will gather to review implementation progress of the 2014-2015 programme of work. Topics to be discussed will address a range of issues facing energy, such as: cross-sectoral integration; cost-effective development of integrated electricity systems; smart integration of variable renewable resources into the energy mix; deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate the rise in coal use; guidelines for methane management; and implementation of the Hammamet Declaration. The Consultations' two-day agenda includes progress reports, keynote addresses on innovative thinking in energy and energy policy realities in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and discussions on, inter alia, a strategic framework, the Paris Climate Change Conference, and a vision for the future and next steps. The Geneva Energy Conversations workshop on 'Scenarios for Sustainable Energy' will be held on 26 May 2015 and will inform the Open-Ended Consultations.  

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Event: Inaugural Caribbean Region Dialogue with the G20 [viewed]

The Group of 20 (G20) Development Working Group (DWG) will hold, for the first time, a regional dialogue with Caribbean countries on issues of mutual interest, including: G20 priorities and action during Turkey's 2015 Presidency with reflections and suggestions from a Caribbean perspective, especially as relates to development challenges in the Caribbean region; challenges and opportunities in developing the Caribbean Blue Economy; and strengthening resource mobilization for development and domestic mobilization in the Caribbean region in particular. The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and Turkey, as G20 President and Chair of the DWG, are hosting the Caribbean Region Dialogue.  

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Event: Climate Summit of the Americas [viewed]

The Government of Ontario is hosting a Climate Summit of the Americas to: develop and deliver a common statement on commitments by subnational governments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; develop a vision agreed by government, business and environmental leaders for climate action through GHG reductions and low-carbon market mechanisms, including broader adoption of carbon pricing; identify opportunities for collaboration that will result in reduced emissions; and facilitate continued dialogue and strengthen cooperation among subnational pan-American governments leading up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. Representatives from pan-American jurisdictions, environmental groups and industry are expected to attend the Summit.  

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Event: G7 Summit [viewed]

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

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US Submits INDC [viewed]

USA Flag31 March 2015: The US has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, formalizing its commitment to cut emissions by 26-28% below its 2005 levels by 2025. The contribution will represent an approximate doubling in the rate of its emissions cuts and is consistent with a straight line emission reduction pathway from 2020 to reductions of 80% or more below 2005 levels by 2050, according to the submission.

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Event: Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas Second Ministerial Meeting [viewed]

The second Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) will take place from 25-26 May 2015 in Mexico. The meeting will provide a space for dialogue among the ECPA Governments to enhance regional cooperation on energy and climate change issues. Technical discussions will take place on 25 May, followed by the ECPA Ministrial Session on 26 May. Preparations for the second Ministerial Meeting have been made through four sub-regional preparatory meetings in 2014. The Ministerial Meeting will be followed by the Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6), from 27-28 May, also hosted by the Government of Mexico in Merida.  

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UNESCO-IHP Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Water Security [viewed]

UNESCOMarch 2015: The inception meeting of the project ‘Addressing Water Security: Climate Impacts and Adaptation responses in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe,' organized by the International Hydrological Programme of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO-IHP), launched a discussion on water security building on the existing networks, know-how and experiences of effective adaptation strategies.

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Event: Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) [viewed]

The first meeting of the MEF in 2015 is tentatively scheduled for 19-20 April 2015. The MEF intends to convene four times in 2015. The Forum, launched in 2009 by US President Barack Obama, is aimed at facilitating candid dialogue among major emitting countries, both developed and developing, to garner the political leadership needed to advance efforts against climate change. The 17 major economies participating are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, South Africa, the UK and the US.  

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FAO Publications Focus on Disaster Risk Reduction and Forestry Links [viewed]

FAOMarch 2015: On the occasion of the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) released a special edition of its forestry journal focusing on the impacts of disasters on forest-dependent communities and published a brochure on natural disasters, agriculture and food and nutrition security.

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Senior Arctic Officials Discuss Development for the People of the North [viewed]

Arctic Council5 March 2015: The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) and Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council met in Whitehorse, Canada, to hear progress updates from the Council's working groups and task forces, and to approve projects for delivery to the Council's next Ministerial meeting.

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