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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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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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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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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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Clean Energy Initiatives Announced at US-CARICOM Summit [viewed]

caricom_us_flag9 April 2015: US President Barack Obama and leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in Kingston, Jamaica, for a US-CARICOM Summit that focused largely on energy security, affordable energy and climate change mitigation. In conjunction with the Summit, the US announced increased support for the Caribbean through a number of energy and climate initiatives.

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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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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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