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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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UNFCCC Releases Lima Climate Change Conference Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC2 February 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published reports of the Lima Climate Change Conference, held in December 2014. The reports include the proceedings of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC (FCCC/CP/2014/10) and cover action taken by the COP in three addenda. The proceedings (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/9) of the 10th session of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP 10) to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/9) have also been published, with action taken by CMP 10 included in an addendum.

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Event: Sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) [viewed]

The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) 23 participating governments will send energy ministers and representatives to Mexico for the group's sixth meeting, to be hosted by the Government of Mexico. The meeting will assess progress achieved since the body's founding five years ago and consider the best next steps for transitioning to a global clean energy economy. According to the meeting organizers, CEM6 will be a "decision-making meeting," where the participating government ministers will decide on a plan for how the forum can be more ambitious and effective. Member governments will also have the opportunity to demonstrate how they are advancing national clean energy goals and how the CEM can contribute to a successful Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.  

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Policy Update #17: Human Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The issues of human security and conflict in relation to climate change have evolved to a place where they now constitute a recognized and important component in the climate change conversation, and are being addressed in a diverse range of fora through meetings, reports and changes in policy.

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US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy [viewed]

india.us25 January 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama have announced joint measures to boost clean energy in India and international climate action. The two sides announced their plan to cooperate together and with other countries over the next year to conclude an “ambitious” climate agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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Event: Eighth Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations [viewed]

The EU and US will continue talks on agreeing to a trade and investment deal known as the 'Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)'. TTIP is expected to have implications for the manufacturing (including energy), agriculture, and services, investment and public procurement sectors. The Partnership is also being designed to add and update rules, including those affecting sustainable development.  

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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