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G20 Leaders Adopt Declaration, Action Plan [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA9 September 2013: The Group of 20 (G20) held its annual Leaders' Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, to work towards strengthening economic growth and creating jobs. The resulting G20 Leaders' Declaration addresses: enhancing trade, financial regulation and consumer protection; promoting development for all, including through attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; sustainable energy policy; and combating climate change.

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Event: G20 Leaders' Summit 2014 [viewed]

The Group of Twenty (G20) is a forum that assembles 19 members plus the EU, representing the world's major economies. General themes include global economy, financial regulation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The next G20 Summit will take place in Australia, which will work as a troika in defining the next work programme in cooperation with the past (Russian Federation) and future (Turkey) hosts. The G20 members are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK and the US, as well as the EU.  

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G20 Urged to Address Development Issues [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA30 August 2013: In a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) ahead of its 2013 Leaders' Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls on the Group to take leadership on issues of sustainability. He encourages the member countries to promote inclusive growth and job creation, while implementing a sustainable development agenda. The G20 will hold its annual summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on 5-6 September 2013.

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ICARDA Annual Report Stresses Innovations on Climate Resilience [viewed]

ICARDA-Logo29 August 2013: The 2012 Annual Report of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) notes that despite significant challenges due to the on-going conflict in Syria, the Center has made significant achievements in translating research into action and policy impact, highlighting its leadership in the high-level international conference on Food Security in the Dry Lands, as well as enhanced partnerships with Canada and South Asia.

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Interviews with Incoming and Outgoing Director Generals Outline Future of Bioversity International [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2013: In parallel interviews presented in an edition of International Innovations, Emile Frison, the outgoing Director General of Bioversity International, and Ann Tutwiler, incoming Director General, describe their visions for conserving agricultural biodiversity.

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Event: Social Good Summit 2013 [viewed]

The Social Good Summit is a three-day conference during UN Week in September that brings together entrepreneurs and thinkers to discuss how new media can help meet global challenges. The conference is organized by the UN Foundation, Mashable, 92nd St Y, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This year's event is based on the theme of "2030 Now". There are three components to the event: interaction with "Keynote Listeners," including Amina J. Mohamed, the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisor on post-2015 development planning, and others; a Wesleyan University "massive-open-online-course" (MOOC) on "how to change the world"; and a segment on campaigns, innovations and digital solutions to the challenges of climate change, hosted by former US Vice-President Al Gore and the Climate Reality Project. Other speakers include Anthony Lake, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF); Barbara Bush, Global Health Corps; and Matt Wallaert, BING.  

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Event: Governor's Climate and Forests Task Force 2013 Annual Meeting [viewed]

The GCF Annual Meeting is an opportunity for information exchange and for member countries (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain and the US) and partners to provide updates on their REDD+ activities and achievements. The meeting will also convene a high level policy dialogue on REDD+ issues.  

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IAEA to Coordinate Project on Climate Change Impacts on Polar and Mountain Regions [viewed]

IAEA29 July 2013: Glacier experts prepared a plan for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) project led by Chile and the Russian Federation, called the 'Impact of Climate Change on Polar and Mountainous Regions: From Assessment to Action,' to assess the effect of climate change on glacier retreat, permafrost loss and snow cover reduction, and to improve conservation and management.

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MEF Discusses Expectations for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

MEF18 July 2013: Participants at the 16th Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) discussed negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and expectations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in 2015, particularly whether mitigation commitments will be finalized or whether Paris will launch a future process to agree on such commitments.

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US, China Agree on Climate Change Mitigation Actions [viewed]

US Department of State10 July 2013: The US and China agreed to five new action initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution, focusing on: emission reductions from heavy-duty and other vehicles; smart grids; carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS); the collection and management of GHG emissions data; and energy efficiency in buildings and industry.

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