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Leila Mead, Thematic Expert for Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Policy, IISD Reporting Services (US) - Human Security and Climate Change
by Leila Mead, Thematic Expert for Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Policy, IISD Reporting Services (US)

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. continued...
CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation
Read More: CGRFA Finalizes State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report; Agrees on Guidelines on ABS and Genetic Diversity for Climate Adaptation
26_January 2015: The fifteenth session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN's (FAO) Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 15) addressed a series of sectoral and cross-sectoral issues, including: animal, forest and plant genetic resources; access and benefit-sharing (ABS) for genetic resources for food and agriculture (GRFA); biodiversity and nutrition; and climate change and GRFA. The session was held from 19-23 January 2015, in Rome, Italy. continued...
Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
Read More: Negotiations Consider Four Elements of Post-2015 Agenda
21_January 2015: At the first sessions of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, UN Member States and other participants addressed the four elements expected to comprise the new agenda: a declaration; a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets, along with eventual indicators; their means of implementation (MOI) and a new Global Partnership for Development; and follow-up and review of implementation. The “stocktaking session” was the first of eight scheduled sessions to prepare the outcome that will be adopted at the UN Summit on the Post-2015 Development Agenda in September 2015. continued...
World Economic Forum Addresses Climate Change, Gender, Inequality, Development Goals
Read More: World Economic Forum Addresses Climate Change, Gender, Inequality, Development Goals
24_January 2015: The 45th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting discussed the global economic outlook for 2015 and considered climate change, inequality, gender parity and the development goals, and sustainable development investments, among other issues. The Forum launched several publications and initiatives, including a Global Challenge Initiative on Food Security and Agriculture. continued...
US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy
Read More: US, India to Enhance Cooperation on Climate, Clean Energy
25_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. continued...
Hong Kong's Religious Leaders Urge Consensus on Climate Change
23_January 2015: The six main religions of Hong Kong have released a joint, interfaith statement sounding the alarm on climate change. The statement emphasizes the impact climate change is having on weather, and consequently on famine, diseases and storms. The religious leaders express concern that the poor and vulnerable are and will be most impacted by the "potentially catastrophic consequences" of unabated carbon emissions. continued...
AfDB Climate Change Committee Shares Knowledge on COP 20 Outcomes
Read More: AfDB Climate Change Committee Shares Knowledge on COP 20 Outcomes
22_January 2015: The Climate Change Coordination Committee (CCCC) of the African Development Bank (AfDB) held a knowledge-sharing seminar at the AfDB's headquarters in Abidjan, Nigeria, to discuss the outcomes of the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. The CCCC also addressed expectations for COP 21 to be held in Paris, France, from 30 November - 11 December 2015. continued...
UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal
Read More: UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal
22_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. continued...
Experts Discuss Population and Sustainable Development Linkages Ahead of CPD 48
Read More: Experts Discuss Population and Sustainable Development Linkages Ahead of CPD 48
22_January 2015: The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) held a moderated discussion with experts on the state of scientific knowledge on some of the main substantive issues expected to be discussed during its 48th session. Several panelists outlined linkages between population and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing
Read More: UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing
21_January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels. continued...
UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR
Read More: UNITAR Supports Municipalities in Post-2015 DRR
13_January 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Decentralized Cooperation Programme together with the Municipality of Santa Tecla in El Salvador hosted a conference on ‘The Role of Municipalities in the Post-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction,' bringing together about 150 local government officials and municipal council members from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and the Dominican Republic to exchange best practices to plan for disasters and reduce risks. continued...
UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM
Read More: UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM
January_2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide. continued...
OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation
Read More: OECD Explores Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation
2_December 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an Environment Working Paper, titled ‘Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Adaptation: Methodological Approaches,' which examines methodological approaches that can be used for monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation initiatives at the project and programme level. continued...
Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award
Read More: Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award
19_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. continued...
IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables
Read More: IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables
18_January 2015: During the fifth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, over 1,000 representatives from 150 countries and 115 international organizations discussed ways to accelerate the growth of renewable energy, considering in particular such challenges as energy security, climate change and the future financing of the organization. The Assembly also re-appointed Adnan Amin as Director-General of IRENA. continued...
action/2015 Launches Global Campaign
Read More: action/2015 Launches Global Campaign
15_January 2015: The international campaign for action on addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change, action/2015, was launched globally on 15 January 2015. Events took place in over 70 countries, with over 1,000 civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, and faith and youth groups involved. continued...
Climate Change Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
48th Session of the IPCC Bureau Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 27 Jan
First Drafting Session on Outcome Document of Third Conference on FfD New York City, US 27 Jan - 29 Jan
14th CGE Meeting Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 28 Jan - 30 Jan
Central Asia and South Caucasus Regional Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 29 Jan - 30 Jan
G20 Development Working Group Meeting Istanbul, Turkey 2 Feb - 3 Feb
CODATU XVI Conference Istanbul, Turkey 2 Feb - 5 Feb
Eighth Round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) Negotiations Brussels, Belgium 2 Feb - 6 Feb
Eighth India Climate Policy and Business Conclave New Delhi, Delhi, India 3 Feb - 4 Feb
15th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS 2015) New Delhi, Delhi, India 5 Feb - 7 Feb
The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forestry Sector virtual 6 Feb - 27 Feb
SED 4-2 on the 2013-2015 Review Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 9 Feb
Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-8) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 8 Feb - 13 Feb
G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting Istanbul, Turkey 9 Feb - 10 Feb
Les Assises du Vivant 2015: Biodiversity and Climate Change in Interaction Paris, Ile-De-France, France 9 Feb - 10 Feb
UNGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda New York City, US (virtual) 9 Feb - 10 Feb
 
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