24th AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Post-2015 Negotiations, Gender Equality, Illicit Flows [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2015: Participants called for women's empowerment in Africa as an important step in achieving the goals of Agenda 2063, at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened under the theme, ‘2015 Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063.' Delegates adopted the Agenda 2063 framework document and decisions on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda, trade, health and other issues. The Summit also included a presentation of the final report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows.

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Executive Board Highlights Critical Year for Sustainable Development [viewed]

undp-unfpa-unops30 January 2015: Members of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP), UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) said 2015 is a critical year to reach agreement on the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), disaster risk reduction (DRR), financing for development (FfD) and climate change processes. The 36-member Board provides intergovernmental support to and supervision of UNDP, UNFPA and UNOPS activities.

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Brazil, Japan Organize Informal Meeting on Further Climate Actions [viewed]

brazil-japan30 January 2015: A high level meeting, organized by the Governments of Japan and Brazil, was convened in an effort to strengthen the ongoing UN negotiations on climate change and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The 13th Informal Meeting on further Actions against Climate Change was attended by, among others, the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) Daniel Reifsnyder and Ahmed Djoghlaf.

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FAO, Malawi to Protect Farmers from Severe Flooding [viewed]

fao-malawi28 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is working with the Government of Malawi on a US$16 million plan to protect farmers from severe flooding, which has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and is threatening food security in the affected areas, including with disease outbreaks that could affect surviving livestock.

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January 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adaptation-fund-adb-cif-ebrd-idb-wb31 January 2015: During January 2015, the Adaptation Fund, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank reported on new funding and projects, and on finance-related tools and capacity-building activities. ADB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank published articles, studies and other material on, inter alia: climate proofing of transport infrastructure; vulnerability and resilience in cities; financial instruments; and carbon pricing and offsets.

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January 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-CDB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-IRENA-SE4ALL-World Bank31 January 2015: In the first month of 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD), Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative and the World Bank financed projects, published reports and undertook various other activities related to sustainable energy.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on Capacity Building [viewed]

unredd2 February 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the February/March 2015 edition of its newsletter, which focuses on building the capacity of developing countries to design and implement REDD+ programmes.

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Scientists Call for Evidence-based DRR at Core of Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNISDR30 January 2015: Scientists have called on governments to put evidence-based disaster risk reduction (DRR) at the center of their sustainable development strategies, in the lead-up to the Third UN World Conference on DRR in March 2015.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release February Session Scenario Note [viewed]

UNFCCC29 January 2015: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released their scenario note for the eighth part of the Group's second session (ADP 2-8), to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 8-13 February 2015. In the note (ADP.2015.1.InformalNote), the Co-Chairs indicate that the session's objective will be to deliver, by the session's close, the draft negotiating text for an anticipated 2015 climate change agreement under the UNFCCC.

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Bioversity Showcases Crop Diversification Practices in Southeast Asia [viewed]

CGIARJanuary 2015: A report published by Bioversity International focuses on how Cambodia, Lao PDR and Viet Nam are using crop diversification to bolster resilience to climate change. The publication, titled 'Effective Implementation of Crop Diversification Strategies for Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam: Insights from Past Experiences and Ideas for New Research,' aims to fill gaps in current research and inform pilot initiatives to be tested at the sub-national level and possibly scaled up as national programmes.

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