UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean [viewed]

iisdrs_goc18 May 2015: The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) discussed the outcome of the GOC report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015.

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UNFCCC Updates on Annex I Party Reporting [viewed]

UNFCCC13 May 2015: In preparation for the 42nd session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) taking place in June 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.3) informing parties of the status of reporting by Annex I parties as of 30 April 2015. The update provides the status of the submission and review of the sixth national communications (NC6s) and first biennial reports (BR1s).

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Stakeholder Forum Assesses SDGs' Implications for Developed Countries [viewed]

Stakeholder ForumMay 2015: Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future has undertaken a study to enhance understanding of the implications of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for developed countries, as developing countries tend to receive most of the attention in international discussions on the post-2015 development framework.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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India, China Express Support for Successful Paris Climate Conference [viewed]

india_china15 May 2015: China and India published a joint statement on climate change in which the two major economies express their full support for the success of the Paris UN Climate Change Conference, to be held in December 2015. The statement was issued during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China, during which he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.

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Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference [viewed]

ppcr15 May 2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP).

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Canada Submits INDC [viewed]

CANADA Flag15 May 2015: The Government of Canada has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Canada intends to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions economy-wide by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada is the 38th party to formally submit an INDC.

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SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework Reports Rapid but Insufficient Progress [viewed]

progress_toward_sustainable_energy18 May 2015: According to the second edition of the Sustainable Energy for ALL (SE4ALL) Global Tracking Framework, the world has made more rapid progress on sustainable energy during 2010-2012 than the period from 1990-2010, measured in the first edition of the Framework. The report cautions, however, that efforts must further accelerate to achieve SE4ALL's three goals of: doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix; doubling the global rate of energy efficiency improvement; and ensuring universal access to modern energy by 2030.

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