Event: Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event is being organized by the Vatican and has the objective of raising awareness and building consensus around sustainable development values and ensuring they cohere with the values of religious traditions, with a special focus on the most vulnerable. The event will also aim to: increase the debate on the moral dimensions of protecting the environment in advance of the papal encyclical; and help build a global movement across all religions for sustainable development and climate change throughout 2015 and beyond.

 The event will result in a joint statement on the moral and religious imperative of sustainable development, emphasizing the connection between respect for the environment and respect for people, particularly the poor, the excluded, victims of human trafficking and modern slavery, children and future generations. Vatican officials plus 60 high-level invitees (20 science, business, diplomatic and development experts; 20 religious leaders; and 20 academics and scholars) are expected to attend, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  

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Event: UNGA Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) will host an inclusive, interactive dialogue on the theme, ‘Harmony with Nature: Towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) including addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda' in commemoration of Mother Earth Day. The dialogue will: provide an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between humanity and nature; promote the understanding of the Harmony with Nature paradigm; examine how Harmony with Nature can contribute to achievement of the SDGs; and provide examples on how society would need to function to be consistent with a Harmony with Nature paradigm. The dialogue will include an opening segment and multi-stakeholder panel discussions and will result in an UNGA President's summary.  

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World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings Address Climate Change, FfD and Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

spring_201520 April 2015: At their annual Spring Meetings, the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) addressed a range of issues, from climate change, financing for development (FfD) and the post-2015 development agenda, to the Ebola crisis, job creation, fiscal stability, and fragility and conflict. On the sidelines of the Spring Meetings, the Development Committee held its 91st meeting.

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ECOSOC Begins Meeting with BWIs on Post-2015, FfD [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2015: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its annual special high-level meeting with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), with a focus on the theme of ‘Coherence, coordination and cooperation in the context of financing for sustainable development and the post-2015 development agenda.' The meeting brought representatives of the Bretton Woods Institutions (BWIs) together with UN Member States to discuss post-2015 development and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

Governments Call for Eliminating Fossil-Fuel Subsidies17 April 2015: A communiqué signed by the members of the Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform group calls for countries to prioritize the phase-out of fossil-fuel subsidies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The Friends are urging all governments to endorse the statement; France and the US are the first countries outside the Friends groups to do so.

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ISU Report: Deforestation Increasing [viewed]

tropical_forests-isuApril 2015: The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) compiled a synthesis of the state of knowledge on tropical forests and the policies governing their management. Overall, the report, titled 'Tropical Forests – A Review,' notes that the global rate of deforestation continues to increase at an average annual rate of 200,000 hectares.

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Future of Energy Summit Explores Transformation of Utilities [viewed]

the_future_of_the_energy_summit15 April 2015: The Future of Energy Summit 2015 met under the theme ‘Opportunities for Transformation,' and covered key areas for the future of utilities, namely power generation, grids, connected homes and vehicles. Over 1000 attendees and 140 speakers participated in 45 sessions, which convened under the daily themes of: innovation; political, regulatory and business decisions; and investment.

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NAP Expo Shares Experiences and Lessons on Adaptation Plans [viewed]

napexpo15 April 2015: Over 150 participants attended the third NAP Expo, which was organized by the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) of the UNFCCC and an advisory group that included the Adaptation Committee. Hot topics, as well as current experiences and challenges relevant to adaptation to climate change, were the focus of discussions and learning sessions at the Expo.

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African Countries Prepare for Paris Climate Negotiations at Seventh Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

AfricaCarbonForum15 April 2015: Intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement will be essential for durable African economies, according to remarks made by UNFCCC Deputy Executive Secretary Richard Kinley at the Seventh Africa Carbon Forum. Speaking on the outcomes needed for a successful Paris Climate Change Conference, Kinley told African countries gathered at the Forum that "INDCs are each country's opportunity to express their development priorities."

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China, UN Sign MOU on South-South Climate Cooperation [viewed]

China, UN Sign MOU13 April 2015: As a follow-up to its commitment at the 2014 Climate Summit, the Government of China has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the UN on South-South cooperation on climate change. Under the MOU, China and the UN will work together to promote the sharing of technologies, know-how and experience among countries in the global South.

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