Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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RRI Dialogue Explores Links Among Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth [viewed]

iucn-rri18 June 2015: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) organized its 17th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change under the theme 'Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth.' The day-long event featured four panel-led discussions, which highlighted the centrality of tenure and rights to successful forest landscape restoration (FLR) and debated the role of FLR in "green growth."

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UN, Insurance Industry Partner for Sustainable Development [viewed]

psi17 June 2015: A platform launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is allowing insurance companies to make voluntary contributions to sustainable development through risk management, insurance products, investment, partnerships and disclosure frameworks. Through the platform and other activities of UNEP FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, insurers managing US$14 trillion and 20% of world premium volume are working with the UN toward a greener future.

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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UNEP, PBC Detail Elements for China's Green Financial System [viewed]

unep_china12 June 2015: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, met with Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBC), to mark the publication of the final report of the Green Finance Task Force, addressing practical steps and policy recommendations for aligning China's financial and capital markets with sustainable development objectives.

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REN21 Reports Decoupling of CO2 Emissions and Economic Growth in 2014 [viewed]

REN2118 June 2015: For the first time in four decades, the world's gross domestic product (GDP) rose in 2014 without a coinciding rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report. The report also finds that 2014 was a record year for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, and that investments in renewables, excluding large-scale hydropower, reached US$270.2 billion. The developing world accounted for almost half that figure, at US$131.3 billion.

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Southern, Eastern European Countries Seek Ways to Adopt Climate-friendly Technologies [viewed]

fao-iea-ebrd17 June 2015: A workshop for post-Soviet and southern and eastern Mediterranean countries convened to discuss policies and investment conditions conducive to the development and transfer of energy efficiency, renewable energy and other low-carbon technologies. The workshop was organized by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), and hosted by the Turkish Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources.

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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Multilateral Development Banks Report 19% Increase in Climate Finance [viewed]

mdbs-logos-pr-header16 June 2015: Six multilateral development banks (MDBs) have launched the fourth edition of their annual joint report on climate finance. The report finds that, in 2014, the MDBs committed more than US$28.35 billion in financing to developing countries and emerging economies, with US$23.28 billion dedicated to mitigation efforts, and US$5.07 billion to adaptation work.

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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