Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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Event: CDKN Workshop: Climate Change and the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

The Climate Development and Knowledge Network (CDKN) is hosting a workshop to explore the linkages between climate change and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), and to bring together climate change and sustainable development experts and practitioners from across Southeast Asia. This workshop is one in a series of events on this theme that CDKN will convene in developing countries in the coming months, the outcomes of which will feed into the UN Climate Summit, being convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September 2014. Experts from government, civil society, academia and the private sector are expected to discuss how to include climate change in the SDGs. Participants will discuss, inter alia: advantages and disadvantages of a stand-alone goal on climate change and of mainstreaming climate change impacts into the SDGs; challenges to ensuring an outcome that is mutually beneficial for both climate change and development, and how to overcome them; and how developing countries can influence the two processes. A briefing paper will capture the key messages emerging from the discussions, which will help to clarify the SDG/climate change linkages, and enable developing country voices to be heard.  

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ADB Evaluation Calls for Focus on Socially Inclusive, Environmentally Sustainable Growth [viewed]

ADB4 March 2014: The Asian Development Bank's (ADB) Independent Evaluation Department has released its mid-term review of the Bank's operations, calling for a stronger focus on socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable growth. The recommended shifts are expected to support social inclusion through job creation and improving livelihoods, advance environmental care and climate action, and generate high growth.

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FAO Coordinates Webinar on Gender Dimensions of Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

FAO4 March 2014: With the goal of better understanding the gender dimensions of climate-smart agriculture, a month-long online webinar was held in February 2014 coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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UNECE Adopts Fuel Efficiency Test for Cars [viewed]

UNECE3 March 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has adopted the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures (WLTP) test cycle to be used for measuring fuel consumption, and therefore carbon dioxide emissions, of new light vehicles. It is expected that fuel consumption figures for many automobiles will increase between 10-20% in this new system.

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Human Rights Council Hears Statements on the Impacts of Climate Change [viewed]

UN Human Rights3 March 2014: The 25th session of the Human Rights Council opened with high-level statements expressing concern regarding the situation in a number of countries and regions around the world, and outlining some of the efforts countries are undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights. A number of statements highlighted the linkages between human rights and climate change.

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EU Environment Council Considers 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [viewed]

European Union 3 March 2014: The first meeting of the Environment Council of the EU under the Greek Presidency discussed, inter alia: climate change; genetically-modified organisms (GMOs); the Annual Growth Survey 2014, including how to improve the uptake of green economy priorities in national reform programmes; and a clean air programme for Europe.

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Pacific Region Develops Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development [viewed]

pacificdisasterMarch 2014: The Pacific Region is preparing a Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development in the Pacific (SRDP) to more effectively address the risks and challenges posed by climate change and disasters within the context of sustainable development.

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FAO Supports Forest Inventory in Zambia for REDD+ Preparedness [viewed]

FAOMarch 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of a second national forest inventory in Zambia, including new elements for measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) for REDD+.

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NASA, JAXA Launch Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory [viewed]

jaxa-nasa3 March 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) jointly launched the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, a four-ton spacecraft that was launched into space from Japan at the end of February.

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