Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda Begin with Stocktaking [viewed]

in1-panel-png19 January 2015: Intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda began in New York, US, with the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opening a three-day session of "stocktaking." President Sam Kutesa reminded UN Member States of their responsibility to finalize the agenda on a strict timeline so that Heads of State and Government can adopt it in September 2015. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) President Martin Sajdik also addressed Member States.

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At Security Council Debate, UN Secretary-General Links Development, Human Rights, Security [viewed]

United Nations19 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of addressing the interdependence of the three pillars of peace and security, development and human rights during an address to the UN Security Council. He highlighted the UN intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda as “an important opportunity to broaden the development agenda and highlight the fundamental importance of inclusive societies in building a more peaceful world.”

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon16 January 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Janos Pasztor of Hungary as the first-ever UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change. Pasztor will act as a Senior Adviser to Ban on climate change issues in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, to be held in December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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Celebrities Sign onto action/2015 Campaign, Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: In a joint open letter, 31 celebrities have lent their voices to the action/2015 campaign, which calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change. The letter names 2015 as the most important year in global decision-making since the start of the new millennium, citing the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, and UN climate change conference, in September and December 2015, respectively.

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FAO Stresses Genetic Diversity in Coping with Climate Change [viewed]

copingclimatechange19 January 2015: Genetic resources have a critical role to play in feeding the world, especially as climate change advances, according to a book titled 'Coping with Climate Change: The Roles of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.' The book was released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), led by its Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA).

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CCAFS, CTA Demonstrate Value of Climate-Smart Agriculture in Africa [viewed]

CGIAR CCAFS15 January 2015: The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) released a book highlighting climate-smart agricultural practices across Africa, based on eight case studies. The book intends to increase awareness of, and support for, agricultural approaches that improve livelihoods and enhance food security while contributing to climate change mitigation.

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UNGA President Reviews Priorities for 2015 [viewed]

unga6914 January 2015: Sam Kutesa, President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), briefed the body on his priorities for the remainder of the 69th session. Priorities included many aspects of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and climate change.

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UNFCCC COP 20 and 21 Presidencies, UN Secretary-General Publish Climate Action Agenda [viewed]

UNFCCC14 January 2015: The Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the incoming Presidency of COP 21 and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have issued a joint declaration, titled 'Lima-Paris Action Agenda,' with the aim of catalyzing action on climate change by State and non-State actors to contribute of the objective of the UNFCCC, in particular through increasing pre-2020 ambition and supporting the 2015 agreement.

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World Bank Investments to Fuel Largest Solar Project in Central America [viewed]

World Bank-IFC-CIF13 January 2015: The World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) have announced financing to help SunEdison build the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) development in Central America to date. A total investment of US$146 million will support the construction of 81.7 megawatts (MW) of solar PV in Honduras.

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