US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

read more »

Event: 3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy [viewed]

The Third UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy will meet under the theme of 'Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime'. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge regarding themes that are at the nexus of human rights and the environment, including: whether constitutional environmental rights are a driver for environmental policy-making; human rights and environmental justice cases from countries and the field; why and how procedural environmental rights matter; human rights, environment and corporate responsibility; and effective participation of civil society and vulnerable groups. The outcomes and conclusions are expected to contribute to: discussions on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a post-2015 development agenda; negotiations of a future climate change regime; the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment (UNIEHRE). Yale and UNITAR are organizing the conference, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme, the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the UNIEHRE.  

read more »

Event: Sixth Meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

At its sixth meeting, the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) is scheduled to consider, inter alia: biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; fifth review of the financial mechanism; second forum of the Standing Committee on Finance; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; MRV of finance beyond the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; and linkages with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

read more »

GCF Makes Progress Towards Initial Resource Mobilization [viewed]

Green Climate Fund (GCF)22 February 2014: At its 6th meeting, the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) adopted a number of key decisions that will shape the GCF's work streams and activities as it moves forward in its operations.

read more »

OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

read more »

WMO/ESCAP Experts Confirm: 2013 Typhoon Season Well-above Average [viewed]

typhooncommittee21 February 2014: The 46th Session of the Typhoon Committee of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that an above-average number of storms occurred in the 2013 typhoon season.

read more »

CIAT Strategy Responds to Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

CIAT18 February 2014: The International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) has released its 2014-2020 Strategy, which indicates its work will feed into the work of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) while embarking on a set of strategic initiatives to boost development impact.

read more »

UNIDO, TERI Build Capacity on Solutions to Energy, Climate Challenges [viewed]

unido-terri14 February 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University (TERI U) held a two-week course that brought together 40 policy makers, government officials, and experts from Asia, Africa and Europe to build awareness and knowledge on global trends, innovative technologies and policies in the fields of energy, climate change and sustainable development.

read more »

Global Forest Watch 2.0 to Help Stakeholders Monitor Forests in Near-Real Time [viewed]

WRI20 February 2014: A global coalition of partners, led by World Resources Institute (WRI), has launched an online forest monitoring and alert system meant to empower governments, local communities, the private sector, academics and civil society to track forest change.

read more »

EU Energy Consumption Drops 8% Between 2006-2012 [viewed]

European Union 17 February 2014: The EU's Eurostat statistical service has reported that the EU's energy consumption in 2012 dipped to nearly 1990 levels, with renewables and nuclear power making up half of EU energy production in 2012. 

read more »