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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Event: 63rd Meeting of the CDM Methodology Panel [viewed]

The 63rd Meeting of the Methodology Panel (Meth Panel) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will take place in Bonn, Germany. The Meth Panel was established to develop recommendations to the CDM Executive Board on guidelines for methodologies for baselines and monitoring plans and prepare recommendations on submitted proposals for new baseline and monitoring methodologies.  

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Event: ICAO International Aviation and Environmental Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) Region [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) International Aviation and Environmental Seminar will provide participants with information on present and future impact and trend assessments of aircraft engine noise; the work of the ICAO Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP); and ICAO policies and guidance material in the environmental field.  

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GFOI Provides Guidance for Estimating Forests GHG Emissions and Removals [viewed]

gfoi18 February 2014: The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) has released a methods and guidance document, titled ‘Integrating remote-sensing and ground-based observations for estimation of emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in forests.'

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February 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbFebruary 2014: Throughout the month of February, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook a number of activities and highlighted various projects in a range of countries, including: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cameroon, Djibouti, the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mauritius, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, Pakistan, Romania, Swaziland, Turkey and Zimbabwe. 

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