May 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

ebrd-worldbank-adb-gef-eib-afdbMay 2014: During May, international and regional financial institutions, including the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), undertook a variety of actions related to water resources, including presenting the results of existing projects, participating in regional conferences and approving new loans. Projects this month addressed issues including transboundary water cooperation, water supply and sanitation, hydroelectric generation, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ecosystem service conservation, among others.

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DRC Launches REDD+ University [viewed]

cbfp28 May 2014: The REDD+ National Coordination Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) convened the first REDD+ University for a hundred participants representing government organizations, civil society, local communities and indigenous peoples.

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UNEP Inquiry Examining Design Options for a Sustainable Financial System [viewed]

financialinquiry28 May 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an 'Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System: Policy Innovations for a Green Economy' to explore how the financial system might better meet the needs of, and mobilize capital for, a green economy in January 2014. The Inquiry Co-Directors, Nick Robins and Simon Zadek, presented the background, approach and goals of this 18-month initiative at an event on 28 May, at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington DC, US.

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Asia-Pacific Officials Discuss Standardizing Data Collection on Disasters [viewed]

UNESCAP27 May 2014: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) discussed standardization of a core set of disaster-related statistics in harmony with the disaster reduction framework beyond 2015 at its 70th session, which took place under the theme 'Regional Connectivity for Shared Prosperity.'

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World Mountain Forum Discusses Climate Change, Mountain Communities [viewed]

wfm24 May 2014: The World Mountain Forum (WMF), which took place from 22-24 May 2014, in Cusco, Peru, provided a platform to promote sustainable mountain development. The Forum convened sessions on four key topics: climate change; family farming; mountain communities; and mountain cities. These sessions included a particular focus on water and food security, sustainable investment and climate change adaptation. 

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African Group of Negotiators Discuss Approach for Climate Negotiations at ACPC Workshop [viewed]

UNECA20 May 2014: African negotiators discussed approaches for closing the emissions gap and achieving binding commitments on climate change at a workshop hosted by the Africa Climate Policy Center (ACPC) for the African Group of Negotiators (AGN). Participants agreed that a lack of capacity continues to hinder Africa's ability to respond to climate change, including to implement projects, develop policies and access climate funds, and requested the ACPC to compile a narrative of UNFCCC decisions relevant to Africa from 1997 to the present to support them in their negotiation process.

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WBCSD Report Describes Advantages of Addressing the Water, Food and Energy Nexus [viewed]

WBCSDMay 2014: The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) has released a report on the water, food and energy nexus, titled ‘Co-optimizing Solutions: Water and Energy for Food, Feed and Fiber.' The report was launched during the ‘Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus' conference, on 20 May in Bonn, Germany, which was convened in recognition that the increasing demand for food and other agricultural products will put significant pressures on resources and impact greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. 

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Event: 32nd Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations [viewed]

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 32nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) on 12 November 2014, in Libreville, Gabon. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

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Event: 31st Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Group on Earth Observations [viewed]

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) will convene the 31st meeting of its Executive Committee (ExCom) from 8-9 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland. The ExCom guides the work of GEO and the activities of the GEO Secretariat. The 13 members of ExCom represent the regions of Africa, Americas, Asia/Oceania, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Europe.  

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Event: Pacific Regional Meeting on Gender, Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, and the Pacific Youth Council are convening this regional meeting to discuss priorities and partnerships to advance the consideration of gender issues, climate change and disaster risk reduction in the international policy agenda, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the post-2015 development agenda. Participants will discuss how they can work together in putting forward Pacific perspectives. Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, will chair a high-level segment on 13 June.  

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