World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNDP Executive Board Briefed on Post-2015 Agenda, Accountability [viewed]

UNDP5 September 2014: At the second regular session of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark discussed: UNDP responses to current crises; UNDP's support for global development processes; implementation of UNDP's Strategic Plan; UNDP resources; and transparency and accountability. The UN development system is "determined to be fit for purpose for the post-2015 agenda,” Clark said, and the UN Development Group (UNDG) is assessing ways to ensure its members work together in a coherent, results-oriented and strategic manner.

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS [viewed]

GEF4 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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UNFCCC Reports on Ministerial on Increased Ambition under Kyoto [viewed]

UNFCCC4 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the high-level ministerial round table on increased ambition of Kyoto Protocol commitments by developed country Parties, which was mandated by the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

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IEA Simulates ETS in Chinese Power Sector [viewed]

IEA2 September 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a report, titled ‘Emissions Trading in the People's Republic of China: A Simulation for the Power Sector,' which presents the results of a simulated Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) for the Chinese power sector that the IEA developed and ran in collaboration with the China Electricity Council (CEC), the China Beijing Environment Exchange (CBEEX) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to prepare to “gradually develop a carbon trading market” in accordance with China's 12th five-year plan (2011-2015).

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CEM Reports on Public-Private Roundtables [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial2 September 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) has released a report from its fifth meeting (CEM5), which identifies efforts needed to address key clean energy challenges. The report summarizes the ideas and recommendations by government and private sector leaders from six clean energy roundtables held during the event.

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NORDEN Report Assesses Climate Change Effects on Primary Nordic Industries [viewed]

Nordic Council LogoAugust 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers (NORDEN) has published a report, titled ‘Climate change and primary industries: Impacts, adaptation and mitigation in the Nordic countries,' which focuses on the effects of climate change on the primary Nordic industries, namely agriculture, fishing and forestry.

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Event: 5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development [viewed]

The Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development (APMCHUD) was established in 2006 to promote sustainable housing and urban development for human settlements in the Asia-Pacific Region. The theme of the 5th APMCHUD is 'Equal Opportunity for Sustainable Development'. Sub-themes will include: inclusive urban planning; upgrading informal settlements; inclusive technology for the delivery of basic services; financing sustainable housing; and urban development for equal opportunity responding to natural and climate change-related disasters.  

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Event: Asia Urban Futures Workshop [viewed]

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), together with UN-HABITAT, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Global Pulse are co-hosting this workshop under the theme 'Shaping solutions to the challenges of tomorrow for Asia's cities'. The event seeks to bring together diverse stakeholders to discuss some of the major challenges and opportunities facing Asian cities as the result of rapid urbanization and climate change. The workshop will look at scenarios, models and forecasts from experts on Asian cities, as well as examples of state-of-the-art science and technology-based approaches for building urban resilience.  

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Event: VII BRICS Summit [viewed]

The Seventh Summit of the BRICS (Brazil, the Russian Federation, India, China and South Africa) will be held from 9-10 July 2015, in Ufa, the Russian Federation. The host country has signaled it will: ensure the continuity of the group's operation; take into account priorities put forward during the Brazilian presidency of the BRICS; and seek to enrich the group's work with new ideas, and strengthen its role in international affairs and regional issues.  

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