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CCAC Working Group Meeting Adopts Decision on the Road to Paris [viewed]

ccac_opening25 February 2015: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) Working Group Meeting adopted decisions on the Coalition's 5-Year Strategic Plan, the Road to Paris, the Demonstrating Impact Task Force, the Midterm Review and funding requests.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy [viewed]

UNEP25 February 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014, and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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UNIDO, DCSE Promote Sustainable Energy Policies in the Arab Region [viewed]

unido-dcse27 January 2015: The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote industrial energy efficiency and renewable energy policies, technologies and solutions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Arab region. The collaboration is expected to support the achievement of national and global commitments under the post-2015 development agenda by building regional capacity and addressing existing barriers to creating sustainable energy markets.

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UNSC Confirms Support on Post-2015 Indicator Development [viewed]

unsc12 January 2015: The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) has confirmed that it will provide statistical support for the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda and its measurement, in a letter responding to a request for assistance from the Co-Facilitators for intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, David Donoghue and Macharia Kamau.

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UNDP Social and Environmental Standards Come into Effect [viewed]

UNDP1 January 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched its Social and Environmental Standards (SES) and accompanying Compliance Review and Stakeholder Response Mechanism. The Standards, with the Overarching Principles of human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment, and environmental sustainability, are mandatory for all UNDP's projects and programmes, and are included in 'UNDP's Programming and Operations Policies and Procedures' for programme and project management. The SES were adopted by UNDP in June 2014 and came into effect on 1 January 2015.

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International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml26 January 2015: The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS.

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World Bank Adopts GRI Taxonomy for Sustainability Reporting [viewed]

Worldbanklogo19 January 2015: The World Bank announced that it is using a new taxonomy for sustainability, supplementing its web-based Sustainability Review 2014 with a stand-alone index of sustainability indicators that uses the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) Taxonomy. 
This taxonomy is meant to improve access for investors, auditors and analysts to information within sustainability reports.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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action/2015 Launches Global Campaign [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: The international campaign for action on addressing poverty, inequality, and climate change, action/2015, was launched globally on 15 January 2015. Events took place in over 70 countries, with over 1,000 civil society organizations, governments, international organizations, and faith and youth groups involved.

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UNCCD Launches Land Degradation Neutrality Project [viewed]

UNCCD logoJanuary 2015: The inception meeting of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) Project, attended by 15 country delegates, took place from 14-16 January 2014 in Bonn, Germany. The project's objective is to contribute towards implementing the outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), by providing the UNCCD with empirical evidence on the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of the LDN goal.

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