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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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ADB Public-Private Project Facility Kicks Off with US$64 million [viewed]

ADB4 May 2015: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that its Asia Pacific Project Preparation Facility (AP3F) has received US$64 million in contributions from the Governments of Australia, Canada and Japan. Through the AP3F, the ADB aims to adopt a more consistent approach to developing public-private partnerships (PPPs) and transaction advice across the region.

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Toolkit Seeks to Facilitate Use of Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Processes [viewed]

Hacia Nnuevos Contratos Sociales28 May 2015: CIVICUS has released a new toolkit, titled 'Towards New Social Contracts,' which offers tools and resources to facilitate the use of dialogue processes, and seeks to stimulate "a reflection around the potential and limits of multi-stakeholder processes in promoting socio-political change." Pilot dialogues that informed the toolkit took place in Albania, Bolivia, Canada, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste and Venezuela.

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Event: Seventh Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention [viewed]

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention is expected to convene in Budapest, Hungary. The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was adopted in Helsinki in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. Almost all countries sharing transboundary waters in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are Parties to the Convention.  

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UNEP Report: Illegally Traded and Dumped Waste Endangers Workers, Threatens Environment [viewed]

UNEP12 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on illegal trading and dumping of waste around the world. The report includes the finding that up to 90% of the world's electronic waste (e-waste) is illegally traded or dumped each year, and notes that of the food produced for human consumption globally, approximately one third is lost or wasted. Titled ‘Waste Crime - Waste Risks: Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge,' the report was launched at the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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ECOSOC Dialogue Discusses Funding of UN Development System [viewed]

ECOSOC8 May 2015: As part of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dialogue on the longer-term positioning of the UN development system, participants in a one-day workshop discussed the funding of the UN development system in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United

Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants

about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

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UNECE Annual Report Highlights Contributions to Post-2015 Agenda, Forestry, Energy, Water [viewed]

unece_annual_report_2014April 2015: In its annual report for 2014, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) emphasizes its intention to play an essential role in providing practical standards and agreements to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and develop indicators to measure progress towards the Goals. The report summarizes UNECE's activities and achievements in 2014, and highlights key priorities for 2015.

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Japan, US to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy [viewed]

us-japan28 April 2015: During a state visit by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the US, organized to honor the seven-decade partnership between the two countries, Prime Minister Abe and US President Barack Obama reaffirmed their countries' commitment to enhancing the bilateral partnership in a number of areas, including the environment and climate change, space and energy. The leaders announced the two countries would cooperate to address climate change and environmental degradation, and to deliver secure, affordable, sustainable and safe energy.

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Event: Workshop on Statistical Data Collection: Riding the Wave of the Data Deluge [viewed]

This workshop, titled 'Statistical Data Collection: Riding the Wave of the Data Deluge,' aims to contribute to the formulation of concrete proposals for internationally-coordinated work in the field of data collection. Sessions include: linking data collection and communication; new tools and methods, including big data and use of mobile devices; evaluation, management and integration of multiple sources; risk management for innovative sources of official statistics, including risk identification, assessment and options; and collaborating for the modernization of statistical data collection. This workshop responds to calls for closer collaboration between the data collection and communication communities within statistical offices; by holding their 2015 meetings back-to-back, the two communities will have a joint day for the exchange of ideas and experiences and to discuss future priorities and work.  

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