Northern America

APEC Advances Sustainable City Development Efforts [viewed]

apec16 July 2015: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies have announced accelerated support for sustainable city development in the region. According to the APEC Energy Working Group, APEC officials are advancing technical support for solar-powered, energy-efficient buildings and high efficiency lighting, improved vehicle fuel efficiency labeling and consumer information, and accessible green energy financing.

read more »

UN Regional Commissions Call for Effective Fiscal Policies, Global Tax Reform [viewed]

United Nations14 July 2015: The UN Regional Commissions highlighted the need for effective fiscal policies and global tax reform in the quest for sustainable and inclusive development during a roundtable event that featured Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. The event, titled 'Regional Perspectives on Implementing an Ambitious, Transformative Sustainable Development Agenda,' took place on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

read more »

FfD 3 Outcome Document Forwarded to Addis for Further Consideration [viewed]

logo_ffdiii7 July 2015: The Third Drafting Session on the Outcome Document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) has come to a close, following continuous informal consultations at various levels since the plenary was suspended on 22 June 2015. With Member States still unable to achieve consensus on the draft of the text to be adopted at FfD 3, which begins on 13 July 2015, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the co-facilitators of the preparatory process convened a closing plenary, proposing that the latest version of the text be considered further at the Conference itself.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

Event: MOP7 of the UNECE Water Convention [viewed]

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will 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.  

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.  

read more »