Asia Pacific Environment Ministers Hold Inaugural Forum [viewed]

asia_pacifics_inagural_forum20 May 2015: High-level representatives of 33 countries of the Asia-Pacific region put forward recommendations for consideration at the next session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 2). The representatives highlighted that particular challenges for the region include air pollution and its health impacts, the need for sound chemicals and waste management, including transboundary approaches, and promotion of the green and blue economy.

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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

climate_action_parisweek21 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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Event: The Pacific Ocean Alliance: High Hopes for High Seas [viewed]

This meeting, hosted by the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, seeks to bring more than 100 participants together to share knowledge and take action on the sustainable development, management and conservation of the ocean and its resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction. In addition, the Pacific Ocean Alliance, an inclusive stakeholder partnership, will meet for the first time to discuss the Pacific Islands region's oceans priorities and interests as they relate to the high seas.  

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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity" [viewed]

iisd_rs_se4all20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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OECD Hosts Second Green Investment Financing Forum at Climate Week Paris [viewed]

oecd_climateweekparis20 May 2015: As part of Climate Week Paris, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized the second Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) from 19-20 May 2015. The event brought together senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a candid discussion with special focus on green investment banks.

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UN, NGO Event Considers Inclusive Review of Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

iass18 May 2015: The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Biovision and the Millennium Institute co-sponsored a side event to build on the outcomes of the High‐level Event on Follow‐Up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which took place on 12-13 May 2015.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP19 May 2015: During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Paper Identifies Options for Possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism [viewed]

post201519 May 2015: A "food for thought paper" has been released regarding a possible Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). The inputs to the paper include the revised draft Addis Ababa Accord for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which was released on 6 May 2015, and discussions during the joint meeting of the FfD3 and post-2015 negotiations on 22 April, and the FfD3 intersessional discussions on 15 May 2015. The proposals are also informed by the work of the Informal inter-agency working group (IAWG) on a technology facilitation mechanism.

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