Event: Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

Organized as part of the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) 2014-2024, the Sixth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development will consider how to operationalize the Hammamet Declaration (signed by the Executive Secretaries of the UN Regional Commissions in support of energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy access). The Forum will also host workshops and training courses on: Energy Efficiency in Buildings; Business Planning for Renewable Energy Investments Projects; Access to Energy in Remote Areas; Energy Portal for Asia-Pacific; and the Energy Efficiency Industry Accelerator. In addition, an expo with a focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, products and solutions will be organized. The Government of Armenia, UN Regional Commissions, UN Development Programme (UNDP), Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) and UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) are co-organizing the Forum.  

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Event: Europe and the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Shaping Effective Follow-up, Review and Accountability Mechanisms [viewed]

This event will discuss elements of effective follow-up, review and accountability mechanisms for the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on natural resource management. The event is expected to address questions related to: current mechanisms for follow up, review and accountability on the SDGs; Europe's role in such mechanisms; and ways to strengthen national implementation and review within Europe. The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Spain and SDSN Germany are organizing the event.  

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UNGA Holds High-Level Event on Climate Change [viewed]

HLE_Web-Graphics29 June 2015: "We must act with courage," UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa told UN Member States gathered at the High-Level Event on Climate Change he hosted. He called for "bold, collective action" to "reverse the current trends and preserve our planet." The High-Level Event was convened at the midpoint between the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC and COP 21, and aimed to provide political momentum for an ambitious climate agreement.

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HLPF Begins Discussion of Role in Integration, Implementation and Review [viewed]

iisdrs-hlpf26 June 2015: The third meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opened with a focus on “Strengthening integration, implementation and review - the HLPF after 2015.” This year's Forum is convened under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

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France, Peru Issue Call for Action on Climate Change and Decent Work [viewed]

france-peru26 June 2015: François Rebsamen, Minister of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue, France, and Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN in Geneva, signed a Joint Call on Climate Change and Decent Work. The Joint Call encourages Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to better integrate decent work dimensions into the fight against climate change, both in negotiations towards a new climate agreement, and in formulating and implementing national policies.

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'Project Everyone' Launches First Global Ad Campaign on SDGs [viewed]

project-everyone24 June 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) outlined the plans of 'Project Everyone,' which was founded by Richard Curtis, filmmaker and founder of Comic Relief, in an effort to make the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) "the most famous goals on the planet" by sharing them with seven billion people in the seven days after their adoption. On 24 June, Curtis and other celebrities launched the ad campaign #WEHAVEAPLAN as part of Project Everyone. This Global Goals campaign is a collaborative effort to ensure that the SDGs are world famous and are successfully acted upon.

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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14 [viewed]

fiji-goc-palau23 June 2015: Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conferences. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).

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UN-HABITAT Report Explores Climate Change, Urbanization in SIDS [viewed]

urbanization_climate_sidsMay 2015: A small island developing States (SIDS) urban agenda must reflect the cultural, economic and geographic characteristics of SIDS, in order to address sustainable urbanization in SIDS, according to a publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The report provides an overview of current trends in climate change and urbanization, describes the impact of climate change on cities in SIDS, and explores the role of urban planning and design as a tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in SIDS.

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Post-2015 Negotiations Take Stock of Zero Draft [viewed]

post2015-in625 June 2015: UN Member States and civil society provided their reactions to the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, at the sixth session of intergovernmental negotiations in the process. The zero draft was issued by Co-Facilitators David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, and Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, on 2 June.

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Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries Endorses SE4All Decade [viewed]

s4all0cplp-aler26 June 2015: The Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP) underscored the importance of energy in the post-2015 development agenda and endorsed the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) following its first ministerial meeting on energy. In the launch statement, ministers decided to encourage sustainable and inclusive development of the energy sector in the CPLP countries in order to enhance energy security and guarantee a minimum level of access to sustainable energy services in the entire community.

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