Finance

Mexico, California Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change [viewed]

california-mexico-flags28 July 2014: The Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and its National Forestry Commission and the State of California, US, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhancing cooperation on climate change and the environment. The objective of the MoU is to promote bilateral actions in the areas of climate change, forest wildfires, air quality and clean transport through 2018.

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Event: Second Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing will continue considering measures to increase user-based payments and contributions to the Benefit-sharing Fund, and additional measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS. The meeting will be preceded by regional and inter-regional consultations, to be held on 8 December 2014.  

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Event: B4E Climate Summit 2014 [viewed]

The 2014 Business For the Environment (B4E) Climate Summit will be held under the theme 'Moving towards a Restorative Economy'. The day-long event will feature cross-sector working groups on energy, water and forestry, which will help delegates form recommendations for policymakers on supporting restorative and net positive business growth that is good for society, encourages innovation and addresses climate change. The agenda also includes sessions on: crowd-sourcing big ideas on restoration and climate change; financing a restorative future: the long-term global impacts of restoring the world's forests; and restorative and net positive innovation in small businesses. The event is expected to attract business leaders, decision makers and civil society representatives from around the world. This is the fourth Climate Summit organized by B4E.  

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Event: VI Latin American and the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Seminar [viewed]

The Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), together with Nicaragua's Ministry of Energy and Mines, will co-host the VI Latin American and the Caribbean Energy Efficiency Seminar, which seeks to identify regional challenges to mitigating the environmental impacts of energy and to share experiences and best practices in energy efficiency. The EE 2014 seminar will include discussions of energy efficiency measures in the hydrocarbons sector, energy efficiency in public water systems, energy-efficient construction, strategies and mechanisms for the massive introduction into national markets of efficient appliances and equipment, applied measures and technologies for efficient transportation, and financing opportunities for energy efficiency in the region.  

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July 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank-AfDB-ADB-IDB-EBRD-GEFJuly 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) undertook a variety of activities during July. Projects were approved across Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe, addressing issues such as transboundary water management, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, hydropower and climate resilience.

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UNFCCC SBSTA 40 Report Published [viewed]

UNFCCC18 July 2014: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has published the report of its 40th session, which convened in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014.

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Civil Society Reacts to Proposed SDGs [viewed]

OWGJuly 2014: In reaction to the final outcome of the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in which it proposed SDGs at the conclusion of the 13th session (OWG 13), a number of Major Groups and civil society organizations have released papers and press releases commenting on the proposal. The majority of reactions suggest the outcome is a significant step forward, while also highlighting specific concerns. Many groups expressed appreciation for the OWG's inclusiveness, noting that full and meaningful participation of civil society is being recognized as an essential aspect of the new global agenda.

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UNDP Launches PARCS Project in Croatia [viewed]

UNDPJuly 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a programme called PARCS, which seeks to conserve globally significant marine and terrestrial biological diversity in Croatia. The programme will strengthen the management of the country's 19 most important parks by improving the model of protected areas management and boosting investment in infrastructure.

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Social Pre-COP Preparatory Event Issues Margarita Declaration [viewed]

logo-precop18 July 2014: A preparatory event for the Social Pre-COP on Climate Change, organized by the Government of Venezuela, resulted in the "Margarita Declaration on Climate Change," which contains views of participating organizations and movements structured around the themes of intergenerational equality and rights, and good and sustainable living. The results of the preparatory event will be presented to the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September 2014.

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UNESCO-IHE Consortium Supports 'Water Wise' Development in Kenya [viewed]

UNESCO-IHE17 July 2014: A public-private-partnership of Dutch, Kenyan and German partners to develop and conserve the Mara River Basin, the Mau Mara Serengeti (MaMaSe) Sustainable Water Initiative, was launched to support “water-wise” sustainable economic development and biodiversity conservation in the Mara-Serengeti in Kenya.

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