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How to participate in UNCTAD 14 Conference (17-22 July, Nairobi) & preparatory hearings (6 April and 26 May, Geneva)

How to participate in the UNCTAD 14 Conference,  
parallel events, and preparatory hearings
I. About the UNCTAD 14 Conference

The 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14), to be held 17-22 July 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya, will provide a timely opportunity for the global community to assess the changes in economic policy needed at all levels to deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda – and other key global commitments made in 2015. Under the overall theme “From decision to action,” UNCTAD 14 will take stock of the current state of the global economy, corrective measures needed to meet the new global commitments, and the role of UNCTAD in delivering on these efforts.

The subthemes of the Conference include issues related to multilateralism, inclusive sustainable economies, structural transformation, and effective implementation and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as well as relevant outcomes from global conferences and summits – as they relate to UNCTAD mandate (on the integrated treatment of trade, investment, finance, technology and sustainable development).
II. Preparatory hearings in Geneva on 6 April and 16 May

As part of the deliberations of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for UNCTAD 14, Member States have decided to hold two preparatory hearings with civil society and the private sector, on 6 April and 26 May 2016 from 10:00am-1:00pm in Room XXVI of the Palais des Nations, Geneva. Participants will be able to comment on the zero draft of the Conference outcome document prepared by the Chair of the UNCTAD 14 PrepCom, Ambassador Alberto Pedro D’Alotto of Argentina. The zero draft is available in all six UN languages here: http://unctad14.org/EN/Pages/Documents.aspx#. See Section IV below to register for the hearings.

III. Parallel Events in Nairobi in July

In parallel to the UNCTAD 14 Conference in Nairobi, four events will take place on various dates: a Civil Society Forum (14-21 July), Global Commodities Forum (15-16 July), World Investment Forum (18-21 July), and Youth Forum (19-21 July).

An application process for attending the Youth Forum is open now, with a deadline of 20 April: http://unctad14.org/EN/Pages/Youth-Forum.aspx

IV. How to participate in UNCTAD 14 Conference, preparatory hearings & parallel events

Civil society representatives wishing to take part in the preparatory hearings, the Civil Society Forum and the Conference round tables and debates are required to follow the steps outlined in the civil society section on this web page:http://unctad14.org/EN/Pages/Participation.aspx

The deadline to apply for accreditation to the Conference is 30 April 2016.
All three steps need to be completed by 31 March in order to participate in the 6 April hearings in Geneva. 

Each participant that is approved for registration to the Conference itself will be issued a badge that will give access to all public meetings, including the parallel events.

The programme for the Conference and parallel events is available here:http://unctad14.org/EN/Pages/Programme.aspxFor more information on UNCTAD 14 and its preparatory process please visit the conference website.Updates on information about civil society participation will be posted on the UN-NGLS web site here: http://unngls.org/index.php/80-home/2748-unctad14

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UN Reflection Series 2016: Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries

Dear everyone,

This is the year we start implementing Agenda 2030. To ensure that coherence, coordination and integration are always present in our approaches to advance Agenda 2030, we need on-going conversations and strong collaboration among all relevant stakeholders.

The UN System Staff College Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the Hertie School of Governance and UN DOCO, will provide a learning space to do so. From 14 to 16 of April, UN staff and development partners will convene at the UN Reflection Series in Berlin to engage in in-depth discussions and share knowledge on one of the most important target groups for Agenda 2030: Middle Income Countries.

Middle Income Countries are home to five of world’s seven billion people and 72% of the world’s poorest population. If we are not fully attentive to their development needs, we risk failing to ensure sustainable development by 2030.

How can we reconcile Middle Income Countries’ impressive growth rates with challenging inequality gaps? What are the best approaches to embrace traditional and emerging cooperation modalities and partnerships?

If you are involved in the development sector, would like to share your expertise as well as learn from others’ experiences, the UN Reflection Series 2016: Development Cooperation, Policy Advice and Middle Income Countries is an event you would not want to miss.

To grasp a better understanding of who is involved in this event and which specific themes will be covered, we invite you to visit our website at http://unreflection.unssc.org/

The UN Reflection Series provides an ideal environment for you to discuss with other practitioners and leaders in the development field on the best ways to advance sustainable development in Middle Income Countries. Take advantage of this opportunity and register now at http://www.unssc.org/home/activities/un-reflection-series-2016

Paulyn duman

Junior Knowledge Management Associate

UNSSC knowledge centre for sustainable development

UN Staff CollegeHaus Carstanjen
Martin-Luther-King-Straße 8, Bonn 53175, Germany

Office:    +49 (0)228 815 2661

Cell:       +49 1515 940 9999

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Website: www.unssc.org

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Join the FT Political Risk Summit, London

    Financial Times

 Join, March 1st, 2016 the FT, (Financial Times) Political Risk Summit, London

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Antwoorden op: Financial Times <ftconference@conferences.ft.com>
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datum: 19 januari 2016
onderwerp: Join the FT Political Risk Summit, London

 March 1, 2016

Dear Helene H.,

Hosted by Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times the FT Political Risk Summit will explore this critical business issue in detail.

Through a series of keynote presentations, interviews and panel discussions we will discuss;

  • Regulatory issues
  • Operational risk
  • Cyber risk
  • Measuring political risk
  • The importance of working with governments
  • How major corporations approach crisis management

We have limited scope for sponsors to align their brand with the FT and play a meaningful role in the event. Some of the benefits include;

  • Speaking position (subject to editorial approval)
  • Branding on event marketing and advertisements across FT channels
  • Alignment with the FT brand
  • Promotional space at the summit
  • Networking with our delegates and speakers
  • VIP guest passes to use at your discretion

Confirmed speakers include;

Olivier de Boysson, Chief Economist, Emerging Markets, Societe Generale
Ben Cattaneo, Chief Risk Adviser, Group Functions, BT
Prof. David Coen, Director of School of Public Policy, University College London
Robert Court, Former Global Head of External Affairs, Rio Tinto
Tina Fordham, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi
Keiko Honda, Chief Executive Officer, MIGA
Prof. Steve Keen, Head of School of Economics, History and Politics, Kingston University
Helen Kennett, Director, UK Government Relations, Rolls-Royce
Dr. Cho Khong, Chief Political Analyst, Shell International
Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for European Policy Studies
Victor Meyer, Global Head of Corporate Security and Business Continuity, Deutsche Bank
Anders Marvik, Vice President, EU Political Affairs Office, Statoil
Andrew Morfill, Cyber Threat Intelligence Lead, Vodafone
Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, Anglo American
Phil Murphy, Vice-President and Global Head of Government and Public Affairs, BG Group
Stuart Tootal, Chief Security Officer, Barclays

For information on commercial opportunities at this summit please contact;

Gavin Calderwood : gavin.calderwood@ft.com : 0207 873 4808 : 07725 063563

For more information on the summit, delegates and speakers visit the website: https://live.ft.com/Events/2016/FT-Political-Risk-Summit or follow it Twitter: #FTPolRisk

Kind regards,

Gavin Calderwood
Commercial Manager
Financial Times Live | Global Conferences & Events

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SGI Proposal World Humanitarian Summit

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
One of our partners, Soka Gakkai International (SGI) contributed a proposal last week to the world Humanitarian Summit’s global consultation.  UN SD Education Caucus member Nobuyuki Asai [Japan] created a video statement highlighting the roles of faith-based organisation, to learn more
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
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Call for Abstracts: 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development

Dear Colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce the call for abstracts for the 4th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held on September 21 and 22, 2016, in New York, USA! This year’s conference theme is Moving Forward: The SDGs in Practice. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels.
Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following 4 Themes and one of the following 4 Topics:
Thematic Areas
  1. Innovation in Technology & Governance
  2. Data (data systems, gaps, how to collect, etc.)
  3. The Science-Policy-Implementation Interface
  4. Education and Training
Topics
  1. Low Carbon Urban Development
  2. Socially Inclusive Economic Growth
  3. Agriculture, Food Security & Nutrition
  4. Disaster Resiliency & Adaptation
Interested presenters should submit a 1,000-word abstract, in English, via the conference website, www.ic-sd.org. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one theme & topic. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or submission of the same abstract under multiple themes could result in the abstract being declined.
We look forward to reading your submissions!
Regards,
SDSN & MDP Secretariats
 

Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Email: info@unsdsn.org

Website: www.unsdsn.org

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Exploring approaches to forest restoration – Planet at the Crossroads IUCN World Conservation Congress

  Crossroadsen Hawaii

Healthy forests provide ecosystem services vital to wildlife, the climate and human livelihoods.
Forest management is one of the many issues to be addressed at IUCN Congress 2016. So, in advance of this year’s International Day of Forests, we’re showcasing various global, national and island-scale forest restoration initiatives to demonstrate different approaches to forest management. Check out all of the forest-focussed Congress events and register for the Congress.
The Bonn Challenge is a global initiative to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020. 12 countries and one company have pledged to participate.
Sixty percent of the world’s remaining tropical rainforest is in Brazil, so forest restoration initiatives could have major positive impacts on the climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. Founding Member of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests, and Agriculture says a landscape approach to forest restoration is key.
Healthy forests are critical to Hawaiian culture, wildlife and water supply. Restoration efforts in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge have been largely successful and ecosystems are recovering.

 video

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvdiVkNQD2s  

Share your story
Please contact us if you have questions or want to submit a story highlighting pressing conservation and sustainable development issues in your part of the world.
About IUCN
IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN’s work focusses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with almost 1,300 government and NGO Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by almost 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.  www.iucn.org    © 2013
Thank you to our partner National Geographic
Photo Credits
Banner image:  National Geographic
The Bonn Challenge: The Bonn Challenge
Brazil: IUCN / Hotel Rosa dos Ventos Brazil
Islands: IUCN / Stuart Chape
Anjouan: Dahari Comores
Call for events: Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Dana Edmunds

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Join the FT, (Financial Times) Political Risk Summit, London

 

Dear Helene H. Oord,

Hosted by Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times the FT Political Risk Summit will explore this critical business issue in detail.

Through a series of keynote presentations, interviews and panel discussions we will discuss;

  • Regulatory issues
  • Operational risk
  • Cyber risk
  • Measuring political risk
  • The importance of working with governments
  • How major corporations approach crisis management

We have limited scope for sponsors to align their brand with the FT and play a meaningful role in the event. Some of the benefits include;

  • Speaking position (subject to editorial approval)
  • Branding on event marketing and advertisements across FT channels
  • Alignment with the FT brand
  • Promotional space at the summit
  • Networking with our delegates and speakers
  • VIP guest passes to use at your discretion

Confirmed speakers include;

Olivier de Boysson, Chief Economist, Emerging Markets, Societe Generale
Ben Cattaneo, Chief Risk Adviser, Group Functions, BT
Prof. David Coen, Director of School of Public Policy, University College London
Robert Court, Former Global Head of External Affairs, Rio Tinto
Tina Fordham, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citi
Keiko Honda, Chief Executive Officer, MIGA
Prof. Steve Keen, Head of School of Economics, History and Politics, Kingston University
Helen Kennett, Director, UK Government Relations, Rolls-Royce
Dr. Cho Khong, Chief Political Analyst, Shell International
Karel Lannoo, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for European Policy Studies
Victor Meyer, Global Head of Corporate Security and Business Continuity, Deutsche Bank
Anders Marvik, Vice President, EU Political Affairs Office, Statoil
Andrew Morfill, Cyber Threat Intelligence Lead, Vodafone
Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, Anglo American
Phil Murphy, Vice-President and Global Head of Government and Public Affairs, BG Group
Stuart Tootal, Chief Security Officer, Barclays

For information on commercial opportunities at this summit please contact;

Gavin Calderwood : gavin.calderwood@ft.com : 0207 873 4808 : 07725 063563

For more information on the summit, delegates and speakers visit the website: https://live.ft.com/Events/2016/FT-Political-Risk-Summit or follow it Twitter: #FTPolRisk

Kind regards,

Gavin Calderwood
Commercial Manager
Financial Times Live | Global Conferences & Events

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Announcement: ESDG International Conference 11-13 January, 2016 Announcement

CEE Conference

For more details, contact Conference Secretariat at 
Email: esdgconference@ceeindia.org
Websitewww.ceeindia.org/esdg
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On Women’s Education – WISE International Education Conference

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
Speaking at the annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the Qatar Foundation Chairperson,Sheikha Moza bin Nasser,  called for countries to work together and take tough financial and political action, “Sheikha Moza, Michelle Obama urge collective effort to protect education”
 
 
 
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-chairs
__________________
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell: +1-(734) 352•7429
Landline: +1-(734) 994•3612

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[G31000] – 4th International ISO 31000 conference – How do you want to be involved?

 

RISK Managements Standard G31000 conference 2014

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[G31000] – 4th International ISO 31000  conference – How do you want to be involved?

TELL US HOW YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATEDear Helene H. Oord,

As Chairperson at www.worldviewmission.org, we would like to hear from you!  Let us know how you and your organisation would like to participate in the 4th International Conference on ISO 31000 Risk Management Standard which is scheduled on 23 & 24 November 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. It will be followed by 2-day Masterclasses to become ISO 31000 Certified Risk Professional.
Feel free to complete this short questionnaire.

We look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town in November!, 2015

 

 

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UN New York conference

Important Updates: 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations

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Post-2015 Summit Calendar of Civil Society Events, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Ahead of the Post-2015 Summit in New York City, Sustainable Development 2015 has put together a calendar of events taking place from 22-28 September, 2015
We are supporting a range of these events, including:
 
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Open Society Foundations
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Post 2015: Summit outcome document transmitted to Member States

13 Aug 2015

Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>

From: Beppe Lovoi/NY/UNO

Dear colleagues,

The draft outcome document of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was transmitted to all delegations yesterday by the President of the General Assembly, and is available online here.

You may also refer to this web page to receive updates about current opportunities for civil society to engage more with the United Nations around the Summit process.

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Post-2015: Finalised text for adoption (31 July) at the UN Summit

Jul 31, 2015
Subject: Post-2015: Finalised text for adoption (31 July) at the UN Summit
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>
Cc: Lotta Tahtinen <lhtahtinen@gmail.com>

Dear All,

The co-facilitators of the post-2015 process have circulated the attached finalised text for adoption (31 July) at the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda.There will be a plenary meeting today, Friday, at 9 p.m. in conference 1. Conference room 2 will serve as an overflow room. The meeting will also be webcast at webtv.un.org. Kindly please note that arrangements have been made with UN Security to allow MGoS with regular badges and temporary SETs to enter the building through the 42nd street entrance.

Kind regards,

Lotta Tahtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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AAAA: International Conference on Financing For Development — post 2015 Switzerland’s Key Role

Dear Community of Educations,

The summary analysis reports are beginning to come in.  This framework is important to our work as learning, reporting, engaging society and diverse stakeholders, public participation, international cooperation, and more will eventually be funded at the national level, here are insights into the priorities to achieve that agenda.  Of particular note is the report from Switzerland “New framework to implement and finance sustainable development:  Switzerland welcomes outcome of Addis Ababa conference”
Quoting Switzerland’s Chief negotiator:
 
Ambassador Michael Gerber, who attended the conference as Switzerland’s chief negotiator for the post-2015 agenda and financing development, stressed that the process is now entering its most pivotal stage. “The agreement on a new implementation and financing framework in Addis Ababa has laid the foundation for the adoption of the new agenda for sustainable development in September in New York and for a new climate agreement in December in Paris,” he said. “The negotiations in these two processes will also be challenging, but the ambitious desire of all parties for a shift in favour of global sustainable development has been confirmed in Addis Ababa”.
 And from the UNDP Blog  ”The Addis Ababa Action Agenda:  A step forward on financing for development?”
SDGs – Agenda Beyond 2015
Looking to the Fall, Switzerland is playing a key role “Post-2015 agenda: new sustainable development goals” creating a vision of global coordination and cooperation to meet the cross border challenges to define shared goals and agree on shared distribution of efforts engaging commitments with all countries contributing to obtain these universal objectives.
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All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

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Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (3-5 August 2015), Kuala Lumpur

From: ACET Secretariat  [ap.tvet@unesco.org]
Sent: 2015-07-24
Subject: Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (3-5 August 2015), Kuala Lumpur

Dear forum members,

The Asia-Pacific Conference on Education and Training (ACET) is set to take
place from 3-5 August 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Conference is a regional follow up to the Third International Congress
on TVET (Shanghai, 2012) and aims…

…to strengthen collaboration among TVET partners, including the UNEVOC
Network in the Asia-Pacific; and

…promote policy debates and dialogues through sharing of national,
regional and international approaches in the three main thematic areas:
ICT, partnerships, and greening TVET.

If you would like to join us at this important Conference, email
ap.tvet@unesco.org telling us why you are interested.

No conference fee will be charged, however, participation is only possible
on self-funded basis.

For more information on the Conference, please go to:
http://www.unescobkk.org/education/tvet/asia-pacific-conference-on-education-and-training/

We hope to see you in Kuala Lumpur!

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Announcement: International Conference on Sustainable Development

Dear Colleagues, 
 
We hope you will join us in New York on September 23 and 24, 2015, for the International Conference on Sustainable Development. There will be several parallel sessions devoted to climate change mitigation, renewable energy, and adaptation/resilience. Confirmed speakers include WBCSD President Peter Bakker, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Asian Development Bank Vice-President Stephen Groff, Journalist Femi Oke, Former PM of Ireland Mary Robinson, SRC Executive Director Johan Rockström, and SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs. For more information please visit www.ic-sd.org.
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Sustainable Development Solutions Network
General inquiry email: info@unsdsn.org
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MAPS at Our Common Future under Climate Change Conference, Paris, 7-10th July

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25-27 September 2015, UN Post-2015 Summit: Apply for civil society speaking roles or Selection Committee

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What is at stake in Addis?

Dear Colleagues

The negotiations on the outcome document for the 3rd financing for development conference to be held in Addis Ababa 13-16 July 2015 began last week in NY.  I wanted to bring to your attention my short note on what is at stake for developing countries in Addis.

The summary of the piece can be found here:
http://www.fundsproject.org/en/Publications-Surveys/Article?newsid=67&teaserId=1
The Global Economic Situation
When the FfD Conference takes place, the global economy will still be struggling to overcome the near collapse in 2007-2008 of the international financial system. Unlike previous crises, the current one originated in the developed North. For the countries of the global South, the first reality is that they are net investors in developed countries. The international financial system is not mobilizing resources for development for them. For almost two decades, the net flow of investment has been from developing to developed countries.

Developing country international reserves can help stem some potential financial problems, but they certainly are not large enough to withstand large bank runs. Industrialized economies, middle income developing countries, and even quite a few least developed countries have removed foreign exchange controls both on the inflow and outflow sides over portfolio investment activities (except for those suspected of terrorist links). As a result, the international economy is now shorn of many public policy tools to monitor and control volatile private capital movements. The conventional wisdom was that allowing freer capital movements would increase the availability of financing for developing countries and thus raise their rates of investment.

Unfortunately, even in the years of explosive private financing flows, the actual result has been little or no increase in the rate of investment worldwide. The record suggests that the underlying issue is not the availability of finance, either public or private, but the lack of demand for investment. Diminished public policy space is the result because of the reduced scope for public authorities to “dream up,” respond to estimated future needs, and plan investment projects such as in infrastructure and energy. Such space is severely restricted when public authorities feel compelled to continually signal their prudent management approach by meeting fixed or declining public sector deficit targets of private foreign investors, who are ready and able to move their funds at a moment’s notice. The scale of vulnerability is greater the greater the amount of short-term private funds invested in a developing country; thus the availability of finance is not a driver of the amount of investment activity and can even be a hindrance.

Draft SDG target 10.5 currently reads: “improve regulation and monitoring of global financial markets and institutions and strengthen implementation of such regulations.

A Global System Conducive to Financing Development 
Estimates of the scale of necessary financing for the SDGs and the post-2015 development agenda are substantial but well within the capacity of the global system. The August 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) indicated that the global economy generates savings of $22 trillion annually. The experts estimated that for infrastructure alone $5-7 trillion annually would be required and for eradicating extreme poverty $66 billion annually.

The FfD process has consistently treated the scale and direction of financing for development and the institutional environment as two sides of the same coin. Moreover, both the domestic and international environments are intimately connected. Developing countries, for example, can mobilize domestic financing from national savings and taxes for development, but such an effort can be undone by capital flight and tax evasion if international cooperation is inadequate to monitor and reduce illegal activities.

It is therefore important for the discussions in Addis to result in an outcome that incorporates means of monitoring and accountability in building a global system conducive to financing development.

This paper identifies six critical areas for which institutional progress is deemed essential in the global South.

1.       Mobilizing domestic financial resources for development. In this context, it is important to note that public domestic finance in developing countries more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, increasing from US$ 838 billion to $ 1.86 trillion. This bright spot in the FfD process must be strengthened with international cooperation, upgrading international tax cooperation and multilateral efforts against capital flight and tax evasion.

2.       Further developing domestic financial sectors in developing countries to help mobilize greater long-term finance is essential, which will require not only better domestic financial regulation and supervision and capital account management but also external support to make capital management tools effective in developing countries. All foreign investors must recognize a host state’s rights to protect the public interest.

3.       International trade as an engine for development. Activities are mainly in the WTO’s domain and in the proliferation of free trade agreements (FTAs). In general, less-than-universal trade agreements contain more stringent restrictions on national policies and undermine robust multilateralism.

4.       Increasing international financial and technical cooperation for development is another promising area. Since 2002 net ODA flows from all OECD/DAC countries increased significantly, from $84 billion in 2000 to $134.8 billion in 2013. The Monterrey Consensus called for “[E]ffective partnerships among donors and recipients…based on the recognition of national leadership and ownership of development plans” (paragraph 40).

5.       Lessening the burden of external debt. Developing countries have experienced the largest development reversals during debt crises, including through the economic reform programs—under the auspices of the IMF and the World Bank and coordinated with donor countries—triggered by these episodes.

6.       Enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial, and trading system. Emerging and developing countries should seek comprehensive governance reform of the IMF, and a process to review governance and accountability mechanisms in other development agencies should also be launched in Addis.

Conclusion
What is at stake for developing countries at the July meeting is not so much how much more financing can be made available, but rather the extent to which future financing flows are fit for the purpose of achieving the agreed goals of sustainable development. The revival of multilateral cooperation will be required to regulate volatile private capital flows, mobilize long- instead of short-term international financing, open greater public policy space for investment, and mitigate the scourge of sovereign debt crises.
Download the full briefing paper ‘Financing for Development Conference 2015: Views from the Global South’ in pdf here.

http://www.fundsproject.org/media/archive1/briefings/FUNDS_Brief28_April2015_Financing_for_Development.pdf

All the best,

Manuel (Butch) Montes

Senior Advisor on Finance and Development, The South Centre

Ch. du Champ d’Anier 17, C.P. 228, 1211 Geneva 19

Switzerland

Tel. +41 (0) 22 791-8050;   SMS: +41 79 126 78 33

email: montes@southcentre.int ;   Skype ID: manuelfmontes

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Message of Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD, on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification – 17 June 2015

Madam/Sir,
Please find attached, for your information and wider distribution, a message of Mr. Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the CBD, on the occasion of the World Day to Combat Desertification - 17 June 2015.
Thank you and kind regards.
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
World Trade Center
413 St. Jacques Str. Office 800
Montreal, QC H2Y 1N9
Canada

Website: http://www.cbd.int/

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Post-2015: Overflow room tomorrow, Tuesday, will be conference room 12

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

Subject: Post-2015: Overflow room tomorrow, Tuesday, will be conference room 12
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

Further to my earlier message, we are pleased to inform you that conference room 12 will be available as the overflow room tomorrow, Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. We will keep you posted on the overflow rooms for the subsequent days.

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tahtinen | Stakeholder Engagement Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

Dear All,

The April joint session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the Financing for Development process will be held from 21-24 April in the Conference Room 1 at UN Headquarters in NYC. The programme of work and list of side events and other relevant documentation can be accessed at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/moiandglobalpartnership

On Thursday, 23 April, there will be an interactive dialogue with stakeholders from the Post-2015 and Financing for Development processes from 10:00am to 1:00pm in Conference Room 1. Following an open call for applications, the April Stakeholder Steering Committee has selected the following speakers to intervene during the dialogue: http://tinyurl.com/Apr-Spkr-P15-IGN. The scenario for the interactive dialogue will be finalised by the April Steering Committee together with the selected speakers and made available by Wednesday, 22 April.

Similar to the previous negotiation sessions, a total of 12 seats with microphones will be allocated for the use by stakeholders on a rotational basis in the Conference Room 1. Additional seating for representatives of stakeholders will be available in the balcony area of the Conference Room 1. Please note that seating in the balcony area is very limited and available on a first come first served basis. All meetings will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/. We do not yet have confirmation about an overflow room but will keep you updated on this.

Finally, we have reserved daily caucus meeting rooms for the use by stakeholders. Please note it is not the same room for all day; refer to the schedule for daily location. The room is available Monday-Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:00pm. It can be reserved for use through the following link: http://tinyurl.com/April-Room-Reserve.

Daily coordination meetings for stakeholders Tuesday-Friday 8:30-9:30am


All stakeholders are welcome to join daily caucusing meetings on Tuesday-Friday from 8:30-9:30 am in Conference Room 6 in the UN Conference Building.

On Tuesday, 21 April, at 9:00 am, Mr. Alex Trepelkov, Director of the UN DESA Financing for Development Office or Ms. Shari Spiegel, Chief of the FFDO Policy Analysis and Development Branch, will brief the group on the FFD process. On Wednesday, 22 April, Mr. Nikhil Seth, Director of the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development will brief stakeholders on the Post-2015 IGN process.

Kind regards, Lotta

Lotta Tahtinen | Major Groups Programme Coordinator
Division for Sustainable Development | DESA
United Nations | Room S-2619 | Email: tahtinen@un.org
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

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I am sending you the details of the eco city world summit .
I am sure many of you have done wonderful work which can be presented as a paper in the summit .
I would be obliged if you can circulate it within your network . In case you do want to advertise the summit in your website , please feel free to do so .
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هذا البريد الإلكتروني ومرفقاته (إن وجدت)  تم إرساله من قبل أو نيابة عن هيئة البيئة – أبوظبي أو من أحدى الجهات التابعة لها، ويعتبر وثيقة سرية قد تحتوي على معلومات تتمتع بالحماية والحصانة. وفي حالة استلامكم هذه الرسالة بطريق الخطأ، لا يجوز الكشف عن محتواها أو نسخها أو استخدامها. ونرجو إخطارنا على الفور، ثم القيام بحذفها من الحاسب الآلي الخاص بكم. وقد تكون الرسائل المرسلة من وإلى هيئة البيئة – أبوظبي مراقبة لضمان الالتزام بالسياسات الداخلية ولحماية مصلحة هيئة البيئة – أبو ظبي. ولا تعتبر رسائل البريد الإلكتروني آمنة ولا يمكن ضمان خلوها من الأخطاء. وعلى كل من يتواصل مع هيئة البيئة – أبوظبي عبر البريد الإلكتروني أن يتقبل مثل هذه المخاطر ولا تتحمل الهيئة أية مسؤولية عن الأضرار التي قد تنجم عن ذلك.
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WCDRR Public Forum: Protecting People’s Health from Disaster Risks, Tuesday March 17, 0900-1700

 

For all those attending the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction:
Come and experience a major event discussing how we can all proitect people’s health and wellbeing from disaster risks.
 
Free and open to all
Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese. 
• 7 Sessions covering major topics in health emergency management
• Over 30 speakers from all over the world and from the fields of
disaster prevention, public health, medicine, and more will speak on
comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management for health
• Audience participation (Question and Answers) highly encouraged.
                                                                                                   

3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

Public Forum Event:

PROTECTING PEOPLE’S HEALTH FROM DISASTER RISKS

Organized by WHO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNISDR and partners 

VENUE: Multimedia Hall, Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Tohoku University, Sendai (Next to the Sendai International Center) 

DATE AND TIME: 9:00am-5pm, Tuesday 17 March, 2015

OPEN ACCESS: NO PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Simultaneous Interpretation: Japanese-English 

Please see the http://www.bosai-sendai.jp/pf/?c=10351program    for more information

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Registration – early bird until March 31
About WEEC2015
The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2015) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. The congress is directed towards everyone working on environmental and sustainability education in different contexts. The congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden between the 29th of June and 2nd of July 2015. The Centre for Environment and Sustainability will be hosting the congress together with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat. We are expecting participants from all over the world.
 
WEEC2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.
For further information, please consult the WEEC2015 website: http://weec2015.org/
We look forward to seeing you in Gothenburg at WEEC2015!
Sincerely,
Professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson National Program Chair, WEEC2015
Professor Arjen Wals  International Program Chair, WEEC2015
Should there be any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Centre for Environment and Sustainability (for content):
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Welcome to the Best Delegate list of Model United Nations conferences! Conferences are grouped by academic level and by geography and then sorted by date for the 2014-2015 academic calendar. Conferences that have not provided their new dates will be listed under the month when they hosted their conference last year. You can also use Control+F on your keyboard to search by key word.

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 Final edition of Sustainability Summit

Dear Colleagues,
 I would like to share with you the program edition for this year’s 12th Annual Sustainability Summit. This year’s theme is Sovereignty and Survival for Sustainability.
We have a diverse blend of speakers and interactive sessions drawn from both the academic and workforce realms. New this year is our Learning Village focused on helping educators provide enriching opportunities and learning resources for their students; and for students to participate in interactivesustainable experiences that will resonate with their lifelong learning. Additionally, we have brought back the Career Fair which will focus on prospective job seekers meeting with employers, exhibitors and others who are seeking to employ those with a sustainable focus. As the field of sustainability is ever changing, there will be new and exciting job opportunities from these employers and exhibitors.
We are honored to have the Midwest Consul General from India , Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, addressing our Summit this year, right on the heels of President Barak Obama’s visit to India for Republic Day. A Smart Cities Initiative and a “Come Clean India” campaign known as “Swachh Bharat” will focus on India’s sustainability objectives in the next decade along with other economic development initiatives for India.  Second, as part of internationalizing the Summit, we are also honored to have the French Consulate’s Chief Science Attache who has interests in biofuels, agronomy and helping to feed the world. Mr. Marc Rousset and his Deputy, Mr. Simon Ritz will be in attendance and speaking with participants at our Summit this year. We have a long standing tradition with the Consulates of France, the UK, Israel, Germany and others, around sustainable sector progress. We will miss those who could not be in attendance this year.
There are many other exciting break out sessions and opportunities for all to engage in this year’s Summit, and I would like to welcome the UN Education Caucus to visit our website : www.sustainabilitysummit.us
to view past Summit conferences and this year’s.
We are only separated by time and distance, not passion for sustainability. We hope you will enjoy the efforts that have been put into this year’s Summit. Should you want to comment or have questions about this Summit, feel free to contact me.
                                                                               To Sustainability for our Planet,
                                                                                                                   Ms. Mel Bromberg MCPH                                                                                               International Chair, US Sustainability Summit

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EEASA 2015 SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT 33rd International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa

Dear Sir/Madam
I am pleased to forward to you the second announcement of the 33rd International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa. Please note the important dates and conference banking details.
 Thank you
Phindile Sithole
SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme
Fax2email: +27 (0)86 513 2403
Post: PO Box 394, Howick, 3290, KZN, South Africa

 

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Volume 15 Number 2                                                                                                                                                       
(February 2015)
 
Monthly Environmental Education (EE) News Flash of the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme
CONTENTS
1. NEWS         2. TRAINING      3. EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
4. PUBLICATIONS 5. NETWORKING

 
Please note:  Kindly address any emails to
 
1.    NEWS         
1.1      Sustainable Development Goals in the making…
As you will know, the emerging Sustainable Development Goals and are being shaped to succeed the Millennium Development Goals.  We can expect the SDGs to be consolidated this year so the attached review has been supplied for your information. We hope you will find it interesting and useful for your programming, policy and capacity building, and research work.
1.2      Condolence message
On a very sad note: The SADC REEP Secretariat learnt with shock and sadness of the sudden passing away of Dr Kamperewera, Director of the Department of Environmental Affairs in Malawi, whose body was laid to rest on Sunday 22nd February 2015.
On behalf of WESSA and the SADC REEP we ask the DEA and the late Dr Kamperewera’s family to receive our heartfelt condolences and message of hope.
We feel the loss as we reflect on Dr Kamperewera’s unwavering support of the SADC REEP and the active role he played in the last SADC REEP evaluation.
May his soul rest in peace.
 
“Beyond this land of mortal living and parting, we only (de-)part – and choose – to meet again”.
 
 
2.   TRAINING
2.1     Forthcoming training
2.1.1 EETDP
Further information and applications for the EETDP you may visit the WESSA SustainEd website by clicking on the following link: http://sustained.org.za/courses/resources/2-uncategorised/56-courseinfoenviroeds.html .
Visit our Facebook page for inspiring stories and photographs of all our courses.  The Facebook link is as follows:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wessa-SustainEd/157093284402100
I will also be available for any further queries you may have.  Please contact me on any of the details provided in my signature below.
Looking forward to working with you on the Enviro Eds course.
Best Wishes
Sabine Clinckemaillie
Accredited Training QMS Manager
WESSA SustainEd Accredited & Non-accredited division.
 
2.1.2 Reclaiming Broken Places: an Introduction to Civic Ecology Harvard EdX/CornellX MOOC April 10-May 22, 2015.
Overview
Students in this free online course explore the people, places, and practices that link restoring nature with revitalizing neighbourhoods. Civic ecology practices – such as community gardening, restoring streams, planting trees, and removing invasive species to restore native habitat — are a means for communities to rebuild and express resilience in places impacted by war, natural disaster, poverty, crime, and environmental degradation. Civic ecology is the study of the individual, community, and environmental outcomes of these practices, and their roles in governance and ecosystems. Participants in this interdisciplinary course learn about contemporary thinking in social-ecological systems, resilience, and nature and human and community well-being. They also contribute to a local civic ecology practice through the course service learning project.
For more information read the attached: Reclaiming _Broken_ Places_ Civic_ Ecology _MOOC document.
3    EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
                              
 
3.1. First Announcement of the 33rd International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
 
The 33rd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) conference will be held at Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha Swaziland from 21-24 September 2015. All members and new members are encouraged to attend.
Any enquiries should be directed to: Belusile Mhlanga, emails address eeasaconf@sea.org.sz
 
Theme: Recommitment to building sustainable societies: Scaling up ESD through GAP
 
For more information regarding the conference please read the attached document.

For any information regarding EEASA please contact the Honorary Secretary Ms Mumsie Gumede on email address:mumzo.g@gmail.com Cc Admin Secretary on email address: eeasa@eeasa.co.za

You can also get more information on EEASA Conferences from the EEASA Conferences Portfolio Manager Mr Caleb Mandikonza on email address: calebmandikonza@gmail.com

 
3.2.   International Conference on Innovation
International Conference on Innovation
Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 to 28 May 2015
The conference is being jointly organized by the Exxaro Chairs in:
Business and Climate Change (University of South Africa),
Energy Efficiency (University of Pretoria),
Business and Biodiversity (University of Pretoria) and
Global Change and Sustainability Research (University of Witwatersrand)
Together with the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs.
Accommodation - Birchwood Hotel
For details, including sub-themes, registration and fees please follow the conference website at:http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=97140
 
3.3. 2015 SEED Awards: Call for applications now OPEN
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are pleased to inform you that SEED has just launched the 2015 SEED Awards for innovative start-up enterprises that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level.
This year SEED celebrates 10 years of SEED Awards. During that time, we have recognized 175 SEED Winners from 37 countries and accompanied them in their initial scale-up. In this 2015 Award cycle, SEED will make available up to 29 SEED Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Two SEED Awards are available to enterprises that are run or owned by women and prioritize women‘s empowerment; one of these is for an enterprise in any country that is not an OECD or EU member, the other to an enterprise in Kenya.
Candidates can apply from 02 February 2015 until 31 March 2015, 23:59 CET.
For detailed information please refer to the attached call for applications and press release or to the SEED homepage.
To enhance the number of high-quality applications, we would be grateful if you could spread the word through your networks, and/or include the news in any bulletins or newsletters. In addition, it would help us if you would let us know of any relevant events where the call for applications could be circulated more widely.
The launch of the 2015 SEED Awards is only the start of the various activities we have planned for 2015. The SEED Team would be pleased to meet you at the SEED South Africa Symposium on 26-28 May 2015 in Johannesburg, the SEED Africa Symposium 2015 on 9-10 September 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, or at one of our national dialogue fora.
For more information visit our new website at www.seed.uno and stay updated on the development of SEED Winners and other enterprises through the SEED Blog.
We would like to thank you in advance for helping in the promotion of the call for applications.
For information about the SEED Awards, visit the SEED website http://www.seed.uno.  or contact the SEED Awards team at:
seedawards2015@seed.uno.  or Tel: +49 30 8900068 99. For any other queries about SEED, email SEED at:info@seed.uno.
Kind regards,
The SEED Team
Attachments:
SEED 2015 Call for Applications
Press release SEED award 2015
3.4. 8th International World Environmental Education Congress Gothenburg, Sweden, June 29-July 2, 2015.
The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC22015) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. The congress is directed towards everyone working on environmental and sustainability education in different contexts. The congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden between the 29th of June and 2nd of July 2015. The Centre for Environment and Sustainability will be hosting the conference together with the WEEC Permanent Secretariat. We are expecting participants from a wide range of countries.
WEEC2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in environmental and sustainability education, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.
For more information read the attached WEEC 2015 document.
3.5. Call for Expressions of Interest: SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network
Invitation to participate in the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network (SCIN)
The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) conducted a mapping study in 2013 which comprised of a regional needs analysis of climate change priorities and needs, and institutional assessment of university capabilities and responses to address these needs. The mapping study outputs – a regional Knowledge Co-Production Framework (Volume 1) and 12 SADC country reports (Volume 2), are available on the SARUA website and, inter alia, recommended the establishment of four regional collaborative networks.
SARUA is excited to announce that the SARUA Curriculum Innovation Network (SCIN) is commencing its activities with a two year project to develop a regional curriculum and courseware for a Master’s Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development. This is part of the SCIN’s longer term objective to establish a structured forum for collaboration, communication and information exchange around the themes of curriculum innovation and climate resilient development in the SADC region.
SARUA hereby issues a call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to its member institutions and other stakeholders to participate in the network and curriculum development project in one of the following ways:
  1. University Delivery Consortia: SADC universities who are interested to develop the Master’s curriculum modules and Master’s courseware. The consortium’s lead university must be a SARUA member.
  2. Participating Universities: SADC universities, faculties, schools and centres who are interested in customising the courseware once it is developed to offer a Master’s Programme in Climate Change and Sustainable Development, or in making resources available to assist the delivery consortium.
  3. External Stakeholders: Government, non-profit or private sector stakeholders and educators who wish to participate in the SCIN through information exchange and communication on climate change in tertiary education.
  4. Individual Contributors: Individual researchers, academics and subject matter experts with a specific interest in climate change and/or tertiary education curriculum design, who wish to contribute to and benefit from the exchange of information within the SCIN.
Documents
Outputs of the Climate Change Counts mapping study:
Deadline All signed EOI application forms and supporting documents must be received via email by Friday 20 March 2015 at 16h00 Central Africa Time.
Contact details For any queries regarding the SCIN or the EOI process, please contact:
Tarirai Mavengere SARUA Finance and Admin Manager tarirai@sarua.org Tel: +27 (0)11 717-3952 Mobile: +27 (0)78 344-1763 Fax: +27 (0)11 717-3950
Botha Kruger SCIN Coordinator botha@futurelead.co.za Mobile: +27 (0)83 4637045
4.    PUBLICATIONS
Look out for the 30th Edition of the Southern African Journal of Environmental Education (SAJEE) to be published this quarter though Rhodes University.  The SAJEE is an internationally refereed journal published once a year. The journal is published by the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA). The call for articles for the 31st Edition is now out. For further details contact the Managing Editor Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka (email address: h.lotz-sisitka@ru.ac.za) or the Co-Editor Dr Muchaiteyi Togo (email address: muchatogo@gmail.com).
5.    NETWORKING
5.1 The Environmental Education Association of southern Africa is a leading network of practitioners from various sectors including civil society, government, academia, business, industry and schools among others. If you are interested in joining as a member please contact the EEASA Admin Secretary on email address: eeasa@eeasa.org.za. If you would like to form an EEASA node where you are please be in touch with the EEASA Nodes Portfolio Manager Ms Brenda Andimignon on email address: brenda_andimignon@hotmail.com.
5.2 The Namibia Environmental Education Network (NEEN) is planning its 2015 National Conference scheduled for May 2015. NEEN’s high level of networked activities is highly commendable and a shining star in the SADC region. Below is the NEEN communication regarding the conference preparations.
From: neen_friends@googlegroups.com [mailto:neen_friends@googlegroups.comOn Behalf Of Linna Nantinda Sent: 29 January 2015 05:19 PM To: neen_friends@googlegroups.com Subject: [neen_friends Group] RE: NEEN 2015 Conference!
Dear EE/ESD Practitioners,
Trusting that you are doing fine.
This is to inform you that NEEN 2015 Conference will be announced very soon (early February 2015) It will take place in May.
We would like to have more presenters and exhibitors at the conference this year. So once the Call of Abstracts is out, please send us your abstract. We need to share our EE/ESD initiatives at the conference.
We thank the Ministry of Environment & Tourism for their wonderful support towards NEEN as a network! It is all about to have a well-informed nation which leads to a peaceful environment/ a green society. May God bless MET!
Thank you! We will keep you posted on all conference developments!
On behalf of NEEN Exco Committee,  Liina
5.3 A network of rainwater harvesting collaborators drawn from farmers (individual/family, cooperative), agricultural educators (college and university), agricultural researchers from a research institution, and agri-business supporters in the local municipality among others, has bought together practitioners from diverse backgrounds to learn and work together to explore solutions to scarce agricultural water in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. Initially brought together by the Amanzi for Food project coordinated by the Environmental Learning Research Centre at Rhodes University and funded by the Water Research Commission of South Africa, the Umvothu Bubomi Learning Network is organised around the shared interest of innovating rainwater harvesting and conservation for improved food production and nutrition in a climate constrained, rain-fed farming environment in and around the Nkonkobe Local Municipality area. Most of the members are participating in an accredited course that seeks to support learning, networking and actions using WRC materials, local knowledge, regional knowledge and experience, radio and the print media among others.
There is potential for regional collaboration in this endeavor as the SADC region has over 65% of its people dependent on rain-fed agriculture for livelihoods, and yet most of them are subject to climate change and variability characterised by erratic rainfall, seasonal shifts, and drought and flooding.
For further information on the Amanzi for Food project you may please contact us on info@amanziforfood.co.zaand visit the following website, which recently went live: www.amanziforfood.co.za .
This website is concerned with the sharing of information generated by the Water Research Commission on rainwater harvesting and conservation (RWH&C) practices for food production.  This information is provided in many forms, and new information materials are being developed all the time.  The idea is that the information can be downloaded and used by anyone; farmers, extension officers, college lecturers and others to support the development of understanding of rainwater harvesting and implementation of rainwater harvesting and conservation practices.
A Facebook page has also been set up, where the project intends to share ideas on rainwater harvesting initiatives with everyone concerned with food production at all scales in South Africa and beyond.
Any input and comments are welcome from yourselves and your colleagues.  Please share this within your institutions and with anyone you believe may be interested in this.
The project team look forward to working with you to strengthen the understanding and use of RWH&C for food production.
Compiled by Phindile Sithole
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Upcoming Conference at Cambridge – Feb 20-22 – on Biodiversity Sustainable Development and the Law

 

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Calling all interested policy makers, lawyers, academics, scientists and students to register now for the International Symposium:

Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law

20-22 February, 2015

Cambridge, UK

Join Us in Cambridge for Four Feature Events:

CITES as a Tool for Sustainable Development: Experts Seminar / 9am-6pm Friday 20th Feb 2015

(Hughes Hall, Cambridge, Wollaston Road, Cambridge CB1 2EW)

Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade: Public Guest Lecture Event / 7pm Friday 20th Feb 2015

Invited Lecturers: Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES & Dr Jon Hutton, Director, UNEP-WCMC

(Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ)

Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law: International Symposium / 9am-6pm Saturday 21st – Sunday 22nd Feb 2015

(St John’s Divinity Schools, Cambridge, directly across from St John’s College, Saint Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP)

Biodiversity Governance: Symposium Dinner & C-EENRG Launch Event / 7:30pm-11pm Saturday 21st Feb 2015

(Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA)

Biodiversity degradation and loss has reached alarming levels. While international treaties, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, can make an important difference, they also face many practical legal and governance challenges. How are biodiversity accords helping the world to advance sustainable development?  What more must be done, and how can better law and governance systems help? In their talks, global environmental leaders and practitioners will share valuable insight on the past successes, current hurdles and potential future solutions regarding these common problems.

Organized by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the University of Cambridge LCIL, C-EENRG and UCCRI, together with the Secretariats of four international treaties on biodiversity, the world-leading UNCGIAR Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), this international symposium will take place over two days in Cambridge from 21 – 22 February 2015, preceded by an Experts Seminar and Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law on 20 February 2015. The event features world-class speakers from across the field, with highlights such as:

  • Keynote addresses from the General Secretaries and senior representatives of four international treaties on biodiversity and sustainable development, including Mr John Scanlon (Secretary-General, CITES), Dr Bradnee Chambers (Secretary-General, CMS), Dr Chris Briggs (Secretary-General, Ramsar Convention); and Dr Amy Fraenkel (Representative of Executive Secretary, CBD), also from Dr Jon Hutton (Director, UNDP-WCMC), Dr Andrew Wardell (Director, CIFOR) and Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger (Senior Director, CISDL);
  • Plenary and senior experts panels on key emerging issues of law and sustainable development, chaired by global leaders in the field, such as Professor Catherine Redgwell (University of Oxford), Dr Kala Mulqueeny (ADB), Dr Valerie Hickey (World Bank), Dr Marcos Silva (CITES Secretariat), Professor Jorge Cabrera (UCR), Dr Alberto Sandoval (CIDEPP), Dr Markus Gehring (University of Cambridge / CISDL), Professor Marcel Szabo (Ombudsman for Future Generations) and others; and
  • Symposium Dinner Event in the Westminster College Dining Hall, with keynote from the Hon Justice Antonio Benjamin of the Supreme Court of Brazil (tbc), and launch of the new Cambridge C-EENRG with Professor Jorge Vinuales, University of Cambridge.

Registration for both the conference at the conference dinner may be completed via Eventbrite (http://tinyurl.com/kqvk5vy).

Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Kind Regards,
Mr. Freedom-Kai Phillips B.Sc., M.A., LL.B.

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FINAL WEEK to submit comments on SDSN “Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the SDGs” draft report

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
A friendly reminder this is the final week to submit  your thoughts, insights on SDSN “Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the SDGs.  Perhaps you have colleagues who work in this arena or  networks you can tap into for those keen insights.  Details follow.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) is current holding a global consultation on “Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the SDGs.” This draft report presents a comprehensive indicator framework for the UN Open Working Group goals and outlines major indicator gaps that must be filled over the next twelve months.

This public consultation will run until 31 January. We seek expert input to improve the framework, fill gaps, and consider the widest possible evidence. Please submit all comments via the web form.

Following the consultation, a revised report incorporating public comments will serve as input into the Expert Group Meeting on SGD Indicators in February 2015, being held in conjunction with the UN Statistical Commission – the body tasked with adopting the final indicator framework. Please direct any questions to info@unsdsn.org.

 

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Anita Nayar <a.u.nayar@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2015 at 9:36 AM
Subject: Invitation to Launch of Regions Refocus 2015, 26 January
To: “anita@regionsrefocus.org” <anita@regionsrefocus.org>

Dear Friends,

In 2015 the world’s governments will define a global agenda for sustainable development, amidst global trends of rising inequality, declining economic growth rates, and mega public-private partnerships accelerating the scramble for resources, assets, and markets. In this context, a new initiative housed at the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation – Regions Refocus 2015 – fosters regional and feminist solidarities toward justice.

I am very pleased to invite you to join us on 26 January at the Ford Foundation Headquarters for the launch of Regions Refocus 2015 or online via live webcast at www.daghammarskjold.se/regions-refocus. Held from 9:00am to 4:00pm, this event and collaborative publication will present experiences of advancing progressive policies based on nine regional workshops held over the past nine months in partnership with civil society, government, sub-regional alliances, and the UN. Just as negotiations begin in earnest for the Third Conference on Financing for Development and the Post-2015 Summit, this launch will feature regional perspectives on overcoming global obstacles that impede structural change for justice. Please see program outline below and a more detailed version at bit.ly/ProgramRR2015

Registration starts at 8:30 AM. Lunch will be provided and the event will be followed by a reception in the East River Room, from 4:15 to 6:30 PM. RSVP is required.  For more information and to register, please visit regions-refocus.eventbrite.com

I sincerely hope you will be able to join us in New York for the launch of Regions Refocus 2015. Should you wish to speak to any of the three sessions (Fetish for Foreign Direct Investment vs. Economic Determination; Sexing and Gendering Development; and Reclaiming the State vs. Corporatization of Governance), we would be happy to call on you. Please contact us at team@regionsrefocus.org and join the conversation on Twitter with #ReFocus2015.

Warmest regards,

Anita Nayar

Founder and Director

Regions Refocus 2015

Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation

Website: www.daghammarskjold.se/regions-refocus

Twitter: @ReFocus2015

Email: anita@regionsrefocus.org

Mobile: +1 646 241 3296

Program

For a more detailed program of the event, please visit bit.ly/ProgramRR2015

8:30 am  Registration

9 am       Keynote – Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Professor, The New School

9:15 am  Welcome – Anita Nayar, Regions Refocus 2015

Session 1:  Fetish for Foreign Direct Investment vs. Economic Determination

9:30 am  Teach-in – Dereje Alemayehu, Tax Justice Network-Africa

9:45 am Roundtable Discussion – Moderator Nancy Alexander, Heinrich Boell Foundation

Session 2:  Sexing & Gendering Development

11:15 am  Teach-in – Tonya Haynes, Catchafyah Caribbean Feminist Network

11:30 am  Roundtable Discussion – Moderator Shermal Wijewardene, University of Colombo

1 pm   Lunch

2 pm   Keynote – Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy  Co-ordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN-DESA

Session 3:  Reclaiming the State vs. Corporatization of Governance

2:15 pm  Teach-in – Oscar Ugarteche, National Autonomous University of Mexico

2:30 pm  Roundtable Discussion – Moderator Roberto Bissio, Social Watch

4 pm       Closing – Kathryn Tobin, Regions Refocus 2015

4:15 pm  Reception

Regions Refocus 2015 constructed this program drawing on regional workshops led by the Arab NGO Network for Development, Catchafyah, the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era, Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Eurodad, the Financial Transparency Coalition, Latindadd, Third World Network-Africa, and The YP Foundation.  The events were programed in partnership with Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – New York

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Post-2015 intergovernmental negotiations | 19-21 Jan 2015
Post-2015 process

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Call for Mentors! 2015  DC & NY Mentoring Fairs

2015 WFPG MENTORING FAIRS

Washington, DC: February 4th, 6 – 9 p.m. New York, NY: February 26th, 6 – 9 p.m.

Join us as a mentor and reach out to the next generation of leaders by speaking informally with students and young professionals interested in international affairs careers.

The Women’s Foreign Policy Group Annual Mentoring Fairs in Washington, DC and New York provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to meet with international affairs professionals and learn from their career experiences. Unlike a career fair, the focus is on entering and succeeding in international career fields, not just opportunities at particular companies. This year we are cosponsoring the events with The George Washington University and New York University.

Mentors are mid- to senior-level women and men working in international affairs who want to sit down with aspiring leaders to give career guidance and practical advice. Sectors include international development, NGOs, human rights, international law, international health, international business, diplomatic service, the UN, journalism, and communications.

Learn more and register below:Wednesday, February 4th, 6 – 9 p.m. The George Washington University

Washington, DC:

Join us as a mentor

Register as a studentThursday, February 26th, 6 – 9 p.m. New York University

New York, NY:

Join us as a mentor

Register as a student (starting Jan. 20th)Please direct any questions to programs@wfpg.org or (202) 429-2692.

Username: worldviewmission@hotmail.com

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Early-bird ticket registration is still available: sign up before 25 January for the 9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation.

Registration is open at www.cba9.eventbrite.co.uk for this year’s CBA conference taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 24-30 April 2015. Participants registering before 25 January will benefit from the early-bird discount rate for both the field visit and conference fees.
If you wish to share work at the conference please register online and provide a brief description of your material. Late submissions can be difficult to accommodate so please register your interest as early as possible.
Lastly look out for the first draft of the programme which will be published soon atwww.cba9.org.
DATE: 24-30 April 2015
LOCATION: Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
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Dear Community of Educators,
Some of our members have been playing an active role with the UN CSW whether in the policy arena, research, or the application/practice on the ground.  Many of you have insights and important contributions to make to the “Cities for CEDAW Virtual Conference”.  See appended flyer.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

Cell:  + 1-(734) 352 7429

Landline:  + 1-(734) 994-3612
Subject: Invitation: Cities for CEDAW Virtual Conference

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New chance to submit your abstract for WEEC2015!

Dear Colleagues,
With  the Climate Change meeting, the holidays, and very busy schedules, you have an additional opportunity  to submit your abstract!
The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2015) is an international congress addressing education in environment and sustainable development.
The abstract submission is open until January 14, 2015. The committees will review the abstracts and the authors will get information of the acceptance status of their abstract(s) on February 152015.
Please distribute this information to networks you belong to which are connected to education in environmental and sustainable development.
Read more in the attached PDF-file or visit http://weec2015.org.
Follow us also on Facebook and Twitter

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United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights 2014
Youth Activists for Human Rights – Volunteering for a Better World

http://gem-ngo.org/UNSCHR_Day_1.html

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IISD:  IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 – - Internatio​nal Union for Conservati​on of Nature World Parks Congress 2014 – Final Summary

Dear Community of Educators,
The sixth International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Congress on Protected Areas, or World Parks Congress (WPC), convened in Sydney, Australia, from 12-19 November 2014. More than 5,000 participants attended the meeting, representing governments and public agencies, international organizations, the private sector, academic and research institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and community and indigenous organizations. IUCN organizes the Congress once each decade to take stock of the state of protected areas (PAs) worldwide, appraise progress and setbacks, and define the agenda for PAs for the next decade. The theme of the WPC 2014 was “Parks, people, planet: inspiring solutions.”
The principal outcome document of the WPC, the Promise of Sydney, captured the main outcomes of the Congress as well as an ongoing online dialogue regarding potential solutions. The objective of the Promise of Sydney is to demonstrate that PAs are one of the best investments people can make for the future of their planet and themselves, and also to accelerate implementation of innovative approaches to ensure that these investments are successful.

THE PROMISE OF SYDNEY

The 2014 IUCN WPC outcome document, titled “The Promise of Sydney,” lays out an agenda for safeguarding the earth’s natural assets over the coming decade, based on four pillars: a core vision reflecting high-level aspirations and recommendations; twelve innovative approaches for transformative change, representing the outcomes of the eight streams and four cross-cutting themes of the Congress; a web portal collating case studies on how PAs provide solutions to global challenges; and promises by countries, groups of countries, funders, organizations and other partners on advancing action and support relating to PAs.

The Promise of Sydney aspires to set a new direction and, sound a call for further efforts and progress, positioning PAs as effective and efficient solutions to reach some of the world’s most challenging development goals. It also outlines a pathway for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Target to protect at least 17% of land and 10% of oceans by 2020.

The Vision: The Vision document, inter alia, recognizes that human existence depends on ecosystems, and that rebalancing the relationship between human society and nature is essential. It celebrates the expansion and improved governance of protected and conserved areas, and the establishment of new MPAs, around the world. It notes that, despite advances, many protected and conserved areas are at risk, and stresses the need for a bold vision and concerted action to meet both conservation goals and human aspirations for present and future generations. The vision promises to:

  • Invigorate efforts to ensure that PAs do not regress but rather progress;
  • Inspire all people to experience the wonder of nature through PAs; and
  • Invest in nature’s solutions to biodiversity loss, climate change, risk and impact of disasters, food and water security, and human health through public policy, incentives, tools and safeguards.

Innovative Approaches to Transformative Change: Key messages from the Congress streams and cross-cutting themes, summarized during the WPC 2014 closing plenary, include the following:

  • Stream 1, on Reaching Conservation Goals, stresses there is an urgent need for bold action to prevent biodiversity loss, including through more and better managed PAs, and ambitious targets.
  • Stream 2, on Responding to Climate Change, underscores the impacts of climate change on PAs and PAs as natural solutions to climate change, with an emphasis on protecting the Polar regions.
  • Stream 3, on Improving Health and Wellbeing, argues that conservation and good PA management will save more lives and combat more disease than the health sector.
  • Stream 4, on Supporting Human Life, underscores that PAs are the best investment in ecosystem services, and provide important contributions to food and water security.
  • Stream 5, on Reconciling Development Challenges, describes good governance as good development, and calls on countries to maintain their natural capital, and integrate PAs into mainstream planning and development.
  • Stream 6, on Enhancing Diversity and Quality of Governance, calls for recognizing: that greater diversity of governance reflects cultural richness; ICCAs; and the value of private PAs and locally-managed areas.
  • Stream 7, on Respecting Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Culture, emphasizes, among other things, embracing and facilitating the diversity of knowledge, skills and capacity, and recognizing rights and responsibilities towards land.
  • Stream 8, on Inspiring a New Generation, stresses the need to “take kids to nature!” and highlights direct experiences, mentoring, inclusion and empowerment.
  • The World Heritage theme calls for “keeping the outstanding exceptional” and maintaining the integrity of the World Heritage process.
  • Noting that life on earth depends on oceans, the Marine theme describes MPAs as a “beacon of hope,” and stresses as priority areas: the high seas; and the Arctic, Antarctic and Southern Oceans, and the Sargasso Sea.
  • The Capacity Development theme stresses the need for professionalization of PA managers, new partnerships and learning initiatives, and drawing on traditional skills and knowledge.
  • The New Social Compact theme emphasizes issues such as effective and just conservation, and social and ecological connectivity.

Inspiring Solutions: An IUCN online portal, titled Panorama, allows practitioners to share their approaches to tackling problems relating to PAs around the world, with the aim of supporting learning from proven successes across geographies, sectors and scales, and establishing new learning networks. Alongside the first prototype of the web portal, an initial portfolio of case studies was launched during WPC 2014. Panorama is located at: http://www.panorama.solutions/

Promises: Governments, international organizations, indigenous leaders and community groups, businesses, and individuals made Pledges in support of the Promise of Sydney. Among the key country commitments are those by: Australia, to provide AUS$14 million to conservation; Bangladesh, to create the country’s first MPA; Brazil, to protect 5% of its marine waters; China, to increase its PA coverage by at least 20%; French Polynesia, to establish a large-scale MPA initiative; Gabon, to a create network of new MPAs covering 23% of its marine waters; Kiribati and the US, to jointly conserve nearly 490,000 square nautical miles of ocean; Madagascar, to triple its MPAs; Russia, to create 27 new federal PAs and expand an additional 12; and South Africa, to triple ocean protection in the next decade. Commitments by other organizations included: the US National Park Service, to set up a programme to engage 100,000 youth in US PAs; the UNCCD and Elion Foundation, on a public-private partnership to reduce land degradation and increase restoration of degraded land; and the UNDP, to mobilize at least US$100 million to support the diversity and quality of governance of PAs.

Attached is a copy of the IUCN World Parks Congress 2014 Bulletin, to read IISD’s Summary Report, visit 
 All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
 Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

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Urgent Appeal_Urg​e ADB not to loan Imphal Ring Road in Manipur without FPIC of IP communitie​s

Dear Friends,
Greetings ! Please find an urgent                appeal to urge upon the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and                the authorities of the Government of India and Govt of                Manipur to desist from financing the Imphal Ring Road,                which has been pursued without informing and taking                consent of affected communities and without conducting                any impact assessment and also application of ADB’s own                safeguard policies despite its limitations. Indigenous                communities already resolved and expressed strong                objection to the proposed plan and it will affect their                homestead and agriculture land, Lamphelpat wetlands, the                Langthabal and Langol Hills.  Please find attached the                urgent appeal, objection letter to Chief MInister of                Manipur, the official letter for land acquisition for                the project, visual representation of the affected areas                and media reportages of the plan. I would like to                request your kind and urgent intervention with concerned                officials for an accountable development process in                Manipur.
Best regards,
Jiten Yumnam
Secretary,                    Centre for Research and                    Advocacy, Manipur
(Forum                    for Indigenous Peoples &                    Action, Manipur)
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Imphal                    Manipur NE India 795001
Ph:                    91 9774328712
URGENT:                    Desist construction of Imphal Town Ring Road with                    Financial Loan by Asian Development Bank (ADB)                    without the Free Prior and Informed                    Consent (FPIC) of all Affected Communities     
                      
Type                    of Event:            Construction                  of Imphal Ring Road                  without Indigenous peoples Consent
Perpetrator:                                   Public                  Works Department,                  Government of Manipur and Asian Development Bank
Date                    of Event:                        Continued                  Violations since September                  2014
Source of                    Information:          Centre                  for Research and Advocacy,                  Manipur
                                                                    (Forum for                  Indigenous Peoples & Action, Manipur)
                     Sega Road Hodam Leirak
    Imphal Manipur NE India                  795001
Event Description:     
1)                      That the Government of Manipur aggressively                pursued construction                of the Imphal Town Ring Road with the financial support                of the Asian                Development Bank (ADB). The Ring Road is part of the                major road projects in                Manipur pursued under the North East State Roads                Investment Program (NESRIP),                funded by Asian Development Bank through its                  South Asia sub regional economic cooperation (SASEC)                Regional Road                Connectivity project.
2)                      That the Project Director of the North East State                Road                Investment Program (NESRIP), Public Works Department,                Government of Manipur,                without the consultation and consent of affected                peoples, wrote to the Deputy                Commissioner of Imphal West and East District on 5 May                2014 to commence                acquisition of land required for the Imphal Town Ring                road project.
3)                      The proposed Imphal                Ring road, which will be 40 Km long and width of 30                metres, is planned to be                constructed within a period of five years before the                year 2020 at the estimated                cost of around Rs. 240 Crores Indian Rupees. Media                reported that field survey                for the ring road plan has been already completed and                the Detailed Project                Report is under preparation.
4)                      The Public Works Department,                Government of Manipur issued tender notice on 10                September 2014 inviting                Consultants to take up Feasibility Study and preparation                of Detailed Project                Report for construction of “Greater Imphal Ring Road”                with assistance of                ADB.  The Inter Continental Technocraft                is being considered as a consultant for the proposed                ring road. Following the                  initiation of works for construction of                  a Ring Road around Imphal Town, a team of experts from                  the EGIS International,                  France led by Transport specialist Eyan Jennings                  inspected the condition of                  roads and crossings in Imphal town on 6 November 2014.
5)                      Representatives                  of Mr. MK Mohanty, Resettlement Specialist, appoint as                  consultant by ADB for                  the project commenced socio economic surveys in                  Kongba, Langthabal, Langol and                  other areas without clearly informing communities                  intents and details of their                  surveys, which residents of Kongba, Langthabal and                  Langol objected to.
POSSIBLE IMPACTS                    OF IMPHAL RING ROAD
6)                        The                  Imphal Town Ring Road project will                  acquire residential areas in Kongba Nandeibam Leikai,                  Langthabal area, Langol                  area in Imphal West and East District. An initial                  assessment indicates that                  project will affect more than 500 acres of prime                  agricultural land in Kongba,                  Bashikhong, Langthabal, Langol, Lamphel etc in Imphal                  West and East Districts. The                  total number of families to be affected by the project                  is yet to be fully ascertained.
7)                        However                   initial surveys and available maps indicates                  that nearly 400 families will be directly affected in                  Langthabal, Kongba,                  Bashikhong etc in Imphal West and East Districts and                  will lose their homestead                  land and adjoining structures. Around 500 families                  will also be affected in the                  villages of Tharon, Thangmeiband Sinam and Yumnam                  Leikai, Tarung, Laimanai, Neikanglong,                  grace colony, Meitei Langol, Ramgailong, Vaiphei                  Enclave etc, inhabited by                  various indigenous communities, such as the Vaiphei,                  Paite, Meitei, Rongmei,                  Kom etc.
8)                        The                  project will affect the sacred                  Langthabal and Langol Hills, associated with the                  history and folklores of                  Meitei people. Many families eking out their                  livelihood through agriculture,                  fishing from Lamphelpat wetlands will lose their                  survival.
9)                        The                  Ring Road will also contribute in                  destroying a portion of the Langol Reserve Forest Area                  by acquiring a portion of                  it and the adjoining Chingmeirong Hills.
10)                    The                  ADB financed Imphal Ring Road plan                  has failed to consult and take the consent of the                  affected indigenous                  communities and to conduct a clear impact assessment                  of communities who will                  lose their farmland and other livelihood support.                  Affected communities are                  worried that surveyors intrude their villages without                  consulting and informing                  them on the project.
11)                    Though                  the project has already been under                  process, there have been no efforts on the part of the                  Government of Manipur                  and the Asian Development Bank and their consultants                  to reach out to affected                  communities and to inform details of the project and                  the possible implications                  on their rights and survival. Neither the government                  of Manipur and ADB also                  reveal the safeguard policies of Asian Development                  Policies and the                  villagers.
12)There has                  been no effort to conduct a detailed socio, economic,                  health and environmental                  impact assessment due to the proposed Imphal Town Ring                  Road. There is no clear                  option assessment with consultation with affected                  communities.  Community grounds, water bodies of                  Langthabal                  Maning Leikai and Mantri Leikai and other innumerable                  trees and vegetations                  will be affected by widening of roads.
13)The proposed                  project will contribute enormously in undermining the                  food sovereignty of                  Manipur by conscripting a huge tract of prime                  agriculture land for widening the                  road from Kongba to Langthabal to Bashikhong area in                  outskirt of Imphal Town                  etc and several other places. Many are still ignorant                  of impacts as the project                  authorities failed to reach out communities to inform                  intended impacts.
14)                    The                  affected people of Kongba Nandeibam                  Leikai, while objecting the project said the                  communities’ had already                  sacrificed their land previously for road construction                  along the Kongba River                  banks. And to additional acquire 30 metres at a                  stretch will completely deprive                  their livelihood means, exhaust their habitation space                  and undermine their                  identity.
15)                    The                  direct implication of increased ADB                  loans in Manipur and the potential of increasing the                  debt of Manipur and its people                  to Asian Development Bank have never been discussed.                  There is already a process                  to withdraw the financial arrangement of central                  support of 90% to only 10% in                  recent years, which means 90% of Manipur had to borrow                  and seek external aid to                  meet its development requirements. With Manipur listed                  as one of the most                  corrupted state with limited resources, the increasing                  investment will only                  lead to imposition of more tax from its people, which                  will be an additional                  financial burden on its people. Larger communities are                  also worried that the                  private construction firms may construct toll roads in                  the Ring Road, which                  will seriously hinder free access of communities in                  the proposed road.
Community objections                  
16)                    The                  proposed widening of roads and                  serious potential impacts had already angered affected                  communities in series                  areas in outskirt of Imphal Town. Several affected                  communities already publicly                  expressed objections to the road widening plan given                  its alarming multi faceted                  scale of impacts. The Kongba Makha Nandeibam Leikai                  development committee in a                  meeting on the proposed eviction plan held a meeting                  on 21 September strongly                  opposed the project as the project implementation and                  subsequent land acquisition                  process failed to take their consent. They resolved to                  stop the project until                  there is further discussion with the communities with                  regard to rehabilitation,                  resettlement and alternative management plan.
17)  Further affected                  communities in Langthabal Mantri Leikai also wrote to                  the Chief                  Minister of Manipur on 4 November, opposing and                  requesting to reconsider the project                  alignments. The meeting also decided unanimously to                  stop all process of forced                  land acquisition in their locality without their                  consent. Residents of                  Langthabal Kunja also opposed the Ring Road Plan after                  community meetings and                  published their objections in the local media. The                  residents of Langol                  foothills also held community meetings on 11 November                  and objected the Ring                  road plan. Despite community objections, there has                  been no effort on the part                  of the project authorities to consult and discuss                  alternatives with affected                  communities.
Human                    Rights Implications:           
18)                    The                  proposed project clearly failed to                  take the free, prior and informed consent of affected                  indigenous communities of                  Langthabal, Kongba, Bashikhong, Wangkhei, Ayangpalli                  etc, as required under the                  provisions of the UN Declaration on the Rights of                  Indigenous Peoples, 2007 and                  even under ADB’s own safeguard policies. There is no                  room to suggest                  alternatives by affected communities on account of                  absence of consultation from                  the project authorities, which is a clear violation of                  all democratic norms of                  development decision making.
19)                     The area                  demarcated for acquisition in Kongba Nandeibam Leikai                  and Langthabal Kunja                  lies along the flood plains of Kongba River and the                  Nambul River. The destruction                  of sacred Langthabal Hills will constitute a                  desecration of cultural sanctity                  of the Meitei People.
20)                    Many                  communities who eke out their                  livelihood through farming, fishing and small scale                  economic activity will lose                  their livelihood and constitute a clear violation of                  right to life, as                  guaranteed both by the Article 21 of Constitution of                  India, Article 6 of the                  International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights                  (ICCPR). Any forced                  displacement will be a violation of Article 11 of the                  International Covenant on                  Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
21)                    The                  impact of displacement will                  consequently followed by the loss of economic                  activities with no ways and means                  of settlement and basic services. It will create                  social turmoil to those                  evicted families as there is mechanism for                  rehabilitation and resettlement so                  far.
BACKGROUND OF                    INVESTMENT BY ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK:  
The                  Asian Development                  Bank has been aggressively financing infrastructure                  projects, primarily road                  and railway project in Manipur to link South Asia with                  South East Asia,                  especially in the aftermath of formulation of                  India’s Look East Policy since                  1990’s. The ADB’s loan for transportation and                  other sectors, including, power,                  urban, tourism, agribusiness, governance etc rapidly                  pursued in Manipur is                  under the South Asia Sub Economic Cooperation (SASEC).                  The project proponents                  emphasized that developing changes especially in view                  of the Look East Policy                  of India and developing commerce and trade                  relationship in the South East Asia                  region shall further lead to increase in the volume of                  traffic and deepening                  problem and hence the need for Imphal ring road.
There                  has been strong                  push for the privatization and corporatization in                  these sectors and for full                  scale implementation of the financing rules and                  governance framework outlined                  by the World Trade Organization. A significant trend                  of the involvement of                  International Financial Institutions in the North East                  is the strong emphasis                  on the intensification of trade and private sector                  participation. The                  principles and guidelines of World Trade Organization                  and other global                  financial institutions for privatization and free                  trade are used as parameters                  for introducing development in the region. The                  strategy is to enable IFIs to                  facilitate private investments by provision of direct                  financial assistance to                  private sector investors. The ADB’s private sector                  development strategy                  empowers it to promote private capital investment in                  the region, provide and                  guarantee loans to the private sector and to mitigate                  private sector risks.
The                  involvement of                  private consultant firms and private developers                  necessary does not mean                  development and efficient service. The French                  Government support Imphal                  Sewerage Project has been condemned widely for its                  delay and environmental                  impacts. The project still remains incomplete and                  already claimed several lives                  in accidents due to the multiple holes left uncovered                  and unattended. The                  Manipur Sericulture Project financed by the Japanese                  Bank for International                  Cooperation (JBIC) is also laden with failure and wide                  corruption aside from                  other controversies.
DEMANDS:                    The                  Centre for Research                  and Advocacy Manipur would like to propose the                  following key demands and                  measures for your kind, necessary and urgent                  initiatives and intervention to                  cease causing inconvenience and harassment on                  indigenous peoples affected.
-                           The                  ADB financed Imphal Town Ring Road                  should not be constructed without the free, prior and                  informed consent of all                  affected communities
-                           The                  Government of Manipur and the Asian                  Development Bank should provide all the necessary and                  related information on                  its Ring road plan, including the Detailed Project                  Report, Environmental and                  Social Impact assessment, Rehabilitation and                  Resettlement Plan.
-                           The                  project authorities should consider                  and accept the alternatives suggested by all the                  affected communities.
-                           There                  no be no forceful acquisition of                  agriculture land, residential areas, wetlands, forest                  and hills of Manipur for                  the ring road project.
-                           The                  UN Declaration on the Rights of                  Indigenous Peoples, 2007 should guide all development                  decision concerning                  Imphal Ring road plan and other projects financed by                  ADB in Manipur.
Please write to                  the following officials:
Takehiko Nakao
President, Asian                  Development Bank,
6 ADB Avenue,                  Mandaluyong City 1550,
Metro Manila,                  Philippines
Ph:  + 6326324444 / 6326364444
Honourable                  Prime                  Minister South Block, Raisina Hill, New                    Delhi-110011 Phone +91-11-23012312/+91-11-23012312
Fax                   +91-11-23019545/23016857
Mr. Okram Ibobi Singh                   Chief Minister of Manipur                   New Secretariat Building                   Bapupara, Imphal, Manipur INDIA                   Fax + 91 385 2451398                   E-mail: cmmani@hub.nic.in
Honourable Arun                  Jaitley,
Governor for India,                  Asian Development Bank
Ministry of                  Finance, Government of India, ND India
Fax: +91 11 2309 3289 /                  2828/
Tel.: +91 11 2309 2510 /                  2810
Project Director,
NESRIP PWD.                  Manipur,
Room No. A-301, 2nd                  Floor, South Block,
PWD Complex,                  Khuyathong Imphal.
Tele-Fax.                  0385-2452837
E-mail :                   pdmanipur@gmail.com
MEDIA                    REPORTAGE ON IMPHAL RING ROAD PLAN WITH LOAN FROM ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK
Govt plans to come up with ring                    road with ADB aid
The                  Sangai Express, 4 February 2014
IMPHAL,                  Feb 3: With the primary                  objective of easing traffic congestion in Imphal city                  and keep away heavy                  vehicles from the city’s core zone, a high-level                  meeting presided by Chief                  Minister O Ibobi today decided to construct a 40 Km                  long ring road with loan                  from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The breadth of                  the road will be 30                  metres. The meeting held in the Chief Minister’s                  office chamber was attended by                  Ministers and high-ranking officers. The meeting also                  decided to hire Inter                  Continental Technocraft as consultant for the proposed                  ring road.
Construction                  work of the ring road                  would start in November or December this year. The                  ring road which is expected                  to be fully constructed within a period of five years                  would connect Imphal East                  DC office, Imphal West DC office, JNIMS, RIMS, New                  Secretariat and High Court                  complex. Field survey for the ring road has been                  already completed but a                  detailed project report is yet to be prepared. The                  meeting also discussed about                  construction of three guest houses for VIPs at the                  plot earlier occupied by the                  High Court. A power point presentation was also given                  at the meeting about the                  three proposed guest houses which would be constructed                  by three consultants.

Sites for the proposed ADB-funded ring                  road inspected

The                    Hueiyen Lanpao, 12 December 2014
HNS/Imphal, Dec                    11: Works                  Minister Dr Kh Ratankumar and                  officials of Public Works Department (PWD) today                  inspected the sites for                  construction of a ring road in greater Imphal area. The 38-kilometre-long ring                  road aims                  to mitigate traffic woes in Imphal City. It would be                  implemented under the                  funding of Asian Development Bank (ADB).
During                  the                  inspection, Minister Ratankumar was accompanied by                  Principal Secretary (Works)                  Ram Muivah, Additional Chief Engineer of PWD Ch Tiken                  and Project Director of                  Northeastern States’ Road Investment Programme.  MLAs                  Th Bishwajit, Karam                  Shyam, RK Anand, Kh Joykishan and Dr Ng Bijoy also                  joined the inspection in their                  respective constituencies.
The                  team                  inspected the road from Nambul Mapal to Ningthemcha                  Karong, Konjeng Leikai,                  Airport Road, FCI Road, Lukram Leirak, Takyel                  Industrial Road, Naoremthong,                  Laishram Leirak, DC Office Road, ICAR Road,                  Thangmeiband Tarung Khul, New                  Assembly Road, Lilashing Khongnangkhong, Mantripukhri,                  Khurai Chaithabi                   Leirak, Lamlong, Ayanpalli Road, Khongman Mangjil and                  Canchipur.
Talking                  to media                  persons, Works Minister Ratankumar said that ADB has                  already funded the                  construction of road passing through Thoubal,                  Bishnupur and Tupul. The ring                  road in greater Imphal area is the next project to be                  funded by ADB. The                  project would help to mitigate traffic woes in Imphal                  City, he noted. The Works                  Department is in the process of preparing a detailed                  project report (DPR) and                  it would be finalized with the Chief Minister soon.                  The tender for the project                  would be floated by June next year. The target for                  completion of this ring road                  project has been fixed within five years, he stated.                  The estimated cost of the                  project would be around Rs. 240 crores. However, the                  actual cost would be known                  after the finalization of DPR, Ratankumar added.
EGIS                      Intl Experts undertake feasibility study on city                      roads and junctions                   The Hueiyen                      Lanpao, 7 November 2014
Imphal, November                      06 2014: Following                  the initiation of works for                  construction of a Ring Road around Imphal city and                  other road development works                  in Manipur under the North Eastern State Road                  Investment programme with funds                  from Asian Development Bank (ADB), a team of experts                  from the EGIS                  International, France has today inspected the                  condition of various roads and                  crossings in Imphal city where the public commuters                  are facing lots of                  inconveniences including traffic congestions.
The expert team led by Transport specialist Eyan                  Jennings comprised road safety                  expert Vector Wonila, traffic expert Mathew Sarda and                  financial expert Nicholas                  Chrisot. The visiting team studied the condition of                  traffic islands at Kangla                  gate, Khuyathong, Chignlrirong, Lamlong Bazar,                  Keishampat junction, Singjamei                  Crossing and others.
The inspection visit was also participated by Y                  Joykumar, project director of                  North Eastern State Road Investment programme, PWD                  Manipur. The visiting team                  reportedly called on Chief Town Planner of Manipur and                  the Additional SP of                  Traffic police Victoria.
It is worthy of mention here that plans for                  construction of national and state                  highways under the South Asia Sub-Regional Economic                  Cooperation (SASEC) are                  afoot, in addition to the initiation of works for                  construction of a ring road                  in Imphal.
Plan for an international highway under ADB to connect                  foreign countries                  through Manipur state are also underway.
The expert team is slated to visit the traffic                  junctions at Raj Bhavan gate,                  Kwakeithel, Tera Bazar and BT road tomorrow for the                  pre-feasibility study of                  the roads and junctions.
WM (1) Land Acquisition commentment letter ADB ring road Imphal NERSDIP to DC Imphal East and west

WM (2) Settlement Kongba ADB road affected Imphal

WM(3)Langol Hills and settlement affected by ADB ring road Imphal

WMMemo CM Langthabal Affectd ADB ring road

WMKongba Residents resolution objection ADB Ring road

WMAgriculture land Langthabal Area ADB road affected

UA ADB Imphal Ring Road violations       /         Media Reportage ADB road project

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Live P3DM exercise at the World Parks Congress in Sydney
Australian aboriginal Mandingalbay Yidinjii people have recently completed a P3DM exercise within the ancestral territories (traditional country) in Queensland.
They will showcase their work and replicate the population of one section of their 3D model during the World Parks Congress. They will do this at the WIN and Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion (Pavilion #2) on 13-15 November. You should pass by and talk to them about their exciting experience.  http://www.iapad.org/publications/flyer-MY.pdf
On Monday, 17 November 8:30 – 12:00 they will officially present their achievements at the WIN & Pacific Community Dialogue Pavilion (Pavilion #2) during the session “Voices and choices: The risks and values of georeferencing traditional and local knowledge”
More on this activity and related events is found on this flyer.
All the best and see you in Sydney!
Giacomo Rambaldi

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“Call For Papers” Climate Change in Culture Conference 28-31 May 2015

 Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Dr. John McIntyre from the University of Prince Edward Island shares a call for papers for the Climate Change in Culture Conference to be hosted by the
University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,
May 28-31, 2015.  Below are details of the call.  If you choose to
participate, please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to jmcintyre@upei.ca
by January 5, 2015.
As climate change becomes arguably the most pressing issue of our time, with
evolving implications for societies in every cultural context, we seek to
enhance our understanding of the ways in which culture and climate intersect
with and animate one another.  Cultural responses to and representations of
climate are particularly compelling at a time when catastrophic weather
events are becoming more commonly manifest and are inspiring a wide array of
cultural and interpretive responses.  Paying particular attention to the
cultural implications of climate and to cultural, political, and societal
responses to climate change, this conference explores how humanities-based
scholarship can be brought to bear upon the evolving reality of climate
change. Conference events include keynote talks given by internationally
renowned climate and culture scholars, traditional academic papers and
presentations, and a variety of interdisciplinary and multimedia
performances.  We thus invite submissions from scholars from across the
humanities, broadly defined, who are dealing with any aspect of climate and
climate change in a cultural context. Possible topics, include, but are not limited to:
literary and artistic (visual, filmic, photographic, etc) representations of
climate and climate change social and historical understandings of climate, weather, and the role of
human agency; climate change and ethics climate change and questions of social justice including the differing questions of climate change posed by identity categories such as gender, race, disability, class, and citizenship understandings of climate and the environment in antiquity and the classical
world cross-cultural interpretations of, and responses to climate and climate
change the implications of climate change on the production and reception of art,
whatever the form the roles of denial, fear, skepticism and rejection vis a vis climate change
threats to linguistic and cultural communities posed by climate change
teaching climate and climate change in the humanities and social sciences
the evolving place of the environmental humanities in curricular development
islands and their particular vulnerability to climate change, island-based
narratives and representations of climate
The conference is hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island, home of
the Atlantic Climate Lab and the Institute of Island Studies.  UPEI is
situated in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada.
As the capital and principle city of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is
a vibrant cultural destination, home of the world-renowned Confederation
Centre of the Arts Performing Arts Centre and birthplace of Canadian
confederation.  Prince Edward Island is known for its breathtaking natural
beauty and charm, thus making it an especially apt location for a conference
on climate change and its human implications.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to jmcintyre@upei.ca by January 5,
2015.

An interesting conversation on cimate change in culture conference that may be of interest to some members.

Pam
Name: Dr. John McIntyre
Email: jmcintyre@upei.ca
Phone: 902 626 1782
Comments: Good morning,
I am part of a faculty organizing committee for a conference on Prince Edward Island in May bringing together people from across the Arts and Humanities to talk about culture and climate change.
This conference will be the first of its kind in North America. I wonder if
you would consider posting our call for papers on your list serv? We hope to see
many researchers working on climate change. The call for papers
is on our website, www.climatechangeinculture.com the deadline for
submissions in January 5th.
Many thanks,
Dr. John McIntyre
English Department
University of Prince Edward Island,
PEI, Canada  

 

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Nagoya communicat​ions
Dear Community of Educators,
Several UN SD Education Caucus  members are attending the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Nagoya, Japan with Professor Abe and  his colleagues hosting the conference.  Our official designated representative, Ann Finlayson, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Education [SEEd].
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Dear Colleagues,
Ok, am here.  Am blogging / tweeting (@SEEd_Edu and @AnnatSEEd) and facebook messages (SEEd) about the UNESCO conference. It’s on the SEEd website
http://se-ed.co.uk/edu/
I will send you stuff during the day. Have glanced at the Declaration and coments have to be in by 7pm here tonight. Nothing exciting or challenging in it. Wish it had recommended governments review whether their education system is truly preparing their students for the future. But probably a step too far.
Crown prince  and Princess of Japan and Ban Ki Moon speeches were encouraging
Reports on the Decade are just out today.
Best wishes
Ann

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UN:  “Time to Rethink: Learning for a Changing World”  SCWS 2014 — SCWS 2017 “Sustainab​ility” November 15-17, Tokyo,  Japan
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The Science Centre World Summit was held in March of this year focused on the theme “Time to rethink: learning for a changing world”, a reflective theme the UN SD  Education Caucus continues to showcase through our intergovernmental work on policy and with stakeholders from civil society on practice.
Serving as a member of the global organizing committee and as an invited plenary speaker allowed broad access to many stakeholders.  One major insight to share with members of the Ed. Caucus and networks, many of the heads of these centres are very good at interfacing at the community level across the broad spectrum of learning, engaging diverse stakeholders.  Participants  who attended this and the plenary session on Monday assert the message of the session stressing the key role of science centres in communicating and promoting science, realizing more efforts are needed in the future.  This support the mandate of the UN to strengthen science-based decision making by policy makers.
Save the Date
The SCWS is already working with the UN for the next world summit to be held in 2017, Nov. 15-17 in Tokyo, Japan  It is well worth the effort.  The Asian science centre network have formed a committee and will help deliver a memorable Summit.  Hope to see you there.
 All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus  Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change

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Zero draft outcome of the third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction released

Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM


Subject: Zero draft outcome of the third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction released
Dear All,
For your information, the co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction have released the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This document will serve as the basis for the negotiations at the second session of the Preparatory Committee, to be held in Geneva, from 17 to 18 November 2014.
The full text of the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction is available at http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/post2015.
Kind regards, Lotta
Lotta Tahtinen
Major Groups Programme Coordinator
Office of the Director
Division for Sustainable Development/DESA
United Nations, S-2619
E-mail: tahtinen@un.org
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212

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UN Convention on Biological Diversity Adopts using “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities”

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, October 17, 2014 the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang, South Korea decided to change the language of the Convention (which entered into force in December, 1993) from “indigenous and local communities” (ILCs) to “indigenous peoples and local communities” (IPLCs) – with the caveat that it does not mean anything legally (change any state obligations or add new rights under the original Convention language of ILCs). The new terminology can now be used in all decisions and secondary documents of the Convention.

 Despite a decision bristling with legal caveats focusing on Article 31 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Canada still made a signing statement that it objected to (though did not block) the final decision on the grounds that the legal basis of the decision will undermine the integrity of the Convention, as it does not conform to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. 162 other nations in attendance to the Conference begged to differ in a consensus decision. People can read their objection as it will be posted in full in the decision in the next few weeks.

 See IIFB position on Canada’s proposals here:

International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) Statement to the Press

http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/convention-biological-diversity-cbd/news/2014/10/international-indigenous-forum-biodiversity-

 Regards,

Preston

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Worldview Mission : GEN-Europe Conference 2014 ,

July 9-13 in ZEGG

 Save the Date:

GEN-Europe Conference:

Weaving the Future – Writing the New Story

9-13 July 2014 in ZEGG near Berlin

 We are thrilled to announce that the next GEN-Europe Conference is coming soon. Please save the date and spread the word far and wide so that we will have another great meeting of minds and a sharing of the wealth of the network!! Over time, GEN is becoming richer in fascinating tools, mutual support, interesting people, important connections and deep insights. Let’s celebrate what we have created as a strong network, carrying forth the power to live sustainably in a post-growth world.

This year we will focus on strengthening the bonds between the national and local networks as well as reaching out to the Global South in mutual support. Amongst other interesting presenters we are proud to welcome Anna Breytenbach, the „Animal Whisperer“ from South Africa. Experienced members from long-term communities will share and support your process in founding or strengthening your community initiative, we will look into the transition of traditional villages and urban neighbourhoods into living communities and more.

 For more info and registration please go to our website at http://gen-europe.org/activities/gen-conference/gen-conference-2014/index.htm#c1325

 GEN – Global Ecovillage Network
www.ecovillage.org
www.gen-europe.org
www.gen-africa.org
www.ena.ecovillage.org
www.genoa.ecovillage.org
www.casacontinental.org

 

Invitation by Lovans

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UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainabl​e Development, 10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan/Conférence mondiale de l’UNESCO sur l’éducatio​n au développem​ent durable, 10 au 12 novembre 2014 Aichi-Nago​ya, Japan 

 Dear Community of Educators, 

Unesco’s World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development taking place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan 10-12 November 2014, has extended an invitation to members of the UN SD Education Caucus to attend, see attached invitation.  

Some of our members have been helping with the planning and organizing, if you are interested in participating in the Conference as our designated representative, read over the appended materials and let us know so we may submit your name/title/organization, visit  http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

Each participant is responsible for their financial support and travel arrangements.

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change

 Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty       

 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 352 7429

Landline: (734) 994-3612 

Dear Ms Puntenney, 

Please find attached a letter addressed by the Assistant Director-General for Education, inviting your organization to participate in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which will take place in Aichi-Nagoya (Japan)

from 10 to 12 November 2014

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

 We would highly appreciate and would be most grateful if you could confirm your participation at the soonest possible time.

In your reply, please include the full contact details, in particular, the individual e-mail of the nominated participant. This will allow us to provide the participant access to the online registration system.

We look forward to receiving your positive reply.

Yours sincerely,

DESD Secretariat – ESD section

Division for Teaching, Learning and Content

Education Sector

UNESCO
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
France
 

Mrs, P J Puntenney_CommSustainable Dev USA 9oct2014 14

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Assistant
Secretary Bathsheba Crocker to address WFPG this Friday

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— STATE DEPARTMENT BRIEFING —

US Priorities at the UN General Assembly

           Pics Bathsheba N. Crocker        Bathsheba N. Crocker


Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations

Bathsheba N. Crocker was confirmed by the Senate on September 18, 2014, and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs on September 19, 2014. Ms. Crocker most recently served in several positions at the Department of State, including as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State, as the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, and as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Crocker was a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for International Affairs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office from 2007 to 2008. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Crocker was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the UN Special Envoy at the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Ms. Crocker worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project as a Fellow and Co-Director from 2003 to 2005 and as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2002 to 2003. Ms. Crocker has also previously served as an Attorney-Adviser for the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State; as Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Southeast Europe Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy; and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy National Security Advisor for the National Security Council at the White House. She has served as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and American University. Ms. Crocker received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Registration & Luncheon: 1:00 p.m
Program: 1:15 p.m.

 

Institute of International Education
809 UN Plaza, 1st Floor Boardroom
(1st Ave., between 45th & 46th)
New York, NY

 

Space is limited. Advance registration is required.
Registration will close at 9 a.m. on September 25th or when capacity is reached.

Click here to register

*Please add 30 minutes to your travel time to allow for road/sidewalk
closures and increased security for the UNGA

WFPG Members — $25      Non-Members — $40

Checks should be made payable to: WFPG, 1615 M St, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC 20036. Cancellations must be made
2 business days in advance or you will be held responsible for the fee. Please direct any questions to 202-429-2692 or programs@wfpg.org

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Global Footprint Network: Deconstructing Carbon before UN Summit; Swiss Competitiveness; Food Security in Japan; Vancouver’s Footprint

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Issue 36, September 16, 2014

Decontructing Carbon Before UN Climate Summit

Charged up by activists mobilizing for the UN Climate Summit in New York next week, we delved into our carbon Footprint data to see if we could shed light on the very intractable debates swirling around nations’ responsibilities for reducing emissions. Our intrepid research analyst David Zimmerman discovered, for instance, that while EU countries toot their horns about declining emissions, the picture is not so simple. In fact, the emissions due to the consumption of EU residents are actually increasing (except for a 2009 recession dip) when you account for allemissions, including the carbon embedded in the products and services EU citizens import. Clickhere to see the graphs for yourself.

As could be expected, carbon-emissions outsourcing is not just the privilege of the lone EU. David also cooked up this graphic below  for you to get a clear picture of what impact consumption in various nations has on global emissions.

Read our blog to find out more details about our carbon graphics.

As our graphics reveal, pointing fingers no simple matter.  Rather, it’s in each nation’s self-interest to establish policies to reduce its citizens’ carbon and Ecological Footprints. The alternative is more political, economic, and climate instability and uncertainty.

That’s why Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel is supporting two initiatives related to the UN Climate Summit in New York. Dr. Wackernagel is a founding signatory to a letter asking world leaders to take urgent action on climate change to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees centigrade. You, too, can add your voice here: unsdsn.org/climate-letter.

Dr. Wackernagel has also joined a coalition of countries, companies, NGOs and indigenous peoples organizations in endorsing the New York Declaration of Forests, which calls for halving the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and striving to end forest loss by 2030.

Ecological Footprint in Action

Today (Sept. 16) in Switzerland, Global Footprint Network is helping to spark a public debate about the Swiss economy’s competitiveness in a world of tightening resource constraints. At a town hall event convened in Bern this afternoon by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), founder Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel will present five scenarios for Switzerland’s economic development strategies. Read this article to get the detail.

Those scenarios are included in a report that was commissioned by ARE and co-authored by Global Footprint Network and economic research consultancy BAKBASEL.  The report is available in EnglishGerman, and French.

Japan’s food security and economic stability were the main topic of discussion at an event hosted last month by the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund in Tokyo, featuring Global Footprint Network research economist Katsunori Iha and Asia regional director Pati Poblete. As the recent KNCF-funded Global Footprint Network study indicates, the archipelago faces a double challenge: Not only is it growing increasingly dependent on resources from the ASEAN region, but the region itself is experiencing growing ecological pressures as its population and its GDP are on the rise.

Katsu and Pati were joined by representatives of government agencies, including the Ministry of the Environmental, and members of the private sector, including Toyota Foundation, who had heeded the invitation to come and learn about those risks and hear about opportunities to manage resources

Ecological Footprint in the News

Thank you for helping us share the word on Earth Overshoot Day! This year our research again garnered the interest of media outlets around the world and was a topic of conversation on countless blogs, news websites and social media threads. From a front-page headline in Italy’sLa Stampa to a French primetime TV report featuring an inflatable globe rolling through the streets, we’re grateful that many people were given the opportunity to learn about humanity’s growing ecological deficit.

Go here to get more detail about EOD global coverage, including a creative street performance in Berlin using Segways, a WWF-supported event for students in China and much more

News From Our Partner Network

The British Colombia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was the first post-secondary educational institution to join our partner network, back in 2006. Jennie Moore, Director of Sustainable Development and Environment Stewardship at BCIT’s School of Construction and Environment, has led the charge, applying Footprint science to make real policy changes within her institution and for the Vancouver city government. We recently spoke with her to get the latest update. She told us Vancouver  hopes to reduce its ecological footprint by 33 percent below 2006 levels by 2020 and achieve one-planet living by 2050. As for the School of Construction and Environment, it has set a goal to reduce its institutional Footprint by 75 percent from its 2008 Footprint assessment.

The full story is here

 

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Subject: Obama’s science advisor to talk energy at Colloquium on Forests and Climate

Dear all, 

An afternoon of real science and big ideas, from CIFOR and the Earth Institute at Columbia University 

I’m pleased to confirm that Dr. John Holdren, US President Obama’s chief science advisor, will be our opening speaker at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change, in New York on 24 September, starting at 1.30 pm EDT. 

Also sharing their big ideas are:

  • Carlos Nobre, Brazil’s National Secretary for R&D Policy & member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Scientific Advisory Panel on Global Sustainability
  • Eduardo Brondízio, Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington
  • Dan Nepstad, Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute
  • Cheryl Palm, Director of Research at the Agriculture and Food Security Center, Columbia University
  • Pushpam Kumar, Chief of UNEP’s Ecosystem Services Economics Unit

Here’s a preview of what some of these speakers have to say (you can read their fullcomments at www.cifor.org/colloquium):

Carlos Nobre on climate variability…

“An impoverished kind of savannah: I think that’s what the forests of the future will look like if climate change is not checked.”

Daniel Nepstad on land use…

“A global crisis is underway that could become a global revolution . . . To change the crisis into a revolution we need to overcome the intense fragmentation that we’ve seen.”

Eduardo Brondízio on governance…

“Our efforts to reconcile development and conservation in forest regions rest on unsustainable grounds. We need to confront – intellectually and in practice – several mismatches and misconceptions.”

REGISTRATION: If you’ll be in New York next week and want an afternoon of real science and big ideas, you can register through our partners at the Earth Institute at Columbia University: http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/events/view/73260/ (or you can contact me directly). (Entry is free and open to all, but only a few places remain.)

LIVE WEBCAST: For those not in New York, the whole event will be live-streamed through http://www.cifor.tv starting at 1.30 pm EDT.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Media are welcome at the event. Please direct any requests to Donald Lehr at +1 917 304 4058.

Event: Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change

Date: 24 September 2014, 1.30 – 5 pm.

Venue: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York

For more information, please visit cifor.org/colloquium

This event is affiliated with Climate Week NYC. Learn more through www.ClimateWeekNYC.org or on Twitter @ClimateWeekNYC #CWNYC.

I look forward to seeing you there.

 Imogen Badgery-Parker

Outreach Manager

Center for International Forestry Research

e: i.badgery-parker@cgiar.org 

t: +62 (0) 251 8622 622 x318  /  m: +62 (0) 811 847 7157   /  s: i.badgery.parker

cifor.org | blog.cifor.org 

Subject: CS/CDKN New Publication: The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014 

Dear All, 

Climate Strategies and CDKN are pleased to announce that our new publication ‘The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014’ is now available to download online. 

In May 2014, CDKN and Climate Strategies convened leading climate change academics, policy advisors and subject experts to address some of the critical deadlocks hampering climate negotiations, and to identify new economic, social and political ideas to move the debate forward. 

This new report, The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014, presents some of the ideas discussed during the event, the Global Climate Policy Conference. These range from the creation of climate ‘club goods’ to the role of green investment vehicles, technology and innovation in supporting mitigation and adaptation activities. This report also explores the social psychology of messaging and how this applies to our communications with the public and the private sector; and considers how personally held concepts of justice and equity might influence negotiations on adaptation, mitigation and loss and damage. 

Enjoy!

 On behalf of Climate Strategies and CDKN teams,

 Eleonora Arcese & Mairi Dupar

Follow us @climatestrat and @CDKNetwork 

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News link on Post 2015

Dear Friends, 

Greetings!  

FYI, Please get the English news coverage of our press conference held in Dhaka.  

Regards 

Ahmed 

http://www.daily-sun.com/details_Experts-stress-people-centered-post-2015-dev-framework_983_1_9_1_0.html

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.com/2014/09/20/57147

http://observerbd.com/details.php?id=44242

http://newagebd.net/50854/post-2015-goals-should-be-people-centred-discussion/#sthash.MsDUgvnU.dpbs

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Notes: UN Climate Week in NYCity – Web link for Tuesday

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Some of our UN SD Education Caucus members will be in NY next week attending the various Climate Week activities.  To learn more about the events, visit http://www.climateweeknyc.org/  

The Climate Change march on Sunday the 21st is drawing a lot of attention with similar marches being held in major cities such as London and New Deli, attracting major leaders such as Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and special envoy on climate change/ The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Jacob Scherr, Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC Washington DC] – Director Global Strategy & Advocacy.  Appended links provided by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization [WEDO NY headquarters] Climate Mobilization, <mobilize@wedo.org>  And an announcement with specific details about the Climate March.

The other big event that will heavily influence COP 20 in Lima and COP 21 in Paris, France occurs on Tuesday September 23rd, the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Climate Change Summit, only dignitaries, Prime Ministers, Presidents, etc., will take part in this key event and 38 selected members from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs, formally NGOs – non-governmetnal organizations).  

Fumi and I will be following the live coverage through the UN’s web cast link, all proceedings will be broadcast live on http://webtv.un.org  

For those of you that are free to listen, What are the priorities? What is the agenda?  What are people saying about their commitment and the notion of partnerships to achieve a “Climate Agreement”?  Where are the gaps? Who are the key actors?  

Here is an YouTube briefing on priorities for the 69th Session of the General Assembly, http://webtv.un.org/topics-issues/un-secretary-general/watch/ban-ki-moon-priorities-for-the-69th-session-of-the-general-assembly-press-conference/3788272852001

 Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty    /  Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

 E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu   /  Cell:  (734) 330-0238  / Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Good Evening Women for Climate Justice!

We are 10 days away from the day of the March! Can you believe it!? We have a few goodies and updates for everyone:

Social Media Resources

climatewomen.squarespace.com has been updated with social media resources for you including a guide, images, and facts! The guide has also been attached to this email.

Assembly Location (more details to come)

We are waiting to hear from the national team where exactly our contingent will meet but anticipate getting that to you by the weekend. We will also determine a time then as well. There have been some updates at peoplesclimate.orgregarding assembly blocs. check it out here.

Women’s Convergence on the 20th (more details to come)

We are planning a Convergence and speak-out on Saturday, September 20th  prior to the March (details including time are pending). We plan to have speakers on gender-climate justice issues and audience interventions. There will also be an opportunity to makes signs and meet the all of the amazing partner organizations coming to the march under the Women’s Banner! You can see all of the women’s organizations here and you can add your org to the list by emailing mobilize@wedo.org

Request for Press Release Contributions

We have created a Google document where you can contribute your favorite quotes and facts relating to gender justice, climate change, testimonials, or why your organization is marching. Please add to this document freely, we ask that you simply add your contributions at the end of the text. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AQ4E9mjn5TDScGrXS3bhBX8HyVqe8grs7lBu71CCoBw/edit?usp=sharing)

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Upcoming: virtual conference on skills for the creative industries, 29 September to 10 October 2014, UNEVOC e-Forum

Subject: Upcoming: virtual conference on skills for the creative industries, 29 September to 10 October 2014, UNEVOC e-Forum

Dear e-Forum members,

We are pleased to announce that the next virtual conference on the UNEVOC
e-Forum will take place from 29 September to 10 October 2014. You can sign
up here: http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/subscribe

In the next edition of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s virtual conferences, we would like
to discuss with you the role of skills in the creative industries. The
virtual conference will be moderated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity,
Culture and Education(CCE), an international foundation dedicated to
unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal
education, based in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

UNESCO’s 2013 Creative Economy Report refers to jobs in the creative
industries as “activities involving cultural creativity and/or innovation”.
The creative industries are recognized by UNESCO as a powerful source for
“new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the
pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development.”

Examples of jobs in the creative industries include crafts, design,
fashion, film and video, TV and radio, music, performing arts, publishing,
software, or computer games. On a global level it is estimated that between
2 to 8 percent of the workforce is engaged in jobs directly related to the
creative economy. In the United Kingdom and France alone, the creative
industries offer jobs for 1.3 and 1.2 million people respectively. The
Creative Productivity Index recently published by the Asian Development
Bank finds that low- and middle-income economies will benefit most from
policies to increase creative inputs.

The virtual conference will address the following questions:

* What are creative industries and what are the needs for skills?
* How can we turn the expansion of creative economies into an advantage for
TVET and, in turn, what can TVET and skills development do to support the
growth of the creative sector?
* What is the role of creativity in TVET?
* What are the different vocational pathways to creative jobs?
* What do we know about the creative industries and what do we still need
to learn?

With this conference we aim to deepen our understanding of the creative
industries in relation to vocational education and training, discuss
challenges and opportunities in this sector, and identify good practices
from across the globe.

UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling for e-Forum members and the global TVET community
to share their experiences on skills in the creative industries. We are
looking forward to hearing from you, whether you are a policy maker,
researcher or practitioner. The contributions will be synthesized and
summarized into a report that will provide directions for future research
and programme work in this field.

Your active participation in the discussion would be most gratefully
received and we strongly encourage you to circulate this announcement to
your networks.

More information and to sign up, see
http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=Virtual+conference+skills+for+the+creative+industries+29+September+to+10+October+2014

Please note that this conference will take place on the e-Forum platform,
but you will have to sign up to the conference in order to fully
participate by entering your email address in the subscription form at
http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/subscribe

Note that if you do not wish to receive email notifications, you can also
participate using the online interface by logging on with your UNEVOC
account.

We look forward to a very productive discussion!

Best regards,
UNESCO-UNEVOC

view thread online:
http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2709

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   Call For Paper(s) – GCEHCE 2014

25th – 30th November, 2014

 

Dear Colleague,

 

We would like to invite you to participate in the forthcoming “3rd Annual Global Conference on Energy, Health, Climate Change and Environmental Management – GCEHCE 2014″ to be held from 25th – 30th November, 2014.

Environmental pollution is practiced world-wide both water and air pollution and displays an increasing trend both in developed and developing countries. In order to provide a steady and sustainable development, organic management systems should address climate change issues that gain increasing importance as the trade becomes more globalized.

Renewable Energy is not only a new trend in Modern Society, but it is a necessity to fulfill all the basic principles during implementation and consider the impact of organic management system at farm, regional or global level. We are targeting to bring together a large number of experts and participants for the conference.  

The effect of Climate Change on social and economic stability of nations will also be discussed.  

•             Why organic agriculture, for advanced quality and safety of food, to save our environment and our old planet, or to increase welfare of all the actors?

•             The role of Engineers and Scientist in climate change mitigation

•             How can organic food and non-food production cope with the increasing environmental problems at regional, national or world level?

•             Role of Science and Technology in Climate change, storms, landslides and flood control

•             Environmental health and Natural medicine

•             How does Climate Change affect economic growth?

•             How do we foster the use of Renewable Energy?

•             Does current marketing of organic products address environmental concerns more than the conventional?

•             Rising sea level and impacts on our regular way of life

•             Water pollution and water resources management – reducing water borne diseases and erosion/flood control

•             Which institutions will continue supporting and promoting Renewable Energy?

•             Which countries will prefer to adopt policies to support and apply ecological methods?  

THEMES: 

*Climate Change Mitigation *Flood and Flood Control *Air Pollution and Public Health *Effects of air pollution on public health *Sources of air pollution *Air pollution monitoring and modeling *Air pollution prevention and control *Urban/indoor air pollution and control *Air quality measurement and management *Global Water Resources and air pollution *Renewable Energy Systems *Early warning systems for disaster management *Land and Mud Slides *Role of Science and Technology in climate mitigation *Biodiversity and Forest Management. 

Other topics related to water pollution: *Water Quality and Public Health:*Purification of drinking-water supplies *Treatment, disposal and discharge of waste-water *New waste-water treatment technologies *Methods of monitoring water quality *Modeling and measuring of water pollution *New water purification technologies *Ground water pollution control *Water resources and quality assessment *Water resource protection and sustainable use *Hydro-biology and water pollution.

Conveners: Renewable Energy Experts:  50, Lambeth Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7PT, UK. Phone: +447024015763, Fax: 07024047952.

In our zeal to make this year’s event a great experience for all, kindly see below a few adjustments to the event dates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Important Dates to note: 

    1st October 2014, Deadline for abstract submission (Adjusted to 15th October)

    10th October 2014, Notification of acceptance (Adjusted to 25th October)

    25th October 2014, Deadline for full paper submission (Adjusted to 10th November)

    10th – 16th November 2014, Conference dates (Adjusted to 25th – 30th November) 

We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquies. Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas must first be discussed with the conference secretary before being prepared. A few number of Access Grant Award will be granted to Participating Delegates from developing countries attending the conference to cover per diem, flight ticket and registration fees. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this conference, online registration, accommodation, access grant scholar award and venue, please email the conference secretary: hillary.jacobs@aol.com.

 Dr. Hillary Jacobs,

Conference Secretary

Email: hillary.jacobs@aol.com

Renewable Energy Experts,

50, Lambeth Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7PT, UK. 

 

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ILPS statement on UN Climate Summit

UN CLIMATE SUMMIT 20I4 WILL LET GLOBAL WARMING WORSEN,

THE PEOPLE MUST FIGHT THE ROOT CAUSE:  IMPERIALISM

 Issued by the Office of the Chairperson

International League of Peoples’ Struggle

September 17, 2014 

The current unprecedented rise in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere brought about by the wanton pillage of the environment by monopoly capitalism has created an untenable situation for the worlds peoples. 

Record levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been measured by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2013. At the same time,  the highest rate of increase of greenhouse gases has been recorded in the past thirty years. The continuing increase in greenhouse gas production has caused drastic changes in our planets climate systems that are now bearing heavily on poor and vulnerable communities in the world. 

Global average temperatures have risen by at least 0.85°C in the past 120 years mainly due to the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This has brought upon the world shrinking ice cover, warming oceans, rising sea levels and changes in the global water cycle, adding more hazards to coastal and interior communities alike. 

All ecosystems are adversely affected both by extreme weather events and by slow-acting impacts of climate change. Coastal and marine biodiversity is now in peril from increasing temperatures and ocean acidification. Global warming is also affecting terrestrial flora and fauna and directly impacts on the production of the worlds primary cereals and grains. Livelihood dependent on fisheries and agriculture are now at high risk. 

Major determinants of health such as air quality, fresh water availability, food and shelter are also affected by the changes in the worlds climate. Changes in temperature and environmental conditions strongly affect the spread of vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue and diseases like diarrhea, thus putting communities in danger, especially women, children and the elderly. 

Heat waves, changes in the global water cycle and other extreme weather events have exposed poor communities to increasing vulnerability resulting from  these climate-induced hazards. We recall how Katrina tore through the poor sections of the Southern United States in 2005, how millions of people were affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan in 2014, and how millions of people were displaced and devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines last year. 

The increasing vulnerability of poor and developing countries is a direct result of the intense plunder and exploitation of their natural resources and of the destruction of their economies brought about by neoliberal globalization. Their people already pushed into poverty by these policies are extremely hard put at coping with the increased hazards from climate change.  

The impact of global warming within our countries is worse for the poor, especially because they  are already reeling from the effects of neoliberal globalization. Existing social and economic inequalities that are based on class, race and gender oppression are being magnified by changes in the climate. We will see more indigenous peoples being driven out of their lands by intensified “development” aggression; more farmers being dispossessed of their lands; and more workers losing their jobs due to worsening economic conditions.  

As people challenge and resist these impositions, they are met with state terrorism and imperialist wars. Increasingly we see violent reprisals against social unrest, dissent and resistance all over the world as witnessed in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, China, many countries of Africa and Latin America, and even within the imperialist heartland. 

On the other hand, the monopoly capitalists continue their attempts to greenwash their moribund system. They tried to reshuffle responsibility in cutting down emissions through false solutions like the “clean development mechanisms” and carbon trading while evading binding commitments in international agreements.  

Through the agency of the United Nations, the monopoly capitalists have caused the creation of a Green Climate Fund (GFC) supposedly to address the financing of climate mitigation and adaptation.   However, this is nothing but the same financial loans and aid tied to conditionalities that imperialist countries use to promote their economic policies. The GFC is managed by the same World Bank that has a long record of funding environmentally destructive projects all over the world. It has created mechanisms such as the REDD+*that result in more privatization and corporate control of the world’s forests and related resources instead of arresting global warming. (*UN Initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Developing Countries) 

All of these have failed to curb emissions and halt global warming as their main advocates avoided addressing the root cause of the climate crisis: imperialism.  

Imperialism has made underdeveloped countries as major dumping grounds for the wastes of industrial countries. It continues to support the further expansion of the fossil fuel industry such as fracking, arctic and deep sea drilling for new oil and gas sources and the laying down of new pipelines in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This relentless expansion of non-renewable energy production and consumption goes hand in hand with imperialist military expansionism and aggression that result in gross violations of national sovereignty and people’s rights in the affected areas. 

Imperialist countries, especially the US, continue to wage wars of aggression using various pretexts such as the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East in 1991, and more recently, the supposed monumental depredations of the ISIS in order to strengthen control over natural resources and expand economic territory. 

On September 23, 2014, the United Nations (UN) will hold the Climate Summit 2014 in New York with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on heads of government, finance, business, and civil society to work together towards achieving a global agreement for climate action in 2015.  

We have little hope that this UN Climate Summit will be any more effective as previous meetings on climate change have been. This UN roadshow seeks no agreements but is more of a PR event to put climate issues back on the map. As shown in past meetings, it is not the lack of awareness but the intransigence of governments, especially of the United States, in refusing to make substantial cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions that has sabotaged the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol ever since the Conference of Parties (COP) met annually after the climate treaty was signed in 1992 

The real solution to the climate crisis now lies in the hands of the people and movements that are struggling to resist imperialist control and plunder of the world. The key is to have a strong unity and resistance at the grassroots and national level that is strengthened by solidarity amongst all peoples, organizations and social movements standing up against imperialism.  

Communities and peoples organizations mobilize to protect their lands against the intrusion and plunder of transnational corporations. Indigenous peoples in different countries defend their ancestral lands against development aggression especially of oil and mining companies.  

Campaigns and mobilizations within imperialist countries against state violence and imperialist wars as well as for economic rights show how mass movements and resistance can succeed within the belly of the beast. Mass mobilizations against oppressive and undemocratic governments show how people in their millions can overthrow regimes as in some countries. Armed resistance of various peoples and revolutionary groups in Asia and Latin America show how people can stand their ground against the imperialists and their puppets. As the struggles for national liberation and social emancipation reach new heights, we gain more ground in resolving the climate crisis. 

The world can no longer proceed with business as usual nor with solutions that do not address the root causes of the monopoly capitalist crisis of overproduction. The United Nations promised us peace, development and progress but we see wars of aggression, social inequalities and large-scale destruction of communities, productive forces, and the environment instead. Monopoly capitalist greed for profit is taking its toll on humankind and destroying the planet. 

Enough of the empty promises, enough of these illusions of reform! In order to arrest climate change, we need to put an end to the imperialists systematic plunder and pollution of the environment. We need to strengthen our resistance, build our solidarity and defend our future against this parasitic and moribund system. To arrest climate change, we need to end monopoly capital’s dominance over our lives and the planet and build a socialist future for all.###

 Certified by:

 Prof. Jose Maria Sison

Chairperson

ILPS International Coordinating Committee

 

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TWN Climate Info: Will the upcoming Climate Summit be another talkathon?

Title : TWN Climate Info: Will the upcoming Climate Summit be another talkathon?
Date : 19 September 2014

Contents:

TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Sep14/02)
19 September 2014
Third World Network
www.twn.my

Will the upcoming Climate Summit be another talkathon?

Penang, 17 Sep (IPS/Meenakshi Raman*) — As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit September 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.

It is most likely that it could go that way. The problem is that developed countries are pressuring developing countries to indicate their pledges for emissions reductions post-2020 under the Paris deal which is currently under negotiation, without any indication of whether they will provide any finance or enable technology transfer – which are current commitments under the Convention.

What is worse is that many developed countries – especially the US and its allies – are delaying making their contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

The GCF was launched in 2011 and it was agreed in Cancun, Mexico in 2010 that developed countries will mobilise 100 billion dollars per year by 2020. The GCF has yet to receive any funds that can be disbursed to developing countries to undertake their climate actions.

Worse, there is a grave reluctance to indicate the size and scale of the resources that will be put into the GCF for its initial capitalisation. Only Germany so far has indicated that it is willing to contribute one billion dollars to the Fund. Others have been deafeningly silent.

The G77 and China, had in Bonn, Germany in June, called for at least 15 billion dollars to be put into the GCF as its initial capital. The Climate Summit must focus on this to get developed countries to announce their finance commitments to the Fund.

If it does not, the UNFCCC meeting in Lima will be in jeopardy, as this is an existing obligation of developed countries that must be met latest by November.

This is the most important issue in confidence building to enable developing countries to meet their adaptation and mitigation needs. Otherwise, without real concrete and finance commitments, the New York summit will be meaningless.

Asking developing countries to undertake more commitments without any financial resources or technology transfer is not only contrary to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change but is also immoral.

In Cancun, many developing countries already indicated what they were willing to do in terms of emissions reductions for the pre-2020 time frame and many of them had conditioned those actions on the promise of finance and technology transfer.

Despite this, the GCF remains empty and no technology transfer has really been delivered.

The other issue is whether developed countries will raise their targets for emissions reductions, as currently, their pledges are very low. In 2012 in Doha, Qatar, developed countries that are in the Kyoto Protocol (such as the European Union, Norway, Australia, New Zealand. Switzerland and others but not including the US, Canada and Japan) agreed to re-visit the commitments they made for a second commitment period from 2013-2020.

The total emissions that they had agreed to was a reduction of only 17 percent by 2020 for developed countries, compared to 1990 levels. This was viewed by developing countries as very low, given that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had in their 4th Assessment Report referred to a range of 25-40 percent emissions reductions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels for developed countries.

It was agreed in Doha that the developed countries in the Kyoto Protocol (KP) would revisit their ambition by 2014. Hence, whether this will be realised in Lima remains to be seen. So whatever announcements are made in New York will not amount to much if the cuts do not amount to at least 40 percent reductions by 2020 on the part of developed countries.

Developed countries that are not in the Kyoto Protocol such as the United States, Canada and Japan were urged to do comparable efforts in emissions reductions as those in the KP.

It is not likely at all that these countries will raise their ambition level at all, given that both Japan and Canada announced that they will actually increase their emission levels from what they had announced previously in Cancun!

For the US, the emission reduction pledge that they put forth is very low, amounting to only a reduction of about three percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. For the world’s biggest historic emitter, this is doing too little, too late.

It is against this backdrop that the elements for a new agreement which is to take effect post-2020 is to be finalised in Lima, with a draft negotiating text to be ready early next year.

If the pre-2020 ambition is very low both in terms of the emission reductions of developed countries and the lack of resources in the GCF, the basis for the 2015 agreement will be seriously jeopardised.

Without any leadership shown by developed countries, developing countries will be reluctant to undertake more ambitious action. Hence, the race to the bottom in climate action is real.

If the Climate Summit does not address the failure of developed countries to meet their existing obligations which were agreed to under the UNFCCC, it will indeed turn into a mere talk-shop that attempts to provide a smokescreen for inaction on their part.

Another lingering question: Can the private sector, which is expected to play a key role in the summit, be trusted on climate change?

It is the private sector in the first place that got us into this climate mess. Big corporations cannot be trusted to bring about the real changes that are needed as there will be much green-washing.

Companies are profit-seeking and they would only engage in activities that will bring them profits. There are huge lobbies in the climate arena who are pushing false approaches such as trading in carbon and other market mechanisms and instruments through which they seek to make more profits.

For example, there is a big push for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture” with big corporations and the World Bank in the forefront.

There is no definition yet on what is ‘climate smart’ and there are grave concerns from civil society and farmers’ movements that such policies being pushed by big corporations who are in the frontline of controversial genetic engineering, industrial chemicals and carbon markets.

Many criticise the CSA approach which does not exclude any practices – which means that GMOs, pesticides, and fertilisers, so long as they contribute to soil carbon sequestration, would be permissible and even encouraged.

Such approaches not only contribute to environmental and social problems but they also undermine one of the most important social benefits of agroecology: reducing farmers’ dependence on external inputs. Yet CSA is touted as a positive initiative at the New York Summit – a clear cut case of green-washing.

Real solutions in agriculture are those which are sustainable and based on agroecology in the hands of small farmers and communities – not in the hands of the big corporations who were responsible for much of the emissions in industrial agriculture.

The same can be said about the Sustainable Energy for All – with big corporations driving the agenda – where the interests of those who really are deprived of energy access will not be prioritised.

This is because the emphasis is on centralised modern energy systems that are expensive and not affordable to those who need them the most and undermines the very objective it is set to serve in terms of ensuring universal access to modern energy services.

If these initiatives are touted as ‘solutions’ to climate change, then we are in big trouble – for they are not the real kind of solutions needed.

A lot is being said about creating enabling environments in developing countries to attract private investments.

It is for developing countries to put in place their national climate plans and in that context, gauge which private sector can play a role, in what sector and how to do so, including the involvement of small and medium entrepreneurs, including farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples etc.

But developed countries are pushing the interests of their big corporations in the name of attracting new types of green foreign investments. Such approaches are new conditionalities.

Any role of the private sector is only supplemental and cannot be a substitute for the provision of real financial resources and technology transfer to developing countries to undertake their action. This clearly cannot be classified as climate finance.

Developed country governments in passing on the responsibility for addressing climate change to the private sector are abdicating the commitments that they have under the climate change Convention. This is irresponsible and reprehensible.

(* Meenakshi Raman is coordinator of the Climate Change Programme at the Malaysia-based Third World Network.)

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TWN Info: Historic UN General Assembly vote on a multilateral sovereign debt mechanism 

TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Sept14/03)

19 September 2014
Third World Network
www.twn.my
 

Dear friends and colleagues, 

On 9 September, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by vote the crucial draft resolution of the Group of 77 and China, “A/68/L.57/Rev2: Towards the establishment of a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes.” 

A majority of 124 countries voted for the resolution, 11 countries voted against it, while 41 countries abstained from a vote.  A total of 176 countries out of the UN membership of 193 were present. 

Below is an analytical report of the debate by Bhumika Muchhala that also provides information on a new law in Argentina designed to deal with its debt. 

With best wishes,
Third World Network 
 

Historic UN General Assembly vote on a multilateral sovereign debt mechanism. 

By Bhumika Muchhala (Third World Network)

19 September 2014 

On 9September, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by vote the crucial draft resolution of the Group of 77 and China, “A/68/L.57/Rev2: Towards the establishment of a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes.” 

A majority of 124 countries voted for the resolution, 11 countries voted against it, while 41 countries abstained from a vote.  A total of 176 countries out of the UN membership of 193 were present. 

The central action of the draft resolution is to “Decide to elaborate and adopt through a process of intergovernmental negotiations, as a matter of priority during its 69th Session, a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes with a view to, inter alia, increasing efficiency, stability and predictability of the international financial system as well as achieving sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development, in accordance with national circumstances and priorities.” 

The adoption of this resolution is historic due to several key reasons.
First, a majority of Member States in the General Assembly have voted in the affirmative on one of the most fundamental and long-standing gaps in the international financial architecture, that of a sovereign debt workout framework that is multilateral and that has legal force.  The text of the resolution may be read as a proposal that the General Assembly adopt a set of legal principles that should govern all sovereign debt workouts.
 

The resolution commits the General Assembly to agree on modalities, or the terms and logistics, for commencing open, intergovernmental negotiations on a sovereign debt restructuring framework by the end of 2014.  Subsequently, the resolution commits governments to adopt an outcome on a “multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes” by the end of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (by about September 2015). 

The resolution was spearheaded by Argentina in the wake of their now well-known litigation launched by “vulture fund” holdout creditors, who had bought Argentina’s debt at a significant discount during the nation’s debt default almost a decade ago, and are now demanding for the full value and interest of bonds acquired by them.  Vulture fund litigation not only threatens to sabotage the entire sovereign debt restructuring process, but also prevents indebted countries from using precious foreign exchange resources freed up by debt relief for domestic development needs.  As the UN human rights expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, stated, “Those who do not participate in a debt restructuring and litigate against the sovereign debtor might get fully repaid, while creditors who accept a ‘haircut’ will see the value of their bonds significantly reduced.  Creditors will thus probably be much more reluctant to conclude debt restructuring agreements with sovereign debtors, meaning that debt crises will last longer and become more difficult to resolve, with less predictable outcomes.” 

(Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky was appointed by the Human Rights Council on 8 May 2014 as Independent Expert on foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights. The mandate of the Independent Expert covers all countries and has most recently been renewed by Human Rights Council resolution 25/16.) 

Secondly, the European Union (EU), which usually votes as a bloc, voted as separate member states and in sharp division.  The United Kingdom and Germany were expected to vote against the resolution, followed by Ireland, Finland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.  The vast majority of EU member states abstained from voting, which leaves the door open in terms of their national decision to participate in negotiations and discussions, both in terms of process and substance.  The European countries that abstained from a vote are the following: Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. Such an explicit division within the EU vote is a unique and significant occurrence, revealing a more complex and fissured political portrait than that presented by the European Union in other development finance and global institutions, or within the European media itself. 

Thirdly, the country grouping, JUSCANZ (Japan, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which is led by the United States, was also divided.  New Zealand abstained from a vote while all the other countries voted against the draft resolution.  (Incidentally, New Zealand is running for a seat on the Security Council).  The United States is the only country in the group that explicitly rejected the very prospect of negotiating for a multilateral legal framework.  Even Canada and the other states did not explicitly reject intergovernmental negotiations.  This reality isolates the United States as the most serious obstacle to ensuring the minimum political space that would allow for intergovernmental discussions to actually take place within the UN. 

Almost all developing countries, including the Africa Group countries and the Small Island Development States (SIDS) voted in favour of the resolution.  Countries that were not present included: Ghana, Somalia, Mali, Cameroon, Liberia, Lesotho, Central African Republic, Cambodia and Republic of Macedonia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Timor-Leste.  Out of 193 countries in the UN, 176 showed up and 17 were absent.  Several absences, particularly in the case of the SIDS, were due to the SIDS conference in Samoa having concluded just the day before on 8 September. 

Russia and Azerbaijan voted yes on the resolution. 

Nevertheless, the strong majority vote implies that a very large number of Member States at the UN have agreed to embark on a more ambitious track toward sovereign debt workouts than has previously been taken on by the UN.  The very optimal scenario is that the General Assembly will eventually adopt a set of legal principles that should govern any and all sovereign debt workouts.  While a General Assembly resolution is not binding, it is a normative statement to which governments ascribe political priority.  The theme of debt restructuring stretches back to the Monterrey Consensus, produced in 2002, which called for exactly such a resolution.  Twelve years later, although wheels are finally in motion in the UN on this significant topic of sovereign debt workouts, the primary challenge forward will be to ensure that informal negotiations actually take place to establish a multilateral legal framework. 

Debate over UN mandate and procedure 

There were two key lines of argument by countries that either voted against the resolution or abstained from the vote.  First, they argue that the very subject of sovereign debt restructuring and sustainability is not within the expertise and purview of the United Nations system.  Secondly, a procedural argument, or rather complaint, arose regarding the lack of preparatory and discussion time (and the overall “mistiming”) of the manner in which the draft resolution was proposed by Argentina and the Group of 77 chair (Bolivia). 

With regard to the first line of offense that the UN is not the appropriate forum for discussions pertaining to the international financial architecture, and that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the Group of 20 (G20) bodies are much better suited, this has been the knee-jerk position taken by most developed countries across various discussions in the UN, including that of the General Assembly Second Committee on macro-policy issues as well as within the sustainable development and Post-2015 development agenda contexts.  It reflects developed countries’ preference for a course of passive discussion and operational inaction in the UN by handing over all authority and mandate to the IMF-World Bank and G20 nexus. 

The EU in particular said that its member states have serious concerns on whether a legally binding convention for debt resolution is the best way to deal with the problem.  The EU also reasserted its view that the UN General Assembly is not the best forum for dealing with such a “complicated matter, taking into account for example the ongoing work of the IMF, to which the EU is actively contributing to.” 

However, the Group of 77 and China as a whole, Argentina, Brazil, India, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica and several other countries in the Africa Group and Small Island Developing States groups made powerful statements defending the legitimacy and mandate of the UN to act on structural and systemic issues.  These countries stressed that the UN’s very charter mandates the institution to discuss and act on all issues pertinent to international cooperation, which includes finance and trade.  Furthermore, it is the UN that has the balanced and representative, deliberative body that can advance from broad principles on sovereign debt workouts to a proposed mechanism or process. 

Financial system issues such as financial regulation, the international monetary system, and in particular, sovereign debt, are at the very center of various UN conferences, such as the Monterrey Consensus in 2002, the UN Conference, the Doha Conference on the follow-up

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Opportunit​y to Contribute to UN Climate Summit Opening Ceremony

UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 23rd.

Subject: Opportunity to Contribute to Climate Summit Opening Ceremony
 
Dear Partner,
Please help us identify compelling and inspiring visual content for the civil society segment of the up-coming UN Climate Summit’s Opening Ceremony!
As you know, the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Leaders Summit is fast approaching, and will take place at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 23rd.  The Opening Ceremony will be the highest profile portion of the day-long event. During that opening ceremony, there will be a civil society segment, which will include, among other things, a multi-media presentation designed to demonstrate the breadth and depth of action — and demands for action — to address climate change from civil society around the world. This will include a combination of video, still images and audio produced in such a way as to convey to assembled world leaders — in only a few minutes – that people around the world are already taking action, and calling on them to do more. Together with other partners, GCCA has responded to requests from the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team to provide inputs for this segment.
This is an opportunity to contribute imagery for this piece, and we would be really grateful for your input and suggestions, which will make it as stunning and high-impact as possible.
You are invited to add high-quality images and/or video and graphics to a directory where we are gathering the details of material available. If you have access to the material and can submit it to Dropbox, then please note this on the spreadsheet and get in touch with me so we can request it if it is selected. Similarly, if you only have the material (as in it’s not available online) please note this in the spreadsheet and add a link to either your Dropbox, or request access to ours!
The deadline for your submissions is Friday, 12 September (material received after this date also welcome but we can’t guarantee it will be considered after that date). For further guidance on the types of visuals we need, please see below
Broadly speaking, there are two categories for this visual piece:
1) Examples of demands for Action:  i.e. this category would include organized “actions” of all shapes and sizes.  i.e. fasting for climate, human chains, banner unfurling, marches. Also the policy-advocacy side, meetings with policy makers, sign-on letters, etc…
2) Examples of action itself.
– Images should reflect people in active, not passive, positions, taking and/or demanding action;
– Material (whether still photos, video, or audio) submitted or suggested should be in as high-quality format as available (though we’re as-yet unclear on the threshold, low-resolution material will be less suitable);
– Audio or video material should be limited to 30-second clips — if possible please select or edit clips in which the relevant actions / demands are clearly indicated within a 30-second time window;
– Images can reflect all types of people & organisations: women and men, young and old, south and north — we aim to communicate examples of action, and demands for action, from every region on earth;
– Images can include communities taking action, like installing solar panels; organized demands for action such as protests and others actions/stunts; and individuals taking action by making more sustainable choices, etc.
 
Access to spreadsheet is here. Headings of each column explained below: 
  • Type of action – Activism / Community Action / Artistic 
  • Description code – One/Two word description
  • Type of media – Image / Video / Both
  • Region + Country 
  • Link (online or to dropbox)
  • Contact name
  • Email and Phone number 
  • Copyright concerns
  • Details – in here you can add anything related to accessing content, location or specific details of quality/timing 
If you would like any more information about the kind of material we are looking for please contact Guppi.Bola@tcktcktck.org, who will be helping to compile and label the submissions ready for the production company to create before 23rd.
Guppi Bola / @guppibola / +44 7761731153 / skype:guppibola
Outreach Co-ordinator
Please note I work Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

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Subject: [WomenGenderConstituency] Women’s ‘Call to March’ at People’s Climate March To: womengenderconstituency the September 21st womengenderconstituency@googlegroups.com

 WomenCall to March_FINAL Sept2

Hello all,
Apologies for the long email, please read!
As many of you know from e-mails and from our last Constituency meeting, based here in NY, WEDO has been working with many partners to organize a women’s contingent for the People’s Climate March, and we know many of you will be in NY at that time.
To support mobilization, we have drafted a ‘Call to March’ for the Women’s Organizing Table, which we have this week started circulating to partners for feedback and participation. This is not a position paper or statement, but simply a call to showcase the multitude of women’s groups, organizations and individuals joining the March and frame some collective solidarity of women marching together for climate justice. Though we did aim to echo some sentiments in the recent PreCOP statement.
The aim of the Call is to be concise, inspiring and inclusive, something which speaks to national women’s organizations in the U.S. as well as international partners working on climate change. The National Organization of Women (NOW) in the US has already indicated they would like to join the call.
We see this as an important moment, particularly for movement building in the United States. Already we are seeing tons of articles on how the U.S. will push for an accord in lieu of a treaty in the UNFCCC, in order to ensure something which would not need Congressional approval. There is a need for momentum building on this issue, and at a moment when racial, sexual, gender and economic injustice is so fiercely part of our national dialogue, it seems pressing to harness an opportunity for mobilization.
We aim to translate this call and have it live online for individuals and organizations to join. 
I share today for your feedback on whether -as individuals or organizations (or as a Constituency)-you/we would like to join this ‘Call to March’. 
PLEASE let me know of any feedback by Thursday, September 4th.
The Women’s Table is working to coordinate a space for women’s groups to assemble the morning of the March, info will be posted on www.peoplesclimate.org/women. Additionally for more regular updates you can join the PCM Women’s Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pcmwomen/
Finally, in addition to this more general call, I would also like your feedback on whether as a Constituency, we should perhaps think of tying our recent statement into some specific messaging for the March, having the Constituency represented with a call for ‘System Change not Climate Change” or with signs stating our positions on corporate capture, etc. There is an art space in Brooklyn providing free space to make art so we could consider that kind of representation.
Best,
Bridget K. Burns
Advocacy and Communications Director
Women’s Environment & Development Organization (WEDO)
skype: bridget.k.burns
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Subject: Save the Date ­ 23rd Sept 2014 CARBON FORUM NORTH AMERICA 2014 during the UNSG Climate Summit & Climate Week, New York City

Save the Date – 23rd September 2014
CARBON FORUM NORTH AMERICA 2014 

during the Ban Ki Moon Climate Summit & Climate Week

New York City

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to the 5th edition of Carbon Forum North America (CFNA 2014), ‘American Leadership On a Global Stage: Taking Stock, Moving Forward’ taking place in New York City on the 23rd of September, against this momentous backdrop, the UNSG Climate Summit, where carbon pricing, future markets and business climate leadership will take center-stage.

Date: 23 September 2014, 8am – 6pm (EST)

Venue: Morgan Stanley Headquarters, 1585 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York – 26th Floor, Meeting Room B

Event Description:

CFNA 2014 will focus on the current state & trends of North American climate regulatory

developments, and the role that markets play – or could play – under future

North American carbon  landscapes.

     Specific “hot button” topics to be featured at this year’s one-day Forum:

§  In-depth review of flexibility policies, scenarios and implications regarding EPA’s power plant rules (“111(d)”) – comparing the perspectives of power companies, financial institutions and state regulators.

§  Potential strategies for state and regional cooperation in using market-based trading systems, as well as the ability to tailor approaches to state or region-specific circumstances; and

§  Status of rules and incentives on methane emissions, with a special focus on US oil & gas sector methane developments and the evolving multilateral “Climate and Clean Air Coalition.”

§  Setting the stage for CFNA’s multi-sector 111(d) dialogues – the Roundtable of the Analysts: Looking at the Numbers – join North America’s leading energy, policy, and financial analysts as they delve into the swirl of numbers, assumptions, and potential scenarios linked to EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. 

§ Road to Paris via Lima

Key speakers at the event are:

. Minister David Heurtel, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight Against

Climate Change, Quebec

. Tom King, President, National Grid US

. Paul Bodnar, Director for Environment and Climate Change, National Security Council, The White

House

. Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)

. Dirk Forrister, President & Chief Executive Officer, IETA

. Bob Perciasepe, Chief Executive Officer, C2ES

. James Bacchus, Member of the High Level Advisory Panel to the President of COP20, Peru &

Chair of the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy

. John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC

. John Cohen, Vice President, Government Affairs, Alstom US

. Bruce Braine, Vice President, American Electric Power (AEP)

. Bill Tydall, Senior Vice President, Duke Energy

. Roman Kramarchuk, Managing Director, PIRA Energy Group

. Brad Neff, Long-Term Energy Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

. Paulina Serrano Trespalacios, Senior Carbon Finance Management, PEMEX

. David Hone, Senior Advisor, Shell

. Vikram Widge, Head, Climate and Carbon Finance, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

. Steven Huhman, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Capital Group

. William Nelson, Lead Analyst, US Power and Environmental Commodities, Bloomberg New Energy

Finance (BNEF)

. Steve Fine, Vice President, ICF International

. Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York

State Department of Environmental Conservation

. Tom Plant, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University

. Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Jerry Brown

. David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of

Massachusetts 

. Mark Brownstein, Associate Vice-President& Chief Counsel U.S. Climate and Energy Program,

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)

. Kelly Speakes-Backman, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission and RGGI Chair

. Jean-Yves Benoit, Director, Carbon Market Division, Climate Change Office, Quebec Government

. Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, California EPA

. Blas Pérez Henríquez, Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy, University of California

Berkeley

Your Key Info Links:

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To Register:

Simply click here: https://www.regonline.com/cfna2014

Each IETA Member is entitled to 1 Free Delegate Pass per Member Company. To claim your free pass, please contact Lisa Spafford, spafford@ieta.org.

For more information: Lisa Spafford, spafford@ieta.org.

With kindest regards, 

Lisa

Lisa Spafford
Director
Conferences & Strategic Partnerships

International Emissions Trading Association (IETA)
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Tel +41 22 737 05 02   Cell +41 79 262 26 21

 

Carbon Forum North America 2014 – New York, USA - 23 September 2014

Carbon Forum Asia 2014 – Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China  – 27 October 2014

CARBON EXPO 2015 – Barcelona, Spain – 26-28 May 2015

Subject: World Bank book announcement: How can climate friendly access to electricity in rural Africa be achieved?

Dear colleague, 

“From the Bottom Up: How Small Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa” is a useful realistic guide recently published by the World Bank. Easy to read and understand, this book focuses on ground level policy and regulatory actions that can create a workable foundation for commercially and environmentally sustainable private and community investment in distributed generation. A range of options for dealing with key controversial issues are analyzed. These issues include:

  • what are the sustainable business and climate friendly models;
  • when is hybrid distributed generation more suitable than pure renewable distributed generation;
  • what to do “when the big grid connects to the little grid”;
  • how should an economic regulator set tariffs for projects that have earned revenues from carbon credits;
  • how to implement revenue “top-ups” to feed-in tariffs for grid connected renewable generators; 
  • how to deal with the political constraints of a uniform national tariff for rural mini-grids;
  • how to establish workable interconnection and operating standards when a distributed generator connects to an existing mini-grid or to the main grid; and  
  • how to implement light-handed regulation.                       

The book draws on the authors’ on-the-ground experiences (both good and bad) in Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries. 

The book will be of immediate interest and use to developers, investors, regulators, utilities and  policymakers. 

 It is available as a free pdf download and in hardcopy 

Our apologies if you already received this announcement through another channel.  

With best wishes,

Bernard Tenenbaum and Chris Greacen

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11th Sept. 1-3pm Conf Room C – Capital Markets and their role in Sustainabl​e Developmen​t

Capital Markets and their role in
Sustainable Development Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals

11th of September from 115-230pm Conference Room C

Hosted by UNCTAD

Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, AVIVA Investors

Lenora Suki, Senior Product Strategist, Sustainability Initiatives, Bloomberg LP

Mariela Vargova, Ph.D., is a Senior Sustainability Analyst with the Sustainability and Impact Investing team at Rockefeller Financial Asset Management.

Chantal Line Carpentier, Ph.D. Chief, New York Office of UNCTAD

Chaired by Felix Dodds Tellus Institute

Background information on side event: This will focus on a response to the SDG OWG and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing

For generations policy makers have sought to align the interests of the financial markets and society.

Nowhere is this tension more keenly and persistently felt than in the relentlessness of the capital markets to allocate capital to short term, unsustainable uses. Policy-makers need to plan for the long-term and tackle a range of environmental and social issues, such as poverty, climate change and human rights. As well as Nexus issues such as Water-Energy-Food.

Adopting the conventional definition of sustainable development and applying it to capital markets:
“capital markets that finance development that meets the need of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Public policy makers have traditionally tended to focus on the flow of aid when considering traditional sustainable development issues.

However, private capital in the tens of trillions is allocated matters far more than how the tens of billions of dollars of official assistance get dispensed.

A primary failure of the capital markets in relation to sustainable development as one of misallocation of capital. This, in turn, is a result of global governments’ failure to properly internalize environmental and social costs into companies’ profit and loss statements. As a consequence, the capital markets do not incorporate companies’ full social and environmental costs. Indeed, until these market failures are corrected through government intervention of some kind, it would be irrational for investors to incorporate such costs since they do not affect financial figures and appear on the balance sheet or – therefore – affect companies’ profitability. This means that corporate cost of capital does not reflect the sustainability of the firm. The consequences of this are that many unsustainable companies have a lower cost of capital than they should and so are more likely to be commercially successful than their more sustainable competitors.

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People’s Summit-Pre-Social COP-COP 20 – Margarita Declaratio​n: UN Climate Change High Level Summit

Dear Community of Educators,

The Social PreCOP preparatory meetings share their road map in the lead-up  to COP 20 in Lima, Peru Dec. 1-12, 2014,
The meeting in Venezuela is coming up in early November which will further feed into and influence the climate change processes.  This link provides some context,   
Reading over the Margarita Declaration,  Environmental Education is woven throughout, clearly articulating the interlinkages/interrelationships, EE as a lens to the whole of the SDGs, visit
On September 23 during the Secretary-General’s High Level Summit on Climate Change, the Margarita Declaration will be presented to the UN General Assembly
One of the UN SD Education Caucus-Climate Change objectives for COP 20 is to lobby for inclusion of environmental education in the text of the draft Climate Change Agreement in preparation for the 2015 COP 21 – the “Climate Agreement” meeting – held Paris, France.  Your comments and recommendations are important and most welcome as our team prepares for these important meetings.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear all,

As you may already know we are      organizing a Peoples General Assembly for Development Justice       on
24th September at the First Presybeterian Church in New      York.  The objectives of the event are to:
1.    Build public pressure on governments around the need for      transformative, equitable, sustainable and just post-2015      development agenda;
2.    Strengthen public awareness about what’s at stake in these      negotiations and the need to demand development justice;
3.    Strengthen global solidarity and collective strategies      amongst people’s movements engaged in the struggle for development      justice.
You will find attached the list of speakers.
Please distribute the attached flyers and speakers profiles      widely.
Thank you
Paul

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New Flyers for the People’s GA for Disseminat​ion

Hello all,

Please find attached the final flyers we added the facebook          page: www.facebook.com/daysfordevjustice          and also all our logos.
All the best,
Leanne Sajor 
Feminist Development Justice                Program
Ph: (66) 53 284527   Skype:apwldsec

                  

25 years of                      promoting women’s human rights in the Asia Pacific                      region

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[Beyond 2015:322] Beyond 2015 Conference – Conferenci​a – Conférence​, Copenhague​/Copenhage​n, 13-14 Nov

Francais ci-dessous. Español abajo.  

Dear Beyond 2015, Chère campagne Beyond 2015, Querida campaña Beyond 2015: 

CONFERENCE INVITATION

Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference

UN City, Copenhagen, 13-14 November 2014 

The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will bring approx. 200 civil society representatives to Copenhagen with the objective of taking stock of the post-2015 agenda and the global goals for sustainable development. The conference is an important opportunity for jointly discussing the outcome of the 69th session of the UNGA, influensing the final UNSG Synthesis Report on the post-2015 Agenda, and to engage in CSO strategizing for the crucial and final year of the post-2015 negotiations. Addressing the social, economic and environmental aspects of inequality will be a specific theme for the conference. 

In the first day and a half, civil society representatives will explore the challenges and opportunities in the post-2015 process, and produce an outcome document, including an agenda for action and key recommendations to policy makers and Government representatives. The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will lead up to a high-level segment on the 14th of November 2014, co-organized by Beyond 2015, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the UN Nordic Office, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between Beyond 2015 and Governments and UN representatives. 

Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, candidate for President UN General Assembly and Mr. Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister for Trade and Development has confirmed their participation, and we have invited Mrs. Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 (TBC) and Mr. Sam Kutesa, President Elect of the UN General Assembly (TBC) as keynote speakers. The programme is being developed and additional speakers will still be added. 

The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will be a key moment for global civil society to take stock of progress on the creation of the new post-2015 framework and influencing the final stage of negotiaitons, raising the ambition and ensuring that governments are committed to an ambitious, transfromative agenda which tackles the key issues of our time; inequality, environmental sustainabilty, poverty eradication, human rights, peace and security and participation. 

Civil society leaders from the national, regional and global post-2015 processes are strongly encouraged to apply for participation. Participation is not restricted to Beyond 2015. Only one person per organization will be considered  

Criteria for attendance by civil society; 

- Knowledge and expertise in poverty, inequality and marginalization in the context of sustainable development  in all three dimensions, the social, environmental and economic;

- Experience in the post-2015 process at the national, regional or global level;

- Active member of an organization or platform involved in the post-2015 processes;

- Represent and be accountable to a wider constituency;

- Committed to feedback to the partners at regional and/or national level; 

Participation is not restricted to Beyond 2015 members. Gender, regional and thematic representation will be considered. Funding for a number of participants from the Global South is available. Please indicate this in the conference application form. The conference organizers will review all applications and inform succesfull applicants by October 3, 2014. Self-funded participants must also submit a full application. 

Deadline; All interested applicants must send the application form as soon as possible, and latest by 26th September 2014 (Midnight ECT)Send to conference organizer Morten Emil Hansen; meh@policyadvice.dk 

Further details and the application form can be found at http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-

Best regards

 Leo Williams

International Coordinator

Beyond 2015   / www.beyond2015.org  /   Tel: 0032 2 743 87 97

 

INVITATION: CONFERENCE

Conférence des OSC, Copenhague, Beyond 2015

Ville de l’ONU, Copenhague, 13-14 Novembre 2014

La Conférence des OSCs de Beyond 2015 à Copenhague, rassemblera environ 200 représentants de la société civile à Copenhague avec l’objectif de faire le point du programme post-2015 et les objectifs mondiaux de développement durable. La conférence représente une occasion importante pour discuter conjointement les résultats de la 69ème session de l’AGNU, influencer le rapport de synthèse du Secrétaire Général de l’ONU sur le programme de développement post-2015, et de s’engager dans l’élaboration de stratégies des OSC pour l’année cruciale et finale des négociations post-2015. La conférence adressera comme thème les aspects sociaux, économiques et environnementaux de l’inégalité.

Dans la première journée et demie, les représentants de la société civile auront l’occasion d’explorer les défis et les opportunités dans le processus post-2015, et de produire un rapport, y compris un plan d’action et des recommandations clés pour les décideurs et les représentants gouvernementaux. La Conférence des OSCs à Copenhague mènera à un segment de haut niveau le 14 Novembre 2014, co-organisé par Beyond 2015, le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères du Danemark, et la Ville de l’ONU, Copenhague, qui vise à faciliter le dialogue entre Beyond 2015, les gouvernements, et les représentants de l’ONU.

M. Mogens Lykketoft, candidat à la Présidence de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies et M. Mogens Jensen, Ministre Danois du Commerce et du Développement ont confirmé leur participation, et nous avons invité Mme Amina Mohamed, Conseillère Spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies sur le post-2015 (à confirmer) et M. Sam Kutesa, actuel Président de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies (à confirmer) comme conférenciers. Le programme est en cours d’élaboration, et haut-parleurs supplémentaires seront ajoutés.

La Conférence des OSC à Copenhague sera un moment clé pour la société civile mondiale pour faire le point des progrès réalisés dans la création du nouveau cadre post-2015 et influencer la phase finale de négotiations, élever l’ambition et veiller à ce que les gouvernements s’engagent à un programme ambitieux et transformatif qui aborde les questions clés de notre temps; l’inégalité, la durabilité de l’environnement, l’éradication de la pauvreté, les droits humains, la paix et la sécurité, et la participation.

Leaders de la société civile des processus post-2015 nationaux, régionaux et mondiaux sont fortement encouragés à postuler comme participants.

Critères de participation de la société civile;

  • Connaissance et expertise dans la pauvreté, les inégalités et la marginalisation, dans le contexte du développement durable dans ses trois dimensions – le social, l’environnemental et l’économique;
  • Expérience dans le processus post-2015 au niveau national, régional ou mondial;
  • Membre actif d’une organisation ou d’une plateforme impliquée dans le processus post-2015;
  • Représenter et rendre des comptes à un public plus large;
  • Engagé à la rétroaction aux partenaires au niveau régional et / ou national;

La participation n’est pas limitée à Beyond 2015. Le processus de sélection prendra en considération le genre, et la représentation régionale et thématique. Le financement d’un certain nombre de participants de pays du Sud est disponible. Si votre participation est conditionnelle à l’obtention de financement, veuillez l’indiquer dans le formulaire de demande de conférence. Les organisateurs de la conférence examineront toutes les demandes et informeront les personnes sélectionnées le 3 Octobre, 2014. Les participants autofinancés doivent aussi soumettre une demande complète.

Date limite; Les candidats intéressés doivent faire parvenir le formulaire de demande le plus tôt possible, et au plus tard avant le 26 Septembre 2014 (minuit ECT). Veuillez l’envoyer à l’organisateur de la conférence, Morten Hansen Emil; meh@policyadvice.dk.

Plus d’informations et formulaire de demande: http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014

 

INVITACION: CONFERENCIA

Conferencia de OSC, Copenhague, Beyond 2015

UN City, Copenhague, 13-14 de noviembre 2014

 La Conferencia de OSC de Beyond 2015 en Copenhague traerá aproximadamente 200 representantes de la sociedad civil a Copenhague con el objetivo de hacer un balance de la agenda post-2015 y las metas mundiales para el desarrollo sostenible. La conferencia representa una oportunidad importante para debatir conjuntamente los resultados de la 69ª Sesión de la AGNU, incidir en el Informe de Síntesis del Secretaria General de la ONU sobre la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015, y participar en la formulación de estrategias de las OSC para el año crucial y final de las negociaciones post-2015. La conferencia abordará de manera especifica los aspectos sociales, económicos y ambientales de la desigualdad.

En el primer día y medio, representantes de la sociedad civil explorarán los retos y oportunidades en el proceso post-2015, y producirán un informe que incluirá un programa de acción y recomendaciones claves para los responsables políticos y representantes gubernamentales. La Conferencia de OSC de Copenhague culminará con un segmento de alto nivel el 14 de noviembre de 2014, co-organizado por Beyond 2015, el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Dinamarca y la Ciudad de las Naciones Unidas en Copenhague, cuyo objetivo será de facilitar un diálogo entre Beyond 2015 y representantes gubernamentales y de la ONU.

Sr. Mogens Lykketoft, candidato a la Presidencia de la Asamblea General de la ONU y el Sr. Mogens Jensen, Ministro Danés de Comercio y Desarrollo han confirmado su participación, y hemos invitado a la Señora Amina Mohammed, Asesora Especial del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Post-2015 (a confirmar) y el Sr. Sam Kutesa, actual presidente de la Asamblea General de la ONU (a confirmar) como ponentes principales. El programa está siendo desarrollado y se seguirá añadiendo ponencias adicionales.

La Conferencia de OSC de Copenhague será un momento clave para la sociedad civil global para hacer el balance de los avances realizados en la creación del nuevo marco post-2015 y incidir en la etapa final de las negociaciones, elevando el nivel de ambición y garantizando que los gobiernos se comprometen a una agenda ambiciosa y transformativa que aborda los temas claves de nuestros tiempos; la desigualdad, la sostenibilidad ambiental, la erradicación de la pobreza, los derechos humanos, la paz y la seguridad, y la participación.

Líderes de la sociedad civil de los procesos post-2015 nacionales, regionales y mundiales son fuertemente alentados a solicitar su participación.

Criterios para la asistencia de la sociedad civil;

  • Conocimientos y experiencia en la pobreza, la desigualdad y la marginación, en el contexto del desarrollo sostenible en las tres dimensiones – la dimensión social, la dimensión ambiental y la dimensión económica;
  • Experiencia en el proceso post-2015 a nivel nacional, regional o mundial;
  • Miembro activo de una organización o plataforma que participa en el proceso post-2015;
  • Representar y ser responsable ante un sector o población más amplio;
  • Comprometido a compartir información con los socios a nivel regional y / o nacional;

La participación no se limita a organizaciones de Beyond 2015. El proceso de selección considerará la representación de género, regional, y temática. Existe la posibilidad de financiación de un número de participantes del Sur Global. Si su participación depende de la obtención de financiación, por favor indicarlo en el formulario de solicitud de la conferencia. Los organizadores de la conferencia revisarán todas las solicitudes e informarán a las personas seleccionadas el 3 de octubre de 2014. Los participantes autofinanciados también deben presentar una solicitud completa. 

Fecha límite; Todos los candidatos interesados ​​deben enviar el formulario de solicitud lo más pronto posible, y antes de medianoche ECT el 26 de septiembre 2014. Enviar al organizador de la conferencia, Morten Emil Hansen; meh@policyadvice.dk.

Má información y formulario de solicitud: http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014

                          
To visit Beyond 2015′s website, visit
http://www.beyond2015.org/

 

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Outreach at the SIDS Conference​: Climate Change and Social Developmen​t

SIDS Conference              Edition #5: Climate Change and Social Development

Apia, Samoa                       Calendar: Side Events 

Download a PDF of today’s edition on Sustainable Economic Development     

Increasing ecosystem resilience by building capacity for coastal ecosystem-based adaptation in SIDS

Stuart Crane from the United Nations Environment Programme emphasises the need to ensure that SIDS are ready for climate change and highlights two examples of ecosystems-based adaptation projects working to achive this.

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Re-framing islands as champions of resilience

The University of Queensland’s Karen E McNamara; Disaster Resilience, L.L.C.’s Sarah Henly-Shepard; Woodrow Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza; and University of Colombo’s Nishara Fernando present reasons to refute the framing of SIDS as ‘too late to save’.

Inclusive social protection programmes for women

Priya Chattier from the Australian National University discusses the vulnerability of women to poverty and its effects, and showcases some social protection programmes that are helping to address inequality in SIDS.

Scaling up adaptation in the Pacific

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) outlines programmes which show how financing has enabled a number of countries to develop and advance a strong enabling policy environment for climate risk management at community level.

Building resilient communities in Vanuatu

Oxfam’s Shirley Laban describes the local, national and international partnerships underway in the Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program.

Providing a voice to civil society organisations and communities: guaranteeing opportunities for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged

Anna Lisa Jose and Delfin Ganapin from the GEF Small Grants Programme emphasise the importance of community-based projects in advancing sustainable development and advocate for the voices of communities to be brought to the SIDS Conference.

Women: the first and last lines of defence

UN Women discuss the links between weather-related disasters and gender, including the increase in gender-based violence in the aftermath of natural disasters, and solutions to ensure that the needs of women and girls are mainstreamed into emergency response.

A partnership of learning from the sharp end of environmental uncertainty in SIDS

Terra Sprague of the University of Bristol and Nicholas Watts of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) and Freie Universität Berlin, describe a SIDS partnership – open for involvement – on collaborative projects for education and research for sustainable development.

Global warming and sea level rise: a legal and political challenge for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

The Political scientist Aris-Georges Marghelis highlights the legal implications of sea level rise and argues that maritime boundaries should remain fixed regardless of changes to the coastline.

What will it take?

The Pacific Calling Partnership’s Jill Finnane cites President Anote Tong of Kiribati and Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu as examples of inspirational leadership to move the global community to action on climate change

SIDS climate change adaptation needs

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) describes how sustainable land management could offer a low tech, low cost adaptation strategy that can be flexibly implemented in all SIDS

Reflections from the Third International Conference on SIDS

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) Amber Carvan provides a personal take on the opening day of the Third International Conference on SIDS, as a newcomer to UN

Outreach is made possible by the generous support of:

            

Outreach at the SIDS Conference​: Private Sector Partnershi​ps

Calendar: Parallel & Side Events

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SAVE THE DATE: People’s General Assembly 24-Septemb​er, NY

WHAT: People’s General Assembly  WHEN: 24th September 2014, 4 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: The First Presbyterian Church in   the City of New   York 12 West 12th Street (at Fifth Avenue) New York, New York    10011

Good day everyone!

Governments        will meet again in New York on September to set the Post-2015        development framework        and goals, but there is disjoint between the emerging        development        narrative and the concrete demands and struggles of peoples on        the ground. It is imperative        that states and other stakeholders engaging in these        negotiations hear the        voices of people whose lives are most impacted by development        policies.

In this        light, IBON International,        an international non-government organization providing capacity        development        interventions to promote alternative systems, social structures,        economic        programs and development paradigms to peoples’ movements and        civil society        organizations, is inviting you and your organization to the People’s General          Assembly on 24 September 2014 in New          York City.

The        People’s General        Assembly features speakers from grassroots organizations and        social movements        from all over the world to share their experiences of        development policies and        present a new, transformative framework:

 Dr.        Efleda        Kempis-Bautista (People Surge):        Educator and environmental activist, Bautista narrates the        stories of hardships        and valiant resistance of survivors of super typhoon Haiyan that        claimed more        than 6,300 lives and affected 11 million people in central        Philippines.

Poguri Chennaiah (National Alliance of        People’s Movements         – NAPM): Chennaiah        speaks about the        negative impacts to women, workers farmers, fisherfolk, Dalits,        and Adivasis of        a multi-billion dollar public-private initiative between the        governments of        India and Japan and big business to expand industrial zones        across states in India.

Norma Maldonado (Asociación Raxch’och’         Oxlaju Aj – AROAJ):        Maldonado highlights the struggles of local        communities against the massive land-grabbing, human rights        violations, and the        monopolization of seeds and plant life by foreign        agro-transnational        corporations and the Guatemalan government.

Legborsi Saro Pyagbara (Movement for the          Survival of the Ogoni People -        MOSOP):        Pyagbara discusses the journey to claim justice and        indemnification for the        victims of Royal Dutch Shell’s human rights and environmental        abuses in        Ogoniland and the struggle for self-determination of the Ogoni        people.

Marta Sánchez Soler (Movimiento Migrante        Mesoamericano):        Soler probes the underlying issues of poverty,   underdevelopment and inequality driving the migration of peoples from the Latin   American and Caribbean countries to North America and the   increasing racial   discrimination and violence against migrants in transit.

Jiten Yumnam (Centre  for Research and Advocacy Manipur – CRAM): Journalist,  environmentalist,   indigenous people’s rights activist Yumnam illustrates the   pattern of  development aggression policies in Manipur within the context of        increasing  neoliberal policies in Manipur and across India’s North East  region.

Plus  many more  activists and advocates from different parts of the globe!

We have the opportunity to chart a new course, a course that the vast  majority of peoples want, a course of global equity, of ecological sustainability,  of social   justice, human rights enjoyment and dignity for all! Join us in  building a  global movement for Development Justice!
Please email the People’s Goals secretariat if you and your organization wish to take part in this historic activity:           cpg4sd@googlegroups.com

In solidarity,

Ivan Phell Enrile

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UNEP’s magazine, “Our Planet”, focuses on SIDS Conference

Dear Colleagues,
The latest edition of UNEP’s magazine, “Our Planet”, focuses on the Samoa Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS); see
In addition to an introductory article by UNEP’s Executive Director Achim Steiner, contributions have been made by:
– Emanuel Mori, President of the Federated States of Micronesia, on “Restoring a Safe Climate: Why HFCs should be phased down”
– Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados, on “From Potential to Realization: Using renewable energy in SIDS—the case of Barbados”
– John Ashe, President of the 68th General Assembly session, on “Seizing the Moment: SIDS must use 2014’s opportunities to identify concrete actions to safeguard their future”
– Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and SIDS Conference Secretary-General, on “Island Voices, Global Choices: How will Samoan partnerships drive SIDS to sustainability?”
– Marlene Moses. AOSIS Chair, on “Star Opportunity: Can SIDS grab the chance they have?”
– Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles Ambassador for Climate Change and SIDS Issues, on “No Island is Alone: SIDS—Are they barometers of the world?”
– Liz Thompson, Former Barbados Minister of Energy and Environment, Special Advisor to the GA President, on “Financing Change: Why SIDS need a REDD+”
– Mariama Williams, Senior Programme Officer for the South Centre, on “From Apia to Paris: SIDS face great—but resolvable—challenges in both mitigating and adapting to climate change”
– David Sheppard, Director-General of the Secretariat for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), on “We Can Do It: Island nations are taking the action needed to fight against climate change”
Vasantha Chase, Director, Chase Consulting Ltd, Saint Lucia, and Norma Fevrier, Programme Officer with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), on Disastrous Consequences: Social cohesion and citizen security are important tools in adapting to climate change”
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Jim Sniffen
Programme Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com

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NEW RESOURCES on CBA and Resilience for upcoming conference on East and Southern Africa drylands

Dear colleagues,
**Apologies for cross posting**
The Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP), implemented by CARE International is excited to announce three new publications to coincide with the Learning Conference on CBA and Resilience in East and Southern Africa drylands taking place in Addis Ababa next week in conjunction with CARE Ethiopia, CCAFS and ICIPE.
 
More than 80 participants from across 11 countries in East and Southern African will meet between 1st and 4th September in Ethiopia to discuss the challenges facing pastoral communities across the regions dry lands and how to achieve resilience in the face of a changing climate. Participants will explore how community based adaptation provides a practical response to impacts of climate change and contributes to long term resilience. We hope that the following resources will be of use to CLIMATE L readers working in adaptation, risk reduction, resilience building and sustainable development.
This document is designed for new users and intermediaries interested in climate information. It explains in easy to understand language why and how climate information is a valuable resource for informing responses to climate variability and change. Based on lessons from ALP and national meteorological services in Ghana, Kenya and Niger itdemonstrates how climate information can inform decision making, planning and policy development and ensure results are climate resilient.
Adaptation has always been a feature of pastoral communities; however climate change is bringing additional change to livelihoods in arid lands. This edition of Joto Afrika includes a series of articles from Niger, Kenya and Ethiopia demonstrating how improvements in technology and access to markets and services, along with the use of climate information, are providing great opportunities to increase resilience of pastoral populations.
 
This policy brief demonstrates how community based adaptation is an invaluable and essential component of the vision for resilience across Africa. It draws on the lessons generated ALP over the last four years across four countries on what CBA is, and how it can be implemented using practical approaches which can be adopted and scaled up.
Insights and outcomes from the ESA Learning conference, including a communique for policy use will be publically accessible on the event wiki as the workshop progresses and after the event:   http://ccsl.wikispaces.com/Event2014_CBA_learning_event
Regards,
Nicola
Nicola Ward  |  CARE  |  Learning and Evidence Specialist |  Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) 
London, UK  |  www.careclimatechange.org
T: +44 (0)77966 94360  | + 254 (0)726 710 567
skype: nicolaelizabethward
cid:E931B701-0671-4D2A-A199-922E4F4D27B9

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Regional commentary​: World Health Organizati​on conference on health and climate

Dear Climate Colleagues,
As the World Health Organization conference on health and climate takes place in Geneva, partners of the  Institute of Development Studies have brought together two blog posts on the complexities of development in the Indian Sundarbans region and the fight against Ebola in Africa,  highlighting the links between the two sectors.
As the effects of climate change are increasingly experienced around the world, the impacts of on health become clearer and deeper. In 2009, The Lancet stated climate change as “the biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. Both physical and mental health, as well as health systems, are affected, including from extreme weather events such as flooding, weakened infrastructure, depleted agricultural production, pollution, forced migration and destroyed livelihoods.
At the 2013 UNFCCC Warsaw Conference on climate change, there were potentially hopeful signs that the links between climate change and health are being taken more seriously. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum from the World Health Organisation outlined these as:
·         The public identifies with the correlation between health and climate change.
·         The World Health Assembly has a resolution to act on climate change.
·         There are expanding programmes on health adaptation although there is now a need to try institutionalise programmes.
·         There are new initiatives supporting climate change mitigation. This includes decreasing air pollution and its effects.
The direct financial costs to health from climate change are estimated to be between US$ 2-4 billion per year by 2030. In South Asia alone, the cost of climate change means that the region could lose a shocking equivalent of 8.8% of its annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100. This could have a devastating effect on poverty levels, health and development progress. The question arises: how do we make sure that money is being funnelled into the right programmes?
‘Strengthening health system resilience to climate risks’ and ‘promoting health while mitigating climate change’ are the two main topics to be discussed at the World Health Organization (WHO) conference, taking place from 27 to 29 August. Health system resilience, climate-sensitive diseases (including malaria and diarrhoeal diseases), food and water security, and the environmental impact of the health sector itself are among the topics on the agenda. This global event brings together experts, technical specialists, advisors and policy makers to continue the much needed cross-sectoral dialogue, learning and sharing.
To mark the WHO conference, our colleagues in the Indian Sundarbans and South Africa have shared the real challenges on the ground and opportunities ahead in two blog posts:
Upasona Ghosh, Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Health Management Research works to explore and understand the uncertainties faced by the people of the Sundarbans region, due to climatic events, not only in direct relation to community health, but also to the other social determinants, such as livelihood and food security:http://bit.ly/Ughosh   
Mao Amis, Executive Director of African Centre for a Green Economy, explores the lessons that we can learn from the current Ebola outbreak when it comes to managing other diseases in the face of climate change: http://bit.ly/maoamis
You can find the full online link to this article here: http://bit.ly/1sI9koM
Kind Regards,
Fatema Rajabali
Climate Change Convenor Institute of Development Studies University of Sussex Brighton BN1 9RE Tel: +44 1273 915761 Fax: +44 1273 621202 Email: f.rajabali@ids.ac.uk

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UN:  PrepCom 1 for Habitat III – Deadline for registrati​on/accredi​tation: 31 August 2014

PrepCom 1 for Habitat III at UN Headquarters 

Deadline for registration/accreditation:  

31 August 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The deadline for registration/accreditation for the first Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom1) for the 2016 Habitat III Conference is 31 August 2014. PrepCom 1 will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 17-18 September 2014.

Interested organizations that have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and wish to participate in the first Preparatory Committee meeting only need to register, but no later than 31 August.

Organizations currently not in consultative status with ECOSOC, but that wish to attend and contribute to the Conference and its PrepComs, have to apply for special accreditation and then register by the same date.

All information about how to register and/or apply for special accreditation can be found here.

(The amount of documentation that is required for organizations without ECOSOC consultative status to apply for special accreditation is considerable. It is therefore advisable to start preparing the application well before the 31 August deadline.)

Objectives of Habitat III

The UN General Assembly decided in resolution A/RES/67/216 to hold a United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016. The focus of the conference will include the theme “Sustainable urban development: the future of urbanization” – to be discussed and refined during the preparatory process. As per the General Assembly resolution, Habitat III will result in “a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document, which shall reinvigorate the global commitment to and support for housing and sustainable urban development and the implementation of a ‘New Urban Agenda.’”

Further information on Habitat III and its preparatory process, including official documents for PreCom1, can be found here.

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)

Web:   www.un-ngls.org

Email: info@un-ngls.org
Sign up for the UN-NGLS listserv here

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Solar Tour Update  September 4th NY

 Solar flyerFin

Dear Members and Friends,
Please note the update on the September 4th event.  If by chance you miss the Walking Tour, you are still welcome to join us during the Networking part (7.15 to 8.30 p.m.) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. (see attached flyer for details)
P.S. If you haven`t sent your RSVP, please do so!
See you soon,
Roma


–  Roma Stibravy, President www.unngosustainability.org

Renewable Energy/Women’s Empowerment Voice at the United Nations
We represent three United Nations Economic and Social Council accredited organizations: Association of Former Industrial and Development Experts (AFIDE), Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI),
Central and North Pakistan Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WCCI) promoting sustainable development, renewable energy, and the advancement of women.
NGO Sustainability has our 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status.
You can now follow us on Twitter and like our page on Facebook.
Twitter: @ngosusinc

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WHO Conference on Climate Change and Health & round table on Climate Change, Nutrition, Health and Gender August 28th, 12:40 pm CET around the Conference

 Flyer NutritionRoundTable WHO Climate-Conf-rev2

Dear Colleagues

As you know WHO is organizing a Conference on Climate Change and Health , 27–29 August taking place in Geneva this week, and for which all sessions will be livestreamed via Webex:

http://www.who.int/globalchange/mediacentre/events/climate-health-conference/objectives/en/

 We are organizing with the International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS) and the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment a round tablearound this Conference titled:  ”Creating a climate for health, nutrition and gender equality  August 28th, 12:40-13:50 pm (see attached a flyer). The round table will be webcasted https://who-meeting.webex.com/who-meeting/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=840337858

Best regards

 M. Cristina Tirado- von der Pahlen, DVM, MS, PhD

Chair of the task force for Climate and Nutrition, International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS)

http://www.environment.ucla.edu/people/person.asp?Facultystaff_ID=357

Tel: + 1 949 584 90 62  – Skype: mcristinatirado  - Email: cristinatirado@ucla.edu

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Reminder: SD2015 Event Invitation (26 August, NYC): Shaping the world you want in 2030

INVITATION 

Shaping the world you want in 2030 

3-6pm on Tuesday 26th August 2014
Church Centre, New York

(coffee/tea and snacks to be provided)

RSVP HERE

We invite you to a focused, multi-stakeholder event on the post-2015 development agenda. Its purpose is to provide the latest news, share advocacy tools and practical information on how to influence this pivotal intergovernmental process. Information will also be provided on how to be a part of the soon to be launched Action/2015 global campaign. In particular, the event will focus on:

  • Communicating with Decision-Makers
  • Advocacy Messaging for All Audiences
  • Post-2015 Stakeholder Mapping: Identifying who matters and why?
  • Managing for Impact:  Tools to organize and engage with the UN

More information available at
www.SD2015.org

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DPI/NGLS Conference NY – Workshop: What the Peoples’ Sustainabi​lity Treaties Have to Say About the SDGs

A DIALOGUE ON FOUNDATIONAL VALUES AND PRINCIPLES FOR THE SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT GOALS: LEARNING FROM THE PEOPLES SUSTAINABILITY TREATIES

Thursday, August 28, 2014
16:45 – 18:00 Conference Room E, North Lawn Building (Capacity: 70)

Moderator: Ashwani Vasishth: Professor, Environmental Planning;
Director, Sustainability Studies

Speakers:

Presentations on the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties (PSTs) and their
Relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
1.  Ashwani Vasishth: Professor, Environmental Planning; Director,
Sustainability Studies
2.  Gaston Meskens: Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry of the
University of Ghent
3.  Rick Clugston: Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable
Future and Forum 21

Respondents
4.  Neera Singh: University of Toronto
5.  David Barkin: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico
6:  Malu Freitas: Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties

Discussion

The workshop will be organised as a dialogue on the meaning of the
foundational values and principles for the SDGs and on how they could
inspire governance and responsible practice. The scope of the workshop
is to explore and determine relevant attention points and to formulate
practical recommendations to better embed meaningful reflection on
values and principles for the SDGs in the post-2015 Development Agenda.

Ashwani
Vasishth       vasishth@ramapo.edu          (201) 684-6616
Associate Professor, Environmental Planning
http://phobos.ramapo.edu/~vasishth
Director, Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies
http://ramapo.edu/mass

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Your Support Sought for the NGO Portion of the UN DPI Conference

NGO DPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Subject: Your Support Sought for the NGO Portion of the UN DPI Conference

23 August 2014

TO: ALL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DPI

Re: Urgent Support Sought for the NGO portion of the UN DPI Conference

The Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations

Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information

DPI/NGO 65th CONFERENCE / 27-29 AUGUST 2014 / UN HEADQUARTERS

Contribute to YOUR Conference

 Dear Readers and Friends,

As you now know, the 65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference will be taking place once again in just a few days at UN Headquarters in New York City.  The Conference is titled “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda” and will be held Wednesday, 27 August, to Friday, 29 August 2014. We very much need your financial support at this time!

Through the years, your generous contributions, tax deductible, where applicable, have helped ensure our success.  When we ‘Affiliates’ donate to the conference, we are helping to make our event experience richer and more useful to our own NGOs and the many constituents we serve.

Whether on the road, as we were for four years, or at UN Headquarters in New York, our host venue ensures that the basics are met for a successful and engaging conference.  However your support, and that of many other associates who donate personally to NGO DPI, enables us to afford to bring the best and most relevant speakers and workshop leaders to the conference and to bring leaders to the conference from around the world; to prepare special events for youth and other groups unable to otherwise network while at the conference; to help ensure side-event workshop space and to keep the cost of our one major reception affordable for all.

No other group or organization assists with these important elements within the conference, so we encourage you to make a generous financial contribution by check or online, here

Please go online now and contribute.  In advance, we thank you for your contribution and continued support for and presence at the annual conference!

Sincerely yours,

Jeffery Huffines                                                      Anne-Marie Carlson

Conference Chair                                                  Chair, NGO/DPI Executive Committee

P.S. If you prefer, please make checks payable to NGO/DPI Executive Committee, in US dollars, payable on a US Bank, or use an international money order or MoneyGram.

Please write “65th NYC Conference” in the memo – and send checks to:

NGO DPI Executive Committee, 3 Linwood Place, White Plains, NY 10606

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“How to influence UN processes” – a workshop by Felix Dodds 28th August New York — Excellent Opportunit​y

Dear Community of Educators,

“How to influence UN processes” – a workshop by Felix Dodds
Workshop at the UN DPI NGO Conference  MUST RSVP to felix@felixdodds.net
Date: 28th of August Time: 1-3pm Venue: The Ford Foundation 320 East 43rd Street (Between 1st and 2nd Avenue, in the Lower Level Board Room
So you want to influence governments and have an impact on UN Processes. I will be conducting a workshop on the 28th of August (1-3pm) to help you acquire those skills. I have written two books on How to Lobby at Intergovernmental meetings and been active at the UN since 1990.
What I hope to cover are: • How to put together a lobbying strategy • Building timelines for your work • What to do at the National Level • Demystification of the UN process • Understanding brackets  • What are the key terms used and what do they mean  • How to understand the development of the negotiation texts; • What is your team capacity – how to build a larger capacity  • How to build broader coalitions and when to operate without coalitions • Understanding the different government coalitions • Who are the key government players • Who are the key UN players and why • Tools of the trade for influencing the process • Media strategy and campaigns

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US DELEGATES TO THE UN DPI CONFERENCE NOTE: SOIL SAMPLES

US DELEGATES ONLY:

Please Bring Soil Samples for Conference Research Project(Internationals: It is illegal to bring soil samples into the US from abroad)

27 – 29 August, NYC, UNHQ

Please click here

Please click here to donate to the Conference
Please click here to learn more about the Accessibility services that are available.
Please click here to read the entire media advisory.
Please click here for more information

The 65th Annual DPI NGO Conference

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Announceme​nt:  2nd Annual Internatio​nal Conference on Sustainabl​e Developmen​t Practice – early registrati​on extended to Aug 22nd

Calling all students, professors, and practitioners studying & working towards sustainable development solutions:
The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014, at Columbia University in New York City. The aim of the conference is to share and identify practical, evidence-based solutions, that can support the SDSN leadership in shaping the Post-2015 Agenda. Hundreds of development practitioners from academia, NGOs, government and the private sector will share their research at the conference.
Keynote speakers include Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN & Earth Institute; Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC); Frannie Leautier, Partner & Chief Executive Officer of Mkoba Private Equity Fund; Bineta Diop, Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité. Register by Aug 22 for a special early rate!
The conference will include sessions on these 12 thematic areas:
1. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries
2. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions
3. Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights
4. Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work
5. Health for All
6. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry
7. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
8. Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services
9. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected
10. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources
11. Global Governance and Norms for Sustainable Development
12. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development
Learn more about the conference at ic-sdp.org and send any inquiries to ICSDP@globalmdp.org. Please forward this along to any friends & colleagues who may be interested in attending!

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“Invitatio​n”: 65th Annual DPI/NGLS Conference – Workshop on Education for Global Citizenshi​p, 27 August, 3:00-4:15p​m, NLB Conference Room E

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The UN SD Education Caucus is co-sponsoring with Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and others a workshop during the DPI/NGLS Conference on “Education for Global Citizenship: a return to the founding spirit of the UN as a transformative approach to post-2015″ -
Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 3:00 – 4:15 pm in Conf. Room E, North Lawn Building UN Headquarters.
Please share this announcement with your colleagues and networks extending the invitation to join us in this important discussion.
For those who will be attending, please give a warm welcome to an old friend, supporter, and colleague of the SD Ed. Caucus, Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

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Join the Youth Subcommitt​ee in Developing a Youth Advocacy Strategy next Tuesday at 10 a.m. – NY

 

Subject: Join the Youth Subcommittee in Developing a Youth Advocacy Strategy next Tuesday at 10 a.m.!

WHEN AND WHERE: 
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
10:00 am – 1:00 pm EST 
Conference Building 
Room 1 
United Nations
Come join the Youth Subcommittee to the 65th UN DPI NGO Conference and UN DPI NGO to learn about the post – 2015 processes and how YOU can contribute!!!
Our amazing speakers will help guide us through a step-by-step process in order to develop a post -2015 advocacy strategy that will provide guidance to ensure inclusion of youth priorities in the civil society’s action agenda.
*** RSVP BY THIS COMING THURSDAY REQUIRED AT THE LINK BELOW *** SPACE IS LIMITED *** 
WHEN AND WHERE: 
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
10:00 am – 1:00 pm EST 
Conference Building 
Room 1 
United Nations
Jeffery Huffines Chair, 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org
WM Training Flyer Youth post 2015

list Post Rio+20 UN Sustainable Development (secr: EEB-unit: Global Policies and Sustainability)

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What are your plans? UN Climate Summit & Climate Week

From our partners the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA), “What are your plans? UN Climate Summit & Climate Week”

UN SD Education Caucus member Fumi Kikuyama [Japan] and I will be participating in the various events from September 20-26.  If you will also be in NY for UN Climate Week, let us know and we can set-up a get together.

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change


Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management

1989 West Liberty       

 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA

 E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Hello GGCA members,

 Momentum is gaining towards UN Climate Week, the People’s March, and the Climate Summit!  Are you going?  Or are you planning a supporting event in your area?  I’d love to hear about your plans and showcase your involvement in an upcoming GGCA newsletter!  Let’s show how GGCA members are calling for action, not words, in responding to climate change.

Please let me know directly (cara@gender-climate.org) or the GGCA Membership (global-gender-and-climate-alliance@googlegroups.com).  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Best regards,

Cara Beasley
Coordinator, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

Email:  cara@gender-climate.org
Web: www.gender-climate.org
Twitter: @GGCA_gender

From: cara@gender-climate.org [mailto:cara@gender-climate.org]
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:06 PM
To: GGCA Membership (global-gender-and-climate-alliance@googlegroups.com)
Subject: UN Climate Summit: updates and more

 Dear GGCA Colleagues,

 It seems everyone wants a part in the UN Climate Summit!  No doubt.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see action over words – seeking and gaining commitment from governments to respond in substantive ways to the climate crisis.  GGCA members and partners are working to ensure gender equality is a central message in those discussions.  Here is an update about what GGCA members are doing, where, when, and how you might be involved too.

 September 9th

  • ·         ‘Women’s Climate Action Agenda’ release by WECC/WECAN.  See the attached flyer and share.

 September 21st

  • ·         People’s Climate March, New York City.  WEDO and other women’s organizations are collaborating to have a great turn-out of women in NY.  Opportunities and ways to keep up-to-date were shared in a previous email

 September 22nd

  • ·         ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change’ event hosted by WECC/WECAN. 1-3 pm, UN Church Center, New York City. All are welcome! See the attached flyer and share.

 ·         ‘Wall of Women’ Action. Global, all day. WECC/WECAN is hosting a web page and social media support for this action. This is particularly for women who will not be in NYC, but wish to have their voices heard.  See the attached flyer and share.

 ·         ‘Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action’.  Leaders’ Forum co-hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.  New York. This multi-stakeholder event will bring together women and men from governments, the UN System, the scientific community, civil society organizations and the private sector, to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions underway in various countries.  Several GGCA members have been invited and are planning to attend!

 September 23rd

  • ·         Joint Statement from Civil Society – Before anyone else speaks in the opening of the summit, CSO voices will be heard.  One person will be chosen to represent CSOs as a whole, deliver the statement,  and present climate action responses of the people of the world, from around the world.  Submit a nominee!

·         ‘Women’s Climate Declaration’ sends a strong message that women of the world call for urgent action on climate change and sustainability solutions.  Signatures will be presented to the UN Climate Summit by Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) as part of the GCCA signature campaign with WECAN.  Sign the declaration!  And share.

 ·         ‘The Declaration on Climate Justice’ aims to gather public backing for climate justice in order to drive the political will needed for the transformational leadership needed to adequately address the climate crisis.  Signatures are part of the GCCA signature campaign with Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and World Resources Institute.  Sign the declaration! And share.

 ·         ‘Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Change Solutions’ event in partnership with WECAN and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. 2:15-3pm. UN Church Center, New York City, NY.  See the attached flyer and share.

 ·         UN Private Sector Forum during Climate Summit – organization in part by GGCA member UNDP.  Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible attendees.

 ·         ‘Voices of the front lines’ Thematic Dialogue – organization in part by GGCA member UN Women. Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible panelists.

 ·         ‘Health, Jobs & Climate‘ (previously ‘Co-benefits of Climate Change Action’) Thematic Dialogue – organization in part by GGCA member WHO.  Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible panelists.

 Further Participation

The Climate Summit is expected to be webcast for plenaries.  Civil Society Organizations may also submit nominations to attend the Summit as speakers or attendees (shared in a previous email).  Some CSOs are working to have a space in NY to gather together, share communications, and receive first-hand any news that happens from within the summit – more to come as it develops.

I’m keen to know your involvement, plans to attend, and support.  Please do not hesitate to let me know.

Best,

Cara Beasley
Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)

Email:  cara@gender-climate.org
Web: www.gender-climate.org
Skype: cara.beasley
Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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INVITATION FOR ARTICLES: Outreach magazine at 3rd Internatio​nal Conference on SIDS

Dear Community of Educators,

We are sharing an invitation from Stakeholder Forum for a sustainable future to submit articles for SF’s OUTREACH magazine publication for the Third International Conference and pre-Conferenc on Small Island Developing States (SIDS).  Appended below are some suggested topics for articles along with the deadlines for content and publishing dates.  Previous editions of the magazine can be viewed on the Outreach website.
The Ed. Caucus publishes often with OUTREACH.   Members who have contributed in the past to Outreach know the articles are brief, 550-700 words in length, relevant – in this case the SIDS Conference and pre-Conference Forums presenting opinions, ideas and recommendations using non-expert language.  The tone is energetic, what we call “snappy” writing that engages the readers.  
If you submit an article, let us know, we’d like to showcase it!
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Subject: INVITATION FOR ARTICLES: Outreach magazine at 3rd International Conference on SIDS

 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

INVITATION FOR ARTICLES

Stakeholder Forum will be publishing eight editions of Outreach to coincide with the Third International Conference on SIDS and the preceding Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum, Renewable Energy Forum and Private Sector Forum (29th August – 5th September 2014) and invites all stakeholders to contribute material to be included in the magazine.

The content of the daily editions will be based on the themes listed below. These themes have been selected to align with those of the pre-Conference Forums and the multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues taking place during the Conference. Some suggested topics for articles are provided as a guide below, along with the deadlines for content and publishing dates. Please also bear in mind that the overarching theme for the Conference is ‘the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships’.

Articles should be 550-700 words in length and should be relevant to SIDS Conference and pre-Conference Forums. Submissions can be previously published material, as long as the content is up-to-date and still has relevance. Please note that we are not a research journal and articles should present opinions, ideas and recommendations using non-expert language. Full guidelines for submissions are available here.

Publishing Date: Friday 29 August

Theme: Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum

Themes and suggested topics: Role of youth, women and other stakeholders in the sustainable development of SIDS

  • Gender Equality, Women’s Human      Rights, and Human rights
  • Effective MG, Civil Society and      other Stakeholders’ Participation Mechanisms
  • Indigenous People’s Rights

Coverage from the Youth Forum

Final Deadline for Content: 27 August 12pm WST (GMT+13)
Please note earlier time

Publishing Date: Saturday 30 August:

Theme: Renewable Energy Forum

Themes and suggested topics: Sustainable energy

  • Promoting access to modern      energy sources in SIDS
  • Increasing energy efficiency in      SIDS
  • Expanding the use of renewable      energy in SIDS

Economic, social and climate change mitigation benefits of renewable energy.

Final Deadline for Content: 28 August 5pm WST (GMT+13) 

Publishing Date: Sunday 31 August:

Theme: Private Sector Forum

Themes and suggested topics:

Private sector partnerships for advancing sustainable development in SIDS, including the private sector’s role in the following sectors:

  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Connectivity through: Transport and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Fisheries and Marine Resources
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainable      Tourism

Final Deadline for Content: 29 August 5pm WST:

Publishing Date: Monday 1 September

Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS

Themes and suggested topics: Sustainable economic development

  • Creating resilient and      sustainable macro-economic environments in SIDS
  • Addressing the challenges of      sustainably growing domestic and export markets; and
  • Overcoming challenges of      virtual and physical connections that are faced by SIDS
  • Agriculture and tourism

Employment

Final Deadline for Content: 30 August 5pm WST (GMT+13) 

Publishing Date: Tuesday 2 September 

Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS 

Themes and suggested topics:

Climate change & Disaster Risk management, Social development in SIDs & Health and NCDs

  • SIDS climate change adaptation      needs
  • Building resilience and      preparedness and promoting recovery from disasters
  • Enhancing social protection and      inclusion, improving wellbeing, and guaranteeing opportunities for the      most vulnerable and disadvantaged

Addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases in SIDS 

Final Deadline for Content: 31 August 5pm WST (GMT+13)

Publishing Date: Wednesday 3 September

Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS

Themes and suggested topics:

Oceans, Seas & Biodiversity

  • Challenges, threats and      opportunities
  • Optimal and sustainable      development of ocean related economic activities
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable tourism

Biodiversity

Final Deadline for Content  1 September 5pm WST (GMT+13)

Publishing Date: Thursday 4 September

Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS

Themes and suggested topics:

Water & Sanitation, Food security and Waste Management

  • Sustainable use of freshwater      resources
  • Access to sanitation and      hygiene
  • Healthy diets and sustainable      food production and consumption
  • Environmentally sound chemicals and waste management

Final Deadline: 2 September 5pm WST (GMT+13)

Publishing Date: Friday 5 September

Theme: N/A

Theme and suggested topics:

Wrap up edition reflecting on the week’s events

  • Reflection on the events and      outcomes of the week
  • Priorities for the sustainable      development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015      UN development agenda

Implementation

Please contact Amy Cutter, acutter@stakeholderforum.org if you are interested in contributing an article on one of the themes below or if you have any questions. When getting in touch, please provide details of the article you plan to submit.

About Outreach   Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development, which has been produced at various international conferences since 1997.  Outreach aims to empower stakeholders and provide space for debate and discourse on topics being negotiated at intergovernmental meetings by acting as a vehicle for the diverse voices of stakeholders, including regional and local governments, women’s groups, business, science and technology groups, Indigenous Peoples, trade unions, youth and NGOs.   Previous editions of the magazine can be viewed on the Outreach website.   In line with the UN PaperSmart Initiative, Outreach is distributed primarily as an electronic publication (via the Outreach website and a daily html email to a range of list servers), with a limited number of hard copies made available to event attendees.

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Nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the UN 2014 Climate Summit

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Media & Advocacy for Sustainabl​e Developmen​t (MEDEV – PTP)

Dear Sir or Madam,


(…) The application process is now open and we would be delighted to have you on board. MEDEV PTP will be made of 40 representatives and delegates from Major Groups, Media and Other stakeholders, with very diverse backgrounds and within a multicultural teaching/learning environment.

The dates for 2014 are as follows:
• Virtual classroom: October, 23-31, 2014
• Face-to-face classroom: November 05-14, 2014
• Virtual classroom: December, 04-11, 2014

Would you need all the details about MEDEV PTP (class materials, methodology, logistics, payment, diplomas, etc.), please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Best regards,

Mediterranean Eco-operation Program (MEP)
MEDEV PTP (director. Abbas Ibrahim Zahreddine)

Abbas Ibrahim Zahreddine

Agricultural Engineer AG, Master in Environmental Education MEd,
Environmental Citizenship, Education & Communication for Sustainable Development
Barcelona – Spain
TEL 00 34 636011331 (Direct-GSM)
EMAIL: info@gk4d.eu
WEBSITE: www.gk4d.eu

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 65th Annual UN DPI NGO Conference Update- 13 August

NOREPLY-DPINGO <noreply-dpingo@un.org>

Dear NGO Colleagues,

Kindly note that registration for the Conference is now closed.
•        Click here to find the most updated schedule of the Thematic Roundtables, their times and locations.

•        The NGO/DPI Executive Committee cordially invites you to attend the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Reception. Please find the flyer with registration information for this event along with the invitation to attend the Conference.

•        The Hospitality Sub-committee of the Conference Planning Committee is holding a briefing-orientation for volunteers on Tuesday, 19 August at 11 a.m. in Conference Room 3 (CB).

•        For more information on the Conference, including accommodation, resources and upcoming events, please visit our Conference website.

•        Don’t forget to tweet us using #UNNGO2014.

 

Yours Sincerely,
NGO Relations and Advocacy  Department of Public Information  United Nations Headquarters  New York                http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations

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Worldview Mission APPLY TO 2014 UN Conference on Small Island Developing States

Subject: (Post Rio+20)  2014 UN Conference on Small Island Developing States 

TO RIO+20 NGO MAJOR GROUP

NGOs who are interested in participating in the preparatory process for the third international conference on SIDS to take place in Apia, Samoa in 2014 please contact UN DESA Major Groups Programme as instructed below.


Subject: 2014 UN Conference on Small Island Developing States

 

Dear colleague,
You are receiving this message because of your organization’s involvement in the work of the United Nations in the area of sustainable development and small island developing states (SIDS).
As you may be aware, the UN General Assembly has called for a third international conference on SIDS to take place in Apia, Samoa in 2014.  This message serves as a general call for your expression of interest in the preparatory process for that conference.  If the work of your organization is still relevant to specific themes of sustainable development that focus on SIDS, then we welcome your active participation in preparations for the 2014 SIDS conference.
Your main point of contact for information regarding the 2014 SIDS conference will be the Major Groups Programme of the Division for Sustainable Development—a part of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  
We look forward to working closely with you.  Best regards,
Beppe Lovoi
Major Groups Programme
Background

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (known as Rio+20) called for the convening of a third international conference on SIDS in 2014. [paragraph 180 of The Future We Want]

The 67th session of the General Assembly further adopted a resolution outlining modalities for holding the 2014 SIDS conference.  [A/C.2/67/L.40]  Notably, in paragraph 5, it was decided that the conference should:

a)        assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of international agreements;
b)        seek a renewed political commitment to effectively address the special needs and vulnerabilities of SIDS by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions;
c)        identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them including through the strengthening of collaborative partnerships between small island developing States and the international community;
d)        identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS for consideration in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda.
Preparatory Process

Paragraph 9 of the modality resolution articulates a regional preparatory process in each of the three SIDS regions (i. Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea—or AIMS; ii. Caribbean; and iii. Pacific).  There will also be an interregional preparatory meeting for all SIDS to identify and develop input for the 2014 conference, and to maximize coherence and complementarity with respect to other preparatory work.  The effectiveness of the preparatory process will depend greatly on national-level preparations that will feed into these regional and global meetings.

These preparatory meetings are scheduled to take place in June and July 2013.

The Role of Major Groups
Major groups are nine sectors of social, economic and technical stakeholders in sustainable development that were defined in Agenda 21.  The nine sectors are:
·        Women
·        Children and Youth
·        Indigenous Peoples
·        Non-governmental Organizations
·        Local Authorities
·        Workers and Trade Unions
·        Business and Industry
·        Scientific and Technological Community
·        Farmers
Paragraphs 17 and 21 of the modality resolution stress the need for the effective participation of relevant stakeholders, including major groups identified in Agenda 21, in the 2014 SIDS conference and its preparatory process.
Non-state actors that identify with one (or several) of the major groups sectors will participate in the 2014 SIDS conference as observers, and they will be invited to make statements on the floor, attend meetings with governments, and take part in other related side events such as workshops and trainings.
It is essential that representatives from major groups coordinate with each other well in advance to become fully conversant in the process.  The Division for Sustainable Development, through its Major Groups Programme, will lend support to those coordination efforts, relying on a focal points system to ensure that information is disseminated effectively throughout the nine sectors.
At this stage, we will begin setting up a network of participating organizations from major groups in anticipation of the three SIDS regional meetings and the interregional meeting for all SIDS this year.  
As in years past, there has been some limited funding for representatives from major groups to participate in the preparatory meetings, as well as the conference itself.  We will keep you informed of such opportunities as soon as they are made available.

 Jeffery Huffines
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell:
+1 646-707-1060
Email:
jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa

www.civicus.org
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Event rescheduled to 10 September

CORRECTED – Event reschedule​d to 10 September / Open call for nomination​s by 17 August for PGA’s “Interacti​ve Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stock-taki​ng Event on the Post-2015 Developmen​t Agenda”

Please note that the the President of the General Assembly’s “Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” has been rescheduled to 10 September from 1:15-2:30pm in the Trusteeship Council at UN Headquarters – the day before the PGA’s 1-12 High-level Stocktaking Event. 
Per the message from UN-DESA below, please note that the call for nominations has been extended until 17 August.
Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org> Subject: CORRECTED – Event rescheduled to 10 September / Open call for nominations by 17 August for PGA’s “Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” To: jvhuffines@gmail.comLeida.rijnhout@eeb.orgpsm@cepei.org
Dear NGO Major Group, 
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), is facilitating a process to obtain nominations for 6 civil society representatives to deliver remarks to open the discussion period in the PGA’s 10 September “Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” taking place from 1:15-2:30pm UN Headquarters in New York in the Trusteeship Council. 
The 10 September interactive meeting will provide civil society, including NGOs, the media, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders with the opportunity to reflect upon the various post-2015 development-related processes which have occurred during the current session of the General Assembly, with a view to identifying possible inputs to the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General; to the work of the 69th session of the General Assembly; and to the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda itself. The meeting will include an introduction to the PGA’s 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event followed by an interactive discussion.
The concept note for the PGA’s 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event is available here.
These 6 speaking slots will be allocated regionally to representatives of civil society organizations from:
1) Africa
2) Arab States
3) Asia
4) Europe/North America
5) Latin America 
6) Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Each representative will deliver remarks of 3-4 minutes in length to open the discussion period of the event.
We invite your networks to distribute an open call for nominees to this process.
Please read this entire email if you will participate, as the process has a few steps and specific requirements.
Kindly note that travel funding support is not available for the speakers selected by OPGA for this event.
This event will take place the day before the PGA’s High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.
Visa arrangements OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers. The speakers will be responsible for obtaining a visa for travel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within 10 days.
Timeline for participation in the nomination process  By Sunday, 17 August:  Submit nominations to UN-NGLS On Tuesday, 19 August, 8:00-9:00am EST:  Selection committee conference call (explanation below)
Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 25 constituencies:
1) 8 Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions, Farmers, Technological and Scientific Community, and Local Authorities. (OPGA is conducting a separate process for business and industry/private sector.)    2) 10 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights/Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus, Climate Action Network International, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), International Movement ATD Fourth World, LDC Watch, Social Watch, and Third World Network.
3) 7 groupings of regional, South-based networks from Africa, Arab States, Asia, Latin America, and the 3 Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) regions. For the list, please contact UN-NGLS.
Each of the 25 constituencies can distribute an open call for nominees to their networks.
UN-NGLS can send through 4 candidates per regional category to OPGA. To determine these, UN-NGLS will facilitate a selection committee conference call on 19 August from 8:00-9:00am EST, involving one focal point from each of the 25 constituencies. 
UN-NGLS will send a subsequent email seeking a focal point for the call from your network.
By 25 August, OPGA will select the 6 speakers from amongst the nominees submitted. 
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates.
Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS
We invite your network to submit nominees using the online forms at the links below.
Before submitting a nominee, please confirm:
1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf. 2) The nominee is able to address the role that civil society has played in the UN post-2015 development agenda process so far, specifically during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, and is a compelling public speaker.
3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 12:00pm on 10 September, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one within 10 days, for travel to the US. 4) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda. 
Please consider the content of the concept note for the PGA’s 11-12 High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda when selecting candidates to nominate, available here.
All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here
Thank you and best regards, UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD
 –
Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org
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10 AUGUST DEADLINE: PGA’s 26 August Meeting in Advance of the September Stock-taki​ng Event on the Post-2015 Developmen​t Agenda

 SUNDAY, 10 AUGUST 2014 DEADLINE

At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in cooperation with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs – Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), is facilitating a process to obtain nominations for 6 civil society representatives to deliver remarks to open the discussion period in the PGA’s 26 August”Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,” taking place from 1:15-2:30pm UN Headquarters in New York in the Trusteeship Council.
The 26 August interactive meeting will provide civil society, including NGOs, the media, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders with the opportunity to reflect upon the various post-2015 development-related processes which have occurred during the current session of the General Assembly, with a view to identifying possible inputs to the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General; to the work of the 69th session of the General Assembly; and to the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda itself. The meeting will include an introduction to the PGA’s 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event followed by an interactive discussion.
The concept note for the PGA’s 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event is available here.
These 6 speaking slots will be allocated regionally to representatives of civil society organizations from:
1) Africa
2) Arab States
3) Asia
4) Europe/North America
5) Latin America
6) Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
Each representative will deliver remarks of 3-4 minutes in length to open the discussion period of the event.
Kindly note that travel funding support is not available for the speakers selected by OPGA for this event.
This event will take place the day before the UN DPI-NGO Conference, which occurs 27-29 August at UNHQ.
Visa arrangements OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers. The speakers will be responsible for obtaining a visa fortravel. Please confirm with candidates you are considering for nominations that the US Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for travel to the US within 10 days.
Timeline for participation in the nomination process  By Sunday, 10 August:
NGO Organizing Partners will submit nominations to UN-NGLS On Tuesday, 12 August, 8:00-9:00am EST:
Selection committee conference call (explanation below)
Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 25 constituencies:
1) 8 Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions, Farmers, Technological and Scientific Community, and Local Authorities. (OPGA is conducting a separate process for business and industry/private sector.)    2) 10 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights/Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus, Climate Action Network International, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), International Movement ATD Fourth World, LDC Watch, Social Watch, and Third World Network.
3) 7 groupings of regional, South-based networks from Africa, Arab States, Asia, Latin America, and the 3 Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) regions. For the list, please contact UN-NGLS. Each of the 25 constituencies can submit up to 6 nominees total across the 6 regional categories. In other words, a constituency can submit one or more nominees to a regional category, but the total number of submissions is limited to 6 per constituency.
UN-NGLS can send through 4 candidates per regional category to OPGA. To determine these, UN-NGLS
will facilitate a selection committee conference call on 12 August from 8:00-9:00am EST, involving one focal point from each of the 25 constituencies.
By 15 August, OPGA will select the 6 speakers from amongst the nominees submitted. 
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates.
Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS
We invite your NGO to submit nominees using the online forms at the links below.
Before submitting a nominee, please confirm:
1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf. 2) The nominee is able to address the role that civil society has played in the UN post-2015 development agenda process so far, specifically during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, and is a compelling public speaker.
3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 12:00pm on 26 August, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one within 10 days, for travel to the US. 4) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda.
Please consider the content of the concept note for the PGA’s 11-12 High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda when selecting candidates to nominate, available here.
Nominate a Representative of a civil society organization here: 

Thank you and best regards,

UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD

Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines

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Worldview Mission 1st African Regional Youth Green Summit 2014.

1st- 4th October, 2014.

Dear partners,
This is to inform you of the ongoing progress so far as shared by the event tasks Team as headed by Teens Uganda in preparation of the !st African Regional youth Green Summit sheduled for the 1st- 4th October.   Among other things taken into consideration are the meetings and stake holders events, meetings, membership participation and exhibitions as well as pending items.
We are glad to share that many partners have confirmed their support and participation in the event as is far described in the write up attached. Please continue to hare this information with your networks partners and any other interested institutions that you may be aware of for the cause of the summit.
Please note that your participation is very important to the summit as well noted that we all operate on very dynamic issues yet many of them are cross cutting and share similar perspectives in our advocacy programs and service delivery.
Your comments and positive feed back are highly appreciated
Best Regards,
Richard    Hamba 
 
Programme Rep/E.D – TEENS Uganda, Country Rep – Worldview Mission C/P – UST-Network Tel: +256 392 614896 Mob:  712/702 675138, 775 446670 Skype: hamba.richard Facebook: hamba richard

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Last Slots Available – UNITAR-Yal​e Conference on the Future Climate Regime, Human Rights, Environmen​tal Sustainabi​lity, and the Post-2015 Developmen​t Agenda

Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the Future Climate Regime

3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy
Yale University, 5-7 September 2014
Last Slots AvailableRegistration by 14 August 2014
 
The 2014 Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the Future Climate Regime will take place from 5-7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference is organized by Yale University and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Resources Institute (WRI).
The Conference will bring together more than 100 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge at the nexus of human rights and the environment, building on more than 70 papers which will be written by researchers and expert practitioners from 40 different countries as a contribution to the Conference. The keynote presentation will be given by John Knox, the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment. Given that the Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals has just completed and the upcoming climate change negotiations in Peru are approaching, the Conference also provides an opportunity to develop policy insights for strengthening the human rights-environment interface at the international level.
Details concerning the Conference are available on this Web Page.  Some last slots are available for application! Individuals interested in participating in the Conference are requested to complete a Registration form.  
The deadline to apply for registration is 14 August 2014. Inquiries may be sent to envdem.yale@gmail.com with cc to envdem@unitar.org.

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[UNFCCC youth] ACT: Climate summit – let’s get the voice of youth heard!

Dear All,

Great opportunity for young people and for female under 30 years from
global south.

Subject: [UNFCCC youth] ACT: Climate summit – let’s get the voice of
youth heard!

Hi everyone,

The Climate Summit (September 23rd, hosted by Ban Ki Moon) will soon be
upon us and the UN is looking for nominations for
speakers/panelists/participants.

*Speakers, Panelists and Participants*

I’ve pasted their long explanatory email below but in short:

There is *some funding *for speakers/panelists/participants
They are looking for a young woman under 30 from a developing country
for the opening speech – *funded*
They are looking for at least one panelist under 30 – *funded*
14 funded* participants and *20 non-funded* participants
All speakers will be chosen by a selection committee (more info below)

There is an online form for applying which can be found here.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1CAZt7XxW5Z8GtrKEPUgH7FIF8die3PIDTZTVQLOjIeI/viewform>

Deadline Friday 15th August. Note this opportunity is for all so please
share beyond YOUNGO!!

Committee

There is also the opportunity to apply to be on the selection committee for
speakers (selection for all speakers, not just youth) the info is below but
- *the deadline is today, 8th August. *It would be fantastic to have a
young person on this committee – please all apply!

There is an online form to apply here
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bgaAf-Ew5rHWrl40o8fkCVHy2lbRz742LXitRMCI5Js/viewform>

What message would you like to send?

Whatever happens I think its important that we collate some ideas that
young people would like to feed in to the summit and the speeches. I’ve set
up a really simple survey monkey to get this started but please shout if
you have any better ideas. We can find a fun way to present this info I’m
sure and hopefully get it fed in but please note, it will be up to the
speakers what they say in the end :)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/356GNBT

Please share this info far and wide, let’s get the voice of youth heard!*

Love,

Camilla

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*Nominate civil society speakers and attendees*
*for the UN Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit*

Dear Colleagues,

At the request of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change
Support Team (CCST), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service
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speakers and 34 additional civil society attendees for the
Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit, which will take place on 23
September at UN Headquarters in New York. The roles for these
representatives are outlined in Section A below. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of
the Secretary-General.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government
along with leaders from business, finance, and civil society to the Climate
Summit to catalyze ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
strengthen climate resilience, and to mobilize political will toward
achieving an ambitious, legally binding international climate change
agreement by 2015. Complete information about the Climate Summit is
available here
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Please read this entire email if you will participate in this process, as it has a few steps and specific requirements.
Kindly note: this nomination process is not open to representatives of the
private sector. Participation of the private sector in the Climate Summit
is facilitated by the UN Global Compact
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the CCST.
*A. Submit nominations for the following 4 civil society speaking
roles and 34 additional attendees for the Climate Summit*
*1. The following 18 civil society roles in the Climate Summit will
receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary General.
All candidates must be representatives of civil society organizations.*
*a) One speaker in the Opening of the 2014 Climate Summit on behalf of
civil society at large*
Criteria: For this speaking role, the CCST is seeking a young woman
(under the age of 30) from a developing country. Candidates must have a
proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community
based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation, as well as
proven strong communication and public speaking skills. This speaker will
collaborate with a diverse civil society Selection and Drafting Committee
for the development of this statement (see Section C below).
*b) Three panellists for the Thematic Debate “Voices from the Climate
Frontlines” (organized by UNICEF and UN Women)*
Criteria: Candidates must be able to proficiently address the questions
in the concept note
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this Thematic Debate. At least one of these panelist roles will be given to
an Indigenous person, and at least one will be given to a person under the
age of 30. Two panellists will be from a developing country, and one from a
developed country.
*c) 14 Summit Attendees*
Criteria: Candidates must have a proven track record of effective
advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change
mitigation or adaptation. These attendees will not have speaking roles in
the Summit programme.
*2. An additional 20 civil society representatives will be invited to
attend the Summit through this nomination process without offer of travel
funding support.* These representatives will not have speaking roles in
the Summit programme.
*B.  Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS*
*Please submit your nominations using this online form
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*All nominations will automatically load into a google doc
spreadsheet, published here
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Before submitting a nominee, please confirm the nominee:
is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially
authorized by their organization/network to speak on the
organization/network’s behalf.
- has a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of
community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation.
- has excellent competency with climate change issues, experience with
presenting climate change issues in public fora, and demonstrated ability
to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders.
- for a speaking role: is a compelling public speaker (the online
nomination form requests links to writing samples or remarks delivered at
speaking engagements).
- is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on 23
September, and for travel if necessary. The nominee must have a US visa, or
be able to obtain one within 3 weeks, for travel to the US.
Please note that the Climate Summit also involves Action Area Sessions,
and leaders of civil society, non-governmental organizations and indigenous
peoples that are actively contributing to announcements for those Sessions
have already received invitations to the Summit via another process. Anyone
receiving an invitation for an Action Area Session will not be considered
for opportunities provided via this process to attend the Summit. Please check with potential nominees to see if they have received an invitation to
an Action Area Session before submitting them to this process. The list of
attendees for the Action Area Sessions will be provided to the civil
society Selection and Drafting Committee for this process.
*C.  Apply for the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee *
A civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will be facilitated by
UN-NGLS to evaluate all nominees and determine a short-list of 76
candidates for the roles outlined above in Section A.
- 36 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General’s CCST for
the 18 funded roles; and
-40 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General’s CCST for
the 20 unfunded attendees.
The final selection of speakers will be made by the Secretary-General’s
CCST, with input by UNICEF / UN Women for the roles in the Thematic Session
“Voices from the Climate Frontlines,” ensuring regional, gender and age
balance, and diversity of expertise.
The civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will also serve to
collaborate on the drafting of the statement to be delivered by the civil
society speaker selected for the Opening of the Summit, to enable a
diversity of constituencies to contribute perspectives to these remarks.
To learn more about the Selection and Drafting Committee, and to apply to
be a member, please click *here
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Please note that members of the Selection and Drafting Committee cannot be
considered for the civil society roles in the Climate Summit to be filled
through this process.
*D.  Timeline for participation in the nomination process*
*Friday, 8 August*:  Deadline for applications to participate in the
civil society Selection Committee
*Friday, 15 August*:  Deadline for submission of civil society speaker
nominations
*Wednesday, 20 August, 8:00-10:00am EST*:  Selection Committee conference
call #1, 21 August,** 8:00-10:00am EST*: Selection Committee conference
call #2
Friday, 22 August, 8:00-10:00am EST*:  Selection Committee conference
call #3 (if necessary)
E.  Visa arrangement

The Secretary-General’s CCST will provide an invitation letter for the
selected civil society speakers and attendees. These participants will be responsible for obtaining their visas for travel. Please confirm with
candidates you are considering for nominations that the US
Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for
travel to the US within 3 weeks.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Thank you and best regards,
UN-NGLS
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)*
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Candidacie​s for the hosting of the next European Days on Environmen​tal Education 2015 – Candidatur​es pour l’accueil des prochaines Journées Européenne​s sur  l’Educatio​n Environmen​tale 2015

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UN Climate Summit: updates and more

Dear Colleagues,
It seems everyone wants a part in the UN Climate Summit!  No doubt.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see action over words – seeking and gaining commitment from governments to respond in substantive ways to the climate crisis.  GGCA members and partners are working to ensure gender equality is a central message in those discussions.  Here is an update about what GGCA members are doing, where, when, and how you might be involved too.
September 9th
·         ‘Women’s Climate Action Agenda’ release by WECC/WECAN.  See the attached flyer and share.
September 21st
·         People’s Climate March, New York City.  WEDO and other women’s organizations are collaborating to have a great turn-out of women in NY.  Opportunities and ways to keep up-to-date were shared in a previous email.
September 22nd
·         ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change’ event hosted by WECC/WECAN. 1-3 pm, UN Church Center, New York City. All are welcome! See the attached flyer and share.
·         ‘Wall of Women’ Action. Global, all day. WECC/WECAN is hosting a web page and social media support for this action. This is particularly for women who will not be in NYC, but wish to have their voices heard.  See the attached flyer and share.
·         ‘Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action’.  Leaders’ Forum co-hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.  New York. This multi-stakeholder event will bring together women and men from governments, the UN System, the scientific community, civil society organizations and the private sector, to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions underway in various countries.  Several GGCA members have been invited and are planning to attend!
September 23rd
·         Joint Statement from Civil Society – Before anyone else speaks in the opening of the summit, CSO voices will be heard.  One person will be chosen to represent CSOs as a whole, deliver the statement,  and present climate action responses of the people of the world, from around the world.  Submit a nominee!
·         ‘Women’s Climate Declaration’ sends a strong message that women of the world call for urgent action on climate change and sustainability solutions.  Signatures will be presented to the UN Climate Summit by Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) as part of the GCCA signature campaign with WECAN.  Sign the declaration!  And share.
·         ‘The Declaration on Climate Justice’ aims to gather public backing for climate justice in order to drive the political will needed for the transformational leadership needed to adequately address the climate crisis.  Signatures are part of the GCCA signature campaign with Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and World Resources Institute.  Sign the declaration! And share.
 
·         ‘Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Change Solutions’ event in partnership with WECAN and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. 2:15-3pm. UN Church Center, New York City, NY.  See the attached flyer and share.
 
·         UN Private Sector Forum during Climate Summit – organization in part by GGCA member UNDP.  Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible attendees.
 
·         ‘Voices of the front lines’ Thematic Dialogue – organization in part by GGCA member UN Women. Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible panelists.
 
·         ‘Health, Jobs & Climate‘ (previously ‘Co-benefits of Climate Change Action’) Thematic Dialogue – organization in part by GGCA member WHO.  Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible panelists.
Further Participation
The Climate Summit is expected to be webcast for plenaries.  Civil Society Organizations may also submit nominations to attend the Summit as speakers or attendees (shared in a previous email).  Some CSOs are working to have a space in NY to gather together, share communications, and receive first-hand any news that happens from within the summit – more to come as it develops.
I’m keen to know your involvement, plans to attend, and support.  Please do not hesitate to let me know.
Best,
Cara
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender
From: cara@gender-climate.org [mailto:cara@gender-climate.orgSent: Friday, June 20, 2014 11:48 AM To: GGCA Membership (global-gender-and-climate-alliance@googlegroups.com) Subject: UN Climate Summit: updates and more
Hello GGCA Colleagues,
There is quite the buzz around the upcoming UN Climate Summit.  Many are talking, people will be marching, and GGCA members and partners are working to ensure gender equality is a central message in climate discussions.  Here is an update and call to get involved.
Release of Women’s Climate Action Agenda, 8th September
WECAN will release the Women’s Climate Action Agenda in the lead-up to the UN Climate Leadership Summit.  You are invited to sign the WECAN declaration (starting 24th of June) and show your support!
 
People’s Climate March, 21st September
If you have already received your invitation, consider yourself invited!  Come join those making history and bringing change. Sign up and follow developments for “in street” and virtual participation on Facebook.  A developing idea is that a section of march may be dedicated to women and women’s groups to share a unified statement or a common theme.
Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change, 22nd September
WECAN will host Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change at the UN Church Center in NY from 1:00 PM  until 3:00 PM on Monday September 22nd.  Those in New York are invited to join.  This event will be followed by a special group action on the same day to create a WECAN “Wall of Women” – more details to be shared soon.
Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action, 22nd September
UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will co-host the Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action at the Hyatt Hotel, New York from 6:00pm until 8:30pm. This multi-stakeholder event will bring together women and men from governments, the UN System, the scientific community, civil society organizations and the private sector, to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions underway in various countries.  By invitation only.
BKM Climate Summit, 23rd September
What are possible ways to integrate gender issues and women’s equality in several different and substantive ways?  We are looking to see where GGCA, members, and partners can be involved collectively and separately – drawing on the strengths of each group.  Although some GGCA members are already planning events individually, we do not want to miss out on a collective opportunity to raise the roof on gender considerations.
Key Question: Where can gender dimensions be integrated into targeted into different workstreams?
Possible Answer: Bundle together projects with common threads to present in thematic sessions.
Summit Components
Plenary: heads of state and governments will speak on domestic actions & ambition.
Action Platforms – area for multi-stakeholder engagement (energy, transportation, agriculture, drr, finance,  etc).
Thematic Sessions – opportunity to partner with others and work with multilevel stakeholders on implementation.  This is where co-benefits of action may be best targeted.
Planning Ahead
·         GGCA will propose a strategy call near late July to identify entry points for gender and brainstorm on action.  Please let me know directly at cara@gender-climate.org if you’d like to participate.
·         GGCA members and partners are participating in the Social Pre-COP preparation meetings in Venezuela in July to create a collective social justice action agenda for climate policies to present at UN Climate Summit.
 
As always, you are encourage and invited to let me know if you have any questions or further thoughts.
Best regards,
Cara Beasley
Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)
Email:  cara@gender-climate.org
Web: www.gender-climate.org
Skype: cara.beasley
Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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Register: Social sciences e-conferen​ce – Transition​s to Sustainabl​e Developmen​t 25 Aug – 8 Sep

Registrations are now open for the on-line “Transitions to Sustainable Development – Social scientists meeting the challenge” e-conference which will run from 25 August – 8 September 2014. It looks to build on the challenges set out through the key messages and recommendations suggested in the World Social Science Report 2013 summary. This e-conference aims to:

*   showcase the range of social science initiatives addressing global and local environmental change
*   identify ways in which the social sciences can help society manage transitions to sustainable development
*   look at how to strengthen the use of the social sciences in addressing the linked challenges of environmental change and sustainable development
*   support social science leadership in integrated research
*   provide participants an opportunity to engage with new colleagues and strengthen the social science community of practice

The e-conference will be run as a moderated online discussion using the TSD-network Forum. TSDN is a network of engaged Social Science │Hui Rangahau Tahi (eSocSci). Register at http://esocsci.org.nz/networks/transitions-to-sustainable-development/e-conference/

WHO IT’S FOR
This e-conference is expected to have wide relevance – and will be of particular interest to social scientists and those who use and integrate social science, including research, community and sector leaders, indigenous groups, policy makers and R&D funders/donors. Participants will have to join the eSocSci and the TSD-network to take part. More information on the e-conference, and how to register can be found on the TSD-network e-conference registration page. Participation is free, and of course there are no travel costs!

GET INVOLVED
The conference team are looking for people who might want to participate a little more actively – and widen their social research community of practice –  as an e-conference session moderator, and/or by contributing some posts that can help frame the key sessions. They hope a number of participants – from PhD students through to more senior researchers – will contribute a few hours to be part of the moderation team helping guide participants through the key discussion topics. This is one way the conference will contribute to network development, and it will provides participants with an opportunity to broaden their individual communities of practice. Similarly, the conference team are also happy to look to link up participants who want to work with others to develop a feature post on a topic of their choosing.

For more information contact Will Allen - willallennz@gmail.com
(on behalf of the TSDNetwork e-conference lead-moderators team)
Register at Transitions to Sustainable Development Network – eSocSci - http://esocsci.org.nz/networks/transitions-to-sustainable-development/e-conference/

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Reminder:  August 31st Deadline for 2015 COP 21/CMP 11 – New Observer Organizati​on Applicatio​n

UN SD Ed. Caucus Climate Change Colleagues,

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deadline - August 31st - for admission of new observer organizations in time to participate in COP 21/CMP 11, Paris, France.  Applications must be made through the Online Admission System available at:  https://oas.unfccc.int/
If your organization is registered or you will be applying for Observer Organization Status with the UNFCCC, let us know the name of the organization/contact person-information and we will add you to our list.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
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“Call For Climate Change Team”  UNFCCC COP 20 Lima, Peru Dec. 1-12, 2014 – Reply Requested

Dear Community of Educators,

If you would like to join the UN SD Education Caucus team for COP 20, appended below are the registration details we will need from you to complete our registration data base.  Read over the working list and check the spelling of your name, you are under the right list, and let us know if your name is missing under which category.

Working List:
Dr. Jose Alfaro
Michelle Burdick
Katherine Browne
Adithya Dahagama
Mohammad “Arman” Golrokhian
Wufan Jia
Antony Kamau
Hsuan-wen Kuo
Aubrey Langeland
Annelise Guedes Lemes
Bremley Lyngdoh
P.J. Puntenney
Ali Shahbaz
Leonard Sonnenschein
Pearl Zeng
Registered Through Other Organizations:
Noela and Ian Eddington
Jon Elam
Donna Goodman
Divine Ntiokan
Helene Oord
Pasang Dolma Sherpa
Celine Paramundayil
Virtual Team Members:
Bianca Bilgram
Daniella Tilbury
Mark McCaffrey
A Friendly reminder:
As more organizations become aware of climate change issues and global warming more are participating in the COPs.  The number of allotted slots to each focal point organization are reduced each year due to space limitations within the policy-making venue.     There are three considerations we will take into account for our final list of delegates:   1) Your sponsorship is confirmed by late September.  First priority will be those that are funded to participate in the meeting. 2)  If you are planning on registering through another focal point organization, let us know and we will add your name to that list. 3)  Level of commitment towards actively participating with us to move the agenda forward.   We will not know what our number of allotted slots will be until after the registration deadline sometime late summer.  Please send along your details and if registering through another focal point the name of the organization.  For those who are unable to join us for  the December 1-12 meeting in Lima, Peru, let us know if you wish to be added to our Virtual List.     All the best, Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs Co-Coordinators Climate Change.
 Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Salutation [For example Mr., Ms., Mrs.]:  Given name:  Family name:  Functional title Department:  Organization:  Date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY):  Identification document issued by:  Identification document number (Passport number): 

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Dear Pam,
Thank you for your information, my name below is fine.
Best wishes,
pasang
Pasang Dolma Sherpa* National Coordinator NEFIN Global Climate Change-REDD Partnership Program Mahangkal VDC-5, Golphutar Post Box 7803, KTM Nepal Tel: 977-1-4379726 Email:  pdsherpa@nefinclimatechange.org/ pdsherpa2008@gmail.com Web: www.nefinclimatechange.org  * Representative of Indigenous Peoples from Asia and Pacific: UN-REDD Policy Board (2012 to 2014), * Representative of Indigenous Peoples from Asia and Pacific: FCPF WB, PC, since 2013, * Member of IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP), World Conservation of Protected Area (WCPA) since 2007, * Member of Theme on Indigenous and Local Communities, Equity and Protected Area (TILCEPA) since 2007, * Member of Accra Caucus, since 2012, * Board Member: Imagine Nepal since 2006, Advisor at Center for Indigenous Peoples’ Research and Development (CIPRD), * Promoter of Mahila Sahayatra Micro Bank

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Have You Registered?
Time is running out!

Registered for the Conference​; Attending the Reception?

27 – 29 August, NYC, UNHQ

The 65th Annual DPI NGO Conference

(And don’t miss out on the Opening Night Reception, either!)

Dear NGO Representative,

You are cordially invited to participate in the 65th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, organized in partnership with the NGO DPI Executive Committee, which represents the 1800 NGOs worldwide associated with DPI. The conference will be held at United Nations Headquarters, from Wednesday, 27 August, to Friday, 29 August, 2014. This will be the first time since 2007 that the Conference has returned to the UN Headquarters in New York.

The Conference, whose title is “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, is being organized through a partnership of the United Nations Department of Public Information and civil society, through the NGO/DPI Executive Committee which represents the more than 1,300 NGOs worldwide associated with DPI.

A major civil society gathering at the UN, the Conference will provide an opportunity for civil society international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations which will culminate in the adoption of the post- 2015 development agenda at a summit in September 2015. The Conference outcome declaration will aim to inform the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, due out in December 2014, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs.

The purpose of this Conference is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of civil society to move poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights and climate justice into the mainstream discourse, and spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of ambitious SDGs. A Conference Declaration will be produced through an open process to frame an ambitious “Action Agenda” for civil society. Please visit the conference website to view the “zero draft” document, which will serve as the basis for the declaration.

The Conference will provide valuable network-building opportunities for all participants. In addition to representatives of NGOs, also present will be civil society organizations, grassroots constituencies, the UN system and Member States, representatives of the media, academia, the private sector and other institutions.

The Conference is expected to engage participants in sharing experiences and articulating perspectives on how to enhance their activities in the promotion of an ambitious and successful post-2015 development through roundtable panel discussions, interactive dialogues, workshops, building partnerships for the green economy, and other activities.

Background documents and information on the programme will be available on the Conference website. All NGOs, regardless of their association with DPI or consultative status with ECOSOC, are invited to register for the Conference. Please extend this invitation to members and staff of your organization, including youth and grassroots representatives. Please also note that this year the number of participants from any one organization is unlimited. There is no registration fee to attend the Conference.

All participants are required to register for the Conference regardless of whether they already hold a UN grounds pass or not. On-line registration is almost closed – please register today. Please take note of future announcements that will appear regularly here, and on Twitter @undpingo and Facebook.com/undpingo. Registration deadline is Wednesday, 13 August. If you have not already done so, please register now, here.

Kindly note that DPI/NGO Relations cannot assist NGO representatives in obtaining visas to the United States and cannot fax confirmation letters to embassies or consulates. Arrangements for travel, visas and accommodations, as well as all expenses related to participating in the Conference, must be provided for entirely by the participants or their sponsoring organizations.

We look forward to your participation in the 2014 UN DPI/NGO Conference in United Nations Headquarters. Join the conversation with #unngo2014.

Yours Sincerely,

Jeffrey A. Brez, Chief NGO Relations & Advocacy UN Department of Public Relations Co-Chair, Planning Committee

Jeffery Huffines, Chair, 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference and Co-Chair, Planning Committee, UN Representative, CIVICUS

The NGO/DPI Executive Committee cordially invites you to attend

The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Reception

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6:30-9:30 PM

Delegates Dining Room at United Nations Headquarters

The cost for the reception is US $60 per person. Reservations are necessary due to limited space.

Please return your reservation request with your check or money order for US $60 payable to: NGO/DPI Executive Committee with a note on your check or money order “Conference Reception” – by August 15, 2014.

Mail to: NGO/DPI Executive Committee

P.O. Box 20482 New York, NY 10017 USA

Write on your envelope Attention: – Reception

Please read on for further details and visit the NGO DPI Executive Committee site to reserve using PayPal

All contact information must be completely filled in (Please Print Clearly)

CONFERENCE NOTICES

Your generous donations have always been an integral part in ensuring the success of the Conference.  To find out how you can contribute to the success of the Conference, please click here to read the appeal by Anne-Marie Carlson, chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and Jeffery Huffines, chair of the Conference.

Please click here to donate to the Conference

The UN Department of Public Information is committed to providing full access to the conference for all participants. Please email dpingoconf@gmail.com  regarding your accessibility needs, such as wheelchair access and seating in the Conference Room, Braille and other accessible document formats, hearing loops, etc. as soon as possible and no later than 31 July 2014.  Please click here to learn more about the Accessibility services that are available.

The Conference Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks.  Please click here to register to be a volunteer.

United Nations Conference to convene Civil Society to support Post-2015 Development Agenda. Please click here to read the entire media advisory.

Among your many travel options, there is a handy accommodations package that will support the conference, keep you close by the UN, and promote delegate networking?  Please click here for more information.

Name:

Organization:
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ALL YOUR GUESTS NAMES:

Further Information:

Reception Reservations are separate from the Conference Registration. All Conference participants are welcome to attend the Reception with advanced registration and payment. No reservations will be accepted without payment.

As per UN Security regulations, you are required to list the name and affiliation for EACH of your guests for whom you purchase a Reception Ticket. Reception tickets can be picked up at the Conference Registration Area and you must present valid Photo ID to collect your ticket.

PayPal – ONLINE PAYMENT

You are able to pay for the reception via PayPal by making a US $60 payment to the NGO/DPI Executive Committee here.

You will receive an email confirmation as receipt of your PayPal payment.
You must print your PayPal confirmation and bring it to the Conference Registration Area

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DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 15 AUG 2014: 4th Asia-Pacif​ic Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 October 2014

The registration deadline for the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014 has been extended to 15 August 2014!
Registration is free, so register now at: http://asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum/2014/register
For more information on themes and agenda, visit our new and improved Adaptation Forum 2014
If you have any questions, contact: forum@asiapacificadapt.net
ABOUT THE FORUM
The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organising its flagship Forum on 1-3 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the theme New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society.
Over 500 climate change adaptation practitioners will join public and private sector officials and top experts at this year’s Forum. The Forum aims to help participants from all levels of government and in business and society become more effective in addressing development challenges in a changing climate. This year’s Forum will focus on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and networks for resilient development.
With over 150 speakers and 30 sessions planned, the Forum is among the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region. Three Forums have successfully been co-organised by APAN since 2010.
PARTICIPATING IN THE FORUM
There are many ways to participate in the forum: as a speaker, as a booth holder in the market place, as an attentive and questioning member of the audience, and by sharing your views in a briefing note.
Speakers
As in previous events, speakers in parallel panels will be a mixture of invited speakers identified by the organizers of individual panels and the Forum, and a selection of individuals drawn from the open call for speakers. To express your interest in being a speaker in a panel register and submit an ‘abstract’ summarizing in 200-500 words the key points of your proposed presentation. You may include 1 figure or table. Identify which panel your contribution fits most closely.
Listeners and writers
Individuals who would like to participate in the event but do not wish to make a formal presentation in a panel are also encouraged to contribute submitting briefing note about their work. All briefing notes will be reviewed and as long as are appropriate to themes of conference, be included in an electronic document for distribution to all participants. This is a good way to tell others about your work and interests in adaptation.
Session organizers
Organizations interested in sponsoring and taking the lead in organizing a particular panel session should approach the organizers. The titles and guiding questions in the current draft of the programme are to be intended as a guide and can be adjusted in negotiation with the overall conference organizers.
Registration deadline has been extended until Friday, 15 August 2014. We look forward to your active participation!
The Adaptation Forum 2014 Secretariat forum@asiapacificadapt.net

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Join Us – “Call For Participat​ion”  Climate Change Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action  22-28 September NY

Dear Community of Educators,

“Climate Change affects us all.  So what’s stopping us from joining forces to act on it?”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to Climate Summit 2014 this 23 September to galvanize and catalyze climate action.  He has asked these leaders to bring bold announcements and actions to the Summit that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015. Climate Summit 2014 provides a unique opportunity for leaders to champion an ambitious vision, anchored in action that will enable a meaningful global agreement in 2015.
While participation in the Summit events taking place at UN Headquarters will be by invitation only, during Climate Week there will be many events, live web cast, and more.  To learn about registration and participation go to:
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Events to discuss the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report in New Delhi, India 5th-6th August 2014

Dear Climate Colleagues,

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) together with the Government of India and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and local partners TERI and the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) invite you to discuss the key messages of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report at a public event in New Delhi on 6th August 2014.

This is one of six events throughout July-August 2014 in African and Asian countries, which aim to facilitate discussions among leaders in government, academia, business and civil society on the implications of the Fifth Assessment for their national context. In this high-profile event, expert authors from the IPCC will present and discuss a range of topics including:

•   What is the world’s climate change pathway? How might India climate look in the future? •   Exposure and vulnerability to climate change, including natural disasters: India’s prospects •   Emission trends and opportunities for low carbon development •   Securing climate finance for mitigation that delivers benefits for climate adaptation and resilience

Throughout the sessions, there will be ample interactive question-and-answer sessions with the audience.

In the morning, an Opening Session will see keynote addresses from:

Shri Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science and Technology (Independent Charge), and for Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Government of India Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (Independent Charge), for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), and for Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India Dr Rana Kapoor, President, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM) and Managing Director & CEO, Yes Bank

Dr Pachauri, Chairman IPCC and Director General of TERI will facilitate the session, and be joined by Sam Bickersteth, CEO, CDKN and Mr Dipankar Sanyal, Director, BCSD.

This will be followed by an IPCC Author Session which will look at the implications of the major findings of AR5 in India. Chaired by Ambassador Ajaj Malhotra, the following authors will present their respective working group reports:

Dr Krishna K Kanikicharla, Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC Working Group I Dr Purnamita Dasgupta, Coordinating Lead Author IPCC Working Group II Dr Shobhakar Dhakal, Coordinating Lead Author IPCC Working Group III

In the afternoon, a HARD TALK Session will see a debate, moderated by Dr Prodipto Ghosh, among a set of influential Indian thought leaders on climate and development:

Dr Ashok Khosla, Founder and Chairman, Development Alternatives Dr Navroz Dubash, IPCC Lead Author, WGIII and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research Mrs. Seema Jain, Secretary, Dept. of Science, Technology & Environment, Government. of Punjab Dr. Joyashree Roy, IPCC Coordinating Lead Author, WGIII and Professor of Economics, University of Jadavpur Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited

Download the full programme to learn more. Spaces are limited, so please RSVP to bamrara@teri.res.in if you are interested in attending.

Representatives of the media are warmly invited to attend and may register. A press conference will be held between 11:00 to 12:00 in the Seminar Hall GF, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. For more information, contact S S Jeevan: 8447208963 and Basudha Das: 9999881145.

In addition, for any University students and young scientists interested in attending a dedicated interaction and Q&A session with the IPCC authors on the 5th August, 14.30-16.15 at TERI University, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, please register with Mr Dharmender Kumar dkumar@teri.res.in

For additional communications resources on the Fifth Assessment Report see www.cdkn.org/ar5-toolkit and visit the IPCC’s main website www.ipcc.ch

Mairi Dupar Global Public Affairs Coordinator | CDKN: Climate and Development Knowledge Network    

 t: +44 (0) 7921 088475  e: m.dupar@odi.org.uk skype: mairi.dupar | www.cdkn.org

Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, UK 

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Twitter: @CDKNetwork  @mairidupar

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Keep up-to-date with the latest news and views from ODI: http://www.odi.org.uk/services

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[Beyond 2015:321] July Communicat​ion – Join a B2015 Task Force – Forthcomin​g conference

Dear Beyond 2015 – Querida campaña Beyond 2015 – Chère campagne Beyond 2015

Español abajo – Francais ci-dessous 

Campaign Communication – 31 July 2014 – Preparing the B2015 Reaction to OWG Report – UNGA plans – Media Campaign – and more

OWG13 Analysis

On July 29, we held a campaign webinar to share analysis of OWG13, and discuss the Beyond 2015 reaction to the OWG Outcome Document. The report of the webinar including analysis of OWG13 will be posted on the website.

Beyond 2015 – Preparing our Reaction to the OWG Outcome Document!

Can you help to develop Beyond 2015’s reaction to the OWG Outcome Document? If you would like to join the OWG Outcome Document Task Force, please email fhale@beyond2015.org by August 6, 2014. The Task Force will have an initial call on August 11, 2014

The Beyond 2015 Reaction will form the basis of our advocacy work at national, regional and international levels, and should be ready in time for it to be used at the following meetings:

       PGA Interactive Meeting with Civil Society on August 26

       DPI conference on August 27-28

       PGA Stocktaking Event on September 11 and 12

       and the Beyond 2015 events related to the UN General Assembly, including our side event and media campaign

       As well as regional discussions already being organized. 

UNGA plans: join the task force!  

Beyond 2015 will be organizing a side-event during the UNGA week. More information will be available soon. If you would like to engage in Beyond 2015 activities during the UNGA week, please, join the UNGA Task Force. Nominations should be sent to Kamona, B2015 Finance and Admininstration Officer, knjolomba@beyond2015.org by August 7th. 

Beyond 2015 Media Campaign 

Beyond 2015 is planning a coordinated media campaign around the UN General Assembly (September), with national, regional and international actions including a twitter campaign and a press campaign. We’ll share more details as plans develop.  

The Media Task Force includes:

  • ·      Maria Sande (Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain/France)
  • ·      Giancarlo Angelucci (Restless Development, UK)
  • ·      Joji Fatiaki (PIANGO, Fiji)
  • ·      Balkissa Ide Siddo (UWASNET, Uganda)
  • ·      Ria Voorhaar (CAN International)
  • ·      Deborah Unger (Transparency International, UK) 

If you are a communications and media specialist and would like to join the group, we still have space for one or two more.  Email Fiona Hale, B2015 International Officer, on fhale@beyond2015.org  

PGA events – we’ll be nominating people

Beyond 2015 was one of the coalitions and networks invited to nominate speakers to two events promoted by the President of the UN General Assembly: (1) August 26 – an Interactive Meeting with civil society and (2) September 11-12 – the High Level Stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Agenda. Beyond 2015 Regional Coordinators, the UN Working Group and the Executive Committee are working with the Secretariat to propose and decide on good names that will be able to represent the campaign in those important meetings in New York. 

65th Annual UN DPI/NGOConference (August 27-29, New York)

This Conference will be an important milestone ahead of the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit and the UN General Assembly, the finalization of the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs. The conference will bring civil society, governments and UN representatives to discuss issues from poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights, climate change and participatory accountability frameworks. A Conference Declaration, designed to frame an ambitious “Action Agenda” for civil society, shall be produced and distribute to key stakeholders. Beyond 2015 is part of the Planning Committee of this Conference and has been contributing to the content elaboration. 

Beyond 2015: Comunicación – Julio 31 2014 – Preparación de la reacción B2015 al Informe del GTA – B2015 en la AGNU – Campaña de Medios de Comunicación – y más  

Análisis GTA13  

El 29 de julio, celebramos un webinario para compartir análisis del GTA13, y discutir la reacción de B2015 al Documento Final del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto (GTA). El informe del webinario proporcionará un análisis de OWG13, y será publicado en el sitio web (www.beyond2015.org/beyond-2015-webinars).  

Beyond 2015 – Preparación de nuestra reacción al Documento Final del GTA  

¿Puede ayudar a desarrollar la reacción de B2015 al Documento Final del GTA? Si usted desea unirse al Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Documento Final del GTA, escribe a fhale@beyond2015.org antes del 6 de agosto de 2014. El Grupo de Trabajo tendrá una llamada inicial el 11 de agosto 2014.  

La reacción de B2015 formará la base de nuestro trabajo de incidencia a nivel nacional, regional e internacional en los próximos meses, y debe estar lista a tiempo para que pueda ser utilizada en las siguientes reuniones:

• Reunión interactiva de la Oficina del Presidente de la Asamblea General con la sociedad civil, 26 de agosto

• Conferencia DPI, 27-28 de agosto

• PGA Evento de Inventario, 11-12 de septiembre

• Eventos de B2015 en torno de la Asamblea General de la ONU, incluyendo nuestro evento paralelo y la campaña de los medios de comunicación

• Diálogos regionales que ya están organizando.   

Planes B2015 para la Asamblea General de la ONU: únete al Grupo de Trabajo!  

B2015 organizará un evento paralelo durante la semana de la AGNU. Más información estará disponible en breve. Si usted desea participar en las actividades durante la semana de la AGNU, por favor, únase al Grupo de Trabajo de B2015 sobre la AGNU. Escribe a Kamona, Oficial de Finanzas y Admininstration de B2015, knjolomba@beyond2015.org, antes del 7 de agosto.

Campaña B2015 de Medios de Comunicación  

B 2015 está planeando una campaña coordinada en torno a la Asamblea General de la ONU (septiembre), con acciones nacionales, regionales e internacionales, incluyendo una campaña de Twitter y una campaña de prensa.  

El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Medios de Comunicación incluye:

• María Sande (Alianza por la Solidaridad, España / Francia)

• Giancarlo Angelucci (Restless Development, Reino Unido)

• Joji Fatiaki (PIANGO, Fiji)

• Balkissa Ide Siddo (UWASNET, Uganda)

• Ria Voorhaar (CAN International)

• Deborah Unger (Transparencia Internacional, Reino Unido)  

Si usted es especialista en comunicaciones y medios de comunicación y desea unirse al grupo, todavía tenemos espacio para uno o dos más. Escribe a Fiona Hale, Oficial Internacional de B2015, en fhale@beyond2015.org  

Eventos del PAG     

B2015 fue una de las coaliciones y redes invitadas a designar oradores a dos eventos promovidos por el Presidente de la Asamblea General de la ONU: (1) 26 de agosto – una reunión interactiva con la sociedad civil y (2) Septiembre 11-12 – Evento de Alto Nivel de Evaluación de la Situación de la Agenda post-2015. Los Coordinadores Regionales de B2015, el Grupo de Trabajo sobre la ONU, y el Comité Ejecutivo están trabajando con la Secretaría a fines de proponer personas que serán capaces de representar la campaña en esas importantes reuniones en Nueva York.  

65a CONFERENCIA ANUAL DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE INFORMACIÓN PÚBLICA PARA LAS ONG Agosto 27-29, Nueva York

Esta Conferencia será un hito importante, antes de la Cumbre del Secretario General sobre el Clima y la Asamblea General de la ONU, la finalización del informe de síntesis del Secretario General sobre la agenda de desarrollo post-2015, y las Conferencias de las Partes de la CMNUCC de Lima (2014) y París (2015). 

La conferencia reunirá a la sociedad civil, los gobiernos y representantes de la ONU para discutir temas de erradicación de la pobreza, la sostenibilidad, los derechos humanos, el cambio climático y los marcos participativos de rendición de cuentas. Una Declaración de la Conferencia, diseñado para enmarcar un ambicioso “Programa de Acción” para la sociedad civil, será producido y se distribuyerá a las partes interesadas. B2015 forma parte del Comité de Planificación de la Conferencia y está participando en la elaboración de contenidos.

Campagne Beyond 2015: Communication – Juillet 31, 2014 – Préparation de la réaction de B2015 au Rapport Final GTO – B2015 à l’AGNU – Campagne médiatique – et plus

Analyse GTO13

Le 29 Juillet, nous avons tenu un webinaire pour partager l’analyse du Groupe de Travail Ouvert 13, et échanger sur les plans pour la réaction de B2015 au Document Final du GTO. Le rapport du webinaire fournira un analyse OWG13, et sera affiché sur le site Web (www.beyond2015.org/beyond-2015-webinars).

Beyond 2015 – Préparation de notre réaction au Document Final du GTO

Pouvez-vous aider à développer la réaction de B2015 au Document Finaldu GTO? Si vous souhaitez rejoindre le groupe de travail sur le Document Final du GTO, veuillez écrire à fhale@beyond2015.org avant le 6 Août 2014. Le Groupe de travail aura une première échange le 11 Août 2014.

La réaction de B2015 fournira la base de notre action de plaidoyer aux niveaux national, régional et international dans les prochains mois et devrait être prêt à temps pour qu’il puisse être utilisé dans les réunions suivantes:

• Réunion interactive de l’Office du Président de l’Assemblée Générale (OPAG) avec la société civile, le 26 Août

• Conférence DPI, 27-28 Août

• Evénement d’Inventaire de l’OPAG, 11-12 Septembre

• Evénements de B2015 autour de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU, y compris notre événement de côté et notre campagne médiatique

• Dialogues régionaux qui s’organisent déjà.

Plans de B2015 pour l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU: rejoignez le Groupe de travail!

B2015 a organisé un événement parallèle lors de l’Assemblée générale. Plus d’informations seront bientôt disponibles. Si vous souhaitez participer à des activités au cours de l’Assemblée générale, veuillez joindre le Groupe de travail de B2015 sur l’AGNU. Écrire à Kamona, Officielle de Finances et d’ Admininstration de B2015, knjolomba@beyond2015.org, avant le 7 Août.

Campagne médiatique B2015

B2015 prévoit une campagne coordonnée autour de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (Septembre), avec des actions nationales, régionales et internationales, y compris une campagne Twitter et une campagne de presse.

Le Groupe de travail sur les médias comprend:

• Maria Sande (Alliance pour la solidarité, Espagne / France)

• Giancarlo Angelucci (développement Restless, Royaume-Uni)

• Joji Fatiaki (PIANGO, Fidji)

• Balkissa Siddo Ide (UWASNET, Ouganda)

• Ria voorhaar (CAN International)

• Deborah Unger (Transparency International, Royaume-Uni)

Si vous êtes un spécialiste de la communication et des médias et souhaitez rejoindre le groupe, nous avons encore de la place pour une ou deux personnes. Veuillez écrire à Fiona Hale, officielle internationale de B2015, fhale@beyond2015.org 

Evénements du PAG   

B2015 a été l’une des coalitions et des réseaux invités à désigner des orateurs pour deux événements promus par le Président de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies: (1) 26 Août – une réunion interactive avec la société civile et (2) Septembre 11-12 – événement de haut niveau d’évaluation de la condition de l’agenda post-2015. Les coordonnateurs régionaux de B2015, le Groupe de travail sur l’ONU, et le Comité exécutif travaillent avec le Secrétariat pour proposer des gens qui seront en mesure de représenter la campagne dans ces importantes réunions à New York.


65 CONFERENCE ANNUELLE DU DEPARTEMENT DE

L’INFORMATION POUR LES ORGANISATIONS NON GOUVERNEMENTALES

(SIEGE DES NATIONS UNIES, 27-29 AOUT 2014)  

Cette conférence sera une étape importante, avant le Sommet du Secrétaire général sur les changements climatiques et l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, l’achèvement du rapport de synthèse du Secrétaire général sur l’agenda de développement post-2015, et les Conférences des Parties CCNUCC Lima (2014) et Paris (2015). 

La conférence réunira la société civile, les gouvernements et les représentants des Nations Unies pour discuter des questions de réduction de la pauvreté, le développement durable, les droits humains, le changement climatique et les cadres participatifs de responsabilisation. Une déclaration de la Conférence, visant à encadrer un “programme d’action” ambitieux pour la société civile, sera produit et distribué aux parties intéressées. B2015 fait partie du comité de planification de la Conférence et participe à l’élaboration du contenu. 

Fiona Hale

Beyond 2015 International Officer

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IISD:  Post-2015 Policy & Practice  – Events Calendar August 2014 – 2016

Dear Community of Educators,

To assist members with planning  to engage in UN meetings on sustainability,   go to the Post-2015 Policy & Practice calendar from August 2014 into 2016 of UN meetings on Science and Sustainability; High Level Political Forum (HLPF); UNFCCC COP meetings on climate change, and more.  http://post2015.iisd.org/events/
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
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Side Events & Exhibits | ADP 2.6 Virtual Expo

https://seors.unfccc.int/seors?session_id=ADP2.6VE

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People’s Climate March  UN Climate Summit

Hello GGCA Colleagues,
There is quite the buzz around the upcoming UN Climate Summit.  Many are talking, but people will be marching in the People’s Climate March, 21st September.
If you have not already received your invitation, consider yourself invited!  Join those making history and demanding change.  A developing idea is that a section of march will be dedicated to women and women’s groups to share a unified statement or a common theme.  Here are some actions you can take today as an individual or a representative or your organization:
·         Endorse the march and sign up as a Partner
·         Follow developments for “in street” and virtual participation
·         Join the PCM Women’s Hub mailing list
·         Join the PCM Women Facebook page
·         Use #peoplesclimate as the main social media hashtag
·         Invite others to do the same!
Mobilization
The climate movement is gearing up for mobilization – in September and beyond. Many are working together to make it a reality.  Here are some ways to get involved and stay in-the-know:
·         National Call for ‘Women Mobilizing for the People’s Climate March’ (led by wedo.org) is a space for people who are engaged in women’s issues, organizations, feminist collectives/ alliances, and the wide-range of non-profits that serve women, locally and nationally, to mobilize a strong presence for the September 21st ‘People’s Climate March’ in NYC and to expand women’s reach and leadership on climate issues! Visit www.peoplesclimate.org/womenand ‘Join the Mailing List’.
·         The People’s Climate Week website (managed by the Climate Group) is a place to post events happening in New York and for people to browse events to attend while in New York.
·         The People’s Climate Platform (managed by 350.org) and is a place to post events happening around the world and show support for events happening near and far.
 
·         Climate Mobilization calls (managed by tcktcktck.org) happen every Friday and is a space for people who are engaged in climate change issues but may not focus only on women’s issues.  One call focuses on march logistics, another is for global partners.  To be apart contact me directly at cara@gender-climate.org.
·         Climate Summit Event coordinating list (managed by climatenetwork.org) is a place to connect with others in planning events.  It does not center on women’s issues but is a space for any type of event.  To be apart contact me directly at cara@gender-climate.org.
As always, you are encourage and invited to let me know if you have any questions, further thoughts, or want to share how your organization is getting involved.
Best regards,
Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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Provide written input for PGA’s Stock-taki​ng on the Post-2015 Developmen​t Agenda 

Onderwerp: Provide written input for PGA’s Stock-taking on the Post-2015 Development

Agenda

Dear Colleagues,
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) has set up an online form for civil society organizations to submit written comments on the subjects to be addressed in the PGA’s upcoming High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda taking place at UN Headquarters on 11-12 September.
As per the concept note for the 11-12 September High-level Event, these subjects are:
i. key messages from all the high-level events/ thematic debates, and interactive dialogue/briefings on the Post-2015 development agenda convened by the President of the General Assembly in 2014.
ii. the outcomes of the post-Rio+20 processes, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG), the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), the Structured Dialogues on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism, as well as updates on the High-Level Political Forum.
iii. the critical internal processes and events that have an impact on the design of the post-2015 development agenda, such as the 2014 substantive session of ECOSOC, including the Annual Ministerial Review and the Development Cooperation Forum, the 2014 High-level Political Forum under the auspices of ECOSOC, as well as the first session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly.
iv. the critical external processes and events that have an impact on the design and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The outcome of the High-level Stock-taking Event will be a President’s Summary to be presented to the Secretary-General as an input to his synthesis report, transmitted to the President of the 69th session of the General Assembly, and made available to Member States and other stakeholders.

In advance of the 11-12 September High-level Event, the PGA will host an interactive meeting with civil society on 26 August at UN Headquarters.
The Office of the President of the General Assembly kindly requests civil society to submit any written comments on the above subjects in advance of this meeting, by Friday, 22 August.
Comments received will be posted immediately in an public online spreadsheet, and will be considered by the Office of the President of the General Assembly in the preparation of the President’s Summary for the Secretary-General.
Thank you and best regards,
UN-NGLS

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Healthy forests provide ecosystem services vital to wildlife, the climate and human livelihoods.
Forest management is one of the many issues to be addressed at IUCN Congress 2016. So, in advance of this year’s International Day of Forests, we’re showcasing various global, national and island-scale forest restoration initiatives to demonstrate different approaches to forest management. Check out all of the forest-focussed Congress events and register for the Congress.
The Bonn Challenge is a global initiative to restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded land by 2020. 12 countries and one company have pledged to participate.
Sixty percent of the world’s remaining tropical rainforest is in Brazil, so forest restoration initiatives could have major positive impacts on the climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. Founding Member of the Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests, and Agriculture says a landscape approach to forest restoration is key.
Healthy forests are critical to Hawaiian culture, wildlife and water supply. Restoration efforts in the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge have been largely successful and ecosystems are recovering.

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