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12 July Global Townhall with UN Secretary-General candidates: Propose questions / Apply to attend!

A Global Townhall with UN Secretary-General candidates
Tuesday, 12 July 2016  -  6:00-9:00pm 
General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters, New York 

Organized and hosted by the President of the UN General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Mogens Lykketoft,
in partnership with Al Jazeera Media Network
A Global Townhall with candidates for UN Secretary-General will take place on 12 July in the UN General Assembly Hall from 6:00-9:00pm NY time. All candidates for UN Secretary-General presented so far have been invited to participate. This event will be broadcast live across the world by Al Jazeera media network, made available free to all broadcast media, and simultaneously streamed live on UN WebTV.
Propose questions that can be asked of all candidates during this international broadcast event!

Send questions in writing or video by 6 July
via Twitter using #UNSGcandidates
 or online form:
Want to attend the 12 July event in person?

Complete this registration / application form.
Deadlines:
6 July for Civil Society Organizations and Private Sector
10 July for UN Member States, Observers and UN Staff
The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly has requested UN-NGLS to facilitate a process with the global public to provide questions that can be asked to candidates during the 12 July Global Townhall event.UN-NGLS has also been conducting this process for the UN General Assembly informal dialogues with candidates that have taken place over the past few months and that will continue to be held if further candidates are presented. If you have previously submitted a question via the UN-NGLS process, you do not need to submit it to us again.
See the questions asked of individual candidates via this process so far, and the candidates’ responses here.
See the 10 questions that all candidates are asked to answer from this process, posted on the President of the General Assembly’s website.
View all questions submitted here.
How are the questions selected?

UN-NGLS facilitates a civil society Committee to short-list questions from those received, to submit to the PGA. The Office of the PGA chooses some of the short-listed questions to used during the UN General Assembly dialogues and the Global Townhall event, bearing in mind regional and gender balance, and diversity of issues relevant to the role of the UN Secretary-General.
Submit your questions for the candidates in writing or video by 6 July!

via Twitter using #UNSGcandidates
 or online form:
 

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Apply now – e-courses on Chairmanship and the UN System

Dear UNCSD-l readers,

In the context of the new 2030 Agenda, the Multilateral Diplomacy Programme of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to inform you about its upcoming online courses. These courses are aimed at professionals whose area of work or study is related to the new SDGs.  

We are pleased to inform you that we offer 25% discount for group bookings.

Please find below more information and do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions

Best regards

The MDP Team

Multilateral Diplomacy Programme
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland

Email: mdp-elearning@unitar.org
Tel: +41.22.917.8716
Fax: +41.22.917.8993
Website: www.unitar.org/mdp

Upcoming courses

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) offers online courses on Multilateral Diplomacy. These courses are targeted to diplomats and government officials who are involved in inter-governmental negotiations, and professionals who are working in an international environment.

We are pleased to inform you that we offer discounted fees for group bookings. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance.

Upcoming Course

e-Learning courses

Chairing International Conferences

25 April – 8 May 2016

This online course aims to equip participants with the skills to successfully chair a meeting or international conference, as well as to understand and work with whoever is appointed to this position, thereby contributing to the success of such an event and a greater fulfillment of one’s institutional mandate. Registration >>

Introduction to the United Nations System

23 May – 3 July 2016

As an increasingly globalized world continues to underline the importance of multilateral dialogue and cooperation in confronting this century’s challenges, the UN will remain a central forum for progressing ideas and a platform for action. This course aims to provide a historical, political, and analytical framework for liaising more effectively with UN representatives and staff. Registration >>

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e-Learning courses

+41 (0)22 917 87 16

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United Nations Institute for Training and Research
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
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Quick turn around – 10th round of application for accreditation as GCF [Green Climate Fund] observer organization — DEADLINE April 25th, 2016

APOLOGIES FOR CROSS-POSTINGS — PLEASE, DISTRIBUTE WIDELY
Dear all,
please find below information on accreditation opportunities to the GCF as observer organization. Note, that the deadline is already April 25th.  I am currently inquiring with the GCF Secretariat why this 10th round of observer organization accreditation seems to be with such a tight deadline and will keep folks posted if there is any change to the deadline.
With warm regards,
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Developed Country Active Civil Society Observer, Green Climate Fund

Green Climate Fund – OBSERVERS <observers@gcfund.org>

To: Active observer of the Green Climate Fund 
 
Subject:  Notification – 10th Round of accreditation of observer organizations
 
Dear Active observers,
In preparation for B.13, the Secretariat wishes to launch the 10th round of accreditation of observer organizations.
Please find attached the notification (HERE) and the application form (HERE) which will be available on the Fund’s website for any potential observer organization to fill in and submit until Monday, 25 April 2016 to this e-mail account with the subject line ‘10th round of observer accreditation’.
The processing of applications, including Board consideration, is planned to take place in time for accreditation prior to the thirteenth meeting of the Board.
We thank you in advance for your kind assistance in sharing this with prospective observer organizations in your network and look forward to working more closely with you all.
Yours sincerely,

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Invitation To Apply: Civil society speaker for Paris Climate Change Agreement Signing Ceremony at UNHQ in New York (2016, 22 April)

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UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon starting in April 2016.
Signing Ceremony of the
Paris Climate Change Agreement
at United Nations Headquarters in New York
22 April 2016

Apply for Civil Society Speaking Role
in the Opening Session
By 13 March: Apply for Selection Committee 
By 16 March: Apply for Speaking Role
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited all world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April for the historic climate agreement that was reached in Paris in December last year. The signing event will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on the first day the agreement will be open for signature, which coincides with the observance of International Mother Earth Day, observed in many countries as simply Earth Day. The Secretary-General intends to use the occasion of the signing ceremony to further engage world leaders as well as those from business and civil society to put the new agreement into action as quickly as possible.At the request of the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN-NGLS is leading a process to find a speaker from civil society for the opening session of the signing ceremony, in recognition of the essential role played by civil society action in developing and implementing solutions to build a safer, greener and more livable world for all people.For this key speaking role, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General is seeking someone from a developing country who can share a compelling story of a new innovation or solution (from social entrepreneurship to engineering to community action) that she / he has put into practice that is delivering tangible results on climate change mitigation or adaptation. The candidate must have public speaking experience, and be able to confidently deliver a short, compelling speech in front of world leaders and the media.Travel funding will be provided for this speaker, as well as a supporter if the selected candidate is under 18.

Apply here for the civil society speaking role in the opening session:
http://bit.ly/22April-Paris-Agreement-Signing-CSO-Speaker-Apply
Apply here for the civil society Selection Committee for this process: 
More information about this event is available here.Follow the social media channels below for updates!

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Apply to attend or speak at Paris Climate Change Agreement Signing Ceremony at UNHQ in NY (22 April)

 

 Signing Ceremony of the
Paris Climate Change Agreement
at United Nations Headquarters in New York
22 April 2016

Civil Society:
Apply to speak in the opening session,
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Which Election Observation Groups Should be Invited to Future Elections?

Dear Worldview Mission:,

We are writing to remind you to participate in an effort to better represent the voices of civil society regarding which election observation groups should be invited to future elections in your country. These organizations can influence whether elections are perceived as free and fair. There are now many different organizations that engage in international election observation, and which organizations are invited may play an important role in how citizens and international audiences ultimately judge the quality of elections.

In most countries, the government has the power to extend invitations to international observers. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like yours are sometimes left out of the conversation. Therefore, we are asking you and representatives of many other NGOs about which election observation groups should be invited to future national elections. We plan to compile these recommendations from diverse representatives of civil society and share them with election observation groups.

If you are willing to participate, please fill out a brief (5-10 minute) questionnaire at the following link:

Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:
https://byu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE?Q_DL=5iESwRmTBHLFb93_56VqK74f2vEgJr7_MLRP_0PKvYSRsQYmASQR&Q_CHL=email

You can learn more about our broader research and commentary on election observation by clicking on these links: http://sites.duke.edu/kelley/about/ or http://hyde.research.yale.edu/research.htm. Alternatively, you can perform a Google Search for “Judith Kelley election monitoring project” or “Susan Hyde election observation” or you can browse our individual websites from the Duke or Yale University websites.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to respond to this invitation to make the voices from civil society representatives heard on this important issue.

Sincerely,
Professor Judith Kelley, Duke University
Professor Susan Hyde, Yale University
Professor Dan Nielson, Brigham Young University

Professor Judith Kelley Duke University

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Masters in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management, 2016-18

Call for Applications
The MESPOM Consortium of six universities

– Lund University (Sweden), the University of Manchester (UK), Central European University (Hungary), the University of the Aegean (Greece), the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (USA), and the University of Saskatchewan (Canada) –

invites applications for the Masters course in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management (MESPOM) for 2016-2018.

The two-year Masters programme enables students and early career environmental professionals to respond to complex environmental challenges, especially in an international context. The programme offers interdisciplinary modules delivered by experts of environmental science, policy and management. This includes courses such as ‘Sustainable Development and Global Transition: from Paradigm to Practice’ and ‘Environmental Governance: Advanced Topics’, which provide students with an in-depth understanding of sustainable development strategies and the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

The deadline for applications is May 3, 2016 (tuition waivers available).

More information can be found on the MESPOM website or by writing to the MESPOM Consortium Coordinator.

Please feel free to forward our Call for Applications to any suitable candidates, and relevant lists or networks!
Kind regards,

Ruth Pinto

Communications and Promotions Officer
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy
Central European University, Budapest

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Call for Applications: Geospatial Technologies to Monitor SDGs (Budapest, July 2016)

Dear colleagues,

Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary is conducting an environmental professional education workshop in July 2016 in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA):

Geospatial Technologies and Remote Sensing for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 4-9 July 2016, Budapest
Timely to the recent adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, this workshop will provide lectures and hands-on sessions for the effective monitoring of a variety of SDGs (e.g. water security, conservation, forestry, urban sustainability) with a focus on geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

Confirmed speakers thus far include UNECEEsriGoogle, and the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), among others. The workshop is aimed at decision-makers, including public policy and environmental organizations, as well as government agencies and ministries.

For detailed information about the workshop and application procedure, please visit: http://isepei.org/geospatial-2016Application deadline is 1 March 2016. We have limited funding and tuition fee waivers available for select outstanding applicants from developing countries.

Conducted as a part of the ISEPEI Project (In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals), this event will aim to improve data-driven decision-making by keeping professionals up-to-date on the latest advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and their potential use in a wide variety of public policy applications. ISEPEI has been running such international capacity building events since 2014 and was recently highlighted for its achievements at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi (http://eoesummit.org).

We will be happy to provide you with any additional information. Please feel free to forward this information and attached flyer to corresponding units or interested parties.

Thank you and kind regards,

Emily Nilson
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Central European University
Nador u. 9 | Budapest 1051 | Hungary

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Dear Ms. Helene H.,

Thanks for signing the petition to turn the lights back on for Syria.

If hundreds of thousands of us take action now, we can show our governments that they’ve got to boost the humanitarian response, stop attacks on civilians and prioritise a political solution with human rights at its heart.

Can you share this with your friends on Facebook and twitter so we can turn the lights back on together?

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marta – PLS STUDY AND CONSIDER SUPPORTING Syria Appeal: SIGN ON BY COB TUESDAY 19 JANUARY

From: Ingo Ritz, GCAP <ingo.ritz@whiteband.org>
Date: Mon, Jan 18, 2016
Subject: [Coalitions] Syria Appeal: SIGN ON BY COB TUESDAY 19 JANUARY
To: “coalitions@whiteband.org” <coalitions@whiteband.org>

Dear All,
Please see the appeal for Syria in the mail below and the two attachments.

If you would like to sign on as GCAP national coalitions or constituency groups, please write directly John Budd at UNICEF  (jbudd@unicef.org) by Tuesday the 19th.

As GCAP Global we are in the process to approve for signing.
Best wishes,

Ingo

From: Charny, Joel
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016

Subject: FOR SIGN ON BY COB TUESDAY 19 JANUARY: IASC Syria appeal

Sent to HPPC—Advisory Committee; Emergency Directors; Syria WG; Humanitarian Partnerships Working Group

Dear colleagues:

As mentioned in Wednesday’s Syria Working Group meeting, at the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Principals meeting in December we discussed the failure of the IASC as a collective body to speak out on the humanitarian situation in Syria. The result of the discussion was an agreement to develop a Principals statement on Syria to submit to the Vienna peace talks with a focus on humanitarian measures that would build confidence among the parties to the conflict. A small group, including InterAction, was formed to develop this initiative.

With leadership from UNICEF, this has now morphed into a global Syria appeal, developed by the IASC but open to all organizations to endorse. The idea is to get the maximum number of organizational endorsements. Please see the statement attached, as well as a cover letter intended for NGO partners of operational UN agencies. Since multiple UN agencies will be contacting their partners about this effort, your organizations will no doubt receive this appeal from several sources. It is worth noting that we have been in touch with the UN Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, and he is strongly supporting this effort.

The text of the appeal is final and the document is being circulated for institutional sign on by COB 19 January. I apologize for the tight turnaround, but as steps are being taken to organize the negotiations, and given the dire situation inside Syria, the consensus was that we need to move on this as quickly as possible.

If your organization would like to sign on, please write John Budd at UNICEF  (jbudd@unicef.org) by Tuesday the 19th.

Organizations interested in coordinating on public communications on the Syria appeal should get in touch with UNICEF’s communication focal point for this effort, Edward Carwardine: ecarwardine@unicef.org.

Thanks in advance for your attention to this matter.

Best wishes,

 

Joel R. Charny | Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice

InterAction • A United Voice for Global Change

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To find out which organisations are included in this campaign, please go on www.withsyria.com

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Survey ‘Evaluation Partners for Water 2010-2015’ – share your opinion! 16-12-2015

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Questions or remarks? Or would you like to know more about our activities? Please contact us.Berenschot, P.O. Box 8039, 3503 RA Utrecht, +31(0)30 – 2 916 916, The Netherlands

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2016 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities – — 1st Review of Applications – Jan 15, 2016
The National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College is now accepting applications for the July 11-15, 2016 institute.

Send a campus team that includes faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators to “…the best boot camp for learning communities in the country…”
This institute is designed to help two- and four-year institutions:
·         Explore the potential for learning communities on their campus
·         Start a new learning community (LC) program
·         Expand an existing LC program
1st review of applications starts January 15, 2016.
Cost: $1,350 per person
Includes:
·         On-campus housing
·         All meals starting with Monday dinner through Friday dinner
(except Wednesday dinner when teams have a night off)
·         All workshops, concurrent sessions and plenaries
Team size: 5-10 people
To learn more and get an application, go to http://www.evergreen.edu/washingtoncenter/institute/index.html or contact us atwashcenter@evergreen.edu.
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Please complete online participants’ survey – GLF 2015

Dear Helene Oord,Thank you for joining us online for the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, which was viewed by thousands of people via the live webcast.We would greatly appreciate it if you could take 3 minutes to complete our survey on your experience viewing this year’s event online. Your feedback will help us to continue to improve the online aspects of the Global Landscapes Forum.https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GLF2015onlineFor photos, videos, news articles and presentations from the Global Landscapes Forum, please visit http://www.landscapes.org/glf-2015/.Best regards,
GLF Organizing Committee
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Amsterdam International Water Week – impressions and survey

Dear delegate,

We look back on a successful Amsterdam International Water Week 2015, thanks to your participation. We invite you to take a last look back and we ask your opinion, to be able to host an even better week in 2017!

Impressions of the Amsterdam International Water WeekThe Amsterdam International Water Week Conference had a packed programme, and an impressive array of speakers. For impressions of the conference please click here and our Facebook page

Young Water Professionals Programme

The dutchwatersector.com website published an article about the Young AIWW Programme during the Amsterdam International Water Week. For this article Marie Sagen, ambassador of Young AIWW 2013-2015 was interviewed: “Young water professionals are somewhat restless and seek more action.” Read more

For a photo impression  of the Young Water Professionals Programme, please check the Young IWW website.

Aquatech Amsterdam 25th edition: most dynamic show yet

The 2015 Aquatech Amsterdam exhibition was a ground-breaking 25th edition in the show’s history. A total of 856 exhibitors participated in what was a vibrant event, an increase of more than 100 compared to the previous edition in 2013. Read more

For impressions of the Aquatech:

What did you think? Survey AIWW1100 delegates visited the Amsterdam International Water Week 2015. This was the third edition of the event, and every year we keep growing and improving. To be able to do even better in 2017, we would like to know what our visitors thought. We would like to ask you a few minutes of your time to do our survey

The next Amsterdam International Water Week will take place from 30 October until 3 November 2017.

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Friendly Reminder: UNEP Survey due by 15 December 2015

Dear Colleagues,
We hope this finds you well.
An important element of UNEP’s mandate is to provide information on the environment, including on emerging environmental issues. In generating this information, UNEP collaborates with many partners, including Major Groups and Stakeholders who at the same time are also using and disseminating this information. In order to further improve  the effectiveness of our services and to better meet the needs of our clients and partners,  UNEP is undertaking a survey on the involvement of major groups and stakeholders in the generation, utilization and dissemination of environmental information that is developed by UNEP.
Therefore we are  kindly requesting  you to take a few minutes of your time to complete the survey available on the link below.  Your participation the survey is most appreciated and we hope to receive your response by 15th December 2015.

Kind Regards,

UNEP MGSB

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IMPORTANT: CPG Perception Survey

Following the email below, this is to request you to the possibility of fulfilling the Perception Survey for CPGSD/Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development.  I hope you can go through the survey questionnaire until next week.Thanks.

On 10/24/15, April Alconis wrote:

Hello,
Over the last two years, the Campaign for Peoples Goals for Sustainable Development (CPG) has engaged the process of coming up with a new agenda for sustainable development and a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals.  The Campaign has tried to consistently articulate a system-critical perspective even as it challenged governments and the multilateral systems to respond to the concrete demands of impoverished and marginalized groups in society.

With the formal adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by Member States of the United Nations last Sept. 25, 2015, civil society organizations (CSOs) must now face the prospect of its implementation over the next 15 years.  In this light, this survey seeks to gather feedback from CSOs and other stakeholders in order to provide a basis for reflecting on the contributions of the Campaign — up to the present and possibly into the future.

The main targets of this survey are CSOs and other stakeholders who have participated in and supported any of the activities, statements and initiatives of the Campaign.  The survey is designed to gather the opinion and perception of respondents about the relevance of the Campaign, its messages, activities and impacts.

We hope you will share around 20 minutes of your time to accomplish this survey before November 13, 2015.

Click here to begin the survey.

Thank you very much.

Paul Quintos

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2016 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities – Now Accepting Applications

The National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College is now accepting applications for the July 11-15, 2016 institute.
Send a campus team that includes faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators to “…the best boot camp for learning communities in the country…”
This institute is designed to help two- and four-year institutions:
  • Explore the potential for learning communities on their campus
  • Start a new learning community (LC) program
  • Expand an existing LC program
 1st review of applications starts January 15, 2016.
Cost: $1,350 per person
Team size: 5-10 people
To learn more and get an application, go to http://www.evergreen.edu/washingtoncenter/institute/index.html or contact us at washcenter@evergreen.edu.
 Brenda Orzino, on behalf of Washington Center
Program Coordinator, Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education
The Evergreen State College
Phone: 360.867.6602
Fax: 360.867.6662
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18th Annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities – July 11-15, 2016
“best boot camp for learning communities in the country”
Create Campus Partnerships ~ Develop Assessment Strategies ~ Design Integrative Learning ~ Explore Possibilities
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“Call For HLPF Partnerships” – Survey Deadline 15 Nov – Partnerships for SDGs

Approaching deadline 15 November 2015.

Do not miss the opportunity to have your views heard on how partnerships can best engage with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and how the Partnerships for SDGs online platform can become a tool for encouraging global engagement around partnerships for the SDGs.
See more here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/partnerships

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IMPORTANT: CPG Perception Survey

Hello,
Over the last two years, the Campaign for Peoples Goals for Sustainable Development (CPG) has engaged the process of coming up with a new agenda for sustainable development and a successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals.  The Campaign has tried to consistently articulate a system-critical perspective even as it challenged governments and the multilateral systems to respond to the concrete demands of impoverished and marginalized groups in society.With the formal adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by Member States of the United Nations last Sept. 25, 2015, civil society organizations (CSOs) must now face the prospect of its implementation over the next 15 years.  In this light, this survey seeks to gather feedback from CSOs and other stakeholders in order to provide a basis for reflecting on the contributions of the Campaign — up to the present and possibly into the future.The main targets of this survey are CSOs and other stakeholders who have participated in and supported any of the activities, statements and initiatives of the Campaign.  The survey is designed to gather the opinion and perception of respondents about the relevance of the Campaign, its messages, activities and impacts.We hope you will share around 20 minutes of your time to accomplish this survey before November 13, 2015.Click here to begin the survey.Thank you very much.Paul Quintos
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Now Accepting Applications – 2016 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The National Summer Institute on Learning Communities at The Evergreen State College is now accepting applications for the July 11-15, 2016 institute.
Send a campus team that includes faculty, student affairs professionals, and administrators to “…the best boot camp for learning communities in the country…”
This institute is designed to help two- and four-year institutions:
  • Explore the potential for learning communities on their campus
  • Start a new learning community (LC) program
  • Expand an existing LC program
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Now Accepting Applications – 2016 National Summer Institute on Learning Communities

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1st review of applications starts January 16, 2016.
Cost: $1,350 per person
Team size: 5-10 people
To learn more and get an application, go to http://www.evergreen.edu/washingtoncenter/institute/index.html.
Brenda Orzino, on behalf of Washington Center
Program Coordinator, Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education
The Evergreen State College
Phone: 360.867.6602
Fax: 360.867.6662
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18th Annual National Summer Institute on Learning Communities – July 11-15, 2016
“best boot camp for learning communities in the country”
Create Campus Partnerships ~ Develop Assessment Strategies ~ Design Integrative Learning ~ Explore Possibilities
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Applications for the 2016-2017 Community Solutions Fellowship Program Now Open

 

The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in Transparency & Accountability, Tolerance & Conflict Resolution, Environmental Issues, and Women & Gender Issues. Selected candidates will participate in: a four month U.S. fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency; structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute; and, the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries.

FINANCIAL PROVISIONS OF THE GRANT
• J-1 visa support
• Round-trip travel from participant’s home city to the U.S.
• Accident and sickness insurance
• Living Allowance to cover housing, meals and incidentals

Eligibility

TECHNICAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, national origin, or gender. Persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Competition for the Community Solutions Program is merit-based and open to community leaders, ages 25-38 at the time of application, who meet the following criteria:

• From a participating country (U.S. citizens, permanent residents of the U.S., and individuals who have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years are not eligible for this program)

• Currently living and working in his/her home country (Individuals participating in academic, training or research programs in the United States at the time of application and individuals residing or working outside their home countries at the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Currently working on a community project or initiative in his/her home country; and, has at least 2 years of professional experience in this capacity at the time of application

• Able to begin the program in the United States in 2016, and is committed to returning to his/her home country after completion of the program

• Able to receive a U.S. J-1 visa (Individuals who have participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Government who have not fulfilled their two-year home residency requirement by the time of application are not eligible for this program)

• Proficient in spoken and written English at the time of application

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES

Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

East Asia and the Pacific: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam

Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, and Ukraine

South and Central Asia: Bangladesh, Burma, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan

Near East & North Africa: Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and West Bank/Gaza

Western Hemisphere: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago

Ibrahim Ceesay

Social Justice Campaigner

Strategist//Development Expert//Movement Builder//

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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Global Landscapes Forum looking for 50 young innovators to join us in Paris

Dear Colleagues

Applications are now open for 50 young innovators (aged 18-35) to take part in the Global Landscapes Forum Youth in Landscape Initiative activities, in Paris from 1-4 December.  Are you ready to tackle one of the 5 landscape challenges, with a team of 10 passionate young people?

·      Design the first Landscapes Academy

·      Better managing water resources

·      Can REDD+ safeguards respect and promote local livelihoods?

·      Driving better land restoration in shared river basins

·      Designing supply chains of the future

Join us in Paris to tackle these challenges! For more information and to apply see the new Youth in Landscapes Initiative website (beta).

How to apply

Interested young innovators should fill out the application form from here and submit a 2 minute video via YouTube or Vimeo telling us:

  1. What are the current challenges facing landscapes and how can you make positive changes now or in the future to address these?
  2. Give us an example that demonstrates your passion for the challenge you’ve selected.
  3. Why are you the perfect candidate for the 2015 Youth in Landscape Initiative?

If you have any additional questions about the application process, please join one of our webinars. Information atwww.landscapes.org/youth

Applications close at 5pm CET on 11 October 2015.


Ibrahim SIDIBE

Executive Coordinator,

Initiative for Agricultural and Rural de Development in Mali (IDA)

Country Representative Young Professionals for Agricultural Development in Mali (YPARD)

Kalaban coura Ext South Street 325 Door 69

BP-E: 4630 Bamako, Mali

Phone: (00223) 20284223

Mobile: (00223) 76312529

Skype: sidhibe

E-mail: ibrahimsidhibe@gmail.com

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TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition & Debate – ARE SUSTAINABLE CITIES POSSIBLE? (1st Announcement)

http://www.livingrainforest.org/explore/schools-debate/

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SDG Indicators – Open Consultation with Civil Society, Academia and Private Sector

Dear Community of Educators,
An online opportunity to comment on the proposed SDG indicators.  If you decide to submit as an organization, please send us a copy of your recommendations and we will incorporate them with the UN SD Education Caucus input.
The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is launching an online consultation open to civil society, academia and the private sector to seek their inputs on the development of an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals. http://unstats.un.org/sdgs/iaeg-sdgs/open-consultation-stakeholders.html
Deadline:  Closes 7 September.
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
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
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Invitation – Apply to register for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit – CSOs and NGOs only
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 
An application process has been made available to apply for registration to attend the September 25-27, 2015, UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.  We encourage our members of the UN SD Education Caucus that would like to attend and cover this historical event to apply.  Details below from UNEP.  
 
Let us know if  you decide to do so.
 
 
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
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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ATTN: DEADLINE MONDAY 24 AUG Apply to register for 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit – CSOs and NGOs only
Non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations may apply to register for the 25-27 September UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.For complete instructions and the application form, please visit:
http://bit.ly/post-2015-Summit-apply-to-registerThis same form will also be available onhttp://csonet.org/

DEADLINE: Monday, 24 August 2015
Please help distribute this message.
“Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development”
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APPLY: Solutions Summit at UN Headquarters 27 September

Solutions Summit

The Solutions Summit is a catalytic gathering that will take place on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York City. The event is timed to follow the conclusion of the 3-day high-level UN General Assembly Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The purpose of the Solutions Summit is two-fold 1) to make visible, and lift-up exceptional innovators — technologists, engineers, scientists, and others — who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 2) to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers.What are the intended outcomes?During the inaugural Solutions Summit on the 27th of September, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a well-rehearsed ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to a juxtaposed audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, and industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale. The gathering will serve as a catalyst for a longer-term, locally-led and globally-supported effort to activate the world’s most forward thinking technologists, scientists, and engineers and to convene the resources and talent to apply their work in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.Who is organizing the effort?The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, the Estonian Information System Authority, (with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join), and with the indispensable support of global friends and colleagues. UN-NGLS is fully coordinating the selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the inaugural Solutions Summit.Help us surface extraordinary individuals and teams who are developing solutions that address the SDG(s) and encourage them to apply.
Please share this with others and spread the word!APPLY NOW:
www.solutions-summit.orgBy 28th August 2015 – Apply to be a part of the Selection CommitteeBy 2nd September 2015 – Submit proposals for inclusion in the Solutions Summit


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2000 for Anyone Taking this Survey… Mothers with Kids Under 7yrs Most welcome!

Hi Dear,

Hope this mail finds you in good health and wealth.

We are currently running a survey in Nigeria and I was wondering whether this would be something of interest to you.

The survey gives you 2000 upon successful completion and an extra 500 for mothers with kids. You can begin by opening your questionnaire on the link beliw:

http://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/p1844743762.aspx?l=9&src=17&CN=4&id=IBI.1341438845

This link is uniquely tied to your email address and you are only allowed to forward it if you do not intend to participate yourself, this way the reward will be channelled through you so you can pass it to your invitee mum you choose to invite.

To guide you in this, we have placed below an extract with the guide on how you may be asked to respond.

Do have a lovely day.

Sincerely,

Surveys Admin…

Survey Extract:

2000 for Anyone Taking this Survey… Mothers with Kids Under 7yrs Most welcome!

Survey Admin surveys@afripolling.com via sendgrid.me

Hi Dear,

Hope this mail finds you in good health and wealth.

We are currently running a survey in Nigeria and I was wondering whether this would be something of interest to you.

The survey gives you 2000 upon successful completion and an extra 500 for mothers with kids. You can begin by opening your questionnaire on the link beliw:

http://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/p1844743762.aspx?l=9&src=17&CN=4&id=IBI.1341438845

This link is uniquely tied to your email address and you are only allowed to forward it if you do not intend to participate yourself, this way the reward will be channelled through you so you can pass it to your invitee mum you choose to invite.

To guide you in this, we have placed below an extract with the guide on how you may be asked to respond.

Do have a lovely day.

Sincerely,

Surveys Admin…

Survey Extract:

 Q: How old are you?Please type in below:[Age should be between 18yrs to 45 yrs.]

 

 Q: Do you work in any of these occupations? [Only the green/OPEN industries are allowed onto this survey.]

1

Advertising / PR / media

CLOSE

2

Banking

OPEN

3

Healthcare (e.g. doctor, pharmacist, nurse etc.)

CLOSE

4

Journalism

CLOSE

5

Marketing / market research

CLOSE

6

Nutrition / physical instruction / sports science

CLOSE

7

Restaurants / pubs / clubs

OPEN

8

Sales or manufacture of healthcare products

CLOSE

9

Teaching

OPEN

10

None of these

OPEN

 Q: What is the highest level of education that you have achieved?

Illiterate / Primary incomplete

CLOSE

Primary complete / Secondary school incomplete

1

Secondary school complete / High school incomplete

2

High school complete / University incomplete

3

University complete

4

 Q: What is your total MONTHLY HOUSEHOLD income?

<NGN 50,000

1Close

NGN 50,000-100,000

2OPEN

NGN 150,001- 250,000

3OPEN

NGN 250,001- 350,000

4OPEN

NGN 350,000+

5OPEN

Q: How many children of the following ages are currently living at home with you?Enter a number for each age group; if there are none, enter ‘0’

1 6 years old or younger  
2 7-12 years old  
3 13-18 years old  
4 Over 18 years old  

 Are you currently suffering from any of the following serious illnesses?

Is your child currently suffering from any of the following serious illnesses?

 Diabetes

1

CLOSE

Cancer

2

CLOSE

Stroke

3

CLOSE

Liver Disease

4

CLOSE

Heart Disease

5

CLOSE

Kidney Disease

6

CLOSE

Gout

7

CLOSE

Rheumatoid Arthritis

8

CLOSE

Autoimmune disease

9

CLOSE

None of these

10

OPEN

 Are you currently pregnant?

Yes – I’m pregnant

1

CLOSE

No

2

OPEN

 Paid Surveys By Afripolling Team

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APPLY: Solutions Summit at UN Headquarters 27 September

Dear all,

If you are working on the SDGs (climate change is #13), or are someone working to solve pressing global issues (in your community, country, region, etc with global impact), see this opportunity to bring your ideas to the global stage in September around the Post-2015 Summit in NYC. (or join the selection committee.)

I copied in some of the questions on the application form below to give you an idea what they are asking. You can see further details in the email from NGLS.

If you have a solution, send it in via the form!

Questions from the online form:

4. Tell us about your solution.

What is it called, how does it work, what is the longer-term vision for global impact?

5. In what way is the solution unique from other approaches that exist in this space?

What is the new perspective or methodology?

6. How far has your team progressed in the development of this solution?

How do you measure your progress and methodological rigor?

7. What resources are most needed for the solution to scale and have considerable impact?

What are the short-term, medium-term and longer-term needs?

15. Please provide us any links related to you and your accomplishments. *

For example: LinkedIn profile, personal website, videos from speaking engagements

16. Please provide us links related to your work and / or your solution. *

For example: company website, project website, scientific / technical articles, process videos

17. Share with us your motivation(s) for applying to be a part of the inaugural Solutions Summit. *

Selection Committee applicants: describe how you have used tech & innovation for positive global impact.
From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Mon, Aug 17, 2015
Subject: APPLY: Solutions Summit at UN Headquarters 27 September
To: solutions-summit@unngls.org

 

Solutions Summit

The Solutions Summit is a catalytic gathering that will take place on Sunday, September 27th, 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York City. The event is timed to follow the conclusion of the 3-day high-level UN General Assembly Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The purpose of the Solutions Summit is two-fold 1) to make visible, and lift-up exceptional innovators — technologists, engineers, scientists, and others — who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 2) to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers.What are the intended outcomes?During the inaugural Solutions Summit on the 27th of September, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a well-rehearsed ‘lightning talk’ outlining their breakthrough efforts to a juxtaposed audience of senior policymakers who have the means to pave solid regulatory foundations, investors who care deeply about long-term change and impact, and industry leaders who are able to deploy quickly and at scale. The gathering will serve as a catalyst for a longer-term, locally-led and globally-supported effort to activate the world’s most forward thinking technologists, scientists, and engineers and to convene the resources and talent to apply their work in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals.Who is organizing the effort?The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, the Estonian Information System Authority, (with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join), and with the indispensable support of global friends and colleagues. UN-NGLS is fully coordinating the selection process to curate solutions to be featured during the inaugural Solutions Summit.Help us surface extraordinary individuals and teams who are developing solutions that address the SDG(s) and encourage them to apply.
Please share this with others and spread the word!APPLY NOW: 
www.solutions-summit.orgBy 28th August 2015 - Apply to be a part of the Selection CommitteeBy 2nd September 2015 - Submit proposals for inclusion in the Solutions Summit

 

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WFPG IS NOW ACCEPTING
INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR Fall 2015!

Washington, DC

 The Women’s Foreign Policy Group believes that it is crucial to ensure that women’s voices are heard and that women leaders are fully engaged in finding new approaches and solutions. WFPG is committed to global engagement and the promotion of the leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. The organization advances women’s leadership and highlights their contributions through international issues programs and mentoring.

Interns work as part of the WFPG team and are given the opportunity to improve their knowledge of international issues, as well as to learn how a small nonprofit organization operates.  At our programs, interns meet with accomplished international affairs professionals and learn from their career paths. Part-time internships are unpaid or for college credit. Full-time interns who commit to 3.5 months during the school year or 3 months during the summer are eligible for a $1,000 stipend.

WFPG is seeking four interns to assist them in Washington, DC during the upcoming semester:

 General Internship:

WFPG is looking for responsible and motivated interns to focus on planning and outreach for programs featuring international affairs officials and experts. In addition to assisting with our Author and Embassy Series programs, interns contribute to benefit luncheons and mentoring fairs. Interns will also research foreign policy topics before events, update the WFPG database, and complete other office tasks as assigned.

Communications Internship:

WFPG is also looking for a specialized intern to focus on our website and communications materials, including our invitations and newsletters.  The communications intern will also assist at events, conduct foreign policy research, and complete other office duties as assigned. A demonstrated interest in and knowledge of basic HTML and photo editing/layout software is helpful, but not required.

Qualifications:

Competitive candidates for both positions should have a demonstrated interest in foreign affairs and excellent computer skills. Interns must possess outstanding office and phone manners, and excellent writing skills, in addition to being well-organized, punctual, dependable, flexible, attentive to detail, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Applicants must be available to work a minimum of two full days per week.

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter (including your availability), resume, two-page writing sample (short paper or excerpt), contact information for three references, and an unofficial copy of your transcript to employment@wfpg.org.  Applications can also be mailed to:

Women’s Foreign Policy Group

Attn: Ms. Kimberly Kahnhauser
1615 M St. NW, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036

Deadline Extended! Apply by August 14!

This email was sent to Worldview Mission, worldview.mission@gmail.com by programs@wfpg.org
Women’s Foreign Policy Group • 1615 M Street, NW , STE 210, Washington, District of Columbia 20036, United States
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Scholarships available for MSc Course in Tropical Forestry
Technische Universitat Dresden
International Scholarships for MSc in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany
- Deadline 30 October -


Your are invited to attend the 2016 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY for which we have  DAAD scholarships available. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence.
Over many decades, the international orientation and socio-economic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the international background of our research & lecturing scientists who supervise your field research in the tropics. Besides socio-economic and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course also includes specific topics of climate change, carbon forestry, REDD+, agroforestry and land use change. Some of the best Master Students are offered to enter into our large PhD program. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions.

Another plus: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!

To apply or for more information write to: tutor@forst.tu-dresden.de
Check out our website: www.forst.tu-dresden.de/Inter

Deadline is 30 October 2015 for scholarship applications for the master course starting in October 2016 . However, applicants with own source of funding can apply anytime until 31 May 2016.

Prof. Dr. Gerald Kapp
Technische Universität Dresden
Institute of International Forestry and Forest Products 
Pienner Str. 7
01737 Tharandt (Germany)
Tel +49 35203 3831 308
Fax +49 35203 3831 820
gerald.kapp@tu-dresden.de
www.forst.tu-dresden.de/Inter/
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Survey on Gender, Agriculture and Climate Change in Latin America

Dear Colleague:

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture is currently undertaking a study to better understand the ways in which institutions are integrating gender-sensitive approaches to climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector in Latin America. The survey, implemented together with IFPRI and CCAFS, is part of the European Commission funded project IICA-EUROCLIMA, “Sustainable agriculture, Food Security, and Climate Change in Latin America”, which seeks to strengthen capacity to integrate climate change adaptation and mitigation into regional and national public policy.

The survey aims to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of people and institutions working in Latin America regarding the integration of gender considerations into climate change adaptation in the agriculture sector.  We hope to determine the extent to which institutions working in these thematic areas in the region are integrating gender perspectives into their programming. We are looking for respondents from institutions working in Latin America with:

  • an agricultural focus working on climate change
  • a climate change or environmental focus working on agriculture 
  • a rural development, inclusion or gender focus working on climate change and agriculture 

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes and your responses will be treated confidentially. Please note that the survey is in Spanish as we are targeting practitioners in the region. We appreciate your help in forwarding the link to the survey to others.

The survey can be accessed at: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/KBFQJ6J

If you have any questions about the survey and its intended use, please contact me at kelly.witkowski@iica.int

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Sincerely,

Kelly Witkowski

Agriculture and Climate Change Specialist

Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture

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Bees

The UK Government just okayed a plan to plant bee-threatening seeds across the country.A massive public outcry could stop this disaster.

Helene H. Oord,

More bad news for the bees.

Despite the fact that bee-harming pesticides are banned in the EU, the UK Government just gave the go-ahead to farmers to sow these toxic-coated seeds anyway. Any day now, Bayer and Syngenta’s toxic seeds could be sown — wreaking even more havoc on our bees.

Instead of listening to us, the Government listened to the intensive farming industry - ignoring the growing evidence of how dangerous these chemicals are to bees and other pollinators.

Hundreds of thousands of people have already signed petitions to the UK Government to stop harming our bees, and they’re feeling the sting. A massive public outcry could force the Government to back down and protect bees.

Sign the petition now to the UK Government: stop allowing our bees to die — uphold the pesticide ban!

Neonicotinoids or “neonics”, the world’s most widely used insecticide, were restricted in the EU in 2013 because they were found to be of ‘high acute risk’ to bees. They can still be used on some crops but not those that attract bees when they flower.

Serious scientific evidence shows that the nerve agents cause serious harm to bees, whose pollination is vital for many crops – and thus threaten our whole food supply.

This plan to sow UK fields with treated bee-harming seeds flies in the face of science and facts.

The Government gagged its own pesticide advisers to try and stop campaigners from piling pressure on the Government – showing that they are terrified of a massive public outcry. They haven’t even seen the half.

Companies like Bayer and their associates have been trying to overturn the neonics ban in the EU for years – using lawsuits and intimidation tactics to try and get their way. But we’ve been there at every step, fighting hard to make sure our precious pollinators aren’t stamped out by corporate greed.

Let’s swarm the UK Government with signatures now and make sure they protect bees once and for all.

Sign the petition to the UK Government now: Save the bees!

Thanks for all you do to protect the bees,
Martin, Carys, and the SumOfUs team

P.S. The bees aren’t the only thing in danger. A damning new study has just linked toxic neonics to not just bee deaths, but bird deaths as well. 93% of birds studied – including barn swallows, tree sparrows, common starlings and a variety of warblers – are in danger because of neonics. Big industry is trying to tell us these chemicals are safe but the evidence tells us over and over that we need to ban neonics to save the bees. Sign the petition now to stop the Government’s dangerous plan.

More information:

UK government gags advisers in bees and pesticides row, The Guardian, July 17, 2015
Not Just Bees: Controversial Pesticides Linked to Bird Declines, Wired, 7 Sept 2014
Government allows farmers to use ‘banned’ bee-harming pesticide. Friends of the Earth. July 22, 2015.

SumOfUs is a worldwide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy. Please help keep SumOfUs strong by chipping in €3 .Have a great idea for a SumOfUs campaign? Start your own petition and the best ones could be emailed to to the whole SumOfUs community.This email was sent to Worldview Mission worldview.mission@gmail.com. |

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TP-2015-application-form

kindly shear opportunity with your networks http://www.peacedirect.org/tp/#home-entry


Amb. Paul Lengar

Country Coordinator

Youth Millennium Development Ambassadors Initiative
Sierra Leone
Tel: +23278442956
Skype: paul.lenger

CR Worldview Mission Sierra Leone

Founder: Inter Secondary Schools Leadership Council Sierra Leone

Representative Climate Smart Agriculture Global Alliance in Sierra Leon

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IMPORTANT: 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit: Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee

Dear CPG4SD,

The call for applications and nominations to speak or serve as Steering Committee for the adoption of the Post-2015 Agenda on September 25-27 is now open. The open call is for 1 speaker for the opening ceremony and 3 speakers for each of the Rountdable Discussion in the Summit.  Description of the Roundtable can be seen here: http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-roundtable-themes

Please do click on the links below for your nominations.  For those who wanted to be nominated, please send the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org) your details so it can be processed.

Submit applications to speak here:
Please apply by July 17, 2015
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-speakers-apply

Data needed:
1.  Family name of the nominee
2.  First name of the nominee
3.  Organization of the nominee
4.  Organization website
5.  Country of residence of the nominee
6.  Nationality of the nominee
7.  Gender of the nominee
8.  Age of the nominee
9.  What languages can the nominee speak fluently?
10. Nominee’s Email address
11. Nominee’s phone number
12. Nominee’s skype ID
13.  Does the candicate need travel funding to participate in this event?
14. Which speaking role are you applying for?
15.  Please tell us about your work on the P2015 development agenda and your organization’s plans for engagement in its implementation
16. Please provide an overview of what you would like to speak about at this event
17. Biography
18. Optional but Recommended: link to video of candidate speaking publicly
19. Optional but Recommended: Link to CV or resume

Apply for the civil society Selection Committee here:
Please apply by July 20, 2015
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-SC-apply

Data needed:
1.  Family name
2.  First name
3.  Organization
4.  Organization website
5.  Nationality
6.  Country of residence
7.  Gender
8.  Age
9.  What languages can the nominee speak fluently?
10. Email address
11. Phone number
12. Skype ID
13. Mission Statement of you organization
14. Do you meet all criteria for participation in the Steering Committee, and agree to deliver on all TORs if selected?
15. Why do you want to be a member of this Steering Committee
16. Please describe your prior experience with participating in selection and/or collaborative decision-making process
17. Please provide a briefing biography, including information about areas of expertise related to the issues to be addressed in this event
18. CV

Also attached are the following documents:

For more information about the P2015 development agenda, please visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

In service,

April
for the Secretariat
http://peoplesgoals.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesGoals?ref=bookmarks

From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2015
Subject: 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit: Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee
To: info@un-ngls.org

Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee for the
25-27 September United Nations Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Application Deadlines:
Civil Society Selection Committee: 17 July 2015
Speaking Roles: 20 July 2015
From 25-27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, Heads of State and Government will gather along with leaders from civil society and business for the historic UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS in cooperation with DESA-DSD is facilitating a nomination process to identify speakers from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the Major Groups (except Business and Industry) for the Post-2015 Summit.This nomination process seeks candidates for:
 - one civil society speaker in the opening ceremony
 - three civil society speakers for each of the six Roundtable Discussions in the Summit.Please see the descriptions for the six Roundtable Discussion themes agreed by UN member States here:
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-roundtable-themesSubmit applications to speak here:
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-speakers-apply
Apply for the civil society Selection Committee here:
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-SC-applyThis announcement will soon be available in additional languages.For more information about the post-2015 development agenda process, including the UN General Assembly resolution on the organization of the Post-2015 Summit, please visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015
Susan Alzner
Officer in Charge, New York Office
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
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FOR WIDE CIRCULATION: WBG Recruitment Drive for African Nationals – Please apply and/or share info within your network

The World Bank Group is launching a recruitment drive aimed at increasing the number of Sub Saharan Africans in its work force.  This recruitment plan reflects the Bank Group’s senior leadership commitment for a diverse workforce in which African nationals can play a key role in fighting poverty an increasing shared prosperity.  Senior leadership has committed 80+ vacancies to be filled by African nationals.   I am writing to:  (a) encourage those of you who are interested to apply to these positions; and (2) solicit your help in sharing this information within your networks to help us source qualified Africans.  This drive is being managed from my office and we really need your help in sourcing good candidates who can be hired.

To apply click here www.worldbank.org/africa-recruitment.

Questions can be sent to africarecruitment@worldbank.org

 

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Ibrahim Ceesay

Social Justice Campaigner

Strategist//Development Expert//Movement Builder//

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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Climate Change Lima, Peru “Call For Input” COP20 Survey – Encuesta COP20

Dear Sir/Madam,

The Peruvian Environmental Ministry is preparing a study to measure the impact of COP20 in the Peruvian economy. The study will help to the Peruvian government to quantify the benefits of the COP20’s organization regarding its costs as well as for estimate its potential benefits.

Please find below the link to the online survey. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes of your time. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, July 21th, 2015.

Survey link: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/758YYNK

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We sincerely thank you for your participation and time.

Respectfully,

Estimado Señor/Señora:

El Ministerio de Ambiente Peruano se encuentra elaborando un estudio que busca medir el impacto de la COP20 en la economía peruana. El estudio será de amplia utilidad para que el gobierno peruano cuantifique los beneficios de la organización de la COP20 con respecto a sus costos, así como para estimar sus potenciales beneficios futuros.

La encuesta virtual se encuentra en el link debajo. La encuesta tomará aproximadamente 10 minutos de su tiempo. Por favor, complete la encuesta hasta el martes 21 de julio del 2015.

Link de la encuesta: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/72RG3RB

Por favor, no dude en contactarnos si tiene alguna pregunta o comentario.

Sinceramente agradecemos su participación y apoyo.

Saludos,

Betsy Infante
Consultora
APOYO Consultoría
t + 511 213 1100
www.apoyoconsultoria.com

       Imprime este mensaje sólo si es necesario.

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IMPORTANT: Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee for September, 2015
Dear CPG4SD,This is to remind everyone of the open call for nomination for Steering Committee and Speaking Roles for the United Nations General Assembly in September.  Links are stipulated in the below email.  Please note of the deadlines: July 17 for Steering Committee nominations; and July 20 for Speaker Nominations.Individual nominations is highly appreciated but please do send feedback to the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org) so we can monitor.Details needed for each of the call can also be seen in the below email.Best,April
for the Secretariat

Reply-To: CPG4SD@googlegroups.com
To: CPG4SD@googlegroups.com

Dear CPG4SD,

The call for applications and nominations to speak or serve as Steering Committee for the adoption of the Post-2015 Agenda on September 25-27 is now open. The open call is for 1 speaker for the opening ceremony and 3 speakers for each of the Rountdable Discussion in the Summit.  Description of the Roundtable can be seen here: http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-roundtable-themes

Please do click on the links below for your nominations.  For those who wanted to be nominated, please send the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org) your details so it can be processed.


Submit applications to speak here:
Please apply by July 20, 2015
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-speakers-apply

Data needed:
1.  Family name of the nominee
2.  First name of the nominee
3.  Organization of the nominee
4.  Organization website
5.  Country of residence of the nominee
6.  Nationality of the nominee
7.  Gender of the nominee
8.  Age of the nominee
9.  What languages can the nominee speak fluently?
10. Nominee’s Email address
11. Nominee’s phone number
12. Nominee’s skype ID
13.  Does the candicate need travel funding to participate in this event?
14. Which speaking role are you applying for?
15.  Please tell us about your work on the P2015 development agenda and your organization’s plans for engagement in its implementation
16. Please provide an overview of what you would like to speak about at this event
17. Biography
18. Optional but Recommended: link to video of candidate speaking publicly
19. Optional but Recommended: Link to CV or resume

Apply for the civil society Selection Committee here:
Please apply by July 17, 2015
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-SC-apply

Data needed:
1.  Family name
2.  First name
3.  Organization
4.  Organization website
5.  Nationality
6.  Country of residence
7.  Gender
8.  Age 
9.  What languages can the nominee speak fluently?
10. Email address
11. Phone number
12. Skype ID
13. Mission Statement of you organization
14. Do you meet all criteria for participation in the Steering Committee, and agree to deliver on all TORs if selected?
15. Why do you want to be a member of this Steering Committee
16. Please describe your prior experience with participating in selection and/or collaborative decision-making process
17. Please provide a briefing biography, including information about areas of expertise related to the issues to be addressed in this event
18. CV

Also attached are the following documents:

For more information about the P2015 development agenda, please visit: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.

In service,

April
for the Secretariat
http://peoplesgoals.org/
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesGoals?ref=bookmarks

From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 9, 2015
Subject: 25-27 September Post-2015 Summit: Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee
To: info@un-ngls.org


Apply to speak or serve on the civil society Selection Committee for the
25-27 September United Nations Summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Application Deadlines: 
Civil Society Selection Committee: 17 July 2015
Speaking Roles: 20 July 2015
From 25-27 September 2015 at UN Headquarters in New York, Heads of State and Government will gather along with leaders from civil society and business for the historic UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.At the request of the Office of the President of the UN General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS in cooperation with DESA-DSD is facilitating a nomination process to identify speakers from civil society organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the Major Groups (except Business and Industry) for the Post-2015 Summit.This nomination process seeks candidates for:
 - one civil society speaker in the opening ceremony
 - three civil society speakers for each of the six Roundtable Discussions in the Summit.Please see the descriptions for the six Roundtable Discussion themes agreed by UN member States here:
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-roundtable-themesSubmit applications to speak here:
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-speakers-apply
Apply for the civil society Selection Committee here:
http://bit.ly/p2015-Summit-CSO-SC-applyThis announcement will soon be available in additional languages.For more information about the post-2015 development agenda process, including the UN General Assembly resolution on the organization of the Post-2015 Summit, please visit: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015 


Susan Alzner
Officer in Charge, New York Office
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
www.unngls.org
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Petition to restore ISDS review clause in the FfD outcome document: please sign!

.Dear all,

Sharing with you–and strongly encouraging you to sign–a petition to restore a clause in the FfD outcome document calling for “the proper review of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clauses to ensure the right to regulate is retained in areas critical for sustainable development”, which featured in the zero draft.
Given it’s unclear at this stage which parts of the draft are open or closed, there’s certainly no harm in continuing to push governments on this issue (to say nothing of the very strong human rights and sustainable development imperatives for doing so!).
Warmest wishes,
Tessa

 

Tessa Khan
Programme Officer
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Ph:+66 53 284 527
Skype:apwldsec
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A Petition to Stop Corporate Lawsuits against Human Rights
APWLD
Stop Corporate Lawsuits against Human Rights
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NED Democracy Fellowship Programme

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Please apply for this awesome programme 

http://www.ned.org/fellowships/reagan-fascell-democracy-fellows-program/applying-for-a-fellowship

Best of luck!!!
Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Activist/Film-maker
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight

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new online Mountain EBA Programme page on UNDP-ALM platform and 2 new Photo Essays

Dear colleagues,
I am very pleased to bring to your attention a couple of new exciting developments within our global Ecosystems-Based Adaptation in Mountains Programme.
The first update concerns our new Mountain EbA Programme page on the UNDP-ALM (Adaptation Learning Mechanism) platform. We are very pleased to provide a new central place online, where you can access the information and learning that we are generating from our ecosystem-based adaptation efforts in Uganda, Nepal and Peru. You can access our new Programme page here:
I am also very pleased to share with you two new Photo Essays from the global Mountain EBA Programme. These essays provide a snapshot of some of the EBA measures supported by our country pilot in Nepal, in response to the combined challenges of a changing climate and other human-induced drivers of vulnerability.
The first essay - Challenging gender roles and crossing castes - highlights how broom grass cultivation not only helps generate adaptation benefits, but also provides an opportunity to enhance the livelihoods of participants from the Panchase Women’s Network. An additional co-benefit has been that the programme-supported efforts have been integral in creating a stronger social bond between these women across traditional caste barriers.
This Essay can be accessed here:
The second Essay - Restoring the flow of life in a changing climate - focuses on the multiple environmental, economic and social benefits generated from restoring traditional water sources in the face of a changing climate and human-induced threats to both the larger Panchase ecosystem and its local communities, whose livelihoods and wellbeing depend on the continued provision of ecosystem services.
You can access this Essay here:
These two Essays are the first two out of a series of four Photo Essays being developed on the Nepal country pilot. We will upload these new Essays onto our new UNDP-ALM Mountain EBA Programme page on the Nepal Country page.
I would also like to bring to your attention that you can now access all our Peru Photo Essays via the following new weblink to the UNDP-ALM Mountain EBA Peru Country page here:
Feel free to share these new Photo Essays with your networks.
With best wishes,
Tine
 Tine Rossing
UNDP Knowledge Manager
BMUB-UNDP-UNEP-IUCN Global Ecosystems-Based Adaptation in Mountain Ecosystems Program
Working from Vancouver, Canada
Skype: tine.rossing

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Application period open to the UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements 2015

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The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing a high profile two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy. The course will take place in Shanghai, China, from 2 to 12 November 2015.
The course will be organized in co-operation with the Law School of the Fudan University and the UNEP-Tongji University Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development.
Organized since 2004, the UEF-UNEP course on Multilateral Environmental agreements seeks to transfer past experience in the field of international environmental law-making and diplomacy to current and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements. The course also provides a forum to foster North-South cooperation and to take stock of developments related to MEA negotiations and implementation.
Course Programme
The 2015 course focuses on climate change.
Lectures will be given by experienced hands-on diplomats, government officials, international civil servants and members of the academia.
Confirmed speakers include Prof. Daniel Bodansky, Arizona State University, Elizabeth Mrema, Jian Liu and Sylvia Bankobeza from UNEP, Dr Harro van Asselt, Stockholm Environment Institute, as well as Prof. Kati Kulovesi and Dr Yulia Yamineva from the UEF Law School’s Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law.
The course will cover a broad range of topics related to climate change and multilateral environmental agreements, from climate change mitigation and adaptation to climate finance and technology. A special emphasis will be given to the ongoing negotiations under the UN Framewrok Convention on Climate Change for a new climate agreement.
The course will also cover general issues relating to international environmental law-making and diplomacy will be dealt with. Interactive teaching methods will be used, including a two-day climate negotiation simulation and other negotiating exercises.
A more detailed draft programme will be available on the course website at the end of June 2015.
Eligibility and Applications
The  course is intended for experienced government officials engaged in international environmental negotiations. Other stakeholders, such as representatives of the academia, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, are also eligible to apply.
The deadline for applications is 14 August 2015.  The online application form and further information is available at: http://www.uef.fi/en/unep/application
Approximately 30 participants will be admitted, with balanced distribution of participants from the North and South, also taking into account gender balance. Participants having successfully completed the course will be awarded a Diploma.
Course Fee and Fellowships
The course fee is €1000. Participants are expected to cover their travel, accommodation and other expenses.
Candidates from developing countries and from countries with economies in transition may apply for a full or partial fellowship.
Funding for the course is provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Finnish Ministry of the Environment and UNEP. ​
Further information
Course website:
Facebook:
E-mail:
Mail:
UEF Law School / Outi Manninen
PO. Box 111,  FI 80101 Joensuu, Finland
Feel free to pass this information!
 

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Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo @jokowi_do2 : Save the Life of human trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso

Dear Friends,

Please sign the petition: “Indonesian Pres. Joko Widodo @jokowi_do2 : Save the Life of human trafficking victim Mary Jane Veloso” (if you have not done so yet).

Our goal is to reach 500,000 signatures and we need more support. Mary Jane only received a reprieve, the struggle for justice goes on. Please feel free to forward this message further to your own networks.

You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/indonesian-pres-joko-widodo-jokowi-do2-save-the-life-of-human-trafficking-victim-mary-jane-veloso?recruiter=7711762&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

In solidarity,

Angie M. Gonzales
Coordinator
International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines

Human Trafficking

The case of ‪#‎MaryJaneVeloso‬ will be amongst the dozens of other cases of abuses under the US-Aquino regime in the Philippines to be examined during the International Peoples’ Tribunal this July 16-18 in Washington DC. ‪#‎IPT2015‬ ‪#‎BeTheJudge‬ ‪#‎AquinObamaTrial‬.

For more information, visit www.internationalpeoplestribunal.org

Dear Angi,

Please have my support and solidarity for the above human trafficking issue.My organization as NAFSO also like to leave solidarity.

Thanks,

Geetha.

Administrative Secretary,

National Fisheries Solidarity Movement,

No.10,

Malwatta Road,

Negombo.

Tel  -  (+94) 312239750
Skype Name – udugampalage1

Web – http://www.nafso-online.org

You Tube Channel -https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmCd7pU72Xzoyc4Hj9sSpjQ/videos

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/NAFSO-Sri-Lanka/593521354062186

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Applications open for largest event in Paris alongside UNFCCC COP21

Briefing – Prep Society for CC

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Online Post-2015 Survey on the High Level Political Forum & Sustainable Development Governance

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS

Take the following survey and share your recommendations on stakeholder engagement in the HLPF as it assumes the responsibility of reviewing the achievement of the SDGs beginning in 2016. Findings will be shared in a report at the next HLPF meeting taking place 26 June – 8 July 2015. 

 

Subject: Online Post-2015 Consultation on the High Level Political Forum & Sustainable Development Governance

 

 

Civil society is a critical actor in sustainable development governance.
Now is the time to convey your organisation’s views and recommendations.

Fill out the survey and participate in the
consultation around stakeholder engagement in the
High Level Political Forum (HLPF)

Participate today:

English version

Français version

Español versión

This online survey is a part of a wider consultation on the HLPF that SD2015 is carrying out until June 2015. The purpose is to make use of this crucial opportunity for members of Major Groups and other Stakeholders to shape engagement in the HLPF. Findings will be shared in a report in June-July 2015.

Stakeholders active in areas related to sustainable development will autonomously establish and maintain effective coordination mechanisms for participation in the high-level political forum

-General Assembly Resolution on the organization aspects of the HLPF-

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

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
www.civicus.org               

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Apply: Civil society speakers for UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All Forum 18-21 May

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LAST DAY to apply for May Post-2015 IGN Steering Committee

Dear CPG4SD,

For those who wanted to be part of the Steering Committee for the 5th Intergovernmental Negotiation Session focusing on Follow-up and Review on May 18-22, 2015, please click on this link to fill-up the nomination form: http://tinyurl.com/Aply-May-SC .  Self nomination is okay but please do inform the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org) if you have nominated yourself or anyone so we can work on getting a stronger vote in the process.

Thank you.

Best,

April
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WM Earth Day 2015

Dear UN SD Education Caucus Friends and Colleagues,

Since 1970, millions of people around the world celebrate Earth Day in many ways addressing issues in their community, finding solutions to protect, conserve, the earth’s natural systems.  Here are a few examples:  http://www.earthday.org/greencities/events/
At the Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day event held in Washington DC on the National Mall, Architect and innovator William McDonough announced a new concept for affordable buildings he is designing to benefit people in need worldwide.  To learn more, visit:   http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/04/prweb12670429.htm
Creating a learning society…
Ünfolding with gentle joy and an unexpected beauty, this ode to the miracle of the Earth’s topmost layer gives us a newfound respect for the ground beneath our feet.”     New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis
This new international film, Symphony of the Soil [drawing from ancient knowledge and cutting edge science], is an additional source for our celebrations to help create a deeper understanding of the complex relationship between natural and human systems, and the possibilities of healthy soil creating healthy plants creating healthy humans living on a healthy planet.  Visit: http://www.symphonyofthesoil.com
Keep up the good work and carry on, 1000s of activities worldwide are making a difference in our lives and our communities.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
with our Co-Coordinators:  Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tich Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, Suzana Padua, Barbara Banish
Youth: Katherine Browne and Fumi Kikuyama
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CEEW Survey (5 mins): Perceptions of Lifestyle Emissions

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am writing on behalf of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), an independent, not-for-profit policy research institution. CEEW addresses pressing global challenges through an integrated and internationally focused approach. It does so through high quality research, partnerships with public and private institutions, and engagement with and outreach to the wider public. CEEW has been ranked as India’s top climate change think-tank two years in a row (ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking). CEEW has been ranked best in India (and South Asia) in several categories two years running in the Global Go To Think Tank Index. More information about CEEW is available on its website: http://ceew.in/.

As part of one of our research initiatives, we are conducting a short survey to gauge people’s perception on lifestyle-based greenhouse gas emissions – its significance, what they consider to be lifestyle emissions and the onus of its reduction. The survey can accessed through the link - https://qtrial2015az1.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7VVDLCEPA0h0hz7&Q_JFE=0. All information will be held confidential and no individual attribution will be made to any of the answers.

We would really appreciate if you could direct this mail to the concerned researchers at your organization who would be best suited to respond to this survey (it’ll take you less than 5 minutes)and to other people in your network. This would aid our study immensely. We would be happy to share the results of our final analysis.

Thank you for your time and participation.

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Reminder – Evaluation of the contributi​on of the global and regional UN Human Developmen​t Report

Dear colleague,

Thank you to all of you that have already filled the online survey.

We would like to encourage those that have not yet done so to fill the online survey on the Evaluation of the contribution of the global and regional Human Development Report. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XG5ZMHH

Your input will allow us to propose improvements to enhance the contribution of global and regional HDRs to public policy and public debates. It will also help us understand what types of information and data are most useful to development actors. Please note that all responses will be kept strictly confidential.

We very much look forward to receiving your responses no later than 14 September 2014. Should you have any requests for clarification or technical issue, please don’t hesitate to contact us at tomas.gonzalez@undp.org

Kind regards, 

Independent Evaluation Office

United Nations Development Programme

New York, NY 10017 /  Web: http://www.undp.org/ieo   Follow us:

 

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UNDP Knowledge Platform – User Survey

Dear development practitioner,

You are receiving this message because in the past you have used one or more of UNDP’s knowledge platforms.  UNDP is in the process of collecting feedback on your user experience.  To this end, we hope you will be willing to spare 3 minutes of your time to respond to a short online survey.  This will help us improve our external knowledge platforms.

The survey is anonymous and will only take about 3 minutes to complete. Here is a link to the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=7JsPwaZacsYEGW9Dwq8K3A_3d_3d

We greatly look forward to your feedback – thank you in advance for your participation!

The UNDP Knowledge Management Team

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UNDP Knowledge Platform – User Survey

 

Dear development practitioner,

You are receiving this message because in the past you have used one or more of UNDP’s knowledge platforms.  UNDP is in the process of collecting feedback on your user experience.  To this end, we hope you will be willing to spare 3 minutes of your time to respond to a short online survey.  This will help us improve our external knowledge platforms.

The survey is anonymous and will only take about 3 minutes to complete. Here is a link to the survey:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=7JsPwaZacsYEGW9Dwq8K3A_3d_3d

We greatly look forward to your feedback – thank you in advance for your participation!

The UNDP Knowledge Management Team

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Help us to make the Internet a better place for NGO’s

 

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Help us to make the Internet a better place for NGO’s

The Internet has become a crucial tool for Civil Society today. NGOs are becoming increasingly depending on the Internet to pursue their mission and sustainability. Recent research has shown that despite all the past and current efforts to establish and support the strategic use of ICTs by civil society, a surprisingly large number of civil society organizations are challenged to register and maintaining their domain based WWW sites.
In order to strengthen Civil Society engagement in Internet governance, GKPF in executing regional surveys designed to understand the Internet needs of Civil Society and NGOs, and the Internet realities they face. This is a critical initial step in designing activities, accountable to stakeholders, that both give voice to those concerns in Internet, and begin to address specific needs within civil society and its NGOs.

The survey is organized around questions addressing your organizations use, problems and needs of the Internet

Please participate in the survey, which should not take longer then 5-8 minutes to complete.

Direct link to survey : http://survey.gkpf.org/index.php/survey/index?sid=844446&lang=en

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact us under:  Klaus Stoll  or  Rudi Vansnick

More information on the Pathfinder program is available here

 

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 Vacancy at IASS: Ocean Sustainability

The deadline for application is 31 March 2015.

Dear colleagues

To further strengthen our Ocean Governance Team, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability (IASS) is seeking applications for a researcher position. The IASS – led by former UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer – is an international research institute located in Potsdam, financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal State of Brandenburg, devoted to promoting science and research for global sustainability. Current research within the Ocean Governance Group includes:

·         Advancing governance of areas beyond national jurisdiction (one of the key commitments from Rio+20 “The Future we want”)
·         Building partnerships for regional ocean governance
·         Blue growth and ocean sustainability
·         Transparency in high seas governance and deep sea mining
  • Seas and soils in the nexus (land-ocean connections)

The researcher will contribute to developing the institute’s research agenda for sustainable marine resource governance, paying particular attention to the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda and contribute to a systematic analysis of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goal for Ocean and Coasts, through and by Germany.

The deadline for application is 31 March 2015. We would be grateful if you could forward this announcement to other interested persons. Please also do not hesitate to contact IASS should there be any question. Sorry for cross-posting!
Best regards,
Sebastian Unger
Co-Lead Sustainability Governance Programme

Ocean Governance

Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
Berliner Straße 130
14467 Potsdam, Germany
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Open nomination process for speakers & moderators for 16 January post-2015 preparatory forum

Please  note that the deadline for nominations is 18   December 2014.

 Subject: Open nomination process for speakers & moderators              for 16 January post-2015 preparatory forum
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014
From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>
To: info@un-ngls.org <info@un-ngls.org>

Dear  Colleagues,


The UN DESA-DSD Major Groups Programme and the UN            Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) are facilitating             a Steering Committee to ensure broad and inclusive            participation of stakeholders in the first negotiating            session (19-21 January) on the post-2015 development agenda            (in accordance with the relevant modalities that are to be            determined), as well as a Preparatory Forum for stakeholders            taking place on Friday, 16 January 2015 in New York.  This            Steering Committee is defining the agenda for the 16 January            preparatory forum and will select stakeholders to serve as            speakers and moderators in the programme through an open            nomination process facilitated by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD. The            draft proposed agenda is available here: http://bit.ly/16Jan-Proposed-Agenda
For complete information about the process and to submit  nominations, please visit: http://bit.ly/16Jan-Nomination-Process-Info

Please note that the deadline for nominations is 18  December 2014.

Kind regards,
Susan Alzner   Lotta Tahtinen  Officer in Charge, New York Office   Major   Groups Programme Coordinator, Office of the  Director  UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service  Division for   Sustainable Development/DESA 
 UN-NGLS on Twitter | Facebook     
                 

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APPLY for Internatio​nal Developmen​t Youth Forum 2015
International Development Youth Forum

Since 2013,  international development youth forum is held annually and youth with  high ambition for international development get together from all over  the world. Under the slogan “Design the future” we seek 3 main aims  as follows; Building continuous network among youth who are interested  in international development 2 Providing opportunity that one can  broaden one’s value, knowledge, and way of thinking 3. Creating outcome  that produces new change to society. The deadline for submission is December 9,2014 Japan time Japan time (GMT+9:00)

Kindly use this link to apply: http://idyf2014.com/applyenglish.htmlBest Regards 

Ibrahim Ceesay Social Justice Activist/Film-maker Executive Coordinator- African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) Email: ceesaydigital@gmail.com Website: www.ayicc.net
Head of Programmes- African Youth Panel (AYP) Chair: African Youth Alliance on Post2015 Email: ibrahim.ceesay@africanyouthpanel.org Website: www.africanyouthpanel.org

 

4 Kanifing Industrial Estate, Julbrew Road P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda KMC-The Gambia  Tel: +220 9932685 or 7675977 Skype:ceesaydelight
    

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Call for Applicatio​ns: ‘Women’s empowermen​t, business developmen​t and sustainabl​e natural resource management -  Nepal, 6-13 December 2014

Dear Colleagues,

The IFAD, the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation of Nepal, the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF), the Nepal Agriculture Co-Operative Central Federation Ltd. (NACCFL) and PROCASUR are honoured to launch the Learning Route: “Women’s Empowerment, New Businesses and Sustainable Natural Resource Management in Nepal” from the 06th to the 13th December 2014.

The Route is hosted by three outstanding Nepalese development initiatives: the Leasehold Forestry and Livestock Programme (LFLP), the PAF, and the NACCFL. The experiences in the districts of Chitwan and Kapilvastu are successfully generating new opportunities for the rural poor by diversifying their sources of livelihood, recognizing women’s role in network strengthening and enabling pro-rural poor Private-Public Partnerships.

Public and private development institutions and key resource people working in favour of rural communities are invited to participate in the Route. Especially those working on gender equality and women’s empowerment, livelihood improvement, community natural resource management, rural micro-finance, member-based organizations and new businesses development.

Applications are welcome before the 19th of November. Early applications are encouraged for an early confirmation. Please contact us for more information.

Mr. Krishna Khanal    krishna_gorkha@yahoo.com   +977 9818826891 +977 9841468091    Nepali, English

Ms. Giulia Pedone gpedone@procasur.org  +39 320 0776080   English, French

Mr. Ariel Halpern    ahalpern@procasur.org  +66 832083728   English, Spanish

  Application_Scholarship_form_Nepal-2014

 Endorsement_Letter_nepal_dec_2014

http://procasur.org/link_constact/LR%20NEPAL_call_dec14.pdf

The agenda is attached for more information

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Call for applicatio​ns to Post-2015 Steering Committee (for time period between December 2014-Janua​ry 2015)

Dear all,
As stated in the letter circulated earlier this week by the Co-Chairs of the post-2015 development agenda process, the first negotiating session on the post-2015 development agenda will take place from 19-21 January 2015 in New York. 
To support Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders to effectively engage in the post-2015 negotiations, a preparatory forum will be convened by DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS on Friday, 16 January 2015, in New York.
We are now setting up a Steering Committee to ensure broad and inclusive participation of stakeholders in this preparatory forum, as well as in the first negotiating session on the post-2015 development agenda (in accordance with the relevant modalities that are yet to be determined). Applications to the Steering Committee will be accepted between 21 – 30 November 2014.

To learn more about the Steering Committee and the Call for Applications, please see attached.Thank you and best regards,  Lotta Tahtinen 
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
Preparatory Forum – Steering Committee Call for Applications -21 Nov ToR steering committee_21 Nov

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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Wishes Alliance:  Sign YES for #NGOCollab​oration

Dear  Friends and Wonderful People,
Only  one of us can’t do it all: Together we can make a change, together we can   chieve more.
We have just started the first in our series of petitions in campaigning   for NGO cooperation and collaboration; join us in making our voices be heard.
We can’t do this without you. This is important to us and we hope  it’s important  enough to you too.
Thank  you very much!
Best  regards,
The Wishes Alliance Team About Wishes Alliance Wishes Alliance is a research and advocacy NGO dedicated to promoting and facilitating the practice of collaboration among Non Governmental Organizations by engaging organizations in a discourse of collaboration and cooperation, while building agendas for partnerships through our mission of NGO transparency and engagement. As part of our ongoing passion and mission to initiate collaboration among NGOs in Ghana, we organize and host programs where participating NGOs are provided the opportunity to meet, share best practices, and connect with the objective of building relationships.Through collaboration, powerful change can happen.

Joseph Senyo Kwashie

(founder & National Director of Programmes)

Community and Family Aid Foundation (CAFAF)

 National Treasure-Coalition of Youth Development Organizations in Ghana (COYODOG)

BEYOND 2015- International Campaign Member 2012-2020

Member SRHRplatform 2015

Member :Teachers  without Boarders

JHU/USAID/DIF/GHS BCS project (Good Life) Field Manager(Ashiedu-Ketete District) 2010-2013-

 ISODEC/STAR-GHANA Social Pact project-National  committee/Advisory Board (special National Youth -Representative) 2012-2013

Act for Change-Ghana-fund raising/linkages and partnership Coordinator 2012-2015

TFAC/AFC/Australia Embassy –Ghana DAP project Jamestown 2012-2013 –Monitoring and Evaluation manager

ADDRESS

PO BOX NT 306, NEW TOWN

ACCRA-GHANA(WEST-AFRICA)

TEl:+233-274-313-220

       +233-233-310-581

www.cafaf.cafaf.webs.com

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World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development

Dear Community of Educators,

An update from our GGCA colleagues… UN Women recently released its new report, the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014: Gender Equality and Sustainable Development.

Charting the rationale and the actions necessary to ensure ground-breaking change, the flagship UN study asserts that any comprehensive sustainable development pathway cannot be achieved without an explicit commitment to gender equality, women’s rights and their empowerment. Coming on the heels of the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in September, the World Survey 2014 provides an in-depth analysis of sustainable development issues, the challenges and the solutions, through a gender lens.

See the announcement: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/10/world-survey-2014-press-release

Download the Report:http://www.unwomen.org/~/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/library/publications/2014/unwomen_surveyreport_advance_16oct.pdf

All the best,

Pam Puntenney & 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

 

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Worldview Mission Support our Petition

Chers amis, 

Nous souhaiterions que vous nous aidiez à avoir le maximum de signature pour cette pétition qui s’intitule “Cour Pénale Internationale de l’Environnement: Sauver le Parc National du Banc d’Arguin.”.
le Parc National du Banc d’Arguin est une aire marine protégée,  e un refuge pour plus de 2 millions d’oiseaux venus du monde entier, des milliers d’espèces de poisson! C’est une reserve biologique déclarée patrimoine mondiale de l’humanité.  Aujourd’hui ce patrimoine est menacé. Plusieurs éléments mettent en danger le site, notamment la proximité des mines d’or à ciel ouvert : Tasiast Mauritania Ltd, les activités économiques qui se développe dans la zone, es activités de la SNIM et autres dangers.  Face à cette énième menace sur notre environnement, sur notre vie, sur nos ressources VITALES, dans un monde fragilisé, déstabilisé, incertain, nous devons nous unir, nous solidariser pour dire le Développement oui, mais pas au détriment de notre environnement !  Pour en savoir plus  visiter le lien ci dessous et signer notre  pétition, cliquez ici: https: //
secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Cour_Penale_Internationale_de_lEnvironnement_Sauver_le_Parc_National_du_Banc_dArguin//?launch
Veuillez prendre un instant pour nous aider et  faites passer le mot , pour nous aider à sauver ce patrimoine mondial.
English ……

Dear friends,

We would like you to help us get the maximum of support this petition entitled ” International Criminal Court of the Environment . Let’s save  the National Park of Banc d’Arguin  in Mauritania.”
National Park Banc d’ Arguin is a marine protected area , a shelter for more than 2 million birds from around the world , thousands of species of fish! It is a biological reserve declared World Heritage Site . Today this heritage is threatened. Several factors threaten the site, including the nearby gold mines Tasiast Mauritania Ltd , economic activities that develops in the area, activities of  SNIM and other hazards. Facing this  threat to our environment, our lives , our VITAL resources in a  weakened , destabilized , uncertain  world.  we must unite  to say Development yes, but not at the expense of our environment! For more information visit the link below and sign the petition , click here: https: //
secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Cour_Penale_Internationale_de_lEnvironnement_Sauver_le_Parc_National_du_Banc_dArguin//?launch
Please take a moment to help us and spread the word to help us save this world heritage

Moussa Elimane Sall, 
Responsable Cooperation et Relations Institutionelles au CICR
Coordinateur National de La RIM Youth Climate Movement
Legal, Admin & Policy Regional Team Leader of the MENA Youth Climate Movement
Tel: 0022247567073; 0022222391887; Skype Id: Mesall
Facebook, Linkedin, Viadeo Pages: Moussa Elimane Sall;

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Kindly Share: Call for Essays – Africa Youth

Ibrahim Ceesay
Social Justice Activist/Film-maker
4 Kanifing Industrial Estate Julbrew Road
P.O BOX 2545 Serre Kunda
KMC-The Gambia
Tel:
+220 9932685 or 7675977
Skype:ceesaydelight
“EXCUSE MY TYPOs USING A MOBILE DEVICE”

From: “Youth Program” <youth@africa-union.org>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 21:03
Subject: Kindly Share: Call for Essays – Africa Youth Day

 

Dear All

Kindly help share within your networks

Call for Essays: Africa Youth Day

Women account for about half of Africa’s talent base. As a group, they have been marginalised and their economic, social, political and environmental contributions go in large part unrealised, underutilized and undervalued. Poverty and HIV/AIDS still carry a female face. Women’ education is often sacrifice because of varioussocio-economic and cultural reasons and women are among the most affected byconflicts and violence. Empowering their participation in the community and the workforce greatly increases economic growth, reduces poverty, enhances societal well-being, and helps ensure sustainable development in all countries.

It is against this background that the African Union Heads of State and Government have dedicated next year, 2015, as the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.  As a prelude to these celebrations, the African Union Commission is celebrating this year’s Africa Youth Day under the theme: Delivering on the Potential of Africa’s Young women.

Celebrated on the 1st of November, The African Youth Day aims to promote an increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change and economic growth in all aspects of African society. The event also aims to contribute and channel the youth motivation, energy and idealism to reinforce the efforts towards the achievement of a sustainable development in the Africa.

To open up this discourse, the African Union Commission invites young Africans to submit an essay of not more than 1500 words, which identifies and makes the case for policy measures to support the empowerment of young women. Entries are encouraged to be evidence-based, drawing on experiences of the writer or other individuals or institutions.

Finalists will be invited to celebrate the African Youth Day at the African Union Commission in AddisAbaba, Ethiopia  and engage with Ministers of Youth from across the continent.  Winning essay shall be published and presented at various high level policy meetings in 2015. 

Competition Rules:

1.      The call is open from the 1st of October 2014 to the 20th of October 2014

2.     The competition is open to young people (18-35) from African Union Member States.

3.     Only one essay is allowed per entrant.

4.     Essays shouldbe submitted in any of the AU languages i.e. English, French, Portuguese andArabic

5.     Photographs and other illustrations that enhance the article are welcome, although these must be original to the author and be copyright free.

6.     Submission should be made to essays@empoweryouth.today

Youth Program    /  African Union Commission

Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44 | E-mail: youth@africa-union.org / African Union Commission

Web:www.au.int  /  Addis Ababa | Ethiopia

 

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Call for Essays: Africa Youth Day

 

Dear All

Kindly help share within your networks

Call for Essays: Africa Youth Day

Women account for about half of Africa’s talent base. As a group, they have been marginalised and their economic, social, political and environmental contributions go in large part unrealised, underutilized and undervalued. Poverty and HIV/AIDS still carry a female face. Women’ education is often sacrifice because of varioussocio-economic and cultural reasons and women are among the most affected byconflicts and violence. Empowering their participation in the community and the workforce greatly increases economic growth, reduces poverty, enhances societal well-being, and helps ensure sustainable development in all countries.

It is against this background that the African Union Heads of State and Government have dedicated next year, 2015, as the “Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063”.  As a prelude to these celebrations, the African Union Commission is celebrating this year’s Africa Youth Day under the theme: Delivering on the Potential of Africa’s Young women.

Celebrated on the 1st of November, The African Youth Day aims to promote an increased recognition of youth as key agents for social change and economic growth in all aspects of African society. The event also aims to contribute and channel the youth motivation, energy and idealism to reinforce the efforts towards the achievement of a sustainable development in the Africa.

To open up this discourse, the African Union Commission invites young Africans to submit an essay of not more than 1500 words, which identifies and makes the case for policy measures to support the empowerment of young women. Entries are encouraged to be evidence-based, drawing on experiences of the writer or other individuals or institutions.

Finalists will be invited to celebrate the African Youth Day at the African Union Commission in AddisAbaba, Ethiopia  and engage with Ministers of Youth from across the continent.  Winning essay shall be published and presented at various high level policy meetings in 2015. 

Competition Rules:

1.      The call is open from the 1st of October 2014 to the 20th of October 2014

2.     The competition is open to young people (18-35) from African Union Member States.

3.     Only one essay is allowed per entrant.

4.     Essays shouldbe submitted in any of the AU languages i.e. English, French, Portuguese andArabic

5.     Photographs and other illustrations that enhance the article are welcome, although these must be original to the author and be copyright free.

6.     Submission should be made to essays@empoweryouth.today

 For more information contact,

Youth Program 

 African Union Commission

Tel: (251) 11 551 77 00 | Fax: (251) 11 551 78 44 | E-mail: youth@africa-union.org |     Web:www.a u.int

Addis Ababa | Ethiopia 

Sincerely,

Francis Maberi

Campaigns Officer -African Monitor

Tel:+256775186342
Tel:+256701674326
Skype: francis.maberi

W:africanmonitor.org

Co-ChairAction2015 Youth-team

A global Youth Action Team putting youth voices and youth action at the heart of the Action/2015 Development Agenda

 

www.action2015.org

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Subject: Yale Big Data & Climate Policy Survey

What do the social networks of countries look like? And how do they affect climate policymaking? 

 To better understand how countries interact, the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), a project of the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, is conducting a survey to map the ‘social networks’ of countries, and we need your help!

Join us to create a growing global data set by completing our short, 3-question survey (https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eR7kaugnsC3ra85). As a bonus, based on your selections, the survey will generate an environmental performance scorecard of how your country performs against its peers. 

Please also pass along the survey to peers from countries other than your own (the survey is available in 10 languages).

Thank you for your time and participation!

 Whitney Johnson

Master of Environmental Management ’16 Candidate

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Research Assistant | Environmental Performance Index (EPI)

Skype: wracheljohnson | Phone: 361.798.6273 

 

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EXTENSION: Online consultation on CSA knowledge products open until October 16

Dear colleagues,

Due to popular request, the deadline for participation in the second online consultation of the Knowledge Action Group of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (ACSA) has been extended for one more week!


If you have not already done so, kindly take the questionnaire today, and please feel free to share it widely among your networks:
www.surveymonkey.com/s/58VRF6Q


The survey will close on 16 October.


Many thanks for your inputs,


The Knowledge Action Group
View this contribution on the web site https://dgroups.org/_/vgszmf52
A reply to this message will be sent to all members of Climate-Smart Agriculture Discussion group.


To reply to sender, send a message to Alashiya.Gordes@fao.org.

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Global Youth Survey UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development

survey YOUTH

Hello everyone,

I invite you to take part in the Youth Survey called “ YOUth Speak” that has been initiated by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCOMGIEP) to understand the youth perspectives about present international and national issues. It covers issues related development, especially in relation to global citizenship, environment and peace.  UNESCO MGIEP has identified youth as its key partner and primary stakeholder towards building a future humanity has reason to value. The voices of the Youth will inform the MGIEP’s discourse on peace, sustainable development, transformative education and global citizenship.

Let’s make certain the voices of young people are heard all over the world!

YOUth Speak has 14 questions and will be open till 29 October 2014 on the homepage of  MGIEP‘s website. To participate in the survey, Click on this link-http://mgiep.unesco.org/youth-survey/

Contact youth.mgiep@unesco.org  if you have any questions.

 

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Worldview Mission Support our Petition

Chers amis, 

Nous souhaiterions que vous nous aidiez à avoir le maximum de signature pour cette pétition qui s’intitule “Cour Pénale Internationale de l’Environnement: Sauver le Parc National du Banc d’Arguin.”.
le Parc National du Banc d’Arguin est une aire marine protégée,  e un refuge pour plus de 2 millions d’oiseaux venus du monde entier, des milliers d’espèces de poisson! C’est une reserve biologique déclarée patrimoine mondiale de l’humanité.  Aujourd’hui ce patrimoine est menacé. Plusieurs éléments mettent en danger le site, notamment la proximité des mines d’or à ciel ouvert : Tasiast Mauritania Ltd, les activités économiques qui se développe dans la zone, es activités de la SNIM et autres dangers.  Face à cette énième menace sur notre environnement, sur notre vie, sur nos ressources VITALES, dans un monde fragilisé, déstabilisé, incertain, nous devons nous unir, nous solidariser pour dire le Développement oui, mais pas au détriment de notre environnement !  Pour en savoir plus  visiter le lien ci dessous et signer notre  pétition, cliquez ici: https: //
secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Cour_Penale_Internationale_de_lEnvironnement_Sauver_le_Parc_National_du_Banc_dArguin//?launch
Veuillez prendre un instant pour nous aider et  faites passer le mot , pour nous aider à sauver ce patrimoine mondial.
English ……

Dear friends,

We would like you to help us get the maximum of support this petition entitled ” International Criminal Court of the Environment . Let’s save  the National Park of Banc d’Arguin  in Mauritania.”
National Park Banc d’ Arguin is a marine protected area , a shelter for more than 2 million birds from around the world , thousands of species of fish! It is a biological reserve declared World Heritage Site . Today this heritage is threatened. Several factors threaten the site, including the nearby gold mines Tasiast Mauritania Ltd , economic activities that develops in the area, activities of  SNIM and other hazards. Facing this  threat to our environment, our lives , our VITAL resources in a  weakened , destabilized , uncertain  world.  we must unite  to say Development yes, but not at the expense of our environment! For more information visit the link below and sign the petition , click here: https: //
secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Cour_Penale_Internationale_de_lEnvironnement_Sauver_le_Parc_National_du_Banc_dArguin//?launch
Please take a moment to help us and spread the word to help us save this world heritage

Moussa Elimane Sall, 
Responsable Cooperation et Relations Institutionelles au CICR
Coordinateur National de La RIM Youth Climate Movement
Legal, Admin & Policy Regional Team Leader of the MENA Youth Climate Movement
Tel: 0022247567073; 0022222391887; Skype Id: Mesall
Facebook, Linkedin, Viadeo Pages: Moussa Elimane Sall;

 

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A “Petrolhead” as the next Climate Commissioner?

Climate petition

Dear friends across Europe,

The EU is about to give the most important climate job to   a man who is a champion for dirty energy. There is only one way to   stop this crazy appointment: to persuade key MEPs to ditch   Cañete and find a strong climate leader that represents us allWe   only have 24 hours – sign the petition and tell everyone:

In 24 hours a Spanish oil ‘baron’ could be chosen as our European Commissioner on Climate. And only we can stop this shocking appointment!
It would be absurd to leave the leadership of Europe’s energy policy and global climate talks to a man who The Sunday Times has named “Señor Petrolhead”. But MEPs can reject the appointment and while some are threatening to accept him in return for political favours, with enough public backing, progressive MEPs could lead the charge to block him.
Last week we created the largest march ever for 100% clean energy. Let’s build on that momentum now and demand a strong climate leader for this crucial post. Public outrage has pushed MEPs to reject controversial candidates at the last minute before. It’s up to us to do it again now — Click to say NO to Arias Cañete and tell everyone — our petition will be delivered directly to the MEPs:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canete_climate_pa_eugen/?bSPCVgb&v=47194
The new EU Energy and Climate Commissioner will be responsible for delivering ambitious emissions cuts and leading us towards a new green, low carbon EU economy. Yet after weeks of horse trading and political brinkmanship, our leaders have struck a deal that includes giving this crucial portfolio to one of the most unsuitable candidates for the job.
Cañete is a man with deep connections to the oil sector, and although he has sold his shares in two oil companies and claims he is clean, serious conflicts of interest remain. He is not only the former chairman of both companies, but his son and brother-in-law still hold powerful positions in both companies! He also has an appalling record as the Spanish environment minister who greenlighted oil explorations in the pristine waters off the Canary Islands. This history alone should automatically exclude him from this post, but he is also renowned for sexism during the last EU elections.
Luckily, there is still a last hurdle Mr. Cañete needs to clear: in 24 hours he will face tough hearings in two parliamentary committees in Brussels, and if they issue a negative opinion, they will force EU President Juncker to revisit the deal and find a better candidate for this position. Experts say that the main party leaders are afraid of making changes, but if the committee feels empowered enough by us to reject him, Juncker can be forced to reshuffle portfolios or to go back to the Spanish government to present a new candidate.
In 2004 after a big wave of protests, MEPs successfully used their power to replace the ultra-conservative Rocco Buttiglione. Progressive MEPs are poised to speak out, but they need to urgently get a mandate from hundreds of thousands of us from every corner of Europe to do the right thing. We only have 24 hours – sign now and tell everyone and our voices will be delivered right into the hearings:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/canete_climate_pa_eugen/?bSPCVgb&v=47194
Last week 675,000 people marched in 2000 events globally in the People’s Climate March, and we got our leaders’ attention. We know ambition and leadership are critical from the EU now to get the deal we need to save the planet. We cannot now leave what the EU does on climate to someone whose interests directly contradict everything we worked for, and everything the scientists are telling us. Let’s demand strong leadership to confront the biggest crisis of our time.
With hope ,
Luis, Anna, Patri, Christoph, Nick, Andrea and the rest of the Avaaz team.
More information:
And the EU climate commissioner is: Señor Petrolhead (The Sunday Times)
http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/world_news/Europe/article1464563.ece
Cañete faces protests before EU confirmation hearing (Euractiv)
http://www.euractiv.com/sections/eu-priorities-2020/canete-faces-protests-eu-confirmation-hearing-30…
Cañete’s conflicts of interests continue to concern (Friends of the Earth Europe)
http://foeeurope.org/Canete-conflicts-interests-continue-concern-230914
New EU energy and climate commissioner ‘must drop oil shares’ (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/12/new-eu-energy-and-climate-commissioner-must-drop-oil-shares
Grave concerns of environmental NGOs – open letter to President Juncker (WWF)
http://www.wwf.eu/?228651/New-Commission-sidelining-environment
A chronology of alleged conflicts of interests of Miguel Arias Cañete (Friends of the Earth Europe)
http://foeeurope.org/sites/default/files/press_releases/chronology_canete_conflicts_interest_sep2014…
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8th Oct. World Bank, Washington DC: Youth Employment Takes Centre Stage! – Webcast

Dear Friends:

 
You may remember – a year ago this week – we held our 1st Intl. Youth Job Creation Summit here in London. One of the 5 themes was: International Cooperation – and this thematic group came up with a recommendation for a ‘Global Coalition for Youth Employment.’
 
We have worked hard with partners in the intervening 12 months, and today: It’s OFFICIAL!!  A New Global Coalition for Youth Employment will be announced on Wednesday 8th October, 11.30 to 13.30 in the Wolfensohn Atrium of the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.
 
And we are ALL invited!  It is a HUGE atrium – and the World Bank team who have been working on it want to fill it to the rafters with youth – activists – educators – business people – academics – ANY ONE and EVERY ONE with an interest in solving that question we raised at our Summit last year: “How are we going to create a billion new jobs for youth over the next decade?”
 
So – Please! – if you are in or near Washington DC – do go along. All you have to do is to register your intention to attend at:
  –  and this will give you access to the venue. Do it by the deadline of: September 26, 2014.
 
If you cannot attend in person, you can register at the same address for the Live Webcast – to be broadcast on: live.worldbank.org   
 
And please publicise these opportunities to your networks – and to individuals and NGOs whom you think may be interested, especially those in the National Capital Area whom you think might be persuaded to attend. You might also send a note of Congratulations to the team who have achieved this organisational breakthrough at the World Bank: mlundberg@worldbank.org   mhermoso@worldbankgroup.org.  State your support and ask to be kept on the mailing list to ensure you are updated with what the new Coalition achieves.
 
Here at PCI – we are waiting on news of the containment of the Ebola epidemic in Guinea before announcing a new date for our 2nd Intl. Youth Job Creation Summit / World Youth Congress at which we will be discussing the ‘Conakry Commitment to Full Youth Employment by 2030.’  Meanwhile – you can get involved in the online development of this document by contacting Liz Weiner at: editor@peacechild.org
 
With very best wishes,
 
David R. Woollcombe, Convenor, International Youth Job Creation Summit
Founder and President, Peace Child International
 
To confirm attendance and secure access to the venue, kindly register all participants by September 26, 2014 through the following
 External and Corporate RelationsT: 202-458-7514M: 202-817-7505
E: mhermoso@worldbankgroup.org    (NEW EMAIL ADDRESS
 

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Resist the TPP signed statement

Dear all,

Hope some of you might be able to sign on to the statement to reject the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – the latest in pernicious free trade agreements designed to cement globalisation and corporate power. The link to the sign on space is below …

http://apwld.org/call-for-endorsement-resist-the-trans-pacific-partnership/

And here’s the text … 

Resist the Trans-Pacific Partnership

We, civil society organisations, networks, and social movements from around the world, declare our unequivocal opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We believe that the TPP, which is currently being negotiated behind closed doors by governments, led by the United States (US) as the dominant player among 12 countries, and hundreds of corporate advisors, will significantly infringe upon people’s rights and freedoms and privilege the interests of corporations over the public interest. The TPP is distinct from most trade agreements because of the extraordinarily broad scope of the rules it would impose on governments. In addition to conventional trade concerns, such as market access, it allows wealthy countries and large corporations to reach across borders and impose constraints on a vast array of domestic non-trade policies that impact the environment, public services, intellectual property, labour, health, communications, and visas, among others. The TPP’s main provisions are expected to require member-countries to remove any remaining barriers to investments, to strictly enforce intellectual property laws that would raise pharmaceutical costs and stifle digital innovation and freedom of expression, and to allow private corporations to sue states before an international tribunal. In effect, countries joining the TPP will have to surrender big chunks of their national sovereignty to the trade pact’s dominant players.” The degree of secrecy surrounding the trade negotiations is completely unacceptable given the huge repercussions the TPP will have on people’s rights. It is particularly outrageous that legislatures, civil society, and the media have been excluded, yet more than 600 corporate advisors have access to—and influence over—the text. What we know about the TPP comes from leaked texts that confirm that a broad range of domestic policies must be brought into line with the terms of the TPP. The TPP represents a corporate coup to deceptively take over national policy making and democratic rights. This is an extraordinary violation of domestic policy space, representing unprecedented aggression against national sovereignty and democratic policy-making. One aspect of the TPP that is especially concerning is the investor-state dispute resolution (ISDR) mechanism. This allows foreign corporations to sue governments if they enact policies, including laws in the public interest, that reduce their potential profit margin. Consumer laws, environmental protections, and public health laws can all be considered under ISDR to infringe on ‘investor rights’. In past cases, ISDR has been used by companies to sue governments for millions, even billions, of dollars, in foreign tribunals outside of domestic legal systems where there is no compulsion to publish decisions and no appeal mechanism. ISDR is an attack on the ability of developing countries to protect the rights of their citizens. We are particularly alarmed about the implications of the TPP for women. Policies of privatization, deregulation, and liberalization have the most negative impact on women, who comprise 70% of the world’s poor. Women’s rights will inevitably be violated, particularly their rights to decent work and a living wage, adequate healthcare, and equal access to land and productive resources. By promoting the aggressive liberalization of all of these sectors, women living in poverty stand to lose the most as a result of the TPP. Trade can be a way of empowering local economies and strengthening women’s economic autonomy. But the TPP is designed to entrench corporate dominance, inequalities, and exploitation. Whatever the international community commits to in the context of new Sustainable Development Goals will be comprehensively undermined by the TPP and its draconian enforcement measures. We call for an end to the TPP negotiations and for the main text to be publicly released. We know this will expose the TPP for what it is: a framework that further institutionalises profit over people.

Kate Lappin

Regional Coordinator

Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

Ph: 66 53 284 527    /  Skype: apwldsec 

It’s time for a new world where inequalities of power, wealth, resources and opportunities are more equitably distributed between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women. It’s time for DEVELOPMENT JUSTICE. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I2cEDbIW04

 

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Survey: Second online consultation on CSA Knowledge Products – #NRC-CC-MITIGATION

Dear Colleague,

Colleagues working with CSA Knowledge group are now getting into practical work, and would wish inputs from all of you through this link:

http://bit.ly/csa_survey2

Please note that they are looking for contributors and also requesting if there’s a need for a larger community of practice dealing with CSA.

I hope many of you can send your contributions to this survey! 

Best,

Maria

Facilitator of the community of practice

From: The mailing list for the Knowledge Action Group of the CSA Alliance.  

Dear colleagues, 

FAO and CCAFS cordially invite you to participate in the second online consultation of the  Knowledge Action Group of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (ACSA). 

Many of you were among the almost 500 respondents who participated in our first consultation – thank you! These results have allowed us to identify key CSA knowledge products to address the major knowledge needs that emerged. 

Our current questionnaire now invites you to share your insights on the proposed structure and contents of these products, as well as inviting you to participate in their development. New respondents are also welcome! The questionnaire will run from 18 September till 9 October. To participate, please click here.

With best wishes,

The Knowledge Action Group

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Climate Investment Funds: Application open CSO Observer – Register to Vote for CSO Observers to the CIFs

Dear Colleagues,

The selection process for nonprofit civil society organization (CSO) observers to the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) is underway. As a part of the selection process, not-for-profit and non-governmental CSOs are invited to register to vote (www.resolv.org/cif/voting) for CSO observer candidates to the CIFs.  More details below.

Consider being part of the process and choosing a CIF observer that will bring environmental education to the table.

Note: Want to Apply to be a CSO Observer? The deadline has been extended to 24 September 2014. Visit www.resolv.org/cif to apply. 

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

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THE MOST IMPORTANT PETITION ON FIRE!

4 days, 1.2 million people, and still on fire. But this is going to take all of us — forward the email below, and click here to tell everyone!

Dear friends,

In days, when the UN holds an emergency summit on climate change, we need to   deliver the largest petition ever for a world powered by 100% clean energy.

The petition number will be read out to every world leader at the summit! Click   now to sign the petition!

I can sincerely say this is the most important petition we’ve ever done.

Sorry for the language, but one top scientist just warned that we are all “f*cked” if global warming releases gigantic amounts of methane gas from the arctic tundra. The UN knows this is one of several catastrophic climate threats we’re facing, and is bringing world leaders to New York for a major summit on this global emergency.

Hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March just before the summit. Let’s make sure that on that day we deliver the largest Avaaz petition ever, for the only solution: mobilize the world to shift to 100% clean energy. Add your voice, and forward this widely:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final

Whether it’s the ‘arctic methane bomb’, the rapid acidification of our oceans, or apocalyptic flooding, climate change is the biggest threat humanity is facing, and we need the biggest petition ever to meet it. If we make it massive, the number of us who sign will be read out to all leaders at the summit, published in hundreds of media articles, and be delivered by our marches worldwide.

100% clean energy is a realistic goal. Already, 20% of the world’s electricity comes from clean energy, and solar power is cheaper than coal in many countries! We just need to get our leaders to agree to put their foot on the accelerator.

We’re gearing up for the largest climate mobilization in history on September 21. Already hundreds of events are organised and hundreds of thousands of people signed up. But the events are designed to deliver our petition to decision makers. Let’s make it the largest call to action ever. Join now and tell everyone – sign the petition below:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final

We’re all different, and beautifully diverse. But whoever and wherever we are, climate change threatens everything we love, and brings all of us together. Let’s come together now.

With hope,

Ricken, Danny, Lisa, Judy, Alex, Iain, and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS – Every signature does count! Add your voice here:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final

MORE INFORMATION:

Climate scientist drops the F-bomb (Salon)
http://www.salon.com/2014/08/06/climate_scientist_drops_the_f_bomb_after_startling_arctic_discovery/

EU to beat 2020 climate targets, split over 2030 ones (Reuters)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/05/14/eu-carbon-idUKL6N0O06BG20140514

The most influential climate change paper today remains unknown to most people (Inside Climate News)
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140213/climate-change-science-carbon-budget-nature-global-warming-2-degrees-bill-mckibben-fossil-fuels-keystone-xl-oil?page=show

Floods, storms and searing heat for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-climatechange-idUSKBN0GW2OT20140901

IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/13/averting-climate-change-catastrophe-is-affordable-says-ipcc-report-un

Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/28/renewable-energy-capacity-grows-fastest-ever-pace

Solar price parity arrives early (MSN)
http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=0040731b-4941-432a-b1bd-3b0a04149068

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Help deliver Avaaz’s most important petition ever

Dear friends,
September’s massive climate mobilisation is gathering steam. In just days, hundreds of new events have been organised around the world! The bigger the turn-out, the bigger our impact.
It looks like you tried to find a climate event, but didn’t end up joining one. Check back again – there could now be one near you.
Click now to RSVP to an event in your community or create one of your own:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/event/climate/?source=blast&cl=5778205614&v=45011

 

1892 Events & Counting!

Click to find an event near you

 

In weeks, when major world leaders meet at the UN for an urgent climate meeting, together we can send a clear message that it’s time to stop our scary slide towards climate destruction. If each of us joins in, we can make September 21 a day the world will never forget: the largest day of action on climate change in history.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/event/climate/?source=blast&cl=5778205614&v=45011
With hope,
Oli, Allison, Luca, Ricken, Nataliya, Uilleam, Alaphia and the rest of the Avaaz team
Avaaz.org is a 38-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. You are getting this message because you signed “Community Petitions Site” on 2014-02-14 using the email address worldview.mission@gmail.com. To ensure that Avaaz messages reach your inbox, please add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book. To change your email address, language settings, or other personal information,

contact us,

To contact Avaaz, please do not reply to this email. Instead, write to us at www.avaaz.org/en/contact or call us at +1-888-922-8229 (US).

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Resist the TPP signed statement

Dear all,

Hope some of you might be able to sign on to the statement to reject the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement – the latest in pernicious free trade agreements designed to cement globalisation and corporate power. The link to the sign on space is below …

And here’s the text …

Resist the Trans-Pacific Partnership

We, civil society organisations, networks, and social movements from around the world, declare our unequivocal opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We believe that the TPP, which is currently being negotiated behind closed doors by governments, led by the United States (US) as the dominant player among 12 countries, and hundreds of corporate advisors, will significantly infringe upon people’s rights and freedoms and privilege the interests of corporations over the public interest.
The TPP is distinct from most trade agreements because of the extraordinarily broad scope of the rules it would impose on governments. In addition to conventional trade concerns, such as market access, it allows wealthy countries and large corporations to reach across borders and impose constraints on a vast array of domestic non-trade policies that impact the environment, public services, intellectual property, labour, health, communications, and visas, among others.  The TPP’s main provisions are expected to require member-countries to remove any remaining barriers to investments, to strictly enforce intellectual property laws that would raise pharmaceutical costs and stifle digital innovation and freedom of expression, and to allow private corporations to sue states before an international tribunal. In effect, countries joining the TPP will have to surrender big chunks of their national sovereignty to the trade pact’s dominant players.”
The degree of secrecy surrounding the trade negotiations is completely unacceptable given the huge repercussions the TPP will have on people’s rights. It is particularly outrageous that legislatures, civil society, and the media have been excluded, yet more than 600 corporate advisors have access to—and influence over—the text. What we know about the TPP comes from leaked texts that confirm that a broad range of domestic policies must be brought into line with the terms of the TPP. The TPP represents a corporate coup to deceptively take over national policy making and democratic rights. This is an extraordinary violation of domestic policy space, representing unprecedented aggression against national sovereignty and democratic policy-making.
One aspect of the TPP that is especially concerning is the investor-state dispute resolution (ISDR) mechanism. This allows foreign corporations to sue governments if they enact policies, including laws in the public interest, that reduce their potential profit margin. Consumer laws, environmental protections, and public health laws can all be considered under ISDR to infringe on ‘investor rights’. In past cases, ISDR has been used by companies to sue governments for millions, even billions, of dollars, in foreign tribunals outside of domestic legal systems where there is no compulsion to publish decisions and no appeal mechanism. ISDR is an attack on the ability of developing countries to protect the rights of their citizens.
We are particularly alarmed about the implications of the TPP for women. Policies of privatization, deregulation, and liberalization have the most negative impact on women, who comprise 70% of the world’s poor. Women’s rights will inevitably be violated, particularly their rights to decent work and a living wage, adequate healthcare, and equal access to land and productive resources. By promoting the aggressive liberalization of all of these sectors, women living in poverty stand to lose the most as a result of the TPP.
Trade can be a way of empowering local economies and strengthening women’s economic autonomy. But the TPP is designed to entrench corporate dominance, inequalities, and exploitation. Whatever the international community commits to in the context of new Sustainable Development Goals will be comprehensively undermined by the TPP and its draconian enforcement measures. We call for an end to the TPP negotiations and for the main text to be publicly released. We know this will expose the TPP for what it is: a framework that further institutionalises profit over people.
Kate Lappin
Regional Coordinator
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
Ph: 66 53 284 527
Skype: apwldsec
It’s time for a new world where inequalities of power, wealth, resources and opportunities are more equitably distributed between countries, between rich and poor and between men and women. It’s time for DEVELOPMENT JUSTICE. 

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[Beyond 2015:323] Por favor , ayúdenos a mejorar la campaña Beyond 2015 !

Querida campaña Beyond 2015

En octubre de 2014, Beyond 2015 trabajará con un especialista independiente para hacer una evaluación de mitad de período de la campaña. Beyond 2015 tiene el compromiso de apoyar la participación activa de todas las organizaciones participantes. Esta encuesta evaluará nuestro trabajo hasta la fecha e indicará los ajustes que podrían ser necesarios para garantizar la elaboración de un marco post-2015 mundial e intersectorial y que el proceso de desarrollo de este marco es participativo, inclusivo y sensible a las voces de las personas directamente afectadas por la pobreza y la injusticia.

Un elemento clave de esta evaluación es una “encuesta de las OSC”, la cual esperamos que será completada por el mayor número de organizaciones participantes en Beyond2015 como posible. La Encuesta será una oportunidad para toda la campaña para reflexionar sobre el proceso post-2015 hasta la fecha (tanto los procesos dentro de la campaña Beyond 2015 como los externos), y hacer proyecciones para los últimos 12 meses de las negociaciones post-2015. También ayudará a guiar la estrategia política de Beyond 2015.

Como tal, nos complace compartir con ustedes una breve encuesta, y me gustaría animar a todas las organizaciones que participan en Beyond 2015 a dedicar unos minutos a completar. Haga clic aquí para acceder a la encuesta!

La encuesta incluye 31 preguntas (la mayoría de los cuales son de opción múltiple) y debe tomar alrededor de 15 minutos para completar.

Les pedimos que complete la encuesta antes de la medianoche CET el domingo 28 de septiembre. Esto permitirá a la Secretaría compilar los resultados para la consideración de la especialista en Monitoreo + Evaluación, que comenzará a trabajar con nosotros el 1 de octubre.

Queremos asegurarnos de que la campaña está funcionando tan bien como sea posible para lograr nuestros objetivos de una agenda post-2015 ambiciosa, transformadora y universal, que no deja a nadie atrás. Esta Encuesta es una manera crucial para ayudarnos a hacer esto.

Una vez más, el enlace a la encuesta: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/BNG2PRMCordialement

George Ndungu (Organisation of African Youth, Kenya) et Andrew Griffiths (Sightsavers, UK) Co-presidents de Beyond 2015

Best regards

Leo Williams International Coordinator Beyond 2015 www.beyond2015.org Tel: 0032 2 743 87 97

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We’re making history – let your friends in on it!

Thank you for joining this historic movement to save our planet.

Now let’s make it epic by telling all our friends and family to sign so we reach 3 million signatures before world leaders meet on September 23.

Forward them the email below and share the link on Facebook!

With hope,
The Avaaz team

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Dear friends,

I can sincerely say this is the most important petition we’ve ever done.

Sorry for the language, but one top scientist just warned that we are all “f*cked” if global warming releases gigantic amounts of methane gas from the arctic tundra. The UN knows this is one of several catastrophic climate threats we’re facing, and is bringing world leaders to New York for a major summit on this global emergency.

Hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March just before the summit. Let’s make sure that on that day we deliver the largest Avaaz petition ever, for the only solution: mobilize the world to shift to 100% clean energy. Add your voice, and forward this widely:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final/?tSPCVgb

Whether it’s the ‘arctic methane bomb’, the rapid acidification of our oceans, or apocalyptic flooding, climate change is the biggest threat humanity is facing, and we need the biggest petition ever to meet it. If we make it massive, the number of us who sign will be read out to all leaders at the summit, published in hundreds of media articles, and be delivered by our marches worldwide.

100% clean energy is a realistic goal. Already, 20% of the world’s electricity comes from clean energy, and solar power is cheaper than coal in many countries! We just need to get our leaders to agree to put their foot on the accelerator.

We’re gearing up for the largest climate mobilization in history on September 21. Already hundreds of events are organised and hundreds of thousands of people signed up. But the events are designed to deliver our petition to decision makers. Let’s make it the largest call to action ever. Join now and tell everyone – sign the petition below:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final/?tSPCVgb

We’re all different, and beautifully diverse. But whoever and wherever we are, climate change threatens everything we love, and brings all of us together. Let’s come together now.

With hope,

Ricken, Danny, Lisa, Judy, Alex, Iain, and the rest of the Avaaz team

PS – Every signature does count! Add your voice here:
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/100_clean_final/?tSPCVgb

MORE INFORMATION:

Climate scientist drops the F-bomb (Salon)
http://www.salon.com/2014/08/06/climate_scientist_drops_the_f_bomb_after_startling_arctic_discovery/

EU to beat 2020 climate targets, split over 2030 ones (Reuters)
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/05/14/eu-carbon-idUKL6N0O06BG20140514

The most influential climate change paper today remains unknown to most people (Inside Climate News)
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/20140213/climate-change-science-carbon-budget-nature-global-warming-2-degrees-bill-mckibben-fossil-fuels-keystone-xl-oil?page=show

Floods, storms and searing heat for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change (Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/us-climatechange-idUSKBN0GW2OT20140901

IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/13/averting-climate-change-catastrophe-is-affordable-says-ipcc-report-un

Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/aug/28/renewable-energy-capacity-grows-fastest-ever-pace

Solar price parity arrives early (MSN)
http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post.aspx?post=0040731b-4941-432a-b1bd-3b0a04149068

Avaaz.org is a 38-million-person global campaign network
that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages. Learn about some of Avaaz’s biggest campaigns here, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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Open Call:  Apply to Regional Autumn School / MENA | natural resources, climate change, gender

Dear Community of Educators,
 
Below is an opportunity through IUCN for civil society organizations, researchers and young professionals (23–35 years) in the fields of resource rights, governance, climate, gender and environment residing in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 10 September. For further information, refer to the email below or visit: 
 
Thanks to our Global Gender Climate Alliance colleagues Szilvia and Maria with FAO for sharing this information!
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:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
Subject: Open Call | Regional Autumn School
Lara B. Nassar
Regional Documentation & Information Officer
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)
Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) Sweifiyeh, Hasan Baker Al Azazi St. no 20 – Amman, Jordan
Tel: 00962 6 5546912 – 3 – 4 Fax: 00962 6 5546915
Mobile: +962 777 888522

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