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IMPORTANT: LOGISTICAL UPDATE ON HLPF, 2016

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SDG 4 Updates & UN Links — enSI

en SI environment & School Initiatives

ENSI Mailing Issue 74

Dear Reader

On April 22nd the leaders of 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Closely related to the agreement is the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with 17 goals. This framework will influence our work and will have strong impact in our societies. Your ENSI mailing today is a compilation of web-links from UN and other organisations, supporting our work for tackling the SDG’s.

The mailing is also available at the ENSI site: ENSI Mailing 74.pdf

With best regards

Christine Affolter, Head of Secretariat ENSI

Mailing     enSI          Issue 74:  23.05.2016

Published by: Christine Affolter, secretariat ensi
email: secretariat@ensi.org
www.ensi.org

                                                                            UN DEV GOALS LOGOhttp://sdgcompass.org/sdgs/

Below you will find a list of the major web-links supporting our important work for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Let’s take action for a bright future for all!


1. Transforming our World – the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2. UN official site for getting active for sustainable development goals

3. United Nations Development Programme:
Support to the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

4. UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs:
Sustainable development knowledge platform

5. SDG Guide: Getting stated with the Sustainable Development Goals:
A guide for stakeholders

6. Take Action:
Join the movement to make the Global Goals for sustainable development a reality

7. UNITAR/United Nations Institute for training and research:
MOOC for the Introduction to the 2030 Agenda: A New Agenda for a Sustainable World

8. UN Women:
Women and the Sustainable Development Goals

9. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD):
Learn more about the SDG’s-a SDG compass

10. Sustainable Development solutions network:
The Road from Paris to Marrakesh – What happens next?


SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

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Update on the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference (30 May – 1 June, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea)
UN DP NGO Conference
Dear Madam/Sir,Please find attached an update on the 66th UN DPI/NGO Conference (30 May – 1 June, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea):

Sincerely,

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Updates: UN Secretary-General dialogues: Did anyone come out on top?

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The UN member states have started the interview process of the nine official candidates vying for the position of the UN Secretary General.  The process is now transparent with 183 member states, the public, and the formal and informal partners of the UN System, a few insights as summarized by Devex Newswire, https://www.devex.com/news/un-secretary-general-dialogues-did-anyone-come-out-on-top-88039
Regarding the job interview here is the example of Helen Clark, summary and short video from The Spinoff,  http://thespinoff.co.nz/15-04-2016/two-hours-88-questions-and-one-baring-of-teeth-reviewing-helen-clarks-massive-job-interview/
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Pages 3, 4, 5 of UN webtv provides video coverage, http://webtv.un.org/
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UNSD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  1-734-352-7429

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“Celine Paramunda” <celine@mmsmission.net>

Subject: Re: Updates: UN Secretary-General dialogues: Did anyone come out on top?
Date: April 18, 2016
To: “Pam Puntenney” <pjpunt@umich.edu>

hi Pam

Thanks, here is the NGLS link with the twitter reg the Civil Society
Questions for the SG candidates including the one from me.

*UN-NGLS*&#8207;@unngls <https://twitter.com/unngls>
best
Celine Paramunda
UN Representative
Medical Mission Sisters
Accredited EcoSoc, DPI, UNFCCC
777 UN Plaza
Concourse, Suite C
New York,10017-3521
Skype: celine.paramundayil
FB:Medical Mission Sisters at the UN
www.mms-un.org

Please Think B4U Print

1 ream of paper = 6% of a tree and 5.4 kg CO2 in the atmosphere
3 sheets of A4 paper pollutes 1 litre of water

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Update Africa Renewal – Catching up with Divine Ntiokam — Creating Public Engagement

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We have an update from UN SD Education Caucus member, Divine Ntiokam [Cameroon] on his work on creating public engagement regarding  UN SD [MDGs and SDGs] in his home country.
Divine Ntiokam
Ntiokam,Divine
Global Youth Digital Advocate
Post-2015 and MY World 2015
Tel:+23773359810
Skype ID:ntiokam.divine
http://blog.myworld2015.org
http://csayouthnetwork.wordpress.com/

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WIF Global Partners Update – Oceans

Bremley Lyngdoh <bremley@worldviewimpact.org>
Date: Wed, Mar 30, 2016
Subject: Global Partners – Oceans

A short list of WIF’s global partners working collaborative on oceans issues  and youth engagement:
•  Worldview Impact Foundation (www.worldviewimpact.org)Worldview Impact Foundation (WIF) is a non-profit international organisation registered in England and Wales. It is working on mitigating climate change by creating sustainable livelihoods for the poor while reducing poverty to improve living conditions in the developing counties like India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Its objective is to create an enabling environment for young people to actively participate in an array of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects such as carbon sequestration through climate resilient agriculture, organic agroforestry, water management, renewable energy, reforestation and afforestation projects in both terrestrial and marine fragile ecosystems. WIF promotes and supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations through its local partners. It provides capacity building and training for young people in the developing countries for employment generation and creates awareness by supporting initiatives that addresses the health implications of global climate change. WIF provides support to local community led initiatives that addresses the nexus of poverty and environment. Finally it provides a forum for young people and social entrepreneurs in the developing world to connect with their peers in the developed world and engage in cross boundary life changing projects.Worldview International Foundation is working in partnership with both Ocean Recovery Alliance to implement its Global Alert project and with Global Ocean Trust to implement its Ocean Action project in 15 pilot countries engaging young people around the world as part of the Global Youth Service Day 2016 celebrations. Follow WIF on Social Media onhttps://www.facebook.com/worldviewimpact/?fref=ts and http://twitter.com/worldviewimpactOcean Recovery Alliance (http://oceanrecov.org/)•  Ocean Recovery Alliance (ORA) is a 501c3 registered non-profit in California, and is a registered charitable organization in Hong Kong.  ORA strives to take a lead with a variety of existing stakeholders, leveraging each of their qualities and institutional capacities when needed, while combining forces with the business and technology sectors.  The group is the first NGO to be working with both UNEP and the World Bank, and some of the funding for the Global Alert platform has been provided by the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Oceans. ORA has announced two projects at the Clinton Global Initiative, the other being the Plastic Disclosure Project (www.plasticdisclosure.org).  In June, 2014, it launched a world-first report on the natural capital cost of plastic with Trucost and UNEP at the UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi. The group is the founder of the Plasticity Forum, which was launched at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012, and which has since been held in Hong Kong, New York, Portugal, and will be in Shanghai in April, 2016.•  Global Alert (http://globalalert.org/)To address the problem of increasing marine debris flowing to our ocean, Ocean Recovery Alliance announced the Global Alert platform at the Clinton Global Initiative, as an innovative, online tool and mobile app which allows users to report, rate and map plastic pollution levels in their rivers, along ocean coastlines, and even underwater on reefs. Ocean Recovery Alliance is collaborating with Worldview Impact Foundation to recruit young people and organisations around the world to join Global Alert and use the platform that will help them reduce trash in the waters. This will broaden awareness, aggregate information for decision-making, and spur solutions to reduce plastic debris outflows via the world’s rivers or accumulation on coastlines. Global Alert will accomplish this goal by addressing a number of issues that include: Enabling community participation for reporting and problem solving, catalyzing  active watershed stewardship focusing on rivers and providing global awareness and monitoring. Upload your trash site on (http://globalalert.org/) now and follow Global Alert on Social Media https://www.facebook.com/Global-Alert-644816468959113/?fref=ts to get started.

•  Global Ocean Trust (http://globaloceantrust.com/en/)

Global Ocean Trust (GOT) is a 501c3 registered non-profit in Washington DC that aims to bring new technologies, partnerships and new sources of finance to provide much needed resource and focus on the task ahead. Through promoting ocean optimism, designing innovative solutions and developing financing options, GOT aims to encourage influencers and stakeholders to engage productively with the ocean and to embrace the opportunities that are available to sustain the resource that provides every human with life. It is a group of experienced conservationists from around the world who offer a different perspective for advice, support and resources to deliver new ideas and implement best practices for pragmatic solutions to ocean challenges. GOT is engaging in major processes such as the Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference COP 21 and the UN High Seas treaty negotiations to promote better ocean governance and sustainable solutions that protect the marine environment. It is part of the High Seas Alliance, the Ocean-Climate platform and the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition. The organisation’s Ocean Action Now project allows it to share ocean solutions with the public and help engage young people by giving them access to information and the ability to participate join the debate.

•  Ocean Action (http://oceanaction.co/)

Ocean Action is a digital toolkit designed to enable young people to quickly understand and take part in ocean conservation. Debates on marine health and governance take place across a complicated web of intergovernmental committees and a patchwork of NGOs, most people frankly don’t have the time to trace all these processes to make meaningful change. Global Ocean Trust is collaborating with Worldview Impact Foundation to recruit young people and organisations around the world to use the Ocean Action toolkit in order to aggregate these conversations into a single document with clear steps for activists to take in supporting existing campaigns or to start their own. Download the toolkit  (http://oceanaction.co/) now and follow Ocean Action on Social Mediahttps://twitter.com/oceanactionnow to get started.

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Dr. Bremley W. B. Lyngdoh
Founder and Chief Executive
Worldview Impact Foundation
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Worldview Space
1 Pope Street
London SE13PR
United Kingdom
Tel: +44-2073788872
Mob: +44-7899897823
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  1-734-352-7429

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Update: UN Reflection Series 2016 on Middle Income Countries

Dear everyone,

We have received emails showing interest in the upcoming UN Reflection Series 2016 on 14 to 16 April in Berlin. Thank you to those who pointed out that a link in the previous email is broken.

Kindly allow me to share with you the event website: http://unreflection.unssc.org/

You can also see here the programme, list of speakers, workshops, and documents. Everyone should be able to access all the information and materials on the website.

You may also follow our Twitter account @UNSSCBonn and #UNRS2016 during the event to see key messages and also to engage with our speakers and panelists. You may also send us questions to the speakers.

For inquiries, please email me or sustainable-development@unssc.org or call us at +49 (0) 228 815 2657.

I am posting the previous email below. Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at the event in Berlin.

Previous email:

Dear everyone,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paulyn duman

Junior Knowledge Management Associate

UN Staff CollegeUNSSC knowledge centre for sustainable development

Haus Carstanjen
Martin-Luther-King-Straße 8, Bonn 53175, Germany

Office:    +49 (0)228 815 2661

Cell:       +49 1515 940 9999

Skype:    paulyn.duman

Email:    p.duman@unssc.org

Website: www.unssc.org

 

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Update on Australian Association EE research symposium – and emerging publications

Alan Reid <alan.reid@monash.edu>
Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2016
Subject: Update on Australian Association EE research symposium – and recent publications from that
To: ENV-ED-RESEARCH@jiscmail.ac.uk

There are plans to have a Research Symposium on Tuesday 4th October, Adelaide, the day before the main conference. However, while planning for that is still being finalised, please note the Expressions of Interest process won’t necessarily overlap with the Call for Abstracts for the main conference, which closes 18th March. Expect more news about the themes and format of the RS in March, with a call in early April … please circulate to those who might be interested.

For excerpts and abstracts reflecting on the Hobart AAEE RS in 2014, see:

Australian Journal of Environmental Education – Evolution or Revolution in EE/SE Research? A Collaborative Dialogue From First-Year PhD Students - http://ow.ly/YLVX5

The AAEE 2014 research symposium in Hobart provided a privileged space for researchers and practitioners within environmental education and sustainability education (EE/SE) to come together and create dialogues about education for sustainability research. This essay is a critical reflection from postgraduate researchers about the symposium and the EE/SE research landscape more broadly. The authors interrogate contemporary research frameworks and practices, and deliberate on how current perceptions enable and inhibit performance within EE/SE research. The authors ask provocative questions and encourage readers to imagine for themselves what a new research landscape, freed of calcified frameworks and entrenched systems, might look like. The essay then draws on an ecological systems perspective as a means of reimagining EE/SE research within a more emergent landscape that values inclusivity, democracy, collaborative inquiry and curiosity.

Australian Journal of Environmental Education – Environmental and Sustainability Education Research, Past and Future: Three Perspectives From Late, Mid, and Early Career Researchers - http://ow.ly/YLVZw

The first research symposium, organised in conjunction with the Australian Association for Environmental Education (AAEE) biennial conference, began with a dialogue between scholars at three different academic career stages. As we all entered the field at different periods in its development, the first part of our presentation and this article provide our perspectives on the context, approaches and issues that characterised the field at the time we became involved in environmental education (EE) and EE research. The second part of this article presents the lessons we have learnt from EE research, and where we see the field headed in the future.

http://www.aaee2016.com/call-for-abstracts.php

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Up-date Ecological Footprint

“This awesome planet…technological wizards…the largest selfies ever.”—TEDx Footprint Talk

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We’re excited to report that Global Footprint Network CEO Mathis Wackernagel, co-inventor of the Ecological Footprint, took the stage at TEDxSan Francisco recentlyThe video is now live.

Have you been wondering what “sustainable development” means and how it can be measured? Watch the video. Or do you believe our work is important, but have been struggling to explain it in a language that people can easily and quickly understand? Share the video on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Google+.

We manage what we measure,” Mathis reminds the audience in closing. This definitely goes for the planet’s resources, and it’s where the Ecological Footprint comes in. Not as the solution but as an indispensable data-intensive tool to help build countless solutions for a resilient economy. What are the opportunities for reducing carbon emissions, reducing waste, favoring less resource-intensive diets? What solution will you and your community create?

Footprint in the News
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Speaking of data, Mark Harvey, our Senior City Associate in London, authored a seminal article on the essential role of data in post-COP21 times. Especially, “measuring the degree to which our increasingly degraded soils, forests and oceans remain sufficiently intact to act as sinks for our carbon emissions will be […] critical,” he writes. We can’t agree more. This is what we refer to as “integrated carbon,” an approach that strongly emphasizes the strong yet too-often ignored link between carbon and land use. In an era when everyone’s focus ought to be shifting towards creative solutions to the tangible, multi-faceted issue of climate change, we believe that data will be critical to making headway. Thank you, Mark!

In the wake of our recent Mediterranean Report and recent events in Greece, CEO Mathis Wackernagel and Alessandro Galli, Footprint Network’s Director of the Mediterranean Region, discussed the Mediterranean region’s “other deficit” in a recent op-ed in Project SyndicateThe call for action was picked up by The Japan TimesLive Mint in India, Expresso in Portugal, Todays Zaman in Turkey and The Daily Inquirer in the Philippines.

The Ecological Footprint and its carbon component were put at the core of an argument against shale oil in an op-ed in published during COP21 by Estonian newspaper Eesti Ekspress. A non-renewable resource, shale oil is a keystone of Estonia’s economy. Its mining and local exploitation use up more than 90% of the water consumed in Estonia. Some local experts assert that shale oil pollutes more than coal. In fact, it is responsible for more than 70% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, pushing Estonia’s Footprint per capita up among the top 10 highest in the world. As COP21 came to a close, the Estonian government showed no inclination to phase it out, quite to the contrary, stresses the author.

Last month The Irish Times published a fresh progress report for Cloughjordan Ecovillage, including a gallery of gorgeous pictures. Set in the middle of Ireland, the community is designed as a demonstration of low-energy living. Its aim is to reach an Ecological Footprint that is compatible with the planet’s ability to provide for everyone, that is 1.7 global hectares per person on average worldwide. For some background, read the blogpost we wrote last year after we spoke at length with Vincent Carragher, the energy manager and research coordinator who helped developed Cloughjordan’s Ecological Footprint accounting methodology.

Footprint in Action
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Our personal Footprint calculator recently took on a life of its own in Rio de Janeiro’s brand new Museum of Tomorrow. An architectural feat with futuristic lines, the museum features wide touchscreens in its lobby where visitors can calculate their household Footprint. Brazil leading broadcaster Globo sent its reporter to check it out in this primetime TV report (scroll to minute 00:55.)

From Our Research Department

Our new set of data for National Footprint Accounts is almost ready! Stay tuned for the release and its updated carbon footprint calculations, which we expect to announce next month. In the meantime, please email us at media@footprintnetwork.org if you are interested in a webinar to tour the highlights of the new dataset and learn about the methodology updates behind the numbers.

A referenced review of existing Footprint indicators by Mediterranean Director and Senior Scientist Alessandro Galli was just published by the Oxford University Press in its Oxford Bibliographies series. His article provides an extensive review of all existing Footprint indicators—including the Ecological, carbon and water Footprints—and provides guidance on how to navigate the wealth of academic literature on these indicators. Galli identifies the key academic publications related to each indicator and explains why each article is a must read. Given how popular and dynamic Footprinting has become, Global Footprint Network welcomes updates from fellow researchers on their related work. If you are working on a novel Footprint indicator or application, please email us at info@footprintnetwork.org.

Can You Guess This Country?

Next week, this nation will enter national ecological deficit—its citizens’ demand for food, timber and carbon dioxide absorption will begin to exceed what the nation’s ecosystems can renew over the full year. Trade is a fact of life in our globalized economy, but just as a trade deficit can be a liability, so can an ecological deficit.

This Middle Eastern country has a population of more than 8 million people and its climate varies from snow dusted mountains in the north to hot deserts in the south. One of this nation’s beach towns boasts a beautiful coral reef and rich marine environment. Over the last 60 years, 200 million trees have been planted to help restore the nation’s woodlands.

Now, can you identify this nation?          


Find the answer by clicking here.

In Case You Missed It…
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Happy New Year from Global Footprint Network! With your generous support, we made substantial strides advancing global sustainability in 2015. Click on the slideshow below for highlights from the year: 

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Updates: 2016 HLPF / Appointment of 10-member TFM advisory group

Happy New Year to all!  Per the update below:

  • Please note that the new website for 2016 HLPF ( https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2016) includes:
    • link to a synthesis of inputs from Member States, UN system and MGoS to the questionnaire circulated last fall for the SG report on global follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda to be released later this month.
    • List of the 9 countries that have volunteered to present the first national reviews at the 2016 HLPF so far.
  • We are delighted that Neth Dano of ETC Group from the Philippines is one of the 10 members representing civil society, private sector and the scientific community on the “UN 10-Member Group” appointed by the SG to support the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on TFM. The 10-Member Group shall serve a 2 year term in their personal capacity, appoint two co-chairs to manage the group, and help prepare the meetings and modalities of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs and an online platform. The list of members and a link to the TOR may be found here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism
  From: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Date: Fri, Jan 8, 2016
Subject: Updates: 2016 HLPF / Appointment of 10-member TFM advisory group
To: Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear Colleagues,

We wanted to bring to your attention the following updates:

  • A new website for the 2016 HLPF is now available at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2016. The website includes a list of the countries that have thus far volunteered to present the first national reviews during the 2016 HLPF. This list will be updated to reflect any additions.
  • Following an open call for nominations and taking into account gender and geographical balance and ensuring a mix of disciplinary expertise, the Secretary-General has appointed the 10 members representing civil society, private sector and the scientific community that will support the UN Inter-Agency Task Team on the technology facilitation mechanism, in accordance with the 2030 SD Agenda. A list of the 10 members and their terms of reference can be accessed at: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

Kind regards, Lotta


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

           

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Udates Co-Chairs Working & Colleagues – Celebrate!

Dear Community of Educators,

 Here is an update on Bremley:
Your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen welcome to the United Nations General Assembly as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations and reflect on the journey we have taken so far and where we are going!

Bremley W B LyngdohMr. Bremley W. B. Lyngdoh

And from Paris our climate change delegation and friends, our gender colleague, Lorena Aguilar sums up our work:

Ten years of hard work, working on corridors, developing capacities and knowledge, sitting in long hours of meetings, traveling away from your love ones. Tonight we celebrate with our friends, the dreamers the doers. The world has a new climate change agreement. Know the real work starts, implementation of the words. But tonight we can rest and celebrate

All the best,

UNSD Education Caucus

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UPDATE: COP/GLF: Insecure land rights of indigenous peoples and investor risk, social conflict, climate change

Dear colleague:

The Nature Conservancy and the International Indigenous Peoples’ Forum on Climate change will host a panel a5 15:30 at the Global Landscape Forum concerning land rights of indigenous peoples and the tremendous pressure that extractive, hydropower and agricultural development projects are putting on natural landscapes and Indigenous and local community territories,

The respect and recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, customary land tenure and traditional knowledge have significantly contributed to more sustainable use and management of various ecosystems.

This has been documented in a variety of studies and most recently in a report from the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) suggesting that indigenous peoples outperform every other owner, public or private in forest conservation.

There is ample evidence that government development plans and projects, private corporations’ investments have and are continuing to cause Indigenous Peoples’ criminalization, displacement and the depletion of resources.

Speakers at the session will represent both Indigenous Peoples’ organizations and corporate representatives to explore the crucial question: Is a triple-win – where the economy, people and the climate all benefit – possible, despite the many documented and potential conflicts.

Harboring some of the world’s most carbon-rich and undeveloped places, lands managed by Indigenous Peoples and local communities play a crucial role in stewarding the world’s natural carbon stores. Private sector interests in these landscapes create both enormous risks and opportunities for these communities.

A new study released this week at the COP21 by a collaboration of indigenous peoples’ groups from Africa, Latin America and Asia, and the Woods Hole Research Center and the Environmental Defense Fund reports that forests on indigenous territories store at least 20 percent of the carbon in tropical forests worldwide. Previous
research has shown that community forest rights that are legally recognized and protected by governments often translate into healthy forests with high forest carbon storage, and reduced deforestation. But achieving secure rights requires investments to strengthen legal protections and ensure their implementation, as well as to strengthen the capacity of local people to sustainably manage and benefit from forest resources.

Yet the obstacles are significant. A recent study of 64 countries suggests that indigenous peoples and local communities lack legal rights to almost three-quarters of their traditional lands, including forests.

In addition to carbon storage, secure community forest rights are known to produce a suite of other economic, social and environmental benefits, including reduced conflict, improved biodiversity and water regulation, increased job creation, reinvestment in local communities, and reduced out-migration, as well as avoided deforestation.

Protecting tropical forests on indigenous lands from clearing, burning, mining, unsustainable logging and other threats is not only important for preventing increases of atmospheric CO2, it is essential for maintaining other vital environmental services. Moreover, forest destruction can have devastating immediate environmental and health impacts, such as those caused by smoke and haze arising from forest clearing

For interviews in advance or after the event, please contact:

Coimbra Sirica, +1 301 943 3287, orMichelle Geis, +33 6 26 75 34 90.

Warm regards, Coimbra Sirica

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IBON International Update Paris 3

Tetet Lauron <tlauron@iboninternational.org


Date: December 6, 2015
To:asiapacificrcem@googlegroups.com” <asiapacificrcem@googlegroups.com>
Subject: IBON International Update Paris 3
Dear colleagues,
Please find attached IBON’s update no. 3 from the Paris climate talks. Feel free to help spread the word!
In solidarity,
tetet
Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron
Peoples’ Movement on Climate Change
IBON International
3F IBON Center, 114 Timog Avenue, Quezon City
Philippines
Tel. No. +632 9277060-62
Skype: tetet.lauron

II Update #8 Climate

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IBON Update 3 from Paris

Dear friends,
Sharing with you IBON International’s update 3 from Paris.
 For climate justice,
tetet

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Final logistics update 2015 Global Landscapes Forum

Part of our delegation will be attending the Global Landscape Forum Friday and Saturday.  This recent note will give you an idea about this international joint effort and a sense of the increased security measures in Paris.

 Begin forwarded message:

From: Global Landscapes Forum Info <GLF-Info@cgiar.org>
Date: December 3, 2015
Subject: Final logistics update 2015 Global Landscapes Forum

Dear participants of the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum,

Only two more days until the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum, which starts at 12:15 on Saturday 5 December. More than 3,500 people have already registered online to attend the event.

Please note that badges can be picked up at the CIFOR booth (no. 3D) at the UNFCCC COP21 until 4 pm on Thursday, 3 December only.

If your friends or colleagues would like to register, they can register as general participants or using a voucher code.

If you have not collected your badge yet, please pick it up directly at the Palais des congrès in Paris at any time from 11:00 to 17:00 on Saturday 5 December and from 7:30 to 17:00 on Sunday 6 December. The registration counter is at the lobby level. We encourage you to arrive early, as additional security measures will be in place (see below), which may cause delays (hot drinks will be served from opening of registration on both days).

To help you navigate your way around the Forum, a detailed map and downloadable PDF agenda are now available online.

Important security updates:

In response to the heightened security level in Paris, we have worked with local authorities to tighten security at the venue. Please note the following preventative measures outlined below. We thank you for your cooperation and patience with any delays these cause.

a)      No large travel backpacks or suitcases will be allowed in the venue. Kindly leave your luggage at your hotel or make other arrangements (the cloakroom will only accept jackets). Smaller bags for carrying personal items will be allowed.
b)      All bags will be checked by security staff, and metal detectors will be used.
c)      Any small metal objects (e.g. keys, coins, etc.) should be placed in a plastic zipper bag for easy checking (plastic zipper bags will be provided at registration).

d)      There might be random or unscheduled identity checks. Please keep your passport or other form of official identity papers with you at all times.

For the most up-to-date program, visit landscapes.org/2015-agenda.

See you on the weekend!

Best regards,

GLF Committee

Dr. P. J. Puntenney

Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  1-734-352-7429

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UPDATE – GCF Board Meeting in Zambia

see it online.

HEINRICH BÖLL FOUNDATION – NORTH AMERICA -
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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI
From: Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>

Date: Fri, Oct 16,

Subject: UPDATE: Extension of deadline (now 25 October) Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team
To:
Cc: David O’Connor <oconnor3@un.org>, Nikhil Chandavarkar <chandavarkar@un.org>, Beppe Lovoi <lovoi@un.org>, Natalie Lavan <lavan@un.org>, Wei Liu <liuw@un.org>, Tobias Cabani <cabani@un.org>, Alexander Juras <Alexander.Juras@unep.org>, Ola Goransson <goranssono@un.org>, Lotta Tahtinen <tahtinen@un.org>

Dear All,

Regarding the call for nominations for the 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team as part of the new Technology Facilitation Mechanism, please be advised that the deadline has been extended to midnight on Sunday, 25 October. 

Best regards,
Beppe

Beppe Lovoi | Sustainable Development Officer
Division for Sustainable Development | Department of Economic and Social Affairs
United Nations | Room S-2613 | Tel: +1 (212) 963-5423 | sustainabledevelopment.un.org

          

From:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO
To:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Cc:        David O’Connor/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Nikhil Chandavarkar/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Beppe Lovoi/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Natalie Lavan/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Wei Liu/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Tobias Cabani/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Alexander Juras/UNEP/NBO/UNO@UNON, Ola Goransson/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Date:        30/09/2015 09:26 AM
Subject:        Extension of deadline (now 18 October) Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team


Dear All,

Please be advised that the deadline for the below call for nominations for the 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team as part of the new Technology Facilitation Mechanism has been extended to midnight on Sunday, 18 October. 

Kind regards, Lotta

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

—– Forwarded by Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO on 30/09/2015 09:22 AM —–
From:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO
To:        Lotta Tahtinen/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Cc:        David O’Connor/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Nikhil Chandavarkar/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Beppe Lovoi/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Natalie Lavan/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Wei Liu/NY/UNO@UNHQ, Tobias Cabani/NY/UNO@UNHQ
Date:        28/09/2015 04:04 PM
Subject:        Technology facilitation mechanism: Call for nominations for 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to work with the UN inter-agency task team (deadline 9 October)


Dear Colleagues,

Paragraph 123 of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and paragraph 70 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development decided to establish a technology facilitation mechanism in order to support the SDGs. The mechanism will be comprise of :

- A United Nations inter-agency task team on science, technology and innovation for the sustainable development goals;
- A collaborative annual multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation (STI) for the sustainable development goals;
- An online platform as a gateway for information on existing STI initiatives, mechanisms and programs.

In operationalizing these components, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development further decides that the United Nations inter-agency task team will work with 10 representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to prepare the meetings of the multi-stakeholder forum on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs, as well as in the development and operationalization of the online platform. For more information about the technology facilitation mechanism please see: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/topics/technology/facilitationmechanism

The 10 representatives from civil society, the private sector and the scientific community will be appointed by the Secretary-General for periods of 2 years, taking into consideration geographical and gender balance and ensuring a mix of disciplinary expertise capturing science, technology and innovation aspects across the full range of the sustainable development agenda. The 10 representatives will serve in their independent, personal capacity and shall have internationally recognized excellence in their field or fields of expertise. The role is considered voluntary, and is not subject to remuneration.

In ensuring openness and inclusion in the process, UN DESA-DSD and UNEP on behalf of the Inter-agency task team are hereby inviting interested and qualified representatives of civil society, the private sector and the scientific community to submit their application by 6 p.m. (NY time) on Friday, 9 October 2015, by completing the following form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U64TkEZtETiPkwIfF0OoaCvynu_9COjmWu2AF__o_yw/viewform?edit_requested=true, for final selection by the Secretary-General.

Kind regards, Lotta

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


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
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Important Updates: 2015 NGO Conference at the United Nations

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Dear Colleague, you are receiving this because you have expressed interest in the 2015 NGO Conference at the UN. Kindly add info@2015ngoconference.org to your address book to make sure future emails will go straight to your inbox.

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Wikileaks Release of Updated Secret Trade in Services (TISA) Documents in Advance of Next Round of Negotiations

Deborah James <djames@cepr.net>

[wto-intl] OWINFS Release: Wikileaks Release of Updated Secret Trade in Services (TISA) Documents in Advance of Next Round of Negotiations

July 1, 2015                          

In Advance of Next Round of Negotiations on the Proposed “Trade in Services Agreement (TISA),” Wikileaks Releases Updated Secret Documents 

Today, Wikileaks released the most updated draft texts on the proposed TISA, along with substantive analysis, on each of four cross-cutting annexes: Domestic Regulation, the “Movement of Natural Persons,” Transparency, and a previously-unreleased annex on Government Procurement. In addition they released the Core Text with accompanying analysis and the agenda for the negotiations next week. The negotiating texts are supposed to remain secret for five years after the deal is finalized or abandoned.

The documents, along with the analysis, highlight the way that the TISA responds to major corporate lobbies’ desire to deregulate services, even beyond the existing World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. “This leak exposes the corporate aim to use TISA to further limit the public interest regulatory capacity of democratically elected governments by imposing disciplines on domestic issues from government purchasing and immigration to licensing and certification standards for professionals and business operations, not to mention the regulatory process itself,” said Deborah James of the OWINFS network, which has coordinated global civil society opposition to the proposed TISA since its inception.

The Agenda indicates that other services will come under the jurisdiction of the proposed TISA – including energy services, environmental services, delivery services, and “patient mobility.”

“Given the added dangers of the recently-approved Fast Track provisions which would apply to a potential TISA, we call on governments to abandon negotiations on this corporate wish list and focus on strengthening public interest regulation and the democratic process,” James added.

“The Annex on Domestic Regulation is a serious threat to regulations that people really care about – like what kind of development is allowed in their neighbourhood or the standards for hospital care. Negotiators are using the excuse that these regulations are somehow related to trade in order to create a vast array of restrictions on the right to regulate,” said Ellen Gould, a Canadian – based consultant on trade agreements whose research accompanies the Domestic Regulation Annex. The existence of an annex restricting even non-discriminatory domestic regulations belies the claims by some TISA proponents that the agreement is only about promoting transparency and tackling discriminatory laws.

The existence of a Transparency annex in a secret trade agreement is itself ironic. The annex shows that corporations are pushing far beyond how a normal person understands “transparency.” The sections on “prior notification of new measures” would mandate that any measure (including laws, regulations, agency rulings, etcetera) must be published in advance, with a “reasonable opportunity” for corporations to comment on them to the governmental entity. But it goes much further; the rationale for the measure must be included, and governments must set up an avenue by which it must respond to the comments. Some countries are even pushing for a mandatory “judicial or administrative review of decisions,” if corporation disagrees with a proposed measure. This Annex, then, proposes a direct pathway for foreign corporate input into the domestic policymaking process of parliamentary and also local elected officials.

Today’s publication includes a previously unpublished annex on state purchasing, which, according to analysis published by Wikileaks provided by Sanya Reid Smith of the Third World Network, “would require extreme opening of services government procurement (GP) of TISA countries, beyond the level required by the optional rules at the WTO or in free trade agreements involving the EU, U.S. or others. If accepted, this proposal is predicted to undermine programs in developed and developing TISA countries that facilitate development, help create local jobs and assist disadvantaged communities including indigenous peoples and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).”

The Annex on the “Movement of Natural Persons,” called Mode 4, makes crystal clear that immigration policy would be an integral part of the TISA, notwithstanding certain governments’ protestations to the contrary. A labor lawyer with IDEALS in the Philippines, Tony Salvador said that “we oppose trade agreements that include migrant workers, rather than just bona fide service suppliers, as migrants should instead be protected by the domestic labor and employment laws of the host country where they work. Having the status of a worker/employee guarantees that she/he is also covered by ILO Conventions,” referring to the International Labor Organization. He added, “however, the host country should maintain its prerogative to pass and implement immigration and national security laws, and apply them to both migrant workers and foreign service suppliers, even as the home country of the migrants may continue to have laws that protect migrants from recruiters and their purported employers in the home country.”

The documents show that the TISA will impact even non-participating countries. The TISA is exposed as a developed countries’ corporate wish lists for services which seeks to bypass resistance from the global South to this agenda inside the WTO, and to secure an agreement on services without confronting the continued inequities on agriculture, intellectual property, cotton subsidies, and many other issues.

Background Information

This leak justifies warnings from global civil society about the privatization and deregulation impacts of a potential TISA since our first letter on the issue, endorsed by 345 organizations from across the globe, in September 2013. At that time, OWINFS argued that “[t]he TISA negotiations largely follow the corporate agenda of using “trade” agreements to bind countries to an agenda of extreme liberalization and deregulation in order to ensure greater corporate profits at the expense of workers, farmers, consumers and the environment. The proposed agreement is the direct result of systematic advocacy by transnational corporations in banking, energy, insurance, telecommunications, transportation, water, and other services sectors, working through lobby groups like the US Coalition of Service Industries (USCSI) and the European Services Forum (ESF).” Today’s leaks prove the network’s arguments beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Today’s leak follows others, including a June 2014 Wikileaks revelation of a previous version of the Financial Services secret text; the December 2014 leak of a U.S. proposal on cross-border data flows, technology transfer, and net neutrality (available in English and Spanish), which raised serious concerns about the protection of data privacy in the wake of the Snowden revelations; the February 5, 2015 release of a background paper promoting health tourism in the TISA (available in English, French, German, and Spanish); and last month’s Wikileaks publication of 17 documents on the TISA.

The TISA is currently being negotiated among 24 parties (counting the EU as one) with the aim of extending the coverage of scope of the existing General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) in the WTO. However, even worse than the opaque talks at the WTO, the TISA negotiations are being conducted in complete secrecy. Public Services International (PSI) global union federation published the first critique, TISA vs Public Services, by Scott Sinclair, in March 2014, and PSI and OWINFS jointly published The Really Good Friends of Transnational Corporations Agreement report on Domestic Regulation by Ellen Gould in September 2014. A factsheet on the TISA can be found here

and more information on the TISA can be found at http://ourworldisnotforsale.org/en/themes/3085.

OWINFS is a global network of NGOs and social movements working for a sustainable, socially just, and democratic multilateral trading system. www.ourworldisnotforsale.org

 

Deborah James

Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) network

www.ourworldisnotforsale.org

Stop the TISA! (the proposed Trade in Services Agreement) http://www.ourworldisnotforsale.org/en/themes/3085

Remove WTO Obstacles to Food Security! http://www.ourworldisnotforsale.org/en/themes/3084

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Update 014-2015

Dear CPG4SD,

Last June 22-25, 2015 the 6th P2015 IGN on Zero Draft of the Post-2015 Outcome in NYC where Mr. Jiten Yumnam of CRAM/PCFS/CPG was one of the selected speakers for the Interactive Dialogue with Multistakeholders.  I am attaching the copy of his speech for your perusal.

The Zero draft was released, last June 2, 2015, of the outcome document for the UN SUmmit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  It can be downloaded in this link:

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7261Post-2015%20Summit%20-%202%20June%202015.pdf

This coming July 20-24 and 27-31 2015 — the July P2015 IGN on the Outcome Document will take place.  Side Events will be held in the margins of those dates.  Please click on this link below to download the Side Events Request Form.  Deadline of submitting the forms is before July 10, 2015.

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7459Post%202015%20Sides%20Guide%20JULY.pdf.

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

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Update on IGN 6 Morning Briefings & Tues Side Events & Wed Party!

TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP & OTHER STAKEHOLDERS — FYI

The IGN 6 Morning Briefing Schedule has been revised as follows:

  • Tuesday, 23 June – CR B – Coordination Meeting for Major Groups and other Stakeholders to prepare for Wednesday meeting with Co-Facilitators
  • Wednesday, 24 June – CR 6 – Briefing with Brazil
  • Thursday, 25 June – CR 12 – Briefing with Nikhil Seth

Tuesday Side Events:

  • “Ensuring that SDG14 (Oceans​) S​ucceeds”, CR 3, organized by the Missions of Peru, Fiji, Palau and Senegal, with the participation of the Global Ocean Commission. For more info​: http://www.fijiprun.org/sites/www.fijiprun.org/files/23%20June%202015%20Side-event%20-%20Invitation.pdf
  • “Universality and the Post 2015 Development Agenda”, CR 1, co-hosted by Missions of Finland and Mexico, UNEP, OHCHR, and the Stakeholder Forum. This side event will draw on a recent study by Stakeholder Forum on how the SDGs can be applicable to developed countries. Country representatives will lead a discussion on how a universal agenda can be applied to their countries. See attached flier for further details.

 Wednesday Party:

All Members of the UN community and their families and friends are warmly invited to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the signing of the UN charter at:

UN CHARTER NIGHT At DAG’S CAFE (Dag Hammarskjold Park, 47th Street at First Avenue)

Wednesday, June 24th, 5.30pm-8.30pm

Music, Dancing, no Minimum or Cover Charge (cash bar at happy hour pricing and with special celebratory cocktail)

Contribution will be made to the World Food Program

All are Welcome and come as you are!
– 

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
Farooq Ullah
Director
 

Stakeholder Forum for a sustainable future
#60, 49 Effra Road
London SW2 1BZ
Tel:+ 44 (0) 207 930 8752
Skype: farooq.ullah

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IBON Updates from FFD & Post-2015

Dear all,

Sharing with you some updates from the joint meeting of the intergovernmental negotiations on the preparatory processes for the FfD3 and the post-2015 Development Agenda held last week at the UN headquarters in New York.

http://iboninternational.org/article/2015/04/civil-society-groups-warn-against-

‘outsourcing’-government-responsibilities

<http://iboninternational.org/article/2015/04/civil-society-groups-warn-against-%E2%80%98outsourcing%E2%80%99-government-responsibilities>

I hope you find this useful.

To post to this group, send email to CPG4SD@googlegroups.com.

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APN Updates, April 2015 — List of Approved Proposals Announced

Dear Helene. H. Oord,

Please find below the April edition of APN Updates with the latest information from the APN and the global change community. We hope you find the information useful. For comment and feedback, or if you would like to share your announcement with us, please write to info@apn-gcr.org.

Best regards,
The APN Secretariat team

What’s new

List of Proposals Approved at 20th IGM in Kathmandu, Nepal March 2015

10 April 2015, Kobe Japan — We are pleased to announce that funding for the following proposals has been approved by the APN’s Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM) at its 20th meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal on 27 March 2015, based on recommendations from the Scientific Planning Group (SPG) and Capacity Development Committee (CDC) of the APN. Successful proponents will be contacted separately by the Secretariat via email with details of the awards. Read more: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=8683

 

What’s new

List of Proposals Approved at 20th IGM in Kathmandu, Nepal March 2015

10 April 2015, Kobe Japan — We are pleased to announce that funding for the following proposals has been approved by the APN’s Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM) at its 20th meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal on 27 March 2015, based on recommendations from the Scientific Planning Group (SPG) and Capacity Development Committee (CDC) of the APN. Successful proponents will be contacted separately by the Secretariat via email with details of the awards. Read more: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=8683

Report from Sendai: Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

11 March 2015, Sendai, Japan — Marking 10 years since the HFA was first implemented, the third WCDRR is also being held in Japan, and this time marks the fourth anniversary (11th March) of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, which devastated the Japanese coastal and inland areas of Tohoku. Read more: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=8606

APN Science Bulletin 2015

APN Science Bulletin 2015 is a peer-reviewed publication that features 11 regionally-balanced scientific articles, 24 ongoing projects funded under the Annual Regional Call for Research Proposals (ARCP) Programme, 13 ongoing capacity development projects funded under the Capacity Development Programme (CAPaBLE), four continuing projects on low carbon development funded through APN’s Low Carbon Initiatives Framework, and 15 ongoing projects on linking disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and loss & damage, which are new activities under APN’s Climate Adaptation Framework.

New Publications from APN-funded Projects

Timeline: History of the APN — Two Decades of Bridging Science and Policy for a Sustainable Asia-Pacific

A series of activities will be launched throughout 2015 in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the APN.A timeline was prepared as a quick reference to the history of APN and its milestone achivement in the past two decades.

Global Change Announcements

Call for Abstracts and Proposals: Digital Earth 2015

The 9th Symposium of the International Society for Digital Earth (Digital Earth 2015) will be held from 5–9 October 2015 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bearing the theme “Towards a One-World Vision forthe Blue Planet,” Digital Earth 2015 aims to highlight integrated use of digital technologies to monitor, map, model, and manage our planet’s environments. Read more: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=8594

Opportunities at the SOLAS Open Science Conference 2015

The Surface Ocean–Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) is an international and interdisciplinary research project on biogeochemical-physical air-sea interactions and processes. With its Open Science Conference, SOLAS offers the ideal programme for scientists who wish to learn and exchange about cutting edge research in the field and present their own findings via a talk or a poster. https://www.confmanager.com/main.cfm?cid=2778

Call for nominations for new IMBER Scientific Steering Committee members to start in January 2016

The Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research (IMBER, www.imber.info) project is soliciting nominations for new members for its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). For details please click here.

 

Upcoming Events

Earth Day
When: Wed Apr 22, 2015

[3RI2015] The 2nd 3R International Scientific Conference
When: Thu May 21, 2015 to Sat May 23, 2015
Where: Daejeon, KOREA
Event Description:http://www.3ri2015.org/

International Day for Biological Diversity
When: Fri May 22, 2015

[UNFCCC]The 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body forScientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA)
When: Mon Jun 1, 2015 to Thu Jun 11, 2015
Event Description: More information:http://unfccc.int/meetings/bonn_jun_2015/session/8855.php

World Environment Day
When: Fri Jun 5, 2015

World Oceans Day
When: Mon Jun 8, 2015

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
When: Wed Jun 17, 2015

VIEW ALL EVENTS

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Update 011-2015

Dear CPG4SD,

On the 21st to the 24th of April, the 4th Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiation will be taking place at the United Nations Headquarters.

The focus of the 4th intergovernmental session is on Means of Implementation and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.  Please do not forget to bring your UN Ground Passes as this is vital in attending the above mentioned session.

The draft programme for the April session as well as the organized Side Event can be downloaded in links below:

April session:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/6793DRAFT_programme_joint%20session%20April_2503.pdf

Side Event:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/7026Post%202015%20Sides%20Program%20APR%20Web.pdfCongratulations again to everyone for your effort and support especially to Jiten Yumnam of CRAM and toYahya Msangi of Togo Welfare for a job well done as Steering Committee members; and to Beverly Longid of Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), Ajay Kumar Jha of Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON), and Paul Quintos of IBON International/CPG who were selected as speakers for April 23, 10am to 1pm, Interactive Dialogue with Stakeholders from the Post-2015 and Financing for Development processes.
Speakers list can be viewed on this link:  http://tinyurl.com/Apr-Spkr-P15-IGNFor those who are not in New York for the event, the activities will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.  Background materials are now available also for download at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/moiandglobalpartnership.For the 5th negotiating session, no date is yet announced .  We will be sending information as soon as nomination dates are posted and announced.Also, if anyone is interested to take part of the UN GA interactive hearings for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, taking place in NYC on May 26-27, 2015, the nomination for speakers is now open.  Please send you details to the Secretariat so we can have it processed.http://bit.ly/p2015hearings-speaker-apply 
Deadline: Monday, 27 April   

Applications received will post online immediately here:
http://bit.ly/p2015hearings-speaker-nominations-received

Also take note of the other upcoming events.  Please do send to the secretariat your nominations for The 5th Intergovernmental Negotiation Session on “Follow-up and review” so it can be processed within the group.  Needed details for the nomination will be posted below for your guidance.

MAY
15 PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional organizations Alejandro Bariios Pedro Guzman
18 – 22  P2015 Follow up and review
JUNE
15 – 19 FfD Drafting Session Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
22 – 25 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on outcome document  Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN)  Tetet LAuron (CJ)
29 PGA High-level event on climate change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion Cordillera)
JULY
13-16 FfD Conference in Addis (with preceding NGO Forum) Georgina Munoz (RENICC)  Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)
20-24 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)
27-31 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome document
September
15-28 70th Session of UNGA Jean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

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

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For SC Nomination
Complete Name:
Email address:
Organization:
Website of your organization:
Nationality:
Country of residence:
Gender:
Age:
Proficient in which language/s:
Telephone number:
Skype ID:
Mission Statement of your organization:
Why do you want to be a member of the Selection Committee:
Description of prior experience with participating in selection and/or collaborative decision-making process:
Brief biography:

Please attach your CV when sending in your details

For Speaker Nomination
Complete Name:
Email address:
Organization:
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Update 010-2015.

Dear CPG4SD,

    For 4th Negotiating Session for the Post-2015 Development Agenda,    taking place in NYC in April 20-24, 2015, 2 (two) of our colleagues    were selected to be part of the 18-member Steering Committee, Jiten      Yumnam of CRAM and Yahya Msangi of Togo Welfare.  All    their efforts together with the groups efforts and support, 2 more    of our colleagues were selected as speakers – Paul L. Quintos of    IBON International (CPGSD) and Beverly Longid of IPMSDL.
Congratulations to everyone.

The draft programme for the April session can be downloaded in this    link: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/6793DRAFT_programme_joint%20session%20April_2503.pdf

Please be reminded that a valid UN badge is required to have access    the Secretariat.  If you do not have a valid UN badge, please    register in this link for a special event ticket: http://bit.ly/1GkSerp

For the 5th negotiating session, no date is yet announced .  We will    be sending information as soon as nomination dates are posted and    announced.
Also, if anyone is interested to take part of the UN GA interactive    hearings for the Post-2015 Development Agenda, taking place in NYC    on May 26-27, 2015, the nomination for speakers is now open.

Please    send you details to the Secretariat so we can have it processed.
http://bit.ly/p2015hearings-speaker-apply            

Deadline: Monday, 27 April   Applications          received will post online immediately here: http://bit.ly/p2015hearings-speaker-nominations-received
Also take note of the other upcoming events:

MAY
15 PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening              Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional              organizations Alejandro Bariios Pedro Guzman
18 – 22  P2015 Follow up and review
JUNE
15 – 19 FfD Drafting Session Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
22 – 25 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on outcome document  Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN)  Tetet LAuron (CJ)
29 PGA High-level event on climate              change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)

Fabiola Rios (Fundacion Cordillera)JULY13-16FfD Conference in Addis (with              preceding NGO Forum)Georgina Munoz (RENICC) Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)20-24P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)27-31P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document  September   15-2870th Session of UNGAJean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

 

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

In service,

April

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Dear Community of Educators,
Recently, two of our members have been active participants in Model UN.  Our Co-Chair Bremley Lyngdoh [India] served as a keynote speaker for the event held in New York for middle school youth and Ali Shahbaz [Pakistan] competed with 700 Model UN international high school participants and placed #1 for his UN negotiation skills.
All the best,
Pam
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chair

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Update 008-2014

    Dear CPG4SD,
Today will be the last day of the 3rd Post-2015 Intergovernmental    Negotiation Session where Pedro Guzman of PCFS, as one of the    Stakeholder Steering Committee; and Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron, as    one of the speakers during the interactive dialogue carried and    voiced real peoples demands.  Attached herewith is the full speech    delivered by Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron at the United Nations    Headquarters.
Please also note that the nominations for the 4th Post-2015     
Intergovernmental Negotiations Session focusing on MoI and Global      Partnership for Sustainable Development is still open.  Please    click on the link below to access the nomination page.
Please    nominate representatives (self-nominations are welcome!) for travel    funding.  Details needed for the nomination is stipulated at the end    of this message.
Nominate        speakers here: http://bit.ly/April-p2015-speaker-apply           
Deadline: 29 March, 2015      Nomination for the civil society speaking role for the PGA      Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and      Regional and Sub-regional Organizations to take place at the    UN Headquarters in NYC in May4 is also now open.  2 civil society    speaking role is open, 1 speaker for each panel.
Below are the    details:

Panel 1: “Enhancing the strategic relationship            between the UN and regional and subregional organizations in            the areas of peace, stability and human rights.” Panel            2: “Galvanizing support of regional and subregional            organizations for the implementation of a transformative            post-2015 development agenda.”

Deadline for nominations for the Thematic Debate will be on April    6.  Here is the link for the nomination: http://bit.ly/4May-PGA-Speakers-Nominate.     To apply for the civil society Selection Committee, please do visit    this link: http://bit.ly/4May-PGA-Cooperation-SC-Apply.
Here is the matrix of names that the Secretariat gathered (3rd    column are list for SC and the last column are the list for    Speaker).  If anyone is interested to be nominated, please do send    an email to the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org).                                                                                               

6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate              on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation; Salina Sanou (Acord International)
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Jennifer del Rosario (IBON              International)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership for              Sustainable Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador Beverly LongidPaul Quintos
MAY
15 PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening              Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional              organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)
18 – 22  P2015 Follow up and review
JUNE
15 – 19 FfD Drafting Session Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
22 – 25 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on outcome document  Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN)  Tetet LAuron (CJ)
29 PGA High-level event on climate              change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion Cordillera)
JULY
13-16 FfD Conference in Addis (with              preceding NGO Forum) Georgina Munoz (RENICC)  Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)
20-24 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)
27-31 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document
September
15-28 70th Session of UNGA Jean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

 

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

For nominating for          Speakers, the following data are needed together with a copy          of your CV and links to your video’s delivering a speech          (please send them to the Secretariat): 

Complete        Name:         Email address:         Organization:         Website of your organization:         Nationality:         Country of residence:         Gender:         Age:         Proficient in which language/s:         Telephone number:         Skype ID:

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Volume 15 Number 3                                                                                                                                                             (March 2015)

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

 
Please note:  Kindly address any emails to
 
1.    NEWS  

1.1.  EEASA invited to be a member of the UNESCO Partner Networks on implementing the Global Action Programme

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD was launched last year at the World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. The Roadmap for Implementing the GAP explains the Programme’s five Priority Action Areas and implementation mechanisms (http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230514e.pdf). As explained in the Roadmap on p. 26, UNESCO will set up Partner Networks that help implement the GAP. They will consist of a limited number of strategically selected key ESD stakeholders whose actions are expected to have a catalytic effect. There will be one Network for each Priority Action Area of the GAP, i.e., five Networks in total.
EEASA has been invited to be one of the members of the Partner Networks and to join the Network on Priority Action Area 3: Building capacities of educators and trainers on the basis of the Launch Commitment you have submitted before the World Conference.
For more information please communicate with the EEASA Secretariat on email address: eeasa@eeasa.org
1.2 Sustainable Development in Action Newsletter March 2015
 
This issue:
 
2.   TRAINING
2.1     Forthcoming training
2.1.1. Reclaiming Broken Places: an Introduction to Civic Ecology Harvard EdX/CornellX MOOC April
10-May 22, 2015.
Overview
Students in this free online course explore the people, places, and practices that link restoring nature with revitalizing neighbourhoods. Civic ecology practices – such as community gardening, restoring streams, planting trees, and removing invasive species to restore native habitat — are a means for communities to rebuild and express resilience in places impacted by war, natural disaster, poverty, crime, and environmental degradation. Civic ecology is the study of the individual, community, and environmental outcomes of these practices, and their roles in governance and ecosystems. Participants in this interdisciplinary course learn about contemporary thinking in social-ecological systems, resilience, and nature and human and community well-being. They also contribute to a local civic ecology practice through the course service learning project.
For more information read the attached: Reclaiming _Broken_ Places_ Civic_ Ecology _MOOC document.
3    EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
                              
 
3.1. Second Announcement of the 33rd International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
I am pleased to forward to you the second announcement of the 33rd International Conference of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa. Please note the important dates and conference banking details, for more information regarding the conference please read the attached EEASA 2015 second announcement document.
Any enquiries should be directed to: Belusile Mhlanga, emails address eeasaconf@sea.org.sz
 
Theme: Recommitment to building sustainable societies: Scaling up ESD through GAP

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

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

 
3.2.   International Conference on Innovation
International Conference on Innovation
Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 to 28 May 2015
The conference is being jointly organized by the Exxaro Chairs in:
Business and Climate Change (University of South Africa),
 Energy Efficiency (University of Pretoria),
 Business and Biodiversity (University of Pretoria) and
Global Change and Sustainability Research (University of Witwatersrand)
Together with the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs.
Accommodation - Birchwood Hotel
For details, including sub-themes, registration and fees please follow the conference website at:http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=97140
3.3. 2015 SEED Awards: Call for applications now OPEN
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are pleased to inform you that SEED has just launched the 2015 SEED Awards for innovative start-up enterprises that aim to generate environmental, social and economic benefits at the local level.
This year SEED celebrates 10 years of SEED Awards. During that time, we have recognized 175 SEED Winners from 37 countries and accompanied them in their initial scale-up. In this 2015 Award cycle, SEED will make available up to 29 SEED Awards to enterprises in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. Two SEED Awards are available to enterprises that are run or owned by women and prioritize women‘s empowerment; one of these is for an enterprise in any country that is not an OECD or EU member, the other to an enterprise in Kenya.
Candidates can apply from 02 February 2015 until 31 March 2015, 23:59 CET.
For detailed information please refer to the attached call for applications and press release or to the SEED homepage.
To enhance the number of high-quality applications, we would be grateful if you could spread the word through your networks, and/or include the news in any bulletins or newsletters. In addition, it would help us if you would let us know of any relevant events where the call for applications could be circulated more widely.
The launch of the 2015 SEED Awards is only the start of the various activities we have planned for 2015. The SEED Team would be pleased to meet you at the SEED South Africa Symposium on 26-28 May 2015 in Johannesburg, the SEED Africa Symposium 2015 on 9-10 September 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya, or at one of our national dialogue fora.
For more information visit our new website at www.seed.uno and stay updated on the development of SEED Winners and other enterprises through the SEED Blog.
We would like to thank you in advance for helping in the promotion of the call for applications.
For information about the SEED Awards, visit the SEED website http://www.seed.uno.  or contact the SEED Awards team at:
seedawards2015@seed.uno.  or Tel: +49 30 8900068 99. For any other queries about SEED, email SEED at:info@seed.uno.
Kind regards,
The SEED Team
Attachments:
SEED 2015 Call for Applications
Press release SEED award 2015
 
 
3.4  WEEC 2015
 
Registration – early bird until March 31
About WEEC2015
The 8th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC2015) is an international congress addressing education for environment and sustainable development. The congress is directed towards everyone working on Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development in different contexts. The congress will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden between the 29th of June and 2nd of July 2015. We are expecting a wide range of participants from all over the world.
 
WEEC2015 is an opportunity to learn more about the latest in Environmental Education and Education for Sustainable Development, to discuss with people from all over the world, to share your own work and to learn from others.
For further information, please consult the WEEC2015 website: http://weec2015.org/
We look forward to seeing you in Gothenburg at WEEC2015!
Sincerely,
Professor Ingrid Pramling Samuelsson National Program Chair, WEEC2015
Professor Arjen Wals  International Program Chair, WEEC2015
 
 
3.5 8th WEEC – Who wants to be a keynote speaker?
We are trying something new at WEEC2015! Please spread the word!
 
 
Now spreading in social media, please help to spread by retweets, share, likes etc!
 
4.    PUBLICATIONS
4.1. Digital Services for Education in Africa
This publication is based on the conclusions of a study group made up of representatives from development agencies, international bodies, NGOs, companies in the ICT or publishing sector, training institutions, which has met in various forms in recent years to consider the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for improving the quality of basic education in Africa.  This publication can be accessed at www.unesco.org
5.    NETWORKING
Compiled by Phindile Sithole (and Tichaona Pesanayi, Ed.)
Please submit other relevant EE/ESD activities to the SADC REEP Monthly News Flash and feel free to forward this message to people who might be interested.
Please inform us if you do not wish to receive this EE News Flash.
SADC Regional Environmental Education Centre E-mail: sadc-reec@wessa.co.za
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Update 007-2015

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Dear CPG4SD,

      As mentioned last week, nominations for the 4th Post-2015      Intergovernmental Negotiation Session is now open.  Please see the      links below for Steering Committee and Speaker.
Apply for the April stakeholder          Steering Committee here: http://bit.ly/April-p2015-SC-apply
Deadline: 25 March
Deadline: 29 March
We are also happy to announce that Pedro Guzman of Peoples      Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) is selected to be part of the      17-member Stakeholder Steering Committee to collaborate on the      engagement of the Major Groups and other Stakeholders in the 3rd      Session; and Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron as one of the speakers      during an interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other      Stakeholders during the 3rd Session which will be held on March      23-27 in NYC.  Other Steering Committee members is listed here:  https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/6374Website%20List%20of%20Mar%20SC.pdf
For those who are to nominate, please see below          the needed data for both Steering Committee and Speaker.
For Steering Committee, below are the needed                data for nomination:Complete Name:                 Email address:                 Organization:                 Website of your organization:                 Nationality:                 Country of residence:                 Gender:                 Age:                 Proficient in which language/s:                 Telephone number:                 Skype ID:                 Mission Statement of your organization:                 Why do you want to be a member of the Selection                Committee:                 Description of prior experience with participating in                selection and/or collaborative decision-making process:                 Brief biography:                     For nominating for Speakers, the following data are                    needed together with a copy of your CV and links to                    your video’s delivering a speech (please send them                    to the Secretariat):

Complete Name:                 Email address:                 Organization:                 Website of your organization:                 Nationality:                 Country of residence:                 Gender:                 Age:                 Proficient in which language/s:                 Telephone number:                 Skype ID:

Also below the matrix of names which the Secretariat            gathered since end December.

ABRIL/APRIL

6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic                      Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation; Salina Sanou (Acord                      International)
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Jennifer del Rosario (IBON                      International)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global                      Partnership for Sustainable Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador

 

Beverly Longid

Paul QuintosMAY15PGA  High-Level Thematic                      Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between                      the UN and Regional and Sub-regional organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)18 – 22 P2015 Follow up and review  JUNE15 – 19FfD Drafting SessionGeorgina Munoz (RENICC) 22 – 25P2015 Intergovernmental                      negotiations on outcome document Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN) Tetet LAuron (CJ)29PGA High-level event on                      climate change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion                      Cordillera)JULY13-16FfD Conference in Addis                      (with preceding NGO Forum)Georgina Munoz (RENICC) Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)20-24P2015 Intergovernmental                      negotiations on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)27-31P2015 Intergovernmental                      negotiations on the outcome document  September   15-2870th Session of UNGAJean Carlos Jimenez                        Fuentes

For more information, please visit http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015.                

    Best,
April     for the Secretariat

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Update 005-2015

Dear CPG4SG,

Nominations for Steering Committee and        Speakers for the 3rd session of the P2015        Intergovernmental Negotiations to be held on March 23-27, 2015        are still ongoing.  Links        as well as specific deadlines can be found below.

Apply for the March            stakeholder Steering Committee here:

http://bit.ly/March-p2015-SC-Apply

Deadline: 26        February 

Nominate speakers            here:

http://bit.ly/March-p2015_Nominate-Speakers

Deadline for        funded speakers: 1 March

Deadline for        unfunded speakers: 8 March

Please be advised also that guidelines and        request forms for hosting side events during the 3rd        session of the negotiations has now been posted at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/sdgsandtargets.  The deadline for side event        application is March 10, 2015.

For the upcoming sessions, please see        below topics and other relevant events in NYC.

ABRIL/APRIL
6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate                on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation; Salina Sanou (Acord International)
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Jennifer del Rosario (IBON                International)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership                for Sustainable Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador

 

Beverly Longid

Paul QuintosMAY15PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate                on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and                Regional and Sub-regional organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)18 – 22 P2015 Follow up and review  JUNE15 – 19FfD Drafting SessionGeorgina Munoz (RENICC) 22 – 25P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on outcome document Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN) Tetet LAuron (CJ)29PGA High-level event on climate                change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion                Cordillera)JULY13-16FfD Conference in Addis (with                preceding NGO Forum)Georgina Munoz (RENICC) Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)20-24P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)27-31P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on the outcome document  September   15-2870th Session of UNGAJean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

 

Most of the names above are suggestions        sent by the members.  CPG,        in the coming days will come up and circulate a selection        mechanism to be able to choose among the nominees who to        nominate for Steering Committee and as Speaker.

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

In service,

April

for the Secretariat

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Update 002-2015

Dear CPG4SG,

Just to update everyone, for the 2nd      session      of the P2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations on February 17-20 in      NYC – Aaron      Ceradoy of APMM, selected to be part of the 16 member of the      Stakeholder      Steering Committee and Eni Lestari of IMA, speaker – will be      attending.  The focus for      this session will be on the      Declaration section of the outcome document to be adopted at the      UN Summit on      the post-2015 development agenda in September.        During the 2nd Session, on February 20 in the      afternoon, a      planned 2 hour interactive dialogue with Major Groups and other      stakeholders will      take place.  If anyone is      interested to      participate and do not require travel funding, deadline to apply      will be on      February8 by 11:59pm NY time (http://bi          t.ly/Feb-p2015-nominations).                              

The nominations for the 3rd      Intergovernmental      Negotiations is not yet announced but we would like to ask      everyone else to      please email the CPG Secretariat if you will be attending any of      the      Intergovernmental Negotiations so we can coordinate among CPG and      with      like-minded groups while in NYC.

Below is the matrix of names of nominations.  Please do send your CV to the      Secretariat together      with information on your P2015 engagement as well information of      your      organization.

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Dates/Fechas Topic/Temática CSO Steering Speakers
MARZO/March
4-5 Mar FfD Civil Society Informal              Interactive Session
9-20 Mar CSW
6-Mar PGA High-Level Thematic Debate              on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in              the Post-2015 Agenda Mónica Novillo (Coordinadora de                la Mujer de Bolivia) Azra Talat Sayeed (Roots of Equity)
23-27 Mar P2015 SD Goals and Targets
ABRIL/APRIL
6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate              on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation;
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership for              Sustainable Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador Beverly Longid
MAY
15 PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening              Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional              organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)
18 – 22  P2015 Follow up and review
JUNE
15 – 19 FfD Drafting Session Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
22 – 25 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on outcome document
29 PGA High-level event on climate              change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)
JULY
13-16 FfD Conference in Addis (with              preceding NGO Forum) Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
20-24 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)
27-31 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document
September
15-28 70th Session of UNGA Jean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

The CPG Secretariat also sent out an email      on the      nomination for a civil society speaker for the UN PGA’s Thematic      Debate on      Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for Post-215.  I would like to reiterate      that the deadline      for nominations will be on February3.        For more information and to submit nominations please      visit: http://bit.ly/English_PGA_6March

Below are the link related to the 1st      P2015 Intergovernmental      Negotiations

Watch the video      recordings of      the sessions online

Consult the      meeting summary      report      prepared by UNDESA

Useful summary by IISD

In service,

April for the Secretariat

 

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Update 003-2015

Dear CPG4SG,

Circulated last week is the report back      submitted by Mr.      Alejandro Barrios for attending the 1st session of the      Post-2015      intergovernmental negotiations in NYC.        Access the report by clicking in the link: http://peoplesgoals.org/stakeholder-preparatory-forum-and-stock-taking-meeting-of-intergovernmental-negotiations-on-the-post-2015-development-agenda/#sthash.JJT9MgcJ.dpuf

A copy of his speech is also available in:

http://peoplesgoals.org/alejandro-barrios-pcfs_-speech-during-the-1st-session-of-post-2015-intergovernmental-negotiations/.

 

The 2nd session will take place      next week and      will be attended by Aaron Ceradoy of APMM and Eni Lestari of IMA;      but the High-Level      Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative      Post-2015 Development      Agenda will take place this week, February 9-10, 2015, in New      York.  Proceedings will be      webcast in this link:  http://webtv.un.org/#.

 

We are hoping to receive the date for the 3rd      session call for nominations this week therefore we wanted to ask      everyone to please      send to the Secretariat (secretariat@peoplesgoals.org)      those you wanted to be nominated or those who wanted to be      nominated a copy of      your CV as well as details on the following as this is needed in      the      nomination:

 

Complete Name:

Email address:

Organization:

Website of your organization:

Nationality:

Country of residence:

Gender:

Age:

Proficient in which language/s:

Telephone number:

Skype ID:

 

Here is the matrix of events with the names      of those who      have expressed to be nominated and those who were nominated:

 

    Target CPG Rep
Dates/Fechas Topic/Temática CSO Steering Speakers
MARZO/March
4-5 Mar FfD Civil Society Informal              Interactive Session
9-20 Mar CSW
6-Mar PGA High-Level Thematic Debate              on Advancing Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women in              the Post-2015 Agenda Mónica Novillo (Coordinadora de                la Mujer de Bolivia) Azra Talat Sayeed (Roots of Equity)
23-27 Mar P2015 SD Goals and Targets Jiten Yumnam (CRAM)
ABRIL/APRIL
6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate              on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation;
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Jennifer del Rosario (IBON              International)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership for              Sustainable Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador

 

Beverly Longid

Paul QuintosMAY15PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening              Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional              organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)18 – 22 P2015 Follow up and review  JUNE15 – 19FfD Drafting SessionGeorgina Munoz (RENICC) 22 – 25P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on outcome document Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN) Tetet LAuron (CJ)29PGA High-level event on climate              change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion Cordillera)JULY13-16FfD Conference in Addis (with              preceding NGO Forum)Georgina Munoz (RENICC) 20-24P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)27-31P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations              on the outcome document  September   15-2870th Session of UNGAJean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

UNEP-Asia Pacific also came out with a      calendar of their      upcoming events from now till March.        Please refer to the attached document for the specifics.

·                   Sustainable Rice Platform      and Indicators      Workshop (February 16-17)

·                   Working Group and      Initiative Meeting on Climate      and Clean Air Coalition (February 22-27)

·                   Joint Thematic Meeting of      Southeast Asia Pacific      and South Asia Network of Ozone Officers (March 10-13

In service,

April       for the Secretariat

Coming up at UNEP-Feb-Mar15

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Update 005-2015

Dear CPG4SG,

 

Nominations for Steering Committee and        Speakers for the 3rd session of the P2015        Intergovernmental Negotiations to be held on March 23-27, 2015        are still ongoing.  Links        as well as specific deadlines can be found below

 

Apply for the March            stakeholder Steering Committee here:

http://bit.ly/March-p2015-SC-Apply

Deadline: 26        February

 

Nominate speakers            here:

http://bit.ly/March-p2015_Nominate-Speakers

Deadline for        funded speakers: 1 March

Deadline for        unfunded speakers: 8 March

 

Please be advised also that guidelines and        request forms for hosting side events during the 3rd        session of the negotiations has now been posted at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/sdgsandtargets.  The deadline for side event        application is March 10, 2015.

 

For the upcoming sessions, please see        below topics and other relevant events in NYC.

 

ABRIL/APRIL
6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate                on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation; Salina Sanou (Acord International)
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Jennifer del Rosario (IBON                International)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership                for Sustainable Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador

 

Beverly Longid

Paul QuintosMAY15PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate                on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and                Regional and Sub-regional organizations Alejandro Bariios (PCFS-LAC)18 – 22 P2015 Follow up and review  JUNE15 – 19FfD Drafting SessionGeorgina Munoz (RENICC) 22 – 25P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on outcome document Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN) Tetet LAuron (CJ)29PGA High-level event on climate                change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)Fabiola Rios (Fundacion                Cordillera)JULY13-16FfD Conference in Addis (with                preceding NGO Forum)Georgina Munoz (RENICC) Vitalice Meja (RoA-Africa)20-24P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on the outcome document Ramon Bultron (APMM)27-31P2015 Intergovernmental                negotiations on the outcome document  September   15-2870th Session of UNGAJean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

 

Most of the names above are suggestions        sent by the members.  CPG,        in the coming days will come up and circulate a selection        mechanism to be able to choose among the nominees who to        nominate for Steering Committee and as Speaker.

 

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

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Dear CPG4SG,

Earlier this month, CPG released a 2015 calendar with the main      theme “TIME TO END CORPORATE WAR ON THE PEOPLE.  TIME      FOR DEVELOPMENT JUSTICE”.  The calendar showcases 10      popular calls that revolves around the 10 People’s Goals.  Please      do download, print, and use the calendar (http://peoplesgoals.org/download/Calendar_Print.pdf).        We are encouraging you to please forward the link to others      also, tweet about it and like it on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ThePeoplesGoals). CPG      also released “People’s Goals Response to the UN SG’s Synthesis      Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” which can be      downloaded at http://peoplesgoals.org/peoples-goals-response-to-the-un-sg-synthesis-report-on-the-post-2015-development-agenda/

As part of our advocacy in bring Southern voices to      the global arena, the Post-2015 Intergovernmental Negotiations      plays a pivotal role.  The 1st      negotiation sessions took place in New York last January 19-21,      2015 and was attended by Alejandro Barrios of PCFS.  He      was selected as a Panellist during the session entitled “Focus      Session: Secretary General’s Synthesis Report” at the January 16      2015 Stakeholder Preparatory Forum convened by the UN DESA      Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) and UN      Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS).  Please      click on the link for the copy of Alejandro Barrios speech.

English Version http://peoplesgoals.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/FINAL-VERSION-ENGLISH-Speech-in-the-1st-Sesion-NY-2.pdf

Spanish Version http://peoplesgoals.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/VERSION-FINAL-ESPA%C3%91OL-Speech-in-the-1st-Sesion-NY-2.pdf

The informal summary of the discussions held during the 19-21      January stock-taking session is available at https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5913Summary%20of%20IGN%20Stock%20Taking%20Mtg%.        IISD summary of the January stock-taking session can be      found at http://www.iisd.ca/vol32/enb3214e.html.

The 2nd session of the Post-2015 Intergovernmental      Negotiations will take place in New York on February 17-20, 2015      and we are happy to inform everyone that Aaron Ceradoy of APMM is      selected to be part of the 16 member of the Stakeholder Steering      Committee. (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/majorgroups/post2015)

During the 2nd session, side events organized by      Member States, major groups and other stakeholders, UN system and      other intergovernmental organizations will also be organized.        Side events Guidelines and Request Form is attached.        Please note that deadline for submitting request to      organize a side event is due on February 2.

March intergovernmental negotiations call for nominees have no      definite date yet but we really need to come out with a list of      nominee as early as now to ensure that our voices and positions      will reach and be heard in New York.

I would like to take this opportunity to ask everyone if anyone      will be going to the February and succeeding sessions so that we      can coordinate among CPG and with like-minded groups while in NYC.

Dates for Upcoming Meetings of Post 2015 and Financing                for Development
    Target CPG Rep
Dates/Fechas Topic/Temática CSO Steering Speakers
MARZO/March
4-5 Mar FfD Civil Society Informal Interactive Session
9-20 Mar CSW
6-Mar PGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender              Equality and Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Agenda Azra Talat Sayeed
23-27 Mar P2015 SD Goals and Targets
ABRIL/APRIL
6-10 Apr PGA High-Level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and              Reconciliation;
13-17 Apr FfD Drafting Session Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
20-24 Apr P2015 MoI and Global Partnership for Sustainable              Development María Teresa CastellanosEl Salvador Beverly Longid (IPMSDL)
MAY
15 PGA  High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening              Cooperation between the UN and Regional and Sub-regional              organizations
18 – 22  P2015 Follow up and review
JUNE
15 – 19 FfD Drafting Session
22 – 25 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on outcome document
29 PGA High-level event on climate change  Tetet LAuron (CJ)
JULY
13-16 FfD Conference in Addis (with preceding NGO Forum) Georgina Munoz (RENICC)
20-24 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome              document Ramon Bultron (APMM)
27-31 P2015 Intergovernmental negotiations on the outcome              document
September
15-28 70th Session of UNGA Jean Carlos Jimenez Fuentes

In service,

The Secretariat

Updates Post 2015 Sides Guide 17-20 Feb

 

 

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WM climateChange green 2015

SADC REEP EE Updates

Volume 15 Number 8                                                                            (January 2015)
 
Monthly Environmental Education (EE) News Flash of the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme
CONTENTS
1. NEWS         2. TRAINING      3. EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
4. PUBLICATIONS 5. NETWORKING

 
Please note:  Kindly address any emails to
 
1.    NEWS 
1.1. Preparing Society for Climate Change.
The UN Sustainable Development Education Caucus has appreciated the support of Peru to move the environmental education and sustainability agenda forward.  To update you and your colleagues, here is a copy of our briefing for your delegation, and Party networks.  The key notion is the necessity of preparing society for climate change.  The mandate comes from Agenda 21 on environmental education, across and throughout all the Chapters. [See strong policy statement, Chapter 36.1]
BRIEFING – Preparing Society for Climate Change
Environmental education is the future, it represents action and direction serving as a boundary.  Within the boundary represents participation, transparency, broad-based coalitions, justice, and CBDRRC, applied to the whole of the Climate Agreement and the 2020 Global Treaty.
As it is integral to all the elements of climate change, relative to all actors:
Recommended Action
Place environmental education in the Preamble, include in the Principles, and Action section of the texts.
Please share with your country’s delegation, colleagues and networks.  We welcome your comments and support in the lead-up to Paris and 2020.
All the best,
Dr. Pam Puntenney
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chair
Head of Climate Change Delegation
 
1.2. Ministerial Declaration on Education and Awareness-raising adopted at UN Climate Change Conference
Ministers and heads of delegation who attended the UN Climate Change Conference 2014 – COP20 – (1-12 December 2014, Lima, Peru) adopted The Lima Ministerial Declaration on Education and Awareness-raising. This Declaration calls on governments to include climate change into school curricula and climate awareness into national development and climate change plans.
                              
 Marcin Korolec, President of COP 19/CMP 9 and Secretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, Poland, said that “this declaration is an important step towards bringing education back into the spotlight where it belongs”.
The Declaration makes explicit reference to the importance of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, from 10 to 12 November 2014, “which called for urgent action to further strengthen and scale up education for sustainable development.”                 
 
1.3 All materials on major outcomes of the World Conference on ESD now available online in various languages
 
Major outcomes of the World Conference on ESD include: •the adoption of the Aichi-Nagoya Declaration – calling for urgent action to mainstream ESD and include it in the post-2015 development agenda;
•the launch of the Final Report on the UN Decade of ESD, Shaping the Future We Want;
•the launch of the Roadmap for the implementation of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP) as the official follow-up to the UN Decade. Click http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/esd-after-2014/global-action-programme/launching.
These – and other – resources can all be found on the World Conference website.
 
1.4. Global launch of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) programme
                                                                                          
UNEP and UNESCO jointly launched the 10YFP Programme on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (SLE) at the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.
The SLE’s mission is to foster the uptake of sustainable lifestyles as the common norm, with the objective of ensuring their positive contribution to addressing global challenges, such as resource efficiency and biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, poverty eradication and social well-being.
For more information on these please click the link   www.unep.org.
2.    TRAINING
2.1     Forthcoming training
International Training Programme on Mainstreaming Sustainable Urban Water Management
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) is a public interest research organisation based at New Delhi (India) set up in 1980. It researches into, lobbies for and communicates the urgency of development that is both sustainable and equitable. The Centre was recipient of the prestigious International Stockholm World Water Prize in year 2005.  Centre is a designated capacity building hub supported by Government of India.
The centre has also established close collaborations with a diverse set of government and civil society actors across India and also abroad. In next 5 years, the centre would like to build on expanding this work to other regions in the world in particular focusing on select countries in Africa through experience sharing programmes to identify gaps and challenges in urban water management and complement it later by capacity building in the region through tailor made training programmes.
The training programme is organized with local partner and host “Lanka Rainwater Harvesting Forum (LRWHF)” at Colombo, Sri Lanka from 23 to 26 March, 2015. Details of this training are available at: http://cseindia.org/taxonomy/term/20248/menu. The training will be followed with field exposure visit (optional) on 27 – 28 March 2015. The field visit will provide an opportunity for participants to interact with real implementer, users/beneficiaries of successfully implemented rainwater harvesting and decentralized waste water systems
The training is aimed at capacity building of both state and non state actors in select countries of Africa in implementing best management practices (BMPs) on sustainable water management. The focus of the tailor made & interactive training programme will be on planning and designing of urban rainwater harvesting and decentralised waste water treatment systems, tools and techniques used in design and construction, O&M cost, issues etc.
The target group for this training programme are managers from water supply and waste water agencies (engineers and planners), regulators from state environmental protection agencies (inspectors and scientists), practitioners both state and non – state (architects, engineers, planners), consultants, academics (faculty, students and researchers) from African countries working in water sector and involved in mainstreaming water and environmental sustainability in urban areas.
I am writing this to request you to attend and / or nominate 1-2 mid to senior level colleagues from your organization who can be benefit from this training programme.
No training/registration fees will be charged from participants of African countries and the registration will be on first come first basis. Full cost for return flights, boarding / lodging, local travel related to the training and field visit for the selected participants will be borne by CSE.
Applicants are required to submit a short CV, a note (750 words) on how this training will benefit him/her or the nominating agency/ institution along with two references (name and contact details). 
The nomination may kindly be sent latest by 10th February 2015 addressed to: Dr Uday Bhonde, Deputy Programme Manager (Water Management) – email: uday@cseindia.org, or Dr. Mahreen Matto, Programme Officer (Water Management) – email:mahreen@cseindia.org  tel. + 91 11 4061 6000, fax. 29955879, mobile:  + 91 81307 66429 (Address: CSE, 41 Tughlakabad Institutional Area, New Delhi 110062 – INDIA).
The shortlisted participants will be informed by 16th February 2015 regarding their selection for the training programme.
Thank You,
Regards,
Dr. Uday Bhonde
Dy. Programme Manager
Water Management
3    EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES
                              
 
3.1. First Announcement of the 33rd International Conference of the International Conference of the  Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa
 
The 33rd Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa (EEASA) conference will be held at Esibayeni Lodge, Matsapha Swaziland from 21-24 September 2015. All members and new members are encouraged to attend.
Any enquiries should be directed to: Belusile Mhlanga, emails address eeasaconf@sea.org.sz
 
Theme: Recommitment to building sustainable societies: Scaling up ESD through GAP
 
For more information regarding the conference please read the attached document.

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

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

 3.2.   International Conference on Innovation
 International Conference on Innovation
Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa from 26 to 28 May 2015
The conference is being jointly organized by the Exxaro Chairs in:
Business and Climate Change (University of South Africa),
Energy Efficiency (University of Pretoria),
 Business and Biodiversity (University of Pretoria) and
Global Change and Sustainability Research (University of Witwatersrand)
Together with the South African Government’s Department of Environmental Affairs.
Accommodation - Birchwood Hotel
For details, including sub-themes, registration and fees please follow the conference website at:http://www.unisa.ac.za/Default.asp?Cmd=ViewContent&ContentID=97140
3.3. Vacancy: Education | Cape Town | Deadline 30 January 2015 | SANCCOB
Dear EE Friends,
Please find attached a vacancy announcement for an Education Centre Teacher at SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) at the centre in Table View (Cape Town).
Kind regards, Skye McCool obo
Environmental Education Friends EE.Friends@capetown.gov.za
 
4.    PUBLICATIONS
Look out for information on climate change adaptation in SADC Transfrontier Conservation Areas publications and promotional materials to be posted soon on the SADC REEP website.
 
5.    NETWORKING
Below is groundbreaking news from the Seychelles EE Network on high-level developments in climate change actions.

Climate change at the centre of first Cabinet meeting of the year
Wed, 14 January 2015 The Cabinet of Ministers, chaired by President James Michel, held its first meeting of 2015 today.
The President and the Cabinet of Ministers considered several issues of national importance, including the future projections of climate change and sea-level rise in Seychelles and the impact on the coastal areas of the islands in the medium to long term.
The Cabinet reviewed reports of studies conducted in Seychelles between 2011-2013, and the implications they have for planning and mitigation efforts.
The Cabinet discussed the integration of sea-level rise projections  in national planning exercises.
“We must prepare ourselves for the eventualities of our coastlines being heavily impacted by climate change, and reinforce our mitigation and protection efforts. At the same time, now more than ever, we must ensure the UNFCC talks in Paris this year produce a legally binding agreement that will slow down climate change, and prevent the significant sea-level rise that threatens the survival of our islands,” said President Michel, who currently holds the portfolio for environment and energy.
The Cabinet also discussed  an imminent project for the creation of a climate change training centre of excellence , in partnership between the Division of Disaster Risk Management, SADC, the University of Seychelles and other partners, to be able to train and educate Seychellois experts in climate change mitigation.
Editor’s note:
- The Principal Secretary for Environment and Energy, Mr. Wills Agricole, may be contacted for media interview

Compiled by Phindile Sithole
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UPDATES: Preparatory Forum, PGA Interactive dialogue & Post-2015 side events

The updated programme for the Preparatory Forum and information about the interactive dialogue between the PGA & civil society is available at the links provided below. The latest list of post-2015 side events is available here:https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/5874POST%202015%20Stocktaking%20session%20Side%20Events.pdf
Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org> Date: Thu, Jan 15, 2015 at 1:08 PM Subject: Tomorrow, 16 January: 1:15-2:45pm Interactive dialogue between the UN President of the General Assembly and civil society To: “info@un-ngls.org” <info@un-ngls.org>
Dear Colleagues,

On Friday, 16 January from 1:15-2:45pm in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters, President of the General Assembly H.E. Sam K. Kutesa will host an interactive dialogue with civil society. The President would like to hear civil society’s substantive views on the subjects of his five high-level thematic debates and events in 2015:
1. High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 development agenda (9-10 February 2015) 2. High-Level Thematic Debate on Advancing Gender equality and empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 development agenda (6 March 2015) 3. High-Level Thematic Debate on Promoting Tolerance and Reconciliation (6 April 2015 TBC) 4. High-Level Thematic Debate on Strengthening Cooperation between the UN and regional and sub-regional organizations (15 May 2015) 5. High-Level Event on Climate Change (29 June 2015)
The 16 January interactive dialogue will include a general briefing on the five events, followed by an open and interactive Q&A with representatives of civil society organizations, major groups and other relevant stakeholders, who will have the opportunity to focus their interventions on key issues that they would like to see reflected in the framework of the President of the General Assembly’s events. Civil society input will be considered during the formulation of substantive background papers that will be prepared for the five events.
To prepare for the event, please review information about the five events here:  http://www.un.org/pga/interactive-briefing-with-civil-society/

This event was timed to coincide with the 16 January post-2015 Stakeholder Preparatory Forum taking place from 10:00am-1:00pm and 3:00-6:00pm in Conference Room 3 at UN Headquarters. 
This Forum was organized by UN DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS in cooperation with a Stakeholder Steering Committee, and will provide the opportunity for Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders to dialogue with UN Member States and the UN system on key issues to be considered during the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. The programme for the Forum is available here:http://bit.ly/16Jan_Forum_Programme

Best regards, Susan
Susan Alzner Officer in Charge, New York Office United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) www.un-ngls.org NGLS on Twitter @unngls
 
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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Communications Update: New CIF Blogs, Videos, Photos and News Articles on the CIF [Climate Investment Funds] from global media outlets

Dear CIF Partners,

We would like to share with you recent updates to the CIF Voices blog, YouTube videos, and news articles on CIF projects.

You can stay up to date with the CIF’s latest developments by following us on Twitter @CIF_Action<https://twitter.com/CIF_Action>

CIF Voices (Blogs)

CIF pledges hit $8.3 billion; to continue operating alongside GCF<https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/blog/cif-pledges-hit-83-billion-continue-operating-alongside-gcf>
CIF AU, Dec 8
The first two weeks of December have shifted all our attention to Lima, Peru where the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties is taking place. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueras has said that she hopes the broad coalition of actors in climate change will be focused on “turning potential into reality on the ground without delay.” As countries look for action to make 2014, the Year of Climate Ambition, yield tangible results, there could not be better news than to receive a fresh injection of contributions to the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) amounting to approximately $765 million.

Climate change journalism training shows results<https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/blog/climate-change-journalism-training-shows-results>
CIF AU, Dec 2
Mauricio Ortega Santos is one of the reporters that completed a regional journalism training on climate change co-hosted by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) in Jamaica this past June.  A broadcast journalist, he planned to translate what he learned from the training to help his national radio audiences in Honduras better appreciate and manage the challenges of climate change. “The training is a special motivation to deal more deeply with climate change issues that deserve more attention in our countries,” said Santos, a reporter for Honduras’ Radio America.

CIF News from MDB partners

Peru to improve rural land registration and titling with an IDB loan<http://www.iadb.org/en/news/news-releases/2014-12-04/rural-land-registration-and-titling-in-peru,11007.html>
IDB, Dec 4
Peru will improve its rural land registration and titling to encourage land-related investment and agriculture productivity with financing from a $40 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the rural poor. In Peru, 60 percent of the poor people live in rural areas, most of them are farmers who rely on small plots of land and their own labor to produce food for their own consumption and income.

EBRD finances its first wind farm in Kazakhstan<https://www.climateinvestmentfunds.org/cif/content/ebrd-finances-its-first-wind-farm-kazakhstan>
EBRD, Dec 4
In a landmark project for Kazakhstan’s renewables industry, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is supporting the first large-scale wind farm in the country to be financed under the new feed-in-tariff mechanism. The EBRD and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) will finance the construction, connection to the power transmission grid, commissioning and launch of a greenfield 50 MW wind power plant located in Yereymentau in central Kazakhstan. The EBRD will provide a KZT 14 billion (€59.2 million) loan to Wind Power Yereymentau, a special purpose vehicle incorporated in Kazakhstan, while up to €18 million of concessional financing will be provided by the CTF. The loan will be guaranteed by JSC Samruk-Energo, Kazakhstan’s national energy company and the ultimate owner of the company.

CIF News from other Global Networks

Sky Solar Announces Project Financing Packages<http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2014/12/22/693559/10113227/en/Sky-Solar-Announces-Project-Financing-Packages.html>
Sky Solar, Dec 22
The Board of Directors of the IDB approved a financing package for the Arica 1 plant that consists of (i) a loan to Sky Solar’s subsidiary, Arica Solar Generación 1, Ltda., of US$27.7 million from the ordinary capital of the IDB (the “IDB Loan”), (ii) a loan of up to half the amount of the IDB Loan, or US$13.9 million, from the China Fund for Latin America and the Caribbean (the “China Fund”), and (iii) a loan of US$8.5 million from the Clean Technology Fund (the “CTF”). The final commercial terms for the loans have not yet been decided

SunEdison Secures $146 Million Funding For Solar Power Project In Honduras<http://cleantechnica.com/2014/12/20/sunedison-secures-146-million-funding-solar-power-project-honduras/>
CleanTecnica, Dec 20
A part of the debt financing will come from the Clean Technology Fund, a funding window of the Climate Investment Funds. The Clean Technology Fund has provided debt financing to several large-scale solar power projects in 15 countries and the MENA region. The Fund has so far approved $3.9 billion in financing to 70 renewable energy projects with a total capacity of 16.6 GW.

Nepali company seeks to develop hydroelectric generation facilities greater than 25 MW<http://www.hydroworld.com/articles/2014/12/nepali-company-seeks-to-develops-hydroelectric-generation-facilities-greater-than-25-mw.html>
HydroWorld, Dec 19
On Dec. 17, Hydroelectricity Development & Investment Co. Ltd. (HIDCL) announced it is seeking to lead development of hydroelectric projects in Nepal that have a generating capacity greater than 25 MW. HIDCL is based in Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal. Scaling-Up Renewable Energy Program (SREP) formally registered HIDCL in July 2011, as one of several Nepali organizations approved to receive its investment funds for use to develop hydroelectric generation facilities. According to SREP, state-owned HIDCL has an authorized capital of US$790 million, and existing capital of US$63.2 million. HIDCL said it is authorized to invest US$158 million in hydropower projects above 25 MW.

Jamaica Receiving Funding to Improve Climate Change Resilience<http://www.caribjournal.com/2014/12/14/jamaica-receiving-funding-to-improve-climate-change-resilience/>
Caribjournal, Dec 14
Jamaica is receiving new funding from the Inter-American Development Bank to improve the country’s resilience to climate change. The funding includes a $10 million “highly” concessionary loan and a $7,895,000 grant approved by the Inter-American Development Bank. The project is the first adaptation programme implemented by the IDB under its “Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience of the Climate Investment Funds.”

CIF YouTube

Saweto, Living Memory<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgdXhyJWViE> (Spanish<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPQN6oqnLk>)
Dec 18
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NGO News:] Open Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations (at the ministerial level)

 United Nations the Alliance of Civilizations 

Open Meeting of the Group of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations (at the ministerial level),

organized by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). 

This event is planned under the theme ‘New and Emerging Ideological Threats to Global Peace & Co-Existence’ and takes place on 26 September 2014 (08:30AM-01:00PM, Conference Room 3, CB, UNHQs, New York).

This timely meeting of the UNAOC is needed to advance the discussion of the role of the Alliance in combating violent extremism, the role of states in this endeavor, and institutional responsibilities at national, regional and international levels. The International Community can benefit from the lessons learned in efforts to educate youth on the need to build a culture of peace. In this regard, the meeting will also explore the role of the media, the impact of migration and other human expressions that affect global efforts of combating intolerance and incitement to hatred based on faith or background. Recent events in the MENA region, Asia, Africa and elsewhere present clear examples of the challenges facing our global peace and co-existence. 

Programme is enclosed for your information.  Contact person: Hanifa Mezoui

mezouih@un.org. As time permits, questions will be selected to be addressed to the Chair during the event.

                                                    UNAOC is looking forward to the active participation of NGOs to promote partnership initiatives to address issues pertaining to the implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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[NGO NEWS:] DESA NGO News – August 2014

DESA NGO News – 28 August 2014

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NEWS

Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States

Governments, businesses and civil society organizations are preparing to galvanize action through new and innovative partnerships at the Third Conference on Small Island Developing States (http://www.sids2014.org), which will be held in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September. The conference will be an opportunity to highlight the significant vulnerabilities that islands face while also bringing to the spotlight the ways in which this group of countries is making progress addressing global issues such as climate change, access to sustainable energy and environmental degradation.

The Conference will also seek to be a platform to establish new, genuine and durable partnerships between small island developing states and the rest of the world on various issues including sustainable economic development, oceans, food security and waste management, sustainable tourism, disaster risk reduction, and health and non-communicable diseases, youth and women.

Registration deadline extended for the High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Registration for accredited NGOs for the High-level meeting of the GA on the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the CRC (http://www.unicef.org/crc/index_73962.html), which will take place on 20 November 2014 in New York, has been extended until 12 September.

Registration is open to civil society organizations with ECOSOC status or those that are in a collaborative relationship with UNICEF. Kindly note that due to space constraints, a maximum of 3 representatives of each organization is permitted. Please register here: http://bit.ly/1vojfjN

EVENTS

27 – 29 August: 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

A major civil society gathering at the UN, the Conference will provide an opportunity for civil society, international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the launch of intergovernmental negotiations at the beginning of the 69th Session of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, due to culminate at a summit in September 2015.

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=259&type=13&menu=14

28 August – 4 September: UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, Apia, Samoa

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa, to be preceded by activities related to the conference from 28 to 30 August 2014, also in Apia, Samoa. The conference will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=213&type=13&menu=14

5 September: Panel Discussion – Child, Early and Forced Marriage Worldwide, including the Elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

In its resolution 68/148, the General Assembly decided to convene a panel discussion on child, early and forced marriage worldwide, including the elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda. The panel discussion will build on the report of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage, which was prepared pursuant to the Human Rights Council’s resolution 24/23, and the related summary report of the panel discussion convened by the Council on 23 June, 2014 during its twenty-sixth session. As is the usual case, ECOSOC accredited NGOs will be accommodated in the third floor gallery of the Trusteeship Council Chamber on a first-come basis.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=271&type=13&menu=14

9 September: High-level forum on Culture of Peace

The one-day High-level Forum will take place on 9 September, 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It will comprise of an opening segment and two multi-stakeholder interactive panels and a brief closing segment. The two panels will focus on: (1) the role and contributions of women and the young to the Culture of Peace; and (2) global citizenship as a pathway to the Culture of Peace.

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=266&type=13&menu=14

10 September: Interactive Meeting with Civil Society for the High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Contributions to the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report

This interactive meeting will provide civil society, including NGOs, the media, the private sector and other relevant stakeholders with the opportunity to reflect upon the various post-2015 development-related processes which have occurred during the current session of the General Assembly with a view to providing them with an opportunity to identify possible inputs to the Synthesis Report of the Secretary-General; to the work of the 69th session of the General Assembly; and to the elaboration of the Post-2015 Development Agenda itself.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=267&type=13&menu=14

15 – 26 September: Committee on Enforced Disappearances, 7th Session

At its forthcoming 7th session in September 2014, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances will examine the efforts of Belgium and Paraguay to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=260&type=13&menu=14

17 – 18 September: First Preparatory Committee of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)

The Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and its preparatory process welcome the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliamentarians, civil society organizations, regional, local government and municipality representatives, professionals and researchers, academia, foundations, women and youth groups, trade unions, and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=269&type=13&menu=14

22 September: Special Session of the General Assembly on ICPD Beyond 2014

The Review will identify progress and achievements towards the goals set out in the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), when 179 governments committed to a 20-year Programme of Action of delivering human rights-based development. The ‘Beyond 2014’ Review process will engage world leaders from governments and civil society and create a renewed consensus and global commitment to create a more equal and more sustainable world.

http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=214&type=13&menu=14

22 – 23 September: World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly will meet on Monday, September 22 and Tuesday, September 23, 2014, in New York. http://csonet.org/?page=view&nr=215&type=13&menu=14

20 October – 7 November: 59th Session – Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Committee will meet in Geneva and will examine the reports of the following countries during its 59th session: Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, China, Ghana, Guinea, Poland, Solomon Islands and Venezuela.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=270&type=13&menu=14

10 – 13 November: Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction – Prepcom II

The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and its preparatory process welcome the participation and contributions of all relevant stakeholders, including parliaments, civil society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, non-governmental organizations, national platforms for disaster risk reduction, focal points for the Hyogo Framework for Action, local government representatives, scientific institutions and the private sector, as well as organizations of the United Nations system and intergovernmental organizations.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=262&type=13&menu=14

20 November: High-level meeting of the General Assembly on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, the General Assembly passed a resolution to organize a high-level meeting. This is a critical moment to take stock of progress, suggest ways to bridge implementation gaps and make a strong call for make the vision of the Convention a reality for all children, as well as to highlight innovative approaches that can transform the lives of children everywhere.

http://csonet.org/index.php?page=view&nr=268&type=13&menu=14

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Poverty line and the post 2015 agenda

Interesting article on the poverty line. The $ 1.25 a day is still referred to as the poverty line in the post 2015 development agenda.  

However, the author of the article (please read below) argues that the “$ 1.25 threshold is absurdly low”. He adds “This is a pressing concern; the UN is currently negotiating the new Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the Millennium Campaign in 2015, and they are set to use the same dishonest poverty metrics as before. They will leverage the “poverty reduction” story to argue for business as usual: stick with the status quo and things will keep getting better. We need to demand more. If the Sustainable Development Goals are to have any real value, they need to begin with a more honest poverty line – at least $2.50 per day – and instate rules to preclude the kind of deceit that the World Bank and the Millennium Campaign have practised to date 

According to Peter Edwards of Newcastle University, if people are to achieve normal life expectancy, they need roughly double the current IPL, or a minimum of $2.50 per day. But adopting this higher standard would seriously undermine the poverty reduction narrative. An IPL of $2.50 shows a poverty headcount of around 3.1 billion, almost triple what the World Bank and the Millennium Campaign would have us believe. It also shows that poverty is getting worse, not better, with nearly 353 million more people impoverished today than in 1981. With China taken out of the equation, that number shoots up to 852 million”. 

Michel 

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/exposing-great-poverty-reductio-201481211590729809.html  

Exposing the great ‘poverty reduction’ lie

The UN claims that its Millennium Development Campaign has reduced poverty globally, an assertion that is far from true.

Last updated: 21 Aug 2014 10:49

Jason Hickel

Dr Jason Hickel lectures at the London School of Economics and serves as an adviser to /The Rules

The received wisdom comes to us from all directions: Poverty rates are declining and extreme poverty will soon be eradicated. The World Bank, the governments of wealthy countries, and – most importantly – the United Nations Millennium Campaign all agree on this narrative. Relax, they tell us. The world is getting better, thanks to the spread of free market capitalism and western aid. Development is working, and soon, one day in the very near future, poverty will be no more.

It is a comforting story, but unfortunately it is just not true. Poverty is not disappearing as quickly as they say. In fact, according to some measures, poverty has been getting significantly worse. If we are to be serious about eradicating poverty, we need to cut through the sugarcoating and face up to some hard facts.

False accounting

The most powerful expression of the poverty reduction narrative comes from the UN’s Millennium Campaign. Building on the Millennium Declaration of 2000, the Campaign’s main goal has been to reduce global poverty by half by 2015 – an objective that it proudly claims to have achieved ahead of schedule. But if we look beyond the celebratory rhetoric, it becomes clear that this assertion is deeply misleading.

The world’s governments first pledged to end extreme poverty during the World Food Summit in Rome in 1996. They committed to reducing the number of undernourished people by half before 2015, which, given the population at the time, meant slashing the poverty headcount by 836 million. Many critics claimed that this goal was inadequate given that, with the right redistributive policies, extreme poverty could be ended much more quickly.

But instead of making the goals more robust, global leaders surreptitiously diluted it. Yale professor and development watchdog Thomas Pogge points out that when the Millennium Declaration was signed, the goal was rewritten as “Millennium Developmental Goal 1″ (MDG-1) and was altered to halve the proportion (as opposed to the absolute number) of the world’s people living on less than a dollar a day. By shifting the focus to income levels and switching from absolute numbers to proportional ones, the target became much easier to achieve. Given the rate of population growth, the new goal was effectively reduced by 167 million. And that was just the beginning.

After the UN General Assembly adopted MDG-1, the goal was diluted two more times. First, they changed it from halving the proportion of impoverished people in the world to halving the proportion of impoverished people in developing countries, thus taking advantage of an even faster-growing demographic denominator. Second, they moved the baseline of analysis from 2000 back to 1990, thus retroactively including all poverty reduction accomplished by China throughout the 1990s, due in no part whatsoever to the Millennium Campaign.

This statistical sleight-of-hand narrowed the target by a further 324 million. So what started as a goal to reduce the poverty headcount by 836 million has magically become only 345 million – less than half the original number. Having dramatically redefined the goal, the Millennium Campaign can claim that poverty has been halved when in fact it has not. The triumphalist narrative hailing the death of poverty rests on an illusion of deceitful accounting.

Poor numbers

But there’s more. Not only have the goalposts been moved, the definition of poverty itself has been massaged in a way that serves the poverty reduction narrative. What is considered the threshold for poverty – the “poverty line” – is normally calculated by each nation for itself, and is supposed to reflect what an average human adult needs to subsist. In 1990, Martin Ravallion, an Australian economist at the World Bank, noticed that the poverty lines of a group of the world’s poorest countries clustered around $1 per day. On Ravallion’s recommendation, the World Bank adopted this as the first-ever International Poverty Line (IPL).

But the IPL proved to be somewhat troublesome. Using this threshold, the World Bank announced in its 2000 annual report that “the absolute number of those living on $1 per day or less continues to increase. The worldwide total rose from 1.2 billion in 1987 to 1.5 billion today and, if recent trends persist, will reach 1.9 billion by 2015.” This was alarming news, especially because it suggested that the free-market reforms imposed by the World Bank and the IMF on Global South countries during the 1980s and 1990s in the name of “development” were actually making things worse.

This amounted to a PR nightmare for the World Bank. Not long after the report was released, however, their story changed dramatically and they announced the exact opposite news: While poverty had been increasing steadily for some two centuries, they said, the introduction of free-market policies had actually reduced the number of impoverished people by 400 million between 1981 and 2001.

This new story was possible because the Bank shifted the IPL from the original $1.02 (at 1985 PPP) to $1.08 (at 1993 PPP), which, given inflation, was lower in real terms. With this tiny change – a flick of an economist’s wrist – the world was magically getting better, and the Bank’s PR problem was instantly averted. This new IPL is the one that the Millennium Campaign chose to adopt.

The IPL was changed a second time in 2008, to $1.25 (at 2005 PPP). And once again the story improved overnight. The $1.08 IPL made it seem as though the poverty headcount had been reduced by 316 million people between 1990 and 2005. But the new IPL – even lower than the last, in real terms – inflated the number to 437 million, creating the illusion that an additional 121 million souls had been “saved” from the jaws of debilitating poverty. Not surprisingly, the Millennium Campaign adopted the new IPL, which allowed it to claim yet further chimerical gains.

A more honest view of poverty

We need to seriously rethink these poverty metrics. The dollar-a-day IPL is based on the national poverty lines of the 15 poorest countries, but these lines provide a poor foundation given that many are set by bureaucrats with very little data. More importantly, they tell us nothing about what poverty is like in wealthier countries. A 1990 survey in Sri Lanka found that 35 percent of the population fell under the national poverty line. But the World Bank, using the IPL, reported only 4 percent in the same year. In other words, the IPL makes poverty seem much less serious than it actually is.

The present IPL theoretically reflects what $1.25 could buy in the United States in 2005. But people who live in the US know it is impossible to survive on this amount. The prospect is laughable. In fact, the US government itself calculated that in 2005 the average person needed at least $4.50 per day simply to meet minimum nutritional requirements. The same story can be told in many other countries, where a dollar a day is inadequate for human existence. In India, for example, children living just above the IPL still have a 60 percent chance of being malnourished.

According to Peter Edwards of Newcastle University, if people are to achieve normal life expectancy, they need roughly double the current IPL, or a minimum of $2.50 per day. But adopting this higher standard would seriously undermine the poverty reduction narrative. An IPL of $2.50 shows a poverty headcount of around 3.1 billion, almost triple what the World Bank and the Millennium Campaign would have us believe. It also shows that poverty is getting worse, not better, with nearly 353 million more people impoverished today than in 1981. With China taken out of the equation, that number shoots up to 852 million.

Some economists go further and advocate for an IPL of $5 or even $10 – the upper boundary suggested by the World Bank. At this standard, we see that some 5.1 billion people – nearly 80 percent of the world’s population – are living in poverty today. And the number is rising.

These more accurate parameters suggest that the story of global poverty is much worse than the spin doctored versions we are accustomed to hearing. The $1.25 threshold is absurdly low, but it remains in favour because it is the only baseline that shows any progress in the fight against poverty, and therefore justifies the present economic order. Every other line tells the opposite story. In fact, even the $1.25 line shows that, without factoring China, the poverty headcount is worsening, with 108 million people added to the ranks of the poor since 1981. All of this calls the triumphalist narrative into question.

A call for change

This is a pressing concern; the UN is currently negotiating the new Sustainable Development Goals that will replace the Millennium Campaign in 2015, and they are set to use the same dishonest poverty metrics as before. They will leverage the “poverty reduction” story to argue for business as usual: stick with the status quo and things will keep getting better. We need to demand more. If the Sustainable Development Goals are to have any real value, they need to begin with a more honest poverty line – at least $2.50 per day – and instate rules to preclude the kind of deceit that the World Bank and the Millennium Campaign have practised to date.

Eradicating poverty in this more meaningful sense will require more than just using aid to tinker around the edges of the problem. It will require changing the rules of the global economy to make it fairer for the world’s majority. Rich country governments will resist such changes with all their might. But epic problems require courageous solutions, and, with 2015 fast approaching, the moment to act is now.

Dr Jason Hickel lectures at the London School of Economics and serves as an adviser to /The Rules

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 Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

Included in the updates and links from SADC REEP of particular note are updates on 

•  SADC Protocol on Environment Approved

 http://www.sadc.int/documents-publications/protocols/ 

UNESCO on their Education for Sustainable Development initiatives

http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/ 

• Issues that Matter for Youth

Involvement of youth in disaster risk management and promoting social inclusion were other topics of importance for youth in the Pacific region

http://www.un.org 

• Change Agents in Higher Education for Sustainable Development

 http://www.iau-hesd.net/en/news/2274-state-higher-education-sustainable-development.html 

And more.  Thank you WESSA 

All the best,

Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh

UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

Co-Coordinators Climate Change 

E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu

Cell:  (734) 330-0238

Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

Volume 14: No 4 (August 2014)

 Monthly Environmental Education (EE) News Flash of the SADC Regional Environmental Education Programme 

CONTENTS

1. NEWS 2. TRAINING 3. EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES

4. PUBLICATIONS 5. NETWORKING 

Please note:  Kindly address any emails to

sadc-reec@wessa.co.za 

1.NEWS 

1.1 SADC Protocol on Environment approved 

The SADC Protocol on Environment was approved by the SADC Summit on 18th August 2014 in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Like other Protocols it shall soon be published on the SADC website:http://www.sadc.int/documents-publications/protocols/ 

WESSA and the SADC REEP are delighted to have been part of the developmental process through supporting and facilitating some aspects of the work over the years. 

1.2 News from UNESCO on Education for Sustainable Development. 

UNESCO’s has published their first issue of the Education for Sustainable Development newsletter- The Zoom.   

Each month, the Zoom will bring you news stories on exciting ESD initiatives from around the world. And until November, you’ll also find updates on the forthcoming UNESCO World Conference on ESD taking place from 10-12 November 2014 in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan. Your input, feedback, comments and suggestions for content are most welcome and you are encouraged to share the Zoom with colleagues and the ESD community at large.

For More information you can visit (http://us8.campaign-archive1.com/).

1.3 DESA News Islands 2014, Youth, Sustainable development goals.

Empowering youth for sustainable islands

With less than two months until the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States in Samoa on 1-4 September, Conference Secretary-General Wu Hongbo brought together youth representatives from small island nations for a Google+ Hangout on 24 July 2014. Under the topic, ‘Samoa 2014: Empowering Youth for Sustainable Islands’, young people from Mauritius, Barbados and Samoa were invited to discuss with Mr. Wu, issues of importance to achieve sustainable islands and a healthier planet. 

UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group proposes sustainable development goals

The UN General Assembly’s Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals forwarded to the Assembly its proposal for a set of Goals that consider economic, social and environmental dimensions to improve people’s lives and protect the planet for future generations at the conclusion of the Group’s thirteenth and final session at UN Headquarters on Saturday, 19 July.

The proposal contains 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, including ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.

Issues that matter to youth
The need for capacity building, quality education and employment opportunities were some of the issues brought forward by Molly Homasi, UNMGCY focal point for Samoa/National Youth Council Representative. Involvement of youth in disaster risk management and promoting social inclusion were other topics of importance for youth in the Pacific region

To read more on this you can visit (www.un.org) 

1.4 Dear change agents in higher education for sustainable development,  

From:  International Association of Universities (Higher Education for sustainable development Portland)

The UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development is coming to its end and the new UN Global Action Programme on ESD is about to be launched.  In this context, we are pleased to invite you on board a new study project on the state of higher education for sustainable development, aiming at investigating critical factors supporting higher education institutions, NGOs and policy on how to scale and improve sustainability processes in the nexus of higher education institutions, society and policy.
for more information  you can visit: http://www.iau-hesd.net/en/news/2274-state-higher-education-sustainable-development.html 

2.TRAINING

2.1 Forthcoming training:

2.1.1 Environmental Educators NQF L5 (12 Credits) course: Umgeni Valley NR – 8 to 12 September 2014 

2.1.2 Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) is offering the following short courses in 2015.  

 Attached with this are complete details on these courses for your consideration. Please do let us know your interest in applying or nominating candidates for these courses at the earliest as the deadline is approaching soon.

Netherlands Fellowship Programme is available for these courses for the 2015 intake, for candidates that are looking at fellowship options.

The IHS offers specialized post graduate education, training, advisory services and applied research in the fields of urban management, housing and urban environment with the mission to develop human and institutional capacities to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in cities.

 Courses

Green Cities for Eco-efficiency 2015

Duration: 3 weeks – March 2015 to April 2015

Tuition fee – E 2,750

 Contents

Concepts and strategic systemic approaches to green cities

· Spatial Development for Green Cities and Urban Containment: tools, techniques and policies

· Transport, buildings and Energy Approaches for Green Cities: Netherlands and International experiences

· Greening of Urban Services in time of water extremes: water supply, Sewerage Treatment, Drainage, and solid waste

· Green Financing and green economy

Sustainable Local Economic Development 2015

Duration: 4 weeks – April 2015

Tuition fee – E 2,750

 Increased knowledge about SMEs and their role in the local economy.

· Analyse the local economy and value chains in which local enterprise agglomerations and clusters are inserted

· Analyse policies and develop instruments that support local businesses

 Developing Social Housing Projects 2015

Duration: 4 weeks – 

November 2015

Tuition fee – E 2,750

Housing policy – Social housing context in Netherlands

· Housing need assessment tools

· Financing social housing and cooperation with public and private partners

· Technical and management aspects of social housing

 Urban Management Tools for Climate Change 2015

Duration: 4 weeks – June  2015

Tuition fee – E 2,750

Introduction to Climate Change and Vulnerability

· Climate change adaptation: Land, water and disaster management

· Climate change mitigation: Energy, transport and carbon markets

· Local climate change action plans

IHS is proud to announce that this course is jointly developed with UN-HABITAT.

Eligibility:

1. To have at least a bachelor’s degree from a recognised university or similar institute in a field related to the chosen course.

2. Be a professional with at least two years’ relevant work experience.

 About the Netherlands Fellowship programme

Fellowship from the Dutch Government: Once a candidate receives a Provisional Admission letter, he/she can apply for the Netherlands Fellowship Programme through an online process. If the candidate is eligible and meets the criteria according to the fellowship awarding body, he/she is awarded a fellowship which covers travelling costs, accommodation, air tickets, visa, tuition fees, etc. For more details on NFP fellowship kindly visit www.nuffic.nl/nfp  Request for nominations /references: 

We request you to nominate some colleagues / friends for these course. We would request you to send us the following details of your nominee:

Name, Organisation, Designation, Mobile Number, Email, Educational Background, Total work experience (in years):

Please send us the following documents along with the application form, should you be interested in applying for the course.

Documents required:
Bachelor / Masters degree certificate
Bachelor / Masters degree transcripts (mark-sheet)

Passport copy
Letter of Reference
Photograph
C.V

For any further information or assistance, please feel free to contact Econfluence (Representatives of IHS,TheNetherlands) Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, The Netherlands
Email:  
ihs.study1@gmail.com
Tel:+ 91 22 427690 87/82

3    EVENTS/OPPORTUNITIES

3.1 Call for contribution at Global Higher Education for Sustainable Development Study: A survey by UNESCO

The survey responses will be analysed and synthesized. The final report is to support higher education institutions’, policy’ and society’ decision-makers to develop and support appropriate mechanisms in order to foster sustainable development within their respective regional contexts.
The outcomes will be presented on behalf of all the participants at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD to take place in Aichi Nagoya in November 
2014 in Japan.
It will take you approximately 10 minutes to complete this survey.  Please do circulate this invitation within your institution to all staff and students.
To access the survey, please click on the appropriate link below:

English:               www2.leuphana.de/infutools/limesurvey3/index.php/628125/lang-en
Arabic:                
www2.leuphana.de/infutools/limesurvey3/index.php/628125/lang-ar
French:               
www2.leuphana.de/infutools/limesurvey3/index.php/628125/lang-fr
Portuguese:     
www2.leuphana.de/infutools/limesurvey3/index.php/628125/lang-pt
Spanish:             
www2.leuphana.de/infutools/limesurvey3/index.php/628125/lang-es

We thank you for your contributions,
Clemens Mader and Christian Rammel,

On behalf of RCE Graz-Styria, Karl-Franzens-University of Graz, RCE Vienna, Vienna University of Economics and Business, UNESCO Chair in Higher Education for Sustainable Development, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Institute for Advanced Studies of Sustainability – United Nations University,  and the International Association of Universities (IAU),

For any questions please contact : hesd@leuphana.de

 3.2. Water Distribution & Management Conference 2014

15-16 October 2014, FNB Conference & Learning Centre, Sandton, South Africa

Dear Water Official

This conference seeks to explore and find lasting solutions to the multiple challenges affecting water distribution and management in Southern Africa. Water is life. Quality water availability, distribution and provision are becoming an ever increasing challenge in SA and many SADC states, and this trend is set to continue.  Halting the depletion of existing water resources by cutting wastage and pollution, and finding solutions to silting of dams and algal build up are key supply side strategies.  Water efficiency remains the key to the sustainability of our water resource on the demand and supply side. Strikes, protests and risks of water-curable diseases such as cholera are likely to become a permanent feature within the region unless efforts to improve water distribution and management are identified and implemented. Main challenges are:

1.       Water leakages and high amount of non-revenue water

2.       Dry taps, water cuts and subsequent strikes and diseases

3.       Dwindling fresh-water availability (high levels of water stress)

4.       River basin pollution affecting aquatic life and ecosystems

5.       Poor water quality for domestic use

6.       Old water infrastructure in urgent need of repair and total overhaul

7.       Acid Mine drainage and industrial waste-water pollution

8.       Climate change induced water scarcity threatening water/food/security in the region

With this in mind the conference will bring together leading civil engineers and senior water governance practitioners to identify and find solutions to water management and distribution within Sothern Africa.

To book your place at this event, contact me as soon as possible on tel.: +27 (0) 11 433-0952 or fax back the completed and signed registration herewith attached to 086 547 3937. I look forward to confirming your participation.

Kind Regards,

Mlamuli Nkomo

0114330952

0837488883

3.3 Call for contributions Capacity Building Newsletter/Lettre d’information sur Renforcement des Capacités

From: Transboundary Conservation SG [mailto:TRANSBOUNDARY@LISTS.IUCN.ORG] On Behalf Of Maja Vasilijevic

Sent: 14 August 2014

 

Dear colleagues,

The World Heritage Capacity Building Newsletter (https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/whcapacitybuilding_newsletter_4_en.pdf) offers an opportunity to report on activities undertaken to promote capacity building for World Heritage. We are aiming at publishing the next issue in October 2014.

If you are involved or developing capacity building activities related to World Heritage, please send us your contribution. We would appreciate if you could indicate your interest in writing an article by sending us the title and short abstract of the intended article by no later than 5 September 2014.

Please send enquiries and article proposals directly to me at: ll@iccrom.org

I would also appreciate if you could forward this request to other colleagues whom you think could also contribute.

Kind regards,

Leticia

Chers Collègues,

La Lettre d’information sur Renforcement desCapacités pour le Patrimoine mondial (https://cmsdata.iucn.org/downloads/whcapacitybuilding_newsletter_4_fr.pdf) offre une opportunité de rapporter des activités entreprises pour promouvoir le renforcement des capacités pour le Patrimoine mondial. Nous visons à publier la prochaine édition en octobre 2014.

Si vous êtes impliqué dans des activités de renforcement des capacités liées au Patrimoine mondial, ou si vous en développez, veuillez s¹ilvous plait nous envoyer votre contribution. Nous vous serions gré de nous indiquer votre intérêt à écrire un article pour notre newsletter en nous faisant parvenir le titre et le résumé de l¹article d¹ici au 5 septembre 2014.

Veuillez s¹il vous plaît m¹envoyervos questions et propositions d¹articles directement par email à :ll@icrom.org

Nous vous serions également reconnaissant si vous pouviez transmettre cette demande à des collègues qui pourraient aussi contribuer à notre newsletter.

 Cordialement,

Leticia

3.4 Funding opportunities: Funds for NGOs

Latest Funds
The Whitley Awards of £35,000 GBP each to implement Conservation Projects
Deadline: 31 October 2014
Location: Middle and Low income countries
The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) invites biodiversity conservation leaders working in countries or regions that do not fall under high-income economy by the World Bank to apply for Whitley…[more]

Make Nominations for the Global Teacher Prize worth US$1 Million
Deadline: 5 October 2014
Location: Global
Are you a teacher teaching children between 5-18 years of age? Do you employ innovative and effective instructional practices and inspire the teaching profession significantly…[more]

The Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program 2014 invites Project Proposals
Deadline: 5 September 2014
Location: Global
The Toyota Foundation is inviting project proposals for 2014 Research Grant program entitled ‘Exploring New Values for Society’. The major aim of the research grant is to respond to a diverse array of social issues, with a focus on areas of human and natural environment…[more]

4.    PUBLICATIONS

4.1. The ICLEI Africa August 2014 newsletter is out now!

The ICLEI Africa newsletter updates you with exciting developments from projects across Africa. These highlight different aspects of their work, ranging from resources, approaches, cycles, and processes involved in realizing the vision of a sustainable future.

Click (www.africa.iclei.org) to download the august 2014 ICLEI Africa newsletter

ICLEI is the for International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives.

5.    NETWORKING

5.1 SADC TFCA Network membership and access to TFCA Portal

You have heard about the SADC TFCA Network, it was established last year as a learning & knowledge management network for TFCA practitioners – attached is a document that can give you some background.

The Network until now comprised primarily the SADC Member States, however, they would now like to open this up so as to increase learning & experience sharing among TFCA practitioners. For example we have organized an online discussion on the topic ”Free movement of wildlife across TFCAs: moving from theory to practise” which has been scheduled to begin on the portal on 18 August 2014 (we will have different discussion sub topics which will be led by experts for 4 weeks).

Therefore, if you’re interested in joining, please go to à www.tfcaportal.org

Please feel free to inform other colleagues you think may be interested in joining the network.

If you encounter any problems with the registration, please drop an email to:

Nidhi Gureja nidhigureja@yahoo.com

Martin Leineweber martin.leineweber@giz.de

Please submit other relevant EE/ESD activities to the SADC REEP Monthly News Flash and feel free to forward this message to people who might be interested.

Please inform us if you do not wish to receive this EE News Flash.

SADC Regional Environmental Education Centre
E-mail: 
sadc-reec@wessa.co.za

Web Site: www.sadc-reep.org.za
Tel: 
+27-33-330 3931, Fax: +27-33-330 4576

 

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Earth To Paris community –There is reason for celebration.  At the COP21 United Nations conference in Paris today, officials from nearly 200 countries reached a new agreement to address the threat of global climate change.The phrase “the world is watching” was used by everyone. The Secretary-General, the hosts, nation states, activists, experts, scientists. They watched because a new reality of digital connectivity and social media and global public engagement made that possible. That is at the heart of the #EarthToParis coalition and what each of you made possible. A connected, social world lets the entire planet be part of a summit moment, and a Paris discussion.The afternoon has been filled with hugs, tears, and standing ovations at Le Bourget as French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius gaveled in the agreement with an appropriately green gavel: “It’s a small gavel, but I think it has a big impact.”We know this agreement alone will not meet the threat of climate change; that will require continued ambitious action from governments, the private sector, and all of us to limit the global rise in temperature and move more rapidly toward a clean energy future with net zero emissions.But after decades of debate, the battle over the reality of climate change is over. Countries from every region of the world and every stage of development have committed to act because they recognize that it is in their self-interest and in humanity’s common interest.Thank you for all your efforts and being part of the turning point on climate change.Aaron Sherinian and Zain HabbooUnited Nations FoundationPS – Read more here – UN Foundation Statement: Now We Must Move with Urgency to Deliver on Promise of Climate Agreement and the GOOD article: The Paris Agreement Is Adopted

 

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