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Dear all,
I would love to join you, I am trying to change a meeting to come but I am not sure that I will succeed (this is a very busy week we are organizing several events for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, see flyer)
I’ll let you know tomorrow.
Cristina Diez

Main representative to the UN

International Movement ATD Fourth World

172, First Avenue, NY 10009

Cell: 646 639 1605

Phone:212 228 1339
ck our work at web sites.. web del MUSEO AJA LINK: 
The wikipedia page for SIGLO XXIII is up. 
The museo aha is already on Wikipedia as well: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Museo_Aja, in spanish: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Aja.   marta benavides– SIGLO XXIII   EL SALVADOR — TEL 503-7904-9886



Invitation to UNDP and Partner events at CBD COP-12, Pyeongchang

Dear colleagues,

 UNDP and partners are pleased to announce an exciting line-up of events running parallel to CBD COP12, in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. Under the overarching theme of “Biodiversity for Sustainable Development”, events will be hosted at the CEPA Fair, Rio Conventions Pavilion and Side Events Programme.

 We invite all COP delegates to attend and, especially for those not in Pyeongchang, to tune in via Twitter (@UNDP, @UNDPbiofin, @NBSAPForum, @UNDPSPC, #biodiversity, #CBDCOP12) and our website.

 Some highlights include:

 Wednesday 8 October

09:30 – 18:00 Inspiring Solutions: Protected Areas Meeting Biodiversity Targets and Addressing Global Challenges (with IUCN WCPA and CBD)

13:15 – 14:45 Sustainable Financing of Protected Area Systems by GEF (with GEF)

18:15 – 19:45 Mobilizing Resource for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes (with UNU-IAS)

 Thursday 9 October

13:15 – 14:45 GEF Support to Building Capacity for Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol (with GEF)

16:45 – 18:00: Ecosystem-based Adaptation: Contributing to the Post-2015 Development Agenda (with UNEP, IUCN, German Government)

 Friday 10 October

13:15 – 14:45 Sustainable Development Goals and Socio-Ecological Resilience Dialogue (with Stockholm Resilience Centre/SwedBio)

 Monday 13 October

16:45 – 18:00 Sustainable Forest Management – Delivering Multiple Benefits (with GEF)

 Wednesday 15 October

14:30 – 15:00 Indigenous and Community Conserved Area Global Support – Launch (with German Government and UNDP-managed GEF Small Grants Programme)

 Thursday 16 October

09:30 – 21:00 Transformative Initiatives in Biodiversity Mainstreaming and Financing, followed by a reception (with World Bank/WAVES, UN-SEEA, GEF, OECD, UNEP/TEEB, PEI, SCBD)

 For venues and further details, please see our poster here.

 Best Regards,

Veronica Lo

Consultant, UNDP 

Email: lo.veronica@gmail.com 



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A very famous Environmental Education case study, environment, health, public engagement, global issue regarding heavy metals, and more, the progress continues… please share with your colleagues and networks.



New York, 24 September 2014 – Twenty-two countries have taken major steps to address the emissions and releases of the one of the most notorious heavy metals – mercury.     

A year after the adoption of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, Ministers and senior government officials from around the world have renewed the international community’s commitment to combat the global threat posed to human health and the environment from mercury pollution worldwide.

The high-level special event – “The Minamata Convention on Mercury: Towards its early entry into force and effective implementation” – witnessed three States agreeing to become Parties to the Minamata Convention and an additional 15 States signing the treaty.  In addition, two more States joined the Convention and three additional States signed it since UN Treaty Event started yesterday.  
The Governments of Djibouti, Gabon, Guyana, Monaco and Uruguay have joined the United States as the first six future Parties to the Convention. The United States had joined the Convention last November.

An additional 18 countries, bringing to the total number to 120, used this occasion to sign the Convention, namely: Belarus, Cameroon, Croatia, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Honduras, Latvia, Liberia, Malaysia, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey.

Held in the margins of the opening of the sixty-ninth session of the United Nations General Assembly, and in conjunction with the Secretary-General’s annual Treaty Event, the event was jointly convened by the Governments of Japan, Switzerland, the United States and Uruguay, with the assistance of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). 

Yoshio Mochizuki, Minister of the Environment of Japan, said: “As the country that has experienced the Minamata Disease, we recognize our critical role to lead the global challenge to eliminate mercury pollution. We promise to keep supporting the developing countries utilizing our advanced mercury reduction technologies. It is crucial to keep the political ambition and momentum formed through the Diplomatic Conference to achieve the rapid entry into force and effective implementation of the Convention.”

Franz Perrez, Ambassador for Environment of Switzerland, said: “The Minamata Convention was built upon five key elements essential for multilateralism to succeed, namely, understanding facts, political will, competent support, guidance and leadership, and solution- oriented commitment.”

Judith Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary, United States Department of State, said: “I’m particularly pleased that the focus of this event today is on not only the entry into force of the Convention but also its effective implementation.  We look forward to continuing that spirit of extraordinary cooperation as we take the next step – the most important step – to achieve the objectives of the Convention through implementation of its provisions.  It is through those actions that we will all collectively be able to reduce the risks and, one day, eliminate the tragedies to human health and the environment from mercury.”

Raquel Lejtreger, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Housing, Land Planning and Environment of Uruguay, said:  “For Uruguay, it is an important day because we deposited the ratification of the Minamata Convention. We pioneered the negotiations, a process that took over five years and in which our country placed a big effort in order to achieve this Treaty. We would like to highlight that the Latin American and the Caribbean region played an important role in the team. The solidarity of our people was a motor that helped to carry out this process and, therefore, the solidarity became responsibility. This is an important issue because the effects that mercury causes impact communities disproportionately, particularly in the most vulnerable ones. This is the first environmental agreement, besides Rio+20, which incorporates sustainable development with a human rights perspective.

Achim Steiner, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP, said: “I congratulate the countries signing and ratifying the Minamata Convention today as they now join the international community’s commitment to address a pollutant — mercury — whose impact and notoriety is truly global. Their diversity speaks to the treaty’s universal nature and relevance as they encompass both large and small nations, rich and poor, tropical and polar.  While there is much to celebrate today, it is now imperative that we use this momentum and move towards the Convention’s early entry into force.  It is critical that we begin the implementation phase as soon as possible in order to protect human health and the environment for the current generation and those yet to come.”

Named after a city in Japan where serious health damage occurred as a result of mercury pollution in the mid-20th century, the Minamata Convention aims to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds.

The Convention requires that 50 States have to agree to become Parties to bring the Convention into force.  Signature will be closed on 9 October 2014. Meeting this cut-off date for signature could be of particular importance for developing countries and countries with economies in transition, as signing the Convention is a condition to access funding for enabling activities and pre-ratification projects from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). 

UNEP provides secretariats for a number of key Conventions aiming, like the Minamata Convention, for the sustainable management of chemicals and hazardous wastes, including the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, which are served by a joint Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. The Basel Convention (on the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal) is celebrating its 25th anniversary of its adoption, and has almost universal membership. 

Useful links:

* Website of the Minamata Convention: http://mercuryconvention.org/;     e-mail: mercury.chemicals@unep.org

* Map of signatories and parties to the Convention: http://mercuryconvention.org/Countries/tabid/3428/Default.aspx

* Read more about the Treaty Event 2014: https://treaties.un.org/pages/TreatyEvents.aspx?pathtreaty=Treaty/Focus/Page1_en.xml

* Read more about High-level Special Event:http://mercuryconvention.org/News/SpecialHighlevelEventforthesignatureandrat/tabid/3867/Default.aspx

* On the Basel, Rotterdam, and Stockholm Conventions, go to: www.synergies.pops.int

Jim Sniffen
Programme Officer
UN Environment Programme
New York
tel: +1-212-963-8094
sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com



Change of Dates – HLF Culture of Peace and HL Stock-Taki​ng

Dear NGO Representatives,

The President of the General Assembly has had to change the dates for the Culture of Peace HLF to 9 September and the Stock-taking HLE to 11 and 12 September.  Please see updated Save the Date notice and letters to Member States.

Office of the President
UN General Assembly – 68th Session

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TWO MORE WEEKS TO REGISTER: 4th Asia-Pacif​ic Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 October 2014


The registration for the 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014 will close in two weeks!
The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is organising its flagship Forum on 1-3 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, under the theme New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society.
Over 500 climate change adaptation practitioners will join public and private sector officials and top experts at this year’s Forum. The Forum aims to help participants from all levels of government and in business and society become more effective in addressing development challenges in a changing climate. This year’s Forum will focus on adaptation actors and how they collaborate to form partnerships and networks for resilient development.
With over 150 speakers and 30 sessions planned, the Forum is among the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region. Three Forums have successfully been co-organised by APAN since 2010.
In the spirit of this year’s theme, we welcome new partners to the Forum, particularly Session Organisers who could moderate, lead, and financially support one to five participants, covering airfare, accommodation and per diem for the three-day event. Session Organisers are also encouraged to suggest speakers and refine topics based on their areas of expertise.
Forum themes
  1. Mainstreaming and Transformative Change
  2. Development and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
  3. Disaster Risk Reduction and human security
  4. Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Change
  5. Cities with an emphasis on coastal Development and Sea-Level Rise
To register and for more information on themes and the agenda, visit the Adaptation Forum 2014 website: http://www.asiapacificadapt.net/adaptationforum2014/
For other inquiries, including how to become a Session Organizer, email the Adaptation Forum 2014 Secretariat: forum@asiapacificadapt.net
Registration is open until Friday, 1 August 2014. We look forward to your active participation!
The Adaptation Forum 2014 Secretariat forum@asiapacificadapt.net


Side event: Human rights for all in sustainabl​e developmen​t: Is the post-2015 process really delivering​?

Human rights for all in sustainable development: Is the post-2015 process really delivering?

Side Event hosted by the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus at the President of the General Assembly’s High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (download pdf here)
13:15 – 14:45, Thursday 11 September 2014 United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 1 (CR1) Conference Building

Last year, the UN Secretary General—in his report, “A life of dignity for all”—endorsed a sustainable development “vision of the future firmly anchored in human rights,” echoing widespread support from governments, civil society, and the UN Task Team that a holistic human rights framework must lie at the heart of the SDGs themselves, how they are financed, and in their monitoring and accountability infrastructure.
At this liminal point in the debate over what will succeed the Millennium Development Goals, various members of the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus—a cross-constituency coalition of development, environment, trade union, feminist and human rights organizations worldwide—will come together to evaluate whether the post-2015 process and the new proposal for sustainable development goals deliver on this vision. How do the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and targets proposed by the Open Working Group stand up to the human rights litmus test? Are the SDGs “consistent with international law,” as member states agreed they would be in Rio+20? How well do they ensure the rights of indigenous peoples and other groups marginalized from economic and social development? Will the Goals—and the envisioned monitoring and accountability infrastructure—hold public and private actors to account for their human rights and right to development responsibilities? And how will these Goals be paid for in human rights-sensitive ways? Participants will debate these keystone questions, and in so doing lay out a blueprint for embedding human rights into the core of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
Panelists include: Myrna Cunnigham, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Savio Carvalho, Amnesty International Nerea Craviotto, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Paul Quintos, IBON International Amanda McRae, Center for Reproductive Rights
Reflections from Mac Darrow, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Moderated by Niko Lusiani, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and co-convener of the Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus
For enquiries about this side event, please contact Luke Holland at lholland@cesr.org  

The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) works to promote social justice through human rights. In a world where poverty and inequality deprive entire communities of dignity, justice and sometimes life, we seek to uphold the universal human rights of every human being to education, health, food, water, housing, work, and other economic, social and cultural rights essential to human dignity.

Center for Economic and Social Rights | 162 Montague Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201 | +1 718 237-9145 | info@cesr.org


Fwd: NGO Nomination​s for PGA High-level Stock-taki​ng Event on the Post-2015 Developmen​t Agenda

General Assembly’s 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event

Deadline for receiving nominations: Friday 1st August 2014 ( 5pm EDT)

FYI — NGO Nomination for 1 key note speaker at PGA High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The UN PGA has just changed the date for the High-level Stocktaking Event to the 11th and 12th of September in New York. This event will 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 Member States and other stakeholders 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.
The NGO Major Group has been invited to nominate 1 key note speaker. The candidate must be able to speak to the role that civil society has played in the UN post-2015 development agenda process so far, specifically during the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

Deadline for receiving nominations: Friday 1st August 2014 ( 5pm EDT)

Speaker nominations may be submitted here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hCuL7l6kIZLs2AGRFGLZ5ADqRxLhLMQ4_NI2YNXCZXs/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

The concept note for the President of the General Assembly’s 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda is available here.
The provisional programme for the 11-12 September High-level Stocktaking Event is available here.

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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[WorldYout​h] FW: Volunteer Groups call to Member States at the High Level Political Forum

The deadline for input is 25 July.

 Subject: RE: Volunteer Groups call to Member States at the High Level Political Forum

Dear Ediola,

Thank you very much for your feedback!

With regard to your offer of support, we are happy to accept it and kindly ask you to circulate the message attached to your network, to support contributions to the e-discussion on means of implementation for the post-2015 agenda.

The deadline for input is 25 July.

Thanks again and best regards,


Dear Colleagues,

Last week in New York, UNV and Volunteer Groups actively supported the integration of volunteerism in the post-2015 agenda during the 2nd meeting of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development (30 June-11 July), the body that will replace the CSD in monitoring the new SDGs.

To position volunteerism as a concept relevant to the SDGs, on 3 July UNV hosted a side event on “Volunteer Action Counts for Sustainable Development: How to strengthen accountability of the post-2015 framework through citizen engagement”.  The side event discussed measures to integrate volunteerism as a form of civic engagement at local level in the new Sustainable Development framework, and explored opportunities to strengthen its overall accountability through enhanced multi-stakeholder partnerships at national level. On 30 June, UNV and other co-leads of the e-discussion on Partnerships with Civil Society presented to Member States a synthesis of the inputs received from civil society on a specific question on the means of implementation of the new sustainable development agenda. More information

To position Volunteer Groups as an actor, on 2 July Anjali Sen of VSO International spoke to Member States as lead discussant on behalf of Volunteer Groups during the morning hearing at ECOSOC on the necessity to enhance the notion of means of implementation by including volunteer groups as actors and volunteering as a method to engage people in development. On 3 July, Adjmal Dulloo from the International Forum for Volunteering in Development spoke in the name of Volunteer Groups with regards to the modalities of engagement with the HLPF to include broader voices and include volunteering explicitly in the SDG framework. Read their speeches

In view of the conclusion of the HLPF on 11 July and in preparation of its ministerial declaration of ECOSOC and HLPF, Volunteer Groups called on Member States to include in this document the same explicit list of stakeholders indicated in the UN General Assembly Resolution A/67/290 (Para n.16),  to keep ensuring clear recognition of Volunteer Groups as stakeholders in the new SD framework.

We encourage you to support this call in your country.  You can find more details about the above events and activities at http://bit.ly/1lC4Pqs.

Check the latest news on volunteering for post-2015 to stay up-to-date

Best regards,

Nicoletta Di Tanno

Communications Associate   /   MDG/post-2015 Project

Volunteer Knowledge & Innovation Section (VKIS)

United Nations Volunteers

Platz der Vereinten Nationen 1    /   53113 Bonn, Germany

Tel  +49 (0)228 815-2281   /  Fax  +49 (0)228 815-2001  /  Em: nicoletta.di.tanno@unv.org

Web     www.unv.org  /   www.volunteeractioncounts.org    /   www.onlinevolunteering.org



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Fwd: [MGCY] UNICEF “Call for Nomination​s”: Panelists for UNGA High Level Meeting on the 25th Anniversar​y of the CRC

Subject: [MGCY] UNICEF Call for Nominations: Panelists for UNGA High Level Meeting on the 25th Anniversary of the CRC 

Please see important email below.

For further questions please contact Antonia Antonopoulos aantonopoulos@unicef.org 

Dear MGCY, 

The year 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On this occasion, the General Assembly will organize a high-level meeting, which will take place in New York on 20 November. Pursuant to resolution A/RES/68/273, the General Assembly requested the President of the General Assembly, with the support of UNICEF, to organize the high-level meeting.

As requested by the resolution, the President of the General Assembly will communicate the names of the panelists and the theme for the event by mid-July. For this reason, UNICEF is seeking nominations for 3 speakers: 

 A representative from the NGO community

 A youth representative

 A child representative

Criteria for each of these speaking roles and information about the panel is outlined below. We invite your network or organization to submit up to 3 nominations per category listed above. 

Please read this entire e-mail if you intend to participate as the process has a few steps and specific requirements.
Deadline for nominations: Tuesday, 15 July
Travel funding Funding for travel for the 3 participants as well as one chaperone each for the child and youth representative will be provided by UNICEF.
Visa arrangements The Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) or UNICEF will provide an invitation letter for selected speakers. However, speakers will be responsible for obtaining their own travel visas. Your organization or network should be able to facilitate visa and travel arrangements for the child and youth representatives.

Nomination Process

For this nomination process, UNICEF has requested 5 child-focused international NGOs (ChildFund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, and World Vision) and Child Rights Connect (formerly the NGO Group on the CRC, a network of 82 national, regional and international NGOs and networks with reach in almost every country worldwide), to reach out to regional and country-level networks. These 6 organizations will review all nominations based on the criteria outlined belowidentify a short list of candidates; and present a recommended list of candidates and alternates to UNICEF.

The final recommended speakers will be selected by the OPGA in consultation with UNICEF. The selection process aims for gender, geographic and thematic balance, as well as for racial and ethnic diversity. We encourage nominations from representatives of developing countries, indigenous groups, persons with disabilities, and under-represented regions or groups.

Fluency in one of the six official languages used at the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish) is desirable.

Demonstrated experience using innovative means to promote the CRC is desirable. 

Instructions for submitting nominations to UNICEF UNICEF has created an online nomination form for each of the 3 nomination categories; links are provided below. We invite your network or organization to submit 3 nominations per category.
Before submitting a nominee, please consider whether:

  • ·       The nominee is comfortable with public speaking
  • ·       The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda. 

To submit nominations for the 3 categories of speakers, complete the appropriate on-line forms using the links below:

Panelist #1: NGO Representative


Selection Criteria:

  • ·       President or CEO of an NGO or NGO network
  • ·       NGO/NGO network:

o   has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN or collaborates with UNICEF

o   has a history of commitment to working on child rights (e.g. participation in the development or adoption of the CRC, or participation in the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children, 2002)

o   has broad substantive expertise and/or field experience in implementation of the CRC or the Declaration andA World Fit for Children Plan of Action (GA Res S-27/2 of 11 October 2002)

o   represents broad constituency, and operates at the local, national or international levels

Panelist #2: Child Representative


Selection Criteria:

  • ·       Affiliation with a child rights or child-focused organization or network with the ability to speak on behalf of such a group is desirable.
  • ·       Nominee is actively engaged with other children in groups that support peer-to-peer learning about child rights (e.g. experience participating in child rights trainings or related activities at community level).
  • ·       Nominee has a passion for a particular child rights issue.
    • ·       Age range: 12-15 years old
    • ·       From a developing country 

Panelist #3: Youth Representative


 Selection Criteria:

  • ·       Affiliation with a child rights, child-focused organization or network with the ability to speak on behalf of a group as a passionate and articulate speaker is desirable.
    • ·       Participation in the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children 2002 is an asset
    • ·       Has experience leading child rights activities at the community level
    • ·       Is actively engaged in a youth group that supports peer-to-peer learning on child rights
    • ·       A passion for a particular child rights issue
    • ·       Priority to a candidate from traditionally marginalized groups, who can help us ensure geographic and gender balance
    • ·       Age range:15-24 years
    • ·       From a developing country

 The Panel:

Twenty-five years ago, on 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the most comprehensive human rights treaty and legal instrument for the promotion and protection of children’s rights: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). With this, the international community made a commitment to all children: that it would do everything in its power to protect and promote their rights – to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential without discrimination.

In light of the 25th anniversary of the CRC and the discussions on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, this is a critical moment to bridge implementation gaps and make the vision of the CRC a reality for all children, as well as to highlight innovative approaches that can transform the lives and realize the rights of all children, everywhere. As the international community enters the next 25 years of the CRC with growing and widening disparities within societies, and pressing global challenges driven by climate change, food and water insecurity, changing population dynamics, and social conflict, business as usual is not enough to make the vision of the CRC a reality for all children.

Followed by the morning opening session of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the 25th anniversary of the CRC, the interactive panel discussion in the afternoon will: 

1)     take stock of the progress that has been achieved for children since 1989;

2)     identify main challenges in realizing the rights of the child including discrimination and inequalities in the progress made; and

3)     look to the future from different perspectives, including children, governments and civil society, and consider the best ways to address these challenges as the international community moves into the next 25 years of the CRC.

 Sofía García García  Advocacy Advisor, Post-2015 Agenda Liaison & Advocacy SOS Children’s Villages International 777 UN Plaza, Ste 3E  New York, NY 10017. 

USA Tel.: +1 917 3764288 www.sos-childrensvillages.org


COPERNICUS Alliance Conference in Prague – Deadline for registrati​on 15 July

Dear members of the ‘Rio+20 Treaty on HE’ Circle,

COPERNICUS Alliance Conference

“Education for Sustainability: Building capacity in higher education”

Friday 3 October, 2014 Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

We are pleased to share programme information and to invite participation in an international conference organised by COPERNICUS Alliance (CA) and Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

This international Conference is taking place in the year the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development  (DESD, 2005-14) comes to an end and the Global Action Programme on ESD is taking shape. The Conference will review major trends and changes in higher education towards sustainability over the last ten years, with an emphasis on whole-of-institution approaches, curriculum change, university educators, ESD competences and quality enhancement. A state of the art report which maps existing ESDprofessional development opportunities for university educators in Europe will be presented at the event. This report has been developed as part of a newly funded European project entitled University Educators for Sustainable Development (UE4SDwhich aims to progress the implementation of the ‘Rio+20 Treaty on HE’.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Ms Bianca Bilgram (Rep of the Bureau of the UNECE Strategy for ESD and Head the Secretariat UN DESD of the German Commission for UNESCO, Germany); Prof Gerd Michelsen (UNESCO Chair in HE for SD, Germany); Dr Jana Dlouhá (Researcher at Charles University, Czech Republic); Ms Lenka Parkánová (President of Oikos International, Switzerland/Czech Republic); Dr Clemens Mader (CA Vice-President, Germany); Dr Doug Parkin (Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, UK); and,Prof Daniella Tilbury (CA President and Chair of the UNESCO M&E Group for the DESD, UK).

For further information, abstract submissions and registration details please refer to the Conference Brochure attached to this email and the conference website.

REGISTRATIONS and ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE is Tuesday 15 July – please share the Conference brochure and website widely across your networks and with colleagues who may be interested.

We hope to you see you in Prague.

With best wishes,

The CA Leadership Team and Charles University

CA Conference Website: http://www.ue4sd.eu/copernicus-conf
Conference Email: copernicus2014@czp.cuni.cz


August 4-6 with “President Obama”

                  President Obama in August will welcome leaders from across the African continent to the Nation’s Capital for a three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, the first such event of its kind. This Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government, will build on the President’s trip to Africa in the summer of 2013 and it will strengthen ties between the ………………………….

August 4-6

“I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.”

President Obama



Call for papers: fourth Climate Change and Developmen​t in Africa (CCDA-IV) conference​, 8 – 10 October 2014, Marrakesh, Morocco

Subject: Call for papers: fourth Climate Change and Development in
Africa (CCDA-IV) conference, 8 – 10 October 2014, Marrakesh, Morocco
To: ntiokam2@gmail.com
Cc: ccda@uneca.org

Dear Mr. Divine,

The African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) will hold the Fourth
Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV) in
Marrakesh, Morocco from 08 – 10 October, 2014. The theme of this year’s
conference is: “Africa Can Feed Africa Now: Translating Climate
Knowledge into Action”.

Attached is a detailed document outlining the CCDA-IV call for papers.
Please note that the deadline for submissions is 20 Aug 2014.

Kindly submit abstracts at
http://www.climdev-africa.org/ccda4conference/register. If you have
previously created an account on the ClimDev-Africa website, you should
login first. In case you do not recall your password, click on “Request
new password” to reset it.

Further information on CCDA-IV is available on the conference website
at http://www.climdev-africa.org/ccda4. Feel free to forward this email
to others who may have a contribution to make to the CCDA-IV conference.

The organizing committee,
Fourth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-IV).

Ntiokam Divine
Child Labour Champion
Focal Point,Follow-up to the  Brasilia Declaration
Global Youth Digital Advocate Post -2015
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Transnatio​nal Environmen​tal Law Special Issue: Global Climate Governance Without the US

Dear colleagues,

We would like to bring your attention to a new special issue of Transnational Environmental Law, “Global Climate Governance Without the US.” The goal of this special issue is to investigate the legal and political channels for a global climate change “Plan B,” asking how climate change might be addressed assuming a lack of strong leadership or participation by the US or a similarly critical national actor.
You can access the new issue of TEL with free access until the 17th of July, 2014. The full issue can be accessed here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=TEL

Inside the System, Outside the Box: Palau’s Pursuit of Climate Justice and Security at the United Nations. Stuart Beck and Elizabeth Burleson.

Strengthening the Transnational Regime Complex for Climate Change. Kenneth W. Abbott. 

Climate Engineering in Global Climate Governance: Implications for Participation and Linkage. Edward A. Parson. 

US Federal Climate Change Law in Obama’s Second Term. Michael B. Gerrard and Shelley Welton. 

About Transnational Environmental Law:

Transnational Environmental Law is a peer-reviewed journal for the study of environmental law and governance beyond the state. It approaches legal and regulatory developments with an interest in the contribution of non-state actors and an awareness of the multi-level governance context in which contemporary environmental law unfolds.


Please forward: Invitation​, HLPF Side Event, July 8: “Education as a Bridging Factor of All Dimensions of the Sustainabl​e Developmen​t”

Dear colleagues,
You are cordially invited to a side-event “Education as a Bridging Factor of All Dimensions of the Sustainable Development”, organized during the HLPF’s 2nd Meeting.
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 8 – 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Conference Room 5 (North Lawn Building)
Organizers: Journalists and Writers Foundation and Peace Islands Institute
– Huseyin Hurmali, Vice President, Journalists and Writers Foundation
– Robert Alcala, PhD, Columbia University
– Swadesh Rana, PhD, World Policy Institute
– Catherine Guerriero, PhD, Columbia University
Galymzhan Kirbassov
UN Representative, Journalists and Writers Foundation
Lecturer, Columbia University
 Jeffery Huffines
NGO Major Group Organizing Partner
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org
Skype: jefferyvhuffines


17-18 June Interactiv​e Hearing for the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

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Briefing by the Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) 

18 July 2014 at UN Headquarters
(with live webcast) 

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share that the Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), H.E. Ambassador Pertti Majanen from Finland and Mr. Mansur Muhtar from Nigeria, will conduct a briefing on the progress of work of the Committee on Friday, 18 July 2014 from 10:30am -12:00pm in Conference Room 2 at UN Headquarters.

At this briefing, the Co-Chairs will present key messages that are emerging for the Committee’s final report, which is expected to be released in August.

Questions for the Co-Chairs may be submitted via this online form.  As time permits, questions will be selected to be addressed by the Co-Chairs during the event.

The questions submitted will be posted here as they are received.

The event will be web cast live at http://webtv.un.org/

Best Regards,



“Call For Delegation Team” – COP 20 Lima, Peru Pre-Regist​ration

Dear Community of Educators,

If you would like to join the UN SD Education Caucus team for COP 20, attached below are the registration details we will need from you to complete our  registration data base.  As more organizations become aware of climate change issues and global warming more are participating in the COPs.  The number of allotted slots to each focal point organization are reduced each year due to space limitations within the policy-making venue.  
There are three considerations we will take into account for our final list of delegates:
1) Your sponsorship is confirmed by late September.  First priority will be those that are funded to participate in the meeting.
2)  If you are planning on registering through another focal point organization, let us know and we will add your name to that list.
3)  Level of commitment towards actively participating to move the agenda forward.
We will not know what our number of allotted slots will be until after the registration deadline sometime late summer.  Please send along your details and if registering through another focal point the name of the organization.  For those who are unable to join us for  the December 1-12 meeting in Lima, Peru, let us know if you wish to be added to our Virtual List.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612




UNFCCC COP 20 side event applicatio​n period from Tuesday, 15 to Friday, 18 July 2014

Dear Climate Change Colleagues,
 It is time to think about your side event for UNFCCC COP 20 / CMP 10.  The side event application submission period is from Tuesday, July 15, 2014 – 11:00 am (Central European Time) through to 5 pm (Central European Time) Friday, July 18, 2014.  There are many proposals so we encourage you to submit early in the week.  Proposals without partnering co-sponnsors are not as competitive as proposals with multiple partners – co-sponsors.    See https://seors.unfccc.int/ for more information.
A timely theme being talked about is on community-based approaches and models in terms of public participation, engaging the public in decision making processes, and international cooperation.
All the best,  Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs Co-Coordinators with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian


 [Beyond 2015:316] OWG SDG 13 – New York – 14-18 July

Dear Beyond 2015 

If you or any colleague is coming to New York to attend the final session of the OWG SDG 13 (14-18 July), please, do let us know. 

We’ll try to organize internal briefing meetings and will set up a mailing list to share information. 

Please, send the contact detail of those coming to NY directly to ncosta@beyond2015.org. 

In solidarity, 

 Querida campaña Beyond 2015 

Si usted o algún colega de su organización planean participar de la última sesión del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto (OWG 13) la próxima semana en NY (14-18 Julio), por favor, háganos saber. 

Intentaremos organizar reuniones internas informales y también crearemos una lista de correos para compartir la información. 

Por favor, envíennos los contactos de las personas que vienen para NY directamente para: ncosta@beyond2015.org  

Chère campagne Beyond 2015,

Si vous ou quelque collègue de votre organisation planifier de participer à la dernière réunion du Groupe de Travail Ouvert (OWG 13) la semaine prochaine à New York (14-18 Juillet), s’il vous plaît laissez-nous savoir.  

Nous essayerons d’organiser des réunions informelles internes et de créer une liste de diffusion pour partager des informations.  

S’il vous plaît envoyez les contacts de personnes qui viennent à New York directement à: ncosta@beyond2015.org  


Querida Campanha Beyond 2015, 

Se você ou algum colega de sua organização planejam participar da última reunião do Grupo de Trabalho Aberto (OWG SDG 13) na próxima semana em Nova York (14-18 de julho) por favor, nos avise. 

Vamos tentar organizar reuniões informais e criar uma lista de e-mails para compartilhar as informações. 

Por favor, envie os contatos da(s) pessoa(s) diretamente para: ncosta@beyond2015.org. 


Naiara Costa

Beyond 2015 Advocacy Director

Mob. +1 917 470 0764

Email: ncosta@beyond2015.org

Skype: naiaracc (New York, USA)


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Side Event to the High-level Political Forum (HLPF)
Hosted by the Governments of Canada, Peru and Republic of Korea
Supported by UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP

Time and Venue: Date: 8 July 2014
Time:  12:45-1:15 PM:

Light lunch available 1:15 – 2:30 PM:

Panel Presentation and Q&A
Venue: UN Secretariat North Lawn Building, Conference Room 7, New York

Over the last two years the UN system – in partnership with governments and civil society – has been working towards the inclusion of millions of people in crafting the next development agenda.

The stakes are high and the mandate is daunting: how can we work together — from the community level all the way up to the international stage — to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing the world of today and of the future: ending extreme poverty…ensuring that women enjoy the same rights as men…making sure children don’t die of preventable diseases…combating the negative effects of climate change?

People-led, transparent and inclusive processes for monitoring progress on the new development goals will be essential to achieving these goals. Why?
First, there is an intrinsic value to people being empowered and claiming their space to be heard. This is especially critical for people who often face daily shame, humiliation and discrimination because of their gender, age or place of residence or because of their economic, disability, ethnic, minority, or other status.
Second, there are often significant negative consequences when people are not included in development planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

The purpose of this side event is to present interim results from the Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Consultation co-facilitated UNICEF, UN Women and UNDP.  Additionally, panelists will discuss concrete examples of good practice taking place at the country level.  Please join us and share this invite to your networks!

Opening Remarks:
Ms. Youngju Oh
Director General, Development Cooperation Bureau
Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Republic of Korea
Mr. Vincent Rigby
Assistant Deputy Minister,  Strategic Policy and Summits Branch
Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development; Canada
H.E. Mr. Gustavo Meza-Cuadra
Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations

Panel: Participation in Action (Video)
Dr. Tricia Callender
Co-Manager of the Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Global Consultation; UNICEF
Ms. Julia Tripp
Constituent Coordinator and Research Assistant, Center for Social Policy; University of Massachusetts Boston
Ms. Gaia Gozzo
Governance Team Leader; CARE International UK

Moderated by: Dr. Saraswathi Menon
Director, Policy Division; UN Women

Lunch: Light lunch items and soft drinks will be available outside the conference room beginning at 12:45 PM

Additional Information: For more information about the Global Consultation on Participatory Monitoring and Accountability please visit the consultation website:  http://www.worldwewant2015.org/accountability2015

Questions: Contact Anna King: aking@unicef.org

This message was sent by: Inequalities Consultation, inequalities@worldwewant2015.org, World We Want 2015, 304 East 45th Street, New York, NY 10017


[2015Outre​ach] 8 July Teleconfer​ence to discuss the intergover​nmental process to define modalities for the post-2015 Summit, including the current zero draft

Dear Colleagues,

UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD invite civil society   representatives to a teleconference Tuesday, 8 July, from 9:00-10:00am NY time, to discuss   the the intergovernmental process to define the  modalities for the post-2015 Summit, with a focus on  elements pertaining to civil society participation.
The zero draft of these modalities was released on 24 June and is available   here.
Please RSVP for this call to   info@un-ngls.org, with your name,  organization, email address and telephone #.
With the support of UN Millennium Campaign, we will use Turbobridge for this call, which allows  connection via Skype or telephone has has local dial-in numbers for many countries.
The dial-in information will be provided after  receipt of your RSVP.
Please circulate this information widely.
Thank you and best regards,
 Susan Alzner Officer in Charge, New York Office United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) www.un-ngls.org

NGLS on Twitter @unngls


Side-event Invitation​:Financing Framework for Sustainabl​e, Low Carbon Transport on July 7th during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainabl​e Developmen​t

Dear Colleagues,

The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) cordially invites you to “Financing Framework for Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport” side event organized during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development’s meeting. The event organized in coordination with the Climate Bonds Initiative, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, will be held on July 7th (1.15 – 2.30 pm), in New York, United States. (Conference Room 5, North Lawn Building, United Nations).

Following the success experience in developing the SLoCaT Results Framework on Sustainable Transport (www.slocat.net/resultsframework), SLoCaT aims to facilitate the development of a Financing Framework for Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport.  In order for the Framework to be effective in terms of impact it will be important that it:

  • Combines climate change perspective and sustainable development perspective;
  • Focuses on development of infrastructure and services as well as the operation and maintenance of such infrastructure and services;
  • Integrates public and private sector financing;
  • Defines the specific role of Official Development Assistance (ODA) as well as Climate Financing.

The side event will focus on the following key questions:

  1. What part of GHG emission reduction measure, or other sustainability measures in the transport sector, can be funded through passing on the costs to users?
  2. How to re-direct public sector funding from supporting and enabling a car dominated infrastructure towards multi-modal transport infrastructure services which can reduce the modal share of car or truck based passenger and freight transport?
  3. How to tap private sector as a more significant contributor to develop sustainable, low carbon transport infrastructure and services?
  4. How to better leverage both public and private funding sustainable transport through sustainable transport directed ODA (e.g. MDB Rio+20 $ 175 billion Voluntary Commitment)?
  5. How to make Climate Financing (e.g. Global Environment Facility, Clean Development Mechanism, Green Climate Fund) work better for the transport sector?

Proposed Program for the side event: 

  • Welcome Remarks by Representative UN-DESA and the SLoCaT Partnership;
  • Short description of the SLoCaT Framework on Sustainable Transport and scoping of the proposed Financing Framework for Sustainable Transport – Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport;
  • Panel discussion with:

– Michael Replogle, Managing Director for Policy and Founder, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy

– Elliott Sclar, Professor of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at Columbia University

– Mohammad (Reza) Salamat, Senior Program Officer, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

For more information on the event, please contact Cornie Huizenga at cornie.huizenga[at]slocatpartnership.org or visit http://slocat.net/event/1236.  


Cornie Huizenga
Secretary General
Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)
Far East International Plaza, B 1811
317 Xianxia Road
200051 Shanghai, China


INVITATION​: Side Event- July 8: “What can the Post-2015 developmen​t agenda achieve for persons with disabiliti​es?”

Subject: INVITATION: Side Event- July 8: “What can the Post-2015 development agenda achieve for persons with disabilities?”
To: Jeffery Huffines <jvhuffines@gmail.com>

Dear Colleagues

Please find attached the Save the Date for the upcoming IDA and IDDC Side event on “What can the Post-2015 development agenda achieve for persons with disabilities?”. The side event will be held on July 8 from 1:15 to 2:30 during the High-level Political Forum in the ECOSOC Conference Room. 

The side event is co-hosted by the missions of Finland and Burkina Faso and supported by IDA (International Disability Alliance), IDDC (International Disability and Development Cooperation) and Light for the World. It will include a performance by Signmark, a Finnish deaf rap artist.

Please disseminate it widely. If you need a secondary pass, please contact me by tomorrow 11am.  

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,
Rachele Tardi, PhD 

Light for the World Representative to the UN 

Phone: +1 347 677 4985

Email: r.tardi@light-for-the-world.org

Web:   http://www.light-for-the-world.org

http://www.facebook.com/LFTWInternational  /  https://twitter.com/lftwworldwide

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is saving eyesight, improving the quality of life

and advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in underprivileged

regions of our world.


8 July Internatio​nal Teleconfer​ence to discuss the intergover​nmental process to define modalities for the post-2015 Summit, including the current zero draft

Dear Community of Educators,

A teleconference has been organized by UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD to discuss the intergovernmental process to define the  modalities for the post-2015 Summit, with a focus on elements pertaining to civil society participation.  The zero draft of these modalities, released on June 24th, is available
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
Dear Colleagues,
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD invite civil society representatives to a teleconference Tuesday, 8 July, from 9:00-10:00am NY time, to discuss the the intergovernmental process to define the modalities for the post-2015 Summit, with a focus on elements pertaining to civil society participation.
The zero draft of these modalities was released on 24 June and is available here.
Please RSVP for this call to info@un-ngls.org, with your name, organization, email address and telephone #.
With the support of UN Millennium Campaign, we will use Turbobridge for this call, which allows connection via Skype or telephone has has local dial-in numbers for many countries.
The dial-in information will be provided after receipt of your RSVP.
Please circulate this information widely.
Thank you and best regards,

Susan Alzner Officer in Charge, New York Office United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) www.un-ngls.org NGLS on Twitter @unngls


Post 2015 Policy & Practice  – Internatio​nal Forum for Sustainabl​e Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014)


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Subject: International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014)
Reply-To: “Arima, Makiko” <arima@unu.edu>
Dear Colleagues,
(Apologies for cross-posting.)
On 23–24 July 2014, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will co-organize the Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014) in Yokohama, Japan.
**6th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014)**
Venue: Pacifico Yokohama, Japan
Dates/Times: 23 July 2014, 9:30-17:15 / 24 July 2014, 9:30-17:45
Fee: Free
ISAP aims to promote information sharing and facilitate diverse discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of frontline experts and stakeholders from international organizations, governments, businesses and NGOs. With the theme of “Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific”, ISAP2014 aims to gather key stakeholders and ensure that their voices will be linked with regional and international discussions that we hope will continue in 2015 and beyond.
The speakers of ISAP2014 include:
Mr. Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Dr. Jiang Kejung, Director, Energy Research Institute (ERI), China Dr. Johannes Venjakob, Project Co-ordinator, “Future Energy and Mobility Structures” Project Group Dr. Akimasa Sumi, President, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
For more information, including the event programme, please visit the event page on the IGES website (http://www.iges.or.jp/isap/2014/en/index.html).
For those unable to attend, there will be live web streaming of some of the sessions on Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/isap2014-eng).
Makiko ARIMA (Ms.)
Communications Associate
United Nations University
Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan


Ecovillage Side Event: Weds. Eve July 2 at UN HLPF

An Ecovillage Approach to Designing Sustainable Rural and Urban Communities and Combatting Poverty
Weds. July 2 
6:15 – 7:45 PM
Conf Room C, UN Hqtrs
Giovanni Ciarlo: Management Chair, Ecovillage Design Education; Former Board President, Global Ecovillage Network; Co-founder, Huehuecoyotl Ecovillage
Guest Speaker: Millennium Village & Millennium Promise
Jon Gagnon: Member & Video Producer, Whole Village Ecovillage; UN Youth
Representative, Global Ecovillage Network
Rob Wheeler: UN Representative, Global Ecovillage Network & Commons Action for the UN; Founder and Chair, EcoEarth Alliance UN Partnership Initiative
Organized by: Global Ecovillage Network 
Co-Sponsors: NEXT GEN, Gaia Education, EcoEarth Alliance UN
Partnership Initiative


Dear Climate-L Readers,

The sixth Africa Carbon Forum is taking place in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia, on July 2-4, 2014.
The event is an opportunity to discuss the future of carbon markets, sources of climate finance, on-going international climate change negotiations, examples of low-carbon development strategies, and the latest developments around NAMAs, REDD+, New Market Mechanisms, and the Framework for Various Approaches.
As participants of the Africa Carbon Forum you will also have the opportunity to participate in a Fair where you can network with key stakeholders and learn more about innovative product lines.
Africa Carbon Forum 2014 is jointly organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC), the World Bank Group (WBG), the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA).

A total of 30 conference sessions (plenaries, workshops and training sessions) are being organized, among others featuring:

  • Africa and The State & Trends of the Carbon World
  • The Future of Climate Finance: Towards Greater Harmonization and Strengthening of Institutional Frameworks in Africa
  • Landscape Approaches to Climate Change Mitigation in Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Uses
  • Business Models for Promotion of Technologies that Target Energy Access & the Role of Carbon Finance
  • What Future for CDM? Increasing Demand and Improving Supply
  • Towards a 2015 Global Climate Agreement: Opportunities for Africa on the Road to Paris

For further information, and to register for Africa Carbon Forum 2014, please visit: http://www.africacarbonforum.com/2014/english/index.htm


Major Groups and the HLPF

Dear colleague,
Further to the Post-2015 Outreach Group meeting/call last week, and ahead of the notes from that conversation which will be circulated shortly, please kindly see enclosed the following documentation kindly shared by Chantal Line Carpentier (UNDESA):

  • Letter of Major Groups to the President of ECOSOC
  • Document opportunities for Major Groups participation in HLPF programme
  • Background on Major Groups
  • Highlights of recommendations made by Major groups in a recent study interpreting resolution 67/290

Best regards,

2015outreach mailing list
Shared Documents: [LINK]
ck our work at web sites..***web del MUSEO AJA LINK: http://www.museoaja.org
The wikipedia page for SIGLO XXIII is up. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siglo_XXIII,
The museo aha is already on Wikipedia as well: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Museo_Aja, in spanish: http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museo_Aja.
marta benavides– SIGLO XXIII   EL SALVADOR — TEL 503-7904-9886
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Call for Selected Speaker for the 4th Low Carbon Earth Summit-201​4

The 4th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2014

Theme: Green Action for Sustainability

Time: Sep.21-23, 2014 

From: april@lcesummit.com    To:    a.mustafa@worldviewmission.nl

Venue: Qingdao International Convention Center, Qingdao, China

Dear Ars Mustafa,

Greetings from China!

We are pleased to welcome you to participate in the BIT’s 4th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2014 (LCES-2014), which will be convened in Qingdao, China, during September 21-23, 2014.

Now I have some exciting news from LCES-2014, we have uploaded our initial program on our web, and there are many famous experts from all over the world confirmed their participation in our conference, below please find a part of them for your reference. More details please feel free to visit: http://www.lcesummit.com/program.asp.

Mr. Donald Johnston, Former Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation, Canada

Mr. Dewen Mei, President, China Beijing Environmental Exchange (CBEEX), China

Mr. Rob Pannell, Managing Director, The Zero Carbon Hub, UK

Mr. Neil Brown, Senior partner, COO, and Principal, Earth Capital Partners, UK

Mr. Michael Hoelter, Director, Deutsche Bank AG, Germany

Mr. William Trant Beloe, Senior Operations Officer, International Finance Corporation, China

Mr. Juan-Carlos Cuadrado, Partner and Cofounder, Cactus2e Soluciones Energéticas, Spain

Mr. Dean Cooper, Energy Finance Programme Manager, UNEP, France

Dr. Chas Roy-Chowdhury, Head of Taxation, ACCA, UK

Prof. Ge Chazhong, Director of Environmental Economic Department, Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, Ministry of Environmental Protection, China

Mr. Jack Broadbent, Chief Executive Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, USA

Mr. Tom Gehl, CEO, Blue Ribbon Management LLC, USA

Mr. Osamu Motojima, Director General, ITER, France

Mr. Leslie Antalffy, Executive Director Process Technology and Engineer, Fluor Enterprises, Inc., USA

Mr. Dennis Bracy, CEO, US-China Clean Energy Forum, USA

Mr. Zbigniew Kamienski, Deputy Director, Ministry of Economy, Poland

Ir Dr. Otto Poon, Immediate Past Chairman, Hong Kong Climate Change Forum, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Albert de Haan, CEO, Carbon Rooster Advisory Services BV, The Netherlands

Mr. Wayne Sharpe, CEO & Founder, Carbon Trade Exchange, Australia

Mr. Vladimir Gruzinow, Deputy Director, State Oceanographic Institute, Russia

Mr. Jukka Noponen, Senior Advisor, Finnish Innovation Fund, Finland

Mr. Ken Beck Lee, President, New East Consulting Services Ltd, Canada

Dr. Pentti Hyttinen, Region Mayor, Regional Council of North Karelia, Finland

Mr. Marc Guigon, Senior Advisor Passenger Transport, UIC–International Union of Railways, France

Ms. Chloe Demrovsky, Managing Director of Global Operations, DRI International, USA

Mr. Kapil Thukral, Principal Evaluation Specialist, Asian Development Bank, Philippines

How about your consideration? Please find the Ten Topics below. More details please visit: http://www.lcesummit.com/programlayout.asp.

Forum 1: Climate Change Adaptation

Forum 2: Low Carbon Economy & Finance

Forum 3: Climate Change Mitigation Leadership

Forum 4: Low Carbon Technologies for Climate Mitigation

Forum 5: Best Practice of Low Carbon Industry

Forum 6: Low Carbon City

Forum 7: Low Carbon Transport

Forum 8: Low Carbon Building

Forum 9: Carbon Trade

Forum 10: Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Changes

Would you like to give the speech at Session 1002: Resilience in Urban and Regional Development, and Building Effective Resilience Allian of Forum 10: Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Changes? If it’s ok, could you please send me your potential speech title and latest CV for our organizing committee to evaluate first? Thanks!

Please let me know if you have any question on this. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hope you enjoy your day.

Ms. April Wang

Organizing Committee of LCES-2014

BIT Congress Inc.

Add: East Wing, F11, Building 1,

Dalian Ascendas IT Park, 1 Hui Xian Yuan,

Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone,

LN 116025, China

Tel: 0086-411-84575669-858

Fax: 0086-411-84799629

Email: april@lcesummit.com


[Eurodad debt] schneiderb​@un.org

Thursday, July 17th, 3-5PM CET

Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven wrote:

Dear friends and colleagues,

Benu Schneider, from the FfD Office of UN DESA, would like to invite civil > society working on debt issues to a conference call on debt restructuring. > As many of you know, the FfDO has been managing multi-stakeholder > consultations on external debt for several years now. The past years, the > focus has been on sovereign debt restructuring. As a part of this project, > the office wishes to reach out to civil society. > The aim of the project is to *identify incremental steps in improving the

> functioning of the international financial system for debt that > stakeholders can agree on and implement and to follow-up on the commitment

 to policy actions on debt in the Doha Declaration*. Read more about the > project here http://www.un.org/esa/ffd/msc/externaldebt/index.htm>.

The conference call will take place on *Thursday, July 17th, 3-5PM CET*. We

> hope that many of you can make it. If there is anyone missing from this > e-mail, please feel free to forward the invitation. >

If you would like to participate, *please send me a confirmation > e-mail. *Please

> also include the location you will be calling in from. I will send > confirmed participants more details on how to join the call closer to the > 17th. > > Let me know if you have any questions or concerns! > > Kind regards, > Ingrid > — >

> *Ingrid Harvold Kvangraven*Economics Affairs Intern at UNDESA

> PhD student, The New School > Department of Economics > 6 East 16th Street, NY 10003 > Phone: 646 250 9708 >
Department of Economics, University of Vienna Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, A-1090 Vienna, Austria Phone:+43 1 4277 374 ext. 18 (direct) or 01 or 05 Fax:  +43 1 4277 9374 http://homepage.univie.ac.at/Kunibert.Raffer


The 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP – Launching the 10YFP Consumer Informatio​n Programme

1st July 2014, 13:15-14h30, Conference Room ECOSOC
Conference Building, New York

Consumer information key for sustainable consumption and production

A new global programme will harness the power of consumers, through better informed buying decisions, to shift to a more resource-efficient world. Providing accurate information to consumers about the environmental and social impacts of the products they consume is a vital element in making the shift to more sustainable consumption and production patterns. The 10YFP Consumer Information Programme (CIP) – the second action to get under way as part of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) set up by the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development in 2012 — will be launched in a high level event the 1st July.

Objectives of the Consumer Information Programme

This new programme will facilitates access to practical and comprehensive information to guide and support consumers’ choices for sustainable products through the provision of accessible, reliable and verifiable information based on a life cycle approach. To achieve this objective, the CIP will engage a wide range of stakeholders including consumer associations, businesses, retailers and governments in a consultative process for joint action.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Consumers International have formally committed to co-lead the Consumer Information Programme of the 10YFP. They will be working closely with a Multi-stakeholder Committee which gather 18 members from governments, international organizations, NGOs and private sector.

What is the 10YFP?

The 10YFP is a global framework that enhances international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards SCP in both developed and developing countries. It provides capacity building and technical and financial assistance to developing countries, and encourages innovation and cooperation among all countries and stakeholders. UNEP serves as the Secretariat of the 10YFP and administers the Trust Fund.

– Download the Agenda: http://www.unep.org/10yfp/Portals/50150/flyer%20CIP_Final.pdf
– Download the Consumer Information Brochure: http://www.unep.org/10yfp/Portals/50150/downloads/Brochure_CIP.pdf
– To know more: www.unep.org/10YFP


For information, if present in New York this coming Monday, HLPF in New York on 30 June.



Dear members if the IACG, dear colleagues,

Following our last emails, please find attached the final agenda of the IACG side-event that will take place during HLPF in New York on 30 June (next Monday) at 1:15pm in the ECOSOC Conference room. We would like to thank FAO, UNESCO and UNESCAP for their participation in the panel as well as UNDESA as co-chair of the IACG. 

Please circulate this agenda as broadly as possible among your networks and colleagues in New York. For those attending HLPF or based in NY, we also look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Thank you very much once again for your cooperation and support to the 10YFP.  

Kind regards,

Fabienne Pierre, Ph.D
Programme Officer
10YFP Secretariat
United Nations Environment Programme
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch
15 rue de Milan – 75441 Paris Cedex 09 France
Tel.: +33 (0)1 44 37 14 26 | Fax: +33 (0) 1 44 37 14 74
E-mail: fabienne.pierre@unep.org

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Many of our SD Ed. Caucus members are following and/or contributing input into the post 2015, SDG process and especially the formation of the HLPF.  We would like to thank Stakeholder Forum for providing us with this informative briefing note so we are familiar with the HLPF. 
The 2nd session of the High-Level Political Forum will be held UN Headquarters NY, June 30 to July 8, 2014.  Appended is a briefing note prepared by Stakeholder Forum regarding the body’s role, remit, schedule of work and means of stakeholder engagement.  The purpose is to provide stakeholders with background information that will  help them become familiar with the HLPF, which will act as the new institutional home and highest level body for sustainable development within the UN system.  
See www.SD2015.org for more information and resources.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

 Briefing Note on the Second Session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (30 June – 8 July 2014) 

  In preparation for the second session of the High-Level Political Forum, scheduled from 30 June – 8 July, 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, Stakeholder Forum has produced a briefing note on the body’s role, remit, schedule of work and means of stakeholder engagement. This informative document will help interested stakeholders become familiar with the HLPF, which will act as the new institutional home and highest level body for sustainable development within the UN system.

Download the briefing note here.  


Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action

Dear Colleagues,
I am sharing the information below on behalf of UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice


Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action

18.00 – 20.30 on Monday 22 September 2014, Hyatt Hotel, New York

On 22nd September 2014 between 18.00 – 20.30, UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice will co-host the Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action. Complementing the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Summit on 23rd September 2014 and welcomed by his office as an important contribution to the objectives of the Summit, this multi-stakeholder event will bring together women and men from governments, the UN System, the scientific community, civil society organizations and the private sector , to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions underway in various countries.

The event is designed to showcase climate actions in order to inspire and raise ambition. There will be two panel discussions with representatives of each sector and approximately 120 invited guests who will be seated in roundtable format to encourage dialogue, sharing of ideas and promote partnerships. Working within our resources, we want to ensure broad participation. In addition, we intend to facilitate a small exhibition space for women’s and youth organizations to showcase their leadership on action to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience while improving people’s lives. If your organisation has appropriate materials that you wish to exhibit at the Leaders’ Forum on Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action please email franziska.fehr@mrfcj.org by 30 June, 5pm GMT, with the details including the content, format, indication of size and if possible examples for consideration. We will carefully review each suggestion in order to have as rich and wide a representation as possible with consideration to space available, geographical and thematic representation. At his time, we cannot guarantee funding support for your participation.
Verona A. Collantes
Intergovernmental Support Division UN Women 220 East 42nd Street, DN 18-45 New York, NY 10017 Phone: 1-646-781-4417 Facsimile: + 1 646 781 4496 Email: verona.collantes@unwomen.org