“Call For Papers” Climate Change in Culture Conference 28-31 May 2015
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Dr. John McIntyre from the University of Prince Edward Island shares a call for papers for the Climate Change in Culture Conference to be hosted by the
University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island,
May 28-31, 2015. Below are details of the call. If you choose to
participate, please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org
by January 5, 2015.
As climate change becomes arguably the most pressing issue of our time, with
evolving implications for societies in every cultural context, we seek to
enhance our understanding of the ways in which culture and climate intersect
with and animate one another. Cultural responses to and representations of
climate are particularly compelling at a time when catastrophic weather
events are becoming more commonly manifest and are inspiring a wide array of
cultural and interpretive responses. Paying particular attention to the
cultural implications of climate and to cultural, political, and societal
responses to climate change, this conference explores how humanities-based
scholarship can be brought to bear upon the evolving reality of climate
change. Conference events include keynote talks given by internationally
renowned climate and culture scholars, traditional academic papers and
presentations, and a variety of interdisciplinary and multimedia
performances. We thus invite submissions from scholars from across the
humanities, broadly defined, who are dealing with any aspect of climate and
climate change in a cultural context. Possible topics, include, but are not limited to:
literary and artistic (visual, filmic, photographic, etc) representations of
climate and climate change social and historical understandings of climate, weather, and the role of
human agency; climate change and ethics climate change and questions of social justice including the differing questions of climate change posed by identity categories such as gender, race, disability, class, and citizenship understandings of climate and the environment in antiquity and the classical
world cross-cultural interpretations of, and responses to climate and climate
change the implications of climate change on the production and reception of art,
whatever the form the roles of denial, fear, skepticism and rejection vis a vis climate change
threats to linguistic and cultural communities posed by climate change
teaching climate and climate change in the humanities and social sciences
the evolving place of the environmental humanities in curricular development
islands and their particular vulnerability to climate change, island-based
narratives and representations of climate
The conference is hosted by the University of Prince Edward Island, home of
the Atlantic Climate Lab and the Institute of Island Studies. UPEI is
situated in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on the east coast of Canada.
As the capital and principle city of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown is
a vibrant cultural destination, home of the world-renowned Confederation
Centre of the Arts Performing Arts Centre and birthplace of Canadian
confederation. Prince Edward Island is known for its breathtaking natural
beauty and charm, thus making it an especially apt location for a conference
on climate change and its human implications.
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to email@example.com by January 5,
An interesting conversation on cimate change in culture conference that may be of interest to some members.
Name: Dr. John McIntyre
Phone: 902 626 1782
Comments: Good morning,
I am part of a faculty organizing committee for a conference on Prince Edward Island in May bringing together people from across the Arts and Humanities to talk about culture and climate change.
This conference will be the first of its kind in North America. I wonder if
you would consider posting our call for papers on your list serv? We hope to see
many researchers working on climate change. The call for papers
is on our website, www.climatechangeinculture.com the deadline for
submissions in January 5th.
Dr. John McIntyre
University of Prince Edward Island,
Crown prince and Princess of Japan and Ban Ki Moon speeches were encouraging
Reports on the Decade are just out today.
Zero draft outcome of the third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction released
Date: Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:26 AM
Subject: Zero draft outcome of the third UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction released
For your information, the co-Chairs of the Preparatory Committee for the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction have released the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. This document will serve as the basis for the negotiations at the second session of the Preparatory Committee, to be held in Geneva, from 17 to 18 November 2014.
The full text of the zero draft of the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction is available at http://www.wcdrr.org/preparatory/post2015.
Kind regards, Lotta
Major Groups Programme Coordinator
Office of the Director
Division for Sustainable Development/DESA
United Nations, S-2619
Tel: +1 (917) 367-2212
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UN Convention on Biological Diversity Adopts using “Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities”
On Friday, October 17, 2014 the Convention on Biological Diversity in Pyeongchang, South Korea decided to change the language of the Convention (which entered into force in December, 1993) from “indigenous and local communities” (ILCs) to “indigenous peoples and local communities” (IPLCs) – with the caveat that it does not mean anything legally (change any state obligations or add new rights under the original Convention language of ILCs). The new terminology can now be used in all decisions and secondary documents of the Convention.
Despite a decision bristling with legal caveats focusing on Article 31 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, Canada still made a signing statement that it objected to (though did not block) the final decision on the grounds that the legal basis of the decision will undermine the integrity of the Convention, as it does not conform to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties. 162 other nations in attendance to the Conference begged to differ in a consensus decision. People can read their objection as it will be posted in full in the decision in the next few weeks.
See IIFB position on Canada’s proposals here:
International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB) Statement to the Press
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Worldview Mission : GEN-Europe Conference 2014 ,
July 9-13 in ZEGG
Save the Date:
Weaving the Future – Writing the New Story
9-13 July 2014 in ZEGG near Berlin
We are thrilled to announce that the next GEN-Europe Conference is coming soon. Please save the date and spread the word far and wide so that we will have another great meeting of minds and a sharing of the wealth of the network!! Over time, GEN is becoming richer in fascinating tools, mutual support, interesting people, important connections and deep insights. Let’s celebrate what we have created as a strong network, carrying forth the power to live sustainably in a post-growth world.
This year we will focus on strengthening the bonds between the national and local networks as well as reaching out to the Global South in mutual support. Amongst other interesting presenters we are proud to welcome Anna Breytenbach, the „Animal Whisperer“ from South Africa. Experienced members from long-term communities will share and support your process in founding or strengthening your community initiative, we will look into the transition of traditional villages and urban neighbourhoods into living communities and more.
For more info and registration please go to our website at http://gen-europe.org/activities/gen-conference/gen-conference-2014/index.htm#c1325
Invitation by Lovans
UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development, 10-12 November 2014, Aichi-Nagoya, Japan/Conférence mondiale de l’UNESCO sur l’éducation au développement durable, 10 au 12 novembre 2014 Aichi-Nagoya, Japan
Dear Community of Educators,
Unesco’s World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development taking place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan 10-12 November 2014, has extended an invitation to members of the UN SD Education Caucus to attend, see attached invitation.
Some of our members have been helping with the planning and organizing, if you are interested in participating in the Conference as our designated representative, read over the appended materials and let us know so we may submit your name/title/organization, visit http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/
Each participant is responsible for their financial support and travel arrangements.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA
Cell: (734) 352 7429
Landline: (734) 994-3612
Dear Ms Puntenney,
Please find attached a letter addressed by the Assistant Director-General for Education, inviting your organization to participate in the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which will take place in Aichi-Nagoya (Japan)
from 10 to 12 November 2014
We would highly appreciate and would be most grateful if you could confirm your participation at the soonest possible time.
In your reply, please include the full contact details, in particular, the individual e-mail of the nominated participant. This will allow us to provide the participant access to the online registration system.
We look forward to receiving your positive reply.
DESD Secretariat – ESD section
Division for Teaching, Learning and Content
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP
Secretary Bathsheba Crocker to address WFPG this Friday
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US Priorities at the UN General Assembly
Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations
Bathsheba N. Crocker was confirmed by the Senate on September 18, 2014, and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs on September 19, 2014. Ms. Crocker most recently served in several positions at the Department of State, including as a Senior Adviser to the Secretary of State, as the Principal Deputy Director in the Office of Policy Planning at the Department of State, and as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State. From 2008 to 2009, Ms. Crocker was a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for International Affairs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She was the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office from 2007 to 2008. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Crocker was the Deputy Chief of Staff to the UN Special Envoy at the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Ms. Crocker worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project as a Fellow and Co-Director from 2003 to 2005 and as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2002 to 2003. Ms. Crocker has also previously served as an Attorney-Adviser for the Office of the Legal Adviser at the Department of State; as Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Southeast Europe Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy; and as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy National Security Advisor for the National Security Council at the White House. She has served as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, and American University. Ms. Crocker received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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Global Footprint Network: Deconstructing Carbon before UN Summit; Swiss Competitiveness; Food Security in Japan; Vancouver’s Footprint
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Issue 36, September 16, 2014
Decontructing Carbon Before UN Climate Summit
Charged up by activists mobilizing for the UN Climate Summit in New York next week, we delved into our carbon Footprint data to see if we could shed light on the very intractable debates swirling around nations’ responsibilities for reducing emissions. Our intrepid research analyst David Zimmerman discovered, for instance, that while EU countries toot their horns about declining emissions, the picture is not so simple. In fact, the emissions due to the consumption of EU residents are actually increasing (except for a 2009 recession dip) when you account for allemissions, including the carbon embedded in the products and services EU citizens import. Clickhere to see the graphs for yourself.
As could be expected, carbon-emissions outsourcing is not just the privilege of the lone EU. David also cooked up this graphic below for you to get a clear picture of what impact consumption in various nations has on global emissions.
Read our blog to find out more details about our carbon graphics.
As our graphics reveal, pointing fingers no simple matter. Rather, it’s in each nation’s self-interest to establish policies to reduce its citizens’ carbon and Ecological Footprints. The alternative is more political, economic, and climate instability and uncertainty.
That’s why Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel is supporting two initiatives related to the UN Climate Summit in New York. Dr. Wackernagel is a founding signatory to a letter asking world leaders to take urgent action on climate change to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees centigrade. You, too, can add your voice here: unsdsn.org/climate-letter.
Dr. Wackernagel has also joined a coalition of countries, companies, NGOs and indigenous peoples organizations in endorsing the New York Declaration of Forests, which calls for halving the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and striving to end forest loss by 2030.
Ecological Footprint in Action
Today (Sept. 16) in Switzerland, Global Footprint Network is helping to spark a public debate about the Swiss economy’s competitiveness in a world of tightening resource constraints. At a town hall event convened in Bern this afternoon by the Swiss Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE), founder Global Footprint Network President Mathis Wackernagel will present five scenarios for Switzerland’s economic development strategies. Read this article to get the detail.
Those scenarios are included in a report that was commissioned by ARE and co-authored by Global Footprint Network and economic research consultancy BAKBASEL. The report is available in English, German, and French.
Japan’s food security and economic stability were the main topic of discussion at an event hosted last month by the Keidanren Nature Conservation Fund in Tokyo, featuring Global Footprint Network research economist Katsunori Iha and Asia regional director Pati Poblete. As the recent KNCF-funded Global Footprint Network study indicates, the archipelago faces a double challenge: Not only is it growing increasingly dependent on resources from the ASEAN region, but the region itself is experiencing growing ecological pressures as its population and its GDP are on the rise.
Katsu and Pati were joined by representatives of government agencies, including the Ministry of the Environmental, and members of the private sector, including Toyota Foundation, who had heeded the invitation to come and learn about those risks and hear about opportunities to manage resources
Ecological Footprint in the News
Thank you for helping us share the word on Earth Overshoot Day! This year our research again garnered the interest of media outlets around the world and was a topic of conversation on countless blogs, news websites and social media threads. From a front-page headline in Italy’sLa Stampa to a French primetime TV report featuring an inflatable globe rolling through the streets, we’re grateful that many people were given the opportunity to learn about humanity’s growing ecological deficit.
Go here to get more detail about EOD global coverage, including a creative street performance in Berlin using Segways, a WWF-supported event for students in China and much more
News From Our Partner Network
The British Colombia Institute of Technology (BCIT) was the first post-secondary educational institution to join our partner network, back in 2006. Jennie Moore, Director of Sustainable Development and Environment Stewardship at BCIT’s School of Construction and Environment, has led the charge, applying Footprint science to make real policy changes within her institution and for the Vancouver city government. We recently spoke with her to get the latest update. She told us Vancouver hopes to reduce its ecological footprint by 33 percent below 2006 levels by 2020 and achieve one-planet living by 2050. As for the School of Construction and Environment, it has set a goal to reduce its institutional Footprint by 75 percent from its 2008 Footprint assessment.
The full story is here
Subject: Obama’s science advisor to talk energy at Colloquium on Forests and Climate
An afternoon of real science and big ideas, from CIFOR and the Earth Institute at Columbia University
I’m pleased to confirm that Dr. John Holdren, US President Obama’s chief science advisor, will be our opening speaker at the Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change, in New York on 24 September, starting at 1.30 pm EDT.
Also sharing their big ideas are:
- Carlos Nobre, Brazil’s National Secretary for R&D Policy & member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Scientific Advisory Panel on Global Sustainability
- Eduardo Brondízio, Professor of Anthropology and Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington
- Dan Nepstad, Executive Director of the Earth Innovation Institute
- Cheryl Palm, Director of Research at the Agriculture and Food Security Center, Columbia University
- Pushpam Kumar, Chief of UNEP’s Ecosystem Services Economics Unit
Here’s a preview of what some of these speakers have to say (you can read their fullcomments at www.cifor.org/colloquium):
“An impoverished kind of savannah: I think that’s what the forests of the future will look like if climate change is not checked.”
“A global crisis is underway that could become a global revolution . . . To change the crisis into a revolution we need to overcome the intense fragmentation that we’ve seen.”
“Our efforts to reconcile development and conservation in forest regions rest on unsustainable grounds. We need to confront – intellectually and in practice – several mismatches and misconceptions.”
REGISTRATION: If you’ll be in New York next week and want an afternoon of real science and big ideas, you can register through our partners at the Earth Institute at Columbia University: http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/events/view/73260/ (or you can contact me directly). (Entry is free and open to all, but only a few places remain.)
LIVE WEBCAST: For those not in New York, the whole event will be live-streamed through http://www.cifor.tv starting at 1.30 pm EDT.
MEDIA INQUIRIES: Media are welcome at the event. Please direct any requests to Donald Lehr at +1 917 304 4058.
Event: Colloquium on Forests and Climate: New Thinking for Transformational Change
Date: 24 September 2014, 1.30 – 5 pm.
Venue: Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York
For more information, please visit cifor.org/colloquium
This event is affiliated with Climate Week NYC. Learn more through www.ClimateWeekNYC.org or on Twitter @ClimateWeekNYC #CWNYC.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Center for International Forestry Research
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Subject: CS/CDKN New Publication: The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014
Climate Strategies and CDKN are pleased to announce that our new publication ‘The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014’ is now available to download online.
In May 2014, CDKN and Climate Strategies convened leading climate change academics, policy advisors and subject experts to address some of the critical deadlocks hampering climate negotiations, and to identify new economic, social and political ideas to move the debate forward.
This new report, The Way Forward in International Climate Policy: Key Issues and New Ideas 2014, presents some of the ideas discussed during the event, the Global Climate Policy Conference. These range from the creation of climate ‘club goods’ to the role of green investment vehicles, technology and innovation in supporting mitigation and adaptation activities. This report also explores the social psychology of messaging and how this applies to our communications with the public and the private sector; and considers how personally held concepts of justice and equity might influence negotiations on adaptation, mitigation and loss and damage.
Eleonora Arcese & Mairi Dupar
Follow us @climatestrat and @CDKNetwork
News link on Post 2015
FYI, Please get the English news coverage of our press conference held in Dhaka.
Notes: UN Climate Week in NYCity – Web link for Tuesday
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Some of our UN SD Education Caucus members will be in NY next week attending the various Climate Week activities. To learn more about the events, visit http://www.climateweeknyc.org/
The Climate Change march on Sunday the 21st is drawing a lot of attention with similar marches being held in major cities such as London and New Deli, attracting major leaders such as Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and special envoy on climate change/ The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Jacob Scherr, Natural Resources Defense Council [NRDC Washington DC] – Director Global Strategy & Advocacy. Appended links provided by the Women’s Environment and Development Organization [WEDO NY headquarters] Climate Mobilization, <firstname.lastname@example.org> And an announcement with specific details about the Climate March.
The other big event that will heavily influence COP 20 in Lima and COP 21 in Paris, France occurs on Tuesday September 23rd, the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Climate Change Summit, only dignitaries, Prime Ministers, Presidents, etc., will take part in this key event and 38 selected members from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs, formally NGOs – non-governmetnal organizations).
Fumi and I will be following the live coverage through the UN’s web cast link, all proceedings will be broadcast live on http://webtv.un.org
For those of you that are free to listen, What are the priorities? What is the agenda? What are people saying about their commitment and the notion of partnerships to achieve a “Climate Agreement”? Where are the gaps? Who are the key actors?
Here is an YouTube briefing on priorities for the 69th Session of the General Assembly, http://webtv.un.org/topics-issues/un-secretary-general/watch/ban-ki-moon-priorities-for-the-69th-session-of-the-general-assembly-press-conference/3788272852001
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty / Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA
Good Evening Women for Climate Justice!
We are 10 days away from the day of the March! Can you believe it!? We have a few goodies and updates for everyone:
Social Media Resources
Assembly Location (more details to come)
We are waiting to hear from the national team where exactly our contingent will meet but anticipate getting that to you by the weekend. We will also determine a time then as well. There have been some updates at peoplesclimate.orgregarding assembly blocs. check it out here.
Women’s Convergence on the 20th (more details to come)
We are planning a Convergence and speak-out on Saturday, September 20th prior to the March (details including time are pending). We plan to have speakers on gender-climate justice issues and audience interventions. There will also be an opportunity to makes signs and meet the all of the amazing partner organizations coming to the march under the Women’s Banner! You can see all of the women’s organizations here and you can add your org to the list by emailing email@example.com.
Request for Press Release Contributions
We have created a Google document where you can contribute your favorite quotes and facts relating to gender justice, climate change, testimonials, or why your organization is marching. Please add to this document freely, we ask that you simply add your contributions at the end of the text. (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AQ4E9mjn5TDScGrXS3bhBX8HyVqe8grs7lBu71CCoBw/edit?usp=sharing)
Upcoming: virtual conference on skills for the creative industries, 29 September to 10 October 2014, UNEVOC e-Forum
Subject: Upcoming: virtual conference on skills for the creative industries, 29 September to 10 October 2014, UNEVOC e-Forum
Dear e-Forum members,
We are pleased to announce that the next virtual conference on the UNEVOC
e-Forum will take place from 29 September to 10 October 2014. You can sign
up here: http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/subscribe
In the next edition of UNESCO-UNEVOC’s virtual conferences, we would like
to discuss with you the role of skills in the creative industries. The
virtual conference will be moderated by Paul Collard, CEO of Creativity,
Culture and Education(CCE), an international foundation dedicated to
unlocking the creativity of children and young people in and out of formal
education, based in Nottingham, United Kingdom.
UNESCO’s 2013 Creative Economy Report refers to jobs in the creative
industries as “activities involving cultural creativity and/or innovation”.
The creative industries are recognized by UNESCO as a powerful source for
“new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the
pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development.”
Examples of jobs in the creative industries include crafts, design,
fashion, film and video, TV and radio, music, performing arts, publishing,
software, or computer games. On a global level it is estimated that between
2 to 8 percent of the workforce is engaged in jobs directly related to the
creative economy. In the United Kingdom and France alone, the creative
industries offer jobs for 1.3 and 1.2 million people respectively. The
Creative Productivity Index recently published by the Asian Development
Bank finds that low- and middle-income economies will benefit most from
policies to increase creative inputs.
The virtual conference will address the following questions:
* What are creative industries and what are the needs for skills?
* How can we turn the expansion of creative economies into an advantage for
TVET and, in turn, what can TVET and skills development do to support the
growth of the creative sector?
* What is the role of creativity in TVET?
* What are the different vocational pathways to creative jobs?
* What do we know about the creative industries and what do we still need
With this conference we aim to deepen our understanding of the creative
industries in relation to vocational education and training, discuss
challenges and opportunities in this sector, and identify good practices
from across the globe.
UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling for e-Forum members and the global TVET community
to share their experiences on skills in the creative industries. We are
looking forward to hearing from you, whether you are a policy maker,
researcher or practitioner. The contributions will be synthesized and
summarized into a report that will provide directions for future research
and programme work in this field.
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Call For Paper(s) – GCEHCE 2014
25th – 30th November, 2014
We would like to invite you to participate in the forthcoming “3rd Annual Global Conference on Energy, Health, Climate Change and Environmental Management – GCEHCE 2014″ to be held from 25th – 30th November, 2014.
Environmental pollution is practiced world-wide both water and air pollution and displays an increasing trend both in developed and developing countries. In order to provide a steady and sustainable development, organic management systems should address climate change issues that gain increasing importance as the trade becomes more globalized.
Renewable Energy is not only a new trend in Modern Society, but it is a necessity to fulfill all the basic principles during implementation and consider the impact of organic management system at farm, regional or global level. We are targeting to bring together a large number of experts and participants for the conference.
The effect of Climate Change on social and economic stability of nations will also be discussed.
• Why organic agriculture, for advanced quality and safety of food, to save our environment and our old planet, or to increase welfare of all the actors?
• The role of Engineers and Scientist in climate change mitigation
• How can organic food and non-food production cope with the increasing environmental problems at regional, national or world level?
• Role of Science and Technology in Climate change, storms, landslides and flood control
• Environmental health and Natural medicine
• How does Climate Change affect economic growth?
• How do we foster the use of Renewable Energy?
• Does current marketing of organic products address environmental concerns more than the conventional?
• Rising sea level and impacts on our regular way of life
• Water pollution and water resources management – reducing water borne diseases and erosion/flood control
• Which institutions will continue supporting and promoting Renewable Energy?
• Which countries will prefer to adopt policies to support and apply ecological methods?
*Climate Change Mitigation *Flood and Flood Control *Air Pollution and Public Health *Effects of air pollution on public health *Sources of air pollution *Air pollution monitoring and modeling *Air pollution prevention and control *Urban/indoor air pollution and control *Air quality measurement and management *Global Water Resources and air pollution *Renewable Energy Systems *Early warning systems for disaster management *Land and Mud Slides *Role of Science and Technology in climate mitigation *Biodiversity and Forest Management.
Other topics related to water pollution: *Water Quality and Public Health:*Purification of drinking-water supplies *Treatment, disposal and discharge of waste-water *New waste-water treatment technologies *Methods of monitoring water quality *Modeling and measuring of water pollution *New water purification technologies *Ground water pollution control *Water resources and quality assessment *Water resource protection and sustainable use *Hydro-biology and water pollution.
Conveners: Renewable Energy Experts: 50, Lambeth Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7PT, UK. Phone: +447024015763, Fax: 07024047952.
In our zeal to make this year’s event a great experience for all, kindly see below a few adjustments to the event dates. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Important Dates to note:
1st October 2014, Deadline for abstract submission (Adjusted to 15th October)
10th October 2014, Notification of acceptance (Adjusted to 25th October)
25th October 2014, Deadline for full paper submission (Adjusted to 10th November)
10th – 16th November 2014, Conference dates (Adjusted to 25th – 30th November)
We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquies. Virtual participation is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in person. Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas must first be discussed with the conference secretary before being prepared. A few number of Access Grant Award will be granted to Participating Delegates from developing countries attending the conference to cover per diem, flight ticket and registration fees. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this conference, online registration, accommodation, access grant scholar award and venue, please email the conference secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Hillary Jacobs,
Renewable Energy Experts,
50, Lambeth Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 7PT, UK.
ILPS statement on UN Climate Summit
UN CLIMATE SUMMIT 20I4 WILL LET GLOBAL WARMING WORSEN,
THE PEOPLE MUST FIGHT THE ROOT CAUSE: IMPERIALISM
Issued by the Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
September 17, 2014
The current unprecedented rise in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere brought about by the wanton pillage of the environment by monopoly capitalism has created an untenable situation for the world’s peoples.
Record levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have been measured by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 2013. At the same time, the highest rate of increase of greenhouse gases has been recorded in the past thirty years. The continuing increase in greenhouse gas production has caused drastic changes in our planet’s climate systems that are now bearing heavily on poor and vulnerable communities in the world.
Global average temperatures have risen by at least 0.85°C in the past 120 years mainly due to the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. This has brought upon the world shrinking ice cover, warming oceans, rising sea levels and changes in the global water cycle, adding more hazards to coastal and interior communities alike.
All ecosystems are adversely affected both by extreme weather events and by slow-acting impacts of climate change. Coastal and marine biodiversity is now in peril from increasing temperatures and ocean acidification. Global warming is also affecting terrestrial flora and fauna and directly impacts on the production of the world’s primary cereals and grains. Livelihood dependent on fisheries and agriculture are now at high risk.
Major determinants of health such as air quality, fresh water availability, food and shelter are also affected by the changes in the world’s climate. Changes in temperature and environmental conditions strongly affect the spread of vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue and diseases like diarrhea, thus putting communities in danger, especially women, children and the elderly.
Heat waves, changes in the global water cycle and other extreme weather events have exposed poor communities to increasing vulnerability resulting from these climate-induced hazards. We recall how Katrina tore through the poor sections of the Southern United States in 2005, how millions of people were affected by the massive flooding in Pakistan in 2014, and how millions of people were displaced and devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines last year.
The increasing vulnerability of poor and developing countries is a direct result of the intense plunder and exploitation of their natural resources and of the destruction of their economies brought about by neoliberal globalization. Their people already pushed into poverty by these policies are extremely hard put at coping with the increased hazards from climate change.
The impact of global warming within our countries is worse for the poor, especially because they are already reeling from the effects of neoliberal globalization. Existing social and economic inequalities that are based on class, race and gender oppression are being magnified by changes in the climate. We will see more indigenous peoples being driven out of their lands by intensified “development” aggression; more farmers being dispossessed of their lands; and more workers losing their jobs due to worsening economic conditions.
As people challenge and resist these impositions, they are met with state terrorism and imperialist wars. Increasingly we see violent reprisals against social unrest, dissent and resistance all over the world as witnessed in the Philippines, India, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, China, many countries of Africa and Latin America, and even within the imperialist heartland.
On the other hand, the monopoly capitalists continue their attempts to greenwash their moribund system. They tried to reshuffle responsibility in cutting down emissions through false solutions like the “clean development mechanisms” and carbon trading while evading binding commitments in international agreements.
Through the agency of the United Nations, the monopoly capitalists have caused the creation of a Green Climate Fund (GFC) supposedly to address the financing of climate mitigation and adaptation. However, this is nothing but the same financial loans and aid tied to conditionalities that imperialist countries use to promote their economic policies. The GFC is managed by the same World Bank that has a long record of funding environmentally destructive projects all over the world. It has created mechanisms such as the REDD+*that result in more privatization and corporate control of the world’s forests and related resources instead of arresting global warming. (*UN Initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in Developing Countries)
All of these have failed to curb emissions and halt global warming as their main advocates avoided addressing the root cause of the climate crisis: imperialism.
Imperialism has made underdeveloped countries as major dumping grounds for the wastes of industrial countries. It continues to support the further expansion of the fossil fuel industry such as fracking, arctic and deep sea drilling for new oil and gas sources and the laying down of new pipelines in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. This relentless expansion of non-renewable energy production and consumption goes hand in hand with imperialist military expansionism and aggression that result in gross violations of national sovereignty and people’s rights in the affected areas.
Imperialist countries, especially the US, continue to wage wars of aggression using various pretexts such as the presence of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East in 1991, and more recently, the supposed monumental depredations of the ISIS in order to strengthen control over natural resources and expand economic territory.
On September 23, 2014, the United Nations (UN) will hold the Climate Summit 2014 in New York with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on heads of government, finance, business, and civil society to work together towards achieving a global agreement for climate action in 2015.
We have little hope that this UN Climate Summit will be any more effective as previous meetings on climate change have been. This UN roadshow seeks no agreements but is more of a PR event to put climate issues back on the map. As shown in past meetings, it is not the lack of awareness but the intransigence of governments, especially of the United States, in refusing to make substantial cuts in their greenhouse gas emissions that has sabotaged the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol ever since the Conference of Parties (COP) met annually after the climate treaty was signed in 1992.
The real solution to the climate crisis now lies in the hands of the people and movements that are struggling to resist imperialist control and plunder of the world. The key is to have a strong unity and resistance at the grassroots and national level that is strengthened by solidarity amongst all peoples, organizations and social movements standing up against imperialism.
Communities and people’s organizations mobilize to protect their lands against the intrusion and plunder of transnational corporations. Indigenous peoples in different countries defend their ancestral lands against development aggression especially of oil and mining companies.
Campaigns and mobilizations within imperialist countries against state violence and imperialist wars as well as for economic rights show how mass movements and resistance can succeed within the belly of the beast. Mass mobilizations against oppressive and undemocratic governments show how people in their millions can overthrow regimes as in some countries. Armed resistance of various peoples and revolutionary groups in Asia and Latin America show how people can stand their ground against the imperialists and their puppets. As the struggles for national liberation and social emancipation reach new heights, we gain more ground in resolving the climate crisis.
The world can no longer proceed with business as usual nor with solutions that do not address the root causes of the monopoly capitalist crisis of overproduction. The United Nations promised us peace, development and progress but we see wars of aggression, social inequalities and large-scale destruction of communities, productive forces, and the environment instead. Monopoly capitalist greed for profit is taking its toll on humankind and destroying the planet.
Enough of the empty promises, enough of these illusions of reform! In order to arrest climate change, we need to put an end to the imperialists’ systematic plunder and pollution of the environment. We need to strengthen our resistance, build our solidarity and defend our future against this parasitic and moribund system. To arrest climate change, we need to end monopoly capital’s dominance over our lives and the planet and build a socialist future for all.###
Prof. Jose Maria Sison
ILPS International Coordinating Committee
TWN Climate Info: Will the upcoming Climate Summit be another talkathon?
Title : TWN Climate Info: Will the upcoming Climate Summit be another talkathon?
Date : 19 September 2014
TWN Info Service on Climate Change (Sep14/02)
19 September 2014
Third World Network
Will the upcoming Climate Summit be another talkathon?
Penang, 17 Sep (IPS/Meenakshi Raman*) — As the United Nations hosts a Climate Summit September 23, the lingering question is whether the meeting of world leaders will wind up as another talk fest.
It is most likely that it could go that way. The problem is that developed countries are pressuring developing countries to indicate their pledges for emissions reductions post-2020 under the Paris deal which is currently under negotiation, without any indication of whether they will provide any finance or enable technology transfer – which are current commitments under the Convention.
What is worse is that many developed countries – especially the US and its allies – are delaying making their contributions to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The GCF was launched in 2011 and it was agreed in Cancun, Mexico in 2010 that developed countries will mobilise 100 billion dollars per year by 2020. The GCF has yet to receive any funds that can be disbursed to developing countries to undertake their climate actions.
Worse, there is a grave reluctance to indicate the size and scale of the resources that will be put into the GCF for its initial capitalisation. Only Germany so far has indicated that it is willing to contribute one billion dollars to the Fund. Others have been deafeningly silent.
The G77 and China, had in Bonn, Germany in June, called for at least 15 billion dollars to be put into the GCF as its initial capital. The Climate Summit must focus on this to get developed countries to announce their finance commitments to the Fund.
If it does not, the UNFCCC meeting in Lima will be in jeopardy, as this is an existing obligation of developed countries that must be met latest by November.
This is the most important issue in confidence building to enable developing countries to meet their adaptation and mitigation needs. Otherwise, without real concrete and finance commitments, the New York summit will be meaningless.
Asking developing countries to undertake more commitments without any financial resources or technology transfer is not only contrary to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change but is also immoral.
In Cancun, many developing countries already indicated what they were willing to do in terms of emissions reductions for the pre-2020 time frame and many of them had conditioned those actions on the promise of finance and technology transfer.
Despite this, the GCF remains empty and no technology transfer has really been delivered.
The other issue is whether developed countries will raise their targets for emissions reductions, as currently, their pledges are very low. In 2012 in Doha, Qatar, developed countries that are in the Kyoto Protocol (such as the European Union, Norway, Australia, New Zealand. Switzerland and others but not including the US, Canada and Japan) agreed to re-visit the commitments they made for a second commitment period from 2013-2020.
The total emissions that they had agreed to was a reduction of only 17 percent by 2020 for developed countries, compared to 1990 levels. This was viewed by developing countries as very low, given that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had in their 4th Assessment Report referred to a range of 25-40 percent emissions reductions by 2020 compared to 1990 levels for developed countries.
It was agreed in Doha that the developed countries in the Kyoto Protocol (KP) would revisit their ambition by 2014. Hence, whether this will be realised in Lima remains to be seen. So whatever announcements are made in New York will not amount to much if the cuts do not amount to at least 40 percent reductions by 2020 on the part of developed countries.
Developed countries that are not in the Kyoto Protocol such as the United States, Canada and Japan were urged to do comparable efforts in emissions reductions as those in the KP.
It is not likely at all that these countries will raise their ambition level at all, given that both Japan and Canada announced that they will actually increase their emission levels from what they had announced previously in Cancun!
For the US, the emission reduction pledge that they put forth is very low, amounting to only a reduction of about three percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. For the world’s biggest historic emitter, this is doing too little, too late.
It is against this backdrop that the elements for a new agreement which is to take effect post-2020 is to be finalised in Lima, with a draft negotiating text to be ready early next year.
If the pre-2020 ambition is very low both in terms of the emission reductions of developed countries and the lack of resources in the GCF, the basis for the 2015 agreement will be seriously jeopardised.
Without any leadership shown by developed countries, developing countries will be reluctant to undertake more ambitious action. Hence, the race to the bottom in climate action is real.
If the Climate Summit does not address the failure of developed countries to meet their existing obligations which were agreed to under the UNFCCC, it will indeed turn into a mere talk-shop that attempts to provide a smokescreen for inaction on their part.
Another lingering question: Can the private sector, which is expected to play a key role in the summit, be trusted on climate change?
It is the private sector in the first place that got us into this climate mess. Big corporations cannot be trusted to bring about the real changes that are needed as there will be much green-washing.
Companies are profit-seeking and they would only engage in activities that will bring them profits. There are huge lobbies in the climate arena who are pushing false approaches such as trading in carbon and other market mechanisms and instruments through which they seek to make more profits.
For example, there is a big push for ‘Climate Smart Agriculture” with big corporations and the World Bank in the forefront.
There is no definition yet on what is ‘climate smart’ and there are grave concerns from civil society and farmers’ movements that such policies being pushed by big corporations who are in the frontline of controversial genetic engineering, industrial chemicals and carbon markets.
Many criticise the CSA approach which does not exclude any practices – which means that GMOs, pesticides, and fertilisers, so long as they contribute to soil carbon sequestration, would be permissible and even encouraged.
Such approaches not only contribute to environmental and social problems but they also undermine one of the most important social benefits of agroecology: reducing farmers’ dependence on external inputs. Yet CSA is touted as a positive initiative at the New York Summit – a clear cut case of green-washing.
Real solutions in agriculture are those which are sustainable and based on agroecology in the hands of small farmers and communities – not in the hands of the big corporations who were responsible for much of the emissions in industrial agriculture.
The same can be said about the Sustainable Energy for All – with big corporations driving the agenda – where the interests of those who really are deprived of energy access will not be prioritised.
This is because the emphasis is on centralised modern energy systems that are expensive and not affordable to those who need them the most and undermines the very objective it is set to serve in terms of ensuring universal access to modern energy services.
If these initiatives are touted as ‘solutions’ to climate change, then we are in big trouble – for they are not the real kind of solutions needed.
A lot is being said about creating enabling environments in developing countries to attract private investments.
It is for developing countries to put in place their national climate plans and in that context, gauge which private sector can play a role, in what sector and how to do so, including the involvement of small and medium entrepreneurs, including farmers, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples etc.
But developed countries are pushing the interests of their big corporations in the name of attracting new types of green foreign investments. Such approaches are new conditionalities.
Any role of the private sector is only supplemental and cannot be a substitute for the provision of real financial resources and technology transfer to developing countries to undertake their action. This clearly cannot be classified as climate finance.
Developed country governments in passing on the responsibility for addressing climate change to the private sector are abdicating the commitments that they have under the climate change Convention. This is irresponsible and reprehensible.
(* Meenakshi Raman is coordinator of the Climate Change Programme at the Malaysia-based Third World Network.)
TWN Info: Historic UN General Assembly vote on a multilateral sovereign debt mechanism
TWN Info Service on WTO and Trade Issues (Sept14/03)
19 September 2014
Third World Network
Dear friends and colleagues,
On 9 September, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by vote the crucial draft resolution of the Group of 77 and China, “A/68/L.57/Rev2: Towards the establishment of a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes.”
A majority of 124 countries voted for the resolution, 11 countries voted against it, while 41 countries abstained from a vote. A total of 176 countries out of the UN membership of 193 were present.
Below is an analytical report of the debate by Bhumika Muchhala that also provides information on a new law in Argentina designed to deal with its debt.
With best wishes,
Third World Network
Historic UN General Assembly vote on a multilateral sovereign debt mechanism.
By Bhumika Muchhala (Third World Network)
19 September 2014
On 9September, the United Nations General Assembly adopted by vote the crucial draft resolution of the Group of 77 and China, “A/68/L.57/Rev2: Towards the establishment of a multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes.”
A majority of 124 countries voted for the resolution, 11 countries voted against it, while 41 countries abstained from a vote. A total of 176 countries out of the UN membership of 193 were present.
The central action of the draft resolution is to “Decide to elaborate and adopt through a process of intergovernmental negotiations, as a matter of priority during its 69th Session, a multilateral legal framework for the sovereign debt restructuring processes with a view to, inter alia, increasing efficiency, stability and predictability of the international financial system as well as achieving sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development, in accordance with national circumstances and priorities.”
The adoption of this resolution is historic due to several key reasons.
First, a majority of Member States in the General Assembly have voted in the affirmative on one of the most fundamental and long-standing gaps in the international financial architecture, that of a sovereign debt workout framework that is multilateral and that has legal force. The text of the resolution may be read as a proposal that the General Assembly adopt a set of legal principles that should govern all sovereign debt workouts.
The resolution commits the General Assembly to agree on modalities, or the terms and logistics, for commencing open, intergovernmental negotiations on a sovereign debt restructuring framework by the end of 2014. Subsequently, the resolution commits governments to adopt an outcome on a “multilateral legal framework for sovereign debt restructuring processes” by the end of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (by about September 2015).
The resolution was spearheaded by Argentina in the wake of their now well-known litigation launched by “vulture fund” holdout creditors, who had bought Argentina’s debt at a significant discount during the nation’s debt default almost a decade ago, and are now demanding for the full value and interest of bonds acquired by them. Vulture fund litigation not only threatens to sabotage the entire sovereign debt restructuring process, but also prevents indebted countries from using precious foreign exchange resources freed up by debt relief for domestic development needs. As the UN human rights expert Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky, stated, “Those who do not participate in a debt restructuring and litigate against the sovereign debtor might get fully repaid, while creditors who accept a ‘haircut’ will see the value of their bonds significantly reduced. Creditors will thus probably be much more reluctant to conclude debt restructuring agreements with sovereign debtors, meaning that debt crises will last longer and become more difficult to resolve, with less predictable outcomes.”
(Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky was appointed by the Human Rights Council on 8 May 2014 as Independent Expert on foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights. The mandate of the Independent Expert covers all countries and has most recently been renewed by Human Rights Council resolution 25/16.)
Secondly, the European Union (EU), which usually votes as a bloc, voted as separate member states and in sharp division. The United Kingdom and Germany were expected to vote against the resolution, followed by Ireland, Finland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The vast majority of EU member states abstained from voting, which leaves the door open in terms of their national decision to participate in negotiations and discussions, both in terms of process and substance. The European countries that abstained from a vote are the following: Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain, Greece, Norway, Portugal, Denmark, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. Such an explicit division within the EU vote is a unique and significant occurrence, revealing a more complex and fissured political portrait than that presented by the European Union in other development finance and global institutions, or within the European media itself.
Thirdly, the country grouping, JUSCANZ (Japan, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which is led by the United States, was also divided. New Zealand abstained from a vote while all the other countries voted against the draft resolution. (Incidentally, New Zealand is running for a seat on the Security Council). The United States is the only country in the group that explicitly rejected the very prospect of negotiating for a multilateral legal framework. Even Canada and the other states did not explicitly reject intergovernmental negotiations. This reality isolates the United States as the most serious obstacle to ensuring the minimum political space that would allow for intergovernmental discussions to actually take place within the UN.
Almost all developing countries, including the Africa Group countries and the Small Island Development States (SIDS) voted in favour of the resolution. Countries that were not present included: Ghana, Somalia, Mali, Cameroon, Liberia, Lesotho, Central African Republic, Cambodia and Republic of Macedonia, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Timor-Leste. Out of 193 countries in the UN, 176 showed up and 17 were absent. Several absences, particularly in the case of the SIDS, were due to the SIDS conference in Samoa having concluded just the day before on 8 September.
Russia and Azerbaijan voted yes on the resolution.
Nevertheless, the strong majority vote implies that a very large number of Member States at the UN have agreed to embark on a more ambitious track toward sovereign debt workouts than has previously been taken on by the UN. The very optimal scenario is that the General Assembly will eventually adopt a set of legal principles that should govern any and all sovereign debt workouts. While a General Assembly resolution is not binding, it is a normative statement to which governments ascribe political priority. The theme of debt restructuring stretches back to the Monterrey Consensus, produced in 2002, which called for exactly such a resolution. Twelve years later, although wheels are finally in motion in the UN on this significant topic of sovereign debt workouts, the primary challenge forward will be to ensure that informal negotiations actually take place to establish a multilateral legal framework.
Debate over UN mandate and procedure
There were two key lines of argument by countries that either voted against the resolution or abstained from the vote. First, they argue that the very subject of sovereign debt restructuring and sustainability is not within the expertise and purview of the United Nations system. Secondly, a procedural argument, or rather complaint, arose regarding the lack of preparatory and discussion time (and the overall “mistiming”) of the manner in which the draft resolution was proposed by Argentina and the Group of 77 chair (Bolivia).
With regard to the first line of offense that the UN is not the appropriate forum for discussions pertaining to the international financial architecture, and that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) or the Group of 20 (G20) bodies are much better suited, this has been the knee-jerk position taken by most developed countries across various discussions in the UN, including that of the General Assembly Second Committee on macro-policy issues as well as within the sustainable development and Post-2015 development agenda contexts. It reflects developed countries’ preference for a course of passive discussion and operational inaction in the UN by handing over all authority and mandate to the IMF-World Bank and G20 nexus.
The EU in particular said that its member states have serious concerns on whether a legally binding convention for debt resolution is the best way to deal with the problem. The EU also reasserted its view that the UN General Assembly is not the best forum for dealing with such a “complicated matter, taking into account for example the ongoing work of the IMF, to which the EU is actively contributing to.”
However, the Group of 77 and China as a whole, Argentina, Brazil, India, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica and several other countries in the Africa Group and Small Island Developing States groups made powerful statements defending the legitimacy and mandate of the UN to act on structural and systemic issues. These countries stressed that the UN’s very charter mandates the institution to discuss and act on all issues pertinent to international cooperation, which includes finance and trade. Furthermore, it is the UN that has the balanced and representative, deliberative body that can advance from broad principles on sovereign debt workouts to a proposed mechanism or process.
Financial system issues such as financial regulation, the international monetary system, and in particular, sovereign debt, are at the very center of various UN conferences, such as the Monterrey Consensus in 2002, the UN Conference, the Doha Conference on the follow-up
Opportunity to Contribute to UN Climate Summit Opening Ceremony
UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 23rd.
Please help us identify compelling and inspiring visual content for the civil society segment of the up-coming UN Climate Summit’s Opening Ceremony!
As you know, the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Leaders Summit is fast approaching, and will take place at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, September 23rd. The Opening Ceremony will be the highest profile portion of the day-long event. During that opening ceremony, there will be a civil society segment, which will include, among other things, a multi-media presentation designed to demonstrate the breadth and depth of action — and demands for action — to address climate change from civil society around the world. This will include a combination of video, still images and audio produced in such a way as to convey to assembled world leaders — in only a few minutes — that people around the world are already taking action, and calling on them to do more. Together with other partners, GCCA has responded to requests from the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team to provide inputs for this segment.
This is an opportunity to contribute imagery for this piece, and we would be really grateful for your input and suggestions, which will make it as stunning and high-impact as possible.
You are invited to add high-quality images and/or video and graphics to a directory where we are gathering the details of material available. If you have access to the material and can submit it to Dropbox, then please note this on the spreadsheet and get in touch with me so we can request it if it is selected. Similarly, if you only have the material (as in it’s not available online) please note this in the spreadsheet and add a link to either your Dropbox, or request access to ours!
The deadline for your submissions is Friday, 12 September (material received after this date also welcome but we can’t guarantee it will be considered after that date). For further guidance on the types of visuals we need, please see below
Broadly speaking, there are two categories for this visual piece:
1) Examples of demands for Action: i.e. this category would include organized “actions” of all shapes and sizes. i.e. fasting for climate, human chains, banner unfurling, marches. Also the policy-advocacy side, meetings with policy makers, sign-on letters, etc…
2) Examples of action itself.
— Images should reflect people in active, not passive, positions, taking and/or demanding action;
— Material (whether still photos, video, or audio) submitted or suggested should be in as high-quality format as available (though we’re as-yet unclear on the threshold, low-resolution material will be less suitable);
— Audio or video material should be limited to 30-second clips — if possible please select or edit clips in which the relevant actions / demands are clearly indicated within a 30-second time window;
— Images can reflect all types of people & organisations: women and men, young and old, south and north — we aim to communicate examples of action, and demands for action, from every region on earth;
— Images can include communities taking action, like installing solar panels; organized demands for action such as protests and others actions/stunts; and individuals taking action by making more sustainable choices, etc.
- Type of action – Activism / Community Action / Artistic
- Description code – One/Two word description
- Type of media – Image / Video / Both
- Region + Country
- Link (online or to dropbox)
- Contact name
- Email and Phone number
- Copyright concerns
- Details – in here you can add anything related to accessing content, location or specific details of quality/timing
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Subject: Save the Date 23rd Sept 2014 CARBON FORUM NORTH AMERICA 2014 during the UNSG Climate Summit & Climate Week, New York City
Save the Date – 23rd September 2014
CARBON FORUM NORTH AMERICA 2014
during the Ban Ki Moon Climate Summit & Climate Week
New York City
We would like to invite you to the 5th edition of Carbon Forum North America (CFNA 2014), ‘American Leadership On a Global Stage: Taking Stock, Moving Forward’ taking place in New York City on the 23rd of September, against this momentous backdrop, the UNSG Climate Summit, where carbon pricing, future markets and business climate leadership will take center-stage.
Date: 23 September 2014, 8am – 6pm (EST)
Venue: Morgan Stanley Headquarters, 1585 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York – 26th Floor, Meeting Room B
CFNA 2014 will focus on the current state & trends of North American climate regulatory
developments, and the role that markets play – or could play – under future
North American carbon landscapes.
Specific “hot button” topics to be featured at this year’s one-day Forum:
§ In-depth review of flexibility policies, scenarios and implications regarding EPA’s power plant rules (“111(d)”) – comparing the perspectives of power companies, financial institutions and state regulators.
§ Potential strategies for state and regional cooperation in using market-based trading systems, as well as the ability to tailor approaches to state or region-specific circumstances; and
§ Status of rules and incentives on methane emissions, with a special focus on US oil & gas sector methane developments and the evolving multilateral “Climate and Clean Air Coalition.”
§ Setting the stage for CFNA’s multi-sector 111(d) dialogues – the Roundtable of the Analysts: Looking at the Numbers – join North America’s leading energy, policy, and financial analysts as they delve into the swirl of numbers, assumptions, and potential scenarios linked to EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
§ Road to Paris via Lima
Key speakers at the event are:
. Minister David Heurtel, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and Fight Against
Climate Change, Quebec
. Tom King, President, National Grid US
. Paul Bodnar, Director for Environment and Climate Change, National Security Council, The White
. Brian Wolff, Executive Vice President, Edison Electric Institute (EEI)
. Dirk Forrister, President & Chief Executive Officer, IETA
. Bob Perciasepe, Chief Executive Officer, C2ES
. James Bacchus, Member of the High Level Advisory Panel to the President of COP20, Peru &
Chair of the ICC Commission on Trade and Investment Policy
. John Kilani, Director, Sustainable Development Mechanisms, UNFCCC
. John Cohen, Vice President, Government Affairs, Alstom US
. Bruce Braine, Vice President, American Electric Power (AEP)
. Bill Tydall, Senior Vice President, Duke Energy
. Roman Kramarchuk, Managing Director, PIRA Energy Group
. Brad Neff, Long-Term Energy Policy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)
. Paulina Serrano Trespalacios, Senior Carbon Finance Management, PEMEX
. David Hone, Senior Advisor, Shell
. Vikram Widge, Head, Climate and Carbon Finance, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
. Steven Huhman, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley Capital Group
. William Nelson, Lead Analyst, US Power and Environmental Commodities, Bloomberg New Energy
. Steve Fine, Vice President, ICF International
. Jared Snyder, Assistant Commissioner, Air Resources, Climate Change and Energy, New York
State Department of Environmental Conservation
. Tom Plant, Senior Policy Advisor, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University
. Cliff Rechtschaffen, Senior Advisor, Office of Governor Jerry Brown
. David Cash, Commissioner, Department of Environmental Protection, Commonwealth of
. Mark Brownstein, Associate Vice-President& Chief Counsel U.S. Climate and Energy Program,
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)
. Kelly Speakes-Backman, Commissioner, Maryland Public Service Commission and RGGI Chair
. Jean-Yves Benoit, Director, Carbon Market Division, Climate Change Office, Quebec Government
. Ashley Conrad-Saydah, Deputy Secretary for Climate Policy, California EPA
. Blas Pérez Henríquez, Director, Center for Environmental Public Policy, University of California
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Carbon Forum North America 2014 – New York, USA – 23 September 2014
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CARBON EXPO 2015 – Barcelona, Spain – 26-28 May 2015
Subject: World Bank book announcement: How can climate friendly access to electricity in rural Africa be achieved?
“From the Bottom Up: How Small Producers and Mini-Grids Can Deliver Electrification and Renewable Energy in Africa” is a useful realistic guide recently published by the World Bank. Easy to read and understand, this book focuses on ground level policy and regulatory actions that can create a workable foundation for commercially and environmentally sustainable private and community investment in distributed generation. A range of options for dealing with key controversial issues are analyzed. These issues include:
- what are the sustainable business and climate friendly models;
- when is hybrid distributed generation more suitable than pure renewable distributed generation;
- what to do “when the big grid connects to the little grid”;
- how should an economic regulator set tariffs for projects that have earned revenues from carbon credits;
- how to implement revenue “top-ups” to feed-in tariffs for grid connected renewable generators;
- how to deal with the political constraints of a uniform national tariff for rural mini-grids;
- how to establish workable interconnection and operating standards when a distributed generator connects to an existing mini-grid or to the main grid; and
- how to implement light-handed regulation.
The book draws on the authors’ on-the-ground experiences (both good and bad) in Tanzania, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia and other countries.
The book will be of immediate interest and use to developers, investors, regulators, utilities and policymakers.
Our apologies if you already received this announcement through another channel.
With best wishes,
Bernard Tenenbaum and Chris Greacen
11th Sept. 1-3pm Conf Room C – Capital Markets and their role in Sustainable Development
Capital Markets and their role in
Sustainable Development Finance and the Sustainable Development Goals
11th of September from 115-230pm Conference Room C
Hosted by UNCTAD
Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, AVIVA Investors
Lenora Suki, Senior Product Strategist, Sustainability Initiatives, Bloomberg LP
Mariela Vargova, Ph.D., is a Senior Sustainability Analyst with the Sustainability and Impact Investing team at Rockefeller Financial Asset Management.
Chantal Line Carpentier, Ph.D. Chief, New York Office of UNCTAD
Chaired by Felix Dodds Tellus Institute
Background information on side event: This will focus on a response to the SDG OWG and the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing
For generations policy makers have sought to align the interests of the financial markets and society.
Nowhere is this tension more keenly and persistently felt than in the relentlessness of the capital markets to allocate capital to short term, unsustainable uses. Policy-makers need to plan for the long-term and tackle a range of environmental and social issues, such as poverty, climate change and human rights. As well as Nexus issues such as Water-Energy-Food.
Adopting the conventional definition of sustainable development and applying it to capital markets:
“capital markets that finance development that meets the need of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Public policy makers have traditionally tended to focus on the flow of aid when considering traditional sustainable development issues.
However, private capital in the tens of trillions is allocated matters far more than how the tens of billions of dollars of official assistance get dispensed.
A primary failure of the capital markets in relation to sustainable development as one of misallocation of capital. This, in turn, is a result of global governments’ failure to properly internalize environmental and social costs into companies’ profit and loss statements. As a consequence, the capital markets do not incorporate companies’ full social and environmental costs. Indeed, until these market failures are corrected through government intervention of some kind, it would be irrational for investors to incorporate such costs since they do not affect financial figures and appear on the balance sheet or – therefore – affect companies’ profitability. This means that corporate cost of capital does not reflect the sustainability of the firm. The consequences of this are that many unsustainable companies have a lower cost of capital than they should and so are more likely to be commercially successful than their more sustainable competitors.
People’s Summit-Pre-Social COP-COP 20 – Margarita Declaration: UN Climate Change High Level Summit
Dear Community of Educators,
You will find attached the list of speakers.
Please distribute the attached flyers and speakers profiles widely.
New Flyers for the People’s GA for Dissemination
[Beyond 2015:322] Beyond 2015 Conference – Conferencia – Conférence, Copenhague/Copenhagen, 13-14 Nov
Francais ci-dessous. Español abajo.
Dear Beyond 2015, Chère campagne Beyond 2015, Querida campaña Beyond 2015:
Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference
UN City, Copenhagen, 13-14 November 2014
The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will bring approx. 200 civil society representatives to Copenhagen with the objective of taking stock of the post-2015 agenda and the global goals for sustainable development. The conference is an important opportunity for jointly discussing the outcome of the 69th session of the UNGA, influensing the final UNSG Synthesis Report on the post-2015 Agenda, and to engage in CSO strategizing for the crucial and final year of the post-2015 negotiations. Addressing the social, economic and environmental aspects of inequality will be a specific theme for the conference.
In the first day and a half, civil society representatives will explore the challenges and opportunities in the post-2015 process, and produce an outcome document, including an agenda for action and key recommendations to policy makers and Government representatives. The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will lead up to a high-level segment on the 14th of November 2014, co-organized by Beyond 2015, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark and the UN Nordic Office, which aims to facilitate a dialogue between Beyond 2015 and Governments and UN representatives.
Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, candidate for President UN General Assembly and Mr. Mogens Jensen, Danish Minister for Trade and Development has confirmed their participation, and we have invited Mrs. Amina Mohammed, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 (TBC) and Mr. Sam Kutesa, President Elect of the UN General Assembly (TBC) as keynote speakers. The programme is being developed and additional speakers will still be added.
The Beyond 2015 Copenhagen CSO Conference will be a key moment for global civil society to take stock of progress on the creation of the new post-2015 framework and influencing the final stage of negotiaitons, raising the ambition and ensuring that governments are committed to an ambitious, transfromative agenda which tackles the key issues of our time; inequality, environmental sustainabilty, poverty eradication, human rights, peace and security and participation.
Civil society leaders from the national, regional and global post-2015 processes are strongly encouraged to apply for participation. Participation is not restricted to Beyond 2015. Only one person per organization will be considered
Criteria for attendance by civil society;
– Knowledge and expertise in poverty, inequality and marginalization in the context of sustainable development in all three dimensions, the social, environmental and economic;
– Experience in the post-2015 process at the national, regional or global level;
– Active member of an organization or platform involved in the post-2015 processes;
– Represent and be accountable to a wider constituency;
– Committed to feedback to the partners at regional and/or national level;
Participation is not restricted to Beyond 2015 members. Gender, regional and thematic representation will be considered. Funding for a number of participants from the Global South is available. Please indicate this in the conference application form. The conference organizers will review all applications and inform succesfull applicants by October 3, 2014. Self-funded participants must also submit a full application.
Deadline; All interested applicants must send the application form as soon as possible, and latest by 26th September 2014 (Midnight ECT). Send to conference organizer Morten Emil Hansen; email@example.com.
Further details and the application form can be found at http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-
Conférence des OSC, Copenhague, Beyond 2015
Ville de l’ONU, Copenhague, 13-14 Novembre 2014
La Conférence des OSCs de Beyond 2015 à Copenhague, rassemblera environ 200 représentants de la société civile à Copenhague avec l’objectif de faire le point du programme post-2015 et les objectifs mondiaux de développement durable. La conférence représente une occasion importante pour discuter conjointement les résultats de la 69ème session de l’AGNU, influencer le rapport de synthèse du Secrétaire Général de l’ONU sur le programme de développement post-2015, et de s’engager dans l’élaboration de stratégies des OSC pour l’année cruciale et finale des négociations post-2015. La conférence adressera comme thème les aspects sociaux, économiques et environnementaux de l’inégalité.
Dans la première journée et demie, les représentants de la société civile auront l’occasion d’explorer les défis et les opportunités dans le processus post-2015, et de produire un rapport, y compris un plan d’action et des recommandations clés pour les décideurs et les représentants gouvernementaux. La Conférence des OSCs à Copenhague mènera à un segment de haut niveau le 14 Novembre 2014, co-organisé par Beyond 2015, le Ministère des Affaires Étrangères du Danemark, et la Ville de l’ONU, Copenhague, qui vise à faciliter le dialogue entre Beyond 2015, les gouvernements, et les représentants de l’ONU.
M. Mogens Lykketoft, candidat à la Présidence de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies et M. Mogens Jensen, Ministre Danois du Commerce et du Développement ont confirmé leur participation, et nous avons invité Mme Amina Mohamed, Conseillère Spéciale du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies sur le post-2015 (à confirmer) et M. Sam Kutesa, actuel Président de l’Assemblée Générale des Nations Unies (à confirmer) comme conférenciers. Le programme est en cours d’élaboration, et haut-parleurs supplémentaires seront ajoutés.
La Conférence des OSC à Copenhague sera un moment clé pour la société civile mondiale pour faire le point des progrès réalisés dans la création du nouveau cadre post-2015 et influencer la phase finale de négotiations, élever l’ambition et veiller à ce que les gouvernements s’engagent à un programme ambitieux et transformatif qui aborde les questions clés de notre temps; l’inégalité, la durabilité de l’environnement, l’éradication de la pauvreté, les droits humains, la paix et la sécurité, et la participation.
Leaders de la société civile des processus post-2015 nationaux, régionaux et mondiaux sont fortement encouragés à postuler comme participants.
Critères de participation de la société civile;
- Connaissance et expertise dans la pauvreté, les inégalités et la marginalisation, dans le contexte du développement durable dans ses trois dimensions – le social, l’environnemental et l’économique;
- Expérience dans le processus post-2015 au niveau national, régional ou mondial;
- Membre actif d’une organisation ou d’une plateforme impliquée dans le processus post-2015;
- Représenter et rendre des comptes à un public plus large;
- Engagé à la rétroaction aux partenaires au niveau régional et / ou national;
La participation n’est pas limitée à Beyond 2015. Le processus de sélection prendra en considération le genre, et la représentation régionale et thématique. Le financement d’un certain nombre de participants de pays du Sud est disponible. Si votre participation est conditionnelle à l’obtention de financement, veuillez l’indiquer dans le formulaire de demande de conférence. Les organisateurs de la conférence examineront toutes les demandes et informeront les personnes sélectionnées le 3 Octobre, 2014. Les participants autofinancés doivent aussi soumettre une demande complète.
Date limite; Les candidats intéressés doivent faire parvenir le formulaire de demande le plus tôt possible, et au plus tard avant le 26 Septembre 2014 (minuit ECT). Veuillez l’envoyer à l’organisateur de la conférence, Morten Hansen Emil; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plus d’informations et formulaire de demande: http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014
Conferencia de OSC, Copenhague, Beyond 2015
UN City, Copenhague, 13-14 de noviembre 2014
La Conferencia de OSC de Beyond 2015 en Copenhague traerá aproximadamente 200 representantes de la sociedad civil a Copenhague con el objetivo de hacer un balance de la agenda post-2015 y las metas mundiales para el desarrollo sostenible. La conferencia representa una oportunidad importante para debatir conjuntamente los resultados de la 69ª Sesión de la AGNU, incidir en el Informe de Síntesis del Secretaria General de la ONU sobre la Agenda de Desarrollo Post-2015, y participar en la formulación de estrategias de las OSC para el año crucial y final de las negociaciones post-2015. La conferencia abordará de manera especifica los aspectos sociales, económicos y ambientales de la desigualdad.
En el primer día y medio, representantes de la sociedad civil explorarán los retos y oportunidades en el proceso post-2015, y producirán un informe que incluirá un programa de acción y recomendaciones claves para los responsables políticos y representantes gubernamentales. La Conferencia de OSC de Copenhague culminará con un segmento de alto nivel el 14 de noviembre de 2014, co-organizado por Beyond 2015, el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de Dinamarca y la Ciudad de las Naciones Unidas en Copenhague, cuyo objetivo será de facilitar un diálogo entre Beyond 2015 y representantes gubernamentales y de la ONU.
Sr. Mogens Lykketoft, candidato a la Presidencia de la Asamblea General de la ONU y el Sr. Mogens Jensen, Ministro Danés de Comercio y Desarrollo han confirmado su participación, y hemos invitado a la Señora Amina Mohammed, Asesora Especial del Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Post-2015 (a confirmar) y el Sr. Sam Kutesa, actual presidente de la Asamblea General de la ONU (a confirmar) como ponentes principales. El programa está siendo desarrollado y se seguirá añadiendo ponencias adicionales.
La Conferencia de OSC de Copenhague será un momento clave para la sociedad civil global para hacer el balance de los avances realizados en la creación del nuevo marco post-2015 y incidir en la etapa final de las negociaciones, elevando el nivel de ambición y garantizando que los gobiernos se comprometen a una agenda ambiciosa y transformativa que aborda los temas claves de nuestros tiempos; la desigualdad, la sostenibilidad ambiental, la erradicación de la pobreza, los derechos humanos, la paz y la seguridad, y la participación.
Líderes de la sociedad civil de los procesos post-2015 nacionales, regionales y mundiales son fuertemente alentados a solicitar su participación.
Criterios para la asistencia de la sociedad civil;
- Conocimientos y experiencia en la pobreza, la desigualdad y la marginación, en el contexto del desarrollo sostenible en las tres dimensiones – la dimensión social, la dimensión ambiental y la dimensión económica;
- Experiencia en el proceso post-2015 a nivel nacional, regional o mundial;
- Miembro activo de una organización o plataforma que participa en el proceso post-2015;
- Representar y ser responsable ante un sector o población más amplio;
- Comprometido a compartir información con los socios a nivel regional y / o nacional;
La participación no se limita a organizaciones de Beyond 2015. El proceso de selección considerará la representación de género, regional, y temática. Existe la posibilidad de financiación de un número de participantes del Sur Global. Si su participación depende de la obtención de financiación, por favor indicarlo en el formulario de solicitud de la conferencia. Los organizadores de la conferencia revisarán todas las solicitudes e informarán a las personas seleccionadas el 3 de octubre de 2014. Los participantes autofinanciados también deben presentar una solicitud completa.
Fecha límite; Todos los candidatos interesados deben enviar el formulario de solicitud lo más pronto posible, y antes de medianoche ECT el 26 de septiembre 2014. Enviar al organizador de la conferencia, Morten Emil Hansen; email@example.com.
Má información y formulario de solicitud: http://www.beyond2015.org/copenhagen-conference-2014
To visit Beyond 2015’s website, visit
Outreach at the SIDS Conference: Climate Change and Social Development
SIDS Conference Edition #5: Climate Change and Social Development
Apia, Samoa Calendar: Side Events
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Stuart Crane from the United Nations Environment Programme emphasises the need to ensure that SIDS are ready for climate change and highlights two examples of ecosystems-based adaptation projects working to achive this.
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The University of Queensland’s Karen E McNamara; Disaster Resilience, L.L.C.’s Sarah Henly-Shepard; Woodrow Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza; and University of Colombo’s Nishara Fernando present reasons to refute the framing of SIDS as ‘too late to save’.
Priya Chattier from the Australian National University discusses the vulnerability of women to poverty and its effects, and showcases some social protection programmes that are helping to address inequality in SIDS.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) outlines programmes which show how financing has enabled a number of countries to develop and advance a strong enabling policy environment for climate risk management at community level.
Oxfam’s Shirley Laban describes the local, national and international partnerships underway in the Vanuatu NGO Climate Change Adaptation Program.
Anna Lisa Jose and Delfin Ganapin from the GEF Small Grants Programme emphasise the importance of community-based projects in advancing sustainable development and advocate for the voices of communities to be brought to the SIDS Conference.
UN Women discuss the links between weather-related disasters and gender, including the increase in gender-based violence in the aftermath of natural disasters, and solutions to ensure that the needs of women and girls are mainstreamed into emergency response.
Terra Sprague of the University of Bristol and Nicholas Watts of the Commonwealth Human Ecology Council (CHEC) and Freie Universität Berlin, describe a SIDS partnership – open for involvement – on collaborative projects for education and research for sustainable development.
The Political scientist Aris-Georges Marghelis highlights the legal implications of sea level rise and argues that maritime boundaries should remain fixed regardless of changes to the coastline.
The Pacific Calling Partnership’s Jill Finnane cites President Anote Tong of Kiribati and Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga of Tuvalu as examples of inspirational leadership to move the global community to action on climate change
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) describes how sustainable land management could offer a low tech, low cost adaptation strategy that can be flexibly implemented in all SIDS
The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) Amber Carvan provides a personal take on the opening day of the Third International Conference on SIDS, as a newcomer to UN
Outreach is made possible by the generous support of:
Outreach at the SIDS Conference: Private Sector Partnerships
SAVE THE DATE: People’s General Assembly 24-September, NY
WHAT: People’s General Assembly WHEN: 24th September 2014, 4 to 8:00 pm
WHERE: The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York 12 West 12th Street (at Fifth Avenue) New York, New York 10011
Good day everyone!
Governments will meet again in New York on September to set the Post-2015 development framework and goals, but there is disjoint between the emerging development narrative and the concrete demands and struggles of peoples on the ground. It is imperative that states and other stakeholders engaging in these negotiations hear the voices of people whose lives are most impacted by development policies.
In this light, IBON International, an international non-government organization providing capacity development interventions to promote alternative systems, social structures, economic programs and development paradigms to peoples’ movements and civil society organizations, is inviting you and your organization to the People’s General Assembly on 24 September 2014 in New York City.
The People’s General Assembly features speakers from grassroots organizations and social movements from all over the world to share their experiences of development policies and present a new, transformative framework:
Dr. Efleda Kempis-Bautista (People Surge): Educator and environmental activist, Bautista narrates the stories of hardships and valiant resistance of survivors of super typhoon Haiyan that claimed more than 6,300 lives and affected 11 million people in central Philippines.
Poguri Chennaiah (National Alliance of People’s Movements – NAPM): Chennaiah speaks about the negative impacts to women, workers farmers, fisherfolk, Dalits, and Adivasis of a multi-billion dollar public-private initiative between the governments of India and Japan and big business to expand industrial zones across states in India.
Norma Maldonado (Asociación Raxch’och’ Oxlaju Aj – AROAJ): Maldonado highlights the struggles of local communities against the massive land-grabbing, human rights violations, and the monopolization of seeds and plant life by foreign agro-transnational corporations and the Guatemalan government.
Legborsi Saro Pyagbara (Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People – MOSOP): Pyagbara discusses the journey to claim justice and indemnification for the victims of Royal Dutch Shell’s human rights and environmental abuses in Ogoniland and the struggle for self-determination of the Ogoni people.
Marta Sánchez Soler (Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano): Soler probes the underlying issues of poverty, underdevelopment and inequality driving the migration of peoples from the Latin American and Caribbean countries to North America and the increasing racial discrimination and violence against migrants in transit.
Jiten Yumnam (Centre for Research and Advocacy Manipur – CRAM): Journalist, environmentalist, indigenous people’s rights activist Yumnam illustrates the pattern of development aggression policies in Manipur within the context of increasing neoliberal policies in Manipur and across India’s North East region.
Plus many more activists and advocates from different parts of the globe!
We have the opportunity to chart a new course, a course that the vast majority of peoples want, a course of global equity, of ecological sustainability, of social justice, human rights enjoyment and dignity for all! Join us in building a global movement for Development Justice!
Please email the People’s Goals secretariat if you and your organization wish to take part in this historic activity: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ivan Phell Enrile
UNEP’s magazine, “Our Planet”, focuses on SIDS Conference
NEW RESOURCES on CBA and Resilience for upcoming conference on East and Southern Africa drylands
Regional commentary: World Health Organization conference on health and climate
UN: PrepCom 1 for Habitat III – Deadline for registration/accreditation: 31 August 2014
PrepCom 1 for Habitat III at UN Headquarters
Deadline for registration/accreditation:
31 August 2014
The deadline for registration/accreditation for the first Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom1) for the 2016 Habitat III Conference is 31 August 2014. PrepCom 1 will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 17-18 September 2014.
Interested organizations that have consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and wish to participate in the first Preparatory Committee meeting only need to register, but no later than 31 August.
Organizations currently not in consultative status with ECOSOC, but that wish to attend and contribute to the Conference and its PrepComs, have to apply for special accreditation and then register by the same date.
All information about how to register and/or apply for special accreditation can be found here.
(The amount of documentation that is required for organizations without ECOSOC consultative status to apply for special accreditation is considerable. It is therefore advisable to start preparing the application well before the 31 August deadline.)
Objectives of Habitat III
The UN General Assembly decided in resolution A/RES/67/216 to hold a United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in 2016. The focus of the conference will include the theme “Sustainable urban development: the future of urbanization” – to be discussed and refined during the preparatory process. As per the General Assembly resolution, Habitat III will result in “a concise, focused, forward-looking and action-oriented outcome document, which shall reinvigorate the global commitment to and support for housing and sustainable urban development and the implementation of a ‘New Urban Agenda.'”
Further information on Habitat III and its preparatory process, including official documents for PreCom1, can be found here.
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
Solar Tour Update September 4th NY
— Roma Stibravy, President www.unngosustainability.org
WHO Conference on Climate Change and Health & round table on Climate Change, Nutrition, Health and Gender August 28th, 12:40 pm CET around the Conference
As you know WHO is organizing a Conference on Climate Change and Health , 27–29 August taking place in Geneva this week, and for which all sessions will be livestreamed via Webex:
Chair of the task force for Climate and Nutrition, International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS)
Tel: + 1 949 584 90 62 – Skype: mcristinatirado – Email: email@example.com
Reminder: SD2015 Event Invitation (26 August, NYC): Shaping the world you want in 2030
Shaping the world you want in 2030
3-6pm on Tuesday 26th August 2014
Church Centre, New York
(coffee/tea and snacks to be provided)
We invite you to a focused, multi-stakeholder event on the post-2015 development agenda. Its purpose is to provide the latest news, share advocacy tools and practical information on how to influence this pivotal intergovernmental process. Information will also be provided on how to be a part of the soon to be launched Action/2015 global campaign. In particular, the event will focus on:
- Communicating with Decision-Makers
- Advocacy Messaging for All Audiences
- Post-2015 Stakeholder Mapping: Identifying who matters and why?
- Managing for Impact: Tools to organize and engage with the UN
More information available at
DPI/NGLS Conference NY – Workshop: What the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties Have to Say About the SDGs
A DIALOGUE ON FOUNDATIONAL VALUES AND PRINCIPLES FOR THE SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT GOALS: LEARNING FROM THE PEOPLES SUSTAINABILITY TREATIES
Thursday, August 28, 2014
16:45 – 18:00 Conference Room E, North Lawn Building (Capacity: 70)
Moderator: Ashwani Vasishth: Professor, Environmental Planning;
Director, Sustainability Studies
Presentations on the Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties (PSTs) and their
Relevance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
1. Ashwani Vasishth: Professor, Environmental Planning; Director,
2. Gaston Meskens: Centre for Ethics and Value Inquiry of the
University of Ghent
3. Rick Clugston: Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable
Future and Forum 21
4. Neera Singh: University of Toronto
5. David Barkin: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico
6: Malu Freitas: Peoples’ Sustainability Treaties
The workshop will be organised as a dialogue on the meaning of the
foundational values and principles for the SDGs and on how they could
inspire governance and responsible practice. The scope of the workshop
is to explore and determine relevant attention points and to formulate
practical recommendations to better embed meaningful reflection on
values and principles for the SDGs in the post-2015 Development Agenda.
Associate Professor, Environmental Planning
Director, Master of Arts in Sustainability Studies
Your Support Sought for the NGO Portion of the UN DPI Conference
NGO DPI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Subject: Your Support Sought for the NGO Portion of the UN DPI Conference
23 August 2014
TO: ALL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH DPI
Re: Urgent Support Sought for the NGO portion of the UN DPI Conference
The Executive Committee of Non-Governmental Organizations
Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information
DPI/NGO 65th CONFERENCE / 27-29 AUGUST 2014 / UN HEADQUARTERS
Contribute to YOUR Conference
Dear Readers and Friends,
As you now know, the 65th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference will be taking place once again in just a few days at UN Headquarters in New York City. The Conference is titled “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda” and will be held Wednesday, 27 August, to Friday, 29 August 2014. We very much need your financial support at this time!
Through the years, your generous contributions, tax deductible, where applicable, have helped ensure our success. When we ‘Affiliates’ donate to the conference, we are helping to make our event experience richer and more useful to our own NGOs and the many constituents we serve.
Whether on the road, as we were for four years, or at UN Headquarters in New York, our host venue ensures that the basics are met for a successful and engaging conference. However your support, and that of many other associates who donate personally to NGO DPI, enables us to afford to bring the best and most relevant speakers and workshop leaders to the conference and to bring leaders to the conference from around the world; to prepare special events for youth and other groups unable to otherwise network while at the conference; to help ensure side-event workshop space and to keep the cost of our one major reception affordable for all.
No other group or organization assists with these important elements within the conference, so we encourage you to make a generous financial contribution by check or online, here
Please go online now and contribute. In advance, we thank you for your contribution and continued support for and presence at the annual conference!
Jeffery Huffines Anne-Marie Carlson
Conference Chair Chair, NGO/DPI Executive Committee
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“How to influence UN processes” – a workshop by Felix Dodds 28th August New York — Excellent Opportunity
Dear Community of Educators,
Workshop at the UN DPI NGO Conference MUST RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The 65th Annual DPI NGO Conference
Announcement: 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice – early registration extended to Aug 22nd
“Invitation”: 65th Annual DPI/NGLS Conference – Workshop on Education for Global Citizenship, 27 August, 3:00-4:15pm, NLB Conference Room E
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Join the Youth Subcommittee in Developing a Youth Advocacy Strategy next Tuesday at 10 a.m. – NY
Subject: Join the Youth Subcommittee in Developing a Youth Advocacy Strategy next Tuesday at 10 a.m.!
Our amazing speakers will help guide us through a step-by-step process in order to develop a post -2015 advocacy strategy that will provide guidance to ensure inclusion of youth priorities in the civil society’s action agenda.
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What are your plans? UN Climate Summit & Climate Week
From our partners the Global Gender Climate Alliance (GGCA), “What are your plans? UN Climate Summit & Climate Week”
UN SD Education Caucus member Fumi Kikuyama [Japan] and I will be participating in the various events from September 20-26. If you will also be in NY for UN Climate Week, let us know and we can set-up a get together.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48103 USA
Cell: (734) 330-0238
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Hello GGCA members,
Momentum is gaining towards UN Climate Week, the People’s March, and the Climate Summit! Are you going? Or are you planning a supporting event in your area? I’d love to hear about your plans and showcase your involvement in an upcoming GGCA newsletter! Let’s show how GGCA members are calling for action, not words, in responding to climate change.
Please let me know directly (email@example.com) or the GGCA Membership (firstname.lastname@example.org). I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2014 3:06 PM
To: GGCA Membership (email@example.com)
Subject: UN Climate Summit: updates and more
Dear GGCA Colleagues,
It seems everyone wants a part in the UN Climate Summit! No doubt. It is an unprecedented opportunity to see action over words – seeking and gaining commitment from governments to respond in substantive ways to the climate crisis. GGCA members and partners are working to ensure gender equality is a central message in those discussions. Here is an update about what GGCA members are doing, where, when, and how you might be involved too.
- · ‘Women’s Climate Action Agenda’ release by WECC/WECAN. See the attached flyer and share.
- · People’s Climate March, New York City. WEDO and other women’s organizations are collaborating to have a great turn-out of women in NY. Opportunities and ways to keep up-to-date were shared in a previous email.
- · ‘Women Leading Solutions on the Front Lines of Climate Change’ event hosted by WECC/WECAN. 1-3 pm, UN Church Center, New York City. All are welcome! See the attached flyer and share.
· ‘Wall of Women’ Action. Global, all day. WECC/WECAN is hosting a web page and social media support for this action. This is particularly for women who will not be in NYC, but wish to have their voices heard. See the attached flyer and share.
· ‘Women Leading the Way: Raising Ambition for Climate Action’. Leaders’ Forum co-hosted by UN Women and the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. New York. This multi-stakeholder event will bring together women and men from governments, the UN System, the scientific community, civil society organizations and the private sector, to demonstrate women’s leadership on climate action and highlight gender-responsive actions underway in various countries. Several GGCA members have been invited and are planning to attend!
- · Joint Statement from Civil Society – Before anyone else speaks in the opening of the summit, CSO voices will be heard. One person will be chosen to represent CSOs as a whole, deliver the statement, and present climate action responses of the people of the world, from around the world. Submit a nominee!
· ‘Women’s Climate Declaration’ sends a strong message that women of the world call for urgent action on climate change and sustainability solutions. Signatures will be presented to the UN Climate Summit by Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) as part of the GCCA signature campaign with WECAN. Sign the declaration! And share.
· ‘The Declaration on Climate Justice’ aims to gather public backing for climate justice in order to drive the political will needed for the transformational leadership needed to adequately address the climate crisis. Signatures are part of the GCCA signature campaign with Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and World Resources Institute. Sign the declaration! And share.
· ‘Rights of Nature and Systemic Change in Climate Change Solutions’ event in partnership with WECAN and the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. 2:15-3pm. UN Church Center, New York City, NY. See the attached flyer and share.
· UN Private Sector Forum during Climate Summit – organization in part by GGCA member UNDP. Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible attendees.
· ‘Voices of the front lines’ Thematic Dialogue – organization in part by GGCA member UN Women. Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible panelists.
· ‘Health, Jobs & Climate‘ (previously ‘Co-benefits of Climate Change Action’) Thematic Dialogue – organization in part by GGCA member WHO. Several GGCA members have been nominated as possible panelists.
The Climate Summit is expected to be webcast for plenaries. Civil Society Organizations may also submit nominations to attend the Summit as speakers or attendees (shared in a previous email). Some CSOs are working to have a space in NY to gather together, share communications, and receive first-hand any news that happens from within the summit – more to come as it develops.
I’m keen to know your involvement, plans to attend, and support. Please do not hesitate to let me know.
INVITATION FOR ARTICLES: Outreach magazine at 3rd International Conference on SIDS
Dear Community of Educators,
Subject: INVITATION FOR ARTICLES: Outreach magazine at 3rd International Conference on SIDS
Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States
INVITATION FOR ARTICLES
Stakeholder Forum will be publishing eight editions of Outreach to coincide with the Third International Conference on SIDS and the preceding Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum, Renewable Energy Forum and Private Sector Forum (29th August – 5th September 2014) and invites all stakeholders to contribute material to be included in the magazine.
The content of the daily editions will be based on the themes listed below. These themes have been selected to align with those of the pre-Conference Forums and the multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues taking place during the Conference. Some suggested topics for articles are provided as a guide below, along with the deadlines for content and publishing dates. Please also bear in mind that the overarching theme for the Conference is ‘the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States through genuine and durable partnerships’.
Articles should be 550-700 words in length and should be relevant to SIDS Conference and pre-Conference Forums. Submissions can be previously published material, as long as the content is up-to-date and still has relevance. Please note that we are not a research journal and articles should present opinions, ideas and recommendations using non-expert language. Full guidelines for submissions are available here.
Publishing Date: Friday 29 August
Theme: Major Groups and Other Stakeholders Forum
Themes and suggested topics: Role of youth, women and other stakeholders in the sustainable development of SIDS
- Gender Equality, Women’s Human Rights, and Human rights
- Effective MG, Civil Society and other Stakeholders’ Participation Mechanisms
- Indigenous People’s Rights
Coverage from the Youth Forum
Final Deadline for Content: 27 August 12pm WST (GMT+13)
Please note earlier time
Publishing Date: Saturday 30 August:
Theme: Renewable Energy Forum
Themes and suggested topics: Sustainable energy
- Promoting access to modern energy sources in SIDS
- Increasing energy efficiency in SIDS
- Expanding the use of renewable energy in SIDS
Economic, social and climate change mitigation benefits of renewable energy.
Final Deadline for Content: 28 August 5pm WST (GMT+13)
Publishing Date: Sunday 31 August:
Theme: Private Sector Forum
Themes and suggested topics:
Private sector partnerships for advancing sustainable development in SIDS, including the private sector’s role in the following sectors:
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Connectivity through: Transport and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)
- Disaster Risk Reduction
- Fisheries and Marine Resources
- Renewable Energy and Sustainable Tourism
Final Deadline for Content: 29 August 5pm WST:
Publishing Date: Monday 1 September
Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS
Themes and suggested topics: Sustainable economic development
- Creating resilient and sustainable macro-economic environments in SIDS
- Addressing the challenges of sustainably growing domestic and export markets; and
- Overcoming challenges of virtual and physical connections that are faced by SIDS
- Agriculture and tourism
Final Deadline for Content: 30 August 5pm WST (GMT+13)
Publishing Date: Tuesday 2 September
Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS
Themes and suggested topics:
Climate change & Disaster Risk management, Social development in SIDs & Health and NCDs
- SIDS climate change adaptation needs
- Building resilience and preparedness and promoting recovery from disasters
- Enhancing social protection and inclusion, improving wellbeing, and guaranteeing opportunities for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged
Addressing communicable and non-communicable diseases in SIDS
Final Deadline for Content: 31 August 5pm WST (GMT+13)
Publishing Date: Wednesday 3 September
Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS
Themes and suggested topics:
Oceans, Seas & Biodiversity
- Challenges, threats and opportunities
- Optimal and sustainable development of ocean related economic activities
- Climate change
- Sustainable tourism
Final Deadline for Content 1 September 5pm WST (GMT+13)
Publishing Date: Thursday 4 September
Theme: Third International Conference on SIDS
Themes and suggested topics:
Water & Sanitation, Food security and Waste Management
- Sustainable use of freshwater resources
- Access to sanitation and hygiene
- Healthy diets and sustainable food production and consumption
- Environmentally sound chemicals and waste management
Final Deadline: 2 September 5pm WST (GMT+13)
Publishing Date: Friday 5 September
Theme and suggested topics:
Wrap up edition reflecting on the week’s events
- Reflection on the events and outcomes of the week
- Priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS to be considered in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda
Please contact Amy Cutter, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in contributing an article on one of the themes below or if you have any questions. When getting in touch, please provide details of the article you plan to submit.
Nominate civil society speakers and attendees for the UN 2014 Climate Summit
Media & Advocacy for Sustainable Development (MEDEV – PTP)
Dear Sir or Madam,
(…) The application process is now open and we would be delighted to have you on board. MEDEV PTP will be made of 40 representatives and delegates from Major Groups, Media and Other stakeholders, with very diverse backgrounds and within a multicultural teaching/learning environment.
The dates for 2014 are as follows:
• Virtual classroom: October, 23-31, 2014
• Face-to-face classroom: November 05-14, 2014
• Virtual classroom: December, 04-11, 2014
Would you need all the details about MEDEV PTP (class materials, methodology, logistics, payment, diplomas, etc.), please do not hesitate to contact us at anytime.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Mediterranean Eco-operation Program (MEP)
MEDEV PTP (director. Abbas Ibrahim Zahreddine)
Abbas Ibrahim Zahreddine
Agricultural Engineer AG, Master in Environmental Education MEd,
Environmental Citizenship, Education & Communication for Sustainable Development
Barcelona – Spain
TEL 00 34 636011331 (Direct-GSM)
65th Annual UN DPI NGO Conference Update- 13 August
Dear NGO Colleagues,
• Click here to find the most updated schedule of the Thematic Roundtables, their times and locations.
• The NGO/DPI Executive Committee cordially invites you to attend the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Reception. Please find the flyer with registration information for this event along with the invitation to attend the Conference.
• The Hospitality Sub-committee of the Conference Planning Committee is holding a briefing-orientation for volunteers on Tuesday, 19 August at 11 a.m. in Conference Room 3 (CB).
• For more information on the Conference, including accommodation, resources and upcoming events, please visit our Conference website.
• Don’t forget to tweet us using #UNNGO2014.
NGO Relations and Advocacy Department of Public Information United Nations Headquarters New York http://outreach.un.org/
Worldview Mission APPLY TO 2014 UN Conference on Small Island Developing States
Subject: (Post Rio+20) 2014 UN Conference on Small Island Developing States
TO RIO+20 NGO MAJOR GROUP
NGOs who are interested in participating in the preparatory process for the third international conference on SIDS to take place in Apia, Samoa in 2014 please contact UN DESA Major Groups Programme as instructed below.
Subject: 2014 UN Conference on Small Island Developing States
You are receiving this message because of your organization’s involvement in the work of the United Nations in the area of sustainable development and small island developing states (SIDS).
As you may be aware, the UN General Assembly has called for a third international conference on SIDS to take place in Apia, Samoa in 2014. This message serves as a general call for your expression of interest in the preparatory process for that conference. If the work of your organization is still relevant to specific themes of sustainable development that focus on SIDS, then we welcome your active participation in preparations for the 2014 SIDS conference.
Your main point of contact for information regarding the 2014 SIDS conference will be the Major Groups Programme of the Division for Sustainable Development—a part of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
We look forward to working closely with you. Best regards,
Major Groups Programme
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (known as Rio+20) called for the convening of a third international conference on SIDS in 2014. [paragraph 180 of The Future We Want]
The 67th session of the General Assembly further adopted a resolution outlining modalities for holding the 2014 SIDS conference. [A/C.2/67/L.40] Notably, in paragraph 5, it was decided that the conference should:
a) assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of international agreements;
b) seek a renewed political commitment to effectively address the special needs and vulnerabilities of SIDS by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions;
c) identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them including through the strengthening of collaborative partnerships between small island developing States and the international community;
d) identify priorities for the sustainable development of SIDS for consideration in the elaboration of the post-2015 UN development agenda.
Paragraph 9 of the modality resolution articulates a regional preparatory process in each of the three SIDS regions (i. Atlantic, Indian Ocean and South China Sea—or AIMS; ii. Caribbean; and iii. Pacific). There will also be an interregional preparatory meeting for all SIDS to identify and develop input for the 2014 conference, and to maximize coherence and complementarity with respect to other preparatory work. The effectiveness of the preparatory process will depend greatly on national-level preparations that will feed into these regional and global meetings.
These preparatory meetings are scheduled to take place in June and July 2013.
The Role of Major Groups
Major groups are nine sectors of social, economic and technical stakeholders in sustainable development that were defined in Agenda 21. The nine sectors are:
· Children and Youth
· Indigenous Peoples
· Non-governmental Organizations
· Local Authorities
· Workers and Trade Unions
· Business and Industry
· Scientific and Technological Community
Paragraphs 17 and 21 of the modality resolution stress the need for the effective participation of relevant stakeholders, including major groups identified in Agenda 21, in the 2014 SIDS conference and its preparatory process.
Non-state actors that identify with one (or several) of the major groups sectors will participate in the 2014 SIDS conference as observers, and they will be invited to make statements on the floor, attend meetings with governments, and take part in other related side events such as workshops and trainings.
It is essential that representatives from major groups coordinate with each other well in advance to become fully conversant in the process. The Division for Sustainable Development, through its Major Groups Programme, will lend support to those coordination efforts, relying on a focal points system to ensure that information is disseminated effectively throughout the nine sectors.
At this stage, we will begin setting up a network of participating organizations from major groups in anticipation of the three SIDS regional meetings and the interregional meeting for all SIDS this year.
As in years past, there has been some limited funding for representatives from major groups to participate in the preparatory meetings, as well as the conference itself. We will keep you informed of such opportunities as soon as they are made available.
CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
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Event rescheduled to 10 September
CORRECTED – Event rescheduled to 10 September / Open call for nominations by 17 August for PGA’s “Interactive Meeting with Civil Society in Advance of the High-level Stock-taking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda”
Dear NGO Major Group,
Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 25 constituencies:
1) 8 Major Groups: NGOs, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous Peoples, Workers and Trade Unions, Farmers, Technological and Scientific Community, and Local Authorities. (OPGA is conducting a separate process for business and industry/private sector.) 2) 10 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights/Post-2015 Human Rights Caucus, Climate Action Network International, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), International Movement ATD Fourth World, LDC Watch, Social Watch, and Third World Network.
Each of the 25 constituencies can distribute an open call for nominees to their networks.
By 25 August, OPGA will select the 6 speakers from amongst the nominees submitted.
Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS
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[UNFCCC youth] ACT: Climate summit – let’s get the voice of youth heard!
Great opportunity for young people and for female under 30 years from
Subject: [UNFCCC youth] ACT: Climate summit – let’s get the voice of
The Climate Summit (September 23rd, hosted by Ban Ki Moon) will soon be
upon us and the UN is looking for nominations for
*Speakers, Panelists and Participants*
I’ve pasted their long explanatory email below but in short:
There is *some funding *for speakers/panelists/
They are looking for a young woman under 30 from a developing country
for the opening speech – *funded*
They are looking for at least one panelist under 30 – *funded*
14 funded* participants and *20 non-funded* participants
All speakers will be chosen by a selection committee (more info below)
There is an online form for applying which can be found here.
Deadline Friday 15th August. Note this opportunity is for all so please
share beyond YOUNGO!!
There is also the opportunity to apply to be on the selection committee for
speakers (selection for all speakers, not just youth) the info is below but
– *the deadline is today, 8th August. *It would be fantastic to have a
young person on this committee – please all apply!
There is an online form to apply here
What message would you like to send?
Whatever happens I think its important that we collate some ideas that
young people would like to feed in to the summit and the speeches. I’ve set
up a really simple survey monkey to get this started but please shout if
you have any better ideas. We can find a fun way to present this info I’m
sure and hopefully get it fed in but please note, it will be up to the
speakers what they say in the end 🙂
Please share this info far and wide, let’s get the voice of youth heard!*
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*Nominate civil society speakers and attendees*
*for the UN Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit*
At the request of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Change
Support Team (CCST), the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service
speakers and 34 additional civil society attendees for the
Secretary-General’s 2014 Climate Summit, which will take place on 23
September at UN Headquarters in New York. The roles for these
representatives are outlined in Section A below. 18 of the 38 representatives will receive travel funding from the Executive Office of
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Heads of State and Government
along with leaders from business, finance, and civil society to the Climate
Summit to catalyze ambitious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and
strengthen climate resilience, and to mobilize political will toward
achieving an ambitious, legally binding international climate change
agreement by 2015. Complete information about the Climate Summit is
Please read this entire email if you will participate in this process, as it has a few steps and specific requirements.
Kindly note: this nomination process is not open to representatives of the
private sector. Participation of the private sector in the Climate Summit
is facilitated by the UN Global Compact
*A. Submit nominations for the following 4 civil society speaking
roles and 34 additional attendees for the Climate Summit*
*1. The following 18 civil society roles in the Climate Summit will
receive travel funding from the Executive Office of the Secretary General.
All candidates must be representatives of civil society organizations.*
*a) One speaker in the Opening of the 2014 Climate Summit on behalf of
civil society at large*
Criteria: For this speaking role, the CCST is seeking a young woman
(under the age of 30) from a developing country. Candidates must have a
proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of community
based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation, as well as
proven strong communication and public speaking skills. This speaker will
collaborate with a diverse civil society Selection and Drafting Committee
for the development of this statement (see Section C below).
*b) Three panellists for the Thematic Debate “Voices from the Climate
Frontlines” (organized by UNICEF and UN Women)*
Criteria: Candidates must be able to proficiently address the questions
in the concept note
this Thematic Debate. At least one of these panelist roles will be given to
an Indigenous person, and at least one will be given to a person under the
age of 30. Two panellists will be from a developing country, and one from a
*c) 14 Summit Attendees*
Criteria: Candidates must have a proven track record of effective
advocacy or implementation of community based solutions for climate change
mitigation or adaptation. These attendees will not have speaking roles in
the Summit programme.
*2. An additional 20 civil society representatives will be invited to
attend the Summit through this nomination process without offer of travel
funding support.* These representatives will not have speaking roles in
the Summit programme.
*B. Instructions for submitting nominations to UN-NGLS*
*Please submit your nominations using this online form
*All nominations will automatically load into a google doc
spreadsheet, published here
Before submitting a nominee, please confirm the nominee:
is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially
authorized by their organization/network to speak on the
– has a proven track record of effective advocacy or implementation of
community based solutions for climate change mitigation or adaptation.
– has excellent competency with climate change issues, experience with
presenting climate change issues in public fora, and demonstrated ability
to engage constructively with a variety of stakeholders.
– for a speaking role: is a compelling public speaker (the online
nomination form requests links to writing samples or remarks delivered at
– is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on 23
September, and for travel if necessary. The nominee must have a US visa, or
be able to obtain one within 3 weeks, for travel to the US.
Please note that the Climate Summit also involves Action Area Sessions,
and leaders of civil society, non-governmental organizations and indigenous
peoples that are actively contributing to announcements for those Sessions
have already received invitations to the Summit via another process. Anyone
receiving an invitation for an Action Area Session will not be considered
for opportunities provided via this process to attend the Summit. Please check with potential nominees to see if they have received an invitation to
an Action Area Session before submitting them to this process. The list of
attendees for the Action Area Sessions will be provided to the civil
society Selection and Drafting Committee for this process.
*C. Apply for the civil society Selection and Drafting Committee *
A civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will be facilitated by
UN-NGLS to evaluate all nominees and determine a short-list of 76
candidates for the roles outlined above in Section A.
– 36 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General’s CCST for
the 18 funded roles; and
-40 candidates will be submitted to the Secretary-General’s CCST for
the 20 unfunded attendees.
The final selection of speakers will be made by the Secretary-General’s
CCST, with input by UNICEF / UN Women for the roles in the Thematic Session
“Voices from the Climate Frontlines,” ensuring regional, gender and age
balance, and diversity of expertise.
The civil society Selection and Drafting Committee will also serve to
collaborate on the drafting of the statement to be delivered by the civil
society speaker selected for the Opening of the Summit, to enable a
diversity of constituencies to contribute perspectives to these remarks.
To learn more about the Selection and Drafting Committee, and to apply to
be a member, please click *here
Please note that members of the Selection and Drafting Committee cannot be
considered for the civil society roles in the Climate Summit to be filled
through this process.
*D. Timeline for participation in the nomination process*
*Friday, 8 August*: Deadline for applications to participate in the
civil society Selection Committee
*Friday, 15 August*: Deadline for submission of civil society speaker
*Wednesday, 20 August, 8:00-10:00am EST*: Selection Committee conference
call #1, 21 August,** 8:00-10:00am EST*: Selection Committee conference
Friday, 22 August, 8:00-10:00am EST*: Selection Committee conference
call #3 (if necessary)
E. Visa arrangement
The Secretary-General’s CCST will provide an invitation letter for the
selected civil society speakers and attendees. These participants will be responsible for obtaining their visas for travel. Please confirm with
candidates you are considering for nominations that the US
Embassy/consulate in their home country will be able to issue a visa for
travel to the US within 3 weeks.
We look forward to receiving your submissions.
Thank you and best regards,
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)*
Email: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>*
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Register: Social sciences e-conference – Transitions to Sustainable Development 25 Aug – 8 Sep
Registrations are now open for the on-line “Transitions to Sustainable Development – Social scientists meeting the challenge” e-conference which will run from 25 August – 8 September 2014. It looks to build on the challenges set out through the key messages and recommendations suggested in the World Social Science Report 2013 summary. This e-conference aims to:
* showcase the range of social science initiatives addressing global and local environmental change
* identify ways in which the social sciences can help society manage transitions to sustainable development
* look at how to strengthen the use of the social sciences in addressing the linked challenges of environmental change and sustainable development
* support social science leadership in integrated research
* provide participants an opportunity to engage with new colleagues and strengthen the social science community of practice
The e-conference will be run as a moderated online discussion using the TSD-network Forum. TSDN is a network of engaged Social Science │Hui Rangahau Tahi (eSocSci). Register at http://esocsci.org.nz/
WHO IT’S FOR
This e-conference is expected to have wide relevance – and will be of particular interest to social scientists and those who use and integrate social science, including research, community and sector leaders, indigenous groups, policy makers and R&D funders/donors. Participants will have to join the eSocSci and the TSD-network to take part. More information on the e-conference, and how to register can be found on the TSD-network e-conference registration page. Participation is free, and of course there are no travel costs!
The conference team are looking for people who might want to participate a little more actively – and widen their social research community of practice – as an e-conference session moderator, and/or by contributing some posts that can help frame the key sessions. They hope a number of participants – from PhD students through to more senior researchers – will contribute a few hours to be part of the moderation team helping guide participants through the key discussion topics. This is one way the conference will contribute to network development, and it will provides participants with an opportunity to broaden their individual communities of practice. Similarly, the conference team are also happy to look to link up participants who want to work with others to develop a feature post on a topic of their choosing.
For more information contact Will Allen – email@example.com
(on behalf of the TSDNetwork e-conference lead-moderators team)
Register at Transitions to Sustainable Development Network – eSocSci – http://esocsci.org.nz/
Reminder: August 31st Deadline for 2015 COP 21/CMP 11 – New Observer Organization Application
UN SD Ed. Caucus Climate Change Colleagues,
“Call For Climate Change Team” UNFCCC COP 20 Lima, Peru Dec. 1-12, 2014 – Reply Requested
Dear Community of Educators,
If you would like to join the UN SD Education Caucus team for COP 20, appended below are the registration details we will need from you to complete our registration data base. Read over the working list and check the spelling of your name, you are under the right list, and let us know if your name is missing under which category.
Salutation [For example Mr., Ms., Mrs.]: Given name: Family name: Functional title: Department: Organization: Date of birth (DD/MM/YYYY): Identification document issued by: Identification document number (Passport number):
Have You Registered?
Time is running out!
Registered for the Conference; Attending the Reception?
27 – 29 August, NYC, UNHQ
The 65th Annual DPI NGO Conference
(And don’t miss out on the Opening Night Reception, either!)
Dear NGO Representative,
You are cordially invited to participate in the 65th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Conference, organized in partnership with the NGO DPI Executive Committee, which represents the 1800 NGOs worldwide associated with DPI. The conference will be held at United Nations Headquarters, from Wednesday, 27 August, to Friday, 29 August, 2014. This will be the first time since 2007 that the Conference has returned to the UN Headquarters in New York.
The Conference, whose title is “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, is being organized through a partnership of the United Nations Department of Public Information and civil society, through the NGO/DPI Executive Committee which represents the more than 1,300 NGOs worldwide associated with DPI.
A major civil society gathering at the UN, the Conference will provide an opportunity for civil society international networks and activists to develop an “Action Agenda” to mobilize messaging, advocacy strategies, partnerships and accountability frameworks in the lead up to the start of the intergovernmental negotiations which will culminate in the adoption of the post- 2015 development agenda at a summit in September 2015. The Conference outcome declaration will aim to inform the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, due out in December 2014, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs.
The purpose of this Conference is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of civil society to move poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights and climate justice into the mainstream discourse, and spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of ambitious SDGs. A Conference Declaration will be produced through an open process to frame an ambitious “Action Agenda” for civil society. Please visit the conference website to view the “zero draft” document, which will serve as the basis for the declaration.
The Conference will provide valuable network-building opportunities for all participants. In addition to representatives of NGOs, also present will be civil society organizations, grassroots constituencies, the UN system and Member States, representatives of the media, academia, the private sector and other institutions.
The Conference is expected to engage participants in sharing experiences and articulating perspectives on how to enhance their activities in the promotion of an ambitious and successful post-2015 development through roundtable panel discussions, interactive dialogues, workshops, building partnerships for the green economy, and other activities.
Background documents and information on the programme will be available on the Conference website. All NGOs, regardless of their association with DPI or consultative status with ECOSOC, are invited to register for the Conference. Please extend this invitation to members and staff of your organization, including youth and grassroots representatives. Please also note that this year the number of participants from any one organization is unlimited. There is no registration fee to attend the Conference.
All participants are required to register for the Conference regardless of whether they already hold a UN grounds pass or not. On-line registration is almost closed – please register today. Please take note of future announcements that will appear regularly here, and on Twitter @undpingo and Facebook.com/undpingo. Registration deadline is Wednesday, 13 August. If you have not already done so, please register now, here.
Kindly note that DPI/NGO Relations cannot assist NGO representatives in obtaining visas to the United States and cannot fax confirmation letters to embassies or consulates. Arrangements for travel, visas and accommodations, as well as all expenses related to participating in the Conference, must be provided for entirely by the participants or their sponsoring organizations.
We look forward to your participation in the 2014 UN DPI/NGO Conference in United Nations Headquarters. Join the conversation with #unngo2014.
Jeffrey A. Brez, Chief NGO Relations & Advocacy UN Department of Public Relations Co-Chair, Planning Committee
Jeffery Huffines, Chair, 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference and Co-Chair, Planning Committee, UN Representative, CIVICUS
The NGO/DPI Executive Committee cordially invites you to attend
The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference Reception
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Delegates Dining Room at United Nations Headquarters
The cost for the reception is US $60 per person. Reservations are necessary due to limited space.
Please return your reservation request with your check or money order for US $60 payable to: NGO/DPI Executive Committee with a note on your check or money order “Conference Reception” – by August 15, 2014.
Mail to: NGO/DPI Executive Committee
P.O. Box 20482 New York, NY 10017 USA
Write on your envelope Attention: – Reception
Please read on for further details and visit the NGO DPI Executive Committee site to reserve using PayPal
All contact information must be completely filled in (Please Print Clearly)
Your generous donations have always been an integral part in ensuring the success of the Conference. To find out how you can contribute to the success of the Conference, please click here to read the appeal by Anne-Marie Carlson, chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and Jeffery Huffines, chair of the Conference.
Please click here to donate to the Conference
The UN Department of Public Information is committed to providing full access to the conference for all participants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your accessibility needs, such as wheelchair access and seating in the Conference Room, Braille and other accessible document formats, hearing loops, etc. as soon as possible and no later than 31 July 2014. Please click here to learn more about the Accessibility services that are available.
The Conference Planning Committee is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks. Please click here to register to be a volunteer.
United Nations Conference to convene Civil Society to support Post-2015 Development Agenda. Please click here to read the entire media advisory.
Among your many travel options, there is a handy accommodations package that will support the conference, keep you close by the UN, and promote delegate networking? Please click here for more information.
ALL YOUR GUESTS NAMES:
Reception Reservations are separate from the Conference Registration. All Conference participants are welcome to attend the Reception with advanced registration and payment. No reservations will be accepted without payment.
As per UN Security regulations, you are required to list the name and affiliation for EACH of your guests for whom you purchase a Reception Ticket. Reception tickets can be picked up at the Conference Registration Area and you must present valid Photo ID to collect your ticket.
PayPal – ONLINE PAYMENT
You are able to pay for the reception via PayPal by making a US $60 payment to the NGO/DPI Executive Committee here.
You will receive an email confirmation as receipt of your PayPal payment.
You must print your PayPal confirmation and bring it to the Conference Registration Area
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 15 AUG 2014: 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum 2014, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1-3 October 2014
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.
Join Us – “Call For Participation” Climate Change Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action 22-28 September NY
Dear Community of Educators,
Events to discuss the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report in New Delhi, India 5th-6th August 2014
Dear Climate Colleagues,
The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) together with the Government of India and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and local partners TERI and the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) invite you to discuss the key messages of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report at a public event in New Delhi on 6th August 2014.
This is one of six events throughout July-August 2014 in African and Asian countries, which aim to facilitate discussions among leaders in government, academia, business and civil society on the implications of the Fifth Assessment for their national context. In this high-profile event, expert authors from the IPCC will present and discuss a range of topics including:
• What is the world’s climate change pathway? How might India climate look in the future? • Exposure and vulnerability to climate change, including natural disasters: India’s prospects • Emission trends and opportunities for low carbon development • Securing climate finance for mitigation that delivers benefits for climate adaptation and resilience
Throughout the sessions, there will be ample interactive question-and-answer sessions with the audience.
In the morning, an Opening Session will see keynote addresses from:
Shri Jitendra Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Science and Technology (Independent Charge), and for Earth Sciences (Independent Charge), Government of India Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (Independent Charge), for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), and for Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India Dr Rana Kapoor, President, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India (ASSOCHAM) and Managing Director & CEO, Yes Bank
Dr Pachauri, Chairman IPCC and Director General of TERI will facilitate the session, and be joined by Sam Bickersteth, CEO, CDKN and Mr Dipankar Sanyal, Director, BCSD.
This will be followed by an IPCC Author Session which will look at the implications of the major findings of AR5 in India. Chaired by Ambassador Ajaj Malhotra, the following authors will present their respective working group reports:
Dr Krishna K Kanikicharla, Coordinating Lead Author, IPCC Working Group I Dr Purnamita Dasgupta, Coordinating Lead Author IPCC Working Group II Dr Shobhakar Dhakal, Coordinating Lead Author IPCC Working Group III
In the afternoon, a HARD TALK Session will see a debate, moderated by Dr Prodipto Ghosh, among a set of influential Indian thought leaders on climate and development:
Dr Ashok Khosla, Founder and Chairman, Development Alternatives Dr Navroz Dubash, IPCC Lead Author, WGIII and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research Mrs. Seema Jain, Secretary, Dept. of Science, Technology & Environment, Government. of Punjab Dr. Joyashree Roy, IPCC Coordinating Lead Author, WGIII and Professor of Economics, University of Jadavpur Mr Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, Energy Efficiency Services Limited
Representatives of the media are warmly invited to attend and may register. A press conference will be held between 11:00 to 12:00 in the Seminar Hall GF, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. For more information, contact S S Jeevan: 8447208963 and Basudha Das: 9999881145.
In addition, for any University students and young scientists interested in attending a dedicated interaction and Q&A session with the IPCC authors on the 5th August, 14.30-16.15 at TERI University, Vasant Kunj, Delhi, please register with Mr Dharmender Kumar email@example.com
Mairi Dupar | Global Public Affairs Coordinator | CDKN: Climate and Development Knowledge Network
Overseas Development Institute, 203 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NJ, UK
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[Beyond 2015:321] July Communication – Join a B2015 Task Force – Forthcoming conference
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Campaign Communication – 31 July 2014 – Preparing the B2015 Reaction to OWG Report – UNGA plans – Media Campaign – and more
On July 29, we held a campaign webinar to share analysis of OWG13, and discuss the Beyond 2015 reaction to the OWG Outcome Document. The report of the webinar including analysis of OWG13 will be posted on the website.
Beyond 2015 – Preparing our Reaction to the OWG Outcome Document!
Can you help to develop Beyond 2015’s reaction to the OWG Outcome Document? If you would like to join the OWG Outcome Document Task Force, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by August 6, 2014. The Task Force will have an initial call on August 11, 2014
The Beyond 2015 Reaction will form the basis of our advocacy work at national, regional and international levels, and should be ready in time for it to be used at the following meetings:
• PGA Interactive Meeting with Civil Society on August 26
• DPI conference on August 27-28
• PGA Stocktaking Event on September 11 and 12
• and the Beyond 2015 events related to the UN General Assembly, including our side event and media campaign
• As well as regional discussions already being organized.
UNGA plans: join the task force!
Beyond 2015 will be organizing a side-event during the UNGA week. More information will be available soon. If you would like to engage in Beyond 2015 activities during the UNGA week, please, join the UNGA Task Force. Nominations should be sent to Kamona, B2015 Finance and Admininstration Officer, email@example.com by August 7th.
Beyond 2015 Media Campaign
Beyond 2015 is planning a coordinated media campaign around the UN General Assembly (September), with national, regional and international actions including a twitter campaign and a press campaign. We’ll share more details as plans develop.
The Media Task Force includes:
- · Maria Sande (Alianza por la Solidaridad, Spain/France)
- · Giancarlo Angelucci (Restless Development, UK)
- · Joji Fatiaki (PIANGO, Fiji)
- · Balkissa Ide Siddo (UWASNET, Uganda)
- · Ria Voorhaar (CAN International)
- · Deborah Unger (Transparency International, UK)
If you are a communications and media specialist and would like to join the group, we still have space for one or two more. Email Fiona Hale, B2015 International Officer, on firstname.lastname@example.org
PGA events – we’ll be nominating people
Beyond 2015 was one of the coalitions and networks invited to nominate speakers to two events promoted by the President of the UN General Assembly: (1) August 26 – an Interactive Meeting with civil society and (2) September 11-12 – the High Level Stocktaking event on the Post-2015 Agenda. Beyond 2015 Regional Coordinators, the UN Working Group and the Executive Committee are working with the Secretariat to propose and decide on good names that will be able to represent the campaign in those important meetings in New York.
This Conference will be an important milestone ahead of the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit and the UN General Assembly, the finalization of the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs. The conference will bring civil society, governments and UN representatives to discuss issues from poverty eradication, sustainability, human rights, climate change and participatory accountability frameworks. A Conference Declaration, designed to frame an ambitious “Action Agenda” for civil society, shall be produced and distribute to key stakeholders. Beyond 2015 is part of the Planning Committee of this Conference and has been contributing to the content elaboration.
Beyond 2015: Comunicación – Julio 31 2014 – Preparación de la reacción B2015 al Informe del GTA – B2015 en la AGNU – Campaña de Medios de Comunicación – y más
El 29 de julio, celebramos un webinario para compartir análisis del GTA13, y discutir la reacción de B2015 al Documento Final del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto (GTA). El informe del webinario proporcionará un análisis de OWG13, y será publicado en el sitio web (www.beyond2015.org/beyond-2015-webinars).
Beyond 2015 – Preparación de nuestra reacción al Documento Final del GTA
¿Puede ayudar a desarrollar la reacción de B2015 al Documento Final del GTA? Si usted desea unirse al Grupo de Trabajo sobre el Documento Final del GTA, escribe a email@example.com antes del 6 de agosto de 2014. El Grupo de Trabajo tendrá una llamada inicial el 11 de agosto 2014.
La reacción de B2015 formará la base de nuestro trabajo de incidencia a nivel nacional, regional e internacional en los próximos meses, y debe estar lista a tiempo para que pueda ser utilizada en las siguientes reuniones:
• Reunión interactiva de la Oficina del Presidente de la Asamblea General con la sociedad civil, 26 de agosto
• Conferencia DPI, 27-28 de agosto
• PGA Evento de Inventario, 11-12 de septiembre
• Eventos de B2015 en torno de la Asamblea General de la ONU, incluyendo nuestro evento paralelo y la campaña de los medios de comunicación
• Diálogos regionales que ya están organizando.
Planes B2015 para la Asamblea General de la ONU: únete al Grupo de Trabajo!
B2015 organizará un evento paralelo durante la semana de la AGNU. Más información estará disponible en breve. Si usted desea participar en las actividades durante la semana de la AGNU, por favor, únase al Grupo de Trabajo de B2015 sobre la AGNU. Escribe a Kamona, Oficial de Finanzas y Admininstration de B2015, firstname.lastname@example.org, antes del 7 de agosto.
Campaña B2015 de Medios de Comunicación
B 2015 está planeando una campaña coordinada en torno a la Asamblea General de la ONU (septiembre), con acciones nacionales, regionales e internacionales, incluyendo una campaña de Twitter y una campaña de prensa.
El Grupo de Trabajo sobre Medios de Comunicación incluye:
• María Sande (Alianza por la Solidaridad, España / Francia)
• Giancarlo Angelucci (Restless Development, Reino Unido)
• Joji Fatiaki (PIANGO, Fiji)
• Balkissa Ide Siddo (UWASNET, Uganda)
• Ria Voorhaar (CAN International)
• Deborah Unger (Transparencia Internacional, Reino Unido)
Si usted es especialista en comunicaciones y medios de comunicación y desea unirse al grupo, todavía tenemos espacio para uno o dos más. Escribe a Fiona Hale, Oficial Internacional de B2015, en email@example.com
B2015 fue una de las coaliciones y redes invitadas a designar oradores a dos eventos promovidos por el Presidente de la Asamblea General de la ONU: (1) 26 de agosto – una reunión interactiva con la sociedad civil y (2) Septiembre 11-12 – Evento de Alto Nivel de Evaluación de la Situación de la Agenda post-2015. Los Coordinadores Regionales de B2015, el Grupo de Trabajo sobre la ONU, y el Comité Ejecutivo están trabajando con la Secretaría a fines de proponer personas que serán capaces de representar la campaña en esas importantes reuniones en Nueva York.
65a CONFERENCIA ANUAL DEL DEPARTAMENTO DE INFORMACIÓN PÚBLICA PARA LAS ONG Agosto 27-29, Nueva York
Esta Conferencia será un hito importante, antes de la Cumbre del Secretario General sobre el Clima y la Asamblea General de la ONU, la finalización del informe de síntesis del Secretario General sobre la agenda de desarrollo post-2015, y las Conferencias de las Partes de la CMNUCC de Lima (2014) y París (2015).
La conferencia reunirá a la sociedad civil, los gobiernos y representantes de la ONU para discutir temas de erradicación de la pobreza, la sostenibilidad, los derechos humanos, el cambio climático y los marcos participativos de rendición de cuentas. Una Declaración de la Conferencia, diseñado para enmarcar un ambicioso “Programa de Acción” para la sociedad civil, será producido y se distribuyerá a las partes interesadas. B2015 forma parte del Comité de Planificación de la Conferencia y está participando en la elaboración de contenidos.
Campagne Beyond 2015: Communication – Juillet 31, 2014 – Préparation de la réaction de B2015 au Rapport Final GTO – B2015 à l’AGNU – Campagne médiatique – et plus
Le 29 Juillet, nous avons tenu un webinaire pour partager l’analyse du Groupe de Travail Ouvert 13, et échanger sur les plans pour la réaction de B2015 au Document Final du GTO. Le rapport du webinaire fournira un analyse OWG13, et sera affiché sur le site Web (www.beyond2015.org/beyond-2015-webinars).
Beyond 2015 – Préparation de notre réaction au Document Final du GTO
Pouvez-vous aider à développer la réaction de B2015 au Document Finaldu GTO? Si vous souhaitez rejoindre le groupe de travail sur le Document Final du GTO, veuillez écrire à firstname.lastname@example.org avant le 6 Août 2014. Le Groupe de travail aura une première échange le 11 Août 2014.
La réaction de B2015 fournira la base de notre action de plaidoyer aux niveaux national, régional et international dans les prochains mois et devrait être prêt à temps pour qu’il puisse être utilisé dans les réunions suivantes:
• Réunion interactive de l’Office du Président de l’Assemblée Générale (OPAG) avec la société civile, le 26 Août
• Conférence DPI, 27-28 Août
• Evénement d’Inventaire de l’OPAG, 11-12 Septembre
• Evénements de B2015 autour de l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU, y compris notre événement de côté et notre campagne médiatique
• Dialogues régionaux qui s’organisent déjà.
Plans de B2015 pour l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU: rejoignez le Groupe de travail!
B2015 a organisé un événement parallèle lors de l’Assemblée générale. Plus d’informations seront bientôt disponibles. Si vous souhaitez participer à des activités au cours de l’Assemblée générale, veuillez joindre le Groupe de travail de B2015 sur l’AGNU. Écrire à Kamona, Officielle de Finances et d’ Admininstration de B2015, email@example.com, avant le 7 Août.
Campagne médiatique B2015
B2015 prévoit une campagne coordonnée autour de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies (Septembre), avec des actions nationales, régionales et internationales, y compris une campagne Twitter et une campagne de presse.
Le Groupe de travail sur les médias comprend:
• Maria Sande (Alliance pour la solidarité, Espagne / France)
• Giancarlo Angelucci (développement Restless, Royaume-Uni)
• Joji Fatiaki (PIANGO, Fidji)
• Balkissa Siddo Ide (UWASNET, Ouganda)
• Ria voorhaar (CAN International)
• Deborah Unger (Transparency International, Royaume-Uni)
Si vous êtes un spécialiste de la communication et des médias et souhaitez rejoindre le groupe, nous avons encore de la place pour une ou deux personnes. Veuillez écrire à Fiona Hale, officielle internationale de B2015, firstname.lastname@example.org
B2015 a été l’une des coalitions et des réseaux invités à désigner des orateurs pour deux événements promus par le Président de l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies: (1) 26 Août – une réunion interactive avec la société civile et (2) Septembre 11-12 – événement de haut niveau d’évaluation de la condition de l’agenda post-2015. Les coordonnateurs régionaux de B2015, le Groupe de travail sur l’ONU, et le Comité exécutif travaillent avec le Secrétariat pour proposer des gens qui seront en mesure de représenter la campagne dans ces importantes réunions à New York.
Cette conférence sera une étape importante, avant le Sommet du Secrétaire général sur les changements climatiques et l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies, l’achèvement du rapport de synthèse du Secrétaire général sur l’agenda de développement post-2015, et les Conférences des Parties CCNUCC Lima (2014) et Paris (2015).
La conférence réunira la société civile, les gouvernements et les représentants des Nations Unies pour discuter des questions de réduction de la pauvreté, le développement durable, les droits humains, le changement climatique et les cadres participatifs de responsabilisation. Une déclaration de la Conférence, visant à encadrer un “programme d’action” ambitieux pour la société civile, sera produit et distribué aux parties intéressées. B2015 fait partie du comité de planification de la Conférence et participe à l’élaboration du contenu.
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IISD: Post-2015 Policy & Practice – Events Calendar August 2014 – 2016
Dear Community of Educators,
Side Events & Exhibits | ADP 2.6 Virtual Expo
People’s Climate March UN Climate Summit
Provide written input for PGA’s Stock-taking on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Onderwerp: Provide written input for PGA’s Stock-taking on the Post-2015 Development
i. key messages from all the high-level events/ thematic debates, and interactive dialogue/briefings on the Post-2015 development agenda convened by the President of the General Assembly in 2014.ii. the outcomes of the post-Rio+20 processes, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals (OWG), the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF), the Structured Dialogues on a Technology Facilitation Mechanism, as well as updates on the High-Level Political Forum.iii. the critical internal processes and events that have an impact on the design of the post-2015 development agenda, such as the 2014 substantive session of ECOSOC, including the Annual Ministerial Review and the Development Cooperation Forum, the 2014 High-level Political Forum under the auspices of ECOSOC, as well as the first session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly.iv. the critical external processes and events that have an impact on the design and implementation of the post-2015 development agenda.
The outcome of the High-level Stock-taking Event will be a President’s Summary to be presented to the Secretary-General as an input to his synthesis report, transmitted to the President of the 69th session of the General Assembly, and made available to Member States and other stakeholders.