Events/Celebration’s 2014 Conference

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REGISTRATI​ON OPEN – 65TH ANNUAL UN DPI/NGO CONFERENCE

 

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Dear NGO Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the Registration for the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, which will take place in New York from 27 to 29 August of this year, is now open. Please use the link provided below to access the registration area.

As in previous years, the registration process is conducted through the CSO Net, hence you will need to use your CSO Net username and password to register. ALL DPI-Associated and ECOSOC Consultative Status Organizations have a profile in the CSO Net.

Registration will close on 13 August 2014.

Please register as soon as possible, especially if you are travelling from abroad and need a VISA. We look forward to seeing you in New York.

 Best,

NGO Relations Team Department of Public Information United Nations Headquarters in New York http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations            

 

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HLPF side-event 1st July at 1.15pm on “Small food producers and family farmers as agents for change for sustainabl​e agricultur​e and food systems in the post-2015 agenda”

Subject: HLPF side-event 1st July at 1.15pm on “Small food producers and family farmers as agents for change for sustainable agriculture and food systems in the post-2015 agenda”

To: Michael Rütimann <m.ruetimann@biovision.ch> Cc: “ms@millennium-institute.org” <ms@millennium-institute.org>

Distinguished Ambassadors and Delegates, Partners in Intergovernmental Organizations, and Stakeholder Colleagues.

On behalf of the Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN, FAO, IFAD and WFP, as well as Biovision, Millennium Institute, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies and World Animal Protection, we would like to kindly invite you to the HLPF side-event on “Small food producers and family farmers as agents for change for sustainable agriculture and food systems in the post-2015 agenda”. 

The event will take place on 1st July 2014 at 1.15 – 2.30pm at Conference Room 6, North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters, New York City.

Please find attached the program of the side event.

Further information on post-2015 and sustainable agriculture, food security and nutrition can also be found here: www.biovision.ch/sdgs. For any questions or additional information on the event, please do not hesitate to contact Mayumi (ms@millennium-institute.org) or myself.

Thank you very much and we look forward to welcoming you to this side-event.

Best regards,

Michael Rütimann and Mayumi Sakoh

Michael Rütimann Project Manager Post-2015 m.ruetimann@biovision.ch Direct +41 44 500 49 52 Mobile CH  +41 78 687 74 17 Mobile USA +1 917 755 0619

Biovision Foundation for Ecological Development Schaffhauserstr. 18, 8006 Zurich/Switzerland Tel. +41 44 341 97 18, Fax. +41 44 500 45 24www.biovision.ch

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

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Guidance note and Agenda – HLPF Morning Meetings

Monday, 30 June, and Monday, 7 July,

FYI — HLPF

Please find attached the guidance note and agenda & speakers of the HLPF Morning Meetings with Major Groups and other stakeholders prepared by UN DESA in consultation with the Organizing Partners. Also attached is the latest HLPF agenda prepared by the Office of the President of ECOSOC.
All registered participants and those with ECOSOC badges are invited to attend the HLPF proceedings with the exception of the opening sessions on Monday, 30 June, and Monday, 7 July, where Major Groups have been issued 5 secondary passes each.
HLPF Issue Briefs; Letter from President of ECOSOC and integrated programme; Side Events; UN Webcast may be found here: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?menu=1768
From: Martina Muller <mullerm@un.org>
Subject: Guidance note and Agenda – HLPF Morning Meetings
Dear colleagues,

Please consider this slightly revised version of the Guidance Note.
Also find attached the latest HLPF agenda.
Warm regards,

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Side Event Invite for 2nd session of HLPF – “Improving Governance of the SDGs through Improved Mechanism for Engagement of the Major Groups”

Dear friends,

It gives me immense pleasure to invite you to a side event organized by CECOEDECON in partnership with Beyond Copenhagen, PAIRVI and IBON International during the 2nd session of the HLPF (brochure attached), titled:

Improving Governance of the SDGs through Improved Mechanism for Engagement of the Major Groups 

1.15 pm, 2nd July 2014, Conference Room No. C, UN HQ

The event will throw light on MGs engagement mechanisms that will best suit the interests of the HLPF and will be helpful in effective governance of the SDGs.
If you are in New York, do not miss this opportunity to be part of a crucial and engaging discussion poised to become increasingly relevant for CSOs and MGs as the development community inches closer to a post 2015 development agenda with sustainable development goals.
Looking forward to having you all at the event. Thank you.

Manu Shrivastava

Deputy Director, Alliance Building
Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants Society (CECOEDECON)
Email: shrimanu19@gmail.com   Skype: shrimanu19
F-159-160, Institutional & Industrial Area, Sitapura- 302022, Jaipur, INDIA
Voorbeeld van bijlage HLPF2 side event brochure.docx weergeven

HLPF2 side event brochure.docx

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[Beyond 2015:314] B2015 webinar Monday/Lun​es/Lundi 30 June  – analysis of OWG12

(Español abajo) (Francais ci-dessous) On Monday 30 June at 9am New York time (3pm CET), there will be a webinar with Naiara Costa (Beyond 2015 Advocacy Director), Arelys Bellorini (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group and World Vision International), Sowmyaa Bharadwaj (Praxis India), George Ndungu (B2015 Co-Chair and Organisation of African Youth) and others from the campaign who were at OWG12. This will be an opportunity for B2015 participating organisations to hear feedback and analysis of OWG-12, and discuss future plans.

If you would like to register for the call, please email me on fhale@beyond2015.org. —- El lunes 30 de junio a las 9.00 EDT (15.00 CET), habrá un webinario con Naiara Costa (Directora de Incidencia, Beyond 2015), Arelys Bellorini (Grupo de Trabajo de B2015 sobre ONU, y World Vision International), Sowmyaa Bharadwaj (Praxis India), George Ndungu (Co-Presidente de B2015 y Organisation of African Youth), y otros quienes estuvieron presentes en Nueva York la semana pasada. El webinario será una oportunidad para organizaciones participantes de Beyond 2015 de compartir el análisis de la 12a reunión del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto y los próximos pasos. (El webinario se llevará a cabo en inglés.)

Para inscribirse, enviar un mensaje a fhale@beyond2015.org —- Lundi le 30 juin à 9h EDT (15.00 CET), webinaire avec Naiara Costa (Directrice de Plaidoyer Beyond 2015), Arelys Bellorini (Groupe de Travail de B2015 sur l’ONU et World Vision International), Sowmyaa Bharadwaj (Praxis India), George Ndungu (Co-Président B2015 et Organisation of African Youth). Ce webinaire sera une opportunité pour les organizations qui participent à Beyond 2015 de partager l’analyse de la 12eme réunion du Groupe de Travail Ouvert et les prochains pas dans le processus. (Le webinaire aura lieu en anglais.)

Pour vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un message a fhale@beyond2015.org.

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Reminder:  Side Event/ Exhibit Proposals for COP 20 Lima, Peru Applicatio​n Period Opens July 15th – Closes July 18

Dear Climate Change Friends and Colleagues,

A friendly reminder, if you are planning to organize a side event  or Exhibit for COP 20/CMP 10, the deadline for submission of your proposed event application is Tuesday July 15 – Friday July 18th at 5 pm Central European Time.  We have been advised that the Lima venue is limited in available space therefore there are only 200 slots available for events.  It will be important that you have multiple major partners as co-sponsors and you submit your information as early as possible, preferably on Tuesday July 15.  Further details are available here, https://seors.unfccc.int/
Your other option is to hold your event off-site.  As many organizations started organizing earlier this year you will want to organize your local arrangements as soon as possible.  Later we will compile a list of events so when the time comes remember to send your details/flyer to us for promotion and scheduling purposes.
 All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs

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GCF Task Force

Dear GCF Stakeholders,

You are invited to attend the GCF’s Annual Meeting in Rio Branco, Acre (Brazil) on the 11-14 of August 2014. Registration is free, but space is limited, so please register soon to guarantee your place by completing the short form available here before July 28, 2014.

More information about the Annual Meeting is available on the meeting website. If you have any questions, please contact the GCF Secretariat.

We look forward to a productive meeting in August.

Best regards,

GCF Secretariat

*The GCF is not able to sponsor participants’ travel costs and/or visas.

Prezados Stakeholders GCF,

Você está convidado a participar da Reunião Anual do GCF que acontecerá em Rio Branco, Acre (Brasil) entre os dias 11 e 14 de agosto, 2014. A inscrição é gratuita, porém, as vagas são limitadas. Assim, por favor, faça sua inscrição o quanto antes para garantir seu lugar através do formulário disponível aqui, até 28 de julho de 2014.

Mais informações sobre a Reunião Anual estão disponíveis no site do evento. Caso tenha qualquer dúvida, favor entrar em contato com o Secretariado GCF.

Esperamos uma reunião bastante produtiva em agosto.

Atenciosamente,

Secretariado GCF

* O GCF não poderá cobrir os custos de viagem e/ou vistos dos participantes

Estimados Interesados en el GCF,

Le invitamos a la Reunión Anual del GCF en Rio Branco, Acre (Brasil), 11-14 de agosto de 2014. Lainscripción es gratis, pero el cupo es limitado, así que le rogamos inscribirse pronto por medio delformulario de inscripción para garantizar su espacio. Inscríbase por favor antes del 28 de julio de 2014.

Hay más información sobre la Reunión Anual en el sitio web de la Reunión. Si tiene cualquier pregunta, contáctese por favor con la Secretaría del GCF.

Esperamos con ansias una reunión productiva en agosto.

Atentamente,

La Secretaría del GCF

* El GCF no puede pagar los gastos de viaje ni las visas de los participantes

Kepada Yth. Para Stakeholder GCF,

Anda diundang untuk menghadiri Pertemuan Tahunan GCF di Rio Branco, Acre (Brazil) pada tanggal 11-14 Agustus 2014. Pendaftaran tidak dipungut biaya, namun tempat terbatas, oleh karena itu silakan segera mendaftarkan diri untuk memastikan Anda mendapatkan tempat dengan mengisi borang singkat yang tersedia di sini sebelum tanggal 28 Juli 2014.

Keterangan lebih lanjut tentang Pertemuan Tahunan ini dapat dilihat di situs pertemuan. Jika ada yang hendak ditanyakan, silakan hubungi Sekretariat GCF.

Kami mengharapkan sebuah pertemuan yang produktif di bulan Agustus.

Hormat kami,

Sekretariat GCF

*GCF tidak menanggung biaya perjalanan dan/atau visa peserta

 

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Centre for Civil and Political Rights

UN Human Rights Committee 111th Session

7 – 25 July 2014

Geneva

Draft Programme of Work

UN Human Rights Committee 111 Session, 7 – 25 July 2014

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I. Examination of State Reports

PLEASE NOTE: This is a draft time table. All times and dates are subject to change.

At its 111th session, the Human Rights Committee will review the implementation of the ICCPR in:

I. Examination of State Reports

  • Chile – List of Issues: English, French, Spanish
    • Monday 7 July (15:00 – 18:00) and
    • Tuesday 8 July (10:00 – 13:00)
  • Sudan – List of Issues: English
    • Tuesday 8 July (15:00 – 18:00) and
    • Wednesday 9 July (10:00 – 13:00)
  • Malawi – List of Issues: English
    • Wednesday 9 July (15:00 – 18:00) and
    • Thursday 10 July (10:00 – 13:00)
  • Georgia – List of Issues: English
    • Thursday 10 July (15:00 – 18:00) and
    • Friday 11 July (10:00 – 13:00)
  • Ireland – List of Issues: English
    • Monday 14 July (15:00 – 18:00) and
    • Tuesday 15 July (10:00 – 13:00)
  • Japan – List of Issues: English
    • Tuesday 15 July (15:00 – 18:00) and
    • Wednesday 16 July (10:00 – 13:00)
    • For assistance with drafting or submitting reports contact the Centre for Civil and Political Rights.(There will be a small charge for printing and delivering hard copies of reports)

II. List of Issues

During the 111th session the Committee will adopt Lists of Issues on:

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

 

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

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Environmen​t in Humanitari​an Action  Panel Discussion​, Monday, 23 June

For those with UN passes; apologies to all others:
Please join UNEP and OCHA at a side-event during the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of ECOSOC on Monday, 23 June, at 1:15 pm:
Environment in Humanitarian Action Panel Discussion
ECOSOC side event
Avoiding the tragedy of the commons: how to improve aid effectiveness by mainstreaming environmental sustainability
Monday, 23 June 2014
13:15 – 14:30
United Nations Headquarters, New York
Conference Room E NLB
Jim Sniffen Programme Officer UN Environment Programme New York tel: +1-212-963-8094 sniffenj at un.org/jsniffen88 at gmail.com   www.unep.org  

ECOSOC side event invitation 23 June 2014.pdf

 

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“Call For Input”  10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) – Online consultati​on on Sustainabl​e Lifestyles and Education (Deadline 14th July 2014, available in English, French and Spanish)

 

Dear all,

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 Conference in June 2012, Heads of State formally adopted the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) (See www.unep.org/10yfp). The 10YFP is a global action framework to enhance international cooperation on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) by supporting the implementation of policies and activities at the regional and national level.

Our global footprint is about one and half time the Earth’s total area of land and sea, and with an increasing population, rethinking the way we as individuals consume, socialize and build our identity has become crucial to live well within the boundaries of our planet. Sustainable Lifestyles and Education has been recognized as a key area to accelerate the change towards more SCP patterns and has been integrated as one of the 5 initial programmes of the 10YFP. By leveraging international collaboration, networks and research, stimulating innovation, replicating and scaling up SCP initiatives, this programme can make the necessary contribution and help accelerate the global shift to resource efficient economies and sustainable lifestyles.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), as the 10YFP Secretariat, in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is conducting this global survey to support the development of the Sustainable Lifestyles and Education programme. Actors such as governments, private companies, civil society, researchers, UN agencies, financial institutions and others from all countries are invited to participate. The objective is to contribute to a situation analysis of the existing priorities, needs, barriers and initiatives targeting sustainable lifestyles. Results will be used for developing a proposal for this programme, its practical implementation and delivery mechanisms.

We encourage you to participate in this survey and share your ideas for Sustainable Lifestyles and Education by 4th July 2014.  You will also have an opportunity to express interest for your organization’s involvement as an active partner in the 10YFP programme on Sustainable Lifestyles and Education.

To access the survey in English click here:  http://10yfp.polldaddy.com/s/10yfp-sustainable-lifestyles-education

To access the survey in French click here: http://10yfp.polldaddy.com/s/10yfp-sustainable-lifestyles-education-fr

To access the survey in Spanish click here: http://10yfp.polldaddy.com/s/10yfp-sustainable-lifestyles-education-es

You can save and return to complete the survey at any time.

For additional information please contact: 10yfp@unep.org or Helene.cruypenninck.affiliate@unep.org

We would appreciate if you could support us in disseminating information about this survey in your social networks, newsletters, and websites.

Best regards,

The 10YFP Secretariat

 

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CONF CALL INSTRUCTIO​NS Fwd: Opportunit​y to meet with co-chairs of post 2015 modalities June 18, 8-9 AM

Subject: Re: Opportunity to meet with co-chairs of post 2015 modalities June 18, 8-9 AM
Dear OPs,
For those who won’t be able to attend the meeting in person, there will be an opportunity to dial in to listen to the discussion.
Bridge Number: 1 917 367 5313  Meeting ID number: 16871869
Instructions
1. Dial 1-917-367-5313.
2. You will be greeted with a Welcome prompt.
3. Enter the Meeting ID number you received from the meeting host or organizer, and then press the # key to confirm.
4. You will then be joined into the meeting
Additionally, colleagues are kindly invited to place their phones on mute so as to minimize any background sound.
Given the limited time for the dialogue held in NY in the margins of the OWG session as part of a continuing dialogue with the Co-facilitators, The bridge line will be available for colleagues to listen to the briefing by the Co-facilitators and to continue for the entire session.
Warm regards,

 

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Subject: Ready for CoP 20? New on-line course on Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively under the UNFCCC (22 September – 16 November 2014) 

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Dear Climate-l readers,

We are pleased to inform you about the new on-line course on Climate Change Diplomacy: Negotiating Effectively under the UNFCCC that will take place from 22 September to 16 November 2014.
Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions.

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

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

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nomination​s for a civil society speaker in opening session of 10-11 July UNGA High-level Meeting on Non-Commun​icable Diseases (NCDs)

Please share with your colleagues and networks.
Interested candidates should fill out the attached form and send it directly to Susan Alzner, UN-NGLS, at alzner@un.org.

From: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org   /  Subject: nominations for a civil society speaker in opening session of 10-11 July UNGA High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Dear Colleagues,
On 10-11 July 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will conduct a High-level Meeting on “the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” as per resolutions 66/2 of 19 September 2011 and 68/271of 13 May 2014. Information about this meeting is available here.
As per Operative Paragraph 3 of UNGA resolution 68/271, “the speakers at the opening plenary meeting will be the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, the Director General of the World Health Organization, the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and a representative of civil society who will be chosen by the President of the Assembly from among non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council and in consultation with Member States.”
The Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) has requested UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, to provide candidates to be considered to serve as the civil society speaker during this opening session on 10 July, and we are seeking your assistance in this regard.
We invite you to distribute this email to your networks with an open call for nominations to be entered into the attached form.
Completed forms should be returned to me at alzner@un.org.
All fields in the form must be completed for a candidate to be considered.
Travel funding is not available from the UN for this speaking role in this UNGA mandated meeting.
Kindly note the criteria for candidates listed below.
The length of remarks for this role will be 7 minutes.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, 26 June 2014. 
The criteria for candidates are:
1) As per resolution 68/271, the candidate is a representative of an ECOSOC accredited civil society organization.
2) The candidate is officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf.
3) The candidate is very knowledgeable on the subject area under discussion in this meeting. Please consider the key documents for this event when selecting candidates to nominate, available here.
4) The candidate is a good public speaker.
5) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on 10th July, and for travel if necessary. Accordingly, if needed, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one within 2 weeks, for travel to the US.
Thank you and best regards,
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD

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“Invitatio​n”  Roundtable​: Stakeholde​rs dialogue & future Sustainabl​e Developmen​t Goals [Mediterra​nean Eco-operat​ion Program (MEP)]  June 17th, Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

There are still places available

Barcelona, Tuesday 17th of June 2014  from 15h00 to 19h30

Stakeholders dialogue: Strengthening the Contribution of Media & Advocacy in the Delivery of the Future Sustainable Development Goals

Hosted by: Open University of Catalonia (UOC) Media ICT Building & Innovation District (RSVP info@gk4d.eu please provide your name,  title and organization & please note that you  must have a pass to attend the event)

Initiated & Organized by: Mediterranean Eco-operation Program (MEP)

In close Collaboration with: Campus per la Pau i la Solidaritat, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya and the Centre de Recerca i Estudis en Conflictologia (CREC)

Contact for more information and registration: Abbas Ibrahim Zahreddine, Director MEDEV  EMAIL: info@gk4d.eu


Abbas Ibrahim Zahreddine

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

 

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IUCN Side Event, Monday, 16 June 2014

 

From: KAKAR Narinder <Narinder.KAKAR@iucn.org>  Side Event flyer – final. To:  <jvhuffines@gmail.com>

Dear Jeffrey,
IUCN will be holding a side event on the sidelines of 12the Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, on 16 June 2014 at 1.15 P.M. in Conference Room 7 in the North Lawn Building.  The subject of the event is integrating biodiversity considerations into the SDGs framework.
The event is co-sponsored with the Governments of France and Switzerland.  In addition, we will have experts/representatives from the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, WWF, among others.  We hope you can also join us and give the other participants the benefit of your views.
I attach the side event flyer/announcement for your information.  At the same time, I will appreciate it if you would disseminate the announcement to the large group of NGOs that are interested in the SDGs in general and in biodiversity in particular.  Your help in disseminating the announcement will be greatly appreciated.
With best regards,
Sincerely,
Narinder

Narinder Kakar
Permanent Observer of IUCN to the UN
551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 800 A-B
New York, N.Y. 10176
Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org
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Flyer Side Event OWG12Rev1.pdf

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Beyond 2015: The Education We Want | 16 June at 13:15-14:4​5 | UN Library Auditorium

 

Dear Colleagues,

The Permanent Missions of Argentina, Brazil, and Norway are delighted to invite you and representatives of your mission and/or organizations to attend a side-event on education in the post-2015 development agenda at the United Nations during the 12th Session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals. This meeting is facilitated by UNESCO and UNICEF.
Beyond 2015: The Education We Want
 
Monday 16th June
13:15-14:45
 
UN Library Auditorium, New York
Light lunch will be served at 12.50

Speakers will include: DPR Brazil; DPR Argentina; Chair of the EFA Steering Committee; Global Campaign for Education; Education International; UNESCO and UNICEF

During the 2014 Global EFA Meeting, held in Oman on 12-14 May 2014, education leaders adopted the Muscat Agreement. In doing so, they endorsed a shared vision for the post-2015 education agenda, including an overarching goal for education and a set of seven global targets for education beyond 2015. This Agreement represents the current vision of key education stakeholders on education beyond 2015, and is an important milestone in the development of the post-2015 education agenda.
This Information Meeting will present and discuss the global vision and scope of the future education agenda as well as the seven targets, proposed indicators and next steps.
To RSVP to the event, please click here.
For more information contact Daria Ng
Attachments:
Double-click to add to your calendar.ics Downloaden

 

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TUESDAY, 17 June, 1.15pm, DHL Auditorium​, UNHQ – “Human Rights in the OWG’s Zero Draft: Maintainin​g Human Rights Momentum for a People-cen​tred Post-2015 Agenda”

TUESDAY, 17 June, 1.15pm, DHL Auditorium, UNHQ – “Human Rights in the OWG’s Zero Draft: Maintaining Human Rights Momentum for a People-centred Post-2015 Agenda” To: Human Rights NGOs <Human_Rights_NGOs@ohchr.org>

OHCHR Side Event at OWG-12
 
Human Rights in the OWG’s Zero Draft:
Maintaining Human Rights Momentum for a
People-centred Post-2015 Agenda
 
Member states have recognised the importance of human rights in development in the 2000 Millennium Declaration and all outcome documents of global summits and conferences thereafter. Since the beginning of deliberations on the post-2015 agenda, people and civil society across the globe have demanded that the new agenda be built on human rights. Human rights have been also featuring prominently in UN discussions and the work of the inter-governmental Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Maintaining this human rights momentum is critical for ensuring the post-2015 development agenda be universal, people-centred, equitable and truly sustainable. The side event will therefore:
 
·          review how well key dimensions of human rights are reflected in the zero draft of the OWG, namely freedom from want (the rights to food, education, health, housing, water and sanitation, adequate standard of living etc.), freedom from fear (political participation, personal security, access to justice etc.), equality and non-discrimination (mainstreaming and as a stand-alone goal) and commitments to a global partnership and the right to development
 
·          address and make recommendations on key opportunities and challenges going forward, for example, in relation to issues of measurability, national and international dimensions of human rights, and global demand for human rights 

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Tuesday 17 June 2014
  13:15 – 14:30, Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium, United Nations, New York
 
Moderator:
Mr. Craig Mokhiber , Chief, Development and Social and Economic Issues Branch, OHCHR
Panel Speakers:
Ms. Bhumika Muchhala , Senior Policy Analyst, Finance and Development, Third World Network
Mr. Ignacio Saiz, Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Rights

The introductory remarks by speakers will be followed by an interactive among Member States, United Nations system and civil society representatives

The event will be available for viewing the following day through the UN web TV website at: http://webtv.un.org

For further information please contact Mr. Nouhoum Sangar é, OHCHR at sangaren@un.org or +1-212-963-6136

Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org
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Upcoming Event on Gender and REDD+ in Indonesia

Dear Colleagues,
I just wanted to pass some information along regarding an upcoming seminar being held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 17 June 2014 on the topic of “Achieving Gender Equality in REDD+”.  The event is being co-hosted by Indonesia’s Ministry for Women Empowerment and Child Protection, BP REDD+, the United Nations Office for REDD+ Coordination in Indonesia (UNORCID) and UN Women.  It aims to highlight the relevance of gender to REDD+ and to discuss strategic actions that can be taken to mainstream gender within REDD+ implementation. The event will be tweeted live, and discussions can be followed on Twitter at @UNORCID.
More information on the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1oTUARU
Media Advisory for the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1xXWW8s
A report will also be prepared on the event and will be uploaded to the UNORCID website (http://www.unorcid.org/).
Many thanks and all the best,
Elizabeth

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Fwd: Invitation – 17th June – Oxfam Panel Event on Post-2015 with Amina Mohammed, Professor Sachs, and representa​tives from Bangladesh​, Brazil and France, chaired by Paul Ladd

 

From: David Taylor <dtaylor@oxfam.org.uk> Date: Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Subject: Invitation – 17th June – Oxfam Panel Event on Post-2015 with Amina Mohammed, Professor Sachs, and represenatives from Bangladesh, Brazil and France, chaired by Paul Ladd To:

Post-2015: How can the new framework best address rising inequality and the threat of climate change?

 

 

 

Tuesday 17 June

8-9.30am | Conference Room 7, NLB Building         

In 2015 the world has an historic opportunity to set ambitious goals which can end poverty and protect the planet. Two major injustices are undermining the efforts of millions of people to escape poverty and hunger: inequality and climate change. The 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the world’s poorest population, whilst climate change could increase the number of people at risk of hunger – currently over 800 million – by up to twenty per cent by 2050. How should the post-2015 framework address these twin challenges?

Please join us for a breakfast discussion to hear perspectives from Member States and individuals who are helping to shape the post-2015 development framework. Oxfam will be presenting a new briefing paper outlining our recommendations for the framework.

Panellists include

  • Chair: Paul LaddHead, Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, UNDP
  • Amina Mohammed, Special Adviser of the Secretary General on Post-2015 Development Planning
  • Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network 
  • H.E. Ambassador  Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN
  • H.E. Ambassador Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota, Deputy Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN
  • François Gave, Counsellor for Development and Sustainable Development, Permanent Mission of France to the UN
  • Ray Offenheiser, President and CEO, Oxfam America
 Continental breakfast will be served.

Please RSVP to dtaylor@oxfam.org.uk by June 13th.

Embargoed copies of Oxfam’s report available in advance upon request.

David Taylor 

Economic Justice Policy Advisor
Oxfam GB
Skype: davidtaylor85


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APN UPDATES

ASIA-PACIFIC NETWORK FOR GLOBAL CHANGE RESEARCH, Thursday, 12 June 2014

What’s New

APN Secretariat Director Visits Ministry of Environment, Cambodia in Talks for a Co-Financing Partnership

27 May 2014, Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia — Dr. Akio Takemoto, Director of the APN Secretariat visited the Ministry of Environment, Cambodia in talks for a co-financing partnership that will increase access to global change research funds by Cambodian researchers.                                Details:http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7355

 

Regional Experts Scope 3R Activities for APN

A group of 3R (reduce, reuse, recycle) experts from the Asia-Pacific region along with representative of APN’s Scientific Planning Group (SPG) and its Secretariat attended a scoping meeting on 10–11 June 2014, to discuss possible priority topics and activities to be conducted under a 3R framework. Details:http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7449

APN Participates in the 7th GEOSS Symposium

Through projects that are in line with the objectives of GEOSS and implemented by various partners, the APN contributes to GEOSS in addressing common problems related to water resources in Asia.  Details: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7380

New Projects to Link Adaptation with Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss & Damage Announced

30 April 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal/Kobe, Japan — Today, at IIED’s 8th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference, the APN announces awards to 13 projects that will contribute to linking climate change adaptation with disaster risk reduction and loss & damage. Details:http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7262

Publications

APN Science Bulletin, Issue 4, 2014

In this 4th issue of the APN Science Bulletin, a peer-reviewed publication for updated information on activities undertaken by the APN, aims to satisfy readers in both the science and non-science communities with a keen interest in global environmental change in the Asia-Pacific region. Download: http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1932

Proceedings of the 6th SEA-SRC Meeting, Economics of Climage Change Seminar, and PDTW

Proceedings of the 6th Southeast Asia Sub-Regional Meeting, a seminar on the economics of climate change, and APN’s Proposal Development Training Workshop, organised by the Malaysian Meteorological Department and APN from 25-29 November 2013. Download:http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1936

New Publications from APN Projects

Asian Mega-Deltas: Monsoon Circulation in Relation to Deltaic-Coastal Hazards and Future Mitigation http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1548

Development and Application of Climate Extreme Indices and Indicators for Monitoring Trends in Climate Extremes and their Socio-Economic Impacts in South Asian Countries http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1550

Climate Perturbation and Coastal Zone Systems in Asia Pacific Region: Holistic Approaches and Tools for Vulnerability Assessment and Sustainable Management Strategy http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1547

Marine Biodiversity of the Coastal Zones in the NW Pacific: Status, Regional Threats, Expected Changes and Conservation http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1545

Regional Collaborative Research on Climate Change Impacts on Surface Water Quality in Eastern Monsoon Asia: Towards Sound Management of Climate Risks http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items/show/1544

To keep updated on our latest publications, you may subscribe to the project output RSS feed: http://www.apn-gcr.org/resources/items?output=atom&sort_field=modified&sort_dir=d

Updates from the Field

APN-CAPaBLE Project on Groundwater Sustainability Featured in Water21

Water21 is the official magazine of IWA which covers key developments and provides a global perspective in relation to the most important business, technology and environmental issues affecting the water sector. Details: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7333

Algaculture in the Sundarbans for Livelihood and Sustainability

In coastal villages of Sundarbans in India that are increasingly inundated due to rising sea levels, thousands of families are at risk as crop yields drops as salinity intrusion rises. As an adaptive climate mitigation measure for marginal farmers, the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) is promoting community-based algaculture in the area, reaching out to more than 700 marginal farmers in climate vulnerable villages through an APN-funding capacity building project (CBA2013-14NSY-Maity). Details: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7366

Opportunities

Call for Applications: International Training on Ecosystem-Climate Interactions

Sponsored by APN and organised by START Regional Center for East Asia (TEA), the training sessions will cover multi-platform observation, trends and impacts analysis, and ecosystem and climate modelling. The curriculum will comprise lectures, seminars, along with site visits and excursions in CAS (www.cas.cn) research facilities and field stations. Details: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7431

IPBES Second Call for Nominations of Experts: Deadline Extended

The deadline for the second call for nominations of regional experts has been extended to 25 June 2014. Details: http://www.apn-gcr.org/?p=7399

We welcome your comments and suggestions! Please send them to info@apn-gcr.org

The “Global Change Announcement” and “Upcoming Events” sections feature global change activities not limited to those funded/organised by the APN. While we strive to ensure the information provided is accurate and up-to-date, dissmination of such information does not imply any endorsement by the APN or its donors.

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Upcoming Events

 

[UNFCCC/SBSTA40] 40th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific & Technilogical Advice,

 

When: Wed Jun 4, 2014 to Sun Jun 15, 2014   Where: Bonn, Germany

 

[WCRP] WCRP Joint Scientific Committee 35th Session (JSC-35)  When: Sun Jun 29, 2014 to Fri Jul 4, 2014   Where: Heidelberg, Germany

[ESG] Earth System Governance Conference, University of East Anglia, UK  When: Tue Jul 1, 2014 to Thu Jul 3, 2014   Where: University of East Anglia, UK

[APN] Proposal Development Training Workshop in Lao PDR  When: Wed Jul 9, 2014 to Fri Jul 11, 2014   Where: Vientiane, Lao PDR

[UPLB] 2nd International Conference of Forest Education and Research (FORED 2014)  When: Tue Aug 19, 2014 to Fri Aug 22, 2014   Where: Los Baños, Laguna, the Philippines

[ISDE] 5th Digital Earth Summit  When: Sun Nov 9, 2014 to Tue Nov 11, 2014   Where: Nagoya, JAPAN

[UNFCCC/COP20] COP20 Meetings  When: Mon Dec 1, 2014 to Fri Dec 12, 2014   Where: Lima, Peru

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Invitation : Side event during OWG 12 and related events

 

 Aldo Caliari

Aldo Caliari <acaliari@coc.org>
Subject: Invitation : Side event during OWG 12 and related events

Director

Rethinking Bretton Woods Project

Center of Concern

Center of Concern is proud to announce three events that RightingFinance, the initiative it coordinates, will be holding in the course of the month of June 2014 on the theme of tax policy and human rights. The events take place in the occasion of the release of the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty, which has tax policy and human rights as its main focus.

  • GROUNDING TAX POLICIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS LAW: WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

June 10th 2014, 13:15 – 14:45
Palais des Nations, Room IX, UN Headquarters in Geneva

  • HUMAN RIGHTS AND TAX POLICIES IN THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: TOWARDS A TRANSFORMATIVE PARTNERSHIP?June 16th 2014, 1:15 – 2:45 PMRoom 5 NLB, UN Headquarters in New York
  • HARNESSING TAX POLICIES FOR GREATER EQUALITY: EXAMINING RECENT PROGRESS IN HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDSJune 18th 2014, 1 – 2:30 PMPalais des Nations, Room XVI, UN Headquarters in GenevaClick for more details.GROUNDING TAX POLICIES ON HUMAN RIGHTS LAW: WHAT DOES IT TAKE?June 10th 2014, 13:15 – 14:45Palais des Nations, Room IXSponsors: RightingFinance, Action Aid
  • Moderator: Mr. Craig Mokhiber, Chief of the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, OHCHRPanelists: Ms. Rachel Moussie (Women’s Economic Rights Coordinator, Action Aid International), Ms. Nicole Bidegain (Member, Executive Committee, DAWN), Ms. Maria Luisa Escorel de Moraes( Minister Counselor, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the UN), Mr. Philip Alston (UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty).Taxation policies are a key tool to tackle inequality across class, gender, race and ethnic divides, provide resources for poverty reduction and human rights realization, and foster stronger governance, accountability and participation in public affairs. In a report to be presented at the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty focuses on the implications of human rights law for the design and implementation of tax policy at both the national and global level. The report underscores relevant human rights obligations such as the duty to use the ‘maximum available resources’ for the realization of economic, social and cultural rights and the duty of international cooperation and assistance.What is the role of human rights standards in influencing tax policy to generate resources for ensuring gender responsive delivery of public services and more progressive allocations of income and wealth? What is the meaning of the obligation of international cooperation and assistance in the context of resource mobilization through taxes?HUMAN RIGHTS AND TAX POLICIES IN THE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA: TOWARDS A TRANSFORMATIVE PARTNERSHIP?June 16th 2014, 1:15 – 2:45 PMUN Headquarters, Room 5 NLBSponsors: RightingFinance and Save the Children, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Palau to the UN.Welcome: Mr. Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern/RightingFinanceModerator: Ms. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, New School for Public EngagementPanelists: Mr. Philip Alston (UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty), Mr. Nicholas Lusiani (Center for Economic and Social Rights), H.E. Ambassador Mr. Gonzalo Koncke (Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the UN), Mr. Olav Kjorven (Special Advisor to the UNDP Administrator on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, United Nations Development Program), Mr. Arshad Mahmood (Save the Children Pakistan).In the context of deliberations on the post-2015 development agenda, governments and other stakeholders have called for human rights and equality to be at the center of the new generation of goals.How can tax policies help address both, the challenge for further alignment with human rights standards and the demands to appropriately resource the fulfillment of an ambitious new set of goals?HARNESSING TAX POLICIES FOR GREATER EQUALITY: EXAMINING RECENT PROGRESS IN HUMAN RIGHTS STANDARDSJune 18th 2014, 1 – 2:30 PMPalais des Nations, Room XVIModerator: Ms. Rachel Moussie (Women’s Economic Rights Coordinator, Action Aid International)Panelists: Mr. Roberto Bissio (Executive Director, Social Watch/ RightingFinance), Ms. Magdalena Sepulveda Carmona (former Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty), Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright (Director of the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD), Mr. Demian Dalle (National Director, National Direction Center for International Economy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Argentina)In two recently-released reports the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty focused on the meaning of certain human rights obligations for the design and implementation of tax policy and its impacts on gender equality and women’s rights.

How can tax policies be harnessed to play their function as a tool in efforts to reduce inequality, including gender inequality? What is the role of human rights standards in influencing tax policy to generate resources for gender responsive delivery of public services and lead to more progressive allocations of income and wealth? What is the role of human rights standards in helping introduce more levers for the accountability of revenue-raising and spending to women and men in the lowest-income segments? And how can the silo approach to tax policy and human rights standards be addressed in a more holistic way in practice? 

Download flyers for these events and/or the full report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty athttp://www.rightingfinance.org/?p=867


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

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation
PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa
www.civicus.org

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Please sign! Climate change has to be part of the Sustainabl​e Developmen​t Goals! BY 12 JUNE!

Deadline for signature is the 12th of June at 14GMT
Dear all,
Apologies for cross-posting. Please see below an important opportunity to sign on to a letter to support inclusion of climate change in the SDGs and post-2015 agenda (link to a google doc for your sign-in is in the letter). Over 70 organizations have already signed. Deadline 12 June, 14 GMT
Best, Eleanor
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Your support is needed! Please sign the letter to support the inclusion of climate in the SDGS.

Dear all,

As you may know, in only one week the next Open Working Group (OWG) which is negotiating the post-2015 development framework including the Sustainable Development Goals will start (on the 16th of June).

The Co-chairs of the OWG have prepared a text as the basis for discussions with 17 main proposed goals, including one goal on climate change. But this climate change goal is in risk to disappear due to opposition from a couple of countries.

Several NGOs working on this matter have come together here in Bonn and identified the need for a sign-on letter to raise support for strong and credible reflection of climate change in the SDGs.

In this sign-on letter we urge the Co-Chairs and Member States of the post-2015 process to have climate adequately reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals. We felt that at this stage this message is most important, and we did not regard it as effective to go too much into the details of commenting on the proposed targets.

The letter will be send to the Co-chairs of the OWG and the Member States. However we are also working on proposing some further communication activities, pitch it to media etc. once it is ready and signed-off by many. We are happy for any suggestions and engagement in such outreach activities, but we will also come back to signatories with details.

More information on the OWG is available here: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html

You find the letter for your organisational sign-off below and attached. Please include the name of your organization and contact details in the google doc. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtJcaIub-xK_dHdCZEhIRUNUOGVMUFFucE5XekNMN2c&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Deadline for signature is the 12th of June at 14GMT. Apologies for the short deadline, but this is a fast-moving process.

Do not hesitate to come back with any questions you may have.

Best,

Sven Harmeling, CARE International

Lina Dabbagh, CAN International

SIGN-ON Letter on climate change in the SDGs

To:

Co-chairs and members of the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs

Cc:

Amina J. Mohammed, Special Adviser on post-2015 to the UN Secretary General

 

X June 2014

 Your Excellencies,

Dear Members of the OWG on SDGs,

We are writing to thank you for your ongoing efforts to ensure that climate change is appropriately reflected in the latest version of the focus area document.

We believe that climate change is an existential threat to humankind and global efforts to overcome poverty and achieve sustainable development. Therefore, we also believe that climate change must be visibly reflected in the future Sustainable Development Goal framework.

A SDG framework without climate change action as a strong backbone would not be sustainable or credible, nor would it help to lay the foundations for future international action and cooperation on sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Therefore, the framework must address climate change in a manner that recognises the urgency and importance of dealing with the most fundamental challenge of our time. This includes targets under relevant goals as well as a separate climate change goal.

Ahead of the next two meetings of the Open Working Group, we are asking for your continued commitment to maintain and increase the visibility of climate change in the suggested goals and targets, especially as difficult choices (and necessary sacrifices) clearly lie ahead as the overall number of goals and targets are reduced.

Specifically, the post-2015 development framework must contain a coherent set of goals and targets which a) contribute to a global low-carbon development pathway and to keeping global warming below dangerous levels through significant emissions reductions, b) support the achievement of poverty eradication and sustainable development and c) promote human rights and build community resilience through adaptation to the harmful impacts of climate change.

We believe that a robust framework of this nature will help to support the scale of ambition needed to achieve the UNFCCC’s aims and help to ensure the delivery of a strong climate deal at COP21 in Paris in 2015.

Yours sincerely,

Xxx

[here we would list the organisations signing, but no real signatures to keep the process efficient]

 Eleanor Blomstrom
Program Director / Head of Office Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) www.wedo.org / eleanor@wedo.org t. 212.973.0328

skype eleanor.wedo
sign-on list letter on cc to owg

sign-on list letter on cc to owg
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Side event at Bonn: HOW RESEARCH CAN UNBLOCK A CLIMATE DEAL: Thu, 12.6, at 13:15 in Metro

Dear All,
It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend a side-event, Climate Strategies is hosting at
Bonn on Thursday, 12.06, at 13:15 in room Metro:
LESS TALK MORE AGREEMENT: HOW RESEARCH CAN HELP UNBLOCK A CLIMATE DEAL
This event will discuss the outcomes of the first Global Climate Policy Conference that was held in London on May 7th and 8th.
This conference brought together researchers and analysts from academia and think-tanks, together with negotiators and other practitioners with the aim to identify new economic, social and political ideas and analysis to help move things forward. Six sessions covered issues such as: green growth, equity, finance, links between adaptation and mitigation, reducing emissions through clubs.
There will be a post-conference publication, available by late summer 2014.
The side event will be chaired by Ari Huhtala of CDKN
Confirmed speakers include:
Heleen de Coninck of Radboud University and Climate Strategies: Summary and reflection from the conference discussions
Jose Alberto Garibaldi of Energeia: How mitigation and adaptation packages should secure finance?
Xiaohua Zhang of NCCC in China: Reflections on CBDR in 2015 agreement
Carlos Jesús Rossi Covarrubias of MFA in Peru: Managing GHG impacts through public-private technology pools
The presentations will be followed by discussion aimed at finding answers to two questions:
1. What research ideas are the most innovative and of relevance to facilitate advances in the climate negotiations and the broader climate arena?
2. What are the questions/research gaps to be addressed in the next 12 months but also longer term?
We look forward to your active participation!
PS. You may also want to consult our freshly-produced newsletter, available
Andrzej Błachowicz
Managing Director
Climate Strategies
Office: c/o UCL Energy Institute
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0NN
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Postponed to Tuesday 23 September

Open Up! Workshop on inclusive education in development and emergencies
Tuesday 23 September 13.00 – 16.30 hrs.

(lunch included) Edukans, Amersfoort

Join the Open Up! Workshop to share your questions and doubts and your tips and tools on inclusive education.

Check our website.

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Stakeholde​r Forum Network News: Input and accountabi​lity for the SDGs

 

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Sustainable Development Goals: Tools for input and accountability

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http://www.stakeholderforum.org/sf/index.php/news/newsletters/605-may-newsletter-input-and-accountability-for-the-sdgs

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Post-2015 Webinar: Influencin​g the Post 2015 Developmen​t Agenda – Save the Date

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How to influence the post-2015 development agenda
Introducing two new practical guides for good advocacy
Thursday 12 June 2014
Webinar [in English]: 10am (EDT- New York) / 3pm (BST- London)
Webinar [in French]: 10am (CEST- Central Europe) / 10am (CAT- Central Africa)
Friday 13 June 2014
Webinar [in Spanish]: 9am (COT- Colombia) / 4pm (CEST- Central Europe)

SD2015 has produced an Advocacy Toolkit and Media Guide for civil society and other stakeholder organisations, coalitions and individuals that want to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Representatives from CIVICUS and Stakeholder Forum will introduce these two new publications and walk you through how to use this information and the guiding activities to develop an effective advocacy strategy that will help you and your organisation shape the post-2015 agenda.

There will be time at the end of the webinar for Q&A and sharing of post-2015 advocacy experiences, with reflections on approaches that have worked well and practical advice on lessons learnt from SD2015 partners and networks.

Advocacy Toolkit: Influencing the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Equips you with relevant information and tools to enable you to develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy. There is a step-by-step approach for developing an advocacy guide from start to finish or you can simply consult the tips, tools and case studies most relevant to your existing activities.

Provides a guide to the strategic use of traditional media and social media in the context of post-2015 advocacy.  It also provides advice and guidance on how to target your messages for broadcast, press and social media; identify and build relationships with journalists; conduct interviews and hold press conferences, in order to deliver your post-2015 advocacy messages to a wider audience.

Instructions for how to log in for the webinar will be circulated shortly.
To RSVP or if you would like any further information at this stage then please contact:freya.seath@civicus.org  or acutter@stakeholderforum.org
Sustainable Development 2015 (SD2015) is a multi-stakeholder engagement programme run by Stakeholder Forum and CIVICUS, in collaboration with UN DESA.

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Celebrate World Oceans Day!

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Happy World Oceans Day !

This week-end, World Oceans Day is the opportunity to show that we care.

“Caring for the Future of the Blue Planet, you can make a difference.

Think of the significant difference 7 billion of us can make together!”

Best wishes from World Ocean Network team and partners for this celebration !

Belle Journée Mondiale de l’Océan! 

Cette fin de semaine, la Journée Mondiale de l’Océan est une occasion de montrer notre engagement.

« Pour l’avenir de la Planète bleue, chacun de nos gestes compte.

7 milliards de petits gestes peuvent devenir un grand mouvement ! »

Avec les meilleurs souhaits de l’équipe et des partenaires du Réseau Océan Mondial.

Réseau Océan Mondial  / World Ocean Network

c/o Nausicaá, Centre National de la Mer

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Webinar: Addressing measuremen​t challenges of the SDGs – June 4th

Dear Major Groups and other stakeholders,

DESA/DSD, the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation and CIVICUS welcome you to join our next webinar, “Addressing measurement challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals”, on Wednesday, June 4th. This seminar will explore how to best report on progress regarding sustainable development initiatives, especially looking ahead to the High Level Political Forum and the Post-2015 framework.
We will count with special participation of  Dr. Sakiko Fuduka-Parr, involved in “The Power of Numbers”, a major research project on the MDGs; and Dr. Danny Sriskandarajah, who currently works on “The Big Development DataShift”, an ambitious, multi-stakeholder initiative to leverage the potential of new technologies for more creative and effective social accountability.
What:   “Addressing measurement challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals”          with Sakiko Fuduka-Parr and Danny Sriskandarajah  When:   June 4 – 10-11:30am (New York time)  Where:  Online webinar; to join (now also from mobile devices!),             go to un.webex.com/un/j.php?MTID=m703a460c042ee8aec6e9c9fa265cf346 
Please find more detailed information on the Save the Date attached to this e-mail. We look forward to engaging all participants in a productive and fruitful discussion!
Best,

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UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) “Realizing the Future They Want”  Youth Forum June 2-3

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Hundreds of youth representatives will gather at the ECOSOC Youth Forum at UN Headquarters in New York on 2-3 June bringing the voices of youth to UN Headquarters. If you cannot participate in person, you can still share your voice online on the Facebook page of United Nations Economic and Social Council or via Twitter using #Youth2015 or #UN4Youth Learn more about the event: http://bit.ly/Uniting4Youth Watch it live via http://webtv.un.org/
Please share with your colleagues and networks.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
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New C2ES Briefs on 2015 Climate Agreement

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is pleased to announce the publication of three new policy briefs on issues related to the negotiation of a new international climate agreement:  

  These briefs are available on the C2ES website, along with other publications on issues related to the Durban Platform negotiations toward a new climate agreement in 2015 in Paris.   Watch for the announcement of a new C2ES report to be released at our side event on June 11 at the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies meeting in Bonn (3 to 4:30 pm in the Solar Room).  For further information, please contact C2ES International Fellow Anthony Mansell at mansella@c2es.org.   About C2ES: C2ES, formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, is an independent, nonpartisan NGO working in the United States and internationally to advance practical, effective policies addressing the twin challenges of energy and climate change.    —————————————————————————————————-

UNFCCC SB40 side event: What are the climate technology needs of developing countries?

Dear Colleagues, What are the climate technology needs of developing countries? On 6 June, the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will hold a side event on technology needs assessments (TNAs) as part of the UN Bonn Climate Change Conference: What are the technology needs of developing countries? An update on technology needs assessments. This event will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to highlight good practices for undertaking TNAs and identify ways to implement the results of the TNAs. Presentations made during the event will highlight (i) the findings of the third synthesis report on technology needs identified by non-Annex I Parties, (ii) experiences and lessons learned from the Global TNA project, (iii) experiences with national TNA projects and (iv) country experiences in conducting, reporting and implementing TNAs. TNAs are a set of country-driven activities that identify and determine the mitigation and adaptation technology priorities of developing country Parties. They include technology action plans (TAPs) and project ideas, which are concrete actions for the implementation of the identified technologies. TNA and TAPs involve multiple stakeholders in a consultative process to identify the barriers to technology transfer and measures to address these barriers through sectorial analyses. More information and documentation may be found on TT:CLEAR at: http://goo.gl/Gsr5qv For other information, please contact: tec@unfccc.int Best regards, The Technology team UNFCCC secretariat   ——————————————————————————————————

UNFCCC Intercessi​onal Meeting Bonn June 4-15 — Agendas, Discussion​s, Events, and More

Dear Community of Educators,

The intercession meeting in Bonn on climate change begins this week.  Are you ready?  Marking the half-way mark in the lead-up to COP 20, expectations are growing for a 1st draft of the new Climate Agreement as an outcome from Lima, Peru. The UN SD Education Caucus – Climate Change along with you and our Ed. Caucus members and partners, are working to ensure the new climate agreement is strong in terms of capacity building and educating-engaging stakeholders by 1) being guided by the principle of participation in decision-making  and, 2) facilitating the effective implementation of decisions on environmental education already in place throughout UN Climate Change initiatives and the UNFCCC.  
As the Climate Agreement is prepared for the 2015  COP 21 in Paris, France, it is unlikely new language and priorities will be considered, consequently this meeting is important in building a strong reflection on engaging people in the agreement.  Appended are some key areas that we will follow for capacity building and environmental education/ engaging stakeholders, key resources that may be useful to you, and some general information links  to follow. We thank our partners, Global Gender Climate Alliance and WEDO [Women Environment and Development Organization], for sharing timely information with us.  Gender considerations are essential to sustainable climate solutions at all levels, no matter the subject, policy-making & practice theme.
Mohammad “Arman” Golrokhian, Sabina Mensah, and myself, our partners, and friends will be covering the meeting in Bonn.  An invitation has been extended to us to join the UNFCCC Women & Gender Caucus meetings held most mornings from 9-10 am usually in the Ministry of Environment, Rm. Air (Check the daily program, subject to change).  As well as GGCA member events to promote, attend and support.
Other Links UNFCCC Live webcasts and virtual participationIISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin: Daily coverage of meetings Adopt –a-Negotiator: including daily updates and analysis
All the best, 
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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• Two high-level ministerial events under the Kyoto Protocol and the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action will take place on 5 and 6 June.
• ADP: Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action:  https://unfccc.int/bodies/body/6645.php
Key Areas for Educating-Engaging & Gender
·         New Climate Agreement- ADP
·         Adaptation in SBI items 7, 8, 10; SBSTA item 3
·         Capacity Building & Article 6 in SBI items 12, 14
·         Mitigation & Technology in SBI items 5, 6, 11, 15; SBSTA item 5
·         Agriculture in SBSTA item 10
·         Research and Scientific Observation in SBSTA item 6

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UNEP World Environmen​t Day Wed. June 5th 2014: Vlogging Competitio​n Winner – “Raise Your Voice not the Sea Level”

Dear Community of Educators,

Humor is a powerful way to communicate and create a positive impace.  Student and environmental activist Fatin Chowdhury has won the UNEP World Environment Day Video-Blogging competition.  As the winner he will travel to a Small Island Developing State [SIDS] to report on the of World Environment Day global celebrations, June 5th.

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Social Innovation Summit 2014 NY City – Thursday May 29th – Can businesses end poverty?

 

From Guardian Sustainable Business – Values-led business hub

Hunting for the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid – expert panel

A decade after CK Prahalad’s celebrated book, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, introduced the concept of selling to – and serving – the world’s poorest four billion or so people, the idea remains popular.

But while businesses big and small have continued to tap the base of the pyramid, profits – so far – remain elusive, writes Guardian Sustainable Business editor Marc Gunther. By and large, even products that are saving lives aren’t making shareholders rich. We’ll explore this important topic at a panel at the Social Innovation Summit in New York City. Join the debate via our live tweet @GuardianSustBiz via #GSB starting at 10:20am EDT/3:20pm BST on 29 May. Leave questions for the panelists in the comments,

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“Call For Support” FAFICS – New UN agency dedicated to the aged UNAA

Dear Community of Educators,   SD Education Caucus member Dr. Michael Atchia [Mauritius, Africa] has asked us to share with our colleagues and networks a proposal for the creation of a new UN agency dedicated to the aged.  The idea was first proposed at the Annual General Meeting in NY in 2013 and it will be taken up again at the AGM of FAFICS to be held at FAO’s headquarters in Rome, Italy July 7-9 2014. See appended details.   All the best, Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs   Subject: FAFICS Matters – 7th Edition   Dear colleagues,  Please find attached, the 7th edition of FAFICS Matters.  With best regards, Jay Sundaresan,Secretary, FAFICS                 To all AFICS-M Members   Please find attached a copy of the FAFICS Newsletter, 7th edition  devoted to AGEING. Note in particular the article ‘Aged but not out’  (reproduced below) on the proposal to create a dedicated UN agency, UNAA, for the aged.  With best wishes, Michael Atchia 27.5.2014 ‘Aged but not out’ Exploring FAFICS’S PROPOSAL (to be sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations) for improving the lot of elderly people during their lifetime, through the creation of a dedicated UNbody such as UNAA.  Witnessing: the trend of ageing populations in most countries, leading to a tidal wave of research and consultation on how the growing number of elderly will impact the design and diversity of services they can still offer, the funding resources they rely upon, and the delivery channels they use for health and other welfare services. We are all aware of how an increasingly elderly population can have a drastic impact on issues such as pensionschemes and health care. Less frequently discussed is the much broader impact the ageing of the population is having across the board-and the key question of what would be meaningful roles (in close synergy with the younger generation) for this largely educated, highly experienced group of citizens, in the new world order of the 21st century. 8  Considering: the major current demographic trends directly or indirectly related to ageing populations, the crux of this proposal is to explore how international and governmental planning, services and actions will need to change in response to the ageing population.  In most countries the dependency ratio (i.e. the ratio of the economically dependent part of the population – children aged 0-14 years and the elderly aged 65+ years* – to the working-age population, 15-64 years) is on a sharp rise, not just because the aged are living longer but increasingly because young people stay on at university and college until 20/ 25 years.  Noting: that the 2 billion + of elderly people are the fastest growing sector of a world population now standing at 7 billion +,  Noting: that the UN has operational agencies/programmes dedicated to specific sections of humanity such as children(UNICEF), women(UN Women), refugees(UNHCR), workers and employers(ILO), people affected by drug and crime(UNDCP), people who are affected by hunger(WFP), developing states(UNDP), small island states etc, and that none specifically catering for the aged, FAFICS (as the accepted and operational body at the service of not just its 20,000+ formal members but of all former UN civil servants) PROPOSES the creation of a new UN specialised agency or fund or programme with a specific mission to cater for the needs and role of the senior citizens of this planet, tentatively referred to here as UNSCP(United Nations Senior Citizens Programme) or UNAA** (United Nations Agency for the Aged).  The subject was extensively discussed at the FAFICS Council meeting at UN, New-York, 8-11 July 2013 led by Michael Atchia who presented the original proposal on behalf of AFICS-Mauritius, under the able guidance of Presiding officer Mary Johnson and with the invaluable input of the ever watchful FAFICS President Roger Eggleston. An astonishing list of wise comments were recorded, supporting the proposal, indicating new venues, high- lighting weaknesses but also urging caution not precipitation. The proposal from AFICS-M was adopted unanimously for further development by the Council.  We intend, besides continuing research on the subject, to meet relevant officials of UN and other bodies to consolidate our survey of the often sporadic and discontinued present efforts*** being made on behalf of senior citizens. We will also attempt to consult a caucus of UN elders (former heads of UN agencies and programmes) on the feasibility and format of the UNAA motion.  Finally here we are, through FAFICS MATTERS, informing the wider membership and readership of the proposal and inviting you to react or otherwise comment on the UNAA idea.  Thank you for your feedback****. We aim to produce a consolidated format and transmit the same to the Secretary-General early in 2014 for consideration. Michael Atchia (Vice-President, Michael Atchia  FAFICS;  Sec. General AFICS-M)  *We have moved a long way since 1875 when the Friendly Societies Act of Britain described old as “any age after 50″, or those ancient societies where the average life expectancy was around 30 years. The cut off points for old age, which also reflect retirement age, vary between 55 to 60, 62 to 68, and, in most economies, is on the rise.  **UNAA: Any better appellation? The terms aged and elderly are both preferred to old ; in several cultures the descriptions of elder, senior or senior citizen are used, which tends to reflect the experience, knowledge and wisdom (?) which the elderly are deemed to possess.  ***Example of ongoing effort: the Open ended working group(OEWG) established by the UN General Assembly in 2010; work being undertaken towards a Convention on the rights of older people; the United Nations International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on October 1st to recognize the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives.

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UN World Environmen​t Day – “Invitatio​n” Catapult Shillong

Dear Friends,   Our Green Events will be starting from Monday the 2nd to Thursday the 5th of June 2014 as part of our World Environment Day celebration which is the United Nation’s flagship environmental event, celebrated every year on 5 June in more than 100 countries around the world. The purpose of World Environment Day is to focus attention on the importance of the environment and stimulate attention and action. The event seeks to empower people to become active agents towards environmental issues & sustainable development which will ensure a safer, and a prosperous future.

Our partner FOOTPRINTS which is a ‘Go Green’ subsidiary of Catapult Shillong invites everyone to participate and join our cause for a green and healthy future!

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FOOTPRINTS, a ‘Go Green’ subsidiary of Catapult Shillong invites everyone to participate and join our cause for a green and healthy future. Contact: catapultshilong@gmail.com | www.facebook.com/catapultshilong  Call: +91 97-74-641270
Best,
Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chair
Co-Coordinator Climate Change

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FAO side events during the UN Climate Change talks in Bonn 2014

 

FAO SIDE EVENTS UN CLIMATE CHANGE TALKS BONN, GERMANY – June 2013

5 JUNE 2014 NATIONAL ADAPTATION PLANS: SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AGRICULTURAL RELEVANT COMPONENTS 13:15—14:45 Room: Wind Presenters will include countries show casing existing initiatives and programmes. FAO, IFAD, UNDP and WFP will present current work and support mechanisms which countries can benefit from when developing and implementing their NAPs. Speakers: Various countries, FAO, IFAD, WFP and UNDP TOWARDS A TRANSPARENT AND RELIABLE REDD+ MRV: THE CASE OF THE NFI IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA 13:15—14:45 Room: Metro The government of Papua New Guinea government with the support of the UN-REDD Programme and EU GCCA is conducting the first National Forest Inventory. The NFI is developed to support REDD+ activities and to be integrated with the national GHG Inventory. Full description of PNG forest activity data will be presented. CLIMATE-SMART AGRICULTURE AT WORK 18:30—20:00 Room: Rail What are we learning from the country-level design and implementation of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) projects and programmes? Which approaches have been validated, which theories of change have yet to be tested? What needs to be done differently? Speakers: Ireland, FAO, IFAD and WFP

6 June 2014

CONNECTING COMMODITIES TO LANDSCAPES THROUGH PUBLIC-PRIVATE-CIVIC PARTNERSHIPS 18:30—20:00 Room: Wind There is a disconnect between commodities and landscapes in the sense that landscapes provide no direct benefits to business while providing many of the long-term services to sustain productivity. We will discuss reasons why some businesses do engage at landscape scales. Speakers: ICRAF; EcoAgriculture Partners; CCAFS; business partners; FAO; DFID, WB

Check our website for further information and presentations http://www.fao.org/climatechange/unfccc-process/86484/en/

Follow us on Twitter for live updates @faoclimate

 

Guide on agriculture at the UN Climate Change talks http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3836e.pdf

 

FAO 2014 SUBMISSIONS

 

LATEST PUBLICATIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE

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August 27-29 2014 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

Deadlines – Registrati​on Link – Concept Note

Dear Friends and colleagues,

The 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference “2015 and Beyond:  Our Action Agenda” is being held August 27-29, 2014, UN Headquarters in NY.  Appended below are the deadlines for Workshop Proposals; Speaker Nominations: and the link to the Conference Concept Note.
Let us know if you plan on attending the Conference, organizing a side event-workshop.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Here are the deadlines for the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference, “2015 and Beyond:
Our Action Agenda,” at UN HQ (NY),
27-29 August 2014.

All NGOs are invited to register. NGOs that are not accredited to the UN may create an ‘organizational profile’    here:http://esango.un.org/civilsociety/showNewProfile.do;jsessionid=D4E52AE0DC1A5F9AFA7FE3CDE14D64CC?method=addNewProfile&sessionCheck=false

–  Jeffery Huffines Chair, 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org Follow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org

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Invitation​: “Gender Equality, women’s empowermen​t and the realizatio​n of youth rights: Opportunit​ies for the new urban agenda” 28 May 2014

 

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“Gender Equality, women’s empowerment and the realization of youth rights: Opportunities for the new urban agenda”

28 May 2014, 13:15 p.m. – 14:45 p.m.

United Nations Headquarters New York, Conference Room 1

Chair:     Mr. John Hendra, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women Speakers: Ms. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN Habitat H.E. Ms. Maria Emma Mejia, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations Ms. Moustache-Belle, Mayor of Victoria (Seychelles) and co-President of UCLG Ms. Janice Peterson, Chair of Huairou Commission Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth

Event will be webcast live: www.unwomen.org

RSVP by 26 May 2014 by clicking here REGISTRATION

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Call for hosting the 9th WEEC in 2017–Appel à candidatur​es pour l’organisa​tion du congrès mondial WEEC en 2017–Convo​catoria de candidatur​as para la organizaci​ón del 9° Congreso Mundial WEEC e

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The ‘call for bid ’ of the 9th World Environmental Education Congress is open Public and nonprofit organizations interested in organizing the Ninth WEEC Congress in 2017 can request the application form to the following email address secretariat@environmental-education.org . The deadline for sending the candidacies is 31 July 2014. L’appel pour l’organisation du Congrès mondial WEEC est ouvert Les organisations publiques et sans but lucratif intéressées au 9ème Congrès mondiale de l’éducation à l’environnement peuvent demander le formulaire pour poser la candidature à  l’adresse électronique suivantesecretariat@environmental-education.org . Le dernier délai pour la présentation des candidatures est le 31 Juillet 2014. La convocatoria para la organización del 9° Congreso Mundial WEEC esta abierta Las organizaciones públicas y sin fines de lucro interesadas en la organización del 9° Congreso Mundial de Educación Ambiental en el 2017 pueden solicitar el formulario de solicitud a la siguiente dirección de correosecretariat@environmental-education.org . La fecha límite para enviar las candidaturas es el 31 de julio del 2014

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“Call For Participat​ion – Proposals”  Workshop Proposal Guidelines for 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference

Following the release of the reports of the Open Working Group and the Experts Committee on SD Financing this summer, we invite you to prepare for the  65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference on “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda” taking place at UN HQ (NY), 27-29 August 2014. 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 at the beginning of the 69th session of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, due to culminate at a Summit in September 2015. The Conference will also be an important milestone ahead of the Secretary-General’s September 2014 Climate Summit and UN General Assembly, finalization of the Synthesis Report on the post-2015 development agenda, and the Lima (2014) and Paris (2015) UNFCCC COPs.

As planning for the Conference continues, we invite you to submit your proposals for midday workshops based upon the conference plenary themes which will include poverty eradication, sustainability, climate change and human rights, with partnerships and accountability frameworks as cross-cutting issues. Please find attached the conference concept note and the guidelines for submitting workshop proposals.  The deadline to submit is 4 June 2014, at 11 pm (2300) US EST. 
Opportunities to register and submit your inputs on the conference programme and zero draft declaration will follow shortly. 
65th UN DPI NGO Concept Note-FINAL.pdf

 

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IUCN:  First World Heritage Outlook now live

 

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FRANÇAIS ci dessous – ESPAÑOL abajo     16 June at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar

http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/newsletters/world_heritage_outlook.cfm

FIRST GLOBAL ASSESSMENT OF NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE

The new IUCN World Heritage Outlook is released to the IUCN network today ahead of its launch on
16 June at the annual World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar.
Worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org will provide, for the first time, assessments of all 222 sites inscribed on the World Heritage List for their natural Outstanding Universal Value. You can now access the majority of these assessments and more of them will be added between now and the launch. The system is open for feedback and assessments will be revised if new information becomes available. IUCN global and regional reports on the World Heritage Outlook will be presented at the World Parks Congress, in November 2014 in Sydney.

> Read more  > Go to www.worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org

PREMIERE EVALUATION GLOBALE DU PATRIMOINE MONDIAL NATUREL

Le nouvel Horizon du patrimoine mondial de l’UICN est accessible dès aujourd’hui au réseau de l’UICN, avant son lancement prévu le 16 juin prochain lors du Comité du patrimoine mondial à Doha, au Qatar.    Le site internet worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org offrira, pour la première fois, l’évaluation des 222 biens inscrits sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial en raison de leur valeur universelle exceptionnelle naturelle. Vous pouvez accéder dès maintenant à la majorité de ces évaluations, et d’autres seront encore mises en ligne d’ici à la date de lancement.    Le système est ouvert aux commentaires, et les évaluations seront révisées si de nouvelles informations devenaient disponibles. Un rapport global et régional sur l’Horizon du patrimoine mondial sera présenté par l’UICN lors du Congrès mondial des parcs, en novembre 2014 à Sydney.

> En savoir plus  > Voir le site www.worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org

PRIMERA EVALUACIÓN GLOBAL DEL PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL NATURAL

La nueva Perspectiva del Patrimonio Mundial de la UICN se publica hoy en la red de la UICN, antes de su lanzamiento oficial el 16 de junio en la reunión anual del Comité del Patrimonio Mundial en Doha (Qatar).

En la página Worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org se incluirán, por vez primera, evaluaciones de todos los 222 sitios inscritos en la Lista del Patrimonio Mundial por su Valor Universal Excepcional natural. Ya se puede acceder a la mayoría de dichas evaluaciones, cuyo número se irá incrementando entre ahora y el lanzamiento oficial. El sistema permite el envío de comentarios, y las evaluaciones se revisarán en el caso de que aparezca nueva información disponible. La UICN publicará informes globales y regionales sobre revisiones de la Perspectiva del Patrimonio Mundial en el Congreso Mundial de Parques, que tendrá lugar en el mes de noviembre en Sídney. > Más informaciónVisite www.worldheritageoutlook.iucn.org

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Global Roundtable Issues:  Release of UN Climate Summit Programme

September 23, 2014

 

The UN will host the Climate Summit on September 23, 2014 in New York City, UN Headquarters.  The purpose of the event is to assist Member States prepare for the UNFCCC climate negotiations on an international “Climate Agreement” in 2015, Paris, France.  The program begins with a Plenary followed by Action Platforms; Thematic Sessions; and Outreach and Engagement Platform, visit
All the best, 
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Conference Announceme​nt – Learning Event on CBA and Resilience in East and Southern African Drylands

Deadline for registration: 10th June at midnight (GMT)
Date: 1st to 4th September 2014
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
CARE announces The Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) and a “call for participants” for a learning event on Community-Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands.
Location: ILRI complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: 1st to 4th September 2014
Register: download the registration form here and email to Sylvia Miyumo to register your interest to participate: alp@careclimatechange.org
Deadline for registration: 10th June at midnight (GMT)

Download the full conference concept note here

More from CARE below.
All the best,
Pam
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chair
Co-Coordinator Climate Change
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

 

Community Based Adaptation and Resilience in East and Southern Africa’s Drylands
The impacts of climate change are threatening the livelihoods of already vulnerable pastoralist, agro pastoralist and farming communities in East and Southern African drylands. In order to meet the scale and magnitude of these challenges, where extreme events and recurrent drought will be ongoing features, actors in development, adaptation, disaster risk management, social protection and humanitarian action are recognizing the need to focus on achieving resilient outcomes. Community based adaptation (CBA) to climate change is providing valuable practical approaches and evidence of use for drylands related programmes and policy decisions.
 
Aim of the learning event:
Bringing together stakeholders from a diverse range of disciplines working with dryland communities across East and Southern Africa, the aim of the event is to facilitate learning from experiences and evidence on climate change adaptation, in particular CBA, and resilience. Participants will co-generate new insights on the links between CBA and achieving resilient development.
The conference will explore:
1.       What is the added value that CBA practical experience brings to achieving resilience in dryland communities?
2.       How are climate change and related responses exacerbating the entrenched drivers of differential vulnerability among communities living in drylands? What are the barriers and drivers to change?

3.       What would an integrated and coherent approach to achieving resilience in vulnerable dryland communities look like?

CARE Ethiopia will host the event together with CARE’s Adaptation Learning Programme (ALP), the CGIAR Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security programme (CCAFS) and the International Centre for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE).

Download the full conference concept note here

Target audience:  Practitioners working with drylands issues (government, non-government and donors) and researchers, who have knowledge and experiences to share on adaptation and resilience in drylands.  Policy makers concerned with East and Southern African drylands are also welcome to register.
Participation will be dependent on the relevance of information shared in the registration form.
 
Location: ILRI complex, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Date: 1st to 4th September 2014
Register: download the registration form here and email to Sylvia Miyumo to register your interest to participate: alp@careclimatechange.org
Deadline for registration: 10th June at midnight (GMT)
Many thanks,
Nicola
Nicola Ward  |  CARE  |  Learning and Evidence Specialist |  Adaptation Learning Programme for Africa (ALP) 
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Brighton, UK  |  www.careclimatechange.org
skype: nicolaelizabethward

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There’s less than a week left to get your climate change project recognized by the UN through Momentum for Change.
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Dear Community of Educators,

If you are planning to organize an event, send us your announcement and we will share with our colleagues and networks.
If you are planning on participating in the meeting, let us know.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremely Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
The dates for the High-Level Political Forum are from the 30th June – 9th July. The Forum will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

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UN HLPF Informal Briefing / side event deadline extended until 25 May 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The second meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the first to be held under the auspices of ECOSOC, will be held from Monday, 30 June, through Wednesday, 9 July 2014 with evening meetings on 30 June and 1 July.
The ministerial meeting of the forum will be held from 7 to 9 July 2014.
The theme will be“Achieving the Millennium Development Goals and charting the way for an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, including the sustainable development goals”. 

This will be followed by the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (8-9 July) and the Development Cooperation Forum (10-11 July). 

NGO registration for the HLPF is not yet open, nor has the draft programme of work been agreed upon by Member States and therefore not yet available for distribution. We have learned that there will be opportunities for Major Groups/stakeholders interventions throughout the programme. Once the programme has been released, we will be soliciting NGO nominations for the speaking slots available to Major Groups/stakeholders.  On 14 May the ECOSOC Council President and bureau briefed the Member State delegates on the draft programme of work. The four proposed areas of the programme include:

  • Evolution of Rio+20 to post-2015 – our expectations for the post 2015 agenda and the characteristics of the agenda including universality and integration.
  • Regional dimensions and countries in special situations – build on the work of the HLPF that have been held in some regions and dedicate discussions to SIDS and challenges faced by various groups of countries, the poorest and most vulnerable.
  • Shaping the HLPF beyond 2015 – how the HLPF can best review the post-2015, as noted in the Resolution 68/1. There will be time dedicated to specific issues that Rio+20 and the two resolutions asked the HLPF to consider. For example – SCP.
  • Science policy interface – Rio+20- have asked the HLPF to strengthen this matter.
More details will be forthcoming once the draft programme is released and registration is open, we hope by next week. 
All the best,
 
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
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Internatio​nal Photo (with Story) Competitio​n on Forests and Agricultur​e through a Gender Lens – Deadline June 15, 2014

From our Global Gender Climate Alliance [GGCA] partner, please share with your colleagues and networks.

All the best,
Pam
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Dear GGCA Colleagues,
Purabi Bose, of CGIAR/CIAT, shares an exciting opportunity to tell our best Forests and Agriculture stories through a Gender Lens in a photo competition (below).  
Entries are due by 15 June 2014.
 Announcements and further information is also available in the links that follow: Announcement in
English: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_EN_PBose-2014.pdf Announcement in
Spanish: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_ES_PBose-2014.pdf Announcement in
French: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_FR_PBose-2014-.pdf Announcement in Bahasa Indonesia: http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Photo-Competition_Anno uncement_Ind_PBose-2014.pdf I encourage you to participate and share a photo story or
2.  Please consider cc’ing me if you submit photo, I would like to showcase your entry whether it makes the top 100 or not! Best regards, Cara Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA)
Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

 

From: Bose, Purabi (CIAT) [mailto:p.bose@cgiar.org]   To: cara@gender-climate.org Cc: sachi94@gmail.comftagenderphoto@gmail.com

Subject: Reminder: International Photo (with Story) Competition on Forests

and Agriculture through a Gender Lens
Dear All:

Kind reminder to participate in the International Photo Competition (Photo with a Story) on Forests and Agriculture through a Gender Lens. Submit your contribution before June 15, 2014.

A wonderful opportunity for institutes and individuals to showcase their work on gender through photos and stories (success and/or failure) on broad theme of agriculture and forests. The selected photos with stories will be published in the Photo Book, and there are many more awards. Anyone can participate across globe.
For more information, kindly refer attachments of the photo competition announcements in four PDFs – each in English, Spanish, French, and Bahasa Indonesia languages.
Feel free to circulate this link among your colleagues at your institute and among your wider partner institute networks http://dapa.ciat.cgiar.org/international-photo-competition_purabi-bose/
We look forward to receive your contribution. Thank you.  Purabi.

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IISD:   Post 2015 Sustainabl​e Developmen​t Agenda – Policy & Practice — “Call for Proposals” – 2nd Annual Internatio​nal Conference on Sustainabl​e Developmen​t Practice

http://post2015.iisd.org/post2015-update/2014-05-13/

 
 
Subject: Call for Proposals – 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice
Reply-To: UNSDSN Info <info@unsdsn.org
Dear colleagues,
The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Second Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014 at Columbia University in New York City.
The Conference theme, Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, seeks proposals for practical solutions to address the complex challenges of sustainable development at local, regional, and global levels. The aim of the conference is to share and identify practical, evidence-based solutions, that can support the SDSN leadership in shaping the post-2015 agenda. Proposals are welcome across 12 SDSN thematic areas:
1. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries
2. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions
3. Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights
4. Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work
5. Health for All
6. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry
7. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
8. Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services
9. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected
10. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources
11. Global Governance and Norms for Sustainable Development
12. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development
We are accepting contributions from academia (faculty, scholars, researchers, and students), practitioners, NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, and private companies. A diversity of stakeholders and perspectives is desirable, as the conference hopes to mobilize the expertise of the scientific and technical communities in a wide rage of sectors. A peer review panel consisting of MDP academics and SDSN Affiliates (or the Scientific Committee) will select the best solutions from the submitted abstracts and papers to be presented at the conference.
Please submit abstracts using the form at http://events.ei.columbia.edu/sdp-conference-2014/Abstracts are due by May 30, 2014, and notifications of accepted abstracts will be sent by June 17, 2014. Upon acceptance, full papers should be submitted no later than June 30, 2014. For questions please write to ICSDP@globalmdp.org.
Best regards,
Guido Schmidt-Traub

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5/14,  Judy Woodruff to moderate program with National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice

 

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Brief Survey – Preparatio​ns For COP 20 Climate Change Event – Deadline Monday May 19, 2014

Dear Community of Educators,

The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC will be hosted by Peru in Lima, December 1-12, 2014.  With optimism and expectation, COP 20 is aiming for a global agreement on mitigating the impact of climate change as well as advancing adaptation strategies based on environmental compensation and natural infrastructure that will aid developing countries struggling with effects of climate change.  
In terms of context, see Article 6 of the Convention, 
and the Doha Work Programme on Article 6, attached below.  
As the work on adaptation advances there is a focus on community-based engagement.  Often overlooked in these deliberations are the essential elements regarding:  public participation, access to information that creates an informed public, public engagement in decision-making, and international cooperation and coordination.
The UN SD Education Caucus – Climate Change will hold a side event that applies the “lens” of environmental education to this focus on community-based engagement.  We envision the side event, in both presentation and discussion, to highlight evolving lessons, designs and models of approach that demonstrate/illustrate community-based capacity building, empowerment, engagement, resilience and adaptation in the face of 21st century effects of climate change.  
As we begin our preparations, we would like to know your suggestions regarding the event.   Please be as specific as possible, provide contact names/affiliation-title, email, and links where possible.  If you would like to serve on the steering committee and have conference management experience let us know.  Send your comments and suggestions to <pjpunt@umich.eduby Friday, May 16, 2014.
 
COP 20 SURVEY
1)  What kind of sponsorship should we consider and participation to aim for?
2)  What kind of interactive formats would be most effective?
3)  Examples of program options:  A 1 Day Summit; a 1/2 Day Forum;  standard 1 1/2 hour session; lunch meeting; evening event;  reception; series of workshops;  OTHER possibilities?  Onsite or offsite?
4)  What modalities and media would best serve to convey the outcomes as part of an actionable education agenda in terms of community-based climate change adaptation?
As we begin to shape our event in preparing for COP 20, we appreciate your insights to help create an event that will frame 21st century messages, approaches, and models that address 21st century challenges in terms of climate change.  
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Register by 1st June: UNCTAD Public Symposium June 18-19, 2014 – Geneva, Switzerlan​d

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Verkiezing​sdebat & Politiek Café in de aanloop naar de Europese verkiezing​en

                                                                                                                                                        08-05-2014   Verkiezingsdebat & Politiek Café in de aanloop naar de Europese verkiezingen   Naar een Innovatie-Unie Europese kenniseconomie  Groene economische groei – Bas Eickhout (GroenLinks)  Sebastiaan den Bak (CDA)  Raoul Boucke (D66) Kati Piri (PvdA)   Sebastiaan den Bak (CDA)  Raoul Boucke (D66) – Leo Kouwenhoven (TU Delft)  Jorien Janssen (LSVb)   Gandert van Raemdonck (WABCO) Eppo Bruins (STW)  Anka Mulder (TU Delft)  Rob de Jeu (Energy Club)   Aanmelden Meer informatie Het Europees verkiezingsdebat wordt georganiseerd door het Montesquieu Instituut, de TU Delft, VSNU, KNAW, NWO en 3TU federatie. Europa is meer dan de euro – Politiek Café Donderdag 15 mei 17:15 – 18:45, Centrale Bibliotheek Den Haag De euro en de bankenunie zijn altijd veelbesproken onderwerpen rondom de Europese verkiezingen. Maar uw stem voor Europa heeft ook invloed op mensenrechten, Europese kunst en cultuur en de toekomst van Oekraïne.   Het Politiek Café gaat over die andere kant van Europa. Met een Europaquiz en een debat met o.a. kandidaat-Europarlementariërs Ivo Thijssen (D66), Kati Piri (PvdA) en Mireille de Jonge (CDA).   Aanmelden Meer informatie   Het Politiek Café vindt elke derde donderdag van de maand plaats en wordt georganiseerd door ProDemos, het Montesquieu Instituut en Nieuwspoort

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Upcoming: virtual conference on vocational pedagogy, 12 to 26 May 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 12 to 26 May 2014. Moderated by Professor Bill Lucas, Director of the Centre for Real-World Learning, Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester (United Kingdom) and co-creator of the Expansive Education Network, this virtual conference will explore what vocational pedagogy is, why it matters and how teachers can put it into practice. Over a two-week period, the discussion will focus on what teaching and learning methods work best in TVET, how these may differ from general or academic education and how teachers can become more confident and competent in vocational pedagogy. The key message of the 2014 EFA Global Monitoring Report on teaching and learning was very clear: there is a global learning crisis. Despite efforts to improve universal access to education, 250 million children are not learning even the basic skills, let alone the skills they need to thrive in the world of work. The report underlines that more efforts should be made to ensure that children actually learn when they go to school, which can be achieved when governments invest in well-qualified and motivated teachers (UNESCO, 2014). The importance of good teachers is also true for technical and vocational education and training. The Third International TVET Congress emphasized that for the quality of TVET to improve it is imperative to “develop effective policies aimed at improving teaching and learning processes” (UNESCO, 2012). TVET teachers have a distinctive role to play: not only do they need to be experts in their subject, they also need to have a solid understanding of pedagogy. However, to what extent do teachers of technical and vocational subjects actually need a different pedagogical approach than teachers in general education? While there is a wealth of literature on academic pedagogy, there is much less research in technical and vocational education. The concept of “vocational pedagogy” is generally under-researched and has not yet been considered much in the global debate on TVET. UNESCO-UNEVOC is calling for e-Forum members and the global TVET community to share their experiences, practices and concerns on teaching and learning in TVET and is looking forward to hearing from policy makers, researchers, practitioners, and of course teachers and learners in TVET. The contributions will be synthesized and summarized into a report, which will provide directions for future research and programme work in this field. Your active participation in the discussion would be most gratefully received and we strongly encourage you to circulate this announcement to your networks. More information and to sign up, see http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=Virtual%20Conference%20Vocational%20Pedagogy%2012-26%20May%202014 Please note that this conference will take place on the e-Forum platform, but you will have to sign up to the conference in order to fully participate by entering your email address in the subscription form at http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/subscribe Note that if you do not wish to receive email notifications, you can also participate using the online interface by logging on with your UNEVOC account. We look forward to a very productive discussion! Best regards, UNESCO-UNEVOC view thread online: http://www.unevoc.unesco.org/go.php?q=e-Forum+-+Message+Board&skin=efor&lang=en&action=threadlist&thread=2589

 

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FOR NGOs ATTENDING OWG 11 

From: Alzner Susan <susan.alzner@un-ngls.org> Subject:
meeting for input on key topics for UNDG dialogue on “partnerships with civil society” To: Susan Alzner <alzner@un.org>

  9 May 12:00-1:00​pm meeting for input on key topics for UNDG dialogue on “partnersh​ips with civil society”

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to a meeting on Friday, 9 May from 12:00-1:00pm to hear your input on key topics to be addressed in an upcoming UN Development Group (UNDG) dialogue process on “partnerships with civil society,” which will have a focus on issues related to means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda. This initiative is part of the UNDG project “Continuing inclusive dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda.”
PLEASE RSVP at your earliest convenience by replying to this email.
Location will be provided in response to your RSVP, by Thursday. 
We will confirm the room after we have a sense of attendance.
Please feel free to share this message with your networks.
The overall objective of this “partnerships with civil society” process is to foster transition from “consultation” to “political partnerships for implementation” between States and civil society, with the aim of demonstrating concrete policy results. The concept note for the “partnerships with civil society” component of the UNDG project is available here. It is a multi-faceted process, with national and global components. Several months ago, it was determined that this process would be co-led by UN-NGLS, UNMC, UNFPA and UNV, with each national dialogue to be further guided by a multi-stakeholder Advisory Board, as described in the concept note.
The meeting on 9 May will:
1) provide an overview of the “partnerships with civil society” dialogue process;
2) seek your input on key topics to be addressed, which will particularly inform the establishment of questions for a global e-discussion that will complement the national and global policy dialogues;
3) seek to answer your questions about the process.
We hope you will be able to attend.
Thank you and best regards,
Susan Alzner Officer in Charge, New York Office United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
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NGO Nomination​s for PGA’s 9-10 June High-level Event on Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Developmen​t

Agenda

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Throughout this process when a call for potential speakers/ discussants is put forth, we have been able to suggest some excellent people.  Once again we encourage our members to step forward, either self-nominate or encourage a qualified person you know to do so.  Let us know if you decide to participate.  Deadline Monday, 12 May.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Col-Chairs
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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TO UN DESA NGO MAJOR GROUP
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, is facilitating a process to obtain nominations from civil society networks for speakers during the PGA‘s 
9-10 June High-Level Event on “Contributions of Human Rights and Rule of Law in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” taking place at UN Headquarters in New York.
The concept note for this event is available here.
NGOs are invited to submit 1 nominee per category by Monday, 12 May:
Panel #1 Panelist (travel funding provided if necessary)
Panel #1 Discussant (travel funding not provided)
Panel #2 Panelist (travel funding provided if necessary)
Panel #2 Discussant (travel funding not provided) Instructions for submitting nominations to NGO Major Group Organizing Partners
The NGO Organizing Partners have created an online nomination form for each of the 4 nomination categories; links are provided below. We invite your NGO to submit one nominee per category. You may submit a nomination for one or more of the 4 categories. Before submitting a nominee, please confirm:
1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf.
2) The nominee is a good public speaker.
3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on the day of their speaking role, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one within 2 weeks, for travel to the US.
4) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda. Please consider the content of this event’s concept note when selecting candidates to nominate, available here.
The 4 categories for speaking roles, and links to submit nominations (please note travel funding information above): 
Panel #1 
“Exploring the contributions of human rights and the rule of law in supporting national and international efforts towards poverty eradication and sustainable development”
Panel #2 
“Towards a transformational development agenda: integrating human rights and rule of law in the post 2015 development agenda with a view to improving development outcomes”
DISCUSSANT: SUBMIT A NOMINATION
As stated in the concept note, the event provides an opportunity for participants to: 1. Exchange experiences and lessons learned regarding the treatment of human rights and the rule of law in a development context including for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; 
2. Identify gaps and challenges in this regard that will require further attention and support in a post 2015 development agenda;
3. Identify resources and capacities necessary to foster a universal approach promoting freedom from want and freedom from fear.
By 21 May, OPGA will select the final speakers from amongst the 5 nominees submitted for each speaking role. 
OPGA will prioritize civil society speakers from the global South for this event, and will ensure gender and geographic balance within the overall programme, which will also include speakers from governments, academia, and the private sector. UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates. 
Visa arrangements OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers.
The speakers will be responsible for obtaining their own 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 2 weeks.
Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 26 constituencies to submit one nominee for each speaking category outlined above (up to 4 nominees total).
UN-NGLS is allowed to send through 5 final nominees per role to OPGA, for a total of 20 nominees.
For more information about the PGA’s post-2015 events, including how to attend as an observer, please see the PGA’s Frequently Asked Questions web page.

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

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The World Bank Climate Change Group and consulting firm Policy Solutions cordially invite you to a

Live Webinar Citizen Engagement to Support Urban Climate Governance

Wednesday, May 14, 2014    •    9:00 am – 11:00 am U.S. EST Check the exact time at your location: http://www.worldtimeserver.com/

Click here to proceed to registration

Or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://worldbankva.adobeconnect.com/e4yozmh01sb/event/event_info.html

Climate change is a fundamental threat to development and the fight against poverty.  The World Bank Group (WBG) is concerned that without bold action now, the warming planet threatens to put prosperity out of reach of millions and roll back decades of development. By 2050 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, making them a natural place to focus efforts against climate change and poverty. Cities present a unique opportunity to reach a large percent of the population with climate smart urban solutions. One aspect of the urban government response to climate change that the WBGCC team is currently exploring, with the support of the consulting firm Policy Solutions, is stakeholder engagement. Our experience and research has shown that local governments cannot implement an adequate response to climate change without effectively engaging economic actors take actions themselves.  Additionally, local government is well placed to advocate for the transformational changes needed, but are unable to bring about all on their own. These two forms of stakeholder engagement go beyond traditional concepts of good governance. They can be further supported by new information and communications technology, an understanding of behavioral change and institutional innovation. Dr. Anne Arquit Niederberger will summarize insights from preliminary World Bank research and report on current approaches being used. City-level practitioners are particularly encouraged to join the webinar and share experiences with innovative engagement and advocacy activities, methods and models. Following the webinar, we will bring the conversation to the Scaling Up Climate Action Collaboration Platform to engage in an e-discussion designed to further elicit feedback.

This webinar is another in the series of knowledge sharing events from our community of practice (CoP) for Scaling up Climate Action in Cities. To join this CoP please visit this link https://collaboration.worldbank.org/groups/scaling-up-climate-change-action-in-cities.We highly value your views, feedback and opinions. Please feel free to share with us any specific questions that you would like answered, expert speakers that you would like featured and reference to expert contributors for e-discussions and provide any other suggestions that you may have to enrich the community and mobilize action on climate change in cities.

 Speakers

Dr. Anne Arquit Niederberger, Policy Solutions – Dr. Arquit Niederberger is Principal at the consultancy Policy Solutions. She has been working in the field of climate change and clean energy since 1989, shifting her focus from climate science to government policy and, since 2001, to strategic consulting. At Policy Solutions, Dr. Arquit Niederberger advises enterprises, governments, international organizations, and other clients around the globe on a range of green economy issues. Introductory remarks by Ms. Monali Ranade, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank Institute Climate Change Practice For additional information, please contact Ms. Sara Mills-Knapp at smillsknapp@worldbank.org   The SNV REDD+ Corner, Issue #4, May 2014   http://us6.campaign-archive1.com/?u=e5895bcd12e23439a6c00ef95&id=6aac7a32ea&e=bf9fbd8f73

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PRI in Person Montréal, 97% response to Reporting Framework and more

PRI in Person Montréal – discount must end 16 May!

You have until Friday 16 May to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount for   this year’s PRI in Person conference in Montréal, Canada. The event is the PRI’s annual conference and the leading responsible investment event of the year. For the first time, this year the PRI’s Academic Network Conference will be held in the same week, allowing the latest cutting-edge research in responsible investment to be shared.

The agenda will cover a wide variety of topics including debates on fossil fuel divestment, investor tax responsibility, green bonds, fracking, human rights in extractives and executive remuneration with plenty of peer-to-peer networking and discussion. The week will include optional site visits to the oil sands, Hydro-Québec’s power plant and visiting Montréal’s sustainable real estate projects. In addition, a half day event for institutional investors will cover investing for impact and competitive returns. Please register your interest for these events as places are limited. Find out more and register  

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 ”Registrat​ion Open”  North Africa and Middle East Science Centers [NAMES] 2014 Conference November 7-9

Dear All, Hope this email finds you all doing well. With reference to NAMES 2014 Conference, 7-9 November, kindly be advised that the Tentative Program and List of Confirmed Speakers are now published on NAMES 2014 Website: “www.namesnetwork.org/NAMES2014”. Moreover, kindly note that Online Registration is now open; Registration Fees and Payment Methods details are also published on the Website. We urge you all to please register online to guarantee your place and welcome pack at NAMES 2014. NAMES 2014 looks forward to welcoming you at Bursa Science and Technology Center in November 2014; meanwhile, should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincere regards,

Rehab Elawamry
NAMES Administrator
(North Africa and Middle East Science centers network)
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
P.O. Box 138, Chatby
Alexandria 21526
EGYPT
Tel.: +(203) 4839999; Ext.: 2723
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“Call for Abstracts” 2nd Internatio​nal Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Developmen​t, September 9-11 2014

2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development

“Tackling a Key 21st Century Evaluation Challenge” – Washington, D.C. – September 9-11, 2014

Introduction

Several critical climate change and evaluation events have been scheduled for 2014 and 2015. First, the global community will transition from achieving targets related to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to prominently feature environment and climate change issues. Second, the long anticipated climate change agreement is expected to be reached in Paris at COP21 in December 2015. And third, prior to this event, the UN will host a high profile Heads of State’s Summit on Climate Change in New York in September 2014. Meantime, 2015 has been declaredInternational Year of Evaluation with several events planned around the world to raise the importance of evaluation to decision making and project and program formulation.
These events are expected to highlight the urgent need of tackling the devastating effects of climate change, as recently confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) in its Fifth Assessment Report. But these events also point to the crucial importance of evaluation and climate change evaluation in particular to the overall quest of ending poverty and achieving sustainable development.
Since the 2009 UN Climate Change conference in Copenhagen, there has been a relatively positive response to the call to increase climate finance and investment. This growth has resulted to a surge in demand for evaluative evidence that demonstrates what is working, why, how and under what circumstances. Unfortunately, there are no clear-cut answers to these questions.
While climate change evaluation practice has made considerable progress in addressing difficulties linked to methodologies, approaches and adaptive tools to evaluate interventions, challenges are far from over. Some of these challenges are further compounded by the fact that climate change interventions take place at different scales in different environmental and socio-economic contexts and geographical regions of the world. Examined from the lens of the often complex interactions between climate change and other established development areas such as natural resources management (NRM) and food security, these dilemmas are further exacerbated.
The global evaluation and the climate change evaluation community in particular will have to deal with these difficulties in the 21stcentury.
In recognition of the need to urgently and collectively address these challenges so as to draw credible evidence capable of meeting current and future demand, the Climate-Eval Community of Practice, hosted by the Global Environment Facility Independent Evaluation Office (GEF IEO) and other bilateral partners will organize the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development.
This will be held on September 9-11, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The 2nd international conference will build upon the gains made by the first one held in Alexandria, Egypt in 2008. But unlike the 1st conference, this one pivots around emerging challenges of the evaluation of climate change mitigation and adaptation and the policies and its relations to established development areas.
Proceedings of this conference are timed to feed into the current and future rethinking of the international development architecture while specifically shading light on best practices, indicators, tools and approaches to evaluate climate change mitigation, adaptation and the nexus between climate change and development areas such as natural resources management (NRM), food security and other related development fields.

Specific Objectives of the conference 1)       To learn from recent efforts to evaluate the results and impact of policies and programs of climate change interventions, including the relationship to other development areas. 2)       To review and analyze new and emerging approaches and methods to evaluate climate change policies and interventions and to identify gaps and challenges for future work. 3)       To identify innovative and emerging learning and knowledge sharing strategies to enhance the utility of climate change and development evaluations. 4)       To provide additional support to strengthen capacity in developing countries to undertake evaluation of climate change interventions.

Call for Abstracts

Central to this conference will be – three parallel streams – in which the Steering Committee is – now seeking – abstracts for paper and poster contributions. Individual practitioners, associations, donors, and academes are welcome to submit proposals in the following streams:

1.      Policy and program level evaluations 2.      Evaluating climate change adaptation 3.      Evaluating climate change mitigation.

Contributions are invited that address the methodological challenges in these areas and/or that describe the demand for and the use made of this evaluation. Contributions that address interactions between mitigation and adaptation are encouraged. Interventions may also involve trade-offs between different development objectives or hold potential for realizing synergies among them. Evaluations that examine how these issues are dealt with in design and implementation and that assess the multiple outcomes are likely to be of wide interest.
Practitioners and other stakeholders are invited to propose special sessions to tackle topics such as knowledge brokerage. Meetings of representatives from professional associations, communities of practice and participants from regions are also envisaged.
Selection Criteria
The selection committee will be looking at contributions that, on one hand, clarify issues in climate change evaluation research and theory, and on the other, raise critical questions and issues that will define future practice. While proposing emerging and innovative evaluation paradigms, proposed papers should report critically on completed evaluations. Abstracts will be reviewed on the following broad criteria:

1.      Relevance (abstracts must be concise and coherently aligned with the conference themes and objectives as well as the target audience. 2.      Novelty and Innovation (abstract must show innovative information and/or present new or emerging developments in climate change evaluation). 3.      Advancement of Climate Change Evaluation Practice (abstract should present a significant contribution to the field of climate change and NRM evaluation and indicate how the submitted paper will contribute to the development of global knowledge) 4.      Overall Clarity and Quality of Abstract (abstracts should ensure easy understanding of issues and objectives of the paper) 5.      Originality and unpublished work (abstract must be original and should not have been previously published)

Papers will be reviewed by a selection committee to identify those that will be presented at the conference. Female and young climate change practitioners from developing countries are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts.
 
Submission Procedure and Structure of Abstracts
 
A 400-words abstract (maximum) in Microsoft Word format should be emailed to dakana@thegef.org not later than Friday, May 30, 2014 and must include the following information:

1.      Name and title of presenting author

2.      Email and telephone contact details of presenting author

3.      Title of the paper

4.      Name, title and institutional affiliation of author

Poster Presentations
Poster presentations combine text, images and graphics to make a visually pleasing presentation of evaluations. Poster sessions will offer practitioners the opportunity to visually present their work, network with peers, and assemble useful feedback from conference participants.
Submissions for poster sessions should be 400 words (maximum) and should be submitted in Microsoft Word. Final poster presentations should be 1.0 meter in width and 1.5 meter in height.

Exhibition presentations

An exhibition space consisting of stands that will display creative and innovative posters, brochures and other promotional and knowledge materials will be created. These stands will serve as channels for exchanging knowledge and experiences and also create opportunities for direct communication and outreach among participants, in addition to exhibiting structured dialogues.
Exhibition presentations should include a one page description of the goals of the exhibition, required materials, title, submitting association/organization and contact details.
Special Roundtable Sessions
These are flexible conference formats intended to allow extended discussion among small groups of conference participants on topics such as knowledge brokerage and other climate change evaluation related issues. Roundtables are unique opportunities for cross fertilization of ideas among peers with similar interest on common topics.
Proposals should be 400 words (maximum) should be submitted in Microsoft Word format.
Sponsorship
On submitting full papers, practitioners and other stakeholders will be requested to indicate whether they require financial support to cover expenses (travel, accommodation and daily allowance) associated with their participation in the Conference.
Further questions concerning the submission of abstracts should be addressed to David Akana: dakana@thegef.org .
Submission Deadlines
The following important dates will serve as guide to practitioners / interested stakeholders in submitting abstracts:
Start of submission                                                                      Thursday, May 1, 2014
Abstracts Submission Deadline                                                  Friday, May 30, 2014
Notification of Final Acceptance                                              Monday, June 16, 2014
Submission of full paper manuscripts (2000 words)              Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Conference Dates                                                                        September 9-11, 2014

Visit Climate-Eval community of practice for more information: http://www.climate-eval.org/events/2014-conference

And for more information on the call for Abstracts, email David Akana at Climate-Eval: dakana@thegef.org

Best wishes, Dennis Bours Steering Committee Member of the 2nd International Conference on Evaluating Climate Change and Development. http://climate.dennisbours.com

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Hello,
For those in World Conference on Youth in Sri-Lanka, join us in our side event hosted by OAYouth and FEMNET on SRHR in committee room 1 on May 9 from 1pm-1.50pm. See the poster below.
I noted the agenda there will be regional meetings where we can all meet as African youth. I will be in Sri-Lanka from tomorrow morning and look forward to meeting most of you who are attending.
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[MGCY-Post​2015] Side Event on Young People’s Participat​ion in Peacebuild​ing

From: Matilda Flemming

Subject: [MGCY-Post2015] Side Event on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding To: post2015@childrenyouth.org, majorgroup@childrenyouth.org

Dear all WCY-participants (apologies for spamming everyone that aren’t here),

Please find attached and below an invitation to a WCY side event tomorrow Thursday at 18.30 on the Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding hosted by Search for Common Ground,  UN Habitat,  the UN Peacebuilding Support Office and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.

Hope to see you there!

Matilda Flemming Leading Coordinator United Network of Young Peacebuilders

Dear Friends ,

The Guiding Principles on Young People’s Participation in Peacebuilding were officially launched on April 24th 2014, in New York, alongside the UN General Assembly Thematic Debate on Ensuring Stable and Peaceful Societies.

They provide guidance to Governments, UN entities, donors, national and international NGOs and civil society on meaningful youth engagement and participation,  especially in conflict or transition settings.   Come participate in an inter-active discussion of how these Guiding Principles can

(1)  Be implemented in your country and

(2)  How these Principles can help shape a more accountable community of practice toward young people like you. > >

On: 8th May 2014 From: 6.30pm-8.00pm    At: BMICH Committee Room B > > Brief Presentations from: · Doug Ragan & Ravi Karkara – UN-HABITAT    · Matilda Flemming  - United Network of Young Peacebuilders · Marisa Fernando – Search for Common Ground  UN HABITAT  UNOY  Search for Common Ground  PBSO

– Antonio Palazuelos Prieto   — You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups “African Youth Working Group on Post-2015 Agenda (AYWG)” group.

To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to african-youth-working-group-on-post-2015-agenda+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.

Youth Forum Flyer.pdf

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[Beyond 2015:302] #Yes2Youth​Goal: Support a standalone Youth Goal in the post-2015 developmen​t framework 

8 May 2014

 

 

  Say Yes to Youth Goal   Should there be a standalone Youth Goal in the post-2015 development framework? Do you agree that global policymakers should set a standalone Youth Goal when a successor to the Millennium Development Goals is agreed? At the World Conference on Youth on 8 May 2014, Katherine Ellis, Youth Director of the Commonwealth, will discuss the issue with Alain Sibenaler, UNFPA Representative and a host of other panellists. We want your views! Send your questions or views via Facebook or Twitter to #Yes2YouthGoal. A selection will be put to the speakers.

Follow the debate at our event page Why support the Youth Goal Why The Commonwealth supports a standalone Youth Goal:

  • 1.8 billion people are aged 10-24: a quarter of the world’s population
  • 87% of young people aged 15-24 live in a developing context
  • 13% of 15-24 year-olds are unemployed, next to 4.6% for all adults
  • 2.6 million young people aged 10-24 die each year, mostly preventable deaths

It’s time for a standalone Youth Goal to ensure the social, political and economic empowerment and participation of young people across the world. A Youth Goal with its own targets and indicators would help young people contribute to all aspects of national development, as active participants, champions and custodians Join the debate! Join our campaign for a standalone Youth Goal:

You’re receiving this notification as a contact of the Commonwealth Secretariat. Commonwealth Secretariat Marlborough House, Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HX, UK www.thecommonwealth.org

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ICYO-Youth Informatio​n World Conference on Youth 2014 began

                                                       

ICYO- Youth Information                                       

(E-Newsletter from network of youth organizations in  India)

 ICYO  – Platform of Youth Organizations in  India.     ICYO – India’s largest  network of urban and rural youth.

World  Conference on Youth 2014 take-off   The  World Conference on Youth 2914 was inaugurated on 6th May 2014 at Colombo in Sri  Lanka. This is the first global youth conference organized in Asia and hosted by  the Government of Sri Lanka. ”The  needs and demands of youth are one of my top priorities,” said UN Envoy on Youth  Ahmad Alhendawi on behalf of the Secretary-General at the conference. “I  encourage you to continue to raise your voices loud and clear so that they are  heard not just at the conference, but in your communities around the  world.” In  his own remarks, Alhendawi pointed out the daunting challenges young people are  facing: That 40 percent of the unemployed globally are youth that nearly 70  million adolescents are out of school that 1.5 billion people – the majority of  whom youth – are still living in conflicts or in fragile situations and that 41  percent of all new HIV infections occur in young people. The Secretary-General’s  Envoy also stressed that if current trends continue in the next decade, over 142  million girls will be married before their 18th birthday. In  the words delivered by His Excellency the President of the United Nations  General Assembly, Ambassador John W. Ashe, “The Rio+20 Outcome Document The  Future We Want emphasizes the need for young people to actively participate in  decision-making processes. As the Member States of the United Nations begin  formulating a successor arrangement to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),  we need to ensure that this new framework is sufficiently sensitive to the needs  of the young.” About  1000 youth are attending this four day conference , which is going on from 6-10  May 2014.

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Youth  Information is published by Indian  Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO) 194-A,  Arjun Nagar, Safdarjang Enclave New  Delhi 110029, India Phone:  91 9811729093  / 91 11 26183978 Fax 91 11 26198423

Emailicyoindia@gmail.com  www.icyo.in

Indian Committee of Youth Organizations  (ICYO) is a registered non-profit, non-governmental network organization,  committed in developing areas of mutual cooperation and understanding among  different youth voluntary agencies, youth groups, clubs and individuals working  in the field of youth welfare in India. ICYO functions as an umbrella organization  of youth NGOs in India. It’s family consists of over 550 organizations  spread in 124 districts of 26 states from different corners of  India.

Our goal: To improve and  extend the youth work and services through Youth Organizations; To enhance  and demonstrate youth work in the society; To promote effective youth  programmme; To organize network of civil society organizations working  towards the development of youth work; To organize seminars, conferences,  workshops, trainings; To maintain international relation with organizations  promoting young people in their programme and activities

Affiliation:   Consultative (Roster) Status with ECOSOC, United  Nations; Consultative Status with Commission on Sustainable Development;  Full Member of World Assembly of Youth (WAY); Full member of Asian Youth  Council (AYC); Working relation with Foundation  for Leadership Initiatives (FLI). World Conference on Youth 2014 take-off.pdf

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[Beyond 2015:303] N2015 Webinar 14 May 9am EST – feedback from OWG-11

Dear Beyond 2015,

On May 14, next Wednesday, at 9am EST, there will be a webinar with Debra Jones (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group, Save the Children, New York), John Patrick Ngoyi (Beyond 2015 ExCom, JDPC Nigeria), and Miguel Santibanez (Beyond 2015 ExCom, Regional Coordinator Latin America, MESA Chile). This will be an opportunity for B2015 participating organisations to hear feedback and analysis of OWG-11, and discuss future plans.
If you would like to register for the call, please email me on fhale@beyond2015.org.
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El 14 de mayo (el próximo miércoles) a las 9.00 EST, habrá un webinario con Debra Jones (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group, Save the Children, New York), John Patrick Ngoyi (Beyond 2015 ExCom, JDPC Nigeria), y Miguel Santibanez (Beyond 2015 ExCom, Coordinador Regional Latinoamerica, MESA Chile). El webinario sera una oportunidad para organizaciones participantes de Beyond 2015 de compartir el analisis de la 11a reunion del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto y planes para el futuro.
Para inscribirse, enviar un mensaje a fhale@beyond2015.org
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Le 14 mai (mercredi) a 9h EST, un webinaire avec Debra Jones (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group, Save the Children, New York), John Patrick Ngoyi (Beyond 2015 ExCom, JDPC Nigeria), et Miguel Santibanez (Beyond 2015 ExCom, Coordonateur Regional Amérique Latine, MESA Chile) – une opportunité pour les organizations qui participent à Beyond 2015 de partager l’analyse de la 11eme réunion du Groupe de Travail Ouvert et parler des plans pour le futur.
Pour vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un message a fhale@beyond2015.org.
Fiona Hale
Beyond 2015 International Officer
Skype: fionahale (Newcastle, England)
 
We want to know your opinion! Make sure you send your feedback on Beyond 2015′s latest drafts on the Vision,PurposeValues and Criteria for the post-2015 framework!
Please note that I don’t work on Friday.

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Dear Beyond 2015,

On May 14, next Wednesday, at 9am EST, there will be a webinar with Debra Jones (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group, Save the Children, New York), John Patrick Ngoyi (Beyond 2015 ExCom, JDPC Nigeria), and Miguel Santibanez (Beyond 2015 ExCom, Regional Coordinator Latin America, MESA Chile). This will be an opportunity for B2015 participating organisations to hear feedback and analysis of OWG-11, and discuss future plans.
If you would like to register for the call, please email me on fhale@beyond2015.org.
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El 14 de mayo (el próximo miércoles) a las 9.00 EST, habrá un webinario con Debra Jones (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group, Save the Children, New York), John Patrick Ngoyi (Beyond 2015 ExCom, JDPC Nigeria), y Miguel Santibanez (Beyond 2015 ExCom, Coordinador Regional Latinoamerica, MESA Chile). El webinario sera una oportunidad para organizaciones participantes de Beyond 2015 de compartir el analisis de la 11a reunion del Grupo de Trabajo Abierto y planes para el futuro.
Para inscribirse, enviar un mensaje a fhale@beyond2015.org
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Le 14 mai (mercredi) a 9h EST, un webinaire avec Debra Jones (Beyond 2015 UN Working Group, Save the Children, New York), John Patrick Ngoyi (Beyond 2015 ExCom, JDPC Nigeria), et Miguel Santibanez (Beyond 2015 ExCom, Coordonateur Regional Amérique Latine, MESA Chile) – une opportunité pour les organizations qui participent à Beyond 2015 de partager l’analyse de la 11eme réunion du Groupe de Travail Ouvert et parler des plans pour le futur.
Pour vous inscrire, veuillez envoyer un message a fhale@beyond2015.org.
Fiona Hale
Beyond 2015 International Officer
Skype: fionahale (Newcastle, England)
 
We want to know your opinion! Make sure you send your feedback on Beyond 2015′s latest drafts on the Vision,PurposeValues and Criteria for the post-2015 framework!
Please note that I don’t work on Friday.

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[WorldYout​h] Network of African Youths for Developmen​t INSPIRE magazine for MaY [1 Attachment​]

[Attachment(s) from Paul Shaw included below]
  Please find attached our latest issue of INSPIRE which we hope you will enjoy reading. We especially draw your attention to our plea to ‘Bring Back our Girls’  in an effort to raise awareness and action to the many schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria. We had a successful hangout discussion on the topic ‘Agriculture is too dirty to be cool’. Please listen on NAYD tv to Yvette Ampaire from Uganda who argues ‘that Agriculture is NOT too dirty…in fact its fun, and you can make lots of money from it.’ Yvette is currently the Program Officer of the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmer’s Forum Uganda (ESAFF Uganda), a farmer led organization. We are happy to say that we now have over 26,000 facebook members.  Nokwanda Langazana from South Africa calls our group ‘inspirational, even a million can be reached, thanks for being so informative’. We also have many thousands of members spread throughout our LinkedIn, Yahoo, Google and Google+ groups as well as over 1700 registered members. You can also follow us on Twitter @NAYDInfo. Please join us at  http://www.nayd.org/join.htm and never forget that ‘Together is Better’. Attachment(s) from Paul Shaw | View attachments on the web

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Registrati​on Link for EESC/ECE Regional Meeting [Regional Consultati​on on SDGs] – May 28, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Appended below is the registration link for the EESC/ECE Regional Meeting in Brussels,
May 28, the Regional Consultation on SDGs.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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EC register for interest representatives: Identification number 06798511314-27
 
The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) is the environmental voice of European citizens, standing for environmental justice, sustainable development and participatory democracy. We want the EU to ensure all people a healthy environment and rich biodiversity.

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SEEd: Tackle tomorrow’s challenges and implement sustainabi​lity approaches in schools

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                      Friday 23rd May 2014 – Kings Cross, London £75 (£67.50 members; £25 students; £135 for 2 delegates - same school) REGISTER HERE Michael Gove and Greg Barker recently visited a solar PV installation at Barnes Primary School. ” The Department of Education and Climate Change will continue to work to encourage energy savings in schools through solar PV deployment”  Power to the Pupils – Solar PV for Schools leaflet In light of this, we will be focusing this year’s conference on how head teachers, governors, senior management teams and bursars can effectively tackle the challenges of tomorrow by implementing energy saving ideas and other sustainability approaches in their schools. This is an interactive day of workshops and making connections. You will hear case studies from Mulgrave School in Greenwich and Ashley School in Surrey. Hear how they have successfully implemented sustainability across their whole schools. You will:
  • Receive updated guidance on how to save energy in your school
  • Receive ideas to embed sustainability into you school curriculum
  • Meet the experts and renewal energy providers
  • Learn how to measure the impact of your sustainability work
  • Take part in workshops throughout the day

Hear from: Engynious, 10:10, RHS, Sustrans, Bluewave.SWIFT, Eco Schools, Evogreen, RES, Conrad Benefield, NPS, Pannage, Talik & Co, Mulgrave School and more   To secure your place REGISTER HERE. (Places will be limited to just 100 people, so don’t delay) WHEN – Friday 23rd May 2014  (9.00am – 5.00pm) WHERE – NCVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street, Kings Cross, N1 9RL - directions AGENDA – download an outline agenda here COST – £75, (£67.50 for SEEd members; £25 students; £135 for 2 delegates at the same school) REGISTRATION – registration form is at the top of this page CONTACT -  SEEd NOTE: Special discounted rates will be offered to any one who signs up for SEEd membership – £55 for any size organisation and £10 for individuals. Don’t miss out! Sign up to membership here   Contacting SEEd Sustainability and Environmental Education (SEEd) is a registered charity that identifies, promotes, enables and supports environmental education and education for sustainable development in the UK. For more information on the work we do, please visit out website (www.se-ed.org.uk) or contact using the details below. SEEd Upper Unit 5 Bay 4, The Co-op Centre 11 Mowll Street London, SW9 6BG Telephone: 020 7820 7569

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RSVP – Climate Change and EE: Framing Perspectiv​es June 3rd  New York University

EENews

 

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UN set to target HFCs at Abu Dhabi Climate Meeting

Dear Community of Educators,

Over 500 ministers, diplomats and members of civil society are expected to attend this weekend’s gathering, which includes keynote speeches from Ban Ki-moon, Al Gore, Tony Blair and Unilever CEO Paul Polman. UN organisers are billing it as an opportunity to prepare areas where countries and business can find clear agreement, ahead of the Secretary General’s high-level meeting in New York this September.
 http://www.rtcc.org/2014/05/02/un-set-to-target-hfcs-at-abu-dhabi-climate-meeting/

“The Abu Dhabi Ascent will play a pivotal role in mobilising action that will allow us to address climate change,” Ban said in a statement this week. Other key issue areas up for discussion include climate finance flows, the role of cities in slashing carbon pollution and how to scale up global energy efficiency efforts.

See more at: http://www.rtcc.org/2014/05/02/un-set-to-target-hfcs-at-abu-dhabi-climate-meeting/#sthash.wRBu0uX6.dpuf

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Rugue, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhien

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 May 11, 1 pm. Standing anew / Weaving connection

STANDING TOGETHER – MAY 11, 2014 – MOTHER’S DAY – 1 pm
With deep appreciation for one another and our collective dreaming…
 
 

Please join us… To stand with women all over the world on Sunday May 11, 2014, 1 pm local time  In 5 minutes of silence to envision a positive future for our children.

See where others will be standing, and send an email of appreciation to those whose words call to you.

In 2007 on what is Mother’s Day in many countries,  there was an extraordinary planetary-wide response to Standing Women’s invitation.  4663 events in 81 countries were registered on the Standing Women website, representing tens of thousands of participants. People stood alone, with family, at planned events, at work and at home,  traveling, in nature and in houses of worship, to envision a better world. Many reported that they felt a deep sense of global unity.

Since the 2007 event, many people have been inspired to take a personal moment every Mother’s Day to dream a positive future for the world’s children. Now, after 7 years of standing, a new cycle is beginning…  Once again on the www.StandingWomen.net website, please tell us where you will ‘stand’ in unity for the children, AND  also please take a moment to acknowledge others who are standing with an email of appreciation as you feel called.  In this simple way, together we ground our inner unity, email by email,  weaving connections of appreciation into our world.

THE DREAM OF STANDING WOMEN…

Please join us on Sunday May 11, 2014 at 1 pm local time  for 5 minutes of silence and connection. Post your standing and co-create a weave of appreciation for others standing atwww.StandingWomen.net.

Blessings on each and all, The Standing Women Team at LightPages, Jeanie, Bruce, Bonnie, Julie, and Deb With gratitude for Sharon Mehdi and the women of Ohio who heard the original call

[Please notice that our site is now located at www.StandingWomen.net.

If you are called, please direct your friends to the site, or post the invitation link at the top of this page on your social media, and of course, LIKE Standing Women on Facebook. Thank you!]

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Call for applicatio​ns: Adopt a Negotiator – COP20 Fellowship  Applicatio​n Deadline May 11, 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Below is a call for applications for the Adopt-a-negotiator – COP 20 Fellowship.  
Please share with your colleagues and networks.  Note the deadline for applications, May 11, 2014.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katie Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhian
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear colleagues,
Over the next two weeks the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA) accepting applications for the Adopt a Negotiator – COP20 Fellowship. 
We’re offering a number of funded opportunities to attend COP20 in Lima as part of the broader GCCA effort to push for the most ambitious and meaningful 2015 treaty. If you know anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 who might be a good fit, please encourage them to apply before the 11th of May. Additional details are copied below.
Thanks and best regards,
Joshua Robert Wiese
Project Director, Adopt a Negotiator & Fresh Air
Global Call for Climate Action   skype: joshuawiese

Have you got a passion for climate action? Can you make the world listen to what you have to say? If you can, The Global Call for Climate Action is looking for young, innovative journalists, bloggers, writers, activists and creatives to become Adopt a Negotiator Fellows for 2014.
These Fellows will combine their passion and skills with an amazing opportunity to help shape their government’s role in solving climate change.
They’ll join a team of passionate, dedicated and talented activists from around the world; participating in moments that will shape if and how the governments respond adequately to the climate challenge. Their efforts will build on a proud legacy of past ‘Negotiator Trackers,’ who have helped shape the UN climate negotiations ever since 2009.
If you think you can help shape the direction of this year’s climate change negotiations by creating change in your own country, then this is an opportunity not to be missed.
This year, we will be offering all short-listed candidates the chance to prove their skills in the lead up to the conference through training opportunities with some of the world’s best climate change communicators and activists, and a support network to help get your voice where it counts.
You’ll also have the opportunity to join a team of passionate, dedicated and talented activists from around the world, working together to actively transform the way climate change is communicated in their home countries.
This team will work together in the lead up to this year’s UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru.
If selected, you may also have the opportunity to travel to Lima in December this year as aFully Funded member of the Adopt a Negotiator’s – Negotiator Tracker – team.
We’re looking to build one of the most dynamic, diverse and innovative media teams that has ever covered the climate negotiations. The UNFCCC is racing towards a global treaty in 2015, and this year is as critical as ever.
We need the best bloggers, writers, social media gurus and activists with a passion for climate change to come together – using their skills to inspire our leaders to take significant action to protect us all from the impacts of climate change. We need to make this year’s UN climate negotiations the most successful ever.
  • Applicants must be 18 to 30 years of age;
  • Able to actively contribute to the Adopt a Negotiator project as a writer from June this year through to May of 2015.
  • Available to attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima (December 1-12) and strategy development meetings in the days leading up to the Conference.
  • But most importantly, applicants must be Amazing!

If you have the skills, passion and creativity needed to push your country forward on climate action, we want to hear from you.

All applications need to be in by midnight on the 11th of May (Pacific Time Zone UTC -08:00)

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“Call For Youth Leaders”  UNESCO ESD Youth Conference  Deadline June 1, 2014

This is a call to youth leaders around the world committed to building a better future through education.
 
Apply now to take part in the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference in Japan!
 
The UNESCO ESD Youth Conference will be held in Okayama, Japan on 7 November 2014, bringing together 50 young leaders between 18-35 years of age who are actively engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
The application deadline is 1 June 2014
 
Successful applicants will receive travel sponsorship provided by the organizers.

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Kind Regards, 
Michael Boampong, 
Uppsala University Grad Student
Phone #: +233-242970908 (Ghana) ; +46-764373756 (Sweden) ;+1-774-386-2018 (USA)
Skype: mikenice22002

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UNEP Side Event:  Briefing on Sustainabl​e Consumptio​n and Production​, 7 May, Room 9, 13:15

Potential Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) Targets & Indicators for the SDGs and 10YFP support to implementation SIDE EVENT 7 May 2014  13:15-14:30  UN Headquarters, Conference Room 9 Overview: The United Nations and its Member States are currently crafting a post-2015 development agenda to build on the Millennium Development Goals. Outcomes of previous UN Summits, including Rio+20 in 2012, have shown that the objective of shifting to sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns is central to achieving sustainable development. Negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, and on the associated sustainable development goals (SDGs), indicate that there is a strong interest among Member States in embedding the objective of SCP in both. UNEP will: — Present the findings of an advance copy of a newly released UNEP discussion paper, which provides insights into potential targets and  indicators for SCP, based on scientific literature, as well as on existing international agreements and processes on environment and  sustainable development. — Present the 10YFP as a capacity building mechanism for the shift to SCP patterns, which could support the implementation of the SDGs. Panellists:  Mr. Jamil Ahmad, Deputy Director, New York Office, UNEP (Moderator)  Mr. Arab Hoballah, Chief SCP branch, UNEP  Mr. Lazlo Pinter, co-author of the discussion paper, Senior Fellow and Associate, IISD Additonal information can be found in the attached:

UNEP.SCP.7May.pdf

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The deadline for nominations is Thursday, 8 May 2014. 

 

Nomination​s: 23 May UNGA High-level Meeting on “Achieving

poverty eradicatio​n through full employment and decent work for all”

 

The PGA (President of the General Assembly) is requesting candidates to be considered for 2 civil society discussant slots (3 minutes each) during the afternoon multi-stakeholder panel discussion on “Achieving poverty eradication through full employment and decent work for all in the post-2015 development agenda” taking place on Friday, 23 May 2014 at UN HQ (NY).

Interested NGOs are invited to fill out the attached discussant nominee form and send it directly to Susan Alzner of UN-NGLS at <susan.alzner@un-ngls.org>. Travel funding is not available. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, 8 May.

For reference, a letter to Member States and a draft concept note for the meeting is available here.
———- Forwarded message ———- From: Alzner Susan <susan.alzner@un-ngls.org> Date: Thu, May 1, 2014 at
3:21 AM Subject: nominations: 23 May UNGA High-level Meeting on “Achieving poverty eradication through full
employment and decent work for all”
Dear Colleagues,
On Friday, 23 May 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York, the President of the General Assembly will convene a High-level Meeting on “Achieving poverty eradication through full employment and decent work for all in the post-2015 development agenda.” The High-level Meeting will consist of a morning plenary segment followed, in the afternoon, by one high-level, interactive, multi-stakeholder panel discussion, and a closing segment. The outcome will be a summary of the meeting that will subsequently be made available to Member States.
The Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) has requested UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, to provide candidates to be considered for 2 civil society discussant slots during the afternoon multi-stakeholder panel discussion, and we are seeking your assistance in this regard.
Kindly note that these discussants will be able to speak for approximately 3 minutes each, and travel funding is not available.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, 8 May 2014. 
You may distribute this email to your networks with an open call for nominations to be entered into the attached form and returned to me.  If we receive more than 5 nominations affiliated with any one Major Group, we will contact the OPs for that Major Group to ask for a selection of 5 to be made on 8 May, to be submitted to OPGA on 9 May.
For reference, a letter to Member States and a draft concept note for the meeting is available here.
Thank you and best regards,
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD

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Save the date: ‘Umuganda’ at the UN NY– 3:00pm, Mon 2 June  RSVP Saturday, May 31st

FOR THOSE IN THE NYC AREA: If interested, please RSVP by mid-day on Saturday, 31 May. Thanks

To RSVP please click: here
The seal of Rwanda: central tribal devices, surmounted on a cog wheel and encircled by a square knot      The Permanent Mission of Rwanda to the UN and the UN Environment Programme with the support of the UN Department of Public Information  cordially invite you to  ‘Umuganda’ at the UN:  An invitation to unite and pledge to save our planet!
Monday, 2 June 2014 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Conference Room 3  UN Headquarters, New York   Please RSVP here  This event is part of Kwibuka20, a series of events around the world marking  the 20th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi  in Rwanda.  

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From Guardian Sustainable Business – Values-led business hub

Hunting for the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid – expert panel

A decade after CK Prahalad’s celebrated book, The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid, introduced the concept of selling to – and serving – the world’s poorest four billion or so people, the idea remains popular.But while businesses big and small have continued to tap the base of the pyramid, profits – so far – remain elusive, writes Guardian Sustainable Business editor Marc Gunther. By and large, even products that are saving lives aren’t making shareholders rich.We’ll explore this important topic at a panel at the Social Innovation Summit in New York City. Join the debate via our live tweet @GuardianSustBiz via #GSB starting at 10:20am EDT/3:20pm BST on 29 May. Leave questions for the panelists in the comments,

—— An Intergener​ational Dialogue on the World You Want – May 13, 2014   Dear Community of Educators,

Save the Date ! On 13 May, Mr. Annan and the UN Foundation will host an open dialogue with young people on the post-2015 development agenda.

Join us to have your say on the #‎worldwewant

http://kofiannanfoundation.org/special/intergenerational-dialogue-world-you-want

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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OWG 11 UPDATE & MORNING BRIEFINGS AGENDA

To follow is an update from UN DESA about OWG 11, 5 – 9 May 2014: 
Going forward, the issues to be addressed fall under three different categories: (a) MDG issues that will be carried over, most likely as stand-alone goals (e.g. poverty, education, health, gender equality); (b) new issues that will require some political and technical effort to be incorporated in the goal/target framework (e.g. natural resources, energy, industrialization and infrastructure, economic growth); and (c) politically sensitive issues (e.g. peace and security, rule of law and governance, Means of Implementation, such as finance, technology transfer, trade, etc.). There is still no agreement on whether means of implementation should be linked directly to each goal, which is a position strongly advocated by developing countries. As regards, governance and rule of law, peace and security, views differ as to whether they should be considered as enablers or whether they should be the subject of dedicated goals. Overall, the potential inclusion of the peace and security agenda appears to elicit greater concern among developing countries than strengthening institutions in the context of the rule of law. As in the previous session, the OWG will go through the focus area document in thematic clusters, formed for time-management reasons, but is not expected to start negotiating the draft text.  Stakeholder Engagement Opportunities:

Major Groups/Stakeholder Planning Meetings will be at UN HQ 27th Floor as follows:

Monday, May 5: 6-7pm, Rm. 2727 Tuesday, May 6: 2-3pm, Rm. 2727 Tuesday, May 6: 6-7pm, Rm. 2727 Wednesday, May 7: 2-3pm, Rm. 2727 Wednesday, May 7: 6-7pm, Rm. 2727 Thursday, May 8: 6-7pm, Rm. 2726 –  Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO BOX 933, Southdale 2135, JHB, South Africa www.civicus.org Follow threats and take action to protect civil society – join Civil Society Watch at www.cswatch.org
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OWG 11th Session – Focus Areas Document

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Third WMO Gender Conference 5-7 November 2014  Geneva, Switzerlan​d

Dear GGCA Colleagues,

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is organizing the 3rd Gender Conference for 5-7 November in Geneva, Switzerland.  Several GGCA members are headlining the event: FAO, IUCN, UNISDR, UN Women, and WHO. Registration is open and further information (used largely from PreventionWeb.net) is below. Best regards,

Cara

Objectives – To provide a forum for hearing the voice of women and men as users and providers of weather and climate information; – To specify the challenges that women and men face due to climate variability and change; – To propose concrete actions in the provision of weather and climate services that can address the specific needs of women and men; – To formulate new mechanisms and showcase good practices to enhance the ability of women and men to access and use weather and climate services and information. Expected Outcomes – Better understanding of gender aspects in the provision, access and use of weather and climate services for resilience; – Firm commitments in the provision and use of gender-oriented weather and climate services in the context of the four GFCS priority areas; – Leveraged investment for addressing the gender dimension of weather and climate services; – Conference Statement/Recommendations to WMO and UN organizations

Additional information

Gender at World Meteorlogical Organization About the 3rd Conference on The Gender Dimension of Weather and Climate Services  Conference Programme Guide Conference Promotional Material

How to register

Contact: Ms Assia Alexieva  World Meteorological Organization  7 bis, Avenue de la Paix  P.O. Box 2300  1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland  Tel. +41 22 730 8390  Email: aalexieva(at)wmo.int  http://www.wmo.int/gender The Gender and Climate Forum of the World Climate Conference-3 (WCC-3) concluded that the effects of weather and climate are not gender-neutral. Women and men are frequently affected differently by weather and climate impacts, and therefore could benefit from more contextualized weather and climate services for resilience building. They should also enjoy equal access to available weather and climate information. The Forum recommended that the Global Framework for ClimateServices (GFCS) reflect a gender perspective in all its components and that the collection of gender disaggregated data be enhanced. At a time when WMO and its partners in the GFCS are forging ways to provide such user-driven, custom-tailored weather and climate information, it is essential to hear the voice of men and women, both as users and providers of climate services, with regard to their needs, gender-specific issues, and possible approaches of addressing them. As part of the implementation of the WMO Policy on Gender Mainstreaming, this Conference will advance analysis of the gender dimension of weather and climate services. It will also amplify the decision taken at UNFCCC COP 18 to advance gender equality and improve the active participation of women in climate action. It will further be in line with the consideration of gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in the context of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda as well as contribute to the preparations for the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+20) in 2015. Given the four GFCS initial priority areas, we want to generate discussion on the gender nuances of climate variability and climate change adaptation a s well as explore the ground for development of weather and climate services, taking equally into account the needs of women and men in the areas of health, food, water, and disaster risk reduction. A s the examples below illustrate, there are specific ways in which women and men are affected by climate change in these sectors: Food Security Women provide up to 80 per cent of agricultural labour and produce 45 to 90 per cent of domestically consumed food, depending on the region. In the context of climate change, traditional food sources become more vulnerable, and women face potential loss of income as well as harvests. Related increases in food prices make food more inaccessible to poor people, in particular to  women and children whose health has been found to decline more than male health in times of food shortages. Overall, women’s scarcer economic resources, lower adult literacy, and smaller involvement in decision-making lessen their capacity to respond in situations of environmental risk to food security.  At the same time, they play an important role in terms of family subsistence and managing the risk to global food supply in the face of an unprecedented world population growth. Disaster risk reduction Every year 100 million women and girls are affected by disasters. Female-headed households are often among the poorest and  most vulnerable to disaster and climate change, as they may have little choice other than to live in precarious locations such as flood-prone lands or on steep slopes. Studies have shown that disaster mortality rates are higher for women than for men, and that this is caused by differences in vulnerability as a result of socially constructed gender roles, and inequalities between them in access to resources and decision-making power. Meanwhile, as mothers, community leaders, teachers, activists, social workers and role models, women are invaluable in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes. Water Management Gathering and transporting water in a number of developing countries, least developed and Small Island Developing States  typically falls on women and girls, who spend up to six hours every day fetching water. A task that is taking increasingly longer as a result of climate change, especially in drought prone areas. This results in less time available for education or other socio- economic activities for women and girls decreases. The longer travelling distance further heightens the risk of being exposed to violence. Women also play an important role as educators at the family and community level on the efficient use of water  resources. Health There are gender related differences in many of the health risks that are likely to be influenced by on-going climate variability and change. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), natural disasters such as droughts, floods and storms kill more  women than men. Some diseases that women and children are especially vulnerable to, such as malaria and diarrhoea, are also expected to increase in prevalence as temperatures rise or as a result of floods and water contamination. Air pollution and climate change are also tightly linked, with close to two million premature deaths caused annually, mostly of women and children in developing countries, due to the inefficient use of organic materials for cooking. There are also differences in other climate-sensitive health impacts, such as malnutrition.

Cara Beasley Communications and Network Officer, Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Email:  cara@gender-climate.org Web: www.gender-climate.org Skype: cara.beasley Twitter: @GGCA_gender

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THE WORLD WE WANT

PGA Convenes Interactive Dialogue on Monitoring and Accountability Frameworks for Post-2015, Watch and Join the Conversation 29 Apr 2014 |

Addressing Inequalities: Article by tcallender@unicef.org

The post-2015 development agenda, to be launched by world leaders in September 2015, will have as overarching objectives the eradication of extreme poverty and a global pathway to sustainable development. One of the main experiences from the implementation of the Millennium Goals agenda has been that implementing a transformative agenda will require, among others, not only a renewed global partnership for development but also a robust, inclu! sive and transparent monitoring and accountability framework. Accountability for a universal agenda can be understood as the joint commitment of the global community to monitor, evaluate, share and discuss progress towards the implementation of the agreed goals. An accountability framework could allow each government and development actor to contribute to and benefit from a better global understanding of challenges and effective strategies. The concept of accountability extends beyond Governments and applies to all stakeholders being held accountable for their role in implementing a universal development agenda, within their respective governance frameworks and scope of responsibility. To that end, the President of the UN General Assembly’s Office (PGA) is convening an “interactive dialogue” on the topic of “Elements for a Monitoring and Accountability Framework for the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on 1 May 2014 starting at 10:00 am Eastern Daylight Time. The proceedings can be followed on livestream here:  http://webtv.un.org/ For more information, please visit the PGA website here And don’t forget to engage in the online conversation about Participatory Monitoring and Accountability here or click the link immediately below. www.worldwewant2015.org/accountability2015   Please direct any questions to Tricia Callender, Manager of the Participatory Monitoring and Accountability Online Space at tcallender@unicef.org 29 Apr 2014     [ read more ]   ————————————————————————————————–

Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum & Expo  1 – 4 May 2014

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Please share this announcement with your colleagues and networks.  Addressing Article 6 of the Convention, Indonesia is hosting the Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum and Expo (ICCEFE)  Thursday May 1st through Sunday May 4th, at the Jakarta Convention Center.  Last year they received 50,000 visitors, this year the theme focuses on The Role of Women and Youth in Climate Change Solutions.  To view the program, visit http://www.dnpi.go.id
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Rugue, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua
Youth Co-Coordinators Katherine Browne and Mohammad Arman Golrokhien
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612
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Dear Colleagues,
The Indonesia Climate Change Education Forum and Expo (ICCEFE) will be held at the Jakarta Convention Center on Thursday, May 1, 2014 until Sunday, May 4, 2014.
Last year this annual event attracted 50,000 visitors, including school children, to exhibits presented by stakeholders showcasing their efforts in addressing climate change.
Hosted by the National Council on Climate Change Indonesia and open to the public, the theme for this year’s event is  “The Role of Women and Youth in Climate Change Solutions.”
In addition to the exhibits, dozens of unique programs are scheduled to raise awareness on climate change, ranging from art & music performances, interactive dialogues and games to workshops, film festival and cooking demos.
Please visit www.dnpi.go.id to view the detailed programs.
Kind regards
Amanda Katili Niode
National Focal Point for Article 6 of UNFCCC
Indonesia

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Call for Proposals – 2nd Annual Internatio​nal Conference on Sustainabl​e Developmen​t Practice

Dear colleagues,
The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Second Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development Practice (ICSDP) on September 17-18, 2014 at Columbia University in New York City.
The Conference theme, Advancing Evidence-Based Solutions for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, seeks proposals for practical solutions to address the complex challenges of sustainable development at local, regional, and global levels. The aim of the conference is to share and identify practical, evidence-based solutions, that can support the SDSN leadership in shaping the post-2015 agenda. Proposals are welcome across 12 SDSN thematic areas:
1. Macroeconomics, Population Dynamics, and Planetary Boundaries
2. Poverty Reduction and Peace-Building in Fragile Regions
3. Challenges of Social Inclusion: Gender, Inequalities, and Human Rights
4. Early Childhood Development, Education, and Transition to Work
5. Health for All
6. Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry
7. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
8. Forests, Oceans, Biodiversity, and Ecosystem Services
9. Sustainable Cities: Inclusive, Resilient, and Connected
10. Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources
11. Global Governance and Norms for Sustainable Development
12. Redefining the Role of Business for Sustainable Development
We are accepting contributions from academia (faculty, scholars, researchers, and students), practitioners, NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, and private companies. A diversity of stakeholders and perspectives is desirable, as the conference hopes to mobilize the expertise of the scientific and technical communities in a wide rage of sectors. A peer review panel consisting of MDP academics and SDSN Affiliates (or the Scientific Committee) will select the best solutions from the submitted abstracts and papers to be presented at the conference.
Please submit abstracts using the form at http://events.ei.columbia.edu/sdp-conference-2014/Abstracts are due by May 30, 2014, and notifications of accepted abstracts will be sent by June 17, 2014. Upon acceptance, full papers should be submitted no later than June 30, 2014. For questions please write to ICSDP@globalmdp.org.
Best regards,
Guido Schmidt-Traub

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Please read below for youth climate activists Thanks Lovans

———- Forwarded message ———- From: “Anna Collins” <anna.collins1985@gmail.com> Date: 2 Apr 2014 20:57
Subject: [UNFCCC youth] New mentoring scheme for youth climate groups To:  <unfccc_youth@googlegroups.com>

Hi everyone

For the last five years the GCCA has supported youth organisations around the world to raise their voices in the climate movement. Much of this work has been based around international meetings, or in countries where the GCCA has traditionally worked. Today i’m excited to announce that we are launching applications for a new mentoring programme which hopes to offer this support to a whole load more of you wherever you are in the world. ‘Growing up’ as an activist in the climate movement I know first hand how much the support of people who have been there before can help so I hope this opportunity can help more of you access that. Read on for all the details which can also be found at www.tcktcktck.org/mentoring that’s also where you will find the application form if you want to apply. Also if you could share this opportunity around your networks I would really appreciate it. Thank you all for being so amazing. In solidarity anna

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What is the programme?

The GCCA mentoring programme aims to empower you as a young climate leader, within a youth led organisation, to build and grow both your own organization/group/project, and more broadly the climate movement in your region. The mentoring scheme is a six month programme running from and inclusive of June – November 2014. During this time you will commit to taking part in two 90-minute sessions per month. In these you will participate in GCCA led training based on movement strategy and leadership development, as well as build a relationship with your mentor. We aim to match young people with mentors who are from their region, therefore have specific contextual knowledge. We hope this will also enable you to speak together in your ‘home’ language. However, please note that the GCCA-led training and general communication will happen in English. The Mentoring Programme aims to:

  • Introduce you to movement strategy and equip you with leadership development tools
  • Support you to apply these tools to your local/regional movement
  • Provide you with access to assets such as networks, support, resources and experience
  • Encourage skill-sharing across the climate movement

The programme will prioritise those of you coming from countries outside of USA/Canada/UK/Australia/NZ and/or those of you from any country who face barriers to accessing leadership positions in the climate movement due to factors such as gender, ethnicity, class, education, ability etc. The GCCA will

  • Match you with a mentor who has regional knowledge and who can communicate with you in your home language.
  • Facilitate at least one 90 minute Skype call a month with this mentor.
  • Lead one 90 minute Skype call a month with all the mentees together to work through a training programme of movement strategy and leadership development tools and resources.
  • Provide you with resources based on the training programme.
  • Provide ongoing support and communication.
  • Provide long-term support in some activities following the six month programme.
We also hope that as part of the programme we will be able to support you in meeting your mentor in person and arrange and support an in person training for everyone on the mentoring programme to come together. However we cannot confirm this at this time.

Is it for me?

We are looking for:

  • Young people from around the world who are involved with youth-led organisations that work on climate change. We believe youth is self defining so there is no formal age limit. You could be from an organisation, a group or a project, it does not have to be a formally registered organisation, but should involve more people than just you.
  • We would love for you to apply as a pair from your organisation/group/project so you can support each other through the programme, but we will not discriminate if this is not possible for your organisation/group/project.

You will need:

  • To be able to attend Skype calls and read documents in English.
  • To commit to the full six month programme and any follow up work – so you need to be planning to be active in your organisation/group/project for that whole time.
  • To commit to one 90 minute training call with GCCA facilitators each month and one 90 minute Skype call with your mentor each month.
  • To have access to an internet connection good enough to join Skype and Google Hangouts.

Who will the mentors be and how will you choose who is matched with who?

The mentors will come from across the GCCA network and be familiar with the climate movement in their/your region. They will come from a range of organisations, groups and projects. We cannot guarantee that your mentor has specific skills or expertise. We are approaching mentors as we receive applications so we can pick both mentors and young people based on the best matches.

How do I apply and when is the deadline?

Fill in the application form that can be found here . The deadline is May 9th, however we will be looking at applications as they come in. For those who get through to the next stage of the application process we will be in touch to arrange an interview on Skype. This will also be a chance for you to ask more questions. We aim to get back to everyone by the end of May with a response.

How do I get more info?

If you want more info, have any questions, or have any difficulties with the application please get in touch with Anna at  mentorship@tcktcktck.org

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If so, we need you!   In 2014, the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States will be held from 1 to 4 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. It will focus the world’s attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.   In preparation, the Major Group of Children and Youth are reaching out to organisations, networks, individuals, clubs or schools based in SIDS to help with outreach, mobilisation and involving the voices of young people from the grassroot level in the international discussions. If you would like to facilitate this movement, or if you are good at outreach / communications then we want to hear from you. We are looking for 2 youth from each of the three SIDS regions to act as focal points — this means that we will train you so that you can build capacity in your region, work with existing youth / child led groups in your region and work together to ensure that the voice of young people from SIDS are not only included in Samoa next September but are also included in the post 2015 processes that are currently happening.   This will involve having meetings, deciding on key points that you think that global youth should help you lobby for and thinking about the most important issues that are impacting your region so that this can be shared.   If you would like to hear more, then contact Karuna Rana karuna.rana88@gmail.com   and saba@childrenyouth.org.   We also hope you will apply for forward this to someone you think might be interested. Experience is not a barrier! We are looking for enthusiasm, energy and motivation. –On behalf of the facilitation team NOTE: The application form will very shortly be available in the three different SIDS languages…Portuguese, French and Spanish https://www.facebook.com/UNCSDYouthCaucus — The Mailing list of the Major Group Children and Youth Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNCSDYouthCaucus, Twitter: @MGCY_UNCSD or tweet #MGCY — You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups “Major Group Children and Youth Space” group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to majorgroup+unsubscribe@childrenyouth.org. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/a/childrenyouth.org/groups/opt_out. — Kind Regards,   Kabita Gautam,   BSc. 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Dear  Colleagues,

  Warm greetings from the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) headquarters in Melaka Malaysia!   We are pleased to inform you that the 14th Melaka International Youth Dialogue with the theme ‘Youth and Education: Taking Action, Getting Results’ will be held from 23rd to 25th June 2014 in Melaka, Malaysia. This programme is organized in collaboration with the Melaka State Government, Malaysian Youth Council, Asian Youth Council and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia.   This theme has been selected to fulfil the principal opinions and roles of young people towards the Post 2015 Development Agenda on education. An interactive dialogue on this topic will be of significance to form, educate, increase awareness on the challenges and entitlements of youth in the different levels of society that they represent.   We, therefore, wish to extend this invitation to you and your organization to partake in this prosperous dialogue. Given that your expertise directly or indirectly relates to the theme, it would be extremely valuable to have your inputs and comments considering the issue of education that affects all levels of society, the environment and our sustenance.   Please refer to the enclosed documents for additional information about the MIYD and its registration. Any inquiries and filled Registration Form should be emailed to miyd@way.orgy.my.   We look forward to receiving your applications!

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POST 2015 INVITATION​: 20th May NYC | Africa, science & skills in the Post 2015 agenda

Delivering the Post 2015 applied science and skills agenda for Africa: the role of business
20th May 2014 | 11.15am – 1.00pm | Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations | 305 EAST 47TH STREET, 5TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10017

Following on from our successful conference hosted by the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN last year, we are delighted to invite you to another expert panel session on the role of science and skills in Africa’s Post 2015 agenda. Working with the United Nations and alongside our academic, scientific and business partners, the conference will feed into our ongoing consultations and projects regarding the Post 2015 agenda and provide another chance for all interested and passionate parties to collaborate and share ideas about the future of the African continent. The issues covered will include the latest update on the Post 2015 agenda and sustainable development goals process, the broad opportunities and challenges for higher education and skills programmes in Africa and, in particular, a focus on the role of business as a key driver of this agenda.

The session will begin with presentations and remarks from a distinguished panel, before time is given for open question and answer:
  • Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, PEI Chairman and leading African businessman
  • Rt Hon Lord Boateng, PEI Trustee and former UK Ambassador to South Africa
  • Sir Christopher Edwards, PEI Trustee and prominent academic
  • Prof Phillip Griffiths, Chair of the Science Initiative Group
  • Amina J Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations Secretary-General
  • Ambassador Antonio Tete, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations
The session will last approximately 90 minutes, with time afterwards to network and continue conversations. Entrance is free as part of our charitable objective to promote collaboration around science, technology and innovation in Africa and we welcome participants from across sectors in order to provide a valuable platform for new as well as established voices.
Please arrive by 11.15 to be in place for a prompt start at 11.30. This invitation is transferable but RSVP is essential for security; please email james@planetearthinstitute.org.uk as soon as possible to register your place.
Refreshments will be provided. All additional changes to the agenda and panel will be announced before the day.

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Post 2015 INVITATION​: 20th May NYC | Africa, science & skills in the Post 2015 agenda

 

Delivering the Post 2015 applied science and skills agenda for Africa: the role of business
20th May 2014 | 11.15am – 1.00pm | Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations | 305 EAST 47TH STREET, 5TH FLOOR, NEW YORK, NY 10017
Following on from our successful conference hosted by the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the UN last year, we are delighted to invite you to another expert panel session on the role of science and skills in Africa’s Post 2015 agenda. Working with the United Nations and alongside our academic, scientific and business partners, the conference will feed into our ongoing consultations and projects regarding the Post 2015 agenda and provide another chance for all interested and passionate parties to collaborate and share ideas about the future of the African continent.
The issues covered will include the latest update on the Post 2015 agenda and sustainable development goals process, the broad opportunities and challenges for higher education and skills programmes in Africa and, in particular, a focus on the role of business as a key driver of this agenda.
The session will begin with presentations and remarks from a distinguished panel, before time is given for open question and answer:
  • Dr Álvaro Sobrinho, PEI Chairman and leading African businessman
  • Rt Hon Lord Boateng, PEI Trustee and former UK Ambassador to South Africa
  • Sir Christopher Edwards, PEI Trustee and prominent academic
  • Prof Phillip Griffiths, Chair of the Science Initiative Group
  • Amina J Mohammed, Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning, United Nations Secretary-General
  • Ambassador Antonio Tete, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations
The session will last approximately 90 minutes, with time afterwards to network and continue conversations. Entrance is free as part of our charitable objective to promote collaboration around science, technology and innovation in Africa and we welcome participants from across sectors in order to provide a valuable platform for new as well as established voices.
Please arrive by 11.15 to be in place for a prompt start at 11.30. This invitation is transferable but RSVP is essential for security; please email james@planetearthinstitute.org.uk as soon as possible to register your place.
Refreshments will be provided. All additional changes to the agenda and panel will be announced before the day.
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We are working for the scientific independence of Africa. Join us! www.planetearthinstitute.org.uk

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NGO Nomination​s for ESCAP meeting 19-21 May 2014 – Deadline April 28, 2014

If you are interested register here http://www.unescap.org/events/asia-pacific-forum-sustainable-development   If you meet the financial support criteria, there may be funds available for you to participate, details below.

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
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NGO representatives @ ESCAP 19-21 May 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand
NGOs interested in attending the ESCAP meeting on 19-21 May are invited to register directly through the web link provided below.
Deadline – 28 April 2014  Criteria for financial support  - regional representative  - active in sustainable development policies regionally or nationally but not necessarily with the various intergovernmental processes  - preference given to regional networks

–  Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY) Cell: +1 646-707-1060

Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO
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Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation

28-30 April 2014 | Accra, Ghana

IISD:  Pan-Africa​n Conference on Inequaliti​es #AiConf201​4 Coverage by @IISDRS @AInequali​ties

The Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation is being convened within the context of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a vision and action plan to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years, as well as the UN-led post-2015 development agenda process. It aims to create a platform for dialogue on suitable policy options for national and regional levels to tackle these issues. It will also explore partnerships at a global level, as well as within ongoing intergovernmental negotiations to advance policy options. Through these discussions, the Conference expects to place African inequality issues at the core of national and regional policy discourse on the continent. The Conference also expects that these discussions will promote a shared understanding of the nature, scope and drivers of inequality.
Hosted by the Government of Ghana, the Pan-African Conference is scheduled to convene from 28-30 April 2014, in Accra, Ghana.
IISD RS will provide daily digital coverage and a summary report of the Conference.
Funding for coverage of this meeting provided by the UN Millennium Campaign
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Global Oceans Action Summit for

Food Security and Blue Growth

22-25 April 2014 | The Hague, Netherlands

The summary of this meeting is now available in PDF format at http://www.iisd.ca/download/pdf/sd/crsvol186num3e.pdf and in HTML format at http://www.iisd.ca/oceans/goas2014/html/crsvol186num3e.html
The Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth took place from 22-25 April 2014, in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Summit was organized by the government of the Netherlands, in close collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Bank and the governments of Grenada, Indonesia, Mauritius, Norway and the US.
Over 600 participants attended the meeting, representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector. Delegates heard several substantive presentations on the relationships between ocean health, global food security, livelihoods and economic growth, in the face of challenges such as climate change, pollution, overfishing and habitat loss. In six working groups, delegates discussed: balancing growth and conservation; private sector and social equity; areas beyond national jurisdiction and exclusive economic zones; models for governance; financing mechanisms; and action-oriented partnerships. The Summit also included a substantial high-level segment, with over 80 ministers, CEOs and heads of organizations attending from around the world.
The Global Oceans Action Summit Bulletin is a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) <info@iisd.ca>, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin © <enb@iisd.org>. This issue was written and edited by Nienke Beintema, Jennifer Lenhart, and Asterios Tsioumanis, Ph.D. The Editor is Melanie Ashton <melanie@iisd.org>. The Director of IISD Reporting Services is Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI <kimo@iisd.org>. Funding for coverage of this Summit has been provided by the World Bank. IISD can be contacted at 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0Y4, Canada; tel: +1-204-958-7700; fax: +1-204-958-7710. The opinions expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD. Excerpts from the Bulletin may be used in other publications with appropriate academic citation. Electronic versions of the Bulletin are sent to e-mail distribution lists (in HTML and PDF format) and can be found on the Linkages WWW-server at <http://www.iisd.ca/>. For information on the Bulletin, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <kimo@iisd.org>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11D, New York, New York 10022, USA.
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@IISDRS Summary of #AIConf201​4 Pan-Africa​n Conference on Inequaliti​es now available

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Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation

28-30 April 2014 | Accra, Ghana
 The summary of this meeting is now available in PDF format
The Pan-African Conference on Inequalities in the Context of Structural Transformation took place from 28-30 April 2014, in Accra, Ghana. The Conference was organized by the Government of Ghana, in partnership with the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, the Danish International Development Agency, the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, the Society for International Development, Third World Network Africa, the UN Children’s Fund, UN Development Programme, UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the UN Millennium Campaign.
Over 250 participants attended the meeting, representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, civil society and the private sector. During the three days, delegates took part in four thematic dialogues: African Inequalities in the Global Development Agenda – Past, Present and Future; Understanding African Inequalities: Structures, Drivers and Determinants; Lessons in Addressing Inequalities in Africa; and Policy Actions for Tackling Inequalities in Africa.
The three days of discussion saw lively debate take place, which highlighted the many facets of inequalities, their drivers, and possible actions to combat inequality. Many participants noted that while inequalities are understood, the actions and strategies implemented thus far have had little effect. They underscored the need for effective strategy implementation, and called for instituting robust monitoring and evaluation programmes.
The Pan-African Conference on Inequalities Bulletin is a publication of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) <info@iisd.ca>, publishers of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin © <enb@iisd.org>. This issue was written and edited by Johannes Gnann, Tasha Goldberg, and Kate Louw. The Digital Editor is Liz Rubin. The Editor is Melanie Ashton <melanie@iisd.org>. The Director of IISD Reporting Services is Langston James “Kimo” Goree VI <kimo@iisd.org>. Funding for coverage of this conference has been provided by the UN Millennium Campaign. IISD can be contacted at 161 Portage Avenue East, 6th Floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0Y4, Canada; tel: +1-204-958-7700; fax: +1-204-958-7710. The opinions expressed in the Bulletin are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of IISD. Excerpts from the Bulletin may be used in other publications with appropriate academic citation. Electronic versions of the Bulletin are sent to e-mail distribution lists (in HTML and PDF format) and can be found on the Linkages WWW-server at <http://www.iisd.ca/>. For information on the Bulletin, including requests to provide reporting services, contact the Director of IISD Reporting Services at <kimo@iisd.org>, +1-646-536-7556 or 300 East 56th St., 11D, New York, New York 10022, USA.

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the on-the-ground Agency of the UN that  links community-based/local with national, regional, and global, especially in terms of educating for sustainability and environmental literacy.  We encourage Ed. Caucus members to read over this draft and provide input into this document by May 2, 2014.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear Colleagues,
I’m pleased to inform you that we have extended the deadline for comments on UNDP’s draft Social and Environmental Standards to   May 2, 2014.  We have received some excellent feedback so far with helpful insights on how to improve the standards.  We have also received several requests for additional time so would like to offer an extension to ensure that everyone who would like to contribute has the opportunity to.
With best regards,
Magdy Martínez-Solimán
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Magdy Martínez-Solimán
Director, a.i.
Bureau for Development Policy United Nations Development Programme  304 East 45th Street, FF-1086 New York, NY 10017 magdy.martinez-soliman@undp.org
1 212 906 5054
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Stakeholde​r Forum Network News: Sustainabl​e developmen​t for, and from, the future

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An Intergener​ational Dialogue on the World You Want – May 13, 2014

Dear Community of Educators,

Save the Date ! On 13 May, Mr. Annan and the UN Foundation will host an open dialogue with young people on the post-2015 development agenda.

Join us to have your say on the #‎worldwewant

http://kofiannanfoundation.org/special/intergenerational-dialogue-world-you-want

All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
__________________
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear all,
Tomorrow SGI will organize the Interfaith Symposium “Making a Difference: Faith Communities and the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons” in Washington DC.
You will be able to view the live webcast on Thursday, April 24, from 9.30am to 4.30pm (US, Eastern Standard Time) http://www.sgi-usa-washingtondc.org/humanimpact.html
Thank you,
Nobuyuki Asai — Nobuyuki Asai Program Coordinator, Peace Affairs Soka Gakkai International TEL +81-80-5957-5044(Ext. 3939) FAX +81-3-5360-9885
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“Call For Input”  Launch of Comment Period on UNDP’s Draft Social and Environmen​tal Standards — Deadline Extended to May  2

 Dear Friends and Colleagues,
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is the on-the-ground Agency of the UN that  links community-based/local with national, regional, and global, especially in terms of educating for sustainability and environmental literacy.  We encourage Ed. Caucus members to read over this draft and provide input into this document by May 2, 2014.
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
Co-Coordinators Climate Change
__________________
Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612

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Dear Colleagues,
I’m pleased to inform you that we have extended the deadline for comments on UNDP’s draft Social and Environmental Standards toMay 2, 2014.  We have received some excellent feedback so far with helpful insights on how to improve the standards.  We have also received several requests for additional time so would like to offer an extension to ensure that everyone who would like to contribute has the opportunity to.
With best regards,
Magdy Martínez-Solimán
With best regards,Magdy Martínez-SolimánMagdy Martínez-SolimánDirector, a.i.cid:image001.png@01CF48FD.C6F0A860 Bureau for Development Policy United Nations Development Programme  304 East 45th Street, FF-1086 New York, NY 10017 magdy.martinez-soliman@undp.org1 212 906 5054www.undp.org

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 Gender Equality and Climate Change Update

Dear Community of Educators,    As we prepare for the SB meeting in Bonn, June 4-15, COP 20 in Lima, Peru December 1-12,  and the Climate Agreement meeting COP 21 in Paris, France, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization has provided us with an overview of key meetings and pre-meetings, next steps, and a sketch of a roadmap.     All the best, Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs  Co-Coordinators Climate Change with Tiahoga Ruge, Jim Taylor, Tish Pesanayi, Kavita Myles, and Suzana Padua   __________________ Dr. P. J. Puntenney Environmental & Human Systems Management 1989 West Liberty         Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA   E-mail:  pjpunt@umich.edu Cell:  (734) 330-0238 Voice/Fax: (734) 994-3612  

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 April 11, 2014

Dear colleagues, March was a particularly busy month for climate change policy work. Below, please find some key updates coming out of the first meeting of the UNFCCC in 2014. Next up, please look for updates from WEDO on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Open Working Group and other processes.  WEDO looks forward to engaging with partners on strategy and analysis around this in the coming days, weeks and months. Best, Bridget Burns Advocacy and Communications Director  

View of the ADP open-ended consultations. in Bonn, Germany. Photo credit: IISD Reporting Services 
 

Towards a new climate agreement   From March 10th to 14th, the first meeting of the UNFCCC in 2014 was held in Bonn, Germany. The fourth meeting of the second session of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Action (ADP 2.4) – which is the group tasked with developing the new climate agreement- included two work streams: 1) discussion on the elements (adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology, capacity building and MRV) of the new instrument and 2) technical expert meetings on renewable energy sources and energy saving and efficiency for closing the emission gap before 2020. As shared in WEDO’s overview heading into the meeting, a priority for this session was for Parties to elaborate their views on the elements of the new climate agreement, as well as decide on the methodology for negotiations to proceed. A number of Parties shared submissions on their views, which you can read here. WEDO made a submission on the proposed elements of the new agreement prior to the first session of the ADP in 2013. The session ended with Parties agreeing to establish a contact group, to begin its work after the opening plenary of the fifth meeting of the second session of the ADP (ADP 2.5) in June. The Co-Chairs emphasized they were guided by the understanding that negotiating text will be “collectively constructed based on views expressed by parties in their submissions and in the negotiations, which would reflect a truly party-driven process.” This is reflective of an overall feeling of uncertainty in the process of moving forward, with Parties wary of a Copenhagen-like agreement being ‘parachuted’ in at the final stage, while also being wary of an unwieldy 300 page document that could stall the process. Other common threads of contention surrounded issues of CBDR/ equity and finance. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin has done an excellent overview, summary and analysis of the meeting, in addition to daily updates from the Third World Network. Laying the foundation for gender equality   For WEDO and its partners in the Women and Gender Constituency (WGC) and the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), ADP 2.4 was an opportunity to discuss Parties views on the elements of the new agreement and identify potential entry points for ensuring that gender equality is reflected as a guiding principle, in addition to places to anchor existing language and decisions on gender equality into the new agreement. At the opening plenary of the session, WEDO’s Andrea Quesada, Focal Point of the Women and Gender Constituency, delivered an intervention stating “ADP should propose concrete ways to address socio-economic issues, such as gender equality and women’s human rights, as these are prerequisites of sustainable development and enablers of effective actions to address climate change mitigation and adaptation.” Over the course of the week, representatives of the WGC and GGCA- including two Women Delegates Fund (WDF) participants, Emilia Reyes (Mexico) and Patience Damptey (Ghana) – liaised with Parties and the UNFCCC Secretariat to discuss options for the integration of gender in the ADP, which included a meeting with the new Gender Focal Points at the Secretariat. This work, building on efforts from previous meetings, resulted in several strong calls from the floor:

  • In discussions on adaptation, Mexico and Norway made a statements emphasizing that gender considerations should underlie all activities of the new instrument.
  • Additionally, the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) group made statements in the discussions on means of implementation emphasizing that gender equality should be included in the basic principles of the new instrument.
  • Finally, in a very strong closing statement, the Environmental Integrity Group, represented by Mexico, stated, “The EIG believes that the cross-cutting or transversal issues [in the new agreement] should include some fundamentals and principles, including ensuring that the 2015 agreementdoes not exacerbate social inequalities or environmental degradation of any kind. In dealing with environmental issues, we should be aware that this must inherently also address current disparities. Parallel to our efforts, the Human Rights Council is closely looking into the relationship betweenhuman rights and climate change it is important that our work takes these concerns fully into account as we have done earlier in the Cancun agreement. EIG member countries are committed to further integrate gender in the realm of climate change negotiations. Indeed climate change impacts affect us all, however, due to the varying social roles and livelihood activities, the impacts of climate change on women and men often differ, therefore it is important to address the gender aspect of climate change and to take the specific perspectives and needs of women and men duly into account. The correlation between gender and development or between gender gap and development gap has already been proven, so gender equality should be a fundamental principle of the 2015 agreement to ensure effective global actions that trigger mitigation, adaptation and the provision of means of implementation. In this regard, gender equality should be part of the overall principles to guide the operationalization of actions to follow.

The next steps, as the negotiations move into a Contact Group, will be to outline with Parties, a roadmap from now to Lima to ensure the new climate agreement is gender-responsive. This also includes follow-up on the SBI Conclusions from Warsaw on a framework for gender-sensitive climate policy. WEDO and its partners will be actively engaging on this in the coming weeks and are already planning an event at the upcoming June intersessional to showcase these building blocks and synergies

Members of the Women and Gender Constituency; Sabine Bock (WECF) and Andrea Quesada (WEDO)

ADP Co-Chairs Special Event & Enhancing Civil Society Participation    In addition to the open-ended consultations led by the Co-Chairs, the first session of the ADP held several technical expert meetings on renewable energy sources, energy saving and efficiency as well as a -now regular- ADP Co-Chairs Special Event, which is an “interactive forum for observers to present concrete ideas and proposals on the roles that non-State actors could play in catalyzing action to enhance pre-2020 ambition effectively and in designing the 2015 agreement“.   Representing the WGC, Sabine Bock of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) utilized the opportunity to reiterate calls coming from Parties to reflect gender equality in the new agreement- emphasizing that this be adequately captured in any Chairs summary of the meeting.   In addition, Ms. Bock highlighted the need for the technical workshops on renewable energy sources and mitigation potential to “fully address the issue of local stakeholder engagement, public participation and women’s participation“, in the development of these technologies.   Ms. Bock also requested future workshops to “include presentations of civil society like energy citizen cooperations as well as crucial gender considerations in proposed mitigation actions.” Though this was a recorded session, and in the past, views expressed by observers have been noted in Co-Chair’s reports, the WGC participants noted that the original idea for this ‘Special Event’ was for observers to have an exchange of views in a space where Parties were also in attendance to listen and engage, which was the case in the first ‘Special Event’ held in Doha. Now, as Member States are not usually in the room, this has become a space of sharing with the Co-Chairs, whom can only refer to the need for these views to be relayed to Parties so that they can raise them from the floor. Though briefings with the Co-Chairs are incredibly important and welcomed, WEDO and other constituencies will continue to look for engaging and interactive ways for observer views, perspectives and ideas to be shared directly with Member States- and to influence the new climate agreement. This is a topic which the SBI will look at specifically at the upcoming June session under the Arrangements for Intergovernmental Meetings agenda item

Timeline of just some of the key dates for climate action in 2014. Image Credit: WEDO.

For a more comprehensive list of climate dates, click here.

APWLD also has a great timeline for the Post-2015 process, which can be found here

Timeline of just some of the key dates for climate action in 2014. Image Credit: WEDO.
For a more comprehensive list of climate dates, click here.
APWLD also has a great timeline for the Post-2015 process, which can be found here

Mobilizing for a Social COP in Lima Beyond the formal negotiations, there was much discussion of the road to Lima and opportunities for action and mobilization to ensure strong political will and ‘people’s voice’ at COP20. Constituencies were invited to speak with the Secretariat on the organization of the COP20 in Peru. This included introductions to the civil society liaison team which the Government of Peru has already put in place- specifically to connect with the Constituencies of the UNFCCC including women, youth, NGOs, indigenous, researchers, trade unions and business. In addition, the Government of Venezuela met with observers to discuss their plans for the ‘Social pre-COP’ in November, which includes a three day preparatory forum in July in Caracas. The pre-COP is a meeting of Ministers which occurs prior to the official COP, as a space for more diplomatic interaction and discussion — potentially to move through road blocks in the negotiations. Last year in Bonn, Venezuela announced that they would change the nature of the pre-COP Ministerial: “The next pre-COP will be very special because, for the first time, it will be a social pre-COP, it will be an opportunity for Ministers to listen and engage directly with civil society“, stated Claudia Salerno, the lead negotiator for Venezuela at the UNFCCC. This is on the heels of a pre-COP in Poland last year where business representative were invited to the table with Ministers, adding to what many CSOs observed as a ‘corporate capture’ of the UNFCCC process in Warsaw at COP19. To support civil society preparation of inputs to the pre-COP, Venezuela will also host a preparatory forum from July 15th to 18th in Caracas covering the following:

  • July 15th - Local Governments and Climate Change
  • July 16th- The future takes the floor: Youth on Climate Change
  • July 17th to 18th - Buen Vivir: Sustainable living and Climate Change

In a meeting with civil society in Bonn, Venezuela articulated the purpose of this preparatory forum was to provide inputs not only to the pre-COP & COP20, but also to the Open Working Group process on Sustainable Development Goals, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the Ban Ki Moon Climate Summit. Though no further information was provided on the expected number of participants, the Government of Venezuela did expect to reach out beyond the constituencies of the UNFCCC to include Major Groups in the SDGs process as well as grassroots, indigenous, trade unions and large civil society networks. The actual pre-COP will be held from November 4-7 in Caracas and Venezuela provided the following draft agenda:

  • November 4th-5th - Social Organizations and Movements- Social organizations debate and produce a document
  • November 6th  - Dialogue between Organizations and Ministers- Elected speakers present document to the Ministers
  • November 7th - Ministers- Ministers meeting and closing ceremony

Ban Ki Moon Climate Summit and Mobilization Finally, there was a briefing with observers on the links to the Ban Ki Moon Climate Summit which is scheduled for September 23rd, 2014. The Summit, in the words of the Secretary General, aims to challenge Heads of State and Government along with business, finance, civil society and local leaders to join with “bold pledges to innovate, scale-up, cooperate and deliver concrete action that will close the emissions gap and put us on track for an ambitious legal agreement through the UNFCCC process.” In preparation for the Summit, a special two-day high- level meeting will be held from 4-5 May in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to encourage announcements of greater action and ambition by world leaders in September. In February, the Women and Gender Constituency sent a letter to the organizers of the Summit, highlighting a number of climate actions which take into account bottom-up approaches, of proven small-scale initiatives that also benefit people and communities, respect rights, reduce current and future emissions and achieve sustainable development. This was to frame the type of actions hoped to be highlighted at the event. The letter also particularly listed a number of concerns, including the framing of the Summit, and the potential for casual promotion of public-private partnerships, as well as implicitly supporting a shift away from ambitious and binding quantified commitments on emissions reductions in the UNFCCC. Beyond the framing of the Summit itself, many groups are looking to the event as a key moment for mobilization. It is the last time, on the road towards a new climate agreement in 2015, where Heads of State and government leaders will be meeting to discuss ambitious action on climate. Many CSO groups and alliances have held meetings throughout the first months of 2014 to discuss collective messaging and actions from civil society, how to bring the climate movement to the streets of New York around the occasion of the Summit, and in the squares and commons of cities and communities around the globe. This work is also linked to action and mobilization on the Post-2015 development agenda more broadly and WEDO is working with partners to ensure women’s human rights and feminist advocacy on the Post-2015 process help shape the agenda

Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk leads a report-back on gender-sensitive tools and approaches to adaptation.

Image Credit: WEDO

Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk leads a report-back on gender-sensitive tools and approaches to adaptation.
Image Credit: WEDO

Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Gender Experts Meeting Linking back to the UNFCCC process, from April 2nd to 4th in Bonn, Germany, WEDO participated in a Joint meeting of the Adaptation Committee and the Nairobi work programme, focused on Available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge (ITK) and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation. The meeting included several members of the GGCA and the WGC including Bridget Burns (WEDO), Agnes Otzelberger & Sven Harmeling (CARE), Lorena Aguilar (IUCN), Maria Josee Artiste (VIDs), and Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk (SDF). Presentations and inputs to the meeting have been highlighted on the UNFCCC website.   Throughout the expert meeting, participants were divided into working groups to share perspectives and experiences on ITK and gender, and to make recommendations for practitioners on the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for understanding and assessing impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change.   Expert presentations were delivered by CARE, IUCN, and others. Ms. Maria-Josee Artist of the Association of Indigenous Village Leaders (VIDS) in Suriname, presented a WEDO case study she authored in 2013 on indigenous women and climate change. Ms. Prasertcharoensuk, participating on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), through the support of the Empower Women benefits All (EWA) program*, developed key inputs on genderand ITK to inform the meeting. On the final day, WEDO led a working group linking inputs and recommendations from this workshop, specifically on gender, to other Boards and Bodies of the UNFCCC, including the Technology Executive Committee and the Green Climate Fund. Reflecting on the meeting, Ms. Prasertcharoensuk stated, “one of the most important aspects of the meeting was the opportunity to make recommendations. It was important to see the co-Chairs of the workshop confirm their commitment to take the knowledge and experience shared and discussed here and put it forward to formal UNFCCC /SBSTA committee as well as the Nairobi Work Plan later this year. I think it will be quite significant for mainstreaming ITK and gender adaptation programs around the world.”   *This programming receives support from the WECF “Empowering Women benefits All” programme, financed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.   Links

WEDO Social Media Follow WEDO’s updates and activities at Facebook.com/WEDOworldwide and on Twitter @WEDO_worldwide and through WEDO Advocacy and Communications Director, Bridget Burns, @bridiekatie. You can also follow: UNFCCC- @UN_ClimateTalks;  @CFigueres; #ADP2014 Social Pre-COP- @SocialPreCOP   ——————————————————————————————————-

Invitation​: Rio+20 follow-up processes EGM on the HLPF

EGM on HLPF, New York 30 April -1 May, Room 5 in North Lawn Building For those of you who will be in NYC, DESA DSD is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on agenda setting for the High Level Political Forum on 30 April and 1 May 2014 in CR 5 (NLB). Major groups and other stakeholders are welcome as long as space is available on a first come first serve basis. Please register by emailing Isabelle at mckusick@un.org.   Background documents, concept note and agenda, are available at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=667&type=13&menu=1556

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Public Engagement for a Better World — Science Centre World Summit 2014 – Mechelen Declaratio​n:  The Action Plan for the Future

Dear Community of Educators,

Post 2015 as the UN further implements science-based decision-making processes, I had the privilege of serving on the global planning committee for the 2014 Science Center World summit.  Whether shaping policy or integrating practice, this is one of those “finger on the pulse” moments illustrating the dynamic work moving us forward towards creating sustainable societies.    From Engageuclan’s participant’s report, [http://engageuclan.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/science-centre-world-summit-2014/] the Summit provided a relaxed, inclusive tone that supported a relaxed exchange of ideas and strengthening networks.  “Communication to Inspire People.”
Technopolis, the Flemish Science Center, hosted the Science Centre World Summit 2014 ”Public Engagement for a Better World” March 17-19 in Mechelen, Belgium in cooperation with the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (Brussels) .  During the Summit, science centre leaders met with global policy makers, scientists and leading business representatives to exchange ideas about science, public engagement with science and the role that science communication and science centres should play in our rapidly changing society.  With a continuing commitment to impact, the science centre field puts forward the Mechelen Declaration as a worldwide action plan, appended below.
Increasingly, science centres are moving beyond the traditional hands-on exploration of scientific phenomena. Many centres are engaging with their audiences in the dialogues that address global challenges, and equipping them to become active players within their communities – thereby helping to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, and the Sustainable Development Goals to be launched in 2015.  
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Since 1996, there has been a marked increase in the number of science-based public policy issues in areas such as climate and energy, pandemic disease, digital privacy and research. Public engagement with science has increased, and the digital revolution that has radically changed our relationship with technology has created new modes of communication and learning. Science centres have shown a remarkable range of diverse responses, adapting to local contexts, responding to community needs and reflecting policies of inclusiveness. Governments, scientific enterprises, international institutions, multi-national corporations and the education field all recognise that citizen engagement in current global scientific and technological issues is crucial to the advancement, prosperity and welfare of everyone. Nearly 3 000 science centres worldwide are spearheading hands-on, enquiry-based learning, and have achieved a high trust rating among their more than 310 million annual participants.
Increasingly, science centres are moving beyond the traditional hands-on exploration of scientific phenomena. Many centres are engaging with their audiences in the dialogues that address global challenges, and equipping them to become active players within their communities – thereby helping to achieve the current Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, and the Sustainable Development Goals to be launched in 2015. 
Held every three years the next Science Centre World Summit 2017 will be hosted by Japan and co-organized with the coalition of Asian science centres.  
All the best,
Pam Puntenney and Bremley Lyngdoh
UN SD Education Caucus Co-Chairs
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Environmental & Human Systems Management
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Mechelen Declaration: the action plan for the
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As many of you signed the Mechelen Declaration, you committed for an action plan for the future. We are happy to see so many people from inside and outside the science centre field engaging for the realisation of the Mechelen Declaration. The seven action points:
1.     Investigate how to engage even more effectively with local communities and increasingly divers audiences, and keep the focus on gender differences in engagement.
2.     Continue taking actions that have a positive global impact and that will make people everywhere more aware of the opportunities that science and technology hold for the sustainable advancement of humankind.
3.     Draw the attention of decision makers and the media to the essential role of public engagement with science and technology by setting up high-profile global activities.
4.     Endeavour to leverage the position of science centres as ‘trusted’ places to introduce the public to new technological solutions and sustainable technologies, and to broaden the potential use of these solutions.
5.     Take the lead in developing the best methods for engaging learners and optimizing their education in both formal and informal settings using appropriate technologies in widely varying contexts.
6.     Engage the public more directly with research, using this engagement to help empower people, broaden attitudes and ensure that the work of universities and research institutions is relevant to society and to wider social concerns on global scale.
7.     Work together in a creative celebration of the International Science Centre Year 2019, encouraging people throughout the world to take part in shared experiences relating to science and technology and society.
We’ve made the complete Mechelen Declaration available on the Science Centre World Summit website. Feel free to copy the content for your own purpose.
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Invitation​: Sustainabl​e Energy for All Forum, 4-6 June at UN HQ

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                                                                                                Dear Colleagues,
Please find an invitation below from the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, for the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum and Global Launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, taking place from 4 – 6 June 2014 at UN Headquarters in New York. Best Regards, UN-NGLS
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General & Chief Executive Officer
21 April 2014
                                                                                                         Dear Colleague,
On behalf of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, I am honoured to invite you to the first annual Sustainable Energy for All Forum and global launch of the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Energy for All 2014-2024 to be held on 4 – 6 June 2014 in New York. The Forum will seek to gather leaders from governments, private sector and civil society, who are committed to forging the future of sustainable energy through transformative actions. It will be a unique opportunity to inspire and mobilize further action, partnerships and commitments by showcasing success stories, innovation and best practices, grow the broader movement of civil society organizations and stakeholders by launching advocacy campaigns and outreach under the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, and shape and set the direction for the global policy discourse on energy for the next crucial decades to come.
The concept note and programme are accessible online. Further updates will be made available on www.se4all.org. We kindly ask that you register in advance since space is limited.
By June 2014, two years will have passed since world leaders gathered at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and stated that “we are all determined to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality and, through this, help to eradicate poverty and lead to sustainable development and global prosperity.”
As the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All, I regard the upcoming Forum and the Decade as landmark milestone events in our common efforts towards the achievement of the promise made in Rio. I firmly believe that your participation in June will send a forceful signal to the world that all stakeholders continue to stand united and committed in our common efforts to achieve sustainable energy for all, and I therefore passionately urge you to join and make your voice heard.
Sincerely yours,
                     
Kandeh K. Yumkella
SE4ALL Mail Address: Vienna International Centre, F-162, P.O. Box 500, A-1400, Vienna, AUSTRIA
SE4ALL Office: Andromeda Tower, 15th Floor, Donaucity-Strasse 6, A-1220, Vienna, AUSTRIA
United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS)
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Join us at our JBF Worldwide 8th Anniversar​y Event

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UNESCO ESD Youth Conference

Dear Friends:
This is a call to youth leaders around the world committed to building a better future through education.
Apply now to take part in the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference in Japan!
The UNESCO ESD Youth Conference will be held in Okayama, Japan on 7 November 2014, bringing together 50 young leaders between 18-35 years of age who are actively engaged in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).
As a Youth Conference participant you will have an opportunity to exchange your ideas and experiences with peers. You will be able to discuss innovative approaches to ESD and ways to promote young people’s contribution and further involvement in the global ESD movement.
Participants will also be involved in developing recommendations for the UNESCO World Conference on ESD, which will take place in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from 10-12 November 2014. All Youth Conference participants will be invited to take part in the World Conference.
The Youth Conference is being organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, the City of Okayama and The Goi Peace Foundation.
Please see the UNESCO ESD Youth Conference Application Guidelines for further information, including timelines and selection criteria. Both the Application Guidelines and Application Form are available at: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/youthconference
The application deadline is 1 June 2014.
Successful applicants will receive travel sponsorship provided by the organizers.
Please feel free to pass this information on to young educators and sustainability leaders in your network. We look forward to receiving many applications from around the world!
Best regards,
UNESCO ESD Youth Conference Secretariat
@The Goi Peace Foundation, Japan

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Sustainabl​e Business & Career Opportunit​ies via PATE Expo & Conference in USA

Dear Shane – Blessed Spring Greetings..
This is to extend the humble invitation to join the Project Team of TQLMA Business & Education Expo & Conference in Washington DC from August 18-21, 2014. 
TQLMA Group plans to Launch MSB Global
University Industrial Park & Airline in Karachi, Baltimore and Business Capital of Developing Nations to assure
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Submissions are due to the Nike Foundation by May 16, 2014

Dear Voice Africa,

The NIKE Foundation is dedicated to unleashing the potential of the 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty through insights-driven innovations, strategic partnership and solutions that can be scaled to enable and equip adolescent girls to realize their potential.   The Nike Foundation has partnered with some of the most respected organizations and leaders in the development community to work toward a shared vision: that adolescent girls are embedded in – and integral to – the eradication of global poverty.   We are seeking strong partners to realize this vision through strategic advocacy to ensure the goals and targets set forth in the Girl Declaration are fully integrated into the post-2015 framework. We are pleased to share two Requests for Proposals for further distribution.   The first RFP is focused on ensuring that the guiding principles, goals and targets of the Girl Declaration are integrated into the post-2015 international development framework. The RFP package includes the following documents:   ·         Nike Foundation RFP Global Advocacy ·         Nike Foundation Proposal Cover Sheet to be used with proposal submission ·         NF Budget and Financial Report Template to be used with proposal submission   The second RFP is focused on mobilizing support for the Girl Declaration in key countries by building girls’ leadership skills and given them a platform to amplify their voices. The RFP package includes the following documents:   ·         Nike Foundation RFP National Advocacy ·         Nike Foundation Proposal Cover Sheet to be used with proposal submission ·         NF Budget and Financial Report Template to be used with proposal submission   Organizations are free to apply to one or both RFPs. Submissions are due to the Nike Foundation by May 16, 2014. Please see the RFP for further details.   Sincerely,   KATE KIAMA | Grant  Manager, Investment Fund | NIKE Foundation  t. +1.503.444.0355 |m. +1.971.645.8510 |e.Kate.kiama@nike.com|www.nikefoundation.org   The NIKE Foundation supports the Girl Effect.  To learn more go to www.girleffect.org   Nike Foundation RFP National Advocacy  Nike Foundation RFP Global Advocacy  Nike Foundation Proposal Cover Sheet  Nike Foundation (NF) Budget and Financial Report Template

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Aquatech India from 6 – 8 May and Aquatech China from 25 – 27 June
Dear Ms.  Oord,You are now reading our brand-new, re-styled Aquatech newsletter. With this newsletter we provide a platform for our colleagues and network from the exciting water sector. We also put the spotlight on innovations and their background stories and bring you the latest news about Aquatech Global Events.You will receive our next newsletter in two months. In the meantime, we hope to welcome you at Aquatech India from 6 – 8 May and Aquatech China from 25 – 27 June.Kind regards,Aquatech Global Events team
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INVITATION

Get Acquainted at the SADC Business Ambassadors Luncheon!

20 May 2014 Kasteel de Wittenburg, Wassenaar

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Celebrate Earth Day at the UN with the NY Premiere of the film “On the Edge, Antarctica​”

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Pam
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Dr. P. J. Puntenney
Environmental & Human Systems Management
1989 West Liberty
 Ann Arbor, MI  48103  USA
Cell:  (734) 330-0238
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DEADLINE: MONDAY, 28 APRIL 12 NOON EDT NY TIME
At the request of the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA), UN-NGLS, in cooperation with DESA-DSD, is facilitating a process to obtain nominations from civil society networks for speakers during the President of the General Assembly’s 21-22 High-Level Event on the “Contributions of North-South, South-South, Triangular Cooperation, and ICT for Development to the Implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda”  taking place at UN Headquarters in New York. The concept note for this event is available here.
For this thematic debate, OPGA is seeking nominations for 7 civil society speakers:  Category 1: 1 Keynote speaker Category 2: 3 discussants for Panel #1  Category 3: 3 discussants for Panel #2 Criteria for each of these speaking roles is outlined below. We invite NGOs to submit 1 nominee per category outlined above (i.e. 1 for keynote, 1 for Panel #1 discussants, and 1 for Panel #2 discussants). Travel funding will be provided to the keynote speaker only if necessary. Please read this entire email if you will participate, as the process has a few steps and specific requirements.
Timeline for participation in the nomination process  (Full description and instructions below.) By Monday, 28 April, 12 Noon EDT:  Submit nominations to NGO Major Group Organizing Partners Travel funding Travel funding will be provided for the CSO participant selected for the Keynote speaker of this High-level Event, if other sources of support are not available for the participant. There is space for the participation of six civil society discussants in this HLE, however, OPGA is not in a position to provide travel funding for discussants.  
Visa arrangements OPGA will provide an invitation letter for the selected civil society speakers. The speakers will be responsible for obtaining their own 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 2 weeks.
Instructions for submitting nominations to NGO Major Group Organizing Partners NGO Major Group Organizing Partners have created an online nomination form for each of the 3 nomination categories; links are provided below. Based upon the NGO nominations received by 28 April, the NGO Major Group Organizing Partners will submit one nominee per category for consideration by the OPGA. We invite your Major Group to submit one nominee per category. You may submit a nomination for one or more of the 3 categories. All nominations will automatically load into a google doc spreadsheet, published here. Please note this spreadsheet has separate tabs for each speaking role. Before submitting a nominee, please confirm:
1) The nominee is a representative of a civil society organization, and officially authorized by their organization/network to speak on the organization/network’s behalf.
2) The nominee is a good public speaker. 3) The candidate is available to be at UN Headquarters in NY at 8:30am on the day of their speaking role, and for travel if necessary. As indicated above, the nominee must have a visa, or be able to obtain one within 2 weeks, for travel to the US.
4) The nominee has not already spoken at one of the previous PGA events on the post-2015 agenda.
Please consider the content of this event’s concept note and background note when selecting candidates to nominate, available here. The 3 categories for speaking roles, specific criteria per role, and links to submit nominations: 
1) Keynote Speaker for Opening Ceremony Submit nominations for keynote speaker here  The speaker must be: a) female; b) a high-level representative of a civil society organization headquartered in the global South; c) able to address the overarching theme of the High-level Event.
2) Discussants for Panel #1 - Submit nominations for Panel #1 Discussant here Panel focus:  “How can all forms of cooperation, namely North-South, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, be strengthened to promote economic growth, employment and decent work for all?” The speaker must be able to address some of the following topics: – Given that the overarching objective of the post-2015 development agenda is the eradication of extreme poverty, how should the various forms of international cooperation be strengthened to contribute to the achievement of sustained and inclusive economic growth?  – What forms of cooperation can best be utilized to help countries develop inclusive and robust economies and societies that provide employment and decent jobs for all? – Can domestic resource mobilization, increased and smarter aid, domestic private finance and external private finance underpin a global partnership for development? – How can sustained and inclusive national and international economic growth support improved domestic resource mobilization and management?  – How can the means of implementation of the post 2015 development agenda be strengthened by further progress on development-supportive trade reforms within an open, rules-based multilateral trading system?  – How can the post-2015 development agenda give special to the needs of countries in special situations, African countries, LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDS? What are the opportunities and challenges facing middle income countries? How can the UN development system be enhanced to support development efforts of all developing countries?  – How can South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation play a complementary role in a global partnership for development beyond 2015?   
3) Discussants for Panel #2 Submit nominations for Panel #2 Discussant here Panel focus:  “How can all forms of cooperation, namely North-South, South-South and Triangular Cooperation, as well as ICT for development, be utilized to achieve effective means of implementation for the post-2015 development agenda?” The speaker must be able to address some of the following topics: - How can the various forms of international cooperation enhance the means of implementation, including trade, financing for sustainable development, capacity building, and development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies? – How can the various forms of international cooperation contribute to a strengthened global partnership that is critical for sustainable development? – What mechanisms are available both nationally and internationally to help increase and improve the effectiveness of official  development assistance and its impact in lifting people from extreme poverty, improve health-care and education?  – How can the achievement of existing goals and targets on ICT for development, such as the international commitment to significantly increase access to telecommunication services and strive to provide 100 per cent access to the Internet by 2020 to Least Developed Countries contribute to the post-2015 development agenda?  – How can the post 2015 development agenda integrate the notion of resilience and which specific instruments and forms of cooperation, including through the implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Reduction, can help safeguard hard-earned development gains?  Description of the Nomination Process For this nomination process, UN-NGLS is contacting a total of 22 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) 7 international civil society networks: Beyond 2015, Global Call to Action Against Poverty, Third World Network, Social Watch, Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development, Center for Economic and Social Rights/Post-2105 Human Rights Caucus, and LDC Watch.
3) 7 groupings of regional, South-based networks from Africa, Arab States, Asia, Latin America, and the 3 Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) regions. For the list, please contact UN-NGLS. Each of these 22 constituencies can submit one nominee for each speaking category outlined above (up to 3 nominees total). 
UN-NGLS is allowed to send through 6 final nominees per role to OPGA, for a total of 18 nominees. To determine the 6 final nominees per role, UN-NGLS will facilitate a selection committee conference call on 30 April from 8:00-10:00am EST, involving one designated representative from each of the 22 constituencies.  UN-NGLS will send a subsequent email seeking a focal point for the call from your network.
By 5 May, OPGA will select the final speakers from amongst the 6 nominees submitted for each speaking role.  OPGA will prioritize civil society speakers from the global South for this event, and will ensure gender and geographic balance within the overall programme, which will also include speakers from governments, academia, and the private sector. UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD are not involved in the final speaker selection process. The remainder of the nominees will serve as alternates. 
For more information about the PGA’s post-2015 events, including how to attend as an observer, please see the PGA’s Frequently Asked Questions web page.
Jeffery Huffines NGO Major Group Organizing Partner CIVICUS UN Representative (NY)
Cell: +1 646-707-1060 Email: jeffery.huffines@civicus.org Skype: jefferyvhuffines CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation PO
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Peace & Security -  Wednesday – “Speak Up, Speak Out”

 

Hi Folks -
“Music From the Heart – Climate Change Education”
with Sharon Abreu and Mike Hurwicz
Sharon Abreu and Mike Hurwicz, singer-songwriters from Orcas Island join SUSO’s Jodie Buller in the studio to talk about the role of music in climate change awareness, and to swap Pete Seeger stories. Sharon’s one-woman show The Climate Monologues will air on KSVR’s “Wide World of Radio” next month. In this interview she talks about collecting those stories from everyday people who became activated because of the climate and energy impacts they felt in their communities.
Our interview on the program “Speak Up, Speak Out” will air this Wednesday 4/23 from 5:00-5:30 pm Pacific Time (8:00-8:30 pm Eastern Time). It will be rebroadcast this Sunday 4/27 from 8:00-8:30 pm Pacific / 11:00-11:30 pm Eastern.
KSVR is the radio station at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA  USA.
We did the interview with Jodie Buller on March 31, the day after helping to lead songs in a Pete Seeger sing-along tribute concert on Whidbey Island, organized by our friend Pushkara Sally Ashford of SingPeace!
Tune in if you can – it’s streaming so it can be heard anywhere by going to www.KSVR.org.
To learn more about Sharon and Mike, visit:
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Dear colleagues,

doodle has spoken: the strategy call on sovereign debt workout will take place on 8 May 2014, 4 pm CET. We will discuss current developments and strategies with regards to the creation of a sovereign debt workout mechanism. We will look at developments at the IMF, the UNCTAD-process which is planned to be completed in autumn this year and the potential to encourage debtor governments to demand a fairer debt workout  for themselves. In case you haven’t participated in the doodle poll but are however interested in participating, just drop me a line. There is material available for preparation to the call which we would provide when people register to the call.

Best regards, Kristina
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[Eurodad debt] Strategy call on sovereign debt workout: Thu 8 May, 4 pm CET

Dear colleagues,

doodle has spoken: the strategy call on sovereign debt workout will take place on 8 May 2014, 4 pm CET. We will discuss current developments and strategies with regards to the creation of a sovereign debt workout mechanism. We will look at developments at the IMF, the UNCTAD-process which is planned to be completed in autumn this year and the potential to encourage debtor governments to demand a fairer debt workout  for themselves. In case you haven’t participated in the doodle poll but are however interested in participating, just drop me a line. There is material available for preparation to the call which we would provide when people register to the call.

Best regards, Kristina
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Call for Selected Speaker for the 4th Low Carbon Earth Summit-201​4

The 4th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2014

Theme: Green Action for Sustainability

Time: Sep.21-23, 2014

Venue: Qingdao International Convention Center, Qingdao, China

Website: http://www.lcesummit.com/

Ms. April Wang <amaris5@lces-lcessummit.com>

Dear Ars Mustafa,  info@worldviewmission.nl   Under the support and guidance of CCPIT Qingdao Sub-Council and Information Research Center of International Talents, SAFEA, the 4th Low Carbon Earth Summit-2014 (LCES-2014), co-organized by BIT Congress, Inc., is scheduled to be held on September 21-23, 2014, Qingdao, China. It is our great honor to have you to be the Speaker and give a speech at Session 1002: Resilience in Urban and Regional Development, and Building Effective Resilience Allian of Forum 10: Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Changes.   LCES-2014 is expected to outstrip the past three conferences in size and scale, this year our conference will contain ten parallel Forums and various Sessions related to the issues of Climate Change Adaptation, Low Carbon Economy & Finance, and Low Carbon Technologies for Climate Mitigation, Low Carbon City, Carbon Trade, Low Carbon Transport, Low Carbon Building and etc. The details are listed as below:   Forum 1: Climate Change Adaption Forum 2: Low Carbon Economy & Finance Forum 3: Climate Change Mitigation Leadership Forum 4: Low Carbon Technologies for Climate Mitigation Forum 5: Best Practice of Low Carbon Industry Forum 6: Low Carbon City Forum 7: Low Carbon Transport Forum 8: Low Carbon Building Forum 9: Carbon Trade Forum 10: Adaptive Capacity and Resilience to Climate Changes   More information: http://www.lcesummit.com/programlayout.asp. In addition, for the time being, Mr. Donald Johnston, Former Secretary-General of OECD and Mr. Dewen Mei, President of China Beijing Environmental Exchange have confirmed their participations in the Plenary Session to give speeches. Also, we have been honored to invite Sir Christopher A. Pissarides and Sir Edward C. Prescott, the 2010 and 2004 Nobel laureate in economics, respectively in our concurrent conference, the Congress of Knowledge Economy-2014. Meanwhile, we have uploaded our initial program online please feel free to visit: http://www.lcesummit.com/program.asp.   Looking forward to your support and attendance!   Sincerely Ms. April Wang Organizing Committee of LCES-2014 BIT Congress Inc. Add: East Wing, F11, Building 1, Dalian Ascendas IT Park, 1 Hui Xian Yuan, Dalian Hi-tech Industrial Zone, LN 116025, China Tel: 0086-411-84575669-858 Fax: 0086-411-84799629 Email: april@lcesummit.com

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