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UN Secretary-General Releases Climate Summit 2014 Scenario[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released the programme for its UN Climate Summit – Catalyzing Action, scheduled to take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 23 September 2014.

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UNECE, UNEP and FAO Consider Forest PES within a Green Economy[viewed]

The UN has released a report on the role of payments for forest ecosystem services (PES) in a green economy. The report makes use of 14 case studies to identify the implications of PES, their potential use in a green economy and alternative options when PES may not be appropriate.

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Event: Inter-Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on REDD+ and Aichi Biodiversity Targets[viewed]

This workshop is organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), with financial support from Japan.

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Event: Capacity-Building Workshop for Mesoamerica on Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration to Support Achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets[viewed]

This workshop, organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), is part of a series being organized with financial assistance from Japan, Germany, Canada and the Republic of Korea.

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UNEP-WCMC Maps Global Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystem Assets[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has produced a composite map of the marine and terrestrial ecosystem assets of the world.

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ITTO TTM Reflects on Impacts of Slow EU Construction Sector[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) released the 16 - 31 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a projected rebound in the EU construction sector which, although growth has been slow, is still a significant market for tropical wood products.

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FAO Unasylva Focuses on Mediterranean Forests[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released the 65th volume of its Unasylva journal, which focused on forestry and forest industries in the Mediterranean.

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India, US Consult on Climate Change[viewed]

High-level officials from India and the US have met to discuss bi- and multilateral cooperation on climate change. The meeting, held on 30 July in New Delhi, India, constituted the first round of bilateral consultations under the India-US Joint Working Group on Climate Change. Discussions focused on two aspects: enhanced dialogue on an ambitious post-2020 climate agreement; and strengthening bilateral efforts in the areas of clean technology, smart grids, energy efficiency, adaptation strategies, and sustainable forestry and REDD+.

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Event: 10th WTO Ministerial Conference[viewed]

The 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference is expected to meet in December 2015.

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July 2014 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During July 2014, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have reported on climate investments. Both the African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced partnerships with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) for a variety of climate-related investments. The World Bank also announced additional funding to be provided by CIF.

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