30-31 Aug – Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (Alaska)
The U.S. Department of State will host this major event to focus the world’s attention on the most urgent issues facing the Arctic today and provide an unprecedented opportunity for foreign ministers and key stakeholders to define the region’s most crucial challenges; highlight innovative ways in which these challenges can be addressed at the local, national and international levels; and broaden global awareness of the impacts of Arctic climate change.
Foreign ministers and high-level leaders from the seven other Arctic nations as well as countries and intergovernmental bodies with strong interests in the Arctic. Leading policy makers, indigenous leaders and influential public and private sector representatives from Alaska, the Arctic region and around the world are also expected to attend.
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31 Aug-4 Sep – Ad Hoc Working Group of the Durban Platform (Bonn, Germany)
The mandate of the ADP is to develop a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties, which is to be completed no later than 2015 in order for it to be adopted at the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and for it to come into effect and be implemented from 2020.
10 Sep – “Off and On” Bill McKibben headline climate change show in Brooklyn (US)
Bill McKibben, best-selling author Naomi Klein and other climate change thought leaders will join forces for a multimedia presentation about the climate crisis.
The event will feature polished visuals, a musical performance, and photo and video features from around the world, Off and On will examine the climate crisis facing our society before outlining a strategy to solve it, focusing heavily on the looming talks at the United Nations in December.
10 Sep – Tree Happy Hour: A Pisco and Pabst (Washington, DC)
In celebration of The Tree’s Latin American Desk Editor’s first full year running our network, The Tree is hosting a “Pisco and Pabst” party where friends and supports of the project are invited to have a drink, or two, or three on The Tree.
Tree Managing Editors, Tierney Smith from London, Ziona Eyob from Montreal, Karla Maass Wolfenson from Chile will join host Andrew Schenkel in festivities that will include a discussion about the different narratives we use in different parts of the world to push for climate action.
14-15 Sep – Global Union Climate Conference (Paris)
The International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) is hosting an international climate summit for 200 trade unionists from all over the world in Paris ahead of this year’s UN climate talks.
The conference will see attendees from the climate jobs campaigns in several countries and other trade unionists interested in the issue of climate jobs come together.
21-28 Sep – New York City Climate Week (New York City, US)
With UN discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals taking place during the same week in New York City, Climate Week NYC 2015 will also provide a complementary opportunity to highlight how climate action and low carbon growth will benefit today’s economy without compromising future generations.
Presented by the Climate Group, this event will bring together businesses and governments around the world are demonstrating that a healthy environment and a prosperous economy go hand-in-hand.
Brazil is expected to submit its much-anticipated INDC this week. Brazil, considered to be a developing country, is estimated to be the fourth top contributor to observed warming and its emissions contributions are largely from deforestation. It is hoped that Brazil will deliver an ambitious INDC.
In June, Brazil pledged to curb illegal deforestation, expand renewable energy use and to restore 12 million hectares of rainforest – an area roughly the size of England – over the next fifteen years. Brazil also further pledged to draw between 28 and 33 percent of its total energy mix — including transportation fuels — from renewables by 2030.
This global day of action on sustainable development goals will feature events in NYC and more than 100 countries around the world to create pressure in advance of summit, providing political space to come out and make big commitments.The three main themes are Climate, Poverty and Inequality.
A big flagship event is planned for each each continent – Australia, East Africa, India, UK, USA (Time Square).
24 Sep – Pope Francis to address Congress (Washington, DC, USA)
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the US Capitol Building to address a joint session of Congress where he will speak about the need for the world’s governments to take climate action.
25 Sep Address by His Holiness Pope Francis to UN General Assembly (New York City, USA)
His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the UN on 25 September 2015, and give an address to the UN General Assembly immediately ahead of the official opening of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.
This address is expected to directly discuss climate change and the morality of taking action.
My new book Stakeholder Democracy: Represented Democracy in A Time of Fear (Routledge) is on advance order on amazon - out July 9th.
I would also like to thank my co-authors Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Carolina Duque Chopitea, Minu Hemmati, Susanne Salz, Bernd Lakemeier, Laura Schmitz, and Jana Borkenhagen for their chapters - which are awesome!! While underscoring that my co-authors do not necessarily agree with the chapters written by other people.
The book will be out in July for the High Level Political Forum where we will be launching the book. Let me share with you the introduction for the book...and a few reviews out already. “A revolution is coming — a revolution which will be peaceful if we are wise enough; compassionate if we care enough; successful if we are fortunate enough — But a revolution which is coming whether we will it or not. We can affect its character; we cannot alter its inevitability.” (Kennedy, 1966) A changing world
The revolution that Bobby Kennedy was talkin…
Those who are reading this blog will know I am a huge fan of Principles as an important first stage to address key areas. We have the principles for responsible investment, the same for banking. We have principles for people first PPPs for the SDGs being developed by the UNECE. They in their latest on their forum call for other regional commissions to develop a similar approach relevant to their specific circumstances. Now we have some for Sovereign Wealth Funds.
For those who can remember this was one of the recommendations form the Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing The report of the United Nations Secretary-General’s
High-level Panel on Global Sustainability in 2012. The report said:
"174. Sovereign wealth funds are also important in this regard. The total assets of such funds currently stand at nearly $3 trillion and are expected to reach between $6 trillion and $10 trillion by 2013. Twelve new sovereign wealth funds have been established since 2005 …
Guest Blog by: Oli Brown Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House. The original is published here.
Make no mistake, when Erik Solheimresigned as head of UN Environment on 20th November 2018, less than two and a half years into what most likely would have been an eight-year tenure, the timing was not of his choosing.
The proximate reason for his defenestration was a damning report by the UN’s internal auditors, known as the Office for Internal Oversight Services. The report excoriated his travel expenses, which amounted to nearly $500,000 spent on business-class flights and hotels over the course of 22 months. It also detailed a variety of other eye-catching issues, such as spending nearly 80% of his time out of the organisation’s Kenyan headquarters and relaxing HR rules for favoured staff members.
It is vanishingly rare for Under-Secretary-Generals (USG) in the UN system to be forced out of office. Getting one of those jobs involves extensive lo…