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.
Achim Steiner will be the new Administrator of UNDP.
In an interesting move UN Secretary General António Guterres has picked former Executive Director of UNEP as the new head of UNDP. He will take over from Helen Clark in the summer and will be facing some challenging financial issues as the funding for UNDP has halved during Helen's term of Office. The organization has also seemed to lack any vision of what it is there for.
Steiner saw funding for UNEP increase during his term of office and he oversaw the implementation of the Rio+20 commitment to create a biannual United Nations Environment Assembly which has all member states as members.
Ina press report there was some unhappiness that the position had not gone to a woman. One of the candidates that did not succeed was French Environment Minister Segolene Royal, she was surprised at the decision because Guterres had promised a woman would take the job.
"I regret it, of course. That doesn't gel with what was said, but…
The UN-Habitat Executive Director's position has been advertised. Please circulate this within your networks to all eligible interested parties. The call for expression of interest can be found here. The post should go to a developing country candidate as UNEP has gone to a WEOG candidate and so to balance the senior management in Nairobi money must be on a developing country candidate. In March this year i made a number of suggestions - now that the position is open again let me remind you who they were. I have added Karla Šlechtová the Czech Minister of Regional Development. Developing Country suggestions
Ambassador Macharia Kamau the Kenyan Ambassador to the UN in New York and of course well known to all of us for the amazing work he did in co-chairing both the Sustainable Development Goals Open Working Group and the negotiations for the 2030 Agenda. In May 2016 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Kamau and Mary Robinson as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General …