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Transparency and Compliance Update: COP 22 Documents Released for Transparency Framework Discussions, Submissions Deadline Approaching[viewed]

As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC approaches, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents related to the transparency and compliance items on the various bodies' agendas. In the last month, reports and notes from the Secretariat have relayed the overall status of the submissions and review of the second Biennial Reports (BR2s) and updated on capacity-building progress for transparency. Status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and reports on the technical review of BR2 submissions were also published.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement[viewed]

UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement[viewed]

On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Technology Enhances Climate Resilience, Climate Change Security Risks Assessed[viewed]

Increasing climate resilience has been the focus of the recent weeks' events, initiatives and publications reported here. They have demonstrated that climate resilience and disaster disk management (DRM) can be enhanced by giving prominence to the role of technology and the private sector. The relationship between climate change and national security has also received attention.

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31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force[viewed]

At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification[viewed]

The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Urban Food Systems Affect Almost All 17 SDGs: EATx UNGA 2016[viewed]

A high-level event on nutritional challenges in urban settings illuminated challenges with urban food systems, and linkages with racial and economic injustice, advertising, climate change, and rural communities. Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, who moderated the panel discussion during the event, said sustainable urban food systems are a sine qua non for the 2030 Agenda, and without them the world will not be able to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Elaboration of a Preliminary Text of a Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change[viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Morocco will convene the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) to launch the preparation of a preliminary text of a non-binding declaration on ethical principles related to climate change.

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Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System[viewed]

Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the final report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement [viewed]

The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters.

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