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Guest Article #145: Health Mobilizes Behind the Paris Agreement[viewed]

The Paris Agreement, adopted on 12 December 2015, marks the beginning of a new era in the global response to climate change. The world now has set out initial contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a mechanism for ratcheting up these reductions; and national governments are currently in the ratification process. It is widely recognized that this Agreement is critical to safeguarding the planet. What is less well known is that this is probably the most important health agreement of the century.

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework[viewed]

The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot[viewed]

Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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Event: Third Meeting of the GRASP Council[viewed]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council will address climate change, sustainable palm oil and illegal trade, as well as a proposal to add gibbons to the GRASP mandate.

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Event: 92nd Meeting of CDM Executive Board[viewed]

The 92nd Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will meet in Bonn, Germany, in October/November 2016.

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Event: Second Annual Solutions Summit[viewed]

The Second Annual Solutions Summit will highlight projects and exceptional innovators that are working to develop solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: 39th Meeting of Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee[viewed]

The 39th Meeting of the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) will meet in Bonn, Germany, in September.

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Event: 10th Meeting of Adaptation Committee[viewed]

This meeting will take place in September in Bonn, Germany.

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Event: 91st Meeting of CDM Executive Board[viewed]

The 91st Meeting of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) will address, inter alia: governance and management matters; membership issues; strategic planning and direction; performance management; matters related to the Executive Board and its support structure; operations of panels and working groups; rulings; accreditation; registration; issuance; regulatory matters; standards and tools; procedures; policy issues; and relationships with forums and other stakeholders.

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Event: Seventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development[viewed]

This meeting will explore how to deliver on national commitments, including nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the UNFCCC and investment in renewable energy to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy sector.

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