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'Two Degrees of Change' Initiative Addresses Women's Role in Climate Action [viewed]

newton11 April 2016: A new initiative aimed at accelerating progress on climate action and gender equality by forming a more joined-up approach and creating a “compounding effect” has been launched. The 'Two Degrees of Change' initiative is led by Helena Morrissey, CEO, Newton Investment Management (a global investment management firm), and Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary. It will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 13 (SDG 13) on taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts, and SDG 5 on achieving gender equality.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee and LDC Expert Group Begin Work under Paris Mandate, Climate Change Adaptation, DRR and Sustainable Development Interlinkages Come to the Fore [viewed]

unfccc_unu_undp_une-_wcmc9 April 2016: Alongside the long-term goal of limiting temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, the Paris Agreement on climate change includes a long-term adaptation goal, namely that of "enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal." Furthermore, the vast majority of national climate plans submitted in advance of Paris (or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)) included descriptions of countries' adaptation goals, priorities, actions and needs. This Adaptation Update is the first in a series that aims to track the implementation of the adaptation component of these INDCs, and progress towards the long-term adaptation goal of the Paris Agreement. The activities reported in this Update also contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), as well as SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries).

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World Bank and GFDRR, UN-Habitat and UfM to Collaborate on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

world_bank_new8 April 2016: Two partnerships related to resilient urban development have been recently been unveiled. The World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) have announced a partnership that will strengthen building regulation for disaster resilience in vulnerable countries, by improving implementation and compliance through the 'Building Regulation for Resilience: Managing Risks for Safer Cities' program. For their part, UN-Habitat and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have agreed to cooperate on actions aimed at achieving socially and environmentally sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean region. These developments will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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March 2016 Climate Finance Update: Fund Boards Meet, Carbon Markets Under the Spotlight [viewed]

march2016_climate_finance7 April 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Implementation Update: Palestine Joins UNFCCC, China, EU, India, US Announce Climate Actions [viewed]

UNFCCC2 April 2016: Parties to the UNFCCC are making major announcements related to the Paris Agreement and its objectives. The actions described in this Update are also important for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). A number news items reported here will also advance SDG 7, especially Target 7.2 to "increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix."

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Majority of 2015 Renewables Investment Went to Developing Countries [viewed]

energy_finance_review20151 April 2016: When governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September of last year, they agreed to a goal of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7) by 2030. In a separate Goal, SDG 17, they set out targets for the means of implementation (MOI) necessary for achieving the SDGs. As the focus shifts from "the year of decisions" to "the year of implementation," the MOI necessary for achieving SDG 7, as well as the other Goals, are receiving greater attention. This update examines recent news related to finance MOI, with a view to identifying what governments and intergovernmental actors are doing to mobilize renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access finance.

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Study Reveals Significant Gaps in Collections of Crop Wild Relatives for Global Food Security and Climate Adaptation [viewed]

ciat_kew21 March 2016: A study by researchers of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew reveals gaps in the conservation of crop wild relatives (CWR) of agricultural food crops, including crops important for food security in developing countries, such as banana and plantain, cassava, sorghum and sweet potato.

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Indian Ocean Commission Develops Climate Change Adaptation Plan [viewed]

IOC29 March 2016: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), under the guidance of its member States, has announced its upcoming adoption of an action plan for operationalizing its regional adaptation strategy from 2016-2020, pointing to the climate change vulnerabilities of the southwest Indian Ocean island States. The plan will aim to identify the specific vulnerabilities of member States, support them in their adaptation actions and realize the measures set forth in their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC.

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InforMEA Seeks Feedback on Effectiveness [viewed]

InforMEAMarch 2016: The United National Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) (InforMEA) has launched a survey seeking input from stakeholders on the effectiveness and usefulness of InforMEA, and seeking input on how it may be improved. Responses are requested by 23 March 2016.

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Business Highlights Opportunities, Challenges Posed by SDGs [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: The private sector is identifying opportunities to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to recent publications and blogs. Business groups and other researchers have highlighted sustainability trends that will affect the private sector, addressing key areas for corporate leadership in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change; the role of the mobile communications industry; concerns about the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism's (TFM) engagement with business; infrastructure financing; and a campaign to identify ‘SDG Pioneers.'

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