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

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: 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, 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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Mitigation Update: Pricing Emissions in Focus, Climate Pledges Go Personal [viewed]

ieta_eea_adb_icao_imo_vatican9 September 2016: Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events, initiatives and publications have highlighted the role of market mechanisms in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other pollutants. In addition, both Pope Francis and the UNFCCC Secretariat are encouraging climate action on an individual level.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost [viewed]

Sustainable_energy_finance1 September 2016: The month of August saw several financing announcements that, instead of focusing on a single project, will support many aspects of the energy sector in several countries, in the context of economic and infrastructure development. In addition, this Update reports on various initiatives that will support the expansion of off-grid energy access, “green” the public transport sector and increase industrial efficiency. It also includes a new 'Go-To Resources' section, which lists newly-released sources of information related to sustainable energy project development.

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Event: The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics [viewed]

The Hugo Conference will focus on the interactions between environmental changes and migration, and is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). The conference, organized by the University of Liège, is named after the late Graeme Hugo (1946-2015), a pioneering scholar of the linkages between environmental changes and migration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from social sciences and environmental sciences, and promote their scholarly interaction. Topics to be addressed include: the social dimensions of vulnerability; immobility and trapped populations; land issues; borders and security; disasters and evacuations; environmental and climate data for the study of migration; climate science, models and tipping points; and legal and policy perspectives. Keynote speakers include: Eric Lambin of Stanford University, recipient of the Volvo Prize in 2014; Barbara Harrell-Bond of Oxford University; and Bill McKibben of 350.org. The event will also mark the launch of two research initiatives: the creation of The Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège, Belgium, a research structure dedicated specifically to the study of environmental changes and migration; and establishment of an international scholarly association for the study of environmental migration. The last day for registration is 21 October 2016.  

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Final Reports on Developed Countries' Kyoto Protocol Compliance, 2014 GHG Emissions Released [viewed]

UNFCCC25 August 2016: During the month of August, the UNFCCC Secretariat released a compilation of developed country Parties' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on their latest inventory submissions for 2014, as well as the final compliance reports for the first commitment period (CP1), 2008-2012, of the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, a number of updates on national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including status reports on GHG inventories and the reports of the technical review of second Biennial Report (BR2) submissions, were published.

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

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: 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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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Boost African, Asian Energy Access and Building, Lighting Efficiency [viewed]

sustainable_energy_update1 August 2016: During the month of July, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released data demonstrating the growing market share of renewable energy, which has reached 13.8% of the world's primary energy supply and nearly a quarter of electricity production. Over the course of July, significant public investments in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency were announced, with financing for energy access largely focused on Asia and Africa, while renewable energy investments tended to be in Europe. The energy efficiency initiatives announced focused on the building and lighting sectors in a variety of countries.

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Regional Dialogues on NDC Implementation Launched [viewed]

regional_dialogue19 July 2016: In the lead-up to the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference, a number of international partners and national governments are holding discussions on the next steps toward implementation of climate action plans, known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The first of these dialogues took place from 19-21 July 2016, in San José, Costa Rica, and analyzed Latin American and Caribbean NDCs.

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Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions, Increase Access to Modern, Efficient Technology [viewed]

Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions20 July 2016: Announcements from various intergovernmental organizations over recent weeks hold promise for reducing emissions from the energy sector and increasing participation in the energy economy. Whether toolkits guiding decision makers on energy-related issues or technological analysis, the initiatives described below contribute to the implementation of both the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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