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Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Action Plan Guidance Enhances Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

capacity_building_technology21 August 2016: In Paris, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to initiate the elaboration of the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, which, among other things, should facilitate the undertaking and updating of technology needs assessments (TNAs), as well as the enhanced implementation of their results. An enhanced guidance issued by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) for preparing a technology action plan (TAP) supports the new technology framework as well as Parties' long-term vision on technology development and transfer reflected in the Paris Agreement.

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Event: Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22) [viewed]

The 22nd Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will take place on 22 September 2016, in New York, US.  

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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]

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

mitigation_update17 August 2016: 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. Governments, research institutions, conservation organizations, UN agencies and the private sector will attend the meeting. The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. GRASP is comprised of 105 partners, and the Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. GRASP's six priorities areas include: political advocacy, illegal trade, green economy, disease monitoring, conflict sensitive conservation and habitat protection. GRASP was founded in 2001 to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, all of which are either endangered or critically endangered. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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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. Participants will share perspectives on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among others, can be implemented. The forum will also include an International Renewable Energy Conference, and the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Renewable Energy and Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency. Approximately 300 international energy experts, government officials, and representatives from the business community, financial sector, academia and civil society will attend the conference. This meeting is being jointly organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, the UN Regional Commissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).  

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Event: 6th Session of the Africa Regional Platform and 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

The 6th Session of the African Regional Platform and the 5th High-Level Meeting of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will: review progress made domestically in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR; discuss and agree on follow-up actions to accelerate implementation; and focus on aligning the Programme of Action for implementation of the Africa Regional Strategy with the Sendai Framework. Participants will discuss: monitoring and reviewing progress in implementation; opportunities for learning and exchanging experiences, successes and challenges in applying disaster risk management (DRM) of risk knowledge; progress made on preparedness, recovery and reconstruction under the 'build-back- better' approach; and risk-informed development. Outcomes will include: the Africa Programme of Action to implement the Sendai Framework in Africa; the Mauritius Declaration on implementation of the Africa Programme of Action; and an 'Africa Position' that will be presented at the 5th session of the Global Platform for DRR, which will convene from 22-26 May 2017, in Cancun, Mexico. Outcomes will also be submitted to the African Union (AU) Policy Organs for consideration and adoption during the AU Summit in January 2017. This meeting will also commemorate the first-ever World Tsunami Awareness Day. Representatives of African countries, stakeholder groups and development and humanitarian partners will attend the meeting. This event is being organized by the AU Commission, with support from the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), and hosted by the Government Mauritius with support from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat.  

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Guest Article #144: Severe, Increasingly Common Droughts Demand Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

With climate change likely intensifying the effects of this year's El Niño, many parts of the world are experiencing longer droughts, more frequent floods and increasingly violent storms. This can have a devastating effect on poor and vulnerable households, underlying the critical role that climate adaptation efforts play in sustaining livelihoods. Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 50 years. Two successive rainy seasons have failed, leaving up to ten million people in need of aid. As of May 2016, humanitarian funding requirements have increased to more than US$1.5 billion.

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place in September 2016. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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