UN Programme, Agency or Fund

World Cities Report Highlights Impacts of Planning [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 May 2016: Two-thirds of the global population is expected to live in cities by 2030 and produce as much as 80% of global GDP, according to a UN-Habitat report released ahead of the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The ‘World Cities Report 2016, Urbanization and Development: Emerging Futures' finds that while cities have become platforms for production and innovation, and lifted millions out of poverty through better jobs and improved quality of life, urbanization has also led to overcrowding, increased inequalities, and environmental and health challenges.

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IRP, OECD Resource Efficiency Publications Cite Role in Cutting GHG Emissions, Growing Economy [viewed]

Policy Guidance on Resource Efficency Resource Efficiency15 May 2016: Ambitious action on climate change and more efficient natural resource use could achieve significant cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase economic growth, according to a report released by the International Resource Panel (IRP) in the lead up to the Group of 7 (G7) leaders meeting in Japan. The report assesses prospects and solutions for resource efficiency and considers how more efficient resource use can contribute to economic growth, employment and development and reduce use of materials, energy, biomass and water. Also requested by G7 leaders and released recently is an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, titled ‘Policy Guidance on Resource Efficiency.'

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First Great Green Wall Global Conference Reaffirms Commitments to Restore Africa's Drylands [viewed]

GGWSSI13 May 2016: The first Global Conference on the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI) issued the 'Dakar Declaration,' which aims to reverse land degradation and improve economic opportunities for populations across the Sahel and Sahara belt. Convened from 5-7 May 2016, in Dakar, Senegal, the Conference sought to build on the momentum generated at a High Level Summit on the GGWSSI held on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Conference, where US$4 billion was pledged to step up implementation of the Initiative over the next five years.

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UNEP Report Addresses Loss and Damage and the Role of Ecosystem Services [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report that aims to enhance understanding of climatic stressor effects on ecosystems and possible correlations and implications for societal losses and damages. The report, titled 'Loss and Damage: The Role of Ecosystem Services,' discusses climate impacts on specific ecosystem services, including on provisioning services, regulating services, supporting services and cultural services.

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UNEP's 'Our Planet' Features High-level Reflections on SDG Implementation [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: A special issue of the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Our Planet' magazine explores the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including examples of national implementation and UN agency priority actions. The special issue, titled 'The Environment Dimension of the 2030 Agenda,' was released for the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which convenes in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 May 2016.

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IWC8 Celebrates 25 Years of GEF Investments in International Waters [viewed]

iwc815 May 2016: The 8th Biennial International Waters Conference (IWC8) convened under the theme, 'Scaling Up GEF IW Investments from Source to Sea and Beyond in the Context of Achieving the SDGs.' The conference highlighted the role of oceans in regulating climate, maintaining biodiversity, and promoting global food security, noting current threats to fish stocks and coral reefs.

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Event: CSA and Development Cooperation Training Course [viewed]

The 'Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and Development Cooperation: donor's perspective and assessment tools' training course aims to enhance knowledge on climate finance and CSA objectives. The course further aims to improve capacities to appraise the climate change mitigation potential of Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects and programmes using the FAO EX-Ante Carbon balance Tool (EX-ACT). Participants will also learn about: CSA concepts and techniques; CSA's role in global food security and climate change scenarios; the climate finance architecture; ways to link the carbon balance appraisal with CSA and carbon funding; and opportunities for climate-related fundraising. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and ETIFOR – Forests, Ideas, Responsibility are organizing the training course.  

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Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models [viewed]

energy_actors13 May 2016: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which seeks to support countries in their transition to sustainable energy, has concluded its '2016 Innovation Week' following a series of activities that addressed the theme ‘The Age of Renewable Power.' IRENA's work on energy innovation aims, in part, to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In addition to IRENA, many other actors have made recent announcements that are expected to contribute to SDG 7. The following update shares some of the latest news on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access tools, resources, technologies and initiatives stemming from intergovernmental efforts.

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Global Report on Internal Displacement Highlights Climate Change as Driver of Disaster Risk [viewed]

idcm12 May 2015: The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) launched its annual publication on internal displacement, citing climate change and related natural hazards, such as drought, sea-level rise and desertification, as increasingly important factors causing internal displacement.

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Event: Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [viewed]

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will convene under the theme 'Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice'. One of the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region, the Forum will bring together representatives from over 50 countries, including policymakers, scientists, donors, and youth. The Forum will address adaptation planning, financing for adaptation, climate-resilient development and cross-learning across actors. It will explore platforms and concrete pathways to enhance partnerships among governments, civil society and business. The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment are organizing the event.  

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