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SDGs Present Opportunity for Sustainable Urbanization: UNDP Director [viewed]

UNDP21 September 2015: Urbanization presents an opportunity to formulate a "global socio-economic development path that is equitable, inclusive, risk-informed and just,” writes Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a post on the UNDP blog, Martínez-Solimán welcomes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on urban resilience and outlines key components of sustainable urban development.

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Guest Article #127: Technical Assistance for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in West Africa [viewed]

Seven countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Togo) recently voiced their needs for assistance to meet their national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reporting requirements under the Convention, in accordance with the Cancun and Durban agreements.

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LAC Carbon Forum Calls for Including Market Approaches in Paris Agreement [viewed]

Latinamericanforum11 September 2015: The 9th Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF 2015) concluded with calls for the use of market-based mechanisms and other forms of carbon pricing and climate finance to be included as mitigation and development tools in the global climate agreement expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNDP Executive Board Discusses Post-2015, COP 21 Support [viewed]

UNDP1 September 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board discussed UNDP's support for the post-2015 and financing for development (FfD) processes and for the climate negotiations, with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark stressing the need for development to be resilience-based and sustainable, and for finding synergies between development and environment finance and between humanitarian and development finance.

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UN-REDD Brief Examines Fiscal Incentives for Agricultural Commodities as Part of REDD+ Readiness [viewed]

unreddSeptember 2015: Noting that fiscal policies and incentives are often key underlying drivers of forest change and influence land use behavior in sectors that encroach on forests, a brief produced by the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) suggests that REDD+ provides an entry point to rethinking fiscal incentives for agricultural commodities as part of National REDD+ Strategies and Action Plans.

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UN-REDD/IIED Brief Explores the Potential of a Green Economy Approach to Africa's Forest Sector [viewed]

growing_a_green_economy_africaAugust 2015: A brief produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in partnership with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) indicates that scaling up interventions focused on sustainability across Africa could help meet increased demand for timber while enabling sustainable forest management, as long as they are accompanied by actions to create an enabling environment.

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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Leadership Development Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming DRR and Adaptation in Southern Africa [viewed]

undp_unisdr28 August 2015: The 5th Leadership Development Forum (LDF) on Mainstreaming Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction into Development (MADRiD), which focused on sub-regional leadership development in southern Africa, aimed to improve understanding of the nature, scope and importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation into national development planning and budgetary processes; and increase social demand and political commitment for integrating DRR and adaptation into economic and social planning processes.

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FCPF, UN-REDD Provide Guidance on Grievance Redress Mechanisms [viewed]

unredd-fcpf17 August 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have developed a joint guidance note that proposes an approach to strengthening in-country capacity for grievance resolution activities to be carried out during the readiness phase of projects on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York. Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting will be devoted to a strategic dialogue conducted through two panel discussions moderated by designated senior officials. This will based on the follow up and implementation of the environmental dimension of the SDGs and role and contribution of the EMG with the following issues being addressed specifically: 1. Main implementation challenges associated with responding to the Environmental Sustainability dimensions; 2. How effectively handle the nexus issues that cut across institutional boundaries (such as environment and health; environment and land management; environment and energy, etc.); 3. A System Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment to enhance coherence in the UN system in responding to the SDGs; and 4. Role and contribution of the EMG in the follow up of the post-2015 development agenda and ways of maximizing its effectiveness.  

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