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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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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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Event: UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework [viewed]

This conference will promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to disaster risk reduction (DRR)-related decision making. It will bring together the science and technology community, policymakers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions to discuss how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. The expected conference outcomes are to: launch the UN Office for DRR's (UNISDR) Science and Technology Partnership for implementing the Framework; discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap to 2030; and identify expected outcomes of science and technology work under the Framework's priorities for action and ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs. The conference will include a high-level panel during which the Science and Technology Roadmap will be introduced, agreed and endorsed. It will also include workstreams on: the Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the Framework's implementation; understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning; leveraging science through capacity development and research; and use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support implementation and reporting. Each work stream will include various subgroup meeting on related themes.

This conference is being organized by UNISDR in coordination with its Scientific and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and in cooperation with, inter alia, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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UNU-IAS Brief Highlights Legal Context for Co-Benefits [viewed]

UNU-IAS3 November 2015: The UN University's Institute for the Advanced Study for Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has published a policy brief on how local, legal contexts can help policymakers adopt "co-benefit" strategies to simultaneously address climate change and development priorities. The brief covers co-benefit approaches in laws related to energy, waste management and transport, among others.

 

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Event: Earth To Paris—Le Hub [viewed]

Convening on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, 'Earth To Paris—Le Hub' will provide the opportunity for cross-sector, solutions-oriented engagement in climate change conversations around the Paris Conference, and a platform for amplifying the conversation across social and digital media. Experts, advocates, business and other leaders will discuss solutions to climate change, while participants around the world will be able to participate through multi-language livestreamed video and real-time interactions across multiple social media platforms. The hashtag for the event is #EarthToParis. Speakers will include: Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris; Helen Clark, Administrator, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF); and Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The first day of ‘Earth To Paris—Le Hub' will convene at the Petit Palais and the second day will be held at UNESCO headquarters. Earth To Paris is a coalition of partners helping to increase awareness about the connection between people and planet, and the need for strong climate action.  

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World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation Showcases Best Practices [viewed]

wscca_meeting4 September 2015: The World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation convened under the theme, ‘Innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation.' The event aimed to: foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences gained in undertaking adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches and experiences that illustrate how climate change adaptation can be implemented in practice; and enable networking among participants.

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Event: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption [viewed]

With a focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation," the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015) will aim to: provide researchers, civil society and firms from around the world an opportunity to present their work on adaptation; foster the exchange of information, good practice, ideas, experiences and successes acquired in executing adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches derived from case studies and projects; and provide an opportunity for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation. It will also document and disseminate the existing body of knowledge and experiences on climate change through a book titled 'Innovative Approaches to Implement Climate Change Adaptation' and through a special issue of 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'. Among the event's organizers are the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the UN University (UNU) Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).  

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First Dresden Conference Discusses Nexus Approach to SDGs [viewed]

UNU27 March 2015: The UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) convened the inaugural Dresden Nexus Conference, with a focus on a “nexus approach” to climate change, urbanization and population growth, and how it could contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNU Resilience Academy Findings Published [viewed]

UNU-EHS18 December 2014: A human livelihood perspective should be better integrated into resilience work and adaptation strategies, according to a paper published by Nature Climate Change. The paper was developed by 25 senior experts and young researchers collaborating through the UN University's (UNU) 2013-2014 Resilience Academy.

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