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UNECE Presents Regional Input to Habitat III [viewed]

unece_hiii13 September 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has presented the Habitat III Regional Report for the UNECE region, which will be submitted as the official input from the pan-European region to the New Urban Agenda, the outcome of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

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Event: 8th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

The eighth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate will take place in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in room VII, on 15 September 2016. The meeting will take place immediately following the Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins (Geneva, 13-14 September 2016). The Task Force on Water and Climate will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.  

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Event: Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

This workshop will consider the theme, 'Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins,' and will convene back-to-back with the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate. The workshop is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with international partners, including the World Bank Group, AGWA, IUCN and WMO. In light of the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 21 and in view of the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco, the workshop aims to facilitate implementation and financing of basin-wide adaptation - from strategies and plans to concrete measures - while considering differences in transboundary basins' governance, administrative structure and mandate. It will also consider the current global climate finance infrastructure, barriers and challenges in accessing climate finance for water and discuss how to ensure transboundary aspects are taken into account in national and local projects, where relevant. Private sector and innovative finance mechanisms will also be considered. The workshop will bring together water practitioners and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, with representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector.  

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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: 25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 25th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy will focus on: 'Energy for Sustainable Development'; how to deliver on national commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and potential solutions to be agreed on at an Energy Ministerial that will take place during the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017. The Committee will also exchange views on, inter alia: national actions; market realities in the context of low oil and gas prices; decision making during periods of risk and uncertainty; and the impact of decarbonization on fossil fuel assets, fossil fuel producers and energy markets in Europe. Topics addressed will also include: the effect of oil prices on the sustainable energy agenda; measuring and tracking progress regarding energy productivity; gaps between actions and nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and between NDCs and outcomes; the role of fossil fuels in a future energy system; the water, food and energy nexus and connections with smart cities and transport; and methane management in extractive industries. This meeting is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Europe Ministers Translate 2030 Agenda into Concrete Commitments on Green Economy, Clean Air, ESD [viewed]

efe810 June 2016: Participants at the Eighth Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed on a number of outcomes related to the green economy, air quality and human health, and education for sustainable development (ESD). During the Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region.

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ITU, UNECE Launch United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative [viewed]

unece_itu26 May 2016: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy that will promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for transitioning to "smart sustainable cities." The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative will help implement Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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International Day of Forests Celebrates Forests and Water [viewed]

csm_UNFF-FAO21 March 2016: Focusing on the multiple links between forests and water systems, the International Day of Forests is celebrated today around the globe. The Day aims to highlight the role of forests in supplying most of the world's accessible freshwater as well as building and strengthening resilience, especially to the impacts of climate change.

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