UN Secretariat

Event: 2016 Business and Climate Summit [viewed]

This Summit will bring together leaders from business, government and finance to develop a roadmap for how business, in the short, medium and long term, can take advantage of a swift transition to the net zero carbon economy. Day one will focus on implementing the Paris Agreement, and sessions will address, inter alia: what the Paris Agreement means for business; how business can bend the curve below 2°C above pre-industrial levels; the energy transition and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) (ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy) and climate goals; the role of business in achieving climate-positive land use in agriculture and forestry; decarbonizing transport; doubling global real estate in a 2°C world; and accelerating the business transition to the circular economy. Day 2 will focus in finance, innovation and policy for the low carbon transition, and include session on, inter alia: financing the low carbon economy; risk disclosure; achieving climate goals with the right carbon pricing mechanisms; innovation, collaboration and leadership for business in a post-Paris world; the role and responsibility of creative industries on climate action; and climate and trade. The Summit is being convened by The Climate Group and We Mean Business, and supported by, among others, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Global Compact.  

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Event: First Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum [viewed]

The Forum is being organized by the incoming Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in collaboration with the French Presidency of COP 21, the UN Secretary-General, the UNFCCC and Peru. The Forum's aim is to lay the groundwork for the organization of the high-level event on climate action, scheduled to take place during COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. It will also provide the opportunity for: the strengthening of coordination of climate action and encourage new voluntary initiatives; coalitions to discuss their implementation and plans for Marrakesh, and possible cooperation and synergies; the high-level champions to showcase their vision and expectations to maintain action and strengthen voluntary initiatives to accelerate the pathway from 2 °C to 1.5 °C. Parties and non-governmental stakeholders will also discuss ways to: strengthen the links between national action plans and voluntary initiatives, as well as the organization of the voluntary initiatives themselves; improve access to data; and share good practices. Key themes for discussion include: the strengthening of initiatives and means of implementation: the link between voluntary initiatives, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); credibility and a reporting system; the high-level event on climate action in Marrakesh; organizational support to maintain the dynamics of voluntary action. An aide-memoire capturing the discussions will be produced and published after the forum.  

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SE4All Advisory Board Endorses 'Going Further, Faster' Strategy [viewed]

SE4ALL16 June 2016: The 2030 goals of the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative are to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. In order to achieve these goals, the SE4All Advisory Board has endorsed the Strategic Framework for Results 2016-2021: 'Going Further, Faster.'

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Experts Discuss Aligning Indicators for SDGs and Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

sendai_framework1 June 2016: During a briefing on the theme, 'Monitoring the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 and promoting coherence with the SDGs,' experts discussed ways of ensuring coherence between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicator framework and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as well as the latest updates on the work on the indicators for the two agendas. The briefing was organized by the Permanent Missions of Finland and Jamaica, in collaboration with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR) and the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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World Oceans Day Raises Awareness on Plastic Pollution, SDG 14 [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2016: The world celebrated World Oceans Day under the theme, ‘Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet.' Events around the world aimed to promote the prevention of plastic pollution in the world's oceans, and highlighted the role of healthy oceans in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 calls to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Prioritize Clean, Efficient Energy, Invest in Infrastructure to Expand Electricity Access [viewed]

energy_update_jun1 June 2016: During the month of May, many multilateral development banks (MDBs) hosted their annual meetings, at which sustainable energy was often a central theme. The African Development Bank (AfDB), for instance, has placed powering the African continent “on the front burner,” putting it at the top of its priority list.

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IPoA Mid-term Review Calls for Greater Support to LDCs [viewed]

review29 May 2016: The Mid-term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 has closed with a call for greater support to the world's more vulnerable countries. The review focused on the 48 LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development. The conference resulted in a political declaration that had been negotiated among UN Member States in the months leading up to the review.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Bonn Talks Focus on Adaptation Planning, Reporting, Implementation, Support [viewed]

who_wmo_ecosoc_fao31 May 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets, has made it clear that climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. May 2016 news relating to adaptation and loss and damage brought out some of those interlinkages with particular prominence. Not only do events, publications and initiatives reported here contribute to the implementation of SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) generally, they also help implement a range of other SDGs and related targets.

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UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board Discusses Final Recommendations on Climate Change, Indigenous and Local Knowledge, Food Security [viewed]

United Nations25 May 2016: The fifth meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) met to finalize the Board's recommendations to the UN Secretary-General on climate change and climate-induced risk, indigenous and local knowledge and science, science and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, food security and health, and future scientific advice to the UN Secretary-General and the UN system. The Board is working to finalize policy briefs on each of these issues, which are expected to contain recommendations to support the timely implementation of the 2030 Agenda and focus on modalities for engaging science.

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World Humanitarian Summit Launches Commitments to Take Action [viewed]

whs24 May 2016: During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit (WHS), approximatively 1,500 commitments were made, including on education, the inclusion of persons with disabilities, global preparedness, preventing conflicts, delivering crisis responses and building resilience. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who initiated the Summit, said he will report to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on the Summit's achievements in September 2016, and will propose ways to take the commitments forward. He announced that an annual update will review progress in implementing the Summit's commitments.

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