UN Secretariat

Event: UN Global Compact Event on Innovative Partnerships Enabling Green and Gender Inclusive Growth [viewed]

This side event hosted by the UN Global Compact will examine how companies are innovating and investing in inclusive business models using energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, and turning the climate challenge into market opportunities for both women and men. The event takes place on the sidelines of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60).  

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CEDAW, Canada Highlight Centrality of Women and Girls to DRR [viewed]

ohchr-canada1 March 2016: Women and girls must be at the core of disaster risk reduction (DRR), given that they often “bear the brunt” of climate change and hazards, said participants during a special session on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change, convened by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The half-day session discussed DRR and climate change in the context of provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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Business Highlights Opportunities, Challenges Posed by SDGs [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: The private sector is identifying opportunities to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to recent publications and blogs. Business groups and other researchers have highlighted sustainability trends that will affect the private sector, addressing key areas for corporate leadership in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change; the role of the mobile communications industry; concerns about the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism's (TFM) engagement with business; infrastructure financing; and a campaign to identify ‘SDG Pioneers.'

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Changes in UN High-Level Leadership Announced [viewed]

United Nations19 February 2016: Several high-level leadership positions related to intergovernmental sustainable development policy will be filled in the coming months. Within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, there will be changes in the following positions: UNFCCC Executive Secretary; President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In addition, the selection processes for the next Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the next UN Secretary-General are underway.

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AU Assembly Addresses Human Rights, 2030 Agenda, Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: African Heads of State, leaders and other stakeholders discussed the implementation of Africa's Agenda 2063 and ways to advance human rights, particularly women's rights, during the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, which convened under the theme, ‘2016: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women.'

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High-Level UN Climate Change Appointments Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC29 January 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of Janos Pasztor, former Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change. In addition, Laurent Fabius, President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, appointed Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Change, to fill one of the two co-champion positions established by the COP decision accompanying the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1).

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Investor Summit Focuses on Advancing the Clean Trillion [viewed]

investor_summit27 January 2016: Participants at the 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk encouraged further investments and actions to catalyze a shift to a low-carbon future and achieve the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Summit recognized the critical role of global investors in addressing climate risks and increasing clean energy financing. It also called for global investment portfolios to shift away from risky, high-carbon sectors towards low-carbon activities.

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Event: 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk: Advancing the Clean Trillion [viewed]

The 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk is the first major event on climate change for investors and businesses to discuss the implications of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will explore the investment opportunities provided by the climate deal reached in Paris, with a focus on: the types of capital flows necessary to achieve the deal's goals; opportunities to expand clean energy investment in developed and developing countries; and solutions to mitigating carbon asset risks, including portfolio decarbonization and support for economic development that is less dependent on fossil fuels. The Summit aims to sustain the momentum from Paris and catalyze further actions that investors, businesses and governments can take toward a low-carbon future.

Speakers include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Former Vice President Al Gore; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan; and French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal. Ceres, the UN Foundation, and the UN Office for Partnerships are co-hosting the Summit.  

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WEF: 2016 Year of Implementation on Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

World Economic Forum23 January 2016: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting convened under the theme, 'Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,' with the aim of building a shared understanding of current changes and shaping a collective future that places humans at the center. Participants reflected that 2016 must be a year of implementation on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNSG: 2016 Must See National Traction on SDGs, “Put the Last First” [viewed]

ban_ki_moon14 January 2016: “We begin 2016 needing to get our priorities right,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an informal briefing to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). He noted the heavy responsibility resting on “Year One” of the UN's new development agenda, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is also the last year of Ban's tenure as Secretary-General.

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