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Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015_summit27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit of heads of State and Government, with many speakers calling the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet.

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UN, Peru and France Showcase Actions under Lima-Paris Action Agenda [viewed]

lpaa17 September 2015: The UN and the Governments of France and Peru have launched a website in order to show how momentum for climate action is building ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where governments are expected to agree on a global climate agreement.

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UNGA 70 Opening Highlights Agenda 2030, Climate Agreement [viewed]

unga7016 September 2015: The 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened with expressions of optimism for a historic year in which the UN is expected to adopt the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and a universal agreement on climate change. Speakers also recognized the turmoil of peace and security, and migration challenges. UNGA 70 opened at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 15 September 2015.

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Ozone Day Celebrates '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together' [viewed]

ozone_together16 September 2015: The UN system celebrated the International Ozone Day under the theme '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together,' celebrating the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Vienna Convention is the framework agreement under which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted.

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PFII Chair Stresses Indigenous Rights in Climate, 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Unpfii213 September 2015: Marking eight years since the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted, Megan Davis, Chair of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII), called on UN Member States to ensure that indigenous peoples' rights are considered when implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and taking action on climate change.

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Event: From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action [viewed]

This event will discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovation related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will take stock of progress made in advancing sustainable development and climate change by higher education institutions since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including best practices and lessons learned, and encourage new or enhanced commitments, especially those related to academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies. The event is expected to develop a message and policy recommendations for presentation at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event is organized by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a consortium of UN entities, including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the UN University (UNU) and Global Compact.  

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Event: Climate Week NYC 2015 [viewed]

The Climate Group is organizing Climate Week in New York City, US, to highlight the transformational actions and commitments that innovative leaders from sub-national governments and business are taking to tackle climate change. The week-long series will include over 70 events intended to drive climate action. Hosted by governments, companies, universities and organizations, the events include a wide range of topics, such as: 'Energy Productivity Index for Companies: Increasing Profits While Reducing Emissions' and 'Improving the Lives of Women and Communities through Cookstoves and Fuels' (21 September); 'The Case for Removing CO2 from Air: Connecting Problem to Solution' (22 September); 'Corporations and Climate Adaptation: Innovation in Emerging Economies' and 'Exterior Air Barrier Systems - High Performance Buildings' (23 September); the International Conference on Sustainable Development (23-24 September); the Carbon Forum North America and a Climate Data Summit (24 September); 'Managing Carbon Risk: From Principles to Practice' and the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative Roundtable III (25 September); the UN Private Sector Forum (26 September); the Social Good Summit (27-28 September); and 'Next Generation of Environmental Finance' (28 September).  

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Officials Highlight 2030 Agenda as UNGA 69's "Crowning Achievement" [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 September 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), Sam Kutesa of Uganda, offered reflections on the session during the last plenary meeting of UNGA 69. Kutesa and Ban highlighted the Assembly's agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), reform of the UN Security Council, and changes to the selection process for the next UN Secretary-General.

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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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Rachel Kyte Named SE4All Head [viewed]

SE4ALL3 September 2015: Rachel Kyte has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to SE4All. Kyte's appointment will begin on 1 January 2016. Kandeh Yumkella, who has served as SE4All CEO and Special Representative since the launch of the initiative in 2011, announced his resignation in March 2015 to return home to Sierra Leone.

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