Mitigation

Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System [viewed]

united_nations18 September 2016: Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the summary report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2017 [viewed]

Transforming Transportation is the annual conference co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local governments, multilateral development banks, foundations, civil society, research institutions, and businesses from around the world. At Transforming Transportation, they share the latest experiences, information, and best practices around sustainable transport.  

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On Ozone Day, UN Urges Action on Climate through HFC Phasedown [viewed]

united_unep16 September 2016: The UN marked International Ozone Day with a call to reach global consensus on a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highlighting that such a move could avoid up to half a degree of global warming by the end of the 21st century.

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Event: 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly [viewed]

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly and deliver a keynote speech.  

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Event: Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are hosting an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, taking place in Washington DC, US, from 12-13 October 2016. This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, is supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It will gather leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.  

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Workshop Explores Climate-Ocean Linkages Ahead of Third Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

oceans_paris_agreement14 September 2016: On the eve of the opening of the Third Our Ocean Conference, the Division of Environment and Oceanic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the National Geographic Society organized a workshop to consider the theme, "Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean?”

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Brazil, Panama Ratify Paris Agreement [viewed]

brazil_panama12 September 2016: Brazil and Panama both completed their domestic processes for ratification of the Paris Agreement on 12 September. These latest ratifications bring the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 29.

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UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean [viewed]

UNDP12 September 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean, recommending that countries adopt a new generation of public policies to increase economic, social and environmental gains, boost climate and finance resilience and protect people, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report finds that the high debt of Caribbean countries' and their middle-income country (MIC) status hinders their ability to access finance for sustainable development, which limits the region's potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Canada, India to Bolster Energy Cooperation [viewed]

india_canada9 September 2016: During an official visit to India, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources James Gordon Carr met with Indian ministers in charge of different aspects of the energy sector. In a joint statement released at the conclusion of the visit, the two countries outline their vision for energy cooperation moving forward. They agree to combat climate change in the context of the Paris Agreement, and to align energy policies in pursuit of expanding energy access and low-carbon, sustainable growth.

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COP 22/CMP 12 Annotated Agendas, Updated Progress Tracker Released [viewed]

UNFCCC9 September 2016: As Parties prepare to convene in Marrakesh, Morocco, for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, which will take place from 7-18 November, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released revised documents, including annotated agendas and an updated version of the progress tracker. After adopting the Paris Agreement last year, Parties will use the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference to work toward completing the "rulebook" that will guide implementation of the Agreement once it enters into force.

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