Technology

UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Technology Enhances Climate Resilience, Climate Change Security Risks Assessed [viewed]

unesco_unisdr_unhabitat_adb_wmo21 September 2016: Increasing climate resilience has been the focus of the recent weeks' events, initiatives and publications reported in this Update. These developments have demonstrated that climate resilience and disaster disk management (DRM) can be enhanced by giving prominence to the role of technology and the private sector. The relationship between climate change and national security has also received attention.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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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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Latin America Conference Takes Stock of Statistics for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo16 September 2016: A Latin America regional conference on official statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development took stock of international, regional, sub-regional and national initiatives to integrate and modernize statistical systems, and shape the 2030 Agenda within a Latin American context. Participants also considered how the region can implement a sustainable economy, including within the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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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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UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator [viewed]

un_ilo12 September 2016: Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows among countries of the global South is on the rise, despite the ongoing volatility of global financial markets, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. Ban also highlighted the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator, a project facility launched by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Office of the Secretary-General, which aims to support cooperation for climate action by developing countries.

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Global Green Growth Week 2016 Highlights Inclusive Growth, Financing, Renewables [viewed]

page_ggg_ggplatform9 September 2016: More than 1,200 participants gathered for the 2016 Global Green Growth Week (GGGWeek2016) to discuss the challenges of promoting growth that is socially inclusive, assessing renewable energy infrastructure projects, and channeling finance towards green growth objectives. Organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Week included the fourth annual conference of the Global Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the Global Green Growth Summit.

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Event: 2016 Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

The third 'Our Ocean' conference, organized by the US Department of State and hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, will convene under the theme, ‘Our Ocean, One Future'. The conference, in addition to tracking progress made on commitments from the first two conferences, is expected to focus on marine protected areas (MPAs), sustainable fishing, marine pollution, and climate and ocean. The meeting will aim to catalyze actions to protect the ocean from threats posed by unsustainable and illegal fishing, pollution and climate change as well as empower a new generation of leaders to identify solutions and commit to protecting and conserving the ocean and its resources. The conference is also expected to generate commitments to protect the ocean with a focus on the role of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in ocean conservation and sustainable use; and partnerships with relevant industries, such as fisheries, technologists, plastics producers, waste management companies, major retailers and producers, as well as multilateral development banks (MDBs) and civil society, including philanthropies, academia and the faith-based community. A parallel event at Georgetown University, 'Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit,' will focus on youth and student engagement in ocean policy and advocacy.  

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost [viewed]

Sustainable_energy_finance1 September 2016: The month of August saw several financing announcements that, instead of focusing on a single project, will support many aspects of the energy sector in several countries, in the context of economic and infrastructure development. In addition, this Update reports on various initiatives that will support the expansion of off-grid energy access, “green” the public transport sector and increase industrial efficiency. It also includes a new 'Go-To Resources' section, which lists newly-released sources of information related to sustainable energy project development.

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