Biodiversity

Jordan Submits INDC [viewed]

jordan-flag10 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Jordan is the 60th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces an unconditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 1.5% below a business as usual reference scenario by 2030. The INDC also announces a conditional target of an additional 12.5% in reductions, dependent on availability of international financial aid and means of implementation (MOI).

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ECLAC Reports on MDGs Progress [viewed]

ECLAC9 September 2015: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on progress in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) finds "a mixed picture”: while the region as a whole has made significant strides toward some MDG targets, progress has been uneven from one country to the next.

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World Forestry Congress Opens with Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment Report [viewed]

WFC_XIV7 September 2015: The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, convening on the theme 'Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.' The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It was preceded by a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), aiming to define CPF's vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era.

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FAO, UNDP Raise Profile of Agriculture in Climate Change Adaptation Planning [viewed]

fao_headquarters1 September 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have launched a four-year 'Integrating Agriculture in National Adaptation Plans' (NAPs) programme, which aims to incorporate eight developing countries' agricultural sectors into NAPs in order to safeguard livelihoods, raise agricultural production and boost food security.

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Researchers Developing Mutant Plant Varieties to Address Climate Change-Related Problems [viewed]

iaea_fao28 August 2015: Researchers from Afghanistan, Mauritius and Pakistan are developing new plant breeds that can withstand harsh climatic conditions such as erratic rains, droughts, disease and relentless heat, and help keep their countries' crops growing strong in the face of climate change.

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August 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Climate1 September 2015: During August 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund reported on climate finance developments, including new funding, project lessons and institutional developments. The World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) and the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) released publications and event news.

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York. Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting will be devoted to a strategic dialogue conducted through two panel discussions moderated by designated senior officials. This will based on the follow up and implementation of the environmental dimension of the SDGs and role and contribution of the EMG with the following issues being addressed specifically: 1. Main implementation challenges associated with responding to the Environmental Sustainability dimensions; 2. How effectively handle the nexus issues that cut across institutional boundaries (such as environment and health; environment and land management; environment and energy, etc.); 3. A System Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment to enhance coherence in the UN system in responding to the SDGs; and 4. Role and contribution of the EMG in the follow up of the post-2015 development agenda and ways of maximizing its effectiveness.  

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Djibouti Submits INDC [viewed]

Djibouti14 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Djibouti is the 55th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which communicates the Party's intention to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by 40%, compared to projections in Djibouti's reference scenario. The Party adds that an additional 20% reduction could be achieved, conditional on new international funding, such as could be provided by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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UN Secretary-General Reports to UNGA 70 on SD, Environmental Issues [viewed]

United NationsAugust 2015: The UN Secretary-General has issued reports to be considered by the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), during the 70th UNGA session. UNGA 70 opens on 15 September 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The Second Committee is expected to begin its work in October.

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