Economics, Trade & Investment

UNGA Debate Highlights SDG, Climate, Environmental Priorities [viewed]

ga-71-logo23 September 2016: Speakers at the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) general debate highlighted their efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and galvanize climate action, including through the Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme for the 71st annual debate is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' It is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 20-26 September 2016.

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Climate Week NYC Features Business-Smart, Low-Emission Commitments [viewed]

climate-week-nyc25 September 2016: Set in the context of an upcoming US presidential election and during the first UN General Assembly (UNGA) since the Paris Agreement was adopted, the eighth Climate Week NYC focused on promoting investment in innovation, technology and clean energy to drive profitability and progress toward net zero emissions. Stressing that a net zero emissions future depends greatly on decisions of the next US administration and Congress, global business and government leaders gathered in New York, US to raise the profile of smart climate action that, according to The Climate Group, can "create a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous America."

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Major Economies Forum Addresses Climate and Security, Finance [viewed]

MEF23 September 2016: The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the margins of the 71st General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to prepare for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) and discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement, progress toward a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the global market-based measure (MBM) to curb aviation emissions under consideration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Coalition Calls for Ambitious HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

un_flags22 September 2016: Leaders from over 100 countries announced the formation of a coalition and issued a statement calling for the adoption of an ambitious amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to the Montreal Protocol when the Protocol's 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) convenes in Kigali, Rwanda, from 10-14 October 2016.

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Take 'Zero Hunger Challenge' Forward [viewed]

fao_wfp_ifad22 September 2016: As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nears the end of his tenure, he has asked the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to take the Zero Hunger Challenge forward. Speaking at the 'Pathways to Zero Hunger' high-level event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin committed their organizations to take over the Zero Hunger Challenge and pursue its goals.

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On 30th Anniversary of ‘Right to Development,' Meeting Emphasizes Links with 2030 Agenda [viewed]

united_ohchr22 September 2016: UN officials and Member States highlighted commonalities between the Declaration on the Right to Development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and called for urgent action on climate issues, poverty, and rising inequality, at a high-level meeting on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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Event: Covenant of Mayors Information Event on Urban Adaptation [viewed]

The information event on urban adaptation to climate change, titled 'Supporting local climate solutions – Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in practice: adaptation in the spotlight,' will present current challenges of urban adaptation, provide relevant information on adaptation from practitioners and peers and help local authorities find answers to specific questions relating to urban adaptation. The integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched in October 2015 and merges the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives. Stemming from the role that cities and urban areas play in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, it provides a framework that helps build more sustainable and resilient cities. The event will be followed by a complementary workshop 'Supporting urban climate change adaptation with Cohesion policy funds and the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' that will take place in the afternoon of the same day. Mayors Adapt is an initiative of the European Commission being implemented within the Covenant of Mayors, and supported by the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is linked to the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT), a partnership between the European Commission and the EEA.  

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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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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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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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