Economics, Trade & Investment

UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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UNGA President Calls for Investment, Action on Multilateral Commitments [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial16 February 2016: Multilateralism has "reasserted itself" in relation to sustainable development, but failed in the area of peace and security, said UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft, in addresses to the European Parliament and the European Council. Lykketoft reflected on issues of focus for the 70th session of the UNGA, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the selection of the next UN Secretary-General, and the refugee crisis.

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China's G20 Presidency Holds Green Finance, Energy Sustainability Meetings [viewed]

di_logo28 January 2016: The Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and the Energy Sustainability Working Group were among the first meetings held under China's presidency of the Group of 20 (G20). The meetings took place in January 2016, and focused on the agenda for the year ahead, with the GFSG agreeing to prepare a synthesis report on the role of the financial system in mobilizing private green investment, in advance of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in July 2016.

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Civil Society Highlights Areas for Action on SDGs, Climate Change [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: Commenting on the development of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), civil society organizations (CSOs) have raised concerns about the process, neutrality of statistics, and socially stratified data collection. A coalition of European NGOs urges the European Commission (EC) to maintain a high level of ambition on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) invites comments on its 'SDG Index,' and others address climate change, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Financial Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, and the role of the private sector.

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Policy Update #27: Emissions from International Transport (AKA the Elephant in the Climate Change Policy Room) [viewed]

Global aviation and maritime shipping combined produce about 5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is a sizeable share of global emissions: if these sectors were a country, they would be the seventh largest emitter. Furthermore, both sectors are among the fastest growing sources of emissions at the global level. Their share is projected to rise between 10-32% by 2050. Business as usual in the shipping and aviation industry alone would make unreachable the long-term global goal adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC at their 21st session (COP 21), namely to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” let alone the 1.5°C target.

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EU Climate Diplomacy to Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ec15 February 2016: EU Foreign Affairs Ministers have adopted conclusions on European climate diplomacy, emphasizing three strands of action for 2016 related to: prioritizing climate change advocacy in diplomatic relations; implementing the Paris Agreement and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); and addressing the nexus among climate change, natural resources, prosperity, stability and migration.

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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Canada, Mexico and US Collaborate on Climate Change and Energy [viewed]

canada_mexico_unitedsates12 February 2016: Canada, Mexico and the US have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Climate Change and Energy Collaboration, which sets out six areas of cooperation and information-sharing among the three countries. The energy ministers of the three countries also launched an online platform for the purpose of providing easy access to relevant North American data from a single website.

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Working Group Makes Progress on Disaster Risk Reduction Indicators [viewed]

UNISDR11 February 2016: Government representatives and disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners met to continue work on developing a set of indicators to measure progress in implementing the Sendai Framework for DRR to ensure its goals are being met up to 2030. To assess progress in meeting the goals, countries working to come up with a common understanding of what they are measuring regarding both the scale of the problems faced and the impact of DRR efforts.

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UNISDR Analyzes Human Cost of Disasters in 2015 [viewed]

2015_disasters_numbers11 February 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Catholic University of Louvain Brussels, Belgium, and the United States Agency for International Development (US AID) have released an infographic on disaster trends showing that 2015, which was the hottest year on record, confirmed that weather and climate-related disasters dominate disaster trends linked to natural hazards. Robert Glasser, Head of UNISDR, said the analysis reaffirms the key role of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions and climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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