Economics, Trade & Investment

Human Rights Council Expresses Concern over Housing, Refugee Policy [viewed]

OHCHR24 March 2016: The 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) concluded in Geneva, Switzerland, with UN representatives and advisors expressing concern over the arbitrary detention of refugees and migrants to Europe, the homelessness crisis worldwide, and the impacts of inequality on human rights. Panel discussions during the three-week session addressed ways to mainstream human rights in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and closer cooperation with climate actors on the right to health, among other issues.

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Event: 2016 UNEP FI Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting [viewed]

The 2016 UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable and Annual General Meeting will be hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), with support from the UAE Central Bank. The events will bring together finance stakeholders from various sectors, including government, civil society and the UN, to discuss the role of the global financial sector in addressing the sustainable development and climate change agendas. Topics to be addressed during the two-day Global Roundtable, linked to select sustainable development goals (SDGs), include: climate change mitigation and decarbonizing finance (SDG 13); resilient and sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11); clean energy and water (SDGs 6 and 7); and financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SDG 8). Plenary sessions are planned on: green islamic finance; policy and regulatory frameworks for a sustainable financial system; and sustainable finance innovations.  

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Event: Global Green Growth Week 2016 [viewed]

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

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IEA Confirms Decoupling of CO2 Emissions, Economic Growth in 2015 [viewed]

IEA16 March 2016: For the second year in a row, global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions registered no growth, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), while global gross domestic product (GDP) continued to grow. Releasing preliminary data for 2015, the IEA reported that CO2 emissions amounted to 32.1 billion tonnes in 2015 and have remained flat since 2013. The IEA pointed to a surge in renewables as a key factor, noting they accounted for 90% of new electricity generation in 2015.

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East Africa Legislative Assembly Passes Watershed Disaster Risk Bill [viewed]

east_african14 March 2015: The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed the 'Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Bill 2013' in an effort to curb the impact of natural and manmade hazards in the region. The bill, the first such regional legislation in Africa, aims to enhance the coordination of disaster preparedness, management, protection and mitigation measures. The adoption of the bill marks a significant step in Africa's implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015.

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Executive Board Considers CDM's Future under Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC11 March 2016: At its 88th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) elected Eduardo Calvo, Peru, as Chair and Frank Wolke, Germany, as Vice-Chair, for 2016. In addition, the Board set in motion the CDM's "evolving role" in international climate action, taking up a request from the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11) in December 2015 to analyze options to use the CDM for other uses.

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UN Statistical Commission Agrees on SDG Indicator Framework as "Practical Starting Point" [viewed]

47unsc11 March 2016: The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) agreed, "as a practical starting point," with the global indicator framework proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), noting that the indicators are "subject to further technical refinement." The Commission also took decisions on capacity building for national statistical systems, and climate change and governance statistics.

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WHO, UNISDR Call for Integrating Health in DRR [viewed]

unisdr-who11 March 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on national disaster management agencies to include health emergencies in their preparedness and response plans alongside earthquakes, floods and storms. The call was made during the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, which brought together over 300 representatives from 54 governments, the health and disaster risk fields, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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ESCAP Spotlights Rising Urban Disasters in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP10 March 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a report that calls for urgent action to tackle increasing urban disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2015 Year in Review,' warns that the region's cities, with their growing population, depleted ecological buffers and outdated urban infrastructure, may not be equipped to tackle urban disasters.

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US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic [viewed]

us_canada10 March 2016: During an official visit to the US, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama released a US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. The two leaders commit to advance climate action globally, outlining coordinated domestic climate action, and announce cooperation on clean energy and the Arctic.

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