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Tunisia Submits INDC [viewed]

Tunisia Flag16 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Tunisia is the 62nd Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which contains the Party's mitigation objective of reducing its carbon intensity 41% by 2030 compared to its 2010 carbon intensity level. The Party specifies that a 13% reduction is an unconditional goal, but that an additional 28% can be achieved, conditional on support from international financing, capacity building and technology transfer.

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WFC XIV Concludes Setting out a 2050 Vision for Forests [viewed]

Panelists-for-the-Innovation-and-Investment Forum11 September 2015: Held from 7-11 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, the fourteenth World Forestry Congress (XIV WFC) concluded with a declaration setting out a vision for 2050 that sees forests playing a decisive role for food security, improved livelihoods and in the fight against climate change. The meeting also issued messages to the UN Sustainable Development Summit and the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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WMO GFCS Supports Resilience Building through Weather Services in Central Asia [viewed]

wmo_gfcs11 September 2015: At a workshop convened under the auspices of the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), an initiative spearheaded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Central Asian countries received training and information on the latest developments in delivering climate data, products and services for informed decision making for climate-sensitive sectors.

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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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Event: UN Sustainable Development Goals: A Circular Science Symposium [viewed]

This event, to be held on the occasion of the opening of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), aims to: present key science initiatives and their contribution to alleviating social and economic deprivation and supporting economic growth and development; and address the enabling policy and regulatory environment necessary to implement the initiatives and achieve their expected impacts within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Specific sessions will convene on: energy and shifting paradigms in changing climates; climate change challenges related to future food and water security; science, policy and the environment and the case for circular science; and a round table discussion on perspectives for global collaboration.  

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UN Officials Urge Parliamentarian Support for SDGs, Climate Agreement [viewed]

Ipu31 August 2015: Addressing the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help advance the post-2015 development agenda and ensure an equal footing for civil society in its implementation. He stressed parliamentarians' role in ensuring the agenda is “translated from the global to the national,” and that implementing and monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require strong and close partnership between states and civil society.

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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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World Water Week Closes with Calls to “Hydrate” Global Climate Agreement [viewed]

siwi_www28 August 2015: At the close of World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, world leaders called on climate negotiators to ensure that water issues are paid due attention in the global climate agreement to be concluded in December 2015 in Paris, France.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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