Governance

This section addresses issues related to the way climate change issues are treated at the local, national, regional and international levels, including the negotiations under the UNFCCC.

Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)28 September 2016: Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

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Event: Global Sustainable Transport Conference [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The Conference will build on intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport and bring together stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference will address, inter alia: all modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime; the concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS); transport in both urban and rural areas; energy and transport; public transport; road safety; and financing for sustainable transport. The Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management will serve as the Secretary of the Conference, while the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will serve as the Conference Secretariat.  

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Mali Becomes 61st Party to the Paris Agreement [viewed]

MALI23 September 2016: The Government of Mali has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. This latest ratification, deposited on 23 September 2016, brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 61. These countries represent 47.79% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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CCAC WG Discusses Agenda, Communiqué for HLA on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC22 September 2016: The 18th Working Group (WG) meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) convened to, inter alia, prepare for the High-Level Assembly (HLA) that will meet on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016. Participants discussed the draft agenda for the HLA and possible elements for a draft communiqué, both of which will be revised and updated in advance of the HLA.

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Event: WTO Public Forum 2016 [viewed]

Under the theme 'Inclusive Trade,' the 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum will be an opportunity to discuss how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system and how the rules of the WTO can help to ensure everyone benefits from trade. Issues to be discussed include ways to ensure that trade is truly inclusive, allowing small enterprises, women and innovative businesses to take an active role in the global trading system. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) will host a booth at the WTO Forum, and is organizing five events on: innovations in regional trade agreements; inclusion in the digital trade governance framework; enabling sustainable investment for inclusive growth; services and inclusiveness in the least developed countries (LDCs) and low-income countries (LICs); and achieving inclusiveness in global value chains (GVCs) in LDCs and LICs.  

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September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight [viewed]

unfccc_gcf_ndf_af_adb_unepdtu26 September 2016: During the month of September, climate finance was highlighted at the highest level, during the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit and the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71). Readiness and access support received a major boost through the establishment of two major initiatives, underpinned by millions of US$ in funding. The UNFCCC released several reports in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Studies by an investor coalition and a regional development bank explored climate risk in investments and stranded assets.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee, LEG, WIM ExCom Intensify COP 22 Preparations [viewed]

UNFCCC24 September 2016: As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC draws near, preparations are well underway. A number of institutions serving under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, including the Adaptation Committee (AC), the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), and the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM), have advanced work on their respective mandates. In addition, in preparation for COP 22, several Parties have submitted their views on a range of adaptation-related issues.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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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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