Governance

Event: 37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

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Event: 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

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Event: UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework [viewed]

This conference will promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to disaster risk reduction (DRR)-related decision making. It will bring together the science and technology community, policymakers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions to discuss how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. The expected conference outcomes are to: launch the UN Office for DRR's (UNISDR) Science and Technology Partnership for implementing the Framework; discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap to 2030; and identify expected outcomes of science and technology work under the Framework's priorities for action and ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs. The conference will include a high-level panel during which the Science and Technology Roadmap will be introduced, agreed and endorsed. It will also include workstreams on: the Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the Framework's implementation; understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning; leveraging science through capacity development and research; and use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support implementation and reporting. Each work stream will include various subgroup meeting on related themes.

This conference is being organized by UNISDR in coordination with its Scientific and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and in cooperation with, inter alia, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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Guest Article #137: Mobilising 100 Financial Institutions for Energy Efficiency [viewed]

This month's COP 21 in Paris concluded with a universal agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to aim to further reduce it to below 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, the world needs to shift to carbon neutral economies within this century – with a downward carbon trend required well before 2050.

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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Event: High-Level Signing Ceremony for Paris Agreement [viewed]

A high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, will take place as a first step in implementing the Paris Agreement, which was adopted in Paris, France, on 12 December 2015. The Agreement will then be open for signature in New York, US, until 17 April 2017. Countries will also need to adopt the agreement within their own legal systems, through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. The agreement will enter into force when joined by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55% of global emissions. The ceremony is taking place on International Mother Earth Day. In addition to a signing ceremony in the morning, national statements will be presented throughout the day and a High-level event on implementation will convene in the afternoon.  

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UN Secretary-General, UNGA President Brief States on Paris Agreement, Next Steps [viewed]

United Nations15 December 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft briefed UNGA Member States on the outcomes of the Paris Climate Change Conference and its Paris Agreement adopted on 12 December 2015. They urged Member States to continue to act with collective responsibility, leadership and unity to implement action on climate change, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and outlined next steps on implementation.

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Advisory Group Highlights Sustainable Transport for Addressing Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

United Nations7 December 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, including leaders from the public and private sectors and representing all modes of transport, met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, government representatives and other stakeholders on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, aiming to advance implementation of climate-related solutions. The 16 members of the Group asserted that, through innovation in operations, policy and technology, the transport sector can lower emissions while ensuring access to markets, services and social interaction for people.

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