Health

Africa MDG Report Reviews Progress, Looks Forward to SDGs [viewed]

UNECA28 September 2015: Despite challenging initial conditions, African countries have made progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the 2015 edition of an Africa-focused MDG report. This year's report, titled ‘Assessing Progress in Africa Toward the Millennium Development Goals,' emphasizes that success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on embracing the three dimensions of sustainability, and on “credible means of implementation,” including financing and renewed commitment.

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UNDP Highlights Links between Poverty Reduction and Adaptation [viewed]

Undp13 October 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a report that showcases the experiences and knowledge generated through the various UNDP initiatives on adaptation, and how countries have been working on national initiatives to transition to green, inclusive, climate-resilient development paths. The report, titled 'Empowering the Poor: Experience from UNDP supported Initiatives on Adaptation,' features 12 case studies that illustrate that adaptation and poverty reduction are inherently linked and must be addressed simultaneously.

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REN21, UNIDO Publish Report on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Southern Africa [viewed]

REN21 - SADC - UNIDO7 October 2015: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have published a report that illustrates the achievements of cooperation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in promoting the market-based uptake of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services. The report, titled the ‘SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report,' was launched at a side event during the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015, which convened from 4-7 October 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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IRENA REmap 2030 for Africa Finds High Growth Potential for Renewables [viewed]

IRENA5 October 2015: African countries, on average, could meet 22% of their energy needs with renewable energy by 2030, according to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report is part of IRENA's global REmap 2030 initiative, which sets a roadmap to doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030.

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Event: UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days [viewed]

This series of coordinated events on water and sanitation includes the Second Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, the UN World Toilet Day and the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The Session on Water and Disasters will develop messages and recommendations for major UN conferences, including the Paris Climate Change Conference and Habitat III. World Toilet Day aims to inspire action and underscore the urgency of ending open defecation, especially for women and girls, and will focus on sanitation and nutrition. The New York event will focus on how improved sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health.

During its final meeting the UNSGAB will share its final report and recommendations on advancing water and sanitation objectives in the post-2015 era with the UN Secretary-General and the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination.  

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WHO Calls for Action to Protect Health from Climate Change [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)7 October 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a call to action to raise awareness regarding the health opportunities that can be realized by tackling climate change. The call to action will be presented at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC that will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCCOctober 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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Major Economies Forum Meets on Sidelines of UN General Assembly [viewed]

mef30 September 2015: The Major Economies Forum on Climate and Energy (MEF) convened from 29-30 September 2015 in New York, US, on the sidelines of the general debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). In a statement to the MEF, US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his country's determination to reach an ambitious, effective climate change agreement in Paris, at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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