Human Settlements & Population

US, Chinese Subnational Leaders Issue Climate Declaration [viewed]

climate_leaders_summit16 September 2015: A number US and Chinese subnational leaders issued the US-China Climate Leaders Declaration stressing their determination to lead climate actions in their respective countries, municipalities and regions. The declaration was issued at the US-China Climate Leaders Summit, an outcome of the US and Chinese Presidents' Joint Announcement on Climate Change of November 2014.

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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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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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UNCCD Publishes Outcomes of 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

CST S-4 & UNCCD 3rd Scientific ConferenceSeptember 2015: A new publication, titled ‘Climate change and land degradation: Bridging knowledge and stakeholders,' contains the key outcomes of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which took place in Cancun, Mexico, in March 2015. The report discusses how new interactions between climate change related demographic pressures and unsustainable land management practices are exacerbating land degradation and desertification and contributing to increased poverty, malnutrition, migration, political insecurity and conflict.

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Arctic Conference Highlights Priorities for and Challenges Facing the Region [viewed]

glacier_20151 September 2015: The US Government convened the ‘Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER)' to highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic, define critical challenges facing the region, raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic, and focus on innovative approaches to address challenges at the local, national and international levels.

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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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August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Sustainable Energy1 September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events.

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Experts in Americas Commit to Implementing Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

UNISDR14 August 2015: Experts from the Americas have committed to take action to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, the 15-year plan agreed in March 2015 that aims to reduce deaths and losses caused by natural and manmade hazards. The 2nd Regional Conference for the Exchange of Information in Civil and Military Operations for Disaster Risk Management aimed to raise the awareness of those attending the conference about the content of the Sendai Framework.

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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Being Prepared for UNGA Consideration [viewed]

post20152 August 2015: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted at the conclusion of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations on 2 August 2015, contains five sections, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) in 2014, with several revisions for specificity and consistency with international ambition. The document for consideration by the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) is expected to be finalized and made available ahead of the UN summit for the adoption of the agenda, which will take place from 25-27 September 2015.

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High-level Group Makes Recommendations on Financing Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations30 July 2015: The UN Secretary-General's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has expressed support for establishing a global infrastructure forum to help improve coordination among infrastructure initiatives, multilateral and national development banks, UN agencies, national institutions, development partners and the private sector. In a position paper, the Group highlights the need for international cooperation to address issues related to transport and transit corridors as an important element of sustainable development, and to mobilize financing to this end.

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