International Negotiations

31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force [viewed]

paris_agreement21 September 2016: At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force.

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CSOs Reflect on SDG Evaluation, G20 Summit, Refugees and Trade [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)14 September 2016: In recent papers and briefing information, civil society organizations (CSOs) reflect on evaluation within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), analyze the outcome of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focus on refugees and migrants, and consider trade and productive capacity.

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COP 22/CMP 12 Annotated Agendas, Updated Progress Tracker Released [viewed]

UNFCCC9 September 2016: As Parties prepare to convene in Marrakesh, Morocco, for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, which will take place from 7-18 November, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released revised documents, including annotated agendas and an updated version of the progress tracker. After adopting the Paris Agreement last year, Parties will use the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference to work toward completing the "rulebook" that will guide implementation of the Agreement once it enters into force.

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Policy Update #36: Monthly Forecast: September 2016 [viewed]

As the northern summer draws to a close, the natural resources policy community has been heavily engaged in moving the sustainable development agenda forward.

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African Ambassadors Prepare for COP 22 [viewed]

afdb_uneca_cop2231 August 2016: An information session for African ambassadors based in Morocco convened in preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. The session sought to prepare African countries to participate in the COP, support efforts to coordinate participation among countries and discuss the stakes for Africa. The session was organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the COP 22 Steering Committee.

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G20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitments to Climate, Sustainable Development, Clean Energy, Green Finance [viewed]

g20-20165 September 2016: As leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) gathered for their 11th Summit in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September, there was no shortage of pressure from non-state actors for the Group to place climate change and related issues prominently on the agenda. The outcomes from the Summit indicate that these issues were central to many of the discussions, but the final commitments did not go as far as some had hoped.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: COP 22 Preparations Pick Up Speed; Regions Enhance DRM Cooperation [viewed]

unisdrs_unfccc_pifs1 September 2016: With the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016, less than three months away, preparations are underway. The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of meeting documents, and Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The outcomes of several upcoming September meetings will also feed into the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference.

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Event: G20 Summit - China 2016 [viewed]

The Group of 20 leaders will convene in Hangzhou, China, to discuss way to enhance international economic cooperation. The theme of the 2016 Summit is China, 'Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy'. Four Sherpas' Meetings will be held before the Summit for preparation, and one after the Summit on follow-up. In addition, four meetings will be held for Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and six for finance deputies to move forward the financial agenda. G20 trade, employment, energy and agriculture ministers meetings as well as relevant working groups meetings will also seek to promote cooperation in their respective areas and prepare the deliverables for the Summit.  

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Climate Vulnerable Forum Inaugurates South-South Centre, Ethiopian Presidency [viewed]

cvf15 August 2016: Addressing the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) for the first time in his capacity as Chair, Shiferaw Teklemariam Menbacho, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change of Ethiopia, stressed that the 43 highly vulnerable member countries of the CVF strive to develop their economies, yet "continue to be faced with serious, devastating and unforeseeable challenges" that hinder progress toward "inclusive and sustainable development."

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place in September 2016. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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