International Negotiations

Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015_summit27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit of heads of State and Government, with many speakers calling the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet.

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US, China Leaders Outline Vision for Paris [viewed]

china_us_flag25 September 2015: The Presidents of the US and China have issued a Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change comprising a vision for the UN Paris Climate Change Conference, and announcements on advancing domestic climate action and enhancing bilateral and multilateral climate cooperation. China announced plans to launch a national emissions trading system (ETS) in 2017 and ¥20 billion (US$3.14 billion, September 2015) for climate finance. The US highlighted its Clean Power Plan.

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Aide-Mémoire from Second Informal Climate Ministerial Consultations Released [viewed]

france-peru18 September 2015: The French Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and the Peruvian COP 20 Presidency held informal consultations at the ministerial level with the object of stepping up the pace of negotiations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference, where a universal climate change agreement is expected to be adopted. The consultations focused on means of implementation (MOI), i.e. finance, technology and capacity building, and adaptation and loss and damage.

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Event: World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Defense of Life [viewed]

This event, to be hosted by the Government of Bolivia, is expected to tackle “the threats of capitalism against life, climate change and the culture of life,” according to Bolivian President Evo Morales. The meeting is expected to result in a declaration, which aims to influence delegates to negotiate a new global climate deal that binds all countries to cuts in emissions. In 2010, Bolivia hosted the 'World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth'.  

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Experts Discuss SDGs' Creation, Implementation [viewed]

WRI16 September 2015: The World Resources Institute (WRI) hosted a press call on the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with experts and officials who were closely involved in formulating the Goals. The speakers reviewed how the Goals were created, emphasized novel characteristics of the SDGs, particularly universality, highlighted key steps in SDG implementation, and noted the Goals' resonance with civil society. The SDGs are part of the post-2015 development agenda, also called the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agendas for Paris Conference [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas for: the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; the 11th session of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11); and the 43rd sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 43) and of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). The meetings are taking place from 30 November to 1 December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Policy Update #23: Taking Stock of the August ADP Meeting [viewed]

Delegates converged in Bonn for the tenth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-10) with the scent of summer in the air. However, with only ten negotiating days scheduled before the start of COP 21, many acknowledged that time was of the essence, and pressure was on to significantly increase the pace of negotiations.

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Officials Highlight 2030 Agenda as UNGA 69's "Crowning Achievement" [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 September 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), Sam Kutesa of Uganda, offered reflections on the session during the last plenary meeting of UNGA 69. Kutesa and Ban highlighted the Assembly's agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), reform of the UN Security Council, and changes to the selection process for the next UN Secretary-General.

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G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

g20-turkey5 September 2015: Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 (G20) released a communiqué from their third meeting under the Turkish G20 presidency, welcoming the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and looking forward to successful and positive outcomes at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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