International Negotiations

Policy Update #31: Monthly Forecast: April 2016 [viewed]

As the international sustainable development community begins the fourth month of the “2016 Year of Implementation,” a number of events will demonstrate how various entities are approaching the implementation of the three key outcomes from the “2015 Year of Decision”: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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CSW 60 Adopts Conclusions Linking Gender Equality, SDGs [viewed]

csw6024 March 2016: The 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60) produced a set of Agreed Conclusions that highlight the economic, education, health and humanitarian needs of women and girls, underscoring the relationship between these needs and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The meeting also agreed on the importance of a gender-responsive approach to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), calling to end violence against women and girls in order to achieve the Goals.

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UNFCCC Reports on Technical Assessment Process for Forest Reference Levels [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report, titled 'Technical assessment process for proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels submitted by developing country Parties' (FCCC/SBSTA/2016/INF.2), which outlines challenges faced by the Secretariat in organizing and coordinating the annual technical assessment sessions, as well as steps taken to overcome them.

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UNFCCC Outlines COP 22 Organizational Scenario [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2016: In preparation for the 44th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note (FCCC/SBI/2016/2) containing an organizational scenario and possible elements for the provisional agendas of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12).

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UN Statistical Commission Agrees on SDG Indicator Framework as "Practical Starting Point" [viewed]

47unsc11 March 2016: The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) agreed, "as a practical starting point," with the global indicator framework proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), noting that the indicators are "subject to further technical refinement." The Commission also took decisions on capacity building for national statistical systems, and climate change and governance statistics.

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Stats Commission Discusses Climate Change Statistics, SDGs [viewed]

47unsc10 March 2016: As part of the UN Statistical Commission's (UNSC) 47th session, governments discussed climate change statistics and related issues, including their relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agendas for May Session [viewed]

UNFCCC4 March 2016: The first meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the UNFCCC since the Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 will take place from 16-26 May 2016, in Bonn, Germany. The Secretariat has released the provisional agendas of all three bodies that will be meeting, namely the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) and the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44).

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IPBES Approves Assessments on Pollinators, Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes428 February 2016: The Fourth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) approved summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the Platform's first assessments on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production, and on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Delegates also launched several new assessments and elected Robert Watson (UK) as the Platform's new Chair.

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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Policy Update #27: Emissions from International Transport (AKA the Elephant in the Climate Change Policy Room) [viewed]

Global aviation and maritime shipping combined produce about 5% of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. This is a sizeable share of global emissions: if these sectors were a country, they would be the seventh largest emitter. Furthermore, both sectors are among the fastest growing sources of emissions at the global level. Their share is projected to rise between 10-32% by 2050. Business as usual in the shipping and aviation industry alone would make unreachable the long-term global goal adopted by Parties to the UNFCCC at their 21st session (COP 21), namely to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” let alone the 1.5°C target.

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