Land

It is projected that climate change will add to the existing problems of land degradation and desertification, and affect land through drought, flooding and other impacts. In addition, when the land is degraded, it emits more greenhouse gases and in turn exacerbates climate change. This section covers issues related to the relationship between these two phenomena, and the role of soil in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Event: Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are hosting an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, taking place in Washington DC, US, from 12-13 October 2016. This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, is supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It will gather leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.  

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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Bonn Challenge Celebrates 100 Million Hectares Milestone at WCC [viewed]

bonn_challange4 September 2016: With a series of events dubbed the 'Bonn Challenge Journey,' participants at the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) have marked a milestone in commitments for restoring degraded and deforested land under the Bonn Challenge. Including announcements made at WCC, the Bonn Challenge has now received commitments to restore 113 million hectares, putting the initiative on track to meeting its objective to restore 150 million hectares by 2020.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on UN Environmental Conventions Implementation [viewed]

United Nations27 July 2016: The UN Secretary-General has transmitted a report on the 'Implementation of UN Environmental Conventions' (A/71/005 ) to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The document includes reports submitted to the Secretary-General by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report is one of a number of Secretary-General's reports of the UNGA's 2nd Committee in preparation for the 71st session of the UNGA, which begins in September 2016.

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Event: Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture [viewed]

This event will address the theme, 'Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture: A High-Level Forum on Jurisdictional Leadership for Climate-Positive Land Use'. It is being organized to foster a shared understanding on effective approaches to realizing jurisdictional sustainability among national and subnational governments, the donor community, the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs). Participants will explore issues related to jurisdictional programmes, including the importance of sustainable land use for achieving development, climate and inclusive growth goals, and how domestic policy priorities, corporate supply chain commitments and international support reinforce each other and accelerate the transition towards sustainable land use. This forum, which is taking place as part of Climate Week NYC, is being organized by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, in partnership with The Consumer Goods Forum, the Earth Innovation Institute, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Forest Trends and The Nature Conservancy. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a public-private partnership where partners take voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities, such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.  

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Event: Climate Week NYC [viewed]

Climate Week NYC will bring together business and government leaders to continue the transition toward net zero emissions, through sharing a vision of a strong, low carbon economy, which requires innovation, a clean energy revolution and finance mechanisms. The annual event, which is convened by The Climate Group, will take place from 19-25 September 2016, in New York, US, during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The opening ceremony, titled 'America Means Business: US Leadership in a Post-Paris World,' will focus on climate leadership in the 21st century, technology and innovation, and the clean energy transition. Climate Week NYC's “signature” event, 'Securing a Paris Dividend: Leadership and innovation for a strong, sustainable economy,' will include keynote addresses from: John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change; Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President. More than 30 affiliated events, including government panel discussions, workshops, academic seminars, exhibitions and artistic productions, will take place throughout the week. Events will focus on, inter alia: the role of corporate campaigns in the changing global energy landscape towards renewable energy; climate neutrality; climate finance; catalyzing climate change innovation through charitable and impact investment; the role of green bonds in public finance; energy storage; sustainable investment; urban innovation for livable cities; innovative approaches for scaling up climate-smart agriculture; climate action and sustainable land use in forestry and agriculture; and transformative low-carbon scenarios and risk implications for fossil fuel demand. Carbon Forum North America and a US-Canada Renewable Energy Roundtable will also convene, as will the UN Private Sector Forum, which will focus on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Climate Group, which was founded in 2004, works with business and government to promote clean technologies and policies, in order to expand clean technology markets and reducing emissions.  

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