Oceans & Coasts

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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WMO Updates on El Niño/La Niña [viewed]

WMO1 September 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has provided an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña, which notes that a “mature and strong El Niño” is now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The update states that most climate outlook models suggest the 2015-16 El Niño is likely to further strengthen before the end of the year, and that surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean are likely to surpass 2°C above average. During August, east-central tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures ranged between 1.3° and 2.0°C above average, exceeding El Niño thresholds by around 1°C.

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Submits INDC [viewed]

congo18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the 56th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets a conditional emissions reduction target of 17% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. The Party's intended contribution is dependent on adequate support in the form of technology transfer, capacity development and financial resources.

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Djibouti Submits INDC [viewed]

Djibouti14 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Djibouti is the 55th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which communicates the Party's intention to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by 40%, compared to projections in Djibouti's reference scenario. The Party adds that an additional 20% reduction could be achieved, conditional on new international funding, such as could be provided by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Event: Second Our Oceans Conference [viewed]

The Second Our Oceans Conference aims to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the ocean. Participants will discuss solutions to topics such as illegal fishing, marine plastic pollution, and ocean acidification and climate change. The Conference will also encourage the creation of marine protected areas. Over 400 political, academic and civil society figures, including the US Secretary of State and Prince Albert of Monaco, are expected to attend. The first Our Oceans Conference held in June 2014 resulted in more than US$800 million in government and private sector commitments to conserve the ocean and its resources.  

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SPREP Reports on Environment and Development Work [viewed]

SPREP4 August 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) released its Annual Report for 2014, detailing the relevance of SPREP's work to the major environmental and sustainable development challenges in its Pacific island members. The report focuses on four priority areas: biodiversity and ecosystem management; climate change; waste management and pollution control; and environmental monitoring and governance.

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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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Event: GEO-XII Plenary and Mexico City Ministerial Summit [viewed]

The twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) will convene from 11-12 November 2015, followed by the GEO 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit, which will take place on 13 November. Side events will take place from 9-12 November. The GEO-XII Plenary Session will meet at the Hilton Reforma on 11 November and at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores - SRE) on 12 November. Caucus Meetings and the Executive Committee Meeting and GEO Side Events will also take place throughout the week, and a GEO exhibit will be on display.  

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UNISDR to Develop Disaster Risk Management Standards for Hotels in Asia and Pacific [viewed]

UNISDRS29 July 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has announced a plan to develop and pilot disaster risk management standards for the hotel industry in Asia and the Pacific, where 80% of the world's disaster events take place.

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