Science, Assessment & Monitoring

'Targets Tracker' Highlights Gaps Between SDGs and National Priorities [viewed]

post2015-odi16 June 2015: Post 2015.org has released the ‘Targets Tracker,' an online database that allows users to view country goals alongside the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to compare the gap between existing national targets and SDG ambition. Analysis on these gaps is presented in a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘Mind the Gap? A Comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda.'

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IEA Outlines Pillars for Success at Paris Climate Change Conference [viewed]

IEA15 June 2015: A special report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) proposes a four-pillar approach to making the UN Paris Climate Change Conference a success from the energy perspective, namely through: a peak in energy emissions; a five-year review of national emission targets; a long-term emissions goal; and a process for tracking energy-sector achievements.

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WMO Congress Agrees on Post-2015 Priorities, Appoints New Secretary-General [viewed]

WMO12 June 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress agreed on priorities for 2016-2019, adopting a new strategic plan and related budget. The Congress also appointed a new Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, who will remain ‘Secretary-General emeritus,' reiterated that high-impact weather and climate extremes are likely to occur with greater frequency and intensity due to climate change, noting that while a window of opportunity still exists “to act and prevent irreversible damage,” it is closing fast.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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Morocco, Ethiopia Submit INDCs [viewed]

morocco-ethiopia10 June 2015: Since the month of May, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Morocco and Ethiopia submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) on 5 and 10 June 2015, respectively. These announcements bring the total number of parties that have submitted their INDCs to 40.

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UNEP Performance Report Highlights Value of Long-Term Goal Setting [viewed]

UNEPJune 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its annual performance report for 2015, reporting on achievements in its seven programme areas, and highlighting the value of long-term goal setting for planetary change.

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UNDP Annual Report Highlights Post-2015 Implementation [viewed]

Time for Global ActionJune 2015: The UN Development Programme's (UNDP) annual report for 2014-2015, titled ‘Time for Global Action,' highlights key impacts of UNDP's work and discusses the ongoing restructuring process aiming to make UNDP "fit for purpose" for the post-2015 development agenda.

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UNFCCC, UNEP, ICLEI Hold Technical Expert Meeting on Accelerating Energy Efficiency Action in Urban Environments [viewed]

UNFCCC - UNEP - ICLEI6 June 2015: During the first week of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on accelerating energy efficiency action in urban environments, organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, took place under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) from 5-6 June 2015.

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ITC Publications Address Wildlife Trade and Climate Change and Agri-Food Trade [viewed]

ITC5 June 2015: International trade in wildlife can be sustainable and contribute to biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods if certain conditions are in place, according to a publication released by the International Trade Centre (ITC) on World Environment Day (WED). Also commemorating WED, ITC released a study on the perceptions of agri-exporters in Peru and Uganda on climate change.

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UNFCCC, IRENA Hold Technical Expert Meeting on Renewable Energy Supply [viewed]

UNFCCC - IRENA3 June 2015: During the first week of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on renewable energy supply, organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on 3 June 2015.

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