Sustainable Development

This section covers issues related to the mainstreaming of climate change issues in development processes, as well as the way the impacts of climate change may hinder progress towards achieving development goals. Activities related to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development are highlighted in this section.

Mali Becomes 61st Party to the Paris Agreement [viewed]

MALI23 September 2016: The Government of Mali has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. This latest ratification, deposited on 23 September 2016, brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 61. These countries represent 47.79% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Event: World Food Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The official World Food Day Ceremony will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on Friday, 14 October, coinciding with the Second Meeting of Mayors committed to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. On Sunday, 16 October, a Zero Hunger Run will take place in Rome to recall Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). FAO also invites contributions to poster and video contests to illustrate the World Food Day theme. Further events will be held at different locations around the world, including a World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Children's Poster Competition organized by the Rajshahi Education Board in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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LDCs, MICs, G-77/China Ministerials Highlight South-South Cooperation [viewed]

united_nations24 September 2016: Ministers of developing countries met in several groupings on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss development progress against international targets, highlighting the importance of support for South-South Cooperation, technology access and capacity building.

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CCAC WG Discusses Agenda, Communiqué for HLA on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC22 September 2016: The 18th Working Group (WG) meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) convened to, inter alia, prepare for the High-Level Assembly (HLA) that will meet on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016. Participants discussed the draft agenda for the HLA and possible elements for a draft communiqué, both of which will be revised and updated in advance of the HLA.

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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 Highlights SDG, Climate, Environmental Priorities [viewed]

ga-71-logo23 September 2016: Speakers at the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) general debate highlighted their efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and galvanize climate action, including through the Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme for the 71st annual debate is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' It is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 20-26 September 2016.

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Take 'Zero Hunger Challenge' Forward [viewed]

fao_wfp_ifad22 September 2016: As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nears the end of his tenure, he has asked the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to take the Zero Hunger Challenge forward. Speaking at the 'Pathways to Zero Hunger' high-level event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin committed their organizations to take over the Zero Hunger Challenge and pursue its goals.

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SIDS Event Launches Partnerships, Reviews SAMOA Pathway Implementation [viewed]

sids_partnership_framework22 September 2016: The first annual Global Multi-stakeholder Partnership Dialogue for small island developing States (SIDS) took place on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), to follow up on implementation of commitments made at the Third International Conference on SIDS in Samoa in 2014.

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Event: Covenant of Mayors Information Event on Urban Adaptation [viewed]

The information event on urban adaptation to climate change, titled 'Supporting local climate solutions – Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy in practice: adaptation in the spotlight,' will present current challenges of urban adaptation, provide relevant information on adaptation from practitioners and peers and help local authorities find answers to specific questions relating to urban adaptation. The integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy was launched in October 2015 and merges the Covenant of Mayors and Mayors Adapt initiatives. Stemming from the role that cities and urban areas play in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, it provides a framework that helps build more sustainable and resilient cities. The event will be followed by a complementary workshop 'Supporting urban climate change adaptation with Cohesion policy funds and the new Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' that will take place in the afternoon of the same day. Mayors Adapt is an initiative of the European Commission being implemented within the Covenant of Mayors, and supported by the European Environment Agency (EEA). It is linked to the European Climate Adaptation Platform (Climate-ADAPT), a partnership between the European Commission and the EEA.  

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