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.

Event: Sixth Session of the UN-GGIM [viewed]

The Sixth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will bring together senior executives from national geospatial information, statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe to discuss the global geospatial information agenda. The Committee will address, among other issues: activities related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; geospatial information and services for disasters; determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes; trends in national institutional arrangements in global geospatial information management; adoption and implementation of standards for the global geospatial information community; integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information; and application of geospatial information to land administration and management. The formal session of the Committee of Experts will convene from 3-5 August 2016, and will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

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High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience [viewed]

UNISDR17 June 2016: Ministers, government officials, mayors and UN representatives have agreed on actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. The High Level Forum on 'Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Local Level' marked the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities came together to discuss how to implement the Framework. The meeting resulted in an outcome document titled 'The Florence Way Forward,' which recognizes the importance of coherence at the local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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EU Council Calls for Coherent Response to Arctic Region Challenges [viewed]

european_council20 June 2016: Recognizing that global activities have contributed to the "significant risks posed by climate change and environmental impacts" to the Arctic, the EU Council has issued conclusions emphasizing the need for implementation of commitments under environmental agreements, especially the Paris Agreement on climate change. The conclusions were adopted at a meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council held on 20 June, where foreign ministers discussed an integrated EU policy for the Arctic, including a joint communication on the matter adopted on 27 April by the European Commission and the High Representative.

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Norway Ratifies Paris Agreement, Promises to Go Carbon Neutral by 2030 [viewed]

norway-flag20 June 2016: The Government of Norway deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN, making it the 18th Party to the UNFCCC to do so. Its ratification comes on the heels of the country's pledge to become carbon neutral in 14 years. On 14 June, the Norwegian Parliament voted to reduce and offset carbon emissions so that its emissions are net zero by 2030, two decades earlier than the country's previous pledge.

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European Development Days Focus on SDG Implementation [viewed]

edd16 June 2016: Participants at the European Development Days (EDD 2016) underscored the role of partnerships in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The tenth anniversary of the EDD, which was organized by the European Commission (EC), focused on 15 topics related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: International Coral Reef Initiative General Assembly [viewed]

This meeting of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) will address the degradation of coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world, including discussion of the status of coral reefs; the impacts of climate change on coral reefs; coral bleaching; and initiatives in the Indian Ocean region. The event marks the first meeting since France and Madagascar replaced Japan and Thailand as co-chairs of the ICRI Secretariat, on 1 June 2016. The event is expected to bring together governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and civil society.  

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SE4All Advisory Board Endorses 'Going Further, Faster' Strategy [viewed]

SE4ALL16 June 2016: The 2030 goals of the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative are to ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. In order to achieve these goals, the SE4All Advisory Board has endorsed the Strategic Framework for Results 2016-2021: 'Going Further, Faster.'

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FAO Report Highlights Potential of Dryland Fisheries to Support Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

fao_fisheries14 June 2016: Small-scale dryland fisheries resources have the potential to contribute to ending hunger and promoting local food security and nutrition, according to a report, titled 'Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Fish Come with the Rains,' published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report documents the resilience of fish resources to climatic variability and identifies opportunities for designing and implementing policies and programmes to reduce food insecurity and conflicts in Africa's dryland environments.

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President [viewed]

Fiji Flag13 June 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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