Sustainable Development

ASB Partnership Policy Brief Examines REDD+, Climate and SDG Implementation [viewed]

icraf_asbNovember 2015: A policy brief, titled ‘Transforming REDD+ and achieving the SDGs through support for adaptation-mitigation synergy,' reflects on how to incorporate the lessons learned from a decade of REDD+ implementation in the new climate agreement. The Brief was produced by the Alternatives to Slash and Burn (ASB) Partnership for the Tropical Forest at the World Agroforestry Centre, a member of the CGIAR Consortium.

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Group on Earth Observations Adopts Mexico City Declaration [viewed]

geo1213 November 2015: The Twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) and the 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit concluded with the adoption of the Mexico City Declaration and the approval of the GEO Strategic Plan for 2016-2025.

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Egypt, Pakistan Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Egypt and Pakistan have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 161. Egypt's INDC focuses largely on mitigation in the energy sector, especially through efficiency and alternative energy sources. Pakistan's INDC notes studies calculating the country's emissions projections are underway, which will allow the Party to make specific commitments.

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UNCCD Publishes Brief on Land-Climate Nexus [viewed]

land_matters_for_climate11 November 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a brief titled, ‘Land matters for climate: Reducing the gap and approaching the target​,' ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France. The publication states that additional commitments contained in the UNCCD's Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target − which envisages rehabilitating 12 million hectares of degraded land globally each year − could help close roughly 25% of the estimated emissions gap of 13 gigatonnes of equivalent CO2 (GtC02e), and amounts to “two-thirds of the expected emissions reduction pledges of all INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions] in the year 2030.”

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UNICEF Highlights El Niño's Impact on Children [viewed]

Unicef Logo10 November 2015: An estimated 11 million children are at risk from hunger, disease and lack of water in Eastern and Southern Africa alone as a result of a strengthening El Niño, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report, titled 'A Wake-Up Call: El Niño's Impact on Children,' discusses the effects of the weather phenomenon on children's mental and physical health, education and safety. It also looks at some of the regions affected, and highlights specific countries most impacted by El Niño events, such as Somalia, Ethiopia, Peru, Ecuador and Indonesia.

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UNESCO Youth Forum Issues Recommendations on 2030 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

UNESCO6 November 2015: Participants at the Ninth UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth Forum, held on the theme ‘Young Global Citizens for a Sustainable Planet,' agreed on a series of recommendations on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Forum aimed to ensure that voices of future generations remain front and center in the 2030 Agenda.

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World Bank Highlights Poverty Reduction Benefits of Climate-Smart Development [viewed]

World Bank8 November 2015: In advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, the World Bank has published a report, titled 'Shock Waves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty,' which finds that poverty reduction and the fight against climate change can be more effectively achieved if addressed in tandem. It indicates that climate change poses “an acute threat” to poorer people, and has the potential to push more than 100 million people back into poverty by 2030, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

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UNISDR, Singapore to Strengthen Disaster Risk Management in SIDS [viewed]

UNISDR - Singapore Flag4 November 2015: Singapore and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have joined forces to strengthen the disaster risk management (DRM) capacity of small island developing States (SIDS) and other countries that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. During a joint specialized training course, representatives from Singapore and UNISDR shared their expertise on early warning systems, hazard and vulnerability assessment, emergency preparedness plans, resilient public health systems, adaptation and mitigation measures, and sustainable urban planning.

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UN General Assembly Holds Informal Meeting on COP 21 [viewed]

UN logo4 November 2015: During a briefing on preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that he will actively engage Heads of State and Government in the remaining weeks before COP 21 takes place in Paris, France, saying "ultimate responsibility for success in Paris rests firmly in their hands." He urged leaders to tell negotiators that "now is the time for compromise and consensus building."

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China, France Call for Comprehensive Stocktaking of GHG Emissions Cuts Every Five Years [viewed]

france_china2 November 2015: Meeting less than a month before the Paris Climate Change Conference, French President François Hollande and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that the outcome expected in Paris should include provisions for a five-year review of progress toward reaching long-term emissions goals. The Presidents released a statement following the meeting, explaining that "the results of this stocktake will inform parties in regularly enhancing their actions in a nationally determined manner."

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