Sustainable Development

Changes in UN High-Level Leadership Announced [viewed]

United Nations19 February 2016: Several high-level leadership positions related to intergovernmental sustainable development policy will be filled in the coming months. Within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, there will be changes in the following positions: UNFCCC Executive Secretary; President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In addition, the selection processes for the next Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the next UN Secretary-General are underway.

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UNGA President Calls for Investment, Action on Multilateral Commitments [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial16 February 2016: Multilateralism has "reasserted itself" in relation to sustainable development, but failed in the area of peace and security, said UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft, in addresses to the European Parliament and the European Council. Lykketoft reflected on issues of focus for the 70th session of the UNGA, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the selection of the next UN Secretary-General, and the refugee crisis.

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Policy Update #28: National Reporting under the International Climate Regime: Towards Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

Critical for the post-2015 development agenda, the year 2015 saw the adoption of four key agreements. Resolution A/RES/70/1, titled 'Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,' which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September, includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and accompanying targets. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda was adopted by the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, and some of its elements were incorporated into the 2030 Agenda as well. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction was adopted in March by the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. Closing out the year, the Paris Agreement was adopted by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Post Davos Talks Highlight Urgency of Climate Change, Conflict and Migration [viewed]

unga_pwc_wef15 February 2016: Participants at the Post Davos Nordic Summit highlighted the role of the private sector and civil society in addressing sustainable development and geopolitical crises. They also discussed implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and noted the importance of progress on sustainable development and climate change to achieve peace and security.

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ICAO Environment Committee Recommends CO2 Standard for Adoption [viewed]

Icao8 February 2016: The Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed unanimously to recommend the first international aviation carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions standard for adoption. The standard will apply to new aircraft type designs as of 2020 and new deliveries of current in-production aircraft types from 2023.

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Event: G7 Summit 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Summit in Japan will bring together the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US to address global challenges. Under the Presidency of Japan, the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit will discuss measures to address the global economic slowdown, terrorism, the humanitarian crisis and ongoing conflicts. Separate meetings of G7 ministers will also take place through the year at various locations around Japan, including meetings of foreign, finance, agriculture, ICT, energy, education, science and technology, environment, health and transport ministers. The G7 was officially established in 1985 to facilitate economic cooperation among the world's largest industrial nations; summit meetings of the member nations began in 1975.  

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Event: 2016 AFDB Annual Meetings [viewed]

The 2016 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) will convene under the theme 'Energy and Climate Change,' which draws on one of the Bank's 'High 5' priority areas, namely to 'Light up and Power Africa,' and reflects the Bank's New Deal on Energy and decisions emanating from the recent UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015. The Bank's Annual Meetings are its largest annual event, bringing together approximately 5,000 participants, and featuring around 40 official events in addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors. The Meetings enable representatives of government, business, civil society and media to discuss the social and economic development of Africa.  

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AU Assembly Addresses Human Rights, 2030 Agenda, Illegal Trade in Wildlife [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2016: African Heads of State, leaders and other stakeholders discussed the implementation of Africa's Agenda 2063 and ways to advance human rights, particularly women's rights, during the 26th session of the African Union (AU) Assembly, which convened under the theme, ‘2016: African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women.'

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UNISDR Conference Launches Science and Technology Partnership [viewed]

UNISDR29 January 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) convened the Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which aimed to harness the power of science and technology in implementing the Sendai Framework. The event opened with a tribute to the hundreds of scientists who have contributed their time to research climate change and its impacts.

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Global Forum Endorses Guiding Principles for Green Economy Learning [viewed]

unitar_page_oecd_green_unesco29 January 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has announced the outcomes of the First Global Forum on Green Economy Learning, including the adoption of the Paris Summary Statement on Learning for an Inclusive Green Economy (IGE). The Paris Statement outlines principles for: the meaning and value of IGE learning; increasing effectiveness and sustainability in IGE learning; promoting IGE learning at the national and local levels; and scaling up for impact.

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