Sustainable Development

UN Secretary-General: Unlocking LDCs' Potential is 2030 Litmus Test [viewed]

unga701 October 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported that he is counting on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to "play a constructive role" in making the Paris Climate Change Conference successful. Ban said this during his address to a Ministerial Meeting of the LDCs, and added that unlocking LDCs' untapped potential will be the "litmus test" of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Blue Guardians Initiative on Oceans to Support SIDS Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

clinton_global_initiative1 October 2015: An international initiative, titled ‘Blue Guardians,' has been launched by former US President Bill Clinton, to address the urgent need for climate change action through recognition of the role of oceans in climate change resilience and mitigation. The initiative will promote the development of 39 sustainable island economies while increasing their resilience to climate change and promoting marine and fisheries conservation and clean renewable energy.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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Sustainable Aviation Summit Calls for Endorsement of Global Offsetting Scheme [viewed]

2015-global-sustainable-aviation-summit30 September 2015: The Eighth Global Sustainable Aviation Summit has called on governments to undertake “robust and determined” climate action and to endorse, at the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, a simple, global offsetting scheme to stabilize air transport carbon emissions growth.

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Event: UNGA High-level Thematic Debate: Implementing Commitments on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Financing [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Mogens Lykketoft, will convene a high-level thematic debate on sustainable development, climate change and financing. This event is one of three high-level events the President will convene during UNGA 70. Lykketoft said on 19 October 2015 that the meeting will involve a range of stakeholders. Per remarks on 15 December 2015, the event will allow for Member States to present the steps they are taking to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and to look at inter-connections between Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) on climate change, the broader Paris Agreement and overall implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to share thinking on how to effectively integrate climate action into sustainable development strategies. On this topic, the UN Secretary-General is expected to address how the UN system is moving ahead to support national actions, and there will be a broader discussion on capacity building for achieving the 2030 Agenda. In addition, the event will address how to catalyze means of implementation for the SDGs, including ICTs and financing for “sustainable, resilient and climate smart infrastructure.” Finally, discussions will consider how to foster accountable and transparent multi-stakeholder partnerships to support the 2030 Agenda. In a letter in January 2016, the President announced that the event will take place on 21 April 2016, to align with the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement taking place on 22 April (http://www.un.org/pga/70/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/08/18-Jan_HL-Thematic-Debate-Achieving-the-Sustainable-Development-Goals-18-January-2016.pdf).  

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UNDP, UN Women Call for Putting Women at the Center of Climate Efforts [viewed]

pariscop21_unwoman_undp29 September 2015: A high-level jointly hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Women, and the Government of France drew attention to the importance of scaling up gender-responsive climate actions and empowering women to respond to climate change.

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Climate Change Issues Highlighted at UN Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2015: The UN Sustainable Development Summit, which met from 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The event brought together 136 Heads of State and Government, ministers, business leaders, and members of civil society, with many leaders highlighting the importance of reaching a strong, global climate agreement at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Event: General Debate of UNGA Second Committee [viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will begin its substantive programme of work for the 70th session with a keynote address and General Debate. The provisional programme of work (calendar) for the Session is available online: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/70/calendar.pdf.  

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New Permanent Observer Highlights Pacific Issues [viewed]

SPC logo27 September 2015: The Pacific Community, which became a Permanent Observer to the UN in December 2014, enabling it to participate in UN debates, made its first statement at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. Pacific Community Director-General Colin Tukuitonga highlighted climate change, youth, oceans and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as particularly concerning to the Pacific region. He also noted that education is a fundamental building block for sustainable development.

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Sixth US-India Energy Partnership Summit Addresses Energy Efficiency, Renewables, Finance [viewed]

india.us21 September 2015: The Sixth US-India Energy Partnership Summit convened under the theme, ‘Past Cooperation, Future Strategies and New Opportunities.' It took place following bilateral energy talks between the US and India. The Summit focused on expanding the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency, clean coal technology and accelerating clean energy finance.

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