Sustainable Development

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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Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications Launches DRR Initiatives [viewed]

ITU logo28 January 2016: Information and communication technology (ICT) experts are working to harness the power of telecommunications to both prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Gathered for the second 'Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): Saving Lives,' an international event focusing on the intersection of emergency telecommunications and climate change mitigation and adaptation, 500 participants from 90 countries adopted two global ICT initiatives aimed at enhancing disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources Report Urges Action to Conserve Livestock Diversity for Resilient Agriculture [viewed]

fao_headquarters27 January 2016: 'The Second Report on the State of the World's Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture' (SoW-AnGR), published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), underlines the key importance of livestock diversity for adapting production systems to the impacts of climate change and meeting global challenges such as increasing demand for animal protein. The report finds that global livestock diversity remains at risk, and calls for stronger efforts to conserve the existing pool of animal genetic resources.

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IISD Event Explores Canada's Contribution to SDGs, Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

iisd25 January 2016: Over 150 people attended an event, titled 'Canada in the Post-2015 World,' which was organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and hosted by the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. The event provided an early look at the landmark agreements achieved in 2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and an opportunity to consider how Canada can contribute to sustainable development in the wake of these agreements.

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E15 Examines Global Trade and Investment for Sustainable Development, Climate Action [viewed]

inititaive1522 January 2016: The E15 Initiative, organized by The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), released a series of papers on policy options for responding to critical global challenges, along with recommendations for reshaping the global trade and investment system. According to the Initiative, further work is needed to gain clarity on national actions that countries must take to meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNDP Executive Board Reviews 2015 Work, Highlights Opportunities for SDG Implementation in 2016 [viewed]

UNDP25 January 2016: The year 2016 offers a "huge opportunity to make real progress" on the inter-linked agendas of climate change, sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Executive Board recognized at its first meeting since the commencement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Board discussed the 'Report of the Executive Board on its work during 2015' (E/2015/35), and emphasized 2016 as a crucial year for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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France, India Inaugurate International Solar Alliance [viewed]

france_india25 January 2016: During an official visit to India, French President Francois Hollande discussed with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the commitment of the two countries to address clean and sustainable development, climate change, the International Solar Alliance, sustainable consumption and production patterns, renewable energy and energy efficiency, sustainable urban development and transport.

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Event: 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk: Advancing the Clean Trillion [viewed]

The 2016 Investor Summit on Climate Risk is the first major event on climate change for investors and businesses to discuss the implications of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will explore the investment opportunities provided by the climate deal reached in Paris, with a focus on: the types of capital flows necessary to achieve the deal's goals; opportunities to expand clean energy investment in developed and developing countries; and solutions to mitigating carbon asset risks, including portfolio decarbonization and support for economic development that is less dependent on fossil fuels. The Summit aims to sustain the momentum from Paris and catalyze further actions that investors, businesses and governments can take toward a low-carbon future.

Speakers include: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; Former Vice President Al Gore; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan; and French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal. Ceres, the UN Foundation, and the UN Office for Partnerships are co-hosting the Summit.  

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Second Committee Considers Road Map on Working Methods [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial26 January 2016: UN Member States considered a proposed road map for informal consultations on “revitalization” of the work of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial). Angrej Logar, Permanent Representative of Slovenia and Chair of the Second Committee, presented the proposal, which addresses the Committee's role in guiding and supporting implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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