Sustainable Development

US, China Leaders Outline Vision for Paris [viewed]

china_us_flag25 September 2015: The Presidents of the US and China have issued a Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change comprising a vision for the UN Paris Climate Change Conference, and announcements on advancing domestic climate action and enhancing bilateral and multilateral climate cooperation. China announced plans to launch a national emissions trading system (ETS) in 2017 and ¥20 billion (US$3.14 billion, September 2015) for climate finance. The US highlighted its Clean Power Plan.

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UNCCD, UNEP Release Infographic and Video to Welcome Adoption of SDG Target on LDN [viewed]

unep-unccd25 September 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have come together in celebration of the UN's adoption of the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' to launch an infographic brochure and video on the importance of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 “to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World.”

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UNEP-Backed Seminar Focuses on Financial Institutions in the Green Economy [viewed]

financial_system_seminar21 September 2015: The 'International Seminar – the Financial System, the Green Economy and Climate Change' focused on issues relevant for financial institutions to manage their business and socio-environmental risks, and therefore channel more private capital to finance the green economy and the climate change agenda. The seminar was organized by the Brazilian Federation of Banks (FEBRABAN), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Inquiry: Design of a Sustainable Financial System and the Center for Studies in Sustainability of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (GVces).

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EEA Assesses Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating Natural Hazards [viewed]

EEA21 September 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report highlighting the potential of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards. The report, titled 'Exploring Nature-Based Solutions: The Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating the Impacts of Weather- and Climate Change-Related Natural Hazards,' notes the definition of “green infrastructure” as “a strategically planned network of high-quality green spaces.”

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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C20 Calls for World Economy that Works for All [viewed]

g20-turkey16 September 2015: The Civil 20 (C20), a civil society platform of the Group of 20 (G20), issued a communiqué calling for world leaders to champion inclusive growth that respects human life, rights and dignity, and planetary boundaries. The Communiqué was issued by the third annual C20 Summit, which brought together hundreds of civil society delegates to finalize C20's recommendations to the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015.

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Working Papers Assess CDM's Sustainable Development Tool [viewed]

unep-dtu15 September 2015: The Wuppertal Institute and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership have published three working papers on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB)'s Sustainable Development Tool.

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ODI Provides Scorecard on SDGs, Recommends Early Action [viewed]

odi_development_progress21 September 2015: Without increased effort, none of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be met, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). However, if countries emulate the performance of the top-performing countries “there is much to be hopeful about," it says. The report recommends early action to raise national ambitions, plan implementation and strengthen the focus on equity.

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SDGs Present Opportunity for Sustainable Urbanization: UNDP Director [viewed]

UNDP21 September 2015: Urbanization presents an opportunity to formulate a "global socio-economic development path that is equitable, inclusive, risk-informed and just,” writes Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a post on the UNDP blog, Martínez-Solimán welcomes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on urban resilience and outlines key components of sustainable urban development.

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IAEA Conference Highlights Links with SDGs [viewed]

IAEA18 September 2015: Delegates to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 59th annual General Conference recognized clear linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agency's work, also adopting resolutions on strengthening IAEA's work on nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and approving the IAEA budget for 2016-2017.

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