Sustainable Development

Commonwealth Members Commit to Ambitious Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

commonwealth29 November 2015: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) adopted a Leaders' Statement on Climate Action in which Commonwealth members reconfirm their commitment to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Change Conference that signals the need for deep emission cuts, promotes low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways and raises mitigation ambition over time.

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World Forum on Natural Capital Issues Open Letter to World Leaders [viewed]

unep_natural_capital27 November 2015: The 2nd World Forum on Natural Capital, held under the theme 'Solutions for a changing world,' discussed ways to help business and sustainability leaders identify the economic importance of protecting and restoring the natural environment. Delegates to the Forum were invited to sign a letter urging world leaders attending the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris “to acknowledge and address the fact that climate change cannot be tackled without halting the rapid erosion and loss of natural capital.”

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Event: Land Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

This one-day event will take place on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, and will address the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a solution to climate change'. A series of panel discussions will explore interlinkages between the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Specific sessions will address, among other topics: ecosystem based adaptation; evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate; and ‘Desertification, Land degradation and Climate Change - Time to Act!' The event will also explore civil society contributions to LDN, including through the ‘4 per mill' initiative to spur a transition towards agroecology.  

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African Decision Makers Discuss Risk Management and Financing for Resilience [viewed]

ur20 November 2015: The first 'Understanding Risk and Finance Conference for Africa' provided a forum for African decision makers to discuss strategies and approaches to mitigate the socioeconomic, fiscal, and financial impacts of disasters, including those of climate change.

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UNECE Committee Explores Pathways to Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 November 2015: Participants at the 24th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE24) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed various pathways to sustainable energy, considered different conceptions of what "sustainable energy" is, and explored the challenges and opportunities of accelerating a transition in the UNECE region's energy system. The meeting featured a high-level segment that examined these issues in depth.

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Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kuwait, South Sudan, Yemen Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kuwait, South Sudan and Yemen have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 177.

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IRENA Report Examines Renewable Energy's Role in Curbing Climate Change [viewed]

IRENA23 November 2015: According to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), doubling the share of renewable energy in the world's energy mix by 2030 could result in half the emissions reductions needed to stay within the below 2°C warming goal. The report, titled 'REthinking Energy 2015,' adds that energy efficiency could supply the remaining emissions cuts necessary.

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Carry Out ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in Tandem with SDGs, Says UN Secretary-General [viewed]

Asean22 November 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to implement its ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while speaking at the seventh ASEAN-UN Summit.

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Event: Education Day at COP 21 [viewed]

Education Day at COP 21 will comprise a series of events that promote changes in lifestyles, attitudes and behavior needed to foster sustainable development and to address climate change. Events during the thematic Day will provide examples of good practice and lessons learned in climate education, including at a ministerial event in climate change education and sustainable development organized by the French Government, followed by a series of mini-events, a UN side event on formal climate change education, and a CCE side event on non-formal climate change education.  

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Event: COP 21 NAMA Fair [viewed]

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Fair will present examples of NAMAs that support low-emissions development and inspire further transformational action on the ground in developing countries. The Fair will provide a platform for mutual learning and exchange of experiences, as well as an opportunity meet with public and private international organizations actively engaged in supporting low-emissions development in developing countries. The Fair is organized in partnership with various organizations, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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