Sustainable Development

COP 21 Side Events Address African Youth, SDGs, International Mountain Day on Final Day [viewed]

afric_cop2112 December 2015: Following intensive consultations and bilaterals, UNFCCC COP 21 concluded on Saturday, 12 December 2015, with the adoption of the Paris Agreement and associated decision (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1). On 11 December, a number of side events took place on the final official day of COP 21.

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Mountain Day Focuses on Mountain Products; Launches Reports on Food Insecurity and Adaptation [viewed]

mountain_international_day11 December 2015: International Mountain Day (IMD) took place under the theme ‘promoting mountain products,' with the aim of highlighting the potential of mountain products and services to contribute to livelihoods and sustainable employment in mountain areas. The Day highlighted opportunities for growth, such as the production of high quality, high value products like fair trade, organic cocoa, coffee, herbs, honey, spices and other niche market products, and underscored constraints in mountain development, especially with regard to food insecurity and climate change.

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Event: Canada in the Post-2015 World: Outcomes of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs [viewed]

The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is hosting a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.The Paris Agreement marks a historic breakthrough: all governments agreed to tackle climate change through mitigation and adaptation. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) similarly mark a historic breakthrough, as countries agreed in September 2015 to advance coherent and universal sustainable development goals and targets. This panel discussion will consider what are in these agreements, what the key challenges in implementation are, and what it means for Canada at home and abroad.  

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop21_day1110 December 2015: Negotiations continued on the draft outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference on Thursday, 10 December, with COP 21 President Laurent Fabius introducing a revised draft text in the evening. Fabius said there are “open options” on the most complex issues of differentiation, finance and ambition, and asked delegates to examine the document with a "new perspective,” keeping the final agreement in mind, suggesting “we are extremely close to the finish line.” Following a second night of negotiations, delegates were told on Friday that the sixth meeting of the Comité de Paris would convene Saturday morning, 12 December, during which a final draft of the proposed Paris Outcome would be presented.

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UNEP Report Highlights Climate Impacts on Human Rights [viewed]

climate_change_human_rights10 December 2015: Marking Human Rights Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a report on the human rights implications of climate change, calling for the expected outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference to refer to these human rights impacts, and for climate funds to include social safeguards.

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Guide Offers Green Bonds Toolbox [viewed]

scaling_up_green_bond9 December 2015: The Climate Bonds Initiative and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a guide for public sector decision makers on scaling up green bond markets for climate change mitigation and other objectives of sustainable development. The guide aims to accelerate the growth of the green bond market to achieve the US$6.2 trillion of annual investment estimated necessary to build the infrastructure of low-carbon economies around the world.

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NEPAD with Partners Launch African Resilient Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

nepad_wb_wri6 December 2015: Launched at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, France, by the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative will be implemented in partnership with the World Bank and World Resources Institute (WRI) through forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate-smart agriculture, and rangeland management.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Outcome [viewed]

cop219 December: Delegates at COP 21 discussed a revised version of the Paris outcome during an evening session of the Comité de Paris. Introducing the revised draft, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius informed parties that the text: is “inspired” by the ADP draft Paris outcome from Saturday, 5 December; incorporates ministerial facilitators' recommendations; and draws from ADP co-facilitators' suggestions and experience. He explained that the 29-page text, which contains three-fourths fewer brackets than the previous draft, aims to provide an overview of progress made and identify clear options on three cross-cutting issues still to be settled at the political level.

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Earth to Paris Coalition: Time for Bold Action for Climate [viewed]

earth_to_paris9 December 2015: “Everyone has a role to play” in addressing climate change, agreed UN leaders, advocates, business and other leaders at 'Earth To Paris—Le Hub,' which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Participants at the event discussed cross-sector solutions to climate change, stressing that now is the time for bold action.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Honors 21 Indigenous and Local Community Groups [viewed]

equatorinitiative8 December 2015: The Equator Initiative Prize Ceremony, described as the ‘Academy Awards for Sustainable Development,' honored 21 indigenous and local community groups from 19 countries for their “outstanding achievements in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” The ceremony, which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, recognized winners for their contributions and innovations in preventing deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife species, securing land rights and creating jobs for their communities, among other actions.

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