Sustainable Development

Banks Pledge US$7 Billion for Clean Energy, World Bank Adopts Climate Change Action Plan [viewed]

bloomberg_wbg7 April 2016: A number of private banks and the World Bank Group (WBG) have announced initiatives that will contribute to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was adopted in December 2015, as well as various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By pledging US$7 billion, a group of eight banks and investors have joined the Bank of America's initiative aimed at stimulating US$10 billion for investments in clean energy and sustainable development. For its part, the WBG has announced its Climate Change Action Plan, which aims to support countries in delivering on their national climate plans, also referred to as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the UNFCCC, and sets ambitious targets for 2020 in high-impact areas, including clean energy, green transport, climate-smart agriculture and urban resilience.

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Member States Negotiate FfD Forum Outcome [viewed]

FfD13 April 2016: UN Member States have continued negotiations on the conclusions and recommendations of the upcoming UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum). A draft outcome, which was circulated on 7 April 2016, is the subject of ongoing consultations. Jean-Francis Regis Zinsou, Permanent Representative of Benin, and Vladimir Drobnjak, Permanent Representative of Croatia, are co-facilitating the consultations.

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Event: High-level Forum: The Africa We Want in 2030, 2063 and Beyond [viewed]

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the Government of Sweden and the African Union Commission (AUC) are organizing a High-level Forum on ‘Early Action and Results on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The Forum will bring together high-level speakers and participants to focus on the synergies and complementarity of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will address three themes: towards transformative economic growth and regional integration in Africa, including sustainable and decent work for youth (SDGs 8 and 9); empowering African Women and gender (SDG 5); and consolidating peace and security in Africa (SDG 16). The event will take place during the week of the High-level Ceremony of the Paris Agreement and the UN General Assembly's High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs.  

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World Bank and GFDRR, UN-Habitat and UfM to Collaborate on Sustainable Urban Development [viewed]

world_bank_new8 April 2016: Two partnerships related to resilient urban development have been recently been unveiled. The World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) have announced a partnership that will strengthen building regulation for disaster resilience in vulnerable countries, by improving implementation and compliance through the 'Building Regulation for Resilience: Managing Risks for Safer Cities' program. For their part, UN-Habitat and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) have agreed to cooperate on actions aimed at achieving socially and environmentally sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean region. These developments will help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Event: Signature Ceremony of the Paris Climate Agreement: High-Level Luncheon [viewed]

On the occasion of the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement on climate change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a high-level luncheon bringing together governments, business, investors, civil society and the UN to signal support for translating the agreement into action. It will focus on the scale and pace of the market transformation required to achieve a safer, healthier and more prosperous future. The luncheon is being organized with support from the UN Global Compact, and is open to UN Global Compact company representatives at the chief executive level.  

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LAC Environment Ministers Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change, SDGs, Chemicals [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2016: At a regional forum held in preparation for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), environment ministers from Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on arrangements for cooperation on climate, air quality, and chemicals and waste. They also called for fast, ambitious and integrated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Policy Update #31: Monthly Forecast: April 2016 [viewed]

As the international sustainable development community begins the fourth month of the “2016 Year of Implementation,” a number of events will demonstrate how various entities are approaching the implementation of the three key outcomes from the “2015 Year of Decision”: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Implementation Update: Palestine Joins UNFCCC, China, EU, India, US Announce Climate Actions [viewed]

UNFCCC2 April 2016: Parties to the UNFCCC are making major announcements related to the Paris Agreement and its objectives. The actions described in this Update are also important for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). A number news items reported here will also advance SDG 7, especially Target 7.2 to "increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix."

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Majority of 2015 Renewables Investment Went to Developing Countries [viewed]

energy_finance_review20151 April 2016: When governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September of last year, they agreed to a goal of ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (SDG 7) by 2030. In a separate Goal, SDG 17, they set out targets for the means of implementation (MOI) necessary for achieving the SDGs. As the focus shifts from "the year of decisions" to "the year of implementation," the MOI necessary for achieving SDG 7, as well as the other Goals, are receiving greater attention. This update examines recent news related to finance MOI, with a view to identifying what governments and intergovernmental actors are doing to mobilize renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access finance.

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2016 Global Food Policy Report Explores Contributions of Food Systems to SDG Implementation [viewed]

Ifpri31 March 2016: The '2016 Global Food Policy Report: How we Feed the World is Unsustainable' of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) analyzes food policy developments in 2015, assesses challenges and opportunities for the coming year, and investigates the role of food systems in achieving multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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