Sustainable Development

Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models [viewed]

energy_actors13 May 2016: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which seeks to support countries in their transition to sustainable energy, has concluded its '2016 Innovation Week' following a series of activities that addressed the theme ‘The Age of Renewable Power.' IRENA's work on energy innovation aims, in part, to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In addition to IRENA, many other actors have made recent announcements that are expected to contribute to SDG 7. The following update shares some of the latest news on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access tools, resources, technologies and initiatives stemming from intergovernmental efforts.

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Event: Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum [viewed]

The Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will convene under the theme 'Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice'. One of the biggest climate change adaptation events in the region, the Forum will bring together representatives from over 50 countries, including policymakers, scientists, donors, and youth. The Forum will address adaptation planning, financing for adaptation, climate-resilient development and cross-learning across actors. It will explore platforms and concrete pathways to enhance partnerships among governments, civil society and business. The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Sri Lankan Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment are organizing the event.  

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Adaptation Conference Emphasizes Resilience, Financial Inclusion, Links with Development [viewed]

adaptation_futures201613 May 2016: Adaptation Futures 2016, the fourth biennial worldwide conference on climate change adaptation, advanced climate change adaptation issues along a range of themes, including: cities and infrastructure; food, forestry and rural livelihoods; fresh water availability and access; public health; ecosystems and ecosystem-based adaptation; disaster risk reduction (DRR); the Arctic; risk assessment, adaptation planning and evaluation; institutions and governance; and finance, investment and business. The Conference aimed to move climate change adaptation forward by promoting public, commercial and policy solutions across sectors, borders and communities.

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CCAFS Online Tool Provides Practical Knowledge for Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CGIARApril 2016: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has launched an online guide on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) that aims to provide practitioners, researchers and decision makers with the resources required to develop strategies to implement the CSA approach to food security and sustainable development.

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Event: 16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) [viewed]

The two-day Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum 2016 (GMGSF 2016) will take place at the UN compound in Nairobi, Kenya, and will mobilize Major Groups and other Stakeholders to engage in a multi-stakeholders setting that will also include policymakers, learning from each other, developing partnerships and creating their input into the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). UNEA-2 will be held from 23-27 May 2016 under the overarching theme of Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On 26-27 May, a Ministerial Policy-Review Session will gather to discuss Healthy Environment, Healthy People.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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Event: 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum [viewed]

In 2016, EE Global will explore how utilities, regulators, legislators and companies are incorporating cost-effective energy efficiency measures into their business to help meet increasing demand. Attendees will also engage in networking, partnership building, and action inspiring energy efficiency discourse while discussing how energy efficiency can be made into a sustainable and scalable business strategy. Speakers will include Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), and Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).  

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ECOSOC Discusses 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework in Addressing El Niño Impacts [viewed]

ECOSOC6 May 2016: During a Special Meeting hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), experts analyzed the effects of the 2015/2016 El Niño phenomenon, which has affected over 60 million people. The event, titled 'Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño Phenomenon: Reducing Risks and Capturing Opportunities,' was mandated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to consider the socioeconomic and environmental dimensions of El Niño, as well as the resilience measures undertaken by countries to confront it.

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UNECA Report Recommends Africa Re-Design Growth Strategies for SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNECA4 May 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) launched the 2016 issue of its Economic Report on Africa (ERA), titled 'Greening Africa's Industrialization,' during the inaugural African Development Week, in April 2016. The report stresses structural transformation as a key priority for Africa, and recommends that the region seize the opportunity offered by the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to adopt a low-carbon development trajectory.

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Event: Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The sixth annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors, civil society organizations, and other institutions supporting natural capital accounting (NCA). WAVES countries will showcase results from their work on constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts. The meeting will provide the opportunity for discussions on how to move from having accounts to using them in policy and decision making. The meeting will include a panel discussion on how NCA can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and participants will hear more on WAVES+, the next phase of the partnership. WAVES is a World Bank-led partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources accounting is mainstreamed in development planning and national economic accounting.  

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