Sustainable Development

Climate Vulnerable Forum Inaugurates South-South Centre, Ethiopian Presidency [viewed]

cvf15 August 2016: Addressing the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) for the first time in his capacity as Chair, Shiferaw Teklemariam Menbacho, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change of Ethiopia, stressed that the 43 highly vulnerable member countries of the CVF strive to develop their economies, yet "continue to be faced with serious, devastating and unforeseeable challenges" that hinder progress toward "inclusive and sustainable development."

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Event: Informal Negotiations on Habitat III Outcome Document [viewed]

Informal negotiations on the 'Surabaya Draft of New Urban Agenda' will take place in September 2016. The current draft is the result of the negotiations at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the Habitat III Conference (PrepCom 3), held in Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25–27 July 2016. Habitat III is expected to adopt the New Urban Agenda in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.  

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Event: PAGE High-level Policy Dialogue [viewed]

The Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) will hold a High-level Policy Dialogue, with a focus on job creation and social inclusion, in the context of climate change and resource scarcity. The context for this discussion is the International Labour Organization's (ILO) Future of Work Initiative, and the recently adopted ILO Guidelines for a Just Transition. The Dialogue is expected to contribute to the identification of policy instruments and practical tools to help countries at all levels of development manage the transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient economies, in line with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Dialogue will inaugurate PAGE's second global Academy on the Green Economy, from 3-15 October.  

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Event: World Green Economy Summit (WGES) 2016 [viewed]

The third annual World Green Economy Summit (WGES) will focus on the theme, 'Driving the Global Green Economy'. The WGES is an initiative by the Dubai Electricity & Water Authority and is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President Prime Minister of UAE and The Ruler of Dubai and the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, in cooperation with World Climate Ltd and WETEX. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are institutional partners for WGES 2016. The programme will incorporate plenary sessions, breakout sessions and a expert-led presentations, addressing topics including: Green Finance; Solar Energy; Transforming cities through happy citizens; Post Paris Agreement on climate change / Road to UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech; Thought Leadership for the Green Economy; and Public Private Partnerships.  

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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NGOs Make Recommendations for Future HLPF Sessions, Early SDG Action [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)2 August 2016: Recommendations for future sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) are among the highlights of civil society input and action in recent weeks. They have also offered views and tools on financing for the UN Development System (UNDS), institutional gaps in the UNDS, integrated action to address climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) makes a case for early action to achieve the SDGs, both generally and in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Event: September 2016 CCAC Working Group Meeting [viewed]

This Working Group Meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) will convene at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 20-21 September 2016. The focus of this Working Group meeting will be on learning more about the progress and impact of the CCAC initiatives through interactive sessions. It will also involve discussion and agreement on changes to the CCAC partnership and governance following the work of the Task Team, including changes to streamline the funding process. Preparations for the High Level Assembly (HLA) in Marrakesh, Morocco, on the margins of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC will also be discussed.  

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Policy Update #35: Monthly Forecast: August 2016 [viewed]

The month of August will involve fewer face-to-face meetings than the first half of the year, as the UN transitions from one working session to the next. Preparations will be underway, however, for a number of key events that will take place during the final quarter of 2016.

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Kigali Declaration Increases Forest Landscape Restoration Commitments in Africa [viewed]

rwanda_eac_iucn27 July 2016: Thirteen African country representatives and stakeholders participating in the 'Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable' adopted the 'Kigali Declaration on Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa,' which reaffirms and increases commitments to the Bonn Challenge, an initiative aiming to restore 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030 through forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities.

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UNDP-PEI Outlines Triple Vision of Zero Poverty, Net Climate Emissions and Losses of Net Assets [viewed]

un_pei13 July 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change offer a policy mandate and opportunities to achieve zero extreme poverty, zero net climate emissions and zero losses of natural assets, according to a paper by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) and the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP). The paper reviews trends that impact this 'triple vision' of getting to zero, discusses challenges that impact getting to zero, and proposes four actions and next steps on getting to zero.

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