Africa

UNGA Agrees on Inclusive Participation at Habitat III [viewed]

hiii23 December 2015: The Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be “the most inclusive [Conference] ever organized by the UN,” according to the Conference secretariat, following the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) adoption of the modalities of work for Habitat III. The text approves rules of procedure for the Conference and arrangements for accreditation and participation of major groups and other stakeholders, including recognition of the participation of local authorities. The Assembly also encourages Member States to conclude negotiations on the Conference outcome by July 2016, at the Preparatory Committee's third session.

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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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December 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy2015January 2016: During the month of December, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Caribbean Development Bank (CBD), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. ADB and EIB released reports on financing and deploying clean energy.

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Event: 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG). The meeting will be preceded by the resumed OEWG-38 session, which will take place on 8 October.  

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Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Takes Stock of Paris Outcome [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University22 December 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services (IISD RS) has released the final French language bulletin in a series that focused on the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which convened in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The seventh bulletin takes stock of the Paris Agreement and accompanying COP decision.

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December 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

December 2015 Climate Finance Update21 December 2015: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others, reported on new financing pledges and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and UN initiatives launched studies, reports and briefs on, inter alia, climate risks and resilience, and adaptation finance. A large number of climate finance-related side events were held during the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans [viewed]

becausetheocean10 December 2015: At the Paris Climate Change Conference, 22 countries supported the 'Because the Ocean' Declaration and agreed to work towards three objectives to advance action on climate change, oceans and sustainable development.

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HDR 2015 Calls for Broader Concept of Work [viewed]

hdr14 December 2015: Achieving sustainable development will mean changes for the global workforce, according to the 2015 Human Development Report (HDR) report, which focuses on the theme 'Work for Human Development.' The report recommends a broad view of work that includes creative, unpaid care and voluntary work, in order to harness benefits for sustainable development.

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