Africa

African Ambassadors Prepare for COP 22 [viewed]

afdb_uneca_cop2231 August 2016: An information session for African ambassadors based in Morocco convened in preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. The session sought to prepare African countries to participate in the COP, support efforts to coordinate participation among countries and discuss the stakes for Africa. The session was organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in partnership with the COP 22 Steering Committee.

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G20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitments to Climate, Sustainable Development, Clean Energy, Green Finance [viewed]

g20-20165 September 2016: As leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) gathered for their 11th Summit in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September, there was no shortage of pressure from non-state actors for the Group to place climate change and related issues prominently on the agenda. The outcomes from the Summit indicate that these issues were central to many of the discussions, but the final commitments did not go as far as some had hoped.

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Stockholm World Water Week Highlights Water as Enabler of Sustainable Development [viewed]

SIWI2 September 2016: World Water Week took place in Stockholm, Sweden on the theme of 'Water for Sustainable Growth.' It focused especially on local and city-level implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on Clean Water and Sanitation.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost [viewed]

Sustainable_energy_finance1 September 2016: The month of August saw several financing announcements that, instead of focusing on a single project, will support many aspects of the energy sector in several countries, in the context of economic and infrastructure development. In addition, this Update reports on various initiatives that will support the expansion of off-grid energy access, “green” the public transport sector and increase industrial efficiency. It also includes a new 'Go-To Resources' section, which lists newly-released sources of information related to sustainable energy project development.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: COP 22 Preparations Pick Up Speed; Regions Enhance DRM Cooperation [viewed]

unisdrs_unfccc_pifs1 September 2016: With the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016, less than three months away, preparations are underway. The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of meeting documents, and Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The outcomes of several upcoming September meetings will also feed into the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference.

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Event: Adaptation Fund Climate Finance Readiness Workshop for MENA Countries [viewed]

A climate finance readiness workshop for countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, organized by the Adaptation Fund and co-sponsored by the Moroccan Agency for Development of Agriculture (ADA), will take place from 6-8 September, in Rabat, Morocco. Participants from more than a dozen MENA countries, including the Fund's accredited National, Regional and Multilateral Implementing Entities (NIEs, RIEs and MIEs), are expected to attend. The workshop will include presentations on: the Adaptation Fund's Direct Access modality, including examples of best practices in accreditation procedures and project development processes; the Fund's gender, environmental and social policies; and the Fund's Readiness Programme for Climate Finance. Participants will also discuss adaptation challenges and priorities for Morocco and the MENA region.  

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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CSOs Reflect on Education-Related SDGs, National Development Strategies, Resilience [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)31 August 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) and other non-government actors have highlighted the contributions of libraries to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared lessons on how political context can shape the achievement of education-related SDGs, reflected on a national sustainable development strategy in Egypt, and released a resilience framework.

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UNU Warns Inadequate Infrastructure Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU25 August 2016: Inadequate infrastructure and weak logistic chains increase the risk that an extreme natural event, such as an earthquake or flood, will become a disaster, according to the 'WorldRiskReport 2016.' The report, published by the UN University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and Bündnis Entwicklung Hilft – Gemeinsam für Menschen in Not e.V., analyzes the role of infrastructure and logistics in determining a country's disaster risk.

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Event: Climate Week NYC [viewed]

Climate Week NYC will bring together business and government leaders to continue the transition toward net zero emissions, through sharing a vision of a strong, low carbon economy, which requires innovation, a clean energy revolution and finance mechanisms. The annual event, which is convened by The Climate Group, will take place from 19-25 September 2016, in New York, US, during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The opening ceremony, titled 'America Means Business: US Leadership in a Post-Paris World,' will focus on climate leadership in the 21st century, technology and innovation, and the clean energy transition. Climate Week NYC's “signature” event, 'Securing a Paris Dividend: Leadership and innovation for a strong, sustainable economy,' will include keynote addresses from: John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change; Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President. More than 30 affiliated events, including government panel discussions, workshops, academic seminars, exhibitions and artistic productions, will take place throughout the week. Events will focus on, inter alia: the role of corporate campaigns in the changing global energy landscape towards renewable energy; climate neutrality; climate finance; catalyzing climate change innovation through charitable and impact investment; the role of green bonds in public finance; energy storage; sustainable investment; urban innovation for livable cities; innovative approaches for scaling up climate-smart agriculture; climate action and sustainable land use in forestry and agriculture; and transformative low-carbon scenarios and risk implications for fossil fuel demand. Carbon Forum North America and a US-Canada Renewable Energy Roundtable will also convene, as will the UN Private Sector Forum, which will focus on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Climate Group, which was founded in 2004, works with business and government to promote clean technologies and policies, in order to expand clean technology markets and reducing emissions.  

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