Africa

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee and LDC Expert Group Begin Work under Paris Mandate, Climate Change Adaptation, DRR and Sustainable Development Interlinkages Come to the Fore [viewed]

unfccc_unu_undp_une-_wcmc9 April 2016: Alongside the long-term goal of limiting temperature increase to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100, the Paris Agreement on climate change includes a long-term adaptation goal, namely that of "enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response in the context of the temperature goal." Furthermore, the vast majority of national climate plans submitted in advance of Paris (or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)) included descriptions of countries' adaptation goals, priorities, actions and needs. This Adaptation Update is the first in a series that aims to track the implementation of the adaptation component of these INDCs, and progress towards the long-term adaptation goal of the Paris Agreement. The activities reported in this Update also contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), as well as SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere), SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and SDG 10 (Reduce inequality within and among countries).

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Implementation Update: Momentum Builds Ahead of Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony [viewed]

UNFCCC8 April 2016: This Implementation Update report summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties related to the fulfillment of their commitments, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent news includes actions taken by the UNFCCC Secretariat to support implementation, announcements by Parties of their intention to sign or ratify the Paris Agreement, and efforts by Canada, the US and Thailand aimed at accelerating climate action.

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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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BASIC Countries Discuss Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

brazil_southafrica_india_china7 April 2016: At the conclusion of their 22nd Meeting on Climate Change, Ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC countries) issued a joint statement, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016 during the High-Level Signature Ceremony convened by the UN Secretary-General and to initiate domestic processes for ratification, acceptance or approval as soon as possible.

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African Ministers Call for Integrated Monitoring of SDGs, Agenda 2063 [viewed]

UNECA AU5 April 2016: African ministers reaffirmed the importance of aligning Africa's Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including in national development plans, at the Ninth Joint Annual African Union (AU) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The meeting adopted 17 resolutions that support Africa's implementation of the SDGs.

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March 2016 Climate Finance Update: Fund Boards Meet, Carbon Markets Under the Spotlight [viewed]

march2016_climate_finance7 April 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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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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ACP Countries Set to Adopt Climate Action Plan [viewed]

ACP logo23 March 2016: Following a two-day special meeting on the outcomes of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, the Sub-Committee on Sustainable Development of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States agreed on a draft Action Plan for the ACP 79 members for the 2016-2020 period, aiming to strengthen the global climate response in the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction efforts.

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Indian Ocean Commission Develops Climate Change Adaptation Plan [viewed]

IOC29 March 2016: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), under the guidance of its member States, has announced its upcoming adoption of an action plan for operationalizing its regional adaptation strategy from 2016-2020, pointing to the climate change vulnerabilities of the southwest Indian Ocean island States. The plan will aim to identify the specific vulnerabilities of member States, support them in their adaptation actions and realize the measures set forth in their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC.

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UNEP Reports World Record in Renewable Energy Investments [viewed]

global_trends_rei24 March 2016: A UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, titled 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2016' (GTR), finds that global investments in renewables in 2015 hit a new record high at US$286 billion and that, for the first time, investments in renewables in developing countries topped those of developed countries.

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