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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Urban Resilience, DRR Enter the Limelight; Potentially Irreversible Harm Exposed [viewed]

adaptation_loss_damage 4 May 2016: The first target under Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) is to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Much of the news on adaptation and loss and damage coming out of the month of April contributed to the implementation of this target, including projects promoting climate resilience in urban and rural settings, and resilience in the field of agriculture.

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Seychelles, Gambia Sign Paris Agreement, Doha Amendment Reaches 65 Ratifications [viewed]

UNFCCC3 May 2016: Seychelles and the Gambia signed the Paris Agreement on 25 and 26 April respectively, signaling their intent to ratify the Agreement and their political will to implement it. These two signatures follow 175 that were garnered on 22 April at a High-Level Signing Ceremony hosted on the day the Agreement opened for signature.

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables [viewed]

energy_finance1 May 2016: Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, the

seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed last year, starts with access to finance. Looking at the sustainable energy finance news coming out of April, a number of initiatives went beyond simply funding projects. They also built the capacity of developing country governments and companies to develop energy efficiency, energy access and renewables projects that will qualify for finance. Similarly, many of the finance flows were intended to make projects more attractive to private sector investments, compounding the impact of public funds.

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Mitigation Update: Saudi Arabia Adopts Vision 2030; Transport Goes Emissions-Free [viewed]

mitigation_update28 April 2016: Recent news offers a glimpse of what the world might look like beyond fossil fuels. Saudi Arabia has announced a new strategy for its economy that aims at diversifying away from hydrocarbons, France is planning to set a price floor for carbon emissions, and emissions-free aviation is looking closer to reality. Transport on the ground is also going emissions-free in various parts of Europe.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released [viewed]

unfccc_fao2 May 2016: How does one ensure Parties are fulfilling their climate change commitments? The answer is a transparency and compliance regime. Transparency is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, documents issued by the UNFCCC Secretariat put Australia, Liechtenstein and New Zealand under the microscope, along with 17 developed countries that participated in the true-up period of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period (CP1). A number of activities related to transparency for developing countries also took place.

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight [viewed]

climate_finance_april_20161 May 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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Policy Update #32: Monthly Forecast: May 2016 [viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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ESCAP Toolkit Builds Capacity for Flood Forecasting and Early Warning [viewed]

un_rimes25 April 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has launched a toolkit to help flood management practitioners in transboundary river basins improve their flood forecasting and early warning capabilities, drawing on real-time satellite data and flood modeling techniques.

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IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

icp_fao20 April 2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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