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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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Strategic Alignment Group Maps UNGA Agenda with SDG Targets [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial21 July 2016: A group of five Permanent Representatives has issued a "mapping assessment" for reducing overlap between the UN General Assembly (UNGA) agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and enhancing their synergy and coherence. Their report, submitted to UNGA President Mogens Lykketoft, assesses how the targets of each Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) are substantively addressed by the UNGA's agenda, the agendas of the UNGA Committees, and the agendas of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and its Commissions.

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Event: Climate Vulnerable Forum Leadership Events [viewed]

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to a warming planet. The Forum serves as a South-South cooperation platform for participating governments to act together to deal with global climate change. Leaders and Senior Officials of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) will meet in the Philippines in a series of events concluding the Philippine presidency of the body, which commenced in January 2015. Ethiopia will assume the Forum's Chair on 15 August 2016, at the conclusion of a High Level Policy Forum at the Philippine Senate. Other activities will include: an Inaugural Seminar and Lectures, of the newly-created CVF South-South Centre of excellence for climate information and services to be based in Philippines; and a Seminar, titled “Climate Diplomacy, Leadership and Negotiations,” from 11-14 August 2016, which will focus on enhancing the capacity of the CVF to collaborate and advance the collective agenda of countries highly vulnerable to climate change at international and domestic levels. The High Level Policy Forum will be hosted by the Philippine Senate and the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines. The CVF is made up of 43 member developing countries from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific, and includes various small island developing States (SIDS).  

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Mitigation Update: Cities Intensify Climate Action; IMO, ICAO Take Steps to Enable Mitigation Policies [viewed]

cdp_unfccc_imo_icao_mrv4 August 2016: The year 2015 has been confirmed as the hottest on record since at least the mid-to-late 1800s, according to the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The 'State of the Climate in 2015' report published in the Bulletin of the AMS notes the combined effect of long-term global warming and a very strong El Niño effect, and reports record-high sea levels, upper ocean heat content, global sea surface temperatures, global surface temperatures, and major greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations.

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Peru, Cameroon, Democratic People's Republic of Korea Ratify Paris Agreement [viewed]

peru_cameroon_korea 3 August 2016: The Governments of Peru, Cameroon and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 25 July, 29 July and 2 August, respectively. With these three ratifications, a total of 22 Parties to the UNFCCC have ratified the Agreement, representing 1.08% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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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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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Boost African, Asian Energy Access and Building, Lighting Efficiency [viewed]

sustainable_energy_update1 August 2016: During the month of July, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released data demonstrating the growing market share of renewable energy, which has reached 13.8% of the world's primary energy supply and nearly a quarter of electricity production. Over the course of July, significant public investments in energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency were announced, with financing for energy access largely focused on Asia and Africa, while renewable energy investments tended to be in Europe. The energy efficiency initiatives announced focused on the building and lighting sectors in a variety of countries.

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Multilateral Initiatives Advance Renewable Energy, Efficiency in the Caribbean, Asia [viewed]

cbd_ifc_irena_iea_unido28 July 2016: A number of capacity-building projects, including workshops and a new center in Asia, have been announced and are geared toward helping developing countries adopt and standardize energy efficiency measures and expand the reach of renewable energy. Recently published reports also have the potential to serve as resources for several countries as they move toward a cleaner energy future. These initiatives, as emphasized by their sponsors, are important for achieving the climate objectives in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG) related to clean energy and energy access.

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July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up [viewed]

july2016_finance1 August 2016: During the month of July, a number of high-level meetings highlighted the need for enhanced focus on climate finance. Resilience and disaster recovery projects in Asia and Africa received new financing. Climate funds launched calls for readiness and private sector support projects, and a number of entities reported on lessons learned from climate finance in agriculture, forests, gender mainstreaming and regional resilience investment planning.

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G20 Finance Ministers Recognize Role of Green Investment for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

g20-201625 July 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' July meeting addressed green and climate finance. During the meeting, the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and Climate Finance Study Group (CFSG) presented their reports. In their final communiqué, the Ministers and Governors recognize the need to scale up green financing and express interest in promoting voluntary principles for green finance.

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