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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Urban Food Systems Affect Almost All 17 SDGs: EATx UNGA 2016 [viewed]

eatX201620 September 2016: A high-level event on nutritional challenges in urban settings illuminated challenges with urban food systems, and linkages with racial and economic injustice, advertising, climate change, and rural communities. Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, who moderated the panel discussion during the event, said sustainable urban food systems are a sine qua non for the 2030 Agenda, and without them the world will not be able to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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UNECE Presents Regional Input to Habitat III [viewed]

unece_hiii13 September 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has presented the Habitat III Regional Report for the UNECE region, which will be submitted as the official input from the pan-European region to the New Urban Agenda, the outcome of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

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Event: 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly [viewed]

The Arctic Circle is the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, attended by more than 2000 participants from 50 countries. The Assembly is held every October at the Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will attend the 2016 Arctic Circle Assembly and deliver a keynote speech.  

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IFAD Report: Inclusive Rural Development Key to Achieving SDGs [viewed]

IFAD14 September 2016: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the 2016 issue of the Rural Development Report, which analyzes lessons learned from IFAD's experiences in fostering inclusive rural transformation in over 60 countries across the world. The report, sub-titled 'Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation,' highlights how such a transformation can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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Global Green Growth Week 2016 Highlights Inclusive Growth, Financing, Renewables [viewed]

page_ggg_ggplatform9 September 2016: More than 1,200 participants gathered for the 2016 Global Green Growth Week (GGGWeek2016) to discuss the challenges of promoting growth that is socially inclusive, assessing renewable energy infrastructure projects, and channeling finance towards green growth objectives. Organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the Week included the fourth annual conference of the Global Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) and the Global Green Growth Summit.

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Mitigation Update: Pricing Emissions in Focus, Climate Pledges Go Personal [viewed]

ieta_eea_adb_icao_imo_vatican9 September 2016: Over the last couple of weeks, a number of events, initiatives and publications have highlighted the role of market mechanisms in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other pollutants. In addition, both Pope Francis and the UNFCCC Secretariat are encouraging climate action on an individual level.

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G20 Green Finance Study Group Presents Findings [viewed]

g20-20165 September 2016: Green finance has garnered the attention of the Group of Twenty (G20), as the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) was established under the 2016 Chinese Presidency. The GFSG released its 'G20 Green Finance Synthesis Report' at the G20 Summit, and, for the first time, the Summit's annual communiqué references the importance of green finance.

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