Near East

Global Governance Group, ASEAN Ministers Focus on Development, Climate Agreements [viewed]

g20_asean22 September 2016: The UN Global Governance Group (3G) has called on the Group of 20 (G-20) to make low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure development a cornerstone of its future work, to ensure that international climate targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be fully achieved. The 3G is an informal grouping of smaller and medium-sized UN Member States.

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight [viewed]

unfccc_gcf_ndf_af_adb_unepdtu26 September 2016: During the month of September, climate finance was highlighted at the highest level, during the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit and the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71). Readiness and access support received a major boost through the establishment of two major initiatives, underpinned by millions of US$ in funding. The UNFCCC released several reports in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Studies by an investor coalition and a regional development bank explored climate risk in investments and stranded assets.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force [viewed]

paris_agreement21 September 2016: At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force.

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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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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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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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