Northern America

UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment [viewed]

oewg3725 July 2016: Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38).

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National Leaders, Governments Send Mix of Signals on Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

Paris Agreement Implementation18 July 2016: As focus turns towards national implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, The Elders released a statement calling on governments to act in accordance with the Agreement's vision. The 'Elders Statement on Climate Change' was released in the context of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which met from 11-20 July 2016, in New York, US, to review national action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A number of recent news items on national climate action have implications for both the Paris Agreement and SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Mitigation Update: Southeast Asian Forest, European Transport Emissions Increasing, Cities and Businesses Scale-up Action [viewed]

july_mitigation_update4 July 2016: According to expert participants at a workshop in Paris, France, on 21 June, opportunities posed by solutions that cut across multiple energy end-use sectors are key to redefining climate ambition under the Paris Agreement's objective to keep global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and aiming at 1.5°C. This Mitigation Update highlights recently-published information on emissions and solutions, as well as numerous events related to mitigation, in a variety of key sectors, such as forests, transport, cities, private companies and finance.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Developed Countries' Reviews Released, GEF Approves Trust Fund for CBIT [viewed]

Transparency and Compliance Update1 July 2016: In the last month, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released updates regarding national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, reports of the technical review of Biennial Report (BR) submissions, and the summary report on the technical analysis of Andorra's first Biennial Update Report (BUR). Also in June, the Enforcement Branch took up questions of implementation with respect to Ukraine under the Kyoto Protocol, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) approved a financial initiative and trust fund for the Paris Agreement's Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

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G20, IEA, IRENA Examine Progress Toward Clean Energy Supply [viewed]

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30 June 2016: Meeting on 29-30 June, in Beijing, China, the Group of Twenty (G20) energy ministers focused on the expansion of energy access, alternative energy sources and energy efficiency. Just prior to the ministerial meeting, on 28 June, the third meeting of the G20's Energy Sustainability Working Group also convened.

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Canada, US, Mexico Forge North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership [viewed]

canada_mexico_unitedsates29 June 2016: The leaders of Canada, the US and Mexico have released a joint statement on a 'North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership,' which aims to ensure a “competitive, low-carbon and sustainable” North America and includes the goal of achieving 50% clean power generation by 2025. During the North American Leaders' Summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, US President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed to align climate and energy policies in order to protect human health and help "level the playing field for our businesses, households, and workers."

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UN Global Compact Summit Calls for Business Leadership on SDGs [viewed]

Globalcompact23 June 2016: Participants at the UN Global Compact's 2016 Leaders Summit discussed how to reach a new era of sustainability with responsible business practices, innovation, targeted investment and transformative partnerships. The Compact presented its priorities for the next five years, which include impact reporting and partnerships between the UN and business.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

UNFCCC - GEF - UNITAR18 June 2016: The 44th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) were held in Bonn, Germany, from 16-26 May 2016. The sessions presented the first opportunity for Parties to consider Paris mandates on capacity building and technology development and transfer, including the terms of reference (ToR) for the Paris Committee on Capacity-building, the Paris Agreement's technology framework, and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism in the context of how it serves the Paris Agreement.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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