Southwest Pacific

HLPF Considers National Monitoring, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

hlpf201615 July 2016: Everyone is responsible for implementing the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, participants stressed throughout the first week of discussions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Key messages emerging from these discussions highlighted social inclusion as critical for sustainable development, and the importance of addressing inclusion in education, labor and political institutions and policies.

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

GEO6July 2016: Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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Governments, Stakeholders Discuss Alignment of SDGs and Paris Agreement [viewed]

can_unngls_wri_aid13 July 2016: At a side event during the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), representatives of governments, civil society and academia discussed ways to integrate climate change and sustainable development planning, by looking at both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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In FY16, World Bank Provides Over US$61 Billion [viewed]

world_bank_new12 July 2016: The World Bank Group's (World Bank) commitments rose to over US$61 billion in loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to countries and private businesses in fiscal year 2016 (FY16), according to a World Bank press release. This financing includes support for climate change and a continued focus on sub-Saharan Africa, which remains a top priority with commitments to countries reaching US$12.5 billion in FY16.

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UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness [viewed]

United Nations12 July 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft held a Townhall event for candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General to discuss their vision. The event was globally televised live by Al Jazeera Media Network. Ten of the 12 current candidates participated, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the UN, and taking questions from UN Member States and the public, both from the floor and via video.

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Event: Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016 [viewed]

The Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016 will focus on two workstreams: emissions markets and carbon pricing, and climate finance and investment. It will address such themes as: carbon markets for climate change mitigation, particularly regarding how co-benefits from climate action can build resilience; finance and climate-friendly policies delivering on sustainable development, as part of countries' Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement; how to align existing and new carbon markets and mechanisms in the region with the Paris Agreement; NDC implementation through market and non-market based approaches; and acceleration of climate action on the ground. The Forum, which is the region's leading annual event for climate finance, carbon markets and low carbon technologies, will bring together representatives of business, finance and government and is being held as part of Global Green Growth Week 2016. It is being jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).  

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June 2016 Climate Finance Update: Funds Meet, Non-state Actor Engagement Accelerates [viewed]

june20165 July 2016: This issue of the Climate Finance Update features recent global and regional news on climate finance activities by a variety of intergovernmental actors. Several climate funds met in June to make decisions on strategy and funding. A number of disaster recovery and resilience projects received funding in Asia and Africa. The World Bank highlighted developments in carbon pricing, and some concrete measures were taken to increase the engagement of non-state actors in climate financing.

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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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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: World Bank and India Team Up on Solar, US$1 Billion Pledged for Sustainable Energy in Pacific [viewed]

sustainable_energy_finance1 July 2016: The New Energy Outlook 2016, a long-term forecast published in June by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), predicts that coal and gas prices will remain lower than expected. However, with wind and solar costs anticipated to dip relatively lower, the Outlook assures that a fundamental transformation toward renewables is still in the works, with US$7.8 trillion in clean energy investments projected from 2016-2040.

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