Event: Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture [viewed]

This event will address the theme, 'Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture: A High-Level Forum on Jurisdictional Leadership for Climate-Positive Land Use'. It is being organized to foster a shared understanding on effective approaches to realizing jurisdictional sustainability among national and subnational governments, the donor community, the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs). Participants will explore issues related to jurisdictional programmes, including the importance of sustainable land use for achieving development, climate and inclusive growth goals, and how domestic policy priorities, corporate supply chain commitments and international support reinforce each other and accelerate the transition towards sustainable land use. This forum, which is taking place as part of Climate Week NYC, is being organized by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, in partnership with The Consumer Goods Forum, the Earth Innovation Institute, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Forest Trends and The Nature Conservancy. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a public-private partnership where partners take voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities, such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.  

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Event: Sustainable Investment Forum [viewed]

The Sustainable Investment Forum will bring together approximately 300 participants from national and regional governments, international finance and the private sector to advance dialogue on effective public-private funding mechanisms for scaling up low-carbon innovation and green finance opportunities necessary to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement. Topics to be addressed include: measuring and standardizing climate disclosure; developing climate-friendly investment portfolios; low-carbon investment in emerging regions; private sector innovation for low-carbon growth; and cities and regions as drivers of change. The event is being organized by Climate Action as part of Climate Week NYC, taking place from 19-25 September 2016. Climate Action builds partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development and advance a green economy, and was established in 2007.  

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Event: The 1.5°C temperature limit – A better climate for growth, development and food security [viewed]

This event, organized by Climate Analytics, will discuss the strong potential for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement to mutually reinforce each other's ambition and results. It will provide insight into how delivering on the 1.5°C limit will not only avoid severe risks and damages, especially to the most vulnerable, but will contribute to global prosperity through enhanced food security, energy independence, health and well-being, livelihoods and resilience. The event is convening during Climate Week NYC, which is taking place from 19-25 September 2016. Climate Analytics, which was founded in 2008, brings together interdisciplinary expertise in the scientific and policy aspects of climate change to synthesize and advance scientific knowledge on climate change in order to provide support and capacity building to stakeholders.  

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Event: Climate Week NYC [viewed]

Climate Week NYC will bring together business and government leaders to continue the transition toward net zero emissions, through sharing a vision of a strong, low carbon economy, which requires innovation, a clean energy revolution and finance mechanisms. The annual event, which is convened by The Climate Group, will take place from 19-25 September 2016, in New York, US, during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The opening ceremony, titled 'America Means Business: US Leadership in a Post-Paris World,' will focus on climate leadership in the 21st century, technology and innovation, and the clean energy transition. Climate Week NYC's “signature” event, 'Securing a Paris Dividend: Leadership and innovation for a strong, sustainable economy,' will include keynote addresses from: John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change; Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President. More than 30 affiliated events, including government panel discussions, workshops, academic seminars, exhibitions and artistic productions, will take place throughout the week. Events will focus on, inter alia: the role of corporate campaigns in the changing global energy landscape towards renewable energy; climate neutrality; climate finance; catalyzing climate change innovation through charitable and impact investment; the role of green bonds in public finance; energy storage; sustainable investment; urban innovation for livable cities; innovative approaches for scaling up climate-smart agriculture; climate action and sustainable land use in forestry and agriculture; and transformative low-carbon scenarios and risk implications for fossil fuel demand. Carbon Forum North America and a US-Canada Renewable Energy Roundtable will also convene, as will the UN Private Sector Forum, which will focus on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Climate Group, which was founded in 2004, works with business and government to promote clean technologies and policies, in order to expand clean technology markets and reducing emissions.  

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August 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness, Simplified Access to Finance in the Spotlight; Caribbean Disaster Resilience and Relief Gets Support [viewed]

august_climte_update30 August 2016: During the month of August, the focus of multilateral climate financing activities turned to the South, with a number of high-level meetings and technical workshops focusing on access, readiness and the special circumstances of vulnerable developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed its first disbursement agreement and the Adaptation Fund reported a record level of requested support.

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Investors Call on G20 Leaders to Ratify Paris Agreement, Price Carbon, Disclose Climate Risks [viewed]

investorsonclimatechange24 August 2016: A coalition of six organizations representing 130 investors wrote a letter to the Heads of State of the Group of Twenty (G20), offering six recommendations on how to catalyze the investments needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The signatories call on the G20 Governments to ratify the Paris Agreement, double investment in clean energy, tighten climate disclosure mandate, provide meaningful carbon pricing and phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

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Bahamas Ratifies Paris Agreement [viewed]

bahamas22 August 2016: The Government of the Bahamas deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 22 August. This latest ratification brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval to the Agreement to 23. In total, these countries represent 1.08% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Event: Second Climate Change Summit of the Americas [viewed]

The Second Climate Change Summit of the Americas is being organized by the Government of Jalisco through the Ministry of Environment and Territorial Development of Mexico. It will bring together sub-national governments that make up the American continent with the aim of following up on the new challenges presented by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Participants will include Governors, Ministers and other dignitaries and representatives from several countries in Latin America and the rest of the world, who will have the opportunity to share their experiences and seek cooperation to implement the agreements reached.  

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Event: The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics [viewed]

The Hugo Conference will focus on the interactions between environmental changes and migration, and is funded through the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). The conference, organized by the University of Liège, is named after the late Graeme Hugo (1946-2015), a pioneering scholar of the linkages between environmental changes and migration. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners from social sciences and environmental sciences, and promote their scholarly interaction. Topics to be addressed include: the social dimensions of vulnerability; immobility and trapped populations; land issues; borders and security; disasters and evacuations; environmental and climate data for the study of migration; climate science, models and tipping points; and legal and policy perspectives. Keynote speakers include: Eric Lambin of Stanford University, recipient of the Volvo Prize in 2014; Barbara Harrell-Bond of Oxford University; and Bill McKibben of 350.org. The event will also mark the launch of two research initiatives: the creation of The Hugo Observatory at the University of Liège, Belgium, a research structure dedicated specifically to the study of environmental changes and migration; and establishment of an international scholarly association for the study of environmental migration. The last day for registration is 21 October 2016.  

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Final Reports on Developed Countries' Kyoto Protocol Compliance, 2014 GHG Emissions Released [viewed]

UNFCCC25 August 2016: During the month of August, the UNFCCC Secretariat released a compilation of developed country Parties' greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on their latest inventory submissions for 2014, as well as the final compliance reports for the first commitment period (CP1), 2008-2012, of the Kyoto Protocol. In addition, a number of updates on national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including status reports on GHG inventories and the reports of the technical review of second Biennial Report (BR2) submissions, were published.

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