Event: Africa Carbon Forum 2016 [viewed]

The Eight Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will inform participants on the latest investment, finance and development opportunities relating to climate change. Issues for discussion include: opportunities for Africa in a post-Paris global landscape; policy options and opportunities for transformational development in the region presented by Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); innovative projects, programmes and investment opportunities for climate-resilient development, such as the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative and African Initiative on Adaptation and Loss and Damage; sources of climate finance and how to access them, including market-based approaches to sustainable development; results-based financing; and cooperative initiatives under the Nairobi Framework (NF) Partnership, which aims to improve the level of participation of developing countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa, in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The ACF is organized by the Nairobi Framework partners, including the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) along with the UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank and the African Development Bank (AfDB). The Forum will bring together climate change focal points, project developers and policymakers, as well as representatives from financial institutions, CDM Designated National Authorities (DNAs), the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multilateral agencies, the media and other stakeholders.  

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Africa Regional Meeting Sets Urbanization Priorities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

h329 February 2016: Participants at the Africa Regional Meeting for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) identified priorities for sustainable urban development in the coming decades, with a focus on regional urbanization to strengthen transitions and improve existing conditions. The conference resulted in the Abuja Declaration for Habitat III, titled 'Africa's Priorities for the New Urban Agenda.' Habitat III will convene in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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IPBES Approves Assessments on Pollinators, Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes428 February 2016: The Fourth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) approved summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the Platform's first assessments on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production, and on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Delegates also launched several new assessments and elected Robert Watson (UK) as the Platform's new Chair.

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Business Highlights Opportunities, Challenges Posed by SDGs [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)February 2016: The private sector is identifying opportunities to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to recent publications and blogs. Business groups and other researchers have highlighted sustainability trends that will affect the private sector, addressing key areas for corporate leadership in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change; the role of the mobile communications industry; concerns about the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism's (TFM) engagement with business; infrastructure financing; and a campaign to identify ‘SDG Pioneers.'

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February 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

february2016_energy1 March 2016: During the month of February, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and the World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and EIB released publications related to finance and the clean energy sector, and AfDB, EBRD and the World Bank reported on events highlighting sustainable energy solutions.

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Event: G20 Energy Ministers Meeting [viewed]

The Energy Ministers Meeting under the Group of 20 (G20) Chinese Presidency will take place from 29-30 June, in Beijing, China. Sustainable energy issues on the Chinese Presidency's agenda include advancing the implementation of the G20 Principles of Energy Collaboration and strengthening cooperation on energy access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It includes the European Union (EU), which is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

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Policy Update #30: The UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning Model: A Foundation for Fulfilling Post-2015 Commitments? [viewed]

Part II: Supporting Implementation of the Paris Agreement.

When considering some of the key features of the Paris Agreement that was adopted by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, in December 2015, it is striking how well-suited the UNFCCC's existing national adaptation framework, described in Part I of this Policy Update, is to serving the Paris Agreement. Among these features are a global adaptation goal and the bottom-up, country-driven and forward-looking nature of contributions.

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February 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

february-climate-finance201629 February 2016: During the month of February, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank, among others, reported on new funding and other climate finance news in the areas of, inter alia, climate and disaster risk reduction (DRR), smart cities, green bonds, and technology transfer and development. The Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), EIB, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Adaptation Fund released publications.

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January-February 2016 Transparency Update [viewed]

UNFCCC29 February 2016: A number of reports have been published by the UNFCCC Secretariat in accordance with the current transparency system of the UNFCCC. These include a status report on Japan's annual greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, two multilateral assessment (MA) summary reports, and eight summary reports on the technical analysis of the first Biennial Update Reports (BURs). In addition, several events took place, including a review period focused on Annex I Parties' Kyoto Protocol compliance and a meeting and workshop focused on capacity building for non-Annex I Parties' reporting.

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Guest Article #140: Potential Effects of Climate Change on Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases: FAO's Response and Contributions [viewed]

Approximately one-third of global crop production is lost every year to plant insects and diseases, including migratory insects and diseases, referred to as transboundary plant pests, which spread to a number of countries and can reach epidemic proportions in which control and management require cooperation between those countries. Climate change is expected to affect, where crops are cultivated, the distribution of plant pests, the introduction of new pests, the frequency of major pest outbreaks, and the risk of pesticide residues in food.

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