Event: World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016 [viewed]

This year's World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will take place under the slogan 'Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People'. The global observance event will take place in Beijing, China, and will be hosted by the State Forestry Administration of China. The event will showcase China's new development strategy, 'The Belt and Road,' which aims to strengthen cooperation to combat desertification and land degradation, primarily in Eurasia. During the celebrations, China will launch the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action to Combating Desertification Initiative' together with interested countries and stakeholders. WDCD 2016 activities will also seek to demonstrate how the target of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) can be a critical element for achieving other sustainable development as well as climate goals.  

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CIAT Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Beans in Central America [viewed]

ciat_ccafs8 February 2016: Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), have published a study, titled 'Assessing high-impact spots of climate change: spatial yield simulations with Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) model.' The study evaluates the effects of climate change on bean production in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, concluding that future climate change may threaten the production of drybeans.

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Policy Update #29: The UNFCCC National Adaptation Planning Model: A Foundation for Fulfilling Post-2015 Commitments? [viewed]

Part I: Supporting Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 13.1 on Climate Change Adaptation.

One of the oft-cited successes of the UNFCCC is the climate change reporting and data collection it has spurred.

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Event: IGAD-ICPAC Workshop on Flood and Drought Management in Greater Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this workshop is to enhance participants' understanding of the different practices for flood and drought management and to familiarize with the new products of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), including a flood hazard map, live web-map and geoportal. The workshop aims to: create awareness about available tools, data and initiatives for flood and drought monitoring in the Greater Horn of Africa region developed through collaboration between IGAD and UN Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT); assess specific needs and challenges in flood and drought management in ICPAC member States; illustrate potential ways to further improve national capacities based on shared experiences among participants and organizers; identify potential interest in the integration of available country-level data into IGAD-ICPAC's flood and drought monitoring system; and collaborate with national entities to establish in-country projects.  

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Event: UN CC:Learn Steering Group Meeting 2016 [viewed]

UN CC:Learn Steering Group Meeting 2016 will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 23-25 February 2016. This event will review progress with the annual work programme, and provide feedback and guidance on overall project implementation of UN CC:Learn. UN CC:Learn is a partnership of over 30 multilateral organizations supporting countries in design and implementation of systematic, recurrent and results-oriented climate change learning. Globally, the partnership supports knowledge sharing, promotes the development of common climate change learning materials, and coordinates learning interventions through a collaboration of UN agencies and other partners. UN CC:Learn also supports countries in developing and implementing national climate change learning strategies. Through its engagement at the national and global levels, UN CC:Learn contributes to the implementation of UNFCCC Article 6 (training, education and public awareness) and the 2012-2020 Doha Work Programme on Article 6 of the Convention. Funding for UN CC:Learn is provided by the Swiss Government and UN partners. The Secretariat for UN CC:Learn is hosted by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).  

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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Changes in UN High-Level Leadership Announced [viewed]

United Nations19 February 2016: Several high-level leadership positions related to intergovernmental sustainable development policy will be filled in the coming months. Within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process, there will be changes in the following positions: UNFCCC Executive Secretary; President of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and the Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). In addition, the selection processes for the next Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the next UN Secretary-General are underway.

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FAO Symposium Discusses Biotechnologies for Small-scale Farmers [viewed]

fao_headquarters17 February 2016: Participants to the International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition, organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO), concluded that agricultural biotechnologies will be essential to addressing the needs of small farmers and vulnerable populations combating hunger and adapting to climate change.

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UNGA President Calls for Investment, Action on Multilateral Commitments [viewed]

UNGA 2nd Committee - Economic and Financial16 February 2016: Multilateralism has "reasserted itself" in relation to sustainable development, but failed in the area of peace and security, said UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft, in addresses to the European Parliament and the European Council. Lykketoft reflected on issues of focus for the 70th session of the UNGA, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, the selection of the next UN Secretary-General, and the refugee crisis.

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China's G20 Presidency Holds Green Finance, Energy Sustainability Meetings [viewed]

di_logo28 January 2016: The Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and the Energy Sustainability Working Group were among the first meetings held under China's presidency of the Group of 20 (G20). The meetings took place in January 2016, and focused on the agenda for the year ahead, with the GFSG agreeing to prepare a synthesis report on the role of the financial system in mobilizing private green investment, in advance of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in July 2016.

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