Abu Dhabi Meeting Focuses on Sustainable Energy and Cities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

hiiiJanuary 2016: The Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Sustainable Energy and Cities concluded that massive deployment of low-carbon energy in the world's cities is needed, and resulted in the 'Abu Dhabi Declaration for Habitat III: Sustainable Energy and Cities,' which underscores that sustainable energy must be a core focus of the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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UNFF Highlights Interlinkages Between International Arrangement on Forests, Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFF26 February 2016: The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has published a policy brief exploring opportunities for greater coherence with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) arising from the Paris Agreement and the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015. The brief focuses on forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, forest financing and the 'global stocktake' under the Paris Agreement.

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UNCCD Aligns Reporting Templates with New Progress Indicators, SDG Target 15.3 [viewed]

UNCCD logoFebruary 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) released revised reporting templates with which countries can report on progress during the 2014-2015 reporting period. The template revision follows a decision of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD, which met in October 2015. The decision called for new guidance on aligning the reporting framework with new progress indicators as well as the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) target on land degradation neutrality (LDN), which was adopted in September 2015.

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Event: 12th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The 12th meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will take place from 6-7 April, in Bonn, Germany.  

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CGIAR, CIFOR Outline Priorities and Targets [viewed]

cgiar_cifor2 March 2016: CGIAR has published its 'Strategy and Results Framework 2016–2030,' which describes how CGIAR will build on past successes and investments. The Framework also highlights the need to find innovative solutions to overcome barriers to success, and defines how to take advantage of emerging opportunities. It outlines CGIAR's three goals, or 'System Level Outcomes (SLOs)': reducing poverty; improving food and nutrition security; and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

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CEDAW, Canada Highlight Centrality of Women and Girls to DRR [viewed]

ohchr-canada1 March 2016: Women and girls must be at the core of disaster risk reduction (DRR), given that they often “bear the brunt” of climate change and hazards, said participants during a special session on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change, convened by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The half-day session discussed DRR and climate change in the context of provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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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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