Selection of Future UNEP, UNFCCC Leaders Announced [viewed]

unep_unfccc3 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Solheim (Norway) as the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables [viewed]

energy_finance1 May 2016: Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, the

seventh of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed last year, starts with access to finance. Looking at the sustainable energy finance news coming out of April, a number of initiatives went beyond simply funding projects. They also built the capacity of developing country governments and companies to develop energy efficiency, energy access and renewables projects that will qualify for finance. Similarly, many of the finance flows were intended to make projects more attractive to private sector investments, compounding the impact of public funds.

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INDC Analyses Show Improvement, Need for Radical Action [viewed]

unfccc_etc_wcrp2 May 2016: The UNFCCC Seceretariat has released an updated synthesis report outlining the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by 189 Parties as of 4 April 2016. The report finds that full implementation of both the conditional and unconditional actions outlined in the INDCs would result in total aggregate global emission levels of 55 (51.4-57.3) Gt carbon dioxide (CO2)-equivalent (eq) in 2025 and 56.2 (52-59.3) Gt CO2-eq in 2030. While this emissions trajectory does show an improvement over likely pre-INDC scenarios, it is far from those consistent with the goal of limiting warming to 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

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CSOs Make Recommendations for HLPF, Reflect on National Reviews, Climate Synergies, Wetlands, FfD Forum [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)3 May 2016: A group of NGOs made recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and a multi-level review system. Other recent contributions from civil society organizations and researchers include: the results of Together 2030's Perceptions Survey; a brief on the synergies between development goals and climate action; a report on wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and a critique of the inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up (FfD Forum).

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Mitigation Update: Saudi Arabia Adopts Vision 2030; Transport Goes Emissions-Free [viewed]

mitigation_update28 April 2016: Recent news offers a glimpse of what the world might look like beyond fossil fuels. Saudi Arabia has announced a new strategy for its economy that aims at diversifying away from hydrocarbons, France is planning to set a price floor for carbon emissions, and emissions-free aviation is looking closer to reality. Transport on the ground is also going emissions-free in various parts of Europe.

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UNFCCC Issues Guidance to Assess Impact of the Implementation of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC28 April 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper titled 'Guidance to assist developing country Parties to assess the impact of the implementation of response measures, including guidance on modelling tools,' which explores the approaches available for assessing the impact of the implementation of response measures, with a view to assisting developing countries with such an assessment.

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UN Launches South-South Initiative to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations27 April 2016: A new initiative has been launched that will build partnerships to help developing countries assist other developing countries implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Stressing the importance of South-South cooperation, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the initiative on the sidelines of the High-Level Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released [viewed]

unfccc_fao2 May 2016: How does one ensure Parties are fulfilling their climate change commitments? The answer is a transparency and compliance regime. Transparency is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, documents issued by the UNFCCC Secretariat put Australia, Liechtenstein and New Zealand under the microscope, along with 17 developed countries that participated in the true-up period of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period (CP1). A number of activities related to transparency for developing countries also took place.

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight [viewed]

climate_finance_april_20161 May 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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UN Executives Discuss Coherence in Achieving SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

CEB28 April 2016: The UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) discussed ways to ensure the UN system "delivers as one" on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate change and other development issues, at its first regular session of 2016.

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