Event: UNGA Second Committee Consideration of Item 19 (Sustainable Development) [viewed]

The Second Committee of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will discuss agenda item 19 (sustainable development), including: implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) and of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD); follow-up to and implementation of the Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway and the Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS; disaster risk reduction (DRR); protection of the global climate for present and future generations; implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); report of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA); harmony with nature; promotion of new and renewable sources of energy; and sustainable mountain development.  

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Montreal Protocol Parties to Draft HFCs Amendment [viewed]

oewg3810 October 2016: The resumed session of the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded the work of the Contact Group on the Feasibility and Ways of Managing Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The Contact Group on HFCs will continue during the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28), which aims to adopt an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs.

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Agreement on Global Measure to Curb Aviation Emissions Reached [viewed]

Icao7 October 2016: The 39th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) General Assembly has resulted in an unprecedented agreement on limiting international aviation emissions. ICAO member States, in cooperation with industry and civil society representatives, have come to a consensus on a global market-based measure (GMBM) known as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The mechanism is the first adopted by an entire industry sector to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international activity.

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UNGA Considers Opportunities for UN Accountability, Transparency [viewed]

ga-71-logo6 October 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) discussed ways to make the UN system more accountable, inclusive and efficient during a meeting on revitalizing the Assembly's work. As part of these efforts, the President of the 70th session, Mogens Lykketoft, submitted a "handover report" to strengthen the institutional memory of the Office of the UNGA President and support a smooth transition to the 71st session.

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Second Committee Debates SDGs, Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo5 October 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) concluded its general debate for the 71st session, with many speakers highlighting the Committee's role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Countries emphasized the importance of enhancing international cooperation and financing for development (FfD) to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and urged action to tackle climate change and address the needs of the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), middle-income countries (MICs) and other countries in special situations.

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Renewable Energy Makes Inroads Globally, Off-Grid Grows in Africa [viewed]

wec_irena_ren21_iea5 October 2016: Several recent reports released from international organizations and multilateral agencies highlight the important progress renewable energy is making, as it expands its reach in developing countries and worldwide. The advances reported in these publications are a key component of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Doha Amendment Reaches 70 Ratifications [viewed]

UNFCCC23 September 2016: Since the Bonn Climate Change Conference, five Parties have accepted the Doha Amendment, bringing the total number of ratifications to 70. The Amendment will enter into force when 144 or three-quarters of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol have submitted their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary.

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UN Security Council Recommends António Guterres as Next UN Secretary-General [viewed]

security_council6 October 2016: The UN Security Council adopted by acclamation a resolution recommending to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that António Guterres of Portugal be appointed as the next UN Secretary-General, for a term of five years. The Council's decision was announced by Vitaly Churkin (Russia), president of the Council for the month of October, on 6 October 2016. Churkin expressed hope that the Council's “show of unity” in recommending Guterres will be translated to the UNGA's consideration of his nomination.

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Climate Change Agreement to Enter into Force 4 November [viewed]

paris_agreement5 October 2016: The Governments of Austria, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Nepal, Portugal and Slovakia have deposited their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. These latest ratifications, deposited on 5 October 2016, bring the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have acceded to the Agreement to 74. As these countries represent 58.82% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the two threshold needed for the Paris Agreement to come to force have now been met.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Mechanism Prepares for COP 22, CTCN Completes First Requests for Assistance [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_uncc5 October 2016: Momentum is growing in the climate arena with mere weeks left until the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference, and the Paris Agreement nearing the threshold for entry into force. The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) have met in preparation for the Conference, agreeing on their joint 2016 report to the Conference of the Parties (COP). Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, and the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB).

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