Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting [viewed]

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,' with the aim of building a shared understanding of current changes and shaping a collective future that places humans at the center. The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" refers to the creation of new capabilities and impacts on economic, political and social systems as a result of a fusion of technologies across the biological, digital and physical worlds. The WEF will discuss climate change, environment and resource scarcity, food security and agriculture, inclusive, sustainable growth and security, employment, skills and human capital, gender parity, and the future of the global financial system, among other current challenges. The Annual Meeting will bring together over 40 heads of state and government with 2,500 leaders from UN agencies, business and civil society.  

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Event: Briefing by UN Secretary-General on 2016 Priorities [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief UN Member States on his priorities for 2016 during an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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Event: Disaster Risk Reduction, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction: Capacity Building for Equitable Planning and Development [viewed]

This conference will provide a forum for examining the efficacy of national strategies for capacity-building measures related to disaster risk reduction (DRR), with a focus on cross- and multi-disciplinary training efforts, education and professional development. While capacity building is critical to disaster preparedness, response and sustainable post-disaster reconstruction programmes, no agreed definition of the term currently exists. Thus, this conference will explore what the term “capacity building” means.  

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Event: 2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency [viewed]

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

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Event: 16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC [viewed]

The 16th Meeting of the Consultative Group of Experts (CGE) on National Communications from Non-Annex I Parties to the UNFCCC will meet in Bonn, Germany. The CGE was established by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC in order to improve national communications and the Biennial Update Reports (BURs) from developing countries through technical advice and support. This group is the main technical support element under the Convention to assist developing country Parties in meeting reporting obligations. The CGE meets to develop its work programme, revise its rules of procedure, assess progress in implementing its work programme and provide recommendations. It also organizes workshops for the preparation of national communications and BURs using CGE training materials.  

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IMF Experts Call for Carbon Pricing to Implement Paris Agreement [viewed]

IMF11 January 2016: In a report published as part of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Discussion Note (SDN) series, experts examine the role that fiscal polices can play in assisting countries to implement the Paris Agreement adopted at the end of 2015. The paper, titled 'After Paris: Fiscal, Macroeconomic, and Financial Implications of Climate Change,' considers how developing and developed countries alike can prevent deaths, raise revenue for adaptation and attract private finance flows for mitigation by getting fiscal policies right, with a focus on carbon pricing.

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UNEP Releases Guide on Environmental Assessment Frameworks [viewed]

UNEPDecember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a guide for policy makers for selecting and implementing appropriate environmental assessment frameworks. The brochure, titled 'An Introduction to Environmental Assessment,' gives an overview of available frameworks, including those most commonly used by UNEP, provides guidance on selecting appropriate frameworks, introduces common terms and concepts and provides illustrative examples.

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Event: Resilient Cities 2016: 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation [viewed]

This Forum, which is expected to bring together together over 400 experts and practitioners, will focus on a range of issues related to urban resilience and climate change adaptation, including inclusive resilience strategies, financing the resilient city, measuring and monitoring progress, resilience and adaptation planning, governance and collaboration, resource management, and resilient infrastructure. Participants will be able to network, build new partnerships, and exchange ideas and best practices. Participants will include: elected officials, including mayors; academics, researchers and students; private sector and NGO representatives; urban and regional planners; water and sanitation specialists; civil engineers; financial institution representatives; disaster risk and emergency managers; and climate change and adaptation experts. The Forum, which is meeting for the seventh year, is organized by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and co-hosted with the City of Bonn, Germany. Resilient Cities focuses on solutions for local governments, including cities and small island states.  

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Event: IPCC Executive Committee Meeting [viewed]

The Executive Committee of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) aims to: strengthen and facilitate timely and effective implementation of the IPCC's programme of work; strengthen coordination between IPCC Working Groups and Task Forces; and address issues that require prompt attention by the IPCC between Panel sessions. The Committee was established by the Panel in response to recommendations made by the InterAcademy Council (IAC), which was requested, in 2010, to carry out a review of the IPCC's processes and procedures.  

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