31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force [viewed]

paris_agreement21 September 2016: At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Urban Food Systems Affect Almost All 17 SDGs: EATx UNGA 2016 [viewed]

eatX201620 September 2016: A high-level event on nutritional challenges in urban settings illuminated challenges with urban food systems, and linkages with racial and economic injustice, advertising, climate change, and rural communities. Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, who moderated the panel discussion during the event, said sustainable urban food systems are a sine qua non for the 2030 Agenda, and without them the world will not be able to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Elaboration of a Preliminary Text of a Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Morocco will convene the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) to launch the preparation of a preliminary text of a non-binding declaration on ethical principles related to climate change. The 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, held in November 2015, invited UNESCO to begin preparing the declaration with the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, and in consultation with member States. The aim is to complement the Paris Agreement and submit the preliminary text to the 39th session of the General Conference in 2017.  

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Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System [viewed]

united_nations18 September 2016: Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the summary report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreement19 September 2016: The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters.

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2017 [viewed]

Transforming Transportation is the annual conference co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local governments, multilateral development banks, foundations, civil society, research institutions, and businesses from around the world. At Transforming Transportation, they share the latest experiences, information, and best practices around sustainable transport.  

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Latin America Conference Takes Stock of Statistics for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo16 September 2016: A Latin America regional conference on official statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development took stock of international, regional, sub-regional and national initiatives to integrate and modernize statistical systems, and shape the 2030 Agenda within a Latin American context. Participants also considered how the region can implement a sustainable economy, including within the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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CSOs Reflect on SDG Evaluation, G20 Summit, Refugees and Trade [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)14 September 2016: In recent papers and briefing information, civil society organizations (CSOs) reflect on evaluation within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), analyze the outcome of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focus on refugees and migrants, and consider trade and productive capacity.

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