Mitigation Update: New Applications of CDM Considered, Regional Events Examine Solutions [viewed]

wmo_unfcc_laccf_adb_ebdr_iea_wb5 October 2016: In a recent update on global heat trends, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) points to the importance of acting on the Paris Agreement commitments, highlighting “the exceptionally long spell of record global heat, a surge in greenhouse gas concentrations, shocking coral reef bleaching and long-term Arctic sea ice melt.” What are countries doing to avoid the worst effects of climate change? This update takes a look at recent multilateral efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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CGIAR Approves Next Generation of Research Programmes on Fighting Hunger and Climate Change [viewed]

CGIAR28 September 2016: The CGIAR System Council approved a set of 11 Core Research Programmes (CRP) and three research platforms that will form the next generation of agricultural research for development led by the CGIAR Consortium. The CRPs and platforms will focus on improving farmer incomes, food availability and resilience against climate change impacts in developing countries.

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Policy Update #37: Monthly Forecast: October 2016 [viewed]

International policy will be cloaked in urban chic this month, as events focused on sustainable cities, the New Urban Agenda and urban food security feature in the October sustainable development calendar. Meanwhile, the focus on climate change will intensify as preparations for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC advance. The wait appears to be over for those watching the ratification, acceptance and approval process for the Paris Agreement on climate change to reach the thresholds for entry into force, as does the wait for the selection of the next UN Secretary-General. Planning for the implications of both decisions will now be underway in earnest in October.

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Paris Agreement Nears Threshold for Entry into Force [viewed]

eu_nz4 October 2016: The European Parliament approved the ratification of the Paris Agreement on 4 October, paving the way for the Council to formally adopt the Decision now that the political process is complete. In addition, New Zealand deposited its instrument of ratification on the same day. With New Zealand's deposit, the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement is 63. These countries represent 52.11% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. EU member States are anticipated to continue ratifying the Agreement individually according to their national processes.

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Cities Commit to Climate Actions, World Bank and Partners Launch Urban Sustainability Tool [viewed]

cities_commit_climate_action4 October 2016: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability and local level actors have highlighted commitments by cities around the world to advance climate action. To help cities reduce carbon emissions and improve urban livelihoods, the World Bank, C40 Cities, the Compact of Mayors and other partners launched a data-driven planning tool to help cities identify and prioritize climate-smart actions. These commitments have taken place in advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which is expected to adopt a New Urban Agenda, and the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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DESA Warns: Climate Change Will Worsen Poverty, Inequalities [viewed]

UNDESA3 October 2016: The UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA) published a publication that looks at climate change resilience as an opportunity for reducing inequalities in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Titled 'The World Economic and Social Survey 2016: Climate Change Resilience – An Opportunity for Reducing Inequalities,' the publication focuses on the population groups and communities that are disproportionately affected by climate hazards. It argues that, in the absence of a continuum of policies designed to reduce the exposure and vulnerability of people to climate change, poverty and inequalities will worsen.

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UNGA Advisers Outline Way Forward on Indigenous Peoples' Participation [viewed]

ga-71-logo3 October 2016: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Peter Thomson convened an informal briefing on the UNGA consultation process on the participation of indigenous peoples in UN meetings on issues affecting them. The four advisers to the process, who were appointed by the previous UNGA President, Mogens Lykketoft, and reappointed by Thomson on 28 September 2016, updated participants on the compilation of views from consultations conducted from March to July 2016. They also outlined the process of intergovernmental consultations to take the consultation outcome forward towards a UNGA resolution during the 71st session.

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FAO Outlines Benefits, Opportunities of Agricultural Mechanization for Sub-Saharan Africa [viewed]

agricultural_mechanization29 September 2016: The Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report outlining strategies and approaches to support agricultural mechanization in sub-Saharan Africa. The report relays challenges to mechanization, describes its potential benefits and provides recommendations for action towards an integrated and sustainable approach.

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UNGA Second Committee Begins New Session Focused on Role in Supporting Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga3 October 2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, on economic and financial issues, has begun its substantive work for the 71st session. The opening session included a keynote address from economist Dambisa Moyo. The Committee's general debate is taking place from 3-5 October 2016.

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FAO-CCP Ministerial Meeting Discusses Low Food Prices, Sustainable Agricultural Development [viewed]

fao_headquarters3 October 2016: Participants to the Ministerial Meeting on Long-term Commodity Price Trends and Sustainable Agricultural Development held at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy shared views, concerns and experiences regarding the relationship between commodity prices and development, food security, poverty, trade and agricultural productivity and sustainability.

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