Sustainable Energy Finance Update: IEA Releases 'World Energy Investment 2016,' New Financing Channels Open [viewed]

energy_finance_update1 October 2016: This month's update recaps the findings of the International Energy Agency (IEA) on global investment in sustainable energy financing, as well as many of the multilateral financing announcements that were made in September. In addition, the 'Go-To Resources' section below includes a number of country-specific reports that have lessons learned for future projects, both in-country and abroad.

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FAO Committee Considers Agriculture's Role for Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

fao_headquarters28 September 2016: The 25th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) endorsed the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM) proposed by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and considered, among other issues: the draft Strategy for FAO's Work on Climate Change; the governance structure of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock; and the World Programme for the Census of Agriculture 2020.

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APEC Adopts Declaration on Food Security [viewed]

apec27 September 2016: Participants at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting on Food Security of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) adopted the Piura Declaration on Food Security, which makes recommendations and commitments related to: enhancing regional food markets and trade; developing sustainable and resilient food systems; improving cooperation for sustainable water resource management; prioritizing rural-urban development; and investment and services for food security. The Declaration indicates ministers' intention to establish an APEC Food System by 2020.

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Event: 2016 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group [viewed]

The Boards of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank Group normally meet once a year to discuss the work of their respective institutions. The Annual Meetings, which generally take place in September/October, have customarily been held in Washington for two consecutive years and in another member country in the third year. The Annual Meetings include meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other constituencies. At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue communiqués. At the Annual Meetings, the Boards of Governors make decisions on how current international monetary issues should be addressed and approve corresponding resolutions. The Annual Meetings are chaired by a Governor of the IMF and the Bank, with the chairmanship rotating among the membership each year. Every two years it elects Executive Directors. Each year any new members are welcomed into the IMF and the Bank.  

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India Becomes 62nd Party to the Paris Agreement [viewed]

Indian Flag2 October 2016: The Government of India has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. This latest ratification was deposited on 2 October 2016, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which is also the International Day of Non-Violence. It brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 62. These countries represent 51.89% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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June-September 2016 NAMA Update: NAMA Facility Launches Call, Events Focus on Linking NAMAs with Support [viewed]

june_september_2016_nama30 September 2016: This update focuses on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, events and activities, for the period from mid-June to the end of September 2016. While this period saw slow growth in new registered projects, a major call for applications for support was launched, and several events sought to improve various aspects of NAMAs and NAMA financing in order to accelerate matching of actions with support.

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Ministerial Highlights Increased Cooperation on Arctic Science, Inclusion of Indigenous Peoples [viewed]

USA Flag29 September 2016: Science ministers from 25 countries and the European Union (EU) signed a Joint Statement on increased international cooperation on Arctic science and inclusion of indigenous peoples in Arctic science and decision-making. The Joint Statement, which was signed at the White House Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM), is expected to help inform national policies on climate change mitigation and resilience, Arctic development and stewardship, and the needs of indigenous peoples.

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UNGA Events Highlight Health, Nutrition and Human Security Links [viewed]

un_unicef_sun29 September 2016: Events taking place in coordination with the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, US have highlighted important links among health, nutrition and human security aims, with calls for action on, inter alia, the nutrition status of children and infants, access of refugees to food supplies, and measures to mitigate the health impacts of air pollution.

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COP 22 Presidency Holds Conference on Adaptation Metrics [viewed]

cop2227 September 2016: The incoming Presidency of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC organized the 'Metrics of Adaptation Conference - Measuring Adaptation for Concrete Action.' The event aimed to explore the scientific and technical issues related to the assessment of adaptation to climate change, in particular by advancing the topic of adaptation metrics, which is identified as a key driver for informed and impactful decision making from the public and private sectors.

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UN Secretary-General's Report Observes "Major Shift" in UN System Alignment [viewed]

united_nations14 September 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a report, titled 'The UN in global economic governance,' which describes the efforts of the UN system, major country groupings and international financial institutions (IFIs) and trade institutions to align their work with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) on financing for development. The report observes “a major shift within the UN system and beyond," in which major country groupings, international financial and trade institutions and others have moved to align their work with these outcomes.

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