Event: COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference [viewed]

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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Event: 16th Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum (GMGSF) [viewed]

The two-day Global Major Groups and Stakeholder Forum 2016 (GMGSF 2016) will take place at the UN compound in Nairobi, Kenya, and will mobilize Major Groups and other Stakeholders to engage in a multi-stakeholders setting that will also include policymakers, learning from each other, developing partnerships and creating their input into the second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2). UNEA-2 will be held from 23-27 May 2016 under the overarching theme of Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. On 26-27 May, a Ministerial Policy-Review Session will gather to discuss Healthy Environment, Healthy People.  

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC, CTCN Board Meet, Capacity-Building Initiatives Focus on Renewables, Subsidiary Bodies Prepare for Bonn Session [viewed]

unfccc_unitar_unep_unhabitat_wmo11 May 2016: Under the international climate regime, industrialized countries provide developing States, in particular small island developing States (SIDS) and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), with financial, technical and capacity-building support to help them implement mitigation and adaptation actions. A number of key meetings related to technology issues took place over the past few weeks, including the twelfth meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the seventh meeting of the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), which set the course for the years ahead. The CTCN Advisory Board recently received its 100th request for assistance and kicked off its series of 2016 Stakeholder Engagement Forums. Some of the capacity-building activities that took place over the past month focused on renewables, while others traced linkages among climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development.

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Annual Cost of Adaptation Significantly Understated, UNEP Reports [viewed]

UNEP10 May 2016: According to a report titled 'The Adaptation Finance Gap Report 2016,' which was just released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries could rise to between US$280 and US$500 billion per year by 2050, a figure that is four to five times greater than previous estimates.

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Event: 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum [viewed]

In 2016, EE Global will explore how utilities, regulators, legislators and companies are incorporating cost-effective energy efficiency measures into their business to help meet increasing demand. Attendees will also engage in networking, partnership building, and action inspiring energy efficiency discourse while discussing how energy efficiency can be made into a sustainable and scalable business strategy. Speakers will include Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), and Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).  

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ECOSOC Discusses 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework in Addressing El Niño Impacts [viewed]

ECOSOC6 May 2016: During a Special Meeting hosted by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), experts analyzed the effects of the 2015/2016 El Niño phenomenon, which has affected over 60 million people. The event, titled 'Impacts of the 2015/16 El Niño Phenomenon: Reducing Risks and Capturing Opportunities,' was mandated by the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to consider the socioeconomic and environmental dimensions of El Niño, as well as the resilience measures undertaken by countries to confront it.

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UNFCCC Addresses Economic Diversification in the Context of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2016: In preparation for the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a technical paper, titled 'The concept of economic diversification in the context of response measures' (FCCC/TP/2016/3). The paper provides an overview of the work undertaken under the Convention on economic diversification initiatives in the context of the impacts of the implementation of response measures, general concepts of economic diversification and guidance on how to approach economic diversification at the national level.

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French, Moroccan COP Presidents Call for Maintaining the "Spirit of Paris" [viewed]

UNFCCC6 May 2016: Parties to the UNFCCC will meet from 16-26 May, in Bonn, Germany, to discuss a number of matters that will eventually be forwarded to the Conference of the Parties (COP) serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA), once the Agreement has entered into force. A reflections note released by the French COP Presidency and the incoming Moroccan COP Presidency gives a preview of how negotiations will be conducted in Bonn, as well as how France and Morocco plan to promote successful implementation of the Agreement over the coming years.

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UNECA Report Recommends Africa Re-Design Growth Strategies for SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNECA4 May 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) launched the 2016 issue of its Economic Report on Africa (ERA), titled 'Greening Africa's Industrialization,' during the inaugural African Development Week, in April 2016. The report stresses structural transformation as a key priority for Africa, and recommends that the region seize the opportunity offered by the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to adopt a low-carbon development trajectory.

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Event: Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The sixth annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors, civil society organizations, and other institutions supporting natural capital accounting (NCA). WAVES countries will showcase results from their work on constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts. The meeting will provide the opportunity for discussions on how to move from having accounts to using them in policy and decision making. The meeting will include a panel discussion on how NCA can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and participants will hear more on WAVES+, the next phase of the partnership. WAVES is a World Bank-led partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources accounting is mainstreamed in development planning and national economic accounting.  

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