Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director [viewed]

UNEP27 June 2016: Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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WMO to Strengthen Support for Climate Change, DRR and Sustainable Development Agreements [viewed]

WMO25 June 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will strengthen its support for global agreements on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and sustainable development, following resolutions adopted by the 68th session of its Executive Council on, inter alia: reinforcing WMO climate programmes; strengthening work on high-impact weather research and forecasts; improving and extending polar research and observations to include high mountain regions; supporting ocean monitoring; and promoting modern aviation meteorology services.

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UNCCD, Partners Explore Land-Based Solutions to Counter Rural Exodus in West Africa [viewed]

global-mechanism-iom22 June 2016: A joint project by the Global Mechanism (GM) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is exploring ways to stem the rural-urban exodus in West Africa by developing sustainable alternatives for seasonal migration. Such migration was traditionally used as a coping mechanism in times of poor harvests or extreme drought, but is increasingly being replaced by more permanent relocation due to the cumulative impact of drought, land degradation and climate change on local livelihoods.

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Climate Champions Promote Action Roadmap at Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum [viewed]

cop22_france_peru24 June 2016: The first ever Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum has concluded in Rabat, Morocco, with speakers emphasizing the importance of engaging all actors, not just States, in climate action. The event looked to reinforce the global climate action agenda being driven by two high-level champions appointed by France and Morocco, and to foster new voluntary initiatives in the lead up to the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November.

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UN Global Compact Summit Calls for Business Leadership on SDGs [viewed]

Globalcompact23 June 2016: Participants at the UN Global Compact's 2016 Leaders Summit discussed how to reach a new era of sustainability with responsible business practices, innovation, targeted investment and transformative partnerships. The Compact presented its priorities for the next five years, which include impact reporting and partnerships between the UN and business.

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Event: Sixth Session of the UN-GGIM [viewed]

The Sixth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will bring together senior executives from national geospatial information, statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe to discuss the global geospatial information agenda. The Committee will address, among other issues: activities related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; geospatial information and services for disasters; determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes; trends in national institutional arrangements in global geospatial information management; adoption and implementation of standards for the global geospatial information community; integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information; and application of geospatial information to land administration and management. The formal session of the Committee of Experts will convene from 3-5 August 2016, and will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

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High Level Forum Agrees on Actions to Increase Urban Resilience [viewed]

UNISDR17 June 2016: Ministers, government officials, mayors and UN representatives have agreed on actions that will make cities more resilient against disasters. The High Level Forum on 'Implementing the Sendai Framework For Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the Local Level' marked the first time that mayors and representatives of municipalities came together to discuss how to implement the Framework. The meeting resulted in an outcome document titled 'The Florence Way Forward,' which recognizes the importance of coherence at the local level to complement overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Mitigation Update: Solar and Wind Prices Plummet as Temperatures and Sea Levels Rise [viewed]

mitigation_update22 June 2016: The first five months of 2016 have served as a reminder of the urgency of mitigating climate change as each month, January-May, has set global temperature records, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). On 17 June, the WMO announced May's record, saying combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 0.87°C above the 20th century average of 14.8°C. May is the 13th consecutive month to set a global temperature high.

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