Multilateral Initiatives Advance Renewable Energy, Efficiency in the Caribbean, Asia [viewed]

cbd_ifc_irena_iea_unido28 July 2016: A number of capacity-building projects, including workshops and a new center in Asia, have been announced and are geared toward helping developing countries adopt and standardize energy efficiency measures and expand the reach of renewable energy. Recently published reports also have the potential to serve as resources for several countries as they move toward a cleaner energy future. These initiatives, as emphasized by their sponsors, are important for achieving the climate objectives in the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG) related to clean energy and energy access.

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Kigali Declaration Increases Forest Landscape Restoration Commitments in Africa [viewed]

rwanda_eac_iucn27 July 2016: Thirteen African country representatives and stakeholders participating in the 'Africa High Level Bonn Challenge Roundtable' adopted the 'Kigali Declaration on Forest Landscape Restoration in Africa,' which reaffirms and increases commitments to the Bonn Challenge, an initiative aiming to restore 150 million hectares of the world's deforested and degraded lands by 2020 and 350 million hectares by 2030 through forest landscape restoration (FLR) activities.

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UNDP-PEI Outlines Triple Vision of Zero Poverty, Net Climate Emissions and Losses of Net Assets [viewed]

un_pei13 July 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change offer a policy mandate and opportunities to achieve zero extreme poverty, zero net climate emissions and zero losses of natural assets, according to a paper by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Poverty Environment Initiative (PEI) and the Poverty-Environment Partnership (PEP). The paper reviews trends that impact this 'triple vision' of getting to zero, discusses challenges that impact getting to zero, and proposes four actions and next steps on getting to zero.

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Event: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017 [viewed]

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July. The theme of the 2017 session will be 'Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world,' as decided in UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution A/70/299. The set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth will be: Goal 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere); Goal 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture); Goal 3 (Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages); Goal 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls); Goal 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation); Goal 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development); and Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development), which will be considered each year.  

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Event: 71st General Debate of UN General Assembly [viewed]

The General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will begin on 20 September 2016 and will take place during "up to 9 working days" (para. 2, Resolution 57/301). As announced by UNGA 71 President-elect Peter Thomson, the theme of the General Debate is 'The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world'. The opening of the 71st Session of the General Assembly will take place on 13 September.  

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Reports on GHG Inventory Status, BR2 Technical Review Released [viewed]

unfccc_mrv1 August 2016: Over the last month, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released updates on national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and reports of the technical review of second Biennial Report (BR2) submissions. Also in July, the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) reported on its 20th jubilee event, where Parties to the UNFCCC and other stakeholders shared views on differentiation under the enhanced transparency framework of the Paris Agreement.

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July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up [viewed]

july2016_finance1 August 2016: During the month of July, a number of high-level meetings highlighted the need for enhanced focus on climate finance. Resilience and disaster recovery projects in Asia and Africa received new financing. Climate funds launched calls for readiness and private sector support projects, and a number of entities reported on lessons learned from climate finance in agriculture, forests, gender mainstreaming and regional resilience investment planning.

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G20 Finance Ministers Recognize Role of Green Investment for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

g20-201625 July 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors' July meeting addressed green and climate finance. During the meeting, the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and Climate Finance Study Group (CFSG) presented their reports. In their final communiqué, the Ministers and Governors recognize the need to scale up green financing and express interest in promoting voluntary principles for green finance.

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23rd Session of FAO COFO Supports 'New Agenda for Forests' [viewed]

cofo2325 July 2016: Participants of the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which convened in conjunction with the 5th World Forest Week, involved a series of discussions, events and publication launches under the theme, 'Shaping a new agenda for forests.'

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Event: UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Dialogue [viewed]

The UN organizes the global Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) Global Dialogue every two years as a platform for discussing ways to achieve sustainable capital markets. This half-day event will build on the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the outcomes of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the work of the G20 Green Finance Study Group. Representatives of stock exchanges will discuss ways to contribute to implementation of the SDGs, for example through promoting transparency and encouraging green finance products, such as low-carbon indices and green bonds. The event is held in conjunction with a meeting of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), a UN-supported initiative.  

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