Event: UNGA 71 Second Committee General Debate [viewed]

The general debate of the Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) will take place from 3-5 October 2016, including a keynote address from Dambisa Moyo, global economist and author, on 3 October 2016. The Committee aims to conclude its work by 23 November 2016. In the meantime, it should consider, inter alia: operational activities for development; sustainable development; information and communications technologies for development; eradication of poverty and other development issues; globalization and interdependence; groups of countries in special situations; macroeconomic policy questions; follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development; agriculture development, food security and nutrition; implementation of the outcomes of the UN Conferences on Human Settlements and on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and strengthening of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); and revitalisation of the work of the UNGA.  

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Stakeholders Reflect on Innovative Finance, Health SDGs, Climate Progress, Data [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)28 September 2016: Civil society groups and the private sector have released publications, papers and blog posts on innovative financing models to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the importance of an integrated approach to the SDGs. The Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) released its report on health-related SDGs, while other contributions reflect on outcomes from the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and Climate Week, welcome progress on data, and showcase private sector action on food security.

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Global Governance Group, ASEAN Ministers Focus on Development, Climate Agreements [viewed]

g20_asean22 September 2016: The UN Global Governance Group (3G) has called on the Group of 20 (G-20) to make low-carbon, sustainable infrastructure development a cornerstone of its future work, to ensure that international climate targets and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be fully achieved. The 3G is an informal grouping of smaller and medium-sized UN Member States.

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Event: Global Sustainable Transport Conference [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The Conference will build on intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport and bring together stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference will address, inter alia: all modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime; the concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS); transport in both urban and rural areas; energy and transport; public transport; road safety; and financing for sustainable transport. The Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management will serve as the Secretary of the Conference, while the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will serve as the Conference Secretariat.  

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Mali Becomes 61st Party to the Paris Agreement [viewed]

MALI23 September 2016: The Government of Mali has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. This latest ratification, deposited on 23 September 2016, brings the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement to 61. These countries represent 47.79% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Event: World Food Day 2016 [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, World Food Day 2016 will be celebrated under the theme 'Climate is Changing, Food and Agriculture Must too,' with a focus on raising awareness about the actions people around the world can take to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The official World Food Day Ceremony will take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy on Friday, 14 October, coinciding with the Second Meeting of Mayors committed to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. On Sunday, 16 October, a Zero Hunger Run will take place in Rome to recall Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). FAO also invites contributions to poster and video contests to illustrate the World Food Day theme. Further events will be held at different locations around the world, including a World Food Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Children's Poster Competition organized by the Rajshahi Education Board in Rajshahi, Bangladesh.  

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71st General Debate Concludes with Reflections on SDG Implementation, Calls for Climate Action [viewed]

ga-71-logo26 September 2016: The 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) has concluded its general debate. In a closing address delivered on his behalf, UNGA President Peter Thomson welcomed Member States' work to implement the SDGs and their support for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) and the UN Conference on SDG 14. He urged all governments to include the SDGs on their country's education curricula, stressing that youth are the ones who will inherit the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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OECD Identifies 80.1% Carbon Pricing Gap in Major Economies [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 September 2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the first full analysis of the use of carbon pricing in 34 OECD member countries and seven partner countries. The report titled, 'Effective Carbon Rates - Pricing CO2 through Taxes and Emissions Trading Systems,' considers a wide range of types of carbon prices, such as specific taxes on energy use, carbon taxes and tradable permits. In all, the 41 countries analyzed separately and in aggregate for the report account for 80% of global energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

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LDCs, MICs, G-77/China Ministerials Highlight South-South Cooperation [viewed]

united_nations24 September 2016: Ministers of developing countries met in several groupings on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) to discuss development progress against international targets, highlighting the importance of support for South-South Cooperation, technology access and capacity building.

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CCAC WG Discusses Agenda, Communiqué for HLA on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC22 September 2016: The 18th Working Group (WG) meeting of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) convened to, inter alia, prepare for the High-Level Assembly (HLA) that will meet on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016. Participants discussed the draft agenda for the HLA and possible elements for a draft communiqué, both of which will be revised and updated in advance of the HLA.

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