Event: WTO Public Forum 2016 [viewed]

Under the theme 'Inclusive Trade,' the 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum will be an opportunity to discuss how a wider range of individuals and businesses can participate in the trading system and how the rules of the WTO can help to ensure everyone benefits from trade. Issues to be discussed include ways to ensure that trade is truly inclusive, allowing small enterprises, women and innovative businesses to take an active role in the global trading system. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) will host a booth at the WTO Forum, and is organizing five events on: innovations in regional trade agreements; inclusion in the digital trade governance framework; enabling sustainable investment for inclusive growth; services and inclusiveness in the least developed countries (LDCs) and low-income countries (LICs); and achieving inclusiveness in global value chains (GVCs) in LDCs and LICs.  

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September 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness and Access Get a Boost, Stranded Assets Get under the Spotlight [viewed]

unfccc_gcf_ndf_af_adb_unepdtu26 September 2016: During the month of September, climate finance was highlighted at the highest level, during the Group of Twenty (G20) Summit and the General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71). Readiness and access support received a major boost through the establishment of two major initiatives, underpinned by millions of US$ in funding. The UNFCCC released several reports in the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech. Studies by an investor coalition and a regional development bank explored climate risk in investments and stranded assets.

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Climate Finance Preparations for COP 22 Well Underway [viewed]

UNFCCC26 September 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat and a number of relevant bodies, including the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF), have released documents that will be taken up by the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016. Parties to the UNFCCC have also submitted their views on a number of finance-related agenda items.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Adaptation Committee, LEG, WIM ExCom Intensify COP 22 Preparations [viewed]

UNFCCC24 September 2016: As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC draws near, preparations are well underway. A number of institutions serving under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, including the Adaptation Committee (AC), the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), and the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM), have advanced work on their respective mandates. In addition, in preparation for COP 22, several Parties have submitted their views on a range of adaptation-related issues.

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On Penultimate Day, UNGA Annual Debate Addresses, SDGs, Climate, Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

ga-71-logo24 September 2016: On the penultimate day of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) annual general debate, countries continued to highlight implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Countries also described challenges related to graduation from least developed country (LDC) status and access to concessional financing. The debate, which closes on 26 September, is focusing on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US.

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UNGA Debate Highlights SDG, Climate, Environmental Priorities [viewed]

ga-71-logo23 September 2016: Speakers at the 71st UN General Assembly's (UNGA) general debate highlighted their efforts to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and galvanize climate action, including through the Paris Agreement on climate change. The theme for the 71st annual debate is ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' It is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 20-26 September 2016.

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Climate Week NYC Features Business-Smart, Low-Emission Commitments [viewed]

climate-week-nyc25 September 2016: Set in the context of an upcoming US presidential election and during the first UN General Assembly (UNGA) since the Paris Agreement was adopted, the eighth Climate Week NYC focused on promoting investment in innovation, technology and clean energy to drive profitability and progress toward net zero emissions. Stressing that a net zero emissions future depends greatly on decisions of the next US administration and Congress, global business and government leaders gathered in New York, US to raise the profile of smart climate action that, according to The Climate Group, can "create a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous America."

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Major Economies Forum Addresses Climate and Security, Finance [viewed]

MEF23 September 2016: The Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate Change (MEF) convened on the margins of the 71st General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to prepare for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) and discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement, progress toward a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) amendment to the Montreal Protocol and the global market-based measure (MBM) to curb aviation emissions under consideration by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

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Coalition Calls for Ambitious HFC Amendment to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

un_flags22 September 2016: Leaders from over 100 countries announced the formation of a coalition and issued a statement calling for the adoption of an ambitious amendment on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) to the Montreal Protocol when the Protocol's 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP) convenes in Kigali, Rwanda, from 10-14 October 2016.

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FAO, IFAD, WFP Take 'Zero Hunger Challenge' Forward [viewed]

fao_wfp_ifad22 September 2016: As UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon nears the end of his tenure, he has asked the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) to take the Zero Hunger Challenge forward. Speaking at the 'Pathways to Zero Hunger' high-level event on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, IFAD President Kanayo Nwanze and WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin committed their organizations to take over the Zero Hunger Challenge and pursue its goals.

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