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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EU Council Calls for Coherent Response to Arctic Region Challenges [viewed]

european_council20 June 2016: Recognizing that global activities have contributed to the "significant risks posed by climate change and environmental impacts" to the Arctic, the EU Council has issued conclusions emphasizing the need for implementation of commitments under environmental agreements, especially the Paris Agreement on climate change. The conclusions were adopted at a meeting of the EU's Foreign Affairs Council held on 20 June, where foreign ministers discussed an integrated EU policy for the Arctic, including a joint communication on the matter adopted on 27 April by the European Commission and the High Representative.

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Norway Ratifies Paris Agreement, Promises to Go Carbon Neutral by 2030 [viewed]

norway-flag20 June 2016: The Government of Norway deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN, making it the 18th Party to the UNFCCC to do so. Its ratification comes on the heels of the country's pledge to become carbon neutral in 14 years. On 14 June, the Norwegian Parliament voted to reduce and offset carbon emissions so that its emissions are net zero by 2030, two decades earlier than the country's previous pledge.

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Event: 7th Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

The Dialogue is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Originally an initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first Dialogue was held in May 2010 as a follow-up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and in preparation for COP 16. Representatives from all regions of the world gather at the Dialogue for informal discussions in support of the UNFCCC negotiating process. The Dialogues are chaired by Germany and the president of the upcoming COP, which will be Morocco in 2016.  

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Event: 2016 Business and Climate Summit [viewed]

This Summit will bring together leaders from business, government and finance to develop a roadmap for how business, in the short, medium and long term, can take advantage of a swift transition to the net zero carbon economy. Day one will focus on implementing the Paris Agreement, and sessions will address, inter alia: what the Paris Agreement means for business; how business can bend the curve below 2°C above pre-industrial levels; the energy transition and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7) (ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy) and climate goals; the role of business in achieving climate-positive land use in agriculture and forestry; decarbonizing transport; doubling global real estate in a 2°C world; and accelerating the business transition to the circular economy. Day 2 will focus in finance, innovation and policy for the low carbon transition, and include session on, inter alia: financing the low carbon economy; risk disclosure; achieving climate goals with the right carbon pricing mechanisms; innovation, collaboration and leadership for business in a post-Paris world; the role and responsibility of creative industries on climate action; and climate and trade. The Summit is being convened by The Climate Group and We Mean Business, and supported by, among others, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the UN Global Compact.  

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Event: First Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum [viewed]

The Forum is being organized by the incoming Moroccan Presidency of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) in collaboration with the French Presidency of COP 21, the UN Secretary-General, the UNFCCC and Peru. The Forum's aim is to lay the groundwork for the organization of the high-level event on climate action, scheduled to take place during COP 22 in Marrakesh, Morocco. It will also provide the opportunity for: the strengthening of coordination of climate action and encourage new voluntary initiatives; coalitions to discuss their implementation and plans for Marrakesh, and possible cooperation and synergies; the high-level champions to showcase their vision and expectations to maintain action and strengthen voluntary initiatives to accelerate the pathway from 2 °C to 1.5 °C. Parties and non-governmental stakeholders will also discuss ways to: strengthen the links between national action plans and voluntary initiatives, as well as the organization of the voluntary initiatives themselves; improve access to data; and share good practices. Key themes for discussion include: the strengthening of initiatives and means of implementation: the link between voluntary initiatives, Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); credibility and a reporting system; the high-level event on climate action in Marrakesh; organizational support to maintain the dynamics of voluntary action. An aide-memoire capturing the discussions will be produced and published after the forum.  

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