Event: First Meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group for the Elaboration of a Preliminary Text of a Declaration on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change [viewed]

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Morocco will convene the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) to launch the preparation of a preliminary text of a non-binding declaration on ethical principles related to climate change. The 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, held in November 2015, invited UNESCO to begin preparing the declaration with the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, and in consultation with member States. The aim is to complement the Paris Agreement and submit the preliminary text to the 39th session of the General Conference in 2017.  

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Secretary-General's Board Advises on Future of Science in UN System [viewed]

united_nations18 September 2016: Science "deserves to be valued more highly, employed more widely, and used more effectively by decision-makers at all levels,” stresses the summary report of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board. The authors urge all nations to invest more in science, technology and innovation (STI), saying they “can be a game changer" in dealing with "nearly all the most pressing global challenges” and that STI should play a key role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreement19 September 2016: The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters.

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2017 [viewed]

Transforming Transportation is the annual conference co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local governments, multilateral development banks, foundations, civil society, research institutions, and businesses from around the world. At Transforming Transportation, they share the latest experiences, information, and best practices around sustainable transport.  

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Latin America Conference Takes Stock of Statistics for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo16 September 2016: A Latin America regional conference on official statistics in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development took stock of international, regional, sub-regional and national initiatives to integrate and modernize statistical systems, and shape the 2030 Agenda within a Latin American context. Participants also considered how the region can implement a sustainable economy, including within the context of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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CSOs Reflect on SDG Evaluation, G20 Summit, Refugees and Trade [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)14 September 2016: In recent papers and briefing information, civil society organizations (CSOs) reflect on evaluation within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), analyze the outcome of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focus on refugees and migrants, and consider trade and productive capacity.

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UNECE Presents Regional Input to Habitat III [viewed]

unece_hiii13 September 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has presented the Habitat III Regional Report for the UNECE region, which will be submitted as the official input from the pan-European region to the New Urban Agenda, the outcome of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).

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On Ozone Day, UN Urges Action on Climate through HFC Phasedown [viewed]

united_unep16 September 2016: The UN marked International Ozone Day with a call to reach global consensus on a phase-down of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), highlighting that such a move could avoid up to half a degree of global warming by the end of the 21st century.

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SCF Forum Explores Financial Instruments for Addressing Loss and Damage [viewed]

unfccc_adb_philippines6 September 2016: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) held its 2016 Forum under the theme, 'Financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.' Discussions at the Forum highlighted the need for a holistic and integrated approach to addressing the risks of loss and damage, while underscoring that there is no one-size-fits-all to mobilizing support.

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