EU and Member States Advance Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

EU - Hungary - France Flags15 June 2016: French President François Hollande signed, on 15 June, a bill formally ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change. France, which held the Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21) and helped usher in the Paris Agreement in December 2015, follows Hungary, which was the first EU member State to ratify, passing legislation unanimously in support of the Agreement on 24 May.

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FAO Report Highlights Potential of Dryland Fisheries to Support Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

fao_fisheries14 June 2016: Small-scale dryland fisheries resources have the potential to contribute to ending hunger and promoting local food security and nutrition, according to a report, titled 'Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Fish Come with the Rains,' published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report documents the resilience of fish resources to climatic variability and identifies opportunities for designing and implementing policies and programmes to reduce food insecurity and conflicts in Africa's dryland environments.

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Event: Workshop on Business-to-Business Energy Efficiency Networks [viewed]

Following the 2015 Hamburg Group of 7 (G7) Initiative for Sustainable Energy Security, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will jointly host a full-day workshop on business-to-business Energy Efficiency Networks (EENs) on 15 September 2016, in Berlin, Germany. The event will encourage participants to exchange and work towards best practices and success factors of EENs as an effective policy to stimulate energy efficiency. The outcomes of this workshop will lead to concrete tools and recommendations for the G7 and beyond. In addition, the workshop will provide a platform for dialogue between policy makers, network participants, and interested companies and experts. The workshop will take place back-to-back with the 2016 Industrial Efficiency conference.  

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President [viewed]

Fiji Flag13 June 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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LAC Countries Adopt Guidelines for Regional DRR Action Plan [viewed]

sendai_americas9 June 2016: Countries in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) have agreed on guidelines for developing a regional action plan that will encourage countries and communities to reduce disaster risk and potential losses. The guidelines were discussed during the First Meeting of Ministers and High-Level Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in the Americas. The conference was the first opportunity for the region to discuss how to implement the Sendai Framework and illustrated the region's commitment to strengthening disaster risk governance.

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G20 Agriculture Ministers Reaffirm Role of Agriculture in Achieving Food Security, Poverty Alleviation, SDGs [viewed]

g20-20163 June 2016: Agriculture Ministers from the Group of 20 (G20) reaffirmed the role of agriculture and rural development in achieving global food security, poverty alleviation and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Meeting under the theme, 'Agricultural Innovation and Sustainable Development,' the G20 Agriculture Ministers adopted a Communiqué through which they agree to promote food security, nutrition, sustainable agricultural growth and rural development, and to contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sustainable natural resource use.

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Experts Discuss Aligning Indicators for SDGs and Sendai Framework for DRR [viewed]

sendai_framework1 June 2016: During a briefing on the theme, 'Monitoring the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030 and promoting coherence with the SDGs,' experts discussed ways of ensuring coherence between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicator framework and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), as well as the latest updates on the work on the indicators for the two agendas. The briefing was organized by the Permanent Missions of Finland and Jamaica, in collaboration with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR) and the UN Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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Guest Article #142: Collaborative Effort of European Financing Institutions to Help Improve Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

When the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015, it included a long-term goal for the adaptation to climate change – “enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development […]”. It recognised the direct link of climate change adaptation to sustainable development and further highlighted its importance. This added momentum to an increasing need for practical approaches for climate change adaptation, which can range from making transport infrastructure more resilient to storms and floods, to helping small businesses adapt to increasing water scarcity.

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Mitigation Update: Work Continues on Aviation, Black Carbon Emissions, Regions Cooperate on Clean Energy [viewed]

icao_arctic_adb_afdb13 June 2016: According to a policy paper from the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, “carbon-intensive companies are not ready for the impact of the Paris Agreement's commitments.” The authors, economists Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis, submitted the paper to the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures, arguing that the Financial Stability Board (FSB) should create robust reporting guidance on climate risks.

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Europe Ministers Translate 2030 Agenda into Concrete Commitments on Green Economy, Clean Air, ESD [viewed]

efe810 June 2016: Participants at the Eighth Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed on a number of outcomes related to the green economy, air quality and human health, and education for sustainable development (ESD). During the Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region.

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