Report Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Arctic Freshwater System [viewed]

amap_wcrp_iasc15 March 2016: The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) have released a summary report, titled 'The Arctic Freshwater System in a Changing Climate,' which outlines the effects of the changing Arctic atmosphere on the region and beyond.

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UNFCCC Outlines COP 22 Organizational Scenario [viewed]

UNFCCC14 March 2016: In preparation for the 44th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), the UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note (FCCC/SBI/2016/2) containing an organizational scenario and possible elements for the provisional agendas of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) and the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12).

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East Africa Legislative Assembly Passes Watershed Disaster Risk Bill [viewed]

east_african14 March 2015: The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed the 'Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Bill 2013' in an effort to curb the impact of natural and manmade hazards in the region. The bill, the first such regional legislation in Africa, aims to enhance the coordination of disaster preparedness, management, protection and mitigation measures. The adoption of the bill marks a significant step in Africa's implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015.

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UNFCCC Reports on Capacity-Building Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC11 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published two reports to support Parties in reviewing progress and effectiveness of capacity-building efforts under the Convention. The reports compile information relevant to the implementation of the framework for capacity building in developing countries adopted in the Marrakesh Accords (decision 2/CP.7) and the Durban Forum, established by decision 2/CP.17 as a space for in-depth discussion on capacity building.

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Asian Events Address Urban Resilience, Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

asean_iclei_myanmar11 March 2016: Recent events in the Asian region have addressed climate resilience in urban areas and education for climate change-resilient agriculture and food security. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Forum on Improvement of Knowledge, Skills and Competence of Stakeholders in Climate Change Adaptation garnered experiences from ASEAN countries on how education and university curricula treat climate change in order to create knowledge and competencies for climate change-resilient agriculture and food security. The second Asia-Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific 2016 brought together local governments, institutions and communities to discuss climate resilience in urban areas, including SDG 11.

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CSW 60 Opens with Calls for Gender Equality to Guide Action on SDGs [viewed]

csw6014 March 2016: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a framework for action to transform gender relations and achieve gender equality and women's empowerment, making the world a better place for all, UN leaders said at the opening session of the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). CSW 60 is expected to discuss implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and take stock of progress in eliminating violence against women and girls.

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Executive Board Considers CDM's Future under Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC11 March 2016: At its 88th meeting, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) elected Eduardo Calvo, Peru, as Chair and Frank Wolke, Germany, as Vice-Chair, for 2016. In addition, the Board set in motion the CDM's "evolving role" in international climate action, taking up a request from the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11) in December 2015 to analyze options to use the CDM for other uses.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights [viewed]

united_nations_human_rights4 March 2016: A global temperature increase of one or two degrees Celsius would adversely affect human rights, including the rights to life, development, food, water, health and housing, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox, told the Human Rights Council (HRC). Knox stressed that human rights obligations with respect to climate change include decisions about how much climate protection to pursue, as well as the mitigation and adaptation measures through which protection is achieved.

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UN Statistical Commission Agrees on SDG Indicator Framework as "Practical Starting Point" [viewed]

47unsc11 March 2016: The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) agreed, "as a practical starting point," with the global indicator framework proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), noting that the indicators are "subject to further technical refinement." The Commission also took decisions on capacity building for national statistical systems, and climate change and governance statistics.

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WHO, UNISDR Call for Integrating Health in DRR [viewed]

unisdr-who11 March 2016: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called on national disaster management agencies to include health emergencies in their preparedness and response plans alongside earthquakes, floods and storms. The call was made during the International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, which brought together over 300 representatives from 54 governments, the health and disaster risk fields, and international and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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