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Event: Global Dialogue on Technology for Resilient Cities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/21/2017 - 08:43
This Global Dialogue will explore how technologies can contribute to urban resilience against various environmental impacts. A focus will be given to climate change and other environmental impacts such as natural and man-made disasters. The Dialogue will cover aspects of technology for resilient cities including: Global and regional climate change adaptation and mitigation mechanisms; National and city waste management strategies; Financing technologies; Education, awareness, and capacity building; Social aspects of urban resilience; Management of hazardous waste; and Private sector involvement.

Event: 2017 Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:14
The 2017 SDTF will build on the 2016 SDTF outcomes and insights and help create a bridge between the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the 2018 HLPF. The event will also consider the sub-set of Goals that will be reviewed at HLPF 2018: SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), SDG 12 (Responsible Production and Consumption), and SDG 15 (Life on Land). The 2017 SDTF will include sessions focused on: Towards Sustainable Societies; Mainstreaming and Monitoring the SDGs; SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; SDGs and Finance Transformation Towards Resilient Societies; and Exploring the SDG Nexus.

Event: 2019 Arctic Circle Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:04
The Assembly is held every October at Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic and is attended by heads of state and government, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others interested in the future of the Arctic.

Event: 2018 Arctic Circle Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 05:00
The Assembly is held every October at Harpa Conference Center and Concert Hall in Reykjavík, Iceland. The annual Arctic Circle Assembly is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic and is attended by heads of state and government, ministers, members of parliaments, officials, experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, indigenous representatives, environmentalists, students, activists and others interested in the future of the Arctic.

Event: Geneva Launch of the Civil Society Reflection Group Report

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 04:50
This event will launch a report titled, 'Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017 - Reclaiming Policies for the Public'. The report was produced by a global coalition of civil society organizations and trade unions, and provides an assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2017 edition of this civil society "shadow" report focuses on privatization, partnerships, the role of corporations and the impact they have on sustainability and inequality. According to the report, the heavy reliance on public-private partnerships in the 2030 Agenda is highly problematic.

LAC Ministers Reaffirm Commitment to Tackle Pollution

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:27
Participants at the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) reaffirmed their commitment to work towards a Ministerial Declaration on pollution to be adopted at the third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3). From 4-6 December 2017, UNEA 3 will convene under the theme, ‘Towards a Pollution-Free Planet’. In other news, Spain became the 32nd country to join the UN Clean Seas campaign.

UNFCCC Updates Paris Agreement Progress Tracker, APA Presiding Officers Issue Documents

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:22
The Secretariat updated a progress tracker for the work programme under the Paris Agreement. The APA Co-Chairs issued a reflections note on APA 1-3 held in May 2017, laying out the Co-Chairs’ reflections on the status of negotiations under the APA and on the way forward. The co-facilitators of discussions under agenda items 3 (mitigation) and 4 (adaptation communications) issued non-papers summarizing Parties’ submissions.

UN, Governments, Industry Build Resilience, Monitor Disaster Losses

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:20
UNISDR announced that, as of 2018, it will carry out its worldwide monitoring of disaster losses from extreme weather events and earthquakes through an office in Bonn, Germany. Business representatives launched ARISE-US, a US chapter of the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies. A joint WMO-World Bank mission working on implementation of a project titled ‘Niger Strengthening Early Warning Services’ discussed progress with Niger's government representatives.

UNFPA Report Calls for Stepping Up Action on Gender Equality to Meet the SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:16
UNFPA has released the 2017 edition of its State of World Population report 'Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Age of Inequality'. The report notes that since the Programme of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development was agreed, initiatives have been taken to extend access to sexual and reproductive health services across the globe, and gaps have narrowed across countries; still, disparities are not closing fast enough to meet the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report outlines ten specific actions countries can take to address gender inequality and inequalities in realizing sexual and reproductive health and rights.

OECD Report Outlines Challenges and Recommendations for SDG Data

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:12
The OECD has released the 2017 edition of its Development Co-operation Report on Data for Development. The report discusses: actions that are needed for data to enable development; the value of data for development; the role of national statistical systems in the data revolution; rethinking donor support for statistical capacity building; making better use of results data in development co-operation; and "getting development finance data right". The report underlines the importance of strong political leadership in developing countries to promote the cause of data for development and makes recommendations for better data.

International Day Emphasizes Progress in Extreme Poverty

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 01:08
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty focused on the theme ‘Answering the Call of October 17 to end poverty: A path toward peaceful and inclusive societies'. UNDP stressed, “poverty isn’t permanent,” in its message for the Day, highlighting data that show that the number of people who live in extreme poverty has been cut in half over the past two decades. UN leaders recognized this progress on eradicating poverty while calling for reaffirming commitment to eradicate extreme poverty as called for in the SDGs.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: First Emerging Economy Green Bond, Large Scale Forest Restoration in Amazonia

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:47
Fiji has issued the first emerging market sovereign green bond. A multi-stakeholder partnership has announced a reforestation project aiming to restore 30,000 hectares of degraded Amazonian forest land by 2023. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced several sustainable energy projects in Egypt, Morocco, and Serbia. The European Investment Bank and the International Solar Alliance have announced a Joint Declaration to mobilize finance to develop and deploy affordable solar energy in solar rich countries.

IEA Reports Reveal Rapid Growth of Renewables, Need to Enhance Policies for Energy Efficiency

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:31
The IEA report titled, ‘Renewables 2017,’ finds that in 2016 installation of renewable power capacity reached a new record with 165 gigawatts (GW), accounting for two thirds of all new capacity. IEA’s report titled, ‘Energy Efficiency 2017,’ report finds that energy intensity of the global economy continued to decline, but the downward trend has slowed. In a commentary, IEA experts raise concerns about declines in funding for energy research.

Guest Article: Our Climate Crossroads: How Technology Can Lead Climate Action and Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:00
Climate technology and innovation plays an important role in accelerating climate action and sustainable development. The next UN climate change conference will focus on translating Paris Agreement goals into action on the ground.

G20 Development Group Workshop Considers 2030 Agenda Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:58
In a UNDP and OECD workshop of the G20 Development Working Group, participants considered how to pursue the implementation of the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The G20 Action Plan was adopted in September 2016, during the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, to show leadership in achieving sustainable development worldwide and in contributing to the 2030 Agenda's implementation. The Action Plan is complemented by the 'Hamburg Update: Taking forward the G20 Action Plan on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, adopted during the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July 2017.

World Food Day Illuminates Migration-Hunger Links, Billion-Dollar Facility Launched

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:50
This year, World Food Day convened under the theme, ‘Change the future of migration: Invest in food security and rural migration'. Rabobank and UN Environment announced a $1 billion-dollar facility that will finance sustainable agriculture, sustainable land use and achievement of the Paris Climate Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

TEC, CTCN Prepare for COP 23, CTCN Advances SDGs 13 and 14

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:45
The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a summary document laying out information on the activities of the TEC and the CTCN relevant to the elaboration of the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement. The TEC has published a policy brief titled, ‘Technological Innovation for the Paris Agreement: Implementing nationally determined contributions, national adaptation plans and mid-century strategies’. The CTCN has published an update on its technical assistance on flood reduction and climate-resilient infrastructure development in Jakarta, which contributes to SDGs 13 (climate action) and 14 (life below water).

Arctic Circle Assembly, AMAP Report Promote Adaptation, SDGs in the Arctic

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:41
The Arctic Circle Assembly, the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic discussed numerous issues of relevance to the region, including climate change and the SDGs. The WMO showcased its initiatives on strengthening observations and predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in the polar regions. The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme published its first assessment dealing with adaptation actions in the region.

Event: 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:39
The Arctic Circle Assembly, which is the largest annual international gathering on the Arctic, convenes every October in Iceland. The 2017 Arctic Circle Assembly will address issues of relevance to the region, including: sustainability standards and valuing natural assets in Arctic infrastructure; the relevance of all 17 SDGs for the Arctic; food and agriculture opportunities in South Greenland under a changing climate; and a climate justice dialogue with faith leaders, scientists and decision makers.

UNCCD and GSP Unveil Global Campaigns Highlighting Land-Climate Links

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 22:25
The #LoveLand4Climate campaign highlights the close linkages between sustainable land management (SLM) and achieving climate targets. World Soil Day 2017 will address the theme, “Caring for the planet starts from the ground," and will include the launch the first-ever Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCmap).