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Event: 54th Meeting of the GEF Council and 6th GEF Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:40
The 54th Meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council will take place from 24-26 June 2018, immediately prior to the 6th GEF Assembly. The GEF Assembly meets every four years, and on this occasion from 27-28 June 2018. Both the Council meeting and the Assembly will follow a Civil Society Forum (CSO) Forum to be held on 26 June. Side events and site visits are also anticipated. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 5th GEF Assembly is here.

Event: Sustainable Investment Forum Europe

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:38
Organized by the Climate Action Partnership, the first Sustainable Investment Forum in Europe will bring together decision-makers from the investment community, European governments and think tanks to discuss concrete solutions to the current challenges of the European and global climate finance market. Held under the theme 'Financing Innovation for a Low Carbon Future,' the Forum will address, among other issues: climate risks and opportunities; governance for sustainable investment; financing the transition to a low-carbon economy; financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); technology for sustainable investment; and setting up an efficient carbon pricing system.

Event: Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 05:34

The Office of the President of the UN General Assembly, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the UN Foundation, UN Global Compact, Quaker UN Office and New York University's  (NYU) Center on International Cooperation are organizing this dialogue with governments, the private sector, civil society, and academia on building a global vision on sustaining peace. The meeting will serve as one of the critical events in the lead-up to a UNGA High-Level Meeting on sustaining peace on 24-25 April 2018. The event will engage diverse stakeholders in discussion on preventing conflict and addressing its root causes. Participants will include university students and faculty, private sector representatives, civil society organizations, and government representatives.

Guest Article: Global Workshop Propels Integrated SDG 6 Monitoring

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:25
A ‘Global Workshop for Integrated Monitoring of SDG 6’ provided a platform for countries and UN agencies to share experiences and review results from baseline collection efforts, as well as to exchange information on current country experiences on the integration of the SDG 6 monitoring framework into national monitoring and decision-making processes. One of the key opportunities provided by the workshop was the exchange of information on emerging practices, as part of a process of continuous methodological improvement and capacity building on SDG 6 monitoring and implementation.

Generation 2030: Localizing the SDGs at the Grassroots in Nigeria

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:22
During an awareness-raising workshop, we used play to dramatize, through locally-relevant examples, the participants’ understanding the 17 SDGs. Based on a post-workshop survey, participants now understand the simple role they have to play, by passing along the knowledge gained to peers at school, at home, and in the community to achieve the full benefit possible.

UNEA-3 Adopts 11 Resolutions and a Ministerial Declaration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:22
The third session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-3) adopted 11 resolutions submitted by Member States. Delegates also adopted, by consensus, a negotiated Ministerial Declaration, through which they agreed to address the pollution of air, land and soil, freshwater, and oceans.

Carbon Pricing and Markets Update: Discussions Advance on Markets under Paris Agreement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:18
The World Bank’s annual state of carbon pricing report found that, while the value of global carbon pricing initiatives increased by 7% in 2016, 85% of global emissions remain uncovered by carbon pricing. The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn included formal discussions and side events on carbon markets, including their role under the Paris Agreement, environmental integrity, the role of international shipping and aviation; and REDD+. The EU reached agreement on the reform of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) for the post-2020 era and formally linking is scheme with the Swiss ETS.

Climate Adaptation Finance Update: COP 23 Spurs Action on Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:15
During the month of November, a number of large development projects with climate resilience benefits were approved by MDBs. Support was also confirmed to support disaster risk resilience and recovery in small island states. The UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn served as a launchpad for a number of new funding and project launch announcements.

FAO Launches Soil Organic Carbon Map on World Soil Day

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:12
The annual observance of World Soil Day, on 5 December, took place under the theme ‘Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground'. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a ‘Global Soil Organic Carbon Map' based on a million sampling points.

Integrated Benefits Calculator Enables Decision Makers to Estimate Benefits of Mitigation Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:10
The Long-Range Energy Alternatives Planning tool was updated with several new functions, including an Integrated Benefits Calculator to assess impacts of emissions reductions for the climate, health and crops. Launched during the 3rd session of the UN Environment Assembly, the tool can now also account for the effects of land use change, including deforestation, reforestation and agricultural expansion. The enhanced tool enables users to estimate impacts of mitigation strategies without expert support, thus making the outputs of complex modelling accessible to a broad range of decision makers and the general public.

14th Meeting of IRENA Council Focuses on Increasing Renewable Energy Deployment and Investments

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:06
During the 14th session of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency, members discussed options to scale up renewable energy deployment and investment to address the gap between national energy plans, actual deployment, and climate targets. IRENA Directors presented project facilitation platforms created by IRENA to boost renewable energy project development and investment.

OECPR-3 Negotiates on Plastics, Pollution, HLPF Contributions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:04
OECPR-3 finalized eight draft resolutions and a ministerial outcome document for adoption at UNEA-3, after three days of negotiations at the UN Office at Nairobi. Opening the meeting, UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim highlighted UNEA-3’s focus on pollution as an opportunity to bring together many SDGs into a single, forward-looking agenda. OECPR-3 reviewed progress in implementing previous UNEA decisions.

Arctic States Highlight SDGs for Sustainable Economic Path

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:01
The ‘Sustainable Development Goals in the Arctic: Local and Global Perspectives’ conference discussed for opportunities sustainable economic development in the Arctic. Participants also reflected on how the Arctic can contribution to global achievement of the SDGs.

HSBC Issues World's First SDG Bond, Shell Increases Clean Energy Spending

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 03:00
Shell will increase its spending on clean energy to up to US$2 billion a year in order to help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. HSBC launched a US$1 billion bond to directly supports the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, the first time that a private sector entity has issued a “benchmark-size bond” of this type. Moody’s Investor Services has emphasized the importance of effective adaptation and mitigation strategies in order to avoid negative credit ratings.

Countries Agree to Prevent Unregulated Fishing in Central Arctic Ocean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:51
Nine countries and the EU completed two years of negotiations on an agreement to prevent unregulated commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean. The agreement is scheduled to last for 16 years and establishes a Joint Program of Scientific Research and Monitoring.

Iceland, Qatar to Co-facilitate ECOSOC Review Negotiations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:44
Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Representative of Iceland, and Alya Ahmed Saif Al-Thani, Permanent Representative of Qatar, have been appointed co-facilitators to lead intergovernmental consultations on the review of Resolution 68/1, regarding reform of ECOSOC. UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak noted that the review process will provide an opportunity to strengthen ECOSOC's role in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

DESA Presents Updated Capacity Building Approach

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 02:01
DESA representatives presented the new capacity development delivery model at an event with the UNGA Second Committee. With an annual budget of US$50 million, DESA is streamlining the way it delivers capacity development support, including by using well-tested tools and applying them in pilot countries, in collaboration with strategic partners.

Report Reviews Progress on Agenda for Humanity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:49
The Agenda for Humanity outlines a vision and roadmap to better address humanitarian need, risk and vulnerability for those affected by or at risk from humanitarian crises. The update provides the first reports from stakeholders on progress towards over 3,700 commitments related to the Agency's core responsibilities: prevent and end conflict; respect the rules of war; leave no one behind; work differently to end need; and invest in humanity. The report identifies several “clear areas of progress” but cautions that progress has been uneven and parts of the agenda “are being left behind.”

Conference Jump-starts 2018 Discussions on SDG Financing

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:45
The ‘Doha Messages’ adopted at the High-level Conference in Qatar will feed into the 2018 sessions of the FfD Forum and HLPF. The agreed text notes that Islamic finance could play an important role in achieving the SDGs by promoting social inclusion, through channeling resources for social investments through solidarity-based Islamic finance products, and filling the sustainable infrastructure financing gap.

AGWA Proposes Water Resilience Framework for Meeting SDG, Climate Targets

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:37
The world’s leading water agencies have called for coordinated action on water resource resilience as a way of meeting several SDG and climate targets, including those on food security and sustainable cities. They propose that financing of implementation actions under the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement should require a full evaluation of water resources and their integration into policy.