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Winners Announced for Youth Competition on Financing Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:48
The Ideas for Action initiative has announced the winners of its third youth competition, which invites proposals for financing for development to help achieve the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. The I4A competition encourages youth to develop and share their ideas for innovative approaches to solve development challenges, through the smart use of technology and financing solutions, and to take ownership over SDG implementation.

EU Calls for COP 23 to Provide Clarity on 2018 Facilitative Dialogue

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:30
On global action under the Paris Agreement, the Council underscores the importance of a “rules-based global order,” stressing that the treaty is “irreversible”. On advancing implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Council highlights the global stocktake as the key element of a wider ambition cycle that will inform and incentivize processes to progressively enhance ambitious action, both domestically and collectively. On COP 23 deliverables, the Council calls for progress on the Paris Work Programme.

EU, India Partner on Paris Agreement Implementation, Clean Energy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:27
In their joint statement, the EU and India commit to implementation of the Paris Agreement “in all its aspects,” including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology development and transfer, capacity building, and transparency of actions and support. They welcome the EU Energy Union’s Framework Strategy and 2030 climate and energy targets, and India’s renewable targets and policies to develop an electricity system which can reliably integrate large shares of renewable energy.

Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action Outlines 2017-2018 Work Programme

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 09:24
The 2017-2018 work programme of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action envisions “acting further, faster and together” towards the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, and implementing the Partnership through enhanced cooperation. It defines the Partnership’s priorities for cooperation between organizations, initiatives and coalitions, continuous high-level advocacy, and engagement at UNFCCC sessions on the interaction between climate action and the SDGs.

Event: Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 10:18
Organised by the UNFCCC, Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the 2017 Asia Pacific Carbon Forum (APCF 2017) will provide a platform to exchange of knowledge and information on carbon markets and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) at regional level.

Event: 2017 International Civil Society Week

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 09:38
Taking place three weeks after the conclusion of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, which will convene under the Fijian Presidency in Bonn, Germany, from 6-17 November 2017, the 2017 International Civil Society Week (ICSW) will bring together civil society leaders from around the world to review COP 23 outcomes, plan civil society engagement in implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and build solidarity among social and climate justice movements. Organized by CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, in partnership with the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO), the conference will convene under the theme is ‘Our Planet, Our Struggles, Our Future.’ The programme includes a youth assembly, numerous partner-led side events, a civil society fair, immersive cultural experiences, the CIVICUS World Assembly and the Nelson Mandela-Graça Machel Innovation Awards.

Event: Small States Forum 2017 - From Roadmap to Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 08:32
The Small States Forum (SSF) convenes annually during the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings. It brings together Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from 50 small states to discuss pressing challenges. The 2017 SSF will seek to: provide an update on the implementation of the recently published World Bank Group Small States Roadmap; provide a high-level platform for discussion on IDA 18 implementation; and stimulate an interactive discussion among small states clients and development partners on the small states agenda in areas such as derisking, vulnerability and the blue economy.

Reports on Triple Threat of Malnutrition Show Increasing Hunger and Obesity Worldwide

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:37
The number of people suffering from hunger increased in 2016, for the first time, after ten-years of continuous decline. Globally, one of every three people is malnourished today, and if nothing is done, half of the world could be malnourished by 2030. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022.

Second Committee Considers Role of AI in Advancing SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:35
Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot, 'Sophia', responded to a question about how the UN can help people who have no access to the Internet or electricity by suggesting AI could help distribute the world’s existing resources. One participant shared his vision of a future of cooperation between four forms of life: classic (humans); augmented (humans augmented by technology wearables); synthetic (fully synthetic genomes); and artificial (robots). Participants reflected on how to address global challenges through AI, including specific solutions for each of the SDGs.

Partnership to Address Climate Displacement, Dominica to Become the First Climate-Resilient Nation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:26
During his visit to Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda to survey the hurricane damage, UN Secretary-General António Guterres described climate change as “one of the central causes of forced displacement in the world”. He commended the Government of Dominica for its vision to become the world’s first “green climate-resilient nation”. The MoU between UN-Habitat and Displacement Solutions outlines a framework for global, regional, national and city-level collaboration on minimizing the impacts of climate change and increasing resilience of human settlements at risk.

Second Committee Concludes Sustainable Development Debate

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 01:23
Member States focused on issues related to climate change, infrastructure support, technology transfer, including for MICs and multi-stakeholder partnerships for securing needed resources. They also shared plans for VNR presentations at the HLPF and shared progress on assistance and projects related to land restoration, oceans, renewable energy and gender equality, among other topics.

WHO Establishes Commission on NCDs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:57
The World Health Organization has established a high-level global commission on NCDs. The commission will work to identify innovative opportunities to reduce deaths from NCDs, which will contribute to achieving the SDG target on reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one-third. Two 2017 WHO reports found that the world is not currently on track to meet this target.

European Council Calls for Mobilization of Public and Private Finance for Climate-resilient Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:39
The European Council has emphasized the importance of making progress on the Paris Agreement’s “transformational objective” of making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low-carbon and climate-resilient development. It highlights carbon pricing as a key component of an enabling environment for shifting investments towards green and sustainable production technologies, and for promoting innovative solutions. The Council emphasizes the role of public as well as private climate finance, and stresses the need to better mobilize the private sector’s potential through a robust enabling policy environment.

ESCAP Warns of Disaster Risk Outpacing Resilience in Asia-Pacific

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:35
The report warns that 40% of global economic losses from disasters will be in the Asia-Pacific region between 2015 and 2030. It calls for: disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures to consider climate change-related risks; DRR interventions to form part of a broader approach to conflict prevention and peace building; and national development strategies to integrate disaster resilience.

ILO Report Highlights Slow Reductions in Working Poverty, Events Discuss Making Decent Work a Reality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:28
The ILO's World Employment and Social Outlook 2017 finds that over 200 million people are out of work around the world and slow reductions in working poverty threaten the prospects for achieving the SDGs and eradicating poverty. The ILO also held a number of events related to the future of work, including a side event at the UN General Assembly and events in Europe and Central Asia.

CDP Report: Chemical Companies Must Do More to Meet Climate Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:58
While major chemical companies are innovating in low-carbon products, they are not meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a report published by the CDP. The report shows that, while the chemicals sector is performing well on reducing emissions and improving the energy efficiency of its products, innovations and changes to its polluting processes will be required in order for the sector to align itself with the goal of keeping the global temperature rise to below 2°C above preindustrial levels.

Water Scarcity Discussed at UN, Projects Addressing Scarcity in India and Greece

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:55
Discussions during the UN General Assembly’s high-level week addressed the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal on clean water and sanitation (SDG 6). The Global Water Partnership Mediterranean (GWP-Med) reported that its Non-Conventional Water Resources (NCWR) programme has helped address local water scarcity problems on 31 Greek islands. In India, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is using artificial wetlands technology to treat wastewater for irrigation.

OECD Development Centre Calls for New Toolbox to Promote Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:46
The Fourth High-level Meeting of the OECD Development Centre Governing Board discussed opportunities and challenges faced by countries transitioning to higher income levels; consequences of international migration for developing countries; drivers of gender inequality; and the extractive sector’s role in development. Participants adopted a High-Level Communiqué and a ‘Policy Statement on Natural Resource-based Development’.

Informal Meeting for Heads of Delegation Considers Expectations for COP 23

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:22
The report summarizes the discussions on implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement on climate change, the Global Climate Action Agenda, means of implementation, the UNFCCC budget work programme and the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue. On the Global Climate Action Agenda, participants highlighted, the importance of involving non-state actors in implementation of climate action, seeking their inputs to the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue, and widening climate engagement by reaching out to the general public.

IGES Updates NDC Database

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 23:14
The database references information on the Paris Agreement’s implementation progress, and is regularly updated with new signatures, ratifications and NDC submissions. The updated version includes 12 Paris Agreement ratifications, 11 first-time NDC submissions and detailed NDC information on Palestine’s and Timor-Leste’s first-time submissions.