Thursday, December 14, 2017
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UN-Habitat Engages Urban Planners in Climate Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 01:33
UN-Habitat held trainings for technicians from Asunción, Paraguay and Maputo, Mozambique, which are pilot cities for UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Tool, for assessing a city's climate resilience. The Declaration recommends actions related to economic, social and environmental dimensions, governance, and regional cooperation. Cities contribute between 37% and 49% of total global emissions, and 70% of the world’s population is expected to live in cities by 2050.

Event: Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 00:26
The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) will take place from 11-15 March 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya, as agreed during UNEA-3 in December 2017 (UNEP/EA.3/L.2). By the same text, the Assembly decided that following the 2019 session, UNEA will convene during the last week each February, unless otherwise decided by UNEA. The President of UNEA-4 will be Estonia.

ITTC-53 Adopts Work Programme and Budget, Policy Guidelines on Gender Equality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 02:02
The 53rd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-53) and the associated sessions of its four Committees met from 27 November – 2 December 2017, in Lima, Peru. The meeting adopted, among other decisions, the biennial work programme and budget, and policy guidelines on gender equality and empowering women. It further reviewed projects and activities, such as on the Emerald Triangle Protected Forests Complex and a microcredit pilot scheme for small and medium-sized enterprises in Indonesia.

LAC Principle 10 Negotiations Incorporate Protections for Defenders of Human Rights in Environmental Matters

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:59
Civil society delegates commended the meeting’s agreement to protect those people who, on a daily basis, defend the environment, noting these efforts have “gone unrecognized for decades". To date, 24 countries have signed the Declaration on the application of Principle 10 in the LAC region. Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, underscored that the rights of access enshrined in Principle 10 are at the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. Pending articles in the document will be discussed at the ninth meeting of the Negotiating Committee, in 2018.

CITES SC69 Adopts Decisions on Pangolins, Rosewood

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:42
The sixty-ninth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC69) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) established 27 intersessional working groups. The SC agreed to treat all pangolin parts and derivatives as though they have always been listed on Appendix I. The Committee rejected a request by Madagascar to export its stockpiles of thousands of tonnes of seized or “declared” rosewood and ebony.

Mexico Hosts Migration Stocktaking Meeting

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:37
A three-day preparatory meeting will include: a retrospection session to look back on Phase I (consultations); an “idea lab” session to stimulate analysis, innovative visions, and concrete objectives; six 'Action Groups' addressing various dimensions of migration; and a follow-up and implementation session on forming a coherent institutional architecture and partnerships. On the eve of the meeting in Mexico, the US announced that it has decided to “end participation in the UN process to develop a Global Compact on Migration." Also ahead of the meeting, UNICEF and World Vision issued recommendations on placing uprooted children's wellbeing at the center of the global compact.

IRP Reports Trends in Global Material Resource Use

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:33
The International Resource Panel (IRP) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP or UN Environment) released a report titled, ‘Assessing Global Resource Use; A systems approach to resource efficiency and pollution reduction'. The publication contains a “Special Feature” on mitigating air pollution and achieving SDGs in Chinese cities and Delhi, India.

GEF Council Approves Over US$500 Million in Project Financing

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:28
The GEF Council adopted a Policy on Gender Equality, a Policy on Stakeholder Engagement, and the November 2017 Work Program, which includes over US$500 million in project financing. The Council also, inter alia, discussed an update on the seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7), the report of the Chairperson of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), and relations with the Conventions and other international institutions.

UNIDO Conference Focuses on Partnerships for Achieving ISID, Gender Equality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:21
UNIDO announced several partnerships and donor agreements that will help scale up operations and promote gender equality in industry, during its 17th General Conference in Vienna, Austria. The conference, organized on the theme, ‘Partnering for Impact – Achieving the SDGs’, showcased UNIDO’s efforts toward inclusive and sustainable industrial development, including expansion of country partnerships for ISID in Cambodia and Kyrgyzstan.

South-South Expo Launches Collaborative Initiatives for 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:19
The Expo showcased how South-South cooperation can support SDG achievement by sharing technologies, facilitating trade and investment and enhancing productivity capacity. The India, Brazil and South Africa Facility for Poverty and Hunger Alleviation released a report that illustrates how the three countries are helping LDCs to tackle poverty and hunger, improve access to health care, increase rural electrification, and promote waste water management, among other projects. IFAD, UNFPA and partners launched the 'Youth for the South' initiative to empower young leaders in the global South to become agents of change.

Bloomberg Report Finds Decrease in Renewable Energy Investment in Developing Countries as New Capacity Increases

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:16
The Bloomberg New Energy Finance 'Climatescope 2017' report finds that clean energy investments in developing countries decreased in 2016, as growth in renewable energy capacity accelerated. Investment declined due to a mix of market risks, unclear policy environments and decreasing cost of wind and solar. New off-grid solar contributed significantly to clean energy capacity additions in developing countries.

Climate Mitigation Finance Update: Progress in Mapping and Financing Wind Power; Financing Call for Renewable Energy Projects

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:14
The International Renewable Energy Agency and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development have launched a US$50 million call for applications for renewable energy projects in developing countries. A global tool allows estimating and comparing power potential, as funding aims to stimulate wind power development in Argentina, Sweden and Mexico. Financing agreements have been signed to support solar and geothermal power generation in India, Afghanistan and the Caribbean.

UNDP Organizes 2018-2021 Plan around SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:12
In support of implementing the SDGs, UNDP's Strategic Plan for the next four years will include two platforms: multisectoral country-support platforms for the SDGs; and a global development advisory and implementation services platform. The Strategic Plan identifies six “signature solutions” along which UNDP will align its resources and expertise, seeking to increase its impact on poverty eradication, governance, energy access, gender equality, resilience and environmental sustainability.

UNDP, Wilson Center Launch Index on Women’s Leadership

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 01:04
UNDP and the Wilson Center launched the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative Index, which aims to increase women’s leadership roles in public office by 50% by 2050. The Index illustrates where women are in government, how they got to their leadership positions and how much power they hold. UNDP and McKinsey and Company released a report that explores the correlation between gender equality and public sector performance.

UNISDR Agrees to Create Expert Group for Global Risk Assessment Framework

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:55
UNISDR plans to establish an Expert Working Group that will create a global risk assessment framework to support Member States in implementing several international agreements: the Sendai Framework on DRR, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Public Health England published a review of the UK’s progress on implementing the Sendai Framework.

Generation 2030: Developing the SDG Dashboard for San Jose

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:44
Students at Stanford University have worked with the City of San Jose, California, to create a virtual and interactive tool that would collect, organize, and help visualize various sets of data to allow the public and local policy makers to better understand and address the SDGs. By showing an individual citizen how his or her neighborhood, district, or city compares to other neighborhoods, districts, or cities, he or she could be motivated to be the best and/or not be the worst in any given category.

SADC Holds Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:36
With support from the EU, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) hosted a two-day dialogue to promote resource-use efficiency in water, land and energy planning. The dialogue supported governments' and stakeholders' use of balanced decision-making that considers the interdependencies of water resource management, agriculture, and energy generation.

Cities Adopt Declaration for Global Compact on Migration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 00:31
A global conference on cities and migration adopted the Mechelen Declaration, which captures the vision of mayors and governors of regional and local governments and builds on the SDGs, the New Urban Agenda and the New York Declaration on Migrants and Refugees. The document was submitted to Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for International Migration, and to the co-facilitators of the process for the Global Compact on Migration.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly – 4 December 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 12/05/2017 - 01:04
The Overseas Development Institute launched a publication series on climate finance fundamentals and a working paper on decentralizing climate finance, while IIED unpacked “devolved” climate finance. The Stockholm Environment Institute examined climate finance in Caribbean and Pacific SIDS. In addition, UNDP launched a report on financing the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region, while a joint UN Environment report looked at China’s greening of the financial system, and OECD, Eurodad, Center for Global Development and Devex all zoomed in on blended finance.

Event: 2018 Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 23:21
The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development is "powered by the UN SDG Action Campaign" with the support of Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Festival will focus on three core themes in 2018: Innovation and disruptive change; Citizen engagement; and Communicating the SDGs. This second Festival will seek to recognize and celebrate "innovators, conveners and breakthrough actors" on the world's intractable development problems, and will showcase the latest innovations, tools and approaches to SDG implementation. The 2018 Festival will bring together a wide array of organizations and individuals to build synergies among different constituencies, increase mutual understanding, and approach problems and solutions from multiple angles. The UN SDG Action Campaign is a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General administered by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and mandated to support the UN system-wide and the Member States on advocacy and public engagement in the SDG implementation. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the first Festival, the Global Festival of Ideas, is here.