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Event: Sixth UK Land Policy Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:27
This Forum will discuss different models of outgrower production, lessons learnt from practical experience and their implications for land policy. It will provide a focus for debate, information and lesson sharing among UK stakeholders to inform the Department for International Development (DFID) and wider UK policy and programming for the strengthening of land governance and land rights protection.

Event: 50th Session of UN Statistical Commission

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 23:18
The UN Statistical Commission will hold its 50th session from 5-8 March 2019. The UNSC brings together Chief Statisticians from UN Member States, and is the highest decision making body for international statistical activities. The Commission consists of 24 member countries of the UN elected by the Economic and Social Council on the basis of an equitable geographical distribution. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 49th session is here.

Event: EU for Talanoa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 05/21/2018 - 22:55
Organized by the European Commission as part of the EU’s contribution to the Talanoa Dialogue, an international process to take stock of the collective and individual efforts towards the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the ‘EU for Talanoa’ conference (#EU4Talanoa) will bring together representatives from EU institutions, cities and regions, civil society, the private sector, trade unions and other relevant stakeholders from EU member States and countries outside the EU. The conference will seek to: stimulate discussions related to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the preparation of the next set of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); demonstrate how the EU is delivering on its climate goals and accelerating the low-emission transition, building on the EU’s technical submission to the Talanoa Dialogue; and support the involvement of all public and private actors in the fight against climate change.

Event: Regional NDC Dialogue for Eurasia

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:15
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNFCCC Dialogue will convene stakeholders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to exchange experiences on the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event aims to: exchange national experiences and views related to Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation planning, including linkages to the SDGs and other planning processes, as well as opportunities to advance gender equality; identify opportunities for translating NDCs into concrete actions, in particular in the energy sector; discuss finance considerations, including private sector engagement, in the context of NDC implementation; and consider future steps on NDCs in the context of the Talanoa Dialogue, raising ambition, and long-term development strategies (LTS). Hosted by the Government of Georgia, the event is supported by the EU and the Governments of Germany, Japan and Norway, in collaboration with the NDC Partnership.

Event: Tokyo Forum for Clean City and Clear Sky

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:14
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) will host the Tokyo Forum for Clean City & Clear Sky, an international conference on the environment. In light of the global commitment to achieving the SDGs, the Forum will focus on several issues that major cities around the world are grappling with, including waste management, sustainable resource management and air pollution. Representatives from the world’s major cities will share knowledge and information about effective policies, and discuss solutions to create a sustainable urban environment. The Forum is organized with support from C40, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC).

Event: Innovate4Climate 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:13
Innovate4Climate (I4C) 2018 will convene global leaders from industry, government and multilateral agencies for a one-day summit, workshops and a marketplace, to work and hold dialogue on: development of innovative financing instruments and approaches to support low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways; mobilization of private investments in climate action; support to developing countries in their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) implementation; and development of ideas on how market-based and non-market-based climate finance instruments identified in the Paris Agreement on climate change can best be designed to maximize impact and minimize costs. I4C was launched in 2017 as an integral part of the global dialogue of government, multilateral, business, banking, finance and technology leaders and society. Its 2018 edition is hosted by the World Bank and the Governments of Germany and Spain.

Event: R20 Austrian World Summit 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:11
Channeling the spirit of the 2018 Talanoa Dialogue under the UNFCCC, the R20 Austrian World Summit 2018 will share ideas, skills and experiences through storytelling, applied practical knowledge and cutting-edge technology to inspire pioneers working towards a sustainable future. The Summit will discuss, inter alia, innovative financial mechanisms to accelerate climate protection and green projects at subnational level, and collaboration among cities and regions on climate action and tackling environmental pollution. Organized by Arnold Schwarzenegger’s R20 Regions of Climate Action office in Austria, the R20 Austrian World Summit is an annual top-level gathering seeking to create a network platform that will help regions, states and cities implement the SDGs and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Event: 49th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 05:09
The 49th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum (GHACOF 49) will convene under the theme ‘Preparedness to Mitigate Climate-Related Impacts.’ It will bring together climate scientists, researchers, users from key socioeconomic sectors, governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, decision makers and civil society stakeholders. Organized by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) and partners, the Forum will include workshops on agriculture and food security, water resources, energy, health, the Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism (CEWARN) and disaster risk management (DRM), among others.

Guest Article: A New Narrative in Climate Talks: Cutting Emissions with Both Arms of the Scissors

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:20
Fossil fuel supply needs to be phased out as well as demand, and should be accomplished in a predictable manner, to ensure a just transition. When the Lofoten Declaration was launched in September 2017, an indefinite moratorium on oil and gas production already existed in Costa Rica, and oil and gas moratoriums applied to several biodiversity hotspots; more policies to restrict fossil fuel supply have been recorded since the Declaration’s launch. Such a transition can not happen overnight and requires a just transition for workers, communities and entire countries.

Energy Progress Report: The World is Not on Track to Achieve SDG 7, but Progress is Accelerating

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 02:03
The ‘Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report’ provides an overview of progress towards SDG 7, using UN approved indicators. It concludes that global progress is insufficient to achieve SDG 7; however improvements in industrial energy efficiency and progress in some countries on renewable energy, energy access, and access to clean cooking fuels, indicates which policies are effective.

Country Profiles Reveal Global Cost of Land Degradation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:54
The UNCCD has released an analysis of 21 Land Degradation Neutral (LDN) Country Profiles, as part of its efforts to achieve a land degradation neutral world. The Profiles aim to help policy-makers estimate the value of their investments in land restoration and make informed choices on the economic returns they can expect from taking assertive action.

Honduras Releases First NDC Partnership Plan for Climate Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:52
Honduras’s priority areas for NDC implementation include revising the country’s NDC, prioritizing mitigation and adaptation efforts, developing roadmaps for prioritized actions, establishing a monitoring, reporting and evaluation system, and strengthening inter-institutional coordination for climate action. Annual review of its Partnership Plan will seek to ensure inclusion of emerging priorities and reflection of progress. Partnership Plans are part of the NDC Partnership’s in-country engagement work, matching needs of countries with resources from other Partnership members through a government-led process.

SPREP Breaks Ground on Pacific Climate Change Centre

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:48
The Centre will serve as the regional hub for collaboration and coordination to support climate-resilient development and responses to climate change. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi underscored that the Centre will play a critical role in enhancing the region’s awareness regarding the “complexities of climate change”. The commencement of construction of the Centre coincided with SPREP’s 25-year anniversary celebrations on 11 May.

FAO Launches Voluntary Guidelines on Forest Concessions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:45
The guidelines titled, 'Making Forest Concessions in the Tropics Work to Achieve the 2030 Agenda: Voluntary Guidelines,' were published by FAO in collaboration with the European Forest Institute, and are a product of the Forest Concessions Initiative. Developed through a consultative process and building on best practices of forest concessions around the world, the guidelines offer a framework for planning, implementing and monitoring forest concessions to support sustainable forest management and SDG achievement.

Report Finds Increasing Attacks on Education

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:40
The Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack released its fourth report in the ‘Education under Attack' series. The series examines actual or threatened use of force against students, teachers, education personnel, facilities and materials. The 2018 report finds that violence towards students, educators and their institutions increased globally between 2013 and 2017.

ECLAC, Republic of Korea Cooperate on Trade Capacity to Advance SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:38
Meeting on the sidelines of the 37th session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Republic of Korea and ECLAC agreed to strengthen capacities to internationalize SMEs in the region, among other efforts to promote trade and sustainable urban and rural development. ECLAC 37 convened from 7-11 May 2018, in Havana, Cuba.

Congo Water Partnership Evaluates Progress on SDG Target 6.5

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:33
The Congo Water Partnership has evaluated the degree of the Republic of Congo’s implementation of integrated water resources management (IWRM, SDG indicator 6.5.1). At a 17 April workshop, participants designed a roadmap towards full implementation of IWRM. The Congo Water Partnership is affiliated with the Global Water Partnership (GWP), which supports national reporting against SDG indicator 6.5.1.

EU, ECLAC and OECD Launch Regional Facility for LAC Countries in Transition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:29
The EU has allocated an initial amount of €9.5 million to the regional instrument, which will be combined with ECLAC and OECD resources for a total of €16 million. The 'Facility for Development in Transition’ will support the design and implementation of public policies to achieve the SDGs, to promote sustainable development as LAC countries transition to higher income levels.

Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit Stresses Cooperation, Governance and Enforcement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:21
The 2018 Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit took place from 23-25 April 2018, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. More than 1,200 participants from 40 countries discussed issues related to forest conservation, livelihoods, and finance and investment.

UN Leaders Identify Gaps and Best Practices for Cross-sector Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 00:59
A report by UN Global Compact and Accenture Strategy examines trends and the potential for cross-sector partnerships to achieve the SDGs. The study identifies capability gaps, resource constraints and low risk appetite as barriers to partnership. Five case studies offer guidance on strategic collaboration, challenges faced, lessons learned and the partnerships’ value add.