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Event: ACE Youth Forum (AYF) 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 05:44

The first ever Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) Youth Forum (AYF) will bring together young people from all over the world who are taking steps towards climate action. Over a hundred youth will participate in AYF 2018. Of those, about 40 youth from the Global South will be fully funded through AYF Scholarships.

The event is co-organized by Youth NGOs (YOUNGO) and the Fijian Presidency of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC, in partnership with and with support from UN Climate Change, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Canada.

Event: Trinity College Dublin Online Course on Achieving Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 03/31/2018 - 05:39
Trinity College Dublin is providing a free online course titled, 'Achieving Sustainable Development,' through a collaboration of four Trinity Schools. Trinity experts in Ecumenics, Economics, Engineering and Medicine, coordinated through the Trinity International Development Initiative, will lead the course. The course will the links between five of the SDGs: peace (SDG 16), health care (SDG 3), sustainable cities (SDG 11), water and sanitation (SDG 6) and gender equality (SDG 5). The course will utilize case studies from Ireland, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Colombia, India and Korea, to look at the impact of development on real lives. Registration begins on 23 April 2018.

Event: 26th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties of the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (SDI26)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 05:08
The Government of Guatemala, through its National Secretariat for Science and Technology, will host the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP-26) of the IAI, and the 45th and 46th meetings of the Executive Council. By hosting CoP-26 in Central America and the Caribbean, IAI will have the opportunity to enhance its activities with Parties, reach out to non-Parties, and gain a deeper understanding of global change issues impacting countries and small island developing states in the region.

Clean Energy Investment Grows as Global CO2 Emissions Reach New Record High

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:22
In its 'State of Clean Energy Investment' report, Bloomberg New Energy Finance finds that global investment in renewable energy and energy-smart technologies grew 3% in 2017 to the second highest level on record, while costs for utility-scale PV systems fell 25%. At the same time, the International Energy Agency's 'Global Energy and CO2 Status Report' shows that CO2 emissions increased in 2017, ending a three-year trend of stagnation.

ECOSOC Meeting Explores Role of Inclusive Participation in 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:14
An Economic and Social Council preparatory meeting highlighted the role of stakeholder participation, good governance and strong, inclusive institutions in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Prague meeting, cohosted by the Czech Republic and Colombia, will inform ECOSOC's 2018 Special Meeting on sustainable, resilient and inclusive societies through the participation of all.

International Dialogue Stresses Role of Partnerships for Migration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:09
The International Dialogue on Migration is one of two workshops in 2018 focused on partnerships for migration. IOM’s ‘World Migration Report 2018’ provides an evidence-based analysis of global migration issues, including to support negotiations towards a global compact on migration and a global compact on refugees. During Mobile Learning Week, UNESCO released a report on the potential of technology to support the education of refugees.

Global Partnerships Pledge Improved Coordination for Water Security

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:04
Five global, multi-stakeholder water partnerships - the World Bank Water Global Practice, the 2030 Water Resources Group, the Global Water Partnership, the World Water Council, and the UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate - announced plans to cooperate on water security. The partnerships will convene a series of discussions between their leaders, with a view to accelerating progress on the international water agenda.

Policy Brief: Getting to 2030: Tracking SDG Indicators for Evidence of Implementation Progress

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 01:00
As international organizations, governments and practitioners around the world focus their workplans and agendas on the 2030 Agenda, data are being collected, reported on and organized in visualizations that can begin to tell the story of where we are vis-à-vis our 2030 ambitions. The centerpiece for global assessments is the annual report that the UN Secretary-General is mandated to produce. National governments are the keepers of official statistics for their country and seek to ensure that indicator methodologies and data collection processes will result in robust, reliable datasets. Data collection at the local level is particularly important for this global agenda that seeks to “leave no one behind”.

Revised Migration Compact Draft Reflects Changes on Implementation, Review

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:30
The co-facilitators have released the ‘Draft Rev 1’ of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Key changes include elimination of language differentiating between migrants and refugees and elimination of a previous request to the Secretary-General to align the set-up of the UN system on migration with ongoing management and development system reforms. The revised draft also includes changes related to implementation and follow up and review, including language on a Regional Migration Review Forum.

Generation 2030: Youth Issue Declaration, Hold Parliament at WWF8

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:25
The WYPW, an organization of young water leaders from 80 countries around the world, convenes its Generally Assembly every three years, during the World Water Forum. The Junior Forum, attended by 70 youth leaders from around the world, concluded with a youth Call to Action that was incorporated in the outcomes of the WWF8 Citizen's Process.

‘Smoke on Water’ Report Spurs Partnership to Protect Largest Tropical Peatland

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:22
The report titled ‘Smoke on Water: Countering Global Threats from Peatland Loss and Degradation’ summarizes contributions by 30 experts from 15 organizations analyzing the threat to peatlands from agriculture, forestry, resource extraction, and infrastructure development. The Brazzaville Declaration, signed by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo, and Indonesia, aims to protect the Cuvette Centrale region in the Congo Basin.

African Climate Talks Contribute to Talanoa Dialogue

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:17
In a keynote address, Lumumba Di-Aping, South Sudan, called for an African Climate Science Working Group and an AU Commissioner for Climate Change. James Murombedzi, ACPC, said the talks sought to reflect on the “global dynamics of climate governance” and their implications for Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Speakers questioned whether the Paris Agreement on climate change is an adequate framework to address the “climate crisis”.

WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:13
The checklist addresses four elements of early warning systems: disaster risk knowledge; detection, monitoring, analysis and forecasting of hazards; warning dissemination and communication; and preparedness and response capabilities. Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for DRR Mami Mizutori urged countries to incorporate the checklist into national and local DRR strategies.

WSIS Forum Highlights Critical Role of Information Technologies in Advancing SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:10
During the WSIS Forum opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said “connecting the unconnected” is crucial for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and for sharing information and giving all people a voice. The Forum demonstrated how the WSIS and SDG processes are aligned at the implementation level and how this alignment can be strengthened. WSIS Prizes recognized success in implementing development-oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs in support of the SDGs.

Projects Enhance Climate Information Management, NAP Process

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:07
Liberia’s NAP project is the first African project to be financed by the GCF. It aims to advance the NAP process for medium-term investment planning in climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, energy, waste management, forestry and health, and in coastal areas in Liberia. Delegates attending a workshop in PNG agreed on priority actions for establishing a strategic framework and work plan for PNG’s Climate Change and Development Authority, the lead government climate change agency.

EC Conference Urges Forward Movement on Sustainable Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 00:03
The EC hosted a High-Level Conference on Financing Sustainable Growth to advance discussion on the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance. The Action Plan presents a ten-point strategy to connect finance with sustainability in support of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda. The first legislative proposals to follow up on the Action Plan on Sustainable Finance are expected to be produced by May 2018.

UN-World Bank Report Makes Business Case for Conflict Prevention

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:59
The UN and World Bank have published a joint report that argues for greater attention and financing for identifying the risk of violence in hotspots around the world. Such efforts could save an estimated US$5 to $70 billion a year. Jago Salmon, advisor to the UN/World Bank Partnership on Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations, stressed the need for a shift from conflict management to "inclusive prevention."

Europe Forum Queries Investability of SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:53
Not all the SDGs are equally actionable, and investing in some could prevent the advancement of others, according to speakers at the Sustainable Investment Forum Europe. UNEP-FI estimates that, of the US$6 trillion a year needed to achieve the SDGs, half is already flowing, with approximately 60% coming from the private sector. The EU’s new Action Plan on sustainable finance underscores the need for a "change of culture" to tackle climate change by improving transparency and accountability.

World Bank Presents Three Scenarios for "Groundswell" of Internal Climate Migration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 23:48
A World Bank report presents three potential climate and development scenarios: pessimistic, more inclusive development, and more climate friendly. The authors report that over 143 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America could be forced to move by 2050 to escape the impacts of climate change.

WBCSD Launches CEO Guide to Water

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:28
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched its ‘CEO Guide to Water,’ which highlights business opportunities connected with water, and makes the business case for responsible stewardship of water resources. The Guide argues for businesses to take a risk management approach to water-related challenges.