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London Commits to Take Action on Air Pollution

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:31
A report has shown that average annual levels in central London are almost double the recommended WHO limit for dangerous PM2.5 particles. London has joined the Breathe Life initiative, a global coalition of cities working together to improve air quality, expand monitoring efforts, and accelerate solutions. London will implement a daily UK£10 per day charge on the most polluting vehicles in the city from 23 October 2017.

Adaptation Efforts Focus on Small-scale Farmers, African Forests, Biodiversity Conservation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:26
UN Environment and local partners have implemented a demonstration plot in Colombia, showcasing 11 EbA measures to teach farmers how to adapt to climate change and increase their productivity in a sustainable manner. At the conclusion of the meeting of the Second African Regional Conference of Forest and Farm Producer Organizations, forest experts issued a declaration urging governments to reduce legal barriers to commercial and sustainable use of forests and trees.

Expert Group Explores Role of Value Chains in Response Measures-Trade Nexus

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:25
An expert group meeting on implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change considered ways to manage the risks, co-benefits and cooperation inherent in the relationship between response measures and international trade. Issues under discussion included: trade as an enabler of diversification in the context of climate change; assessing impacts of implementation of response measures; economic diversification in the context of response measures; impacts of mitigation policies and sustainability of transition; and contextual analyses and case studies from Africa, the Commonwealth and Poland.

UNCTAD Report Looks at Digitalization Challenges, Opportunities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 23:07
UNCTAD released a report that cautions that productivity gains from digitalization generally accrue to a few, already wealthy and skilled individuals. The report recommends setting in place national and international policies that ensure that digitalization and ICT gains are spread more evenly across as well as within countries.

GSDR Invites Inputs on Four Areas of SDG Research

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:58
The 2019 GSDR will be considered during the 2019 meeting of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF 2019). The independent group of scientists that is preparing the 2019 GSDR is currently soliciting peer reviewed and other sources of knowledge regarding: the interactions among the SDGs and their targets; transformation pathways towards sustainable development; looking beyond the SDGs to major issues identified by research that are not explicitly taken into account in the SDGs; and the role of science for sustainable development.

CITES Announces WWD Big Cats Theme Amid Flurry of Snow Leopard Conservation Commitments

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:50
CITES will use big cats – broadly defined to include tigers, jaguars, leopards, cheetahs and lions - as the theme for World Wildlife Day (WWD) 2018. The Snow Leopard Summit, which convened in August, concluded with a Ministerial Declaration. The UN General Assembly passed a resolution (A/71/L.88) addressing wildlife crime. IUCN downgraded the snow leopard's status on its Red List from “endangered” to “vulnerable”.

PARIS21, SDSN and UN Agencies Urge Building National Statistical Capacity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:42
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Thematic Research Network on Sustainable Development Data released a report titled, ‘Counting on the World: Building Modern Data Systems for Sustainable Development'. The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) released its report on what resources are provided for statistics worldwide. The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) organized the Sixth Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) conference, as part of efforts to standardize the international exchange of data. A high-level side event took place during the General Assembly opening on the topic, ‘Using Data and Technology to Achieve the SDGs: Tackling Global Threats and Ensuring a Better Future for Us All'.

Africa NDC Dialogue Highlights the Need for Capacity Building, Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:31
A Regional Dialogue on NDCs for Africa considered ways to enhance implementation, identify challenges and opportunities and build capacity. Participants engaged in discussions on many topics, including on practical entry points for engagement and strategies for effective private sector involvement in NDC implementation. They discussed how local and regional planning approaches can ensure local ownership and lasting results of the policies and measures put in place.

Financial Centers, Social Enterprise World Forum Launch New Initiatives on Sustainable Finance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:27
In the Casablanca statement, 15 financial centres agreed to launch an international network of financial centers for sustainability to raise awareness, promote common standards, drive innovation and build the skills needed for the expansion of green and sustainable finance. Representatives of 17 governments and the private sector adopted the Asia-Pacific Declaration on Social Enterprise and Impact Investment, which promotes a partnership aimed at pooling expertise around the growth of social enterprise and impact investment in support of the 2030 Agenda.

UN Agencies Warned of Dangers, Need to Foster AI for Global Good

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 22:17
The first UN Centre for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics will be located in The Hague, The Netherlands. In an open letter to the UN, 115 AI industry leaders, commended the establishment of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). Over 20 UN agencies in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the non-profit Xprize, organized the ‘AI for Good Global Summit' in Geneva, Switzerland. During the keynote speech at Innovation Labs World on 26 September in Singapore, Pedro Conceição, Director for Strategic Policy, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP, discussed how AI is supporting SDG achievement.

Event: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:45
The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). SDG Knowledge Hub updates regarding preparations for HLPF 2018 can be found here.

Event: Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:29
A Symposium on Climate Change and Droughts Resilience in Africa will convene under the theme ‘Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies to Enhance Food Security in the African Continent’. The event is organized by Strathmore University, Kenya; the Research and Transfer Centre ‘Applications of Life Sciences’ of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP). It will focus on building resilience to climate change and droughts in Africa. The symposium will mobilize aid workers, donors, scholars, social movements, practitioners, and members of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). It will seek to: provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, government agencies and enterprises from across Africa with an opportunity to display and present their work on climate change adaptation and droughts resilience; foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences; discuss methodological approaches and experiences deriving from case studies and projects; and provide a platform for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation.

Event: Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:27

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The Pacific Workshop on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

Event: North-East Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:24
To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The North-East Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

Event: South-East Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:22
To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders. The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that HLPF 2018 will focus on specifically: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South-East Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

Event: South Asian Forum on Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:17

To implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, governments from the Asia-Pacific region established the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) as the main forum for follow up and review at the regional level. The APFSD provides a platform for in-depth discussion on ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,’ the 2018 theme of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and builds capacity for implementation through the sharing of experiences and perspectives of multiple stakeholders.

The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Secretariat is organizing sub-regional expert meetings to advance implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including the SDGs that will be focused on during HLPF 2018: SDGs 6 (clean water and sanitation), 7 (affordable and clean energy), 11 (sustainable cities and communities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 15 (life on land) and 17 (partnerships for the Goals). The South Asian Forum on Implementation of the SDGs will bring together experts from government agencies responsible for national coordination on the SDGs, representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, and regional and sub-regional organizations, as well as other stakeholders involved in SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels.

Event: 15th Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean AND 16th Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 01:34
The 15th Conference of Ministers and Heads of Planning of Latin America and the Caribbean and the 16th Meeting of the Regional Council for Planning will bring together ministers, deputy ministers and senior authorities involved in development planning and public administration, along with representatives of civil society and UN bodies. Organized by the Governments of Guatemala and Ecuador, together with the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and hosted by the Government of Peru, the meetings will analyze the challenges, experiences and prospects for development planning in the region and its role in the implementation and achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Event: SSE Green Finance Dialogue

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 22:30
The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is convening a high-level dialogue on Green Finance alongside the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 23). The full-day event will bring together ministers of finance, chief capital market regulators and CEOs of stock exchanges, investors and issuers to help chart the path forward for stock exchanges and their contribution to achieving climate goals. Stock exchanges are uniquely placed to promote standards, guide issuers and investors, and enable growth in green finance. To facilitate these contributions, following a year of consultations with an international advisory group, the SSE will be launching a new guidance on green finance. This guidance will outline the role that exchanges can play in greening capital markets and promoting green financial products. It will identify clear action points and provide examples of best practice for use by stock exchanges worldwide. During the morning, this event will feature a high-level leadership forum for CEOs and government officials to discuss the challenges and opportunities of green finance. Following a networking lunch, the afternoon will focus on technical workshops. The UN SSE initiative is co-organised by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment and the UNEP Finance Initiative. Launched in 2009 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the SSE initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges can promote responsible investment for sustainable development. Stock exchanges around the world are invited to join the initiative by signing a voluntary public commitment to promote sustainable business practices in their market.

Event: 2017 Joint Meeting of the Second Committee and ECOSOC

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 22:07
The 2017 Joint Meeting of the Second Committee and ECOSOC will consider the theme, 'The Future of Everything: Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change'. This event will also be webcast. The discussion will focus on best practices and new initiatives with respect to the latest developments in this area, including how policy-makers and their partners can harness the benefits of progress in science and technology, while minimizing their unintended, negative consequences.  

Event: Workshop and Science Policy Dialogue: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in South Asia and the Hindu Kush Himalaya

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 04:44
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), together with Nepal’s Ministry of Population and Environment (MoPE), will host a regional atmospheric scientists’ workshop, featuring discussions on the current state of knowledge and level of scientific consensus on a range of topics, such as: observations of aerosols and gases in urban and mountainous areas; emission measurements and inventories; health impacts of air pollution; impacts of air pollution on climate, cryosphere, ecosystems and agriculture; aerosol-cloud interactions; measurement, modeling and remote sensing technology; and social, economic and policy aspects of air pollution and its mitigation. The workshop’s goals include: community building among the region’s atmospheric scientists; consensus building among scientists on key topics and thematic areas; and fostering improved evidence-based policy making through improved two-way communication between scientists and policymakers.