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International Gender Champions Report on Panel Parity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:59
Participants reflected on progress towards SDG 5 during a presentation of the International Gender Champions 2017 annual report. The report concludes that achieving SDG 5 “is a precondition for all other Goals,” and urges everyone to champion gender equality in their work, schools, homes and lives. UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak welcomed the report and made a number of suggestions for increasing women’s participation in the UN’s work.

Human Rights Council Panelists Urge Capacity Building on Data

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:59
A UN Human Rights Council panel discussed ways to help countries meet their human rights obligations while taking steps to achieve the SDGs. At the panel discussion in Geneva, speakers highlighted the need for technical cooperation especially in the area of setting indicators and gathering data. They concluded that human rights and the SDGs are “mutually dependent and reinforcing,” and that technical cooperation is necessary for identifying and addressing issues of discrimination and human rights abuses.

Urban Planners’ Communiqué Calls for Climate Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:37
The ‘Planner for Climate Action Communiqué’ calls for urban and regional planners to integrate climate change into their planning practices and work across multiple levels of government to address climate change impacts by and on cities. Issued by Planners for Climate Action, formed during UNFCCC COP 23 in November 2017, the document offers examples of individual and joint actions that planners can take to address climate change. It calls for, among other things, improving informal settlements, density and safety, and emphasizes that in doing so, working with national actors and across multiple levels of governance can simultaneously achieve national and local targets, and make progress towards countries’ NDCs under the Paris Agreement.

1.5°C Warming Limit Crucial to Avoiding Heat-Related Deaths in Europe, Study Says

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:36
The paper titled, ‘Extreme Heat-related Mortality Avoided under Paris Agreement Goals,’ finds that higher temperatures not only lead to more heat waves, but also affect human health by causing heat strokes, cramps and even death. Mortality due to high temperatures could decrease between 15-22% per summer in London, UK, and Paris, France, if the global average temperature increase is stabilized at 1.5°C, as opposed to 2°C.

World Public Sector Report Invites Input on Institutions for SDGs Ahead of 2019 HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:33
The Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government in DESA is inviting researchers and experts to provide inputs targeted to one of the chapters of the 2019 edition of the World Public Sector Report that will focus on public institutions to deliver the SDGs. Chapters will examine: trends in implementation of the institutional principles highlighted in SDG 16; addressing corruption; budget and planning processes as enablers of SDG implementation; risk management in public administration and the SDGs; institutions for food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture (SDG 2); institutions for gender equality (SDG 5); and institutions for the SDGs in countries in special situations. SDG 16 will be one of the Goals reviewed in-depth at the 2019 session of the HLPF.

Foreign Direct Investment Key to Africa’s Urban Development, UN-Habitat Report Finds

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:21
The report titled, ‘The State of African Cities 2018: The Geography of African Investment,’ explores how Africa can help finance its development by attracting FDI to cities. According to the study, FDI can help alleviate urban poverty and unemployment by supporting Africa’s transition towards growth led by manufacturing and knowledge-intensive industries. The report finds that Africa is increasingly attractive to FDI due to economic growth, a reduction in extreme poverty, improvements in economic policies, increased political stability and better business environments.

Regional Dialogue Highlights Synergies between Climate and Development Agendas

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 01:19
The Government of Georgia, with UNDP and UNFCCC, hosted a Regional Dialogue on NDCs for Eurasia. The Dialogue featured sessions linking the SDGs and NDCs and other topics that relate to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including energy, gender and finance. Country participants showcased how their governments were increasing ambition on their NDCs and challenges faced to date, including coordination across ministries to jointly implement the SDGs and NDCs.

Event: World Cement Association Global Climate Change Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:39
The World Cement Association (WCA) Global Climate Change Forum (GCCF) will convene to accelerate progress towards a low-carbon built environment. The meeting will explore ways for the global cement sector to contribute to a carbon-neutral built environment, and exchange views from and discuss actions by the global cement sector. The meeting will consider a range of issues, including low-carbon technology, low-carbon transition, enabling regulatory frameworks, and deployment of renewable energy in the cement sector.

Event: 19th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 19)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:37
The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will convene its 19th meeting (SCF 19) in Bonn, Germany. The SCF assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the Financial Mechanism.

Event: 101st Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 101)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:34

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 101st meeting in Katowice, Poland, ahead of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC.

The CDM EB supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

Event: Middle East and North Africa Climate Week

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:32

Middle East and North Africa Climate Week 2018 (MENACW 2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of MENACW 2018 is to support implementation of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change and action to deliver on the SDGs.

With MENA Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, MENACW 2018 will focus on market-based approaches, economic instruments and climate-aligned finance to drive investment in climate action. Other events include: high-level sessions with the Champions of the Marrakech Partnership; a high-level ministerial; a low emissions development strategy (LEDS) workshop; a regional technology meeting on industrial energy efficiency; and the MENA Talanoa Dialogue. MENACW 2018 is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the Nairobi Framework Partnership (NFP), in partnership with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), UN Environment Programme Partnership with the Technical University of Denmark (UNEP-DTU), the World Bank, the Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) and others.

Event: Asia Water Forum 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:31
The Asia Water Forum 2018: Information, Innovation, and Technology will provide a venue and platform to share knowledge and experiences on state of the art advancements to help ensure a water-secure Asia Pacific Region. Its goal is to increase the awareness and knowledge of water practitioners and decision makers and to identify strategies to adopt and scale-up innovation and technology throughout the region. The meeting will discuss: digital solutions including IT support systems and big data, remote sensing, light detection and ranging (LIDAR), remote control and smart water systems; water accounting and productivity, solar-powered pumps, and mobile phone applications; advanced technologies for water and wastewater treatment, trenchless network laying, leak detection, decentralized sanitation; modeling and forecasting for climate risks, flooding and disaster, and other water management concerns; and private sector partnerships, asset management, contracting modalities, financial technology (fintech), and the policy environment.

Event: 2018 European Forum on DRR

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:29
Representatives of the European countries, stakeholder groups and partners will gather in Rome, Italy, from 21-23 November 2018, for the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR). This year’s EFDRR will build on the outcomes of the 2017 EFDRR held in Istanbul, Turkey, 2017 Global Platform for DRR held in Cancun, Mexico, and aim to address key issues that can accelerate the implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR in coherence with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The meeting will provide a forum to exchange information and move forward on local level resilience, economic risks and reaching the Sendai Framework 2020 priority targets.

Event: 18th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF 18)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:32
The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will convene its 18th meeting (SCF 18) in Bangkok, Thailand, following the Bangkok Climate Change Conference. The SCF assists the Conference of the Parties (COP) in exercising its functions in relation to the Financial Mechanism.

Event: 100th Meeting of the CDM Executive Board (EB 100)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:31
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB) will convene its 100th meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, ahead of the Bangkok Climate Change Conference. The CDM EB supervises the Kyoto Protocol’s CDM under the authority and guidance of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP).

Event: HLPF Side Event: Sustainable Strategic Public Procurement: Can the State be a Role Model for Sustainable Consumption?

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:18
This event will be chaired by the German Federal State Secretaries to the Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and the Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Event: HLPF Side Event: Supporting Integrated Implementation of the SDGs: Tools for Addressing SDG Connections and Enhancing Policy and Institutional Coherence

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 07:08
The PCSD Partnership (#SDGAction12066) in collaboration with the OECD will host this interactive session as part of the 2018 HLPF SDGs Learning, Training & Practice, which is organized by DESA and UNITAR. This session will provide an opportunity to: learn from country experiences and practices, including capacity building needs, to address critical interactions among goals and ensure policy and institutional coherence in SDG implementation; learn from experts and PCSD Partners about tools being developed and piloted to assess SDGs interactions, support integrated planning, and strengthen institutional mechanisms as a basis for policy coherence for sustainable development (SDG target 17.14); and identify gaps in tools, methodologies and processes and needs for more in-depth work. Among other speakers, the SDG Knowledge Hub and the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) tool will be presented by Lynn Wagner, Group Director, SDG Knowledge Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).

Event: HLPF Film Festival: SDGs in Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:54
The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will host a film festival featuring the top six entries to the 'SDGs in Action' short film competition, a discussion among the winning directors and jury members, and a directors' Q&A with the audience. The festival will also include the screening of an acclaimed documentary related to 'Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies,' the theme of the 2018 session of the HLPF, tentatively expected to take place on 17 July. The 2018 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convenes from 9-18 July, in New York, US.

Event: Eco Forum Global Guiyang 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:53
The 2018 tenth edition of Eco Forum Global (EFG) will convene under the theme ‘Embracing a New Era of Eco-civilization: Green Development with High Priority to Ecology’. The conference will highlight China’s commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, meeting the SDGs, achieving emission reduction targets and pursuing better environment protection as well as better nature conservation. The conference will include: summits to promote international cooperation, explore the concept of eco-civilization and discuss the topics of sustainable development, climate change, nature conservation and green industry; sub-forums to address green development, environment protection, nature conservation, and a supervision and management mechanism; and side events by various organizations to explore a range of topic. Organized by Guizhou Province, China, EEFG is an annual international conference aiming to promote eco-civilization by convening global leaders from government, business, academia, media and civil society.

Event: International Conference: Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/10/2018 - 06:52
Pope Francis will convene an international conference titled, ‘Saving Our Common Home and the Future of Life on Earth,’ to discuss “concrete steps to save the planet and the life it sustains”. Scheduled to coincide with Pope Francis’s Encyclical ‘Laudato Sì,’ the event will bring together environmental leaders, advocates and leading climate experts to discuss how to “awaken people to the gravity of the situation” and inspire a “massive movement” of cooperative action and moral responsibility.