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NAMA Update: Moldova Registers Twelve Actions for Support, Thailand Submits Unilateral NAMA

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:03
In February 2018, the UNFCCC NAMA Registry displayed a total of 83 NAMAs seeking support for implementation, with 13 new entries uploaded in the past six months. Moldova registered its first NAMAs seeking support for implementation in the UNFCCC Registry: a total of 12 proposed actions address emissions from electricity generation and use, transport, forests and land use. Thailand registered a unilateral NAMA that seeks to demonstrate public sector leadership by greening government buildings.

Climate Finance Institutional Update: Progress in Portfolio Decarbonization, Green Bonds

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 03:00
In January, three major investors announced plans to divest, or demonstrated progress in divesting, from fossil fuels. According to the Climate Bonds Initiative, global green bond issuance in 2017 totalled US$155.5 billion, representing a 78% growth from 2016. The GCF's plans and priorities for the year include “focusing on quality, while increasing efforts to move more funding proposals into implementation and scaling up disbursement”.

Forum Promotes Global Engagement for SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:55
The first Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development considered the theme ‘Putting People and Planet at the Center’. Participants discussed, inter alia: youth's path to engagement and empowerment; information and communication technology (ICT) for higher education and for technical and vocational education and training; ensuring sustainable and responsible consumption and production; climate change adaptation in the context of the SDGs; and partnerships for sustainable development.

nrg4SD Reports on Regional Government Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:54
The RegionsAdapt 2017 Report reviews data from 35 regional governments on the climate risks they face and adaptation actions available to them. The publication covers over 270 adaptation actions from 2017, and 208 physical risks associated with climate change. The report also highlights the achievements of RegionsAdapt on its second anniversary.

UN Leaders Call for Accelerated Action on SDG 5.3

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:51
In a joint statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), UNICEF and UNFPA Executive Directors described FMG as a human rights violation and shared strategies to help eliminate it. UN leaders stressed the importance of ending FGM in order to empower women and girls and achieve the SDGs.

Kazakhstan Launches Online Platform for Emissions MRV

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:47
Kazakhstan’s emissions trading system is the first of its kind in Central Asia. The platform enables Kazakhstan’s major emitters to transmit and record data on GHG emissions and trade online.

IPEEC 2017 Report Highlights Progress in Energy Efficiency

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:42
The International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation has released its 2017 Annual Report, detailing the achievements of its six country-led task groups and nine work streams. The report also contains statistics about opportunities for achieving greater energy efficiency in the years to come. It also provides an outlook for work in 2018 under Agrentina's G20 Presidency.

Experts Brief Governments on Global Economic Outlook

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:40
DESA's Financing for Development Office held a briefing on the current global economic situation. FfDO noted that several SDG targets are at risk, as few LDCs are expected to reach the target of 7% growth by 2019, and without a decline in inequality, a quarter of Africa’s population may remain in extreme poverty by 2030. UNCTAD cautioned that accommodating central bankers, dot.com billionaires and cryptocurrencies traders will not provide inclusive growth.

Platform to Galvanize Business Leadership on Ocean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:37
The UN Global Compact has announced the establishment of a ‘Business Action Platform for the Ocean,’ a three-year global programme focused on the ocean economy and sustainable development. The Platform will be formally launched on World Ocean Day, on 8 June 2018, New York, US.

UNESCO Tool Monitors Water Quality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:35
UNESCO developed a tool to monitor water quality using Earth Observation. The International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) World Water Quality Portal fosters understanding of the impacts of climate- and human-induced change on water security.

Report Finds Market Opportunities for SDGs 10, 12, 13, 14

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:20
The Global Opportunity Reports demonstrate market potential in the SDGs, and show that successful businesses are those that focus on the interconnection between traditional sectors and markets and new technology. The 2018 edition focuses on four SDGs that may miss their 2030 deadline: Goals 10 (reduced inequalities), 12 (responsible consumption and production), 13 (climate action) and 14 (life below water).

European Court of Auditors Assesses EU Strategy to Combat Desertification

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:16
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has launched an assessment of the EU’s plans to combat desertification to determine “whether the risk of desertification in the EU is being effectively and efficiently addressed". EU countries considered to be most at risk of desertification are Spain, southern Portugal, southern Italy, south-eastern Greece, Cyprus and areas of Bulgaria and Romania bordering the Black Sea.

World Bank Report Links Wealth to Natural Resource Management

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:09
The World Bank’s third volume on wealth accounting provides national wealth estimates to track whether 141 countries are on a sustainable growth path. The report finds that global wealth increased 66% between 1995 and 2014, but inequality persists. Other key findings highlight the importance of investing in people and leveraging natural capital.

Carbon Pricing and Markets Update: Canada Implements National Carbon Pricing

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:06
In January 2018, Canada began implementing its national carbon pricing strategy, announced in 2016. After two years in suspension, Kazakhstan relaunched its emissions trading scheme. The US state of New Jersey is on track for rejoining the US Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) of nine states.

IDRC Reports on eHealth Projects in Developing Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 02:00
IDRC has documented a series of eHealth and mHealth projects it supported in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lebanon, Peru, and Viet Nam through its Applied Research Capacity building in eHealth (SEARCH) initiative. The initiative involved local research teams working closely with community members, health providers, and decision-makers at local and national levels, and explored whether and in which circumstances eHealth and mHealth can “respond to key challenges to deliver quality services to everyone".

Insurance Scheme to Protect Poor from Climate Risks

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:58
The insurance scheme, which will cover droughts in Kenya, Malawi, Zambia and Cambodia and tropical cyclones in Myanmar, uses an innovative financing structure that makes recovery lending scalable. ARDIS is led by VisionFund International, the microfinance subsidiary of World Vision, and by Global Parametrics, which is funded by the UK and the InsuResilience Investment Fund.

Joint Inspection Unit to Review UN System in Light of 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:57
The UN Joint Inspection Unit has issued its report for 2017 and its programme of work for 2018 (A/72/34) for consideration by the UNGA. The report discusses UN system coherence, and outlines plans to examine organizational change management in the UN system and the strengthening of policy research in light of the 2030 Agenda.

India Workshop Addresses Infrastructure Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:51
India is investing trillions of dollars to meet the SDGs by 2030, when over 40% of the country's population will be living in cities. The pace of urbanization provides an opportunity to avoid creating new risk and to reduce future losses by “embedding resilience” in business planning for new cities and towns.

Small States Emphasize Finance, Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:49
The 2017 Small States Forum marked the first time that private sector institutions participated at a large scale. The Chair’s summary notes that small States face a “triple trap” of climate impacts, high fossil fuel prices and high levels of indebtedness.

Panel Discusses Integrated Landscape Strategies as Tool to Address Climate Challenges and SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 01:43
A panel discussion titled 'Meeting Climate and Sustainable Development Goals through Integrated Landscape Strategies: The New Policy Imperative,' discussed the role of integrated landscape management in achieving commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the SDGs. Speakers discussed the value of engaging local populations in decision making and the need to ensure that analyses are at the same scale as decision-making authority, noting that integrated landscape management meets these criteria.