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Event: UNECE 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 04:43
The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 4th Session Group of Experts on Renewable Energy in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-3 November 2017. Among other agenda items, participants will discuss, 'International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, follow-up actions for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development'. The discussions will take into account findings from the report prepared by REN21 and UNECE, titled 'Renewable Energy Status Report 2017,' which was launched in June 2017 in Astana.

Event: 2017 Solar World Congress

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 04:36
The International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and Solar World Congress 2017 will convene in parallel at the Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The joint event will be hosted by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology.

Event: 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (IREC)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 03:57
The Republic of Korea will host the 2019 International Renewable Energy Conference (2019 IREC). Previous IREC conferences have been organized at approximately two-year intervals. MEXIREC convened from 11-13 September 2017, in Mexico City, Mexico. SDG Knowledge Hub summaries of additional events are as follows: SAIREC 2015ADIREC 2013; DIREC 2010; and WIREC 2008.

Event: Second World Symposium on Climate Change Communication

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 01:11
This event will focus on the challenges in communicating climate change across various audiences by addressing climate change communication research and practice. It will seek to catalyze further action to better communicate climate change by showcasing replicable experiences from research, field projects and best practice to foster climate change communication among various settings and audiences. The Symposium is organized by: the World Sustainable Development Research and Transfer Centre (WSD-RTC) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; University of Graz, Austria; and the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), in collaboration with partners. An interdisciplinary event, the Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of government agencies undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change communication around the world.

Event: EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:17
The EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum (APFF) is co-hosted by EAT Foundation and the Indonesian Government. The two-day event will bring together over 500 global leaders from business, policy, science and civil society sectors to address the challenges and opportunities of today’s food system. The forum is designed to educate, foster partnerships, create new connections and find high-impact solutions to transforming the global food system into one that delivers healthy, sustainable and affordable diets to all. Speakers will include representatives from PepsiCo, Cargill, Olam, IKEA, Monde Nissin. In addition, the event will be addressed by the President and Vice President of Indonesia and the Minister of Health of Malaysia, as well as officials from WHO, the World Bank, the UN, WWF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The hashtag for the event is #FOODCANFIXIT.

Event: UNIDO LDC Ministerial Conference 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 23:54
The 7th edition of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Least Developed Countries (LDC) Ministerial Conference will take place prior to the 17th session of UNIDO General Conference. Held under the theme ‘Building global partnerships: Enhancing growth and inclusiveness in LDCs,’ the conference will aim to identify innovative schemes and mechanisms by enabling partnership building and resource mobilization for sustainable industrial development in LDCs. It will discuss the role of multi-stakeholder partnership building, the importance of investment promotion and innovative financing solutions for LDCs’ industrial development, as well as the question of sustainability and the way forward to 2030 and beyond. The conference will promote UNIDO’s mandate of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID) as a customized implementing instrument for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure) and advance SDG 17 (partnership for the Goals).

Event: 17th Session of the UNIDO General Conference

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:53
The 17th session of the General Conference of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will convene under the theme ‘Partnering for impact - achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’. UNIDO views inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) as a central issue in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including SDG 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), as well as the targets and indicators underpinning the other 16 SDGs. The conference will address, inter alia, UNIDO’s role in the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and its activities related to: energy and the environment; agribusiness, trade capacity building and job creation; and the Vienna Ministerial Declaration for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), among other issues. The LDC Ministerial Conference 2017 will take place immediately before the General Conference, from 23-24 November.

Event: 2017 World Cities Day

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:46
The global observation of 2017 World Cities Day (WCD) will be held in Guangzhou, China, on 31 October. Organized by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development of China (MOHURD) and the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, and hosted by Guangzhou Municipal Government, the event will bring together representatives of international organizations, government officials and mayors, as well as scholars on urban planning and construction management. The general WCD theme is ‘Better City, Better Life’. The annual theme of 2017 WCD is ‘Innovative Governance, Open Cities,’ which helps advance worldwide implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. 2017 WCD will seek to exchange and showcase innovative practices around the world in urban planning, building and management, and discuss how to further implement New Urban Agenda. Specific activities to take place during the event include WCD Forum, WCD-Urban Governance Innovation Practices Exhibition and Urban Cultural Exchange.

Event: Climate Engineering Conference 2017 (CEC17)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:44
The Climate Engineering Conference 2017 (CEC17) will bring together the research, policy and civic communities to discuss the ethical, social and technical issues related to climate engineering. Hosted by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), with funding from the Government of Germany, the conference will address approaches for both Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) and Solar Radiation Management (SRM), also known as Albedo Modification, situating them within broader discussions of climate change and, in particular, mitigation and adaptation.

Event: 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 22:42
The 2017 edition of this conference will feature five core themes meant to reflect an integrated approach to identifying solutions to the complex global challenge of food security. The themes include: food creation; food safety and bio security; food loss and waste; food in a changing society; and food utilization. The event is organized by Elsevier in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, the University of the Western Cape and DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Food Security.

Event: ESCAP Disaster Resilience Week

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 04:40
In line with its Regional Roadmap for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will hold its first Disaster Resilience Week. The event will launch the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2017, and serve as a platform for dialogue and peer learning to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs), including specific targets relating to resilience and DRR. The relevant SDGs include SDG 1 (no poverty), 2 (no hunger), 9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and 13 (climate action). The Disaster Resilience Week will focus on: coherence between the 2030 Agenda and the Sendai Framework; regional cooperation on multi-hazard early warning systems; disaster information and knowledge management; applications of space technology and geographic information systems for DRR and SDG monitoring; and disaster risk financing.

Event: Pacific Resilience Week

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 04:38
Pacific Resilience Week, convening under the theme ‘Pathways to a Resilient Pacific,’ includes a series of meetings focused on: combating the negative impacts of climate change and disasters; improving the coherence and effectiveness of humanitarian, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives in the region; and strengthening implementation of the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific (FRDP) endorsed in 2016 by leaders in the region to build resilience to climate change and disasters. The week includes the following events: the Pacific Humanitarian Partnership (PHP) meeting from 2-3 October, hosted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA); the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) held from 2-3 October, hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP); the Joint Pacific Climate Change Roundtable and Platform for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) 2017 taking place from 4-5 October, organized by the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), the Pacific Community (SPC) and SPREP; and the meeting of the Regional Steering Committee for Building Safety and Resilience in the Pacific Project on 6 October, hosted by SPC.

Water Conferences Focus on Gender, Food and Urban Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:47
Participants at a two-day conference under the auspices of the Italian Presidency of the G7 discussed water-related principles in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and issued a ‘Declaration of Milan’ emphasizing the human right to water and sanitation and the role of women in protecting and managing water resources. Following the Milan conference, the second International Conference on Water and Climate addressed themes of food security and urban resilience, as well as water for Africa.

OECD Report Finds Slow Progress on Gender Equality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:38
The OECD's book titled, ‘The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle,’ assesses progress since OECD's 2012 report on gender equality. The report presents a "stark call to action", explaining that progress on gender equality “has been slow” and further policy action is necessary to tackle gender gaps in education, employment, entrepreneurship and public life.

International Organizations Fighting Plant Pathogens, Antimicrobial Resistance, Rabies

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:30
The IPPC has reviewed and updated its International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures on determining pest status. IEA has inaugurated a new nuclear facility to assist countries in developing measures to control the spread of harmful pests. FAO and EU committed to enhanced collaboration on controlling the spread of antimicrobial resistance and reducing food waste and loss. FAO, OIE and WHO formed an alliance to eradicate human deaths from dog-transmitted rabies by 2030.

World Habitat Day Focuses on Affordable Homes

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:26
The 2017 World Habitat Day focused on the theme, ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes', with UN leaders and others underscoring the importance of achieving affordable homes for all in creating inclusive cities and advancing progress on the SDGs. The Day took place on the first anniversary of the adoption of the New Urban Agenda, which emphasizes the link between urbanization and development.

Green Climate Fund Board Approves 11 Multi-Million Dollar Projects

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:22
The Board of the Green Climate Fund approved total funding of US$392.86 million for 11 new projects and programmes assisting developing countries in their response to climate change. The projects focus on an array of climate-related issues including renewable energy, agriculture, water, drought, and gender.

UN Calls for Health Care, Work Opportunities for Older Persons

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:15
International Day of Older Persons 2017 focused on tapping the talents of older persons for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with UN agencies calling for people everywhere to be able to obtain the health services they need and continue to have work opportunities as they desire. ESCAP Executive Secretary Shamshad Akhtar noted that many Asian countries are experiencing an exponential rise in older populations and need to consider adapting their policies, for example, with regard to the age of statutory retirement.

Minamata COP1 Decides on Compliance Committee, Defers on Key Institutional Arrangements

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:13
COP1 delegates took decisions on the compliance committee and on guidance to the Global Environment Facility, and made progress on issues related to establishing reporting cycles and agreeing on guidance on waste thresholds and contaminated sites. Delegates agreed the interim secretariat would remain in Geneva, Switzerland under the purview of UN Environment's Chemicals and Wastes branch until a review of the arrangements at COP2. COP2 will also consider the Memorandum of Understanding with the GEF.

First World Bank 'Blue Bond' Approved for Seychelles

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:12
The World Bank approved its first project in the Seychelles in over 30 years. The project aims to improve the country's fisheries and marine resources management, strengthen fisheries value chains and contribute to achieving the country’s Blue Economy Strategy.