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UN-Habitat, Think City Partner to Advance New Urban Agenda, SDG 11

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:58
UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif said the partnership will seek to scale up good practices that harness the potential of cities to address the the issues of income inequality, exclusion, climate change and resilience. Sharif stressed that the mobilization of all urban stakeholders is critical for implementing the NUA and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). The partnership will concentrate on culture in urban regeneration, and enable both partners to develop community-focused and sustainable urban regeneration programmes.

Pacific Ministers Propose Establishing Resilience, Climate Insurance Funds

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:52
The Pacific Islands Forum Economic Ministers Meeting convened under the theme of ‘Building Economic Resilience of Pacific Island Countries Through Sustainable Financing Flows’. The Cook Islands, Fiji, New Zealand, Palau and Samoa developed the proposal for a financing facility for resilient infrastructure. Tuvalu initiated the proposal for a climate insurance facility, which is now supported by a taskforce of Smaller Island States and development partners.

Generation 2030: Youth Initiatives Foster SDG Implementation, Peace and Security

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:46
In Sri Lanka, 'SDG Action Campaign' partners selected 50 schools representing 25 districts of the country to receive funding to design and implement an SDG project in their communities. UN-Habitat announced it is creating youth opportunities through the Urban Peace Labs programme. The UN Security Council held its first open debate on youth, peace and security, in advance of the High-level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.

UNFF13 to Provide Input to HLPF 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:20
The thirteenth session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF13) is convening from 7-11 May 2018, with focus on policy dialogue, development and decision-making. UNFF13 is expected to promote implementation the UN Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF) and provide input to the 2018 meeting of the HLPF. Its agenda includes discussions on the contributions of forests in accelerating achievement of the SDGs and in supporting a global transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies.

Public Dialogue Opened for SDG 6 Synthesis Report

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:09
UN-Water has produced a report titled, 'SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitation,' and has called for public input on the findings. Feedback has been invited during an online Public Dialogue taking place between May and September 2018.

Asian Development Bank Prepares 'Strategy 2030' on Poverty, Climate and SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:05
Delegates to the ADB Annual Meeting supported the forthcoming ADB’s Strategy 2030, which focuses on ten priorities in line with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The Strategy calls for a “stronger, better and faster” ADB to foster regional cooperation, meet the region’s development financing needs and strengthen the Bank’s role as a provider and facilitator of knowledge.

ECOSOC Integration Segment Discusses Resilience, Technology

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 01:01
The 2018 ECOSOC Integration Segment analyzed pathways to build resilience through integrated policies to advance the 2030 Agenda. Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, calls for forward-looking institutions that plan for risk. Journalist Eduardo Porter said a variety of shocks should be taken into consideration when discussing resilience, including climate change, technological advances and political challenges.

ECLAC Report Highlights Inefficiency of Inequality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:49
ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena writes that a culture of privilege inhibits progress in development with equality. The report argues for transitioning towards a new development pattern that enables a “virtuous circle” between growth, equality and sustainability. The report was published ahead of ECLAC's 37th session, convening from 7-11 May 2018.

Candidates Share Visions for UNGA 73 Presidency at Interactive Dialogues

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:45
UNGA 73 presidency candidates Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, Permanent Representative of Honduras, and María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, shared their vision and priorities for the Presidency. The informal interactive dialogues represented the first such process for the UNGA President's election. The candidates addressed: SDG implementation, UN reform, conflict prevention and sustaining peace, gender equality, transparency and accountability, and civil society and other stakeholder engagement.

Businesses Announce Commitments Ahead of Global Climate Action Summit

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:39
The Mahindra Group’s announcement pushes the number of global companies taking on such targets to over 400. Christiana Figueres, former UNFCCC Executive Secretary urged the global technology sector to pledge to halve their emissions every decade to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The Global Climate Action Summit will bring together sub-national governments, business and civil society to showcase climate action around the world, along with new commitments.

UN Environment Campaign Challenges Citizens to Reduce Air Pollution

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:36
The goal of the initiative is to reach seven million kilometers for each of the seven million lives lost to air pollution annually. UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim highlighted the BreatheLife Challenge as an opportunity to mobilize action and raise awareness to ensure that “the air we breathe is safe.”

Co-facilitators Issue Elements Paper for ECOSOC Review Discussions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:29
The co-facilitators for the ECOSOC review process issued an elements paper that outlines options related to the structure and substantive functions of the Council, including HLPF components. The co-facilitators also shared dates of consultations for the ECOSOC review, as well as the revised version of a food for thought paper discussed in April by UN Member States. Subsequent consultation meetings with UN Member States are scheduled for 15, 16, 21 and 24 May.

New Zealand University Summit Promotes Partnerships for SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:28
Victoria University of Wellington organized a one-day SDGs Summit to identify current actions and form partnerships for achieving the SDGs among government, business and civil society actors. UNESCO, the EU delegation to New Zealand, the Sustainable Business Council, Air New Zealand and several other business sponsored the conference. A panel discussion about government action on the SDGs featured several representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Ministry for the Environment, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

GWP Calls for Integrating Corporate Water Stewardship and IWRM

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:24
A Global Water Partnership (GWP) position paper titled, 'Engaging the Private Sector in Water Security,' highlights that, while SDG target 6.5 calls for IWRM to be implemented at all levels by 2030, private-sector participation in IWRM does not routinely occur. The position paper reasons that the GWP should become more involved with the private sector.

Event: Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:21

Latin American and Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW2018) is designed to advance regional climate action. The ultimate aim of LACCW2018, the first of what is planned to be an annual gathering, 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 Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) Carbon Forum featuring as a cornerstone event, LACCW2018 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 LAC Talanoa Dialogue. LACCW2018 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 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and others.

Event: Election of President of 73rd UN General Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 23:18
The UN General Assembly will elect its president for the 73rd session (UNGA 73) on 5 June. The Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC) has put forward two candidates: Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, Permanent Representative of Honduras, and Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Ecuador's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility. Interactive informal dialogues with the candidates are being convened for the first time, by the President of the 72nd UNGA, Miroslav Lajcak.

Generation 2030: Youth Forum Calls for Enhancing Youth Participation in ACE at All Levels

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 22:44
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said youth must be active and have their voices heard in international negotiations. Forum outcomes were presented to government negotiators during an ACE workshop with the hope that youth proposals will be included in a COP 24 ACE decision. The Forum proposed increasing youth involvement at all levels and including official youth delegates in national delegations at COP 24.

Event: Joint Conference on Forests and Water 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:59
IUFRO will hold its Fifth Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment in conjunction with the Second Latin American Congress on Forests and Water. The conference will provide a forum for experts on forest hydrology, watershed ecosystem management, ecohydrology, climate, and environmental change, with the aim of promoting exchange of understanding and experience from the realms of research, policy, and public involvement.

Event: 37th Session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 02:42
The thirty-seventh session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will be held in Havana, from 7-11 May 2018. Following a number of panel discussions on 7 May, the opening ceremony on 8 May will celebrate the 70th anniversary of ECLAC. Among other sessions, participants will be briefed on the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean and preparations for the Second High Level UN Conference on South-South Cooperation. Discussions will also focus on the ECLAC position document titled, 'The Inefficiency of Inequality'. On the final day, statements by ministers of foreign affairs and high-level authorities will address the global and regional challenges of multilateralism, the role of ECLAC and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the 36th session of ECLAC is here.

Governments Consider Final Proposal on UN Development System Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 02:20
By the draft resolution, Member States decide to separate the functions of the RC from the UNDP Resident Representative. On ‘Funding the UN development system,’ the text invites Member States to contribute on a voluntary basis to the capitalization of the UN Joint Fund for the 2030 Agenda at US$290 million per annum. The draft resolution requests the heads of the entities of the UN development system, under the leadership of the Secretary-General, to submit a system-wide strategic document to the 2019 OAS.