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Event: UNGA High-level Meeting on Sustaining Peace

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 23:43
UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will convene a high-level meeting to assess efforts undertaken and opportunities to strengthen the UN's work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. As specific objectives, the meeting will reflect on how to: 1) Adjust to the new UN approach to peace with the emphasis on conflict prevention; 2) Strengthen operational and policy coherence within the United Nations system towards peacebuilding and sustaining peace; 3) Increase, restructure and better prioritize funding to United Nations peacebuilding activities; 4) Strengthen partnerships between the UN and key stakeholders in the field; 5) Address the root causes of conflict to sustain peace; 6) Address the role of women and youth in peacebuilding.

The meeting will begin with an opening segment and contributions from high-level speakers with experience on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. It then will convene a  high-level plenary meeting of the UNGA, during which Member States will deliver statements. The event also will include four interactive dialogues, held in parallel to the high-level plenary meeting, which will focus on objectives mentioned above and take into account the report of the Secretary-General as per resolutions 70/262 and 2282 (2016) on the Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture. The dialogues are open to UN Member States as well as civil society representatives, private sector, regional and subregional organizations and UN entities.

Event: 158th Session of the FAO Council

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 03:41
The 158th Session of the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will consider, inter alia, the report of the 44th Session of the Committee on World Food Security, the report of the World Food Programme, and developments in Fora of Importance for the Mandate of FAO. The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of CFS 44 is here.  

Generation 2030: Youth Involvement in Sustainable Development Goal 14: The Ocean Goal

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:46
Every time I teach about the ocean, I always learn something from the youth; the most important thing they can remind us is the awe that comes with the ocean and the world around them. Bringing the SDGs into the education of our children allows them to see outside the walls of their classrooms and to problem solve for their own communities, and the world.

Generation 2030: Young People Featured in Peacebuilding, Human Rights Initiatives

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:44
UNA-Canada hosted the 'Youth as Peacebuilders Forum' on the sidelines of the 2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference. The UNGA's Third Committee, UN Environment, and the UN Country Team in Sudan also took action on engaging youth and highlighting the views and ideas of youth.

Generation 2030: UN Encourages Children to "Take Over"

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:38
Among initiatives that have taken place on the occasion of World Children’s Day, UNICEF launched the campaign #KidsTakeOverSchools, where children are encouraged to ‘take over’ classes and assemblies. UNICEF released an analysis showing that one in 12 children worldwide live in countries where their prospects are worse than those of their parents. UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak met with children to discuss their hopes and concerns and how these relate to the work of the UN.

COP 23 Adopts Decisions on Adaptation Fund, Gender, Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:36
The COP adopted a decision on the ‘Fiji Momentum for Implementation,’ that sets the stage for negotiations in 2018. In a decision applauded by many, the local communities and indigenous peoples platform was operationalized, following discussions regarding how much decision-making power to concede to non-Party stakeholders. A number of delegates recognized the historic nature of the decision on a gender action plan.

Rwanda, Slovakia Lead Consultations on Peace and Security Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:30
Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda, and Michal Mlynar, Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic, will lead consultations for a draft resolution on the UN Secretary-General's proposals on reforming the UN's peace and security pillar. The first informal consultations were scheduled for 22 November, 28 November and 4 December.

Concept Note Outlines Next Steps towards Migration Compact

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:28
The preparatory (stocktaking) meeting of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration will convene from 4-6 December, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Delegations and other stakeholders are expected to jointly shape a vision for the global compact, and inform the co-facilitators’ zero draft of the global compact. The concept note includes guidance for the stocktaking meeting and an overview of messages conveyed during the consultation phase.

Action and Financing Commitments Announced at COP 23

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:24
The wave of efforts announced at COP 23 span five major categories, as highlighted by the UNFCCC Secretariat: financing climate action, investing in climate action, coordinating climate action, corporate emissions cuts, and government ratification. The actions and commitments send the "common message" that the level of global ambition as captured in the NDCs must be raised.

UNESCO Picks Executive Director, Adopts Decisions on Climate, Education

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:23
Audrey Azoulay was formally endorsed by the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO and began her term on 15 November 2017. The Conference reaffirmed UNESCO’s lead role regarding implementation of SDG 4. In a Declaration, UNESCO asserts that “at its core,” climate change is an ethical issue.

At COP 23, UN Secretary-General Highlights Areas for Greater Ambition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:22
The UN Secretary-General called for more ambition to tackle climate change in five areas: emissions, adaptation, finance, partnerships and leadership. Guterres announced that he will convene a climate summit to mobilize political and economic energy in September 2019.

IEA World Energy Outlook 2017 Introduces Sustainable Development Scenario

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:18
The 2017 World Energy Outlook introduces a Sustainable Development Scenario describing an integrated path for achieving the SDGs most closely linked to energy. According to the Scenario, universal access to energy can be achieved by 2030, while halving energy-related CO2 emissions and premature deaths from air pollution by 2040. The Outlook also predicts four shifts in the international energy system including a growing electrification of energy systems fueled by rapidly decreasing costs and and increasing deployment of clean energy technologies.

Subnational Leaders Adopt Bonn-Fiji Commitment on Climate Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:15
The Bonn-Fiji Commitment aims to advance sustainable urban development as a critical component of climate action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically SDG 11. UN Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos said a new framework of cooperation among national, regional and local governments is required.

Mitigation Update: Progress on Shipping Emissions, HFC Quotas, and Clean Energy in Samoa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/24/2017 - 01:13
The IMO Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of Greenhouse Gases produced a first draft of a strategy for mitigation in international shipping. The European Commission announced reduced quotas for the sale of hydro-fluorocarbons within the EU. HSBC bank committed to mobilizing climate and green growth financing and to reduce exposure to thermal coal.

Guest Article: Kill Not the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: Striving for Land Degradation Neutrality

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 23:05
Managed carefully, soils are a reusable resource, but in a scale of human lifetimes they cannot be considered as a renewable resource. Land Degradation Neutrality is a new paradigm in environmental politics for avoiding, reducing and reversing land degradation in an integrated way. The response hierarchy of Avoid > Reduce > Reverse land degradation articulates the priorities in planning LDN interventions.

Event: Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 02:30
This event will take place on the sidelines of the 11th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference. Plenary sessions will address: the Global Economy and Agenda 2030: How Can Trade Deliver Jobs and Sustainable Development?; Latin American Challenges in the New Global Economy; and the Future of the Global Trade System and the WTO. Discussion steams will be organized around the following themes: Constructing Better Agreements for Sustainable Development - RTA Exchange; the Future of the Global Trade and Investment System - E15 Initiative; the New Economy; Natural Resources and Sustainability; Inclusion and Development; and the Global Trade and Investment Architecture. The biennial Trade and Sustainable Development Symposium has been organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and held alongside the WTO ministerial conference for over a decade. It seeks to provide an opportunity to bridge gaps between stakeholders engaged in the trade and sustainable development process.

Ocean Pathway Launched at COP 23

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:59
The UN Climate Change Conference featured an 'Oceans Action Day' and the launch of the Ocean Pathway, an initiative of the UNFCCC COP23 Presidency. The Ocean and Climate Initiatives Alliance (OCIA) launched a report canvassing ocean-based solutions for climate change. Finland, Honduras, Romania and the UK added their names to the ‘Because the Ocean’ Declaration, bringing the total number of signatories to 31.

Forest Initiatives Announced in Bonn Target Sustainable Management, Emissions Reductions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:53
Stakeholders launched the Global Platform for the New York Declaration on Forests, and national REDD+ strategies for Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. Forests Day, held on 12 November, featured announcements from Ecuador and Gabon, and the companies of Walmart and Mars Inc.

FAO Launches Resources to Support Climate-Smart Agriculture

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:43
FAO launched the second edition of its ‘Climate-Smart Agriculture Sourcebook,’ which provides information on how to make agriculture more sustainable and productive while also reducing its climate impacts. FAO also released a report that presents a framework and methodology for Tracking Adaptation in Agricultural Sectors (TAAS) at the national level.

COP 23 Energy Roundup: Thematic Events, Announcements and Reports Show that Global Energy Transition is "Irreversible"

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:39
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) featured several thematic events and announcements related to the global clean energy transition. At the official COP 23 Energy Day, speakers stated that the global energy transition is irreversible. Other events, initiatives and reports focus on assisting countries in accelerating clean energy deployment and increasing cooperation with regard to reducing emissions from transport.