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CTCN Advances SDGs 3, 12 and 13, UNFCCC Issues Annual TEC/CTCN Report

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:09
The CTCN published an update on the implementation phase of its technical assistance to support the replacement of F-refrigerants used in refrigeration system in food processing production and exports of fruits and vegetables in Chile. In preparation for COP 23, the Secretariat issued the joint annual report of the TEC and the CTCN for 2017.

Mitigation Update: Catholic Organizations, Soot-free Buses, Net-zero Buildings, and Citizens Advance Mitigation Action

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:07
Catholic church organizations from around the world have announced that they will divest from fossil fuels. A new report shows that the EU and its member states continue to subsidize fossil fuels with €112 billion per year. The world's four largest bus manufacturers have committed to supplying 'soot-free' buses to megacities. The Citizens Climate Pledge announced that it seeks to achieve 100 million pledges by individuals to take climate action by 2020. World Green Building Week provided an opportunity to promote the advancement of net-zero buildings.

UNGA Adopts Political Declaration Combating Trafficking in Persons

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:00
The UN General Assembly adopted the 'Political Declaration on the Implementation of the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons'. The UNGA President called for contributions to the UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking, as tool to assist victims in recovering, reclaiming dignity and minimizing the risk of revictimization. The EU, Macedonia and Turkey said combating trafficking in human beings should be set in the context of the two global compacts regarding migrants and refugees.

UN Officials Welcome Establishment of Technology Bank for LDCs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:56
High-level UN officials welcomed the establishment of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which marks the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 17.8. The Bank will improve technology-related policies, facilitate technology transfer and enhance the integration of LDCs into the global knowledge-based economy.

High-Level Panel Charts Path for Water-Driven Peace and Cooperation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:53
The High-Level Panel on Water and Peace delivered its report after a two-year period of study and consultation. The report provides recommendations for strengthening the role of water as a driver of peace and cooperation. Its proposals include the creation of a Blue Fund for international cooperation involving infrastructure, and a Global Observatory for Water and Peace to strengthen hydro-diplomacy.

UN Women, Partners Launch Coalition to Empower Women through Innovation, Technology

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:48
UN Women has launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). The partnership aims to make innovation and technology work better for young women and girls, with the broader aim of advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Policy Brief: Monthly Forecast: October 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:15
The incoming UNGA President noted that migration will be "very visible and dominating the work of the 72nd session of the General Assembly," given the Assembly's mandate to prepare the global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration for adoption in September 2018. October is known by the SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) stakeholders as 'Urban October,' a month of citizen engagement and celebration on urban life around the world. Among other deliberations that we will be watching in October for their contributions to the SDG debate are the Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Event: Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 22:46
The Second Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) is expected to convene from 19-23 November 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.

ELD Initiative, Partners Assess Economic Benefits of SLM in Asia and Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:40
The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative has published a policy brief summarizing the main findings and policy messages of a study carried out in Asia in collaboration with UN Environment. The study covered 44 countries and two Chinese provinces. The ELD Initiative, in collaboration with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), embarked on a similar study for eight African countries under the umbrella of the EU-funded ‘Reversing Land Degradation in Africa through Scaling-up EverGreen Agriculture’ project.

UN Focuses Post-Disaster Efforts in the Caribbean on Early Warning, Preparedness

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:38
UN Environment underscored that understanding the role of the environment in humanitarian crises is “critical to reversing the upward trend in the number of people affected by disaster”. UNDP is providing Barbuda and Cuba with technical support to build back better. WMO has signed a contract with Météo France International to help develop the capacity of Haiti’s national meteorological and hydrological service.

Climate Finance Institutional Update: Green Bond Issuance Reaches US$96 Billion

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:36
In institutional news, the month of September saw two key multilateral climate finance-related events: the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance Forum and the Green Climate Fund board meeting. The Green Climate Fund announced that, by the end of August 2017, a total of US$10 million had been disbursed to 59 developing countries through the Fund’s readiness programme. After reaching US$96 billion in September, Bloomberg New Energy Finance expects total green bond issuances for 2017 to rise to US$135 billion, representing a 36% increase from 2016.

Climate Adaptation Finance Update: GCF Adaptation Projects Get Underway

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:31
The CDB announced emergency relief grants and concessional loans to its member countries affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. IFAD is partnering with Iraq to enhance climate resilience and improve the productivity of the country's small-scale farmers. A number of GCF-supported climate adaptation and resilience projects are entering the implementation phase.

Carbon Pricing and Markets Update: EU Discusses ETS Reform, Aviation, Brexit

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:28
Twenty-six national and subnational governments announced their commitment to strengthening both existing and new carbon markets. Discussions on the reform of the EU emissions trading system (ETS) continued, with industries and experts sharing their views. Ontario, Québec and California signed an agreement to link their respective carbon markets.

UNGA President Commits to Gender Parity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:20
UNGA President Miroslav Lajčák joined the International Gender Champions Initiative. Lajčák announced he will maintain gender parity within his own office, including at senior levels, and seek to ensure gender parity in selection of co-facilitators, moderators and in UNGA high-level events.

Resilience, DRR Enhanced in the Wake of Severe Weather

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:15
Scientists met to develop the first worldwide hydrological monitoring and modelling system aimed at helping countries to better prepare for floods and droughts. Representatives of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services from West Africa convened to develop a draft implementation plan to expand the WMO Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project to West Africa. Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu teamed up with WMO to boost their resilience to extreme weather events.

Guest Article: Resilience Thinking: A Catalyst to National Biodiversity Plans

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:11
National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) offer an opportunity to integrate and achieve targets on biodiversity, climate change and sustainable development. Using a resilience thinking approach to design and implement National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) offers a unique opportunity to integrate these areas of work into the climate and development agendas. We give examples of how countries are integrating multiple objectives in NBSAPs, and propose general actions for enhancing this integration.

Initiatives Enhance Adaptation in the MENA Region

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:07
The High-Level Conference on Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation in the Arab Region launched the ‘Arab Climate Change Assessment Report,’ along with a series of technical outputs and training materials. A workshop to advance the formulation and implementation of Morocco’s NAP helped reduce the country’s vulnerability to climate change and integrate climate change adaptation into ongoing development planning processes.

UN Environment Calls for Preventing and Reducing Pollution to Realize SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 01:02
The report’s recommendations include strengthening environmental governance at all levels, and promoting sustainable consumption and production through improved resource efficiency and lifestyle changes. The publication highlights the role of multilateral environmental agreements and the SDGs, along with related pollution-reducing targets. It suggests a framework to address pollution through a “dual track of actions”.

CGIAR Publications Provide Advice on Improving Nutrition and Food Systems Resilience

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:58
Two publications released by members of the CGIAR System Organization provide advice on improving nutrition and farm systems resilience in poor countries. A book by Bioversity International shows how investments in managing agrobiodiversity improve the resilience of food systems against extreme weather events and other shocks. A study released by the International Food Policy Research Institute provides lessons learned on reducing malnutrition in Africa.

Online Database Accelerates Progress Towards Climate Goals

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 10/04/2017 - 00:55
The NDC Toolbox Navigator aims to contribute to achieving the targets embodied within countries’ national climate plans and NDCs through concrete actions. The searchable database allows users to generate tailored results, including for specific activities, regions, level of expertise or language. The comprehensive set of resources accessible through the NDC Toolbox Navigator enables countries to benefit from sharing best practice to most effectively translate their climate targets into actionable policies.