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COP 23 Events Highlight South-South Cooperation, Youth Action on Oceans, SDG-NDC Linkages: 17 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:32
Many countries have included South-South cooperation in their NDCs. Speakers highlighted the need to better connect the silos of the SDG and NDC processes, noting that they are both elements of countries’ development strategies. On benefits of connecting the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, speakers highlighted the need to increase financial efficiency by preventing duplication of efforts.

UNGA President Issues Sustaining Peace Roadmap

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:27
UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will convene a High Level Meeting to assess efforts and opportunities to strengthen the UN’s work on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. The HLM will convene from 24-25 April 2018. Lajcak also presented a roadmap for raising awareness to guide his Office's efforts for the remainder of the 72nd session.

Countries Launch 'Powering Past Coal' Alliance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:22
The alliance hopes to increase its membership to 50 partners by the COP 24 in 2018. Alliance members commit to phasing-out coal in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, including appropriate support for workers and communities.

NYC Mayor Links SDGs to Blueprint for City's Future

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:17
‘A City with Global Goals,’ produced by the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, illustrates the connections between the SDGs and the visions, goals, initiatives and targets of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘One New York: The Plan for a Just and Strong City'. The event focused on the localization of SDG 8 (decent work and economic growth), and is the first in a series of events that will look at SDGs.

NDCs Support Programme Launched to Help Developing Countries

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:14
The NDC Support Programme will help countries improve governance in gender inclusion, climate mainstreaming, mitigation and adaptation, transparency systems, and climate finance and private sector engagement, in the context of 2030 Agenda. Current funding of over €42 million will support an initial 25 countries in designing and implementing their NDCs.

Bangladesh, Belarus Announce National Actions on SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:12
The Bangladesh Planning Commission issued a report on a strategy for financing the SDGs, estimating that an additional US$928 billion will be needed to fully implement the Goals in the country. In Belarus, the government is promoting awareness of the national strategy for achieving the SDGs and the role of the Council for Sustainable Development. Both countries participated in the Voluntary National Reviews during the 2017 HLPF.

World Bank Highlights Resilient Transport Systems' Role in SIDS

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 03:09
The report titled, ‘Climate and Disaster Resilient Transport in Small Island Developing States: A Call for Action,’ highlights the central role of the transport sector in SIDS' vulnerability. The World Bank authors recommend that SIDS asset managers incorporate climate and disaster risks into decision-making processes and infrastructure lifecycle management.

Executive Secretaries Call for Facility Linking Rio Conventions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 02:00
Executive Secretaries of the three Rio Conventions called for the establishment of a project preparation facility to finance projects addressing common issues across the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The proposed Facility would deliver on existing commitments under the Conventions by promoting large-scale transformative projects and catalyzing coordinated action.

Event: Communities of Ocean Action on Marine Pollution: Implementation of SDG 14

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:58
The UN Special Envoy for the Ocean, Ambassador Peter Thomson, and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with UN Environment, will hold an event on building communities of ocean action on marine pollution as follow up to the Ocean Conference voluntary commitments.  The event aims to hear from various stakeholders on their innovative solutions for tackling marine pollution through their voluntary commitments, and build up the Communities of Ocean Action practitioners on marine pollution. The event is open to all participants of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA). A concept note and draft agenda are available.

Event: High-level Conference on Financing for Development and the Means of Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:55
This conference will convene on the theme, 'From country initiatives to global advances – mobilizing financing for sustainable development'.

Event: 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 27)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:38
The 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 8-20 November 2021, at a location to be determined.

Event: 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 04:33
The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC is expected to take place from 9-20 November 2020, at a location to be determined.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly – 20 November 2017

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:48
Reports launched during COP 23 call for higher ambition on mitigation, finding that the NDCs, if achieved, would likely cap warming by only 3 degress Celsius. One paper finds that Brazil and many OECD states have peaked their emissions already, and that China and Mexico are projected to peak by 2030.

21 Parties Ratify Kigali Amendment ahead of Montreal MOP 29

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 01:06
The 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 29th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol are meeting jointly from 20-24 November 2017, in Montreal, Canada. Twenty-one Parties have now ratified the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, surpassing the threshold for entry into force.

On World Toilet Day, UN Highlights Human Rights Challenge for SDG Target 6.2

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:03
The UN, governments and civil society observed World Toilet Day 2017, focused on the theme, ‘Toilets and Wastewater,’ highlighting the need for safe treatment and disposal of fecal waste. The Toilet Board Coalition announced research findings showing that the "sanitation economy" offers US$62 billion in business opportunities in India alone. While SDG target 6.2 calls for universal sanitation, 2.3 billion people worldwide lack access to basic toilet facilities.

Informals Continue on Finance, APA at COP 23: 16 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:36
The COP Presidency chaired a joint COP/CMP contact group on matters relating to finance, to discuss outstanding issues and the way forward. Parties agreed to forward the draft decision of the GCF to the COP for consideration.

'Why Wait?': Report Explores SDG Dividends from Accelerated Access to Decentralized Electricity

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:35
The framework developed in the report is designed to help decision makers to compare different electrification options and services. The report focuses on identifying options for achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7, which calls for universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030, but also explores benefits for other SDGs.

UN, Partners Build Capacity in Climate Vulnerable Countries, Highlight Tech for Climate Solutions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:31
The Government of Italy and UN Climate Change have signed an MoU to launch a fellowship programme aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of the SIDS and LDCs to respond to climate change. In an op-ed, ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson outlined ways for ICTs to be part of the solution to climate change. UNECA conducted a training for trainers on climate information and services in Ethiopia.

COP 23 Side Events Address Climate Finance in Asia-Pacific, Environmental Integrity of Carbon Markets: 16 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:30
Canada highlighted its plans to charge US$100 per ton of CO2 by 2022. GCF Executive Director Howard Bamsey said that all the climate funds will have an opportunity to showcase achievements at COP 24. Linkages between biodiversity conservation and climate change were also addressed.

SDG Compass Expands Inventory of Tools for Businesses

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:28
The UN Global Compact, WBCSD and GRI have invited submissions of tools for SDG measurement, to be added to their inventory. The inventory is part of the SDG Compass, launched in September 2015. The inventory currently contains 58 tools, most of which are available free of charge.