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Guest Article: Collaboration in Action: From Supporting Projects to Funding Partnerships

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:43
How will the international community achieve SDG 17, and with it, the other sixteen SDGs? It is important to understand the exact role that funders can and should have in furthering a partnership approach. Capacity building for high quality process management needs to be incorporated from program design to the starting phase and from the implementation to the scaling phase.

Guest Article: #Ag4SDGs: Why Agriculture is a Common Thread for Sustainable Development

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:42
Given that farming makes use of many of our natural resources, from land, to water, to energy, helping farmers become more efficient in their work will also help advance goals on protecting the environment. Through a new campaign titled ‘#SDG2countdown,’ Farming First is taking a detailed look at each of the five targets of SDG 2, exploring ways our supporters and partners have been taking us closer to ending hunger.

Policy Brief: Achieve Gender Equality to Deliver the SDGs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:40
SDG 5 (gender equality) is one of six SDGs under review by the HLPF at its 2017 session. The HLPF Thematic Review of SDG 5 identifies progress on gender equality as critical to delivering on all the SDGs. A lack of adequate gender-sensitive data represents a key challenge in progress on SDG 5.

AU Summit Urges Youth Focus to Deliver 2030 Agenda, Agenda 2063

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:37
The 29th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) called for investments in youth to contribute to a peaceful and prosperous Africa and achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063. The event also addressed gender equality and peace and security, among other topics.

Pacific Small Island Developing States Step up Participation in Global Climate Action Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:32
The inaugural Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event convened from 3-4 July 2017 in Suva, Fiji. Participants discussed actions to enhance implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions and adaptation plans in the Pacific. Discussions also focused on sustainable infrastructure and natural systems issues in order to identify options for scalable, transformational solutions to be implemented pre-2020.

WSSCC, WaterAid Promote WASH for Refugees and Schools

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:30
The Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) is investigating the situation of migrants and refugees to Europe and India with regard to their water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs, and will present the findings at a workshop co-organized with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in September 2017. Separately, WaterAid and clothing company H&M have launched a partnership to provide WASH in schools.

World Bank, Partners Launch $200 Million Programme for Water-Related SDG Achievement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:28
The World Bank and international donors launched a $200-million joint Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership to generate knowledge, promote innovation and build country capacity for meeting the water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The partnership builds on a history of collaboration under the World Bank’s various programs and partnerships on access to water and sanitation, and will focus on five themes: sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience.

Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Enhance Cooperation on DRR as Temperatures Hit New Highs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:26
The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States enhanced cooperation on reducing the impact of natural hazards. A climate risk and early warning initiative sought to improve the resilience of the most vulnerable countries to extreme weather and climate change impacts. An urban climate resilience partnership sought to demonstrate benefits of nature-based solutions in cities.

Governments Advance Work on Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:08
The intergovernmental meeting built on a year of work, including the meeting of an international, multidisciplinary, pluralist and independent 24-member Ad Hoc Expert Group that took place in Rabat, Morocco, from 20-24 September 2016, as well as extensive consultations with UNESCO member States. The declaration may clarify a set of universal principles that could help mobilize international solidarity, and help to enhance implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Equator Prize 2017 Winners Announced

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:05
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced the winners of the Equator Prize 2017, which showcase innovative solutions for tackling poverty, environment and climate challenges from around the world. UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner expressed hope that others will be “inspired by their example”.

Climate Finance Update - Mitigation: Green Bonds Break Records as China Pilots Large-scale Green Financing

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 23:04
The European Investment Bank has issued the "longest" green bond with a 30-year maturity, while Apple Inc. has added a US$1 billion bond to its existing US$1.5 billion bond which is the "largest" green bond emission to date. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has approved loans for energy efficient street lighting in Kazakhstan and modern diesel locomotives in Egypt. Gabon signed an agreement with the Central African Forest Initiative under which it will receive US$18 million to protect its forests and act on climate mitigation.

Renewable Energy Jobs Increase, European Forestry Sector Jobs Promoted

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 22:57
The renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016, a 1.1% increase over 2015, according to the fourth edition of the ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017’. The IRENA report finds that China, Brazil, the US, India, Japan and Germany accounted for most of the renewable energy jobs, with 62% of the jobs in Asia. A workshop, titled 'Promotion of Green Jobs in the Forestry Sector,' stressed the importance of diversification, new technologies, and the need to adapt forestry education and training in Europe to provide new technical skills.

India Initiates Initiatives for South-South Cooperation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 22:49
India made the first voluntary contribution to the UN Trust Fund for International Cooperation in Tax Matters, which was established to help developing countries participate in the discussion of tax issues. The Government of India also announced a contribution of US$1 million to Fiji’s COP 23 Presidency Trust Fund, which was established for the funding of the State’s role as President of the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UNFCCC.

Guest Article: Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by Working on Water

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 21:51
Water is critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as it is a connector between health, food and the environment. Four billion people, or 66% of the world’s population, lives without sufficient access to fresh water for at least one month each year. A global leadership vacuum on water exists, and Canada could and should fill it.

Policy Brief: An Ocean in Chains: Reviewing SDG 14 in Advance of the HLPF

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:46
This update follows the structure used in the ‘2017 HLPF Thematic Review of SDG 14’ (HLPF Brief), lightly canvassing the issues of pollution, acidification and climate change, marine spatial planning/marine protected areas (MPAs), small-scale fisheries (SSF), subsidies, research, and linkages. The Ocean Conference illustrated how raising the profile of one issue can spur progress on others.

Climate-friendly air travel - say what?

Climate Change Headlines - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:39
Source: Deutsche Welle - Air travel is bad for the climate - but it doesn't have to be.

Las ciudades remotas del amazonas son más vulnerables al cambio climático

Climate Change Headlines - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:39
Source: Servimedia - Casi un millón de personas viven en 68 ciudades de la parte brasileña de la cuenca del Amazonas y son vulnerables al cambio climático al ser casi totalmente dependientes de los ríos para realizar movimientos de población, servicios y la gran mayoría de los bienes comerciales.

Former Abbott minister says carbon price is 'probably' inevitable

Climate Change Headlines - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:39
Source: Brisbane Times - A carbon price in Australia was probably inevitable, Queensland Resources Council chief Ian Macfarlane said in Brisbane as he addressed a business luncheon.

El G20 da cuatro veces más dinero público a combustibles fósiles que a energías limpias

Climate Change Headlines - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:39
Source: El Boletín - La financiación pública que las naciones del G20 han proporcionado en los últimos años a los combustibles fósiles multiplica por cuatro las subvenciones que los mismos gobiernos han ofrecido a las energías limpias. Así lo revela un informe firmado por varias organización ecológicas que acusan a las mayores potencias mundiales de “financiar el desastre climático”.

Le climat pourrait faire venir des pluies diluviennes sur le Sahel

Climate Change Headlines - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:39
Source: AFP - Les pluies diluviennes pourraient se multiplier "abruptement" au Sahel avec le dérèglement climatique et la modification du régime de la mousson africaine, selon une étude publiée mercredi.