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UNEP Report Assesses National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:52
UNEP released a report assessing country progress in NBSAP development and national implementation. The report finds that second-generation NBSAPs have paid increased attention to both horizontal and vertical biodiversity mainstreaming, and focused more on the correlation between biodiversity and poverty reduction and sustainable development.

Co-facilitators Circulate Revised Migration Compact Before Final Round of Negotiations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:47
Co-facilitators Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland, and Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico, have issued the third revised draft of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, ahead of negotiations convening from 9-13 July in New York. In an accompanying letter, the co-facilitators say they will conclude the negotiation process on Friday morning, 13 July, and clarify steps that will be followed after delegates reach an agreement on the final text.

ODI Examines 'Leave No One Behind' Reflections in VNRs

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:46
The ODI briefing note ‘What do Analyses of Voluntary National Reviews for Sustainable Development Goals Tell us about Leave No One Behind?’ examines VNRs based on 22 publications of various organizations and experts that analyzed VNRs in 2016 and 2017, and on the UN Secretary-General’s VNR voluntary common reporting guidelines at the HLPF. The note suggests to: conduct a holistic analysis of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 VNRs to identify how 'leave no one behind' has evolved particularly for high, middle and low income countries; delve deeper into the different ways countries are setting up SDG operations to examine how the LNOB commitment is being institutionalized; and analyze ways countries have allocated financial resources for SDG implementation to help gauge government effort towards LNOB.

GEF Assembly Discusses Partnerships for Implementing 2030 Agenda

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:41
Participants at the GEF Assembly participated in roundtable discussions on how to accelerate action on: food, land-use and restoration; sustainable cities; blue economy; partnerships for implementing the 2030 Agenda; science-based targets for the Earth; circular economy; and marine plastics. Immediately prior to the GEF Assembly meeting, the GEF Council approved the seventh replenishment of the GEF Trust Fund (GEF-7) in the amount of US$4.1 billion, as well as a Work Program comprising eight projects and one program concept that amounted to US$63.4 million, including GEF project financing and Agency fees.

Deputy Secretary-General Briefs Governments on Resident Coordinator Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:39
The UN Deputy Secretary-General presented a preliminary outline of a 24-month plan to implement the changes to the Resident Coordinator system called for in the 31 May 2018 resolution of the General Assembly. Addressing a joint meeting of the Executive Boards of the New York-based agencies in June, Amina Mohammed highlighted that their role will be critical to ensuring an enabling environment for the various entities to contribute their respective funding shares to the RC system.

UN Climate Change Annual Report 2017 Website Goes Live

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:34
Initially launched on 30 April at the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, the report covers areas of the 2017 work of UN Climate Change. Looking forward to 2018, the report looks forward to adopting the outcomes of the Paris Agreement Work Programme at COP 24 in December 2018.

North African Experts Recognize Lack of Coordination Mechanisms for SDG Delivery

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:31
The UNECA Office of North Africa facilitated a forum for discussion and exchange among seven countries in the Maghreb region on their progress, challenges and lessons learned in implementing the SDGs. In advance of the meeting, UNECA produced a report on SDG implementation in Maghreb countries that focuses on SDGs 2, 7, 8, 9, 13 and 15.

UNHCR Issues Final Draft of Global Compact on Refugees

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:28
The office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees issued the final draft of the global compact on refugees, providing the basis for the final round of negotiations in Geneva. Among the changes in the final draft, the document indicates that the Global Refugee Forum will convene every four years, beginning in 2019.

Regional Platform Advances Sendai Framework Implementation in the Americas

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:26
The meeting concluded with the adoption of the Cartagena Declaration, which calls for integrating DRR in all activity areas to promote more resilient communities and reduce vulnerability in the region, and urges UNISDR to continue providing institutional support for implementation, monitoring and review of DRR in the Americas and the Caribbean. The event provided the space for actors in the region to exchange experiences regarding implementation of the Regional Action Plan, a guide for implementing the Sendai Framework in the Americas, which aims to align regional, national and local strategies with the Sendai Framework, and accelerate country-level implementation of the DRR agenda.

UN Public Service Awards Recognize Eight Governance Innovations for SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:24
The 2018 UN Public Service Awards recognized eight winners from the five UN regional groups. Initiatives focus on: reaching the poor and most vulnerable; building inclusive institutions; and promoting gender responsive public services. The awards ceremony was held on 23 June 2018, the final day of the UN Public Service Forum in Marrakesh, Morocco.

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Urges OPEC Countries to Transition to Renewable Energy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:22
Speaking at the seminar, Espinosa called transition to renewable energy “challenging but absolutely necessary”. She called on the oil and gas industry to help its workers adapt to 21st century labor challenges by providing new education and training options, and highlighted the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative, which shares knowledge and collaborates on action to reduce GHG emissions. Pope Francis also recently called on oil executives and energy leaders to switch to clean energy to combat climate change, noting that the continued search for new fossil fuel reserves is even more concerning than the increased levels of emissions.

NASA/ESA Study Reveals Accelerating Antarctic Ice Loss

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:19
Titled ‘Mass balance of the Antarctic Ice Sheet from 1992 to 2017,’ the study finds that Antarctic ice loss has tripled since 2012, with 180 billion tonnes of melted ice entering the ocean annually. The research team, comprised of 80 scientists from 42 international organizations, looked at the mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet from 1992-2017, finding that ice losses raised global sea levels by 0.3 inches. The study attributes the sharp increase in ice loss in recent years to the rising rates of ice melt in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula, and reduced growth of the East Antarctic ice sheet.

SDG Advocates Advance Education for All, CEO Engagement in Africa

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:16
Among recent initiatives by members of the UN's SDG Advocates group, the Education Above All Foundation announced that it will provide a quality education for ten million of the world’s most marginalized children. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana and co-Chair of the SDG Advocates, emphasized CEOs' role in advancing the SDGs, and said the business leaders are “the primary promoters of social and economic transformation".

REN21 Renewables Report: Heating, Cooling, Transport Lag Behind Power Sector in Energy Transformation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:15
In 2017, investment in new renewable power capacity was more than twice that of new fossil fuel and nuclear power capacity combined, despite fossil fuel subsidies. However, while 146 countries have national renewable energy targets in the power sector, only 48 countries have national renewable energy targets for heating and cooling, and 42 for renewable energy use in transport. To ensure changes in the three sectors, the report calls for: appropriate policy frameworks that drive innovation; the development of new renewable energy technologies; and political leadership to end fossil fuel and nuclear subsidies, invest in infrastructure, and establish targets and policies for heating, cooling and transport.

UNECE/FAO Report: Wood Energy Can Help Achieve SDG 7

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 07/04/2018 - 01:12
The UNECE/FAO report discusses types of wood energy fuels such as firewood, sources and users, policy instruments that support and hinder use, and ways to sustainably source wood. According to the report, wood energy provides the majority of total energy supply in many developing countries, and nearly 25% in some developed countries, including in Europe where it is the leading renewable energy source. Wood energy can be stored, and provides energy without sun or wind.

Policy Brief: SDG Knowledge Weekly: Food Systems and Nutrition

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 02:06
The TEEB Agriculture and Food initiative launched two reports on holistically measuring, evaluating and promoting sustainable food systems. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition and the US Council for International Business (USCIB) Foundation released a report on public-private partnerships to achieve the global nutrition goals. A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition analyzes data on the double burden of malnutrition among adolescents in low- and middle-income countries.

Event: Forest-based Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies: Lessons Learned and Success Stories

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:20
This event is being organized to highlight the significance of forests for the achievement of the SDGs, and discuss avenues to accelerate progress towards the achievement of SDG 15, and is based on the initiative of the UNFF13 Bureau. The event will take place the day before the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) opens.

Event: Contributions of Supreme Audit Institutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 07/03/2018 - 01:12
This Supreme Audit Institutions (SAI) Leadership and Stakeholders meeting will address the theme, 'Contributions of Supreme Audit Institutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The meeting will take place following the ministerial segment of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). This meeting is jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affairs (UNDESA) and the INTOSAI Development Initiative (IDI). It will draw on the discussions from the first meeting, which was held immediately following HLPF 2017. Participants will reflect on the experience and lessons learned from auditing preparedness for SDG implementation, and present relevant audit findings, recommendations and reports from different regions. Discussions also aim to facilitate mutual understanding and dialogue between SAIs and external stakeholders regarding SDG implementation and the role of SAIs, and identify stakeholders’ expectations on the contributions of SAIs to the 2030 Agenda.

ICAO Adopts Standards and Recommended Practices to Reduce Emissions from International Aviation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 16:02
ICAO has adopted standards and recommended practices for member countries and aviation operators to reduce emissions from international aviation. The standards are one of the core elements of ICAO's Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) to support ICAO's aspirational objectives of increasing fuel efficiency by 2% per year and achieving carbon neutral growth in international aviation after 2020. ICAO also agreed on a CO2 emissions estimation and reporting tool and key elements of a central emissions registry.

Kalinga, one of Cordillera’s Pride - Edillo

DA-CAR Latest News - Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:11

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“Kalinga contributed to the Cordillera’s pride for reaping awards and cash prizes during the National Rice Achievers Award,” said Narciso Edillo, Regional Executive Director, Department of Agriculture – Regional Field Office – Cordillera Administrative Region (DA-RFO-CAR).

He personally congratulated the people of Tabuk City during their celebration of the 17th Mataguan Festival and 11th City Founding Anniversary in Tabuk City, Kalinga on June 21, 2018.

In addition, Edillo recognized the efforts of farmers in the development of the country’s agricultural industry. He encouraged them to innovate for the improvement of their farm operations and to increase yield of production.

He furthered that farmers should take these opportunities since with the Duterte’s Administration support to the farmers is heightened. With the present administration, irrigation is now free and farmers can now avail crop insurance even they are not included in the Registry System for Basic sectors in Agriculture (RSBA). They just have to consult the Provincial/ City Agriculture Office for details of availing the services.

Moreover, DA is encouraging the households to go back to the basics thus they should be able to develop their own backyard gardens at least for home consumption.

Another point stressed by Edillo is for the farmers to think of the upcoming generation. They should start engaging their children to farm activities to continue their legacy as farmers. DA also supports the Gulayan sa Paaralan program to be able to help sustain agriculture and secure food for the country by teaching the children even at a young age.

The celebration was attended by about 2,000 farmers, traders, and members of cooperatives, youth clubs and rural improvement clubs within the City of Tabuk.

Agricultural achievers who have contributed to the city’s pride were also honored during the program.

Moreover, farmer organizations were also awarded with agricultural inputs such as rice and vegetable seeds; sasso chicks; and farm equipment that includes water pumps and hand tractor with complete accessories. This is to increase production of farmers and to support farm mechanization program. //KGawigawen