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Reports Explore Climate Change Impacts in Arctic, Climate Displacement

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:27
SWIPA 2017 finds that the Arctic’s climate is shifting to a new state as the region is warming faster than any other on Earth. The assessment also notes that effective mitigation and adaptation policies require a solid understanding of Arctic climate change. The Oxfam report explains how climate change is driving displacement, and highlights unequal impacts, as people in poorer countries are much more likely to be forced to move by extreme weather disasters.

COP 23 Water Action Day Estimates US$295 Billion Needed, Calls for Nature-Based Solutions

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Sat, 11/18/2017 - 02:10
Water agencies at UNFCCC COP 23 estimate that approximately US$295 billion will be needed for countries to take action on adaptation to climate change in the water sector – a tripling of current investment levels. On the COP 23 Water Action Day, 33 water alliances supporting the integration of nature-based solutions into the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action signed an International Declaration on Nature-Based Solutions for Water Management Under Climate Change. Water Action Day at COP 23 featured events and breakout sessions on: water knowledge to respond to climate uncertainty; water for urban resilience; and water for sustainable agriculture and food security.

Event: Public Policies and Innovation in Public Service Delivery for SDGs in Latin America

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:04
This Ministerial Roundtable is organized by the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in cooperation with the Latin American Center for Administration for Development (CLAD). It will examine linkages between public policy for service delivery and innovations to address sustainable development issues. The Panel will also highlight recommendations to share among developing countries facing similar challenges in implementing the SDGs. The event takes place within the context of the XXII CLAD Congress on the Reform of the State and Public Administration.

Event: Financing for Development (FfD) Forum 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:52
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum) will take place from 23-26 April 2018. The FfD Forum was called for as part of the outcome from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3), which concluded with the adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). The SDG Knowledge Hub summary of the FfD Forum 2017 is here. A summary of the 2016 FfD Forum, which was the inaugural FfD Forum, is here. A summary of FfD3 is here.

Event: Launch of International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development (2018-2028)

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:47
The UNGA will launch the International Decade for Action: Water for sustainable development (2018-2028) on World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on 22 March. A summary of the accomplishments during the previous International Decade for Action, which focused on the theme, Water for Life, and took place from 2005-2015, is here.

Guest Article: Ten Years of Knowledge Sharing for Disaster Risk Reduction

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:27
PreventionWeb’s knowledge base contains over 38,000 content entries, and is launching new features today as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. A new feature permits community members to create and share content collections, highlighting important resources on a topic of interest.

COP 23 High-Level Segment Opens, SBs Close: 15 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:21
Speaking during the HLS, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that if big infrastructure projects “are not green they should not be given the green light”. The SBI adopted various conclusions and draft decisions, including on the WIM, NAPs, response measures, report of the Adaptation Committee, and matters related to LDCs. The SBSTA adopted conclusions and draft decisions on, among others, the WIM; development and transfer of technologies; response measures; and matters relating to Paris Agreement Article 6 (cooperative approaches).

COP 23 Side Events Address Leadership of Island States, Clean Energy Access for Women: 15 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:11
A side event titled, ‘Reframing the Climate Debate: Enhancing the Paris Agreement and the SDG Linkages,’ focused on 'The World in 2050,’ a science and policy initiative to support successful implementation of the SDGs. A side event titled, ‘Leaving No One Behind: Delivering and Designing Diversified Energy Services,’ explored the People-Centered Accelerator, a SEforALL project that aims to enhance clean energy access for women and the poorest people. A side event titled, ‘Empowerment for Inclusive Action and Decision-making,’ aimed to advance women’s leadership and decision making as a crucial step towards successful responses to the challenges posed by climate change.

Pacific Island Leaders Sign Lofoten Declaration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:06
The Lofoten Declaration "affirms that it is the urgent responsibility and moral obligation of wealthy fossil fuel producers to lead in putting an end to fossil fuel development and to manage the decline of existing production".

Doha Amendment Reaches 88 Ratifications

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:03
Belgium, Fiji, Germany, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Pakistan, Spain and Sweden have accepted the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol since 8 August 2017. The Doha Amendment was adopted at CMP 8, which took place in Doha, Qatar, from 26 November to 8 December 2012.

Syria Brings the Number of Paris Agreement Ratifications to 170

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 03:02
Since September 2017, four countries have joined the Paris Agreement: Czech Republic, Nicaragua, Switzerland and Syria.

UNESCO Member States Adopt Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:39
The Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change aims to help governments, the private sector and civil society mobilize around shared values on climate change. It includes principles relating to prevention of harm, the precautionary approach, equity and justice, sustainable development, solidarity, and scientific knowledge and integrity in decision making.

UN Environment, World Bank Issue Sustainable Finance Roadmap

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:36
UN Environment and the World Bank Group launched a ‘Roadmap for a Sustainable Financial System’ that proposes an integrated approach to be used by all financial sector stakeholders (both public and private) to accelerate the transformation toward a sustainable financial system. Launched at UNFCCC COP 23, the roadmap identifies initiatives to be undertaken on: products, information and technology; business models, capabilities, and incentives; national public policy actions; national roadmaps; and global coordination principles.

IAEG-SDGs Approves Tier II Status for Land Indicator 1.4.2

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:34
The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) has reached agreement on reclassifying the SDG tenure security indicator 1.4.2 from Tier III to II status. The decision comes in the wake of concerted efforts by the “custodian” agencies of the indicator – UN-Habitat and the World Bank – as well as an informal donor group known as the “Friends of the Custodians.” These stakeholders have worked to elaborate a roadmap towards achieving Tier I status for the indicator by 2019.

IRENA Launches Social Media Campaign, Releases Report to Increase NDC Ambition on Renewable Energy

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:33
The International Renewable Energy Agency launched the #Renewables4Climate social media campaign to promote stories about the positive economic and climate impact of renewable energy. The Agency also released a report highlighting the potential for countries to increase cost-effective renewable energy targets in their 2020 Nationally Determined Contributions.

America's Pledge Report Analyzes Climate Actions by US Non-federal Actors

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:23
The report finds that, in the US, 20 federal states, 110 cities and over 1,400 businesses have adopted quantified emission reduction targets, the most ambitious of which are comparable to countries’ NDCs. COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama expressed hope that the America’s Pledge model could be replicated elsewhere in the world. The Phase 2 Report, due to be released in 2018, will aggregate and quantify non-federal commitments, and analyze how these actions affect the US’ ability to reach its emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement.

UNGA President Announces Events on SDG Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:19
UNGA President Miroslav Lajcak will hold three events related to SDG implementation. The events will address water for sustainable development in March, youth and education in May, and SDG financing in June.

UN Reports Highlight Safety Concerns, Push Factors, In Migration

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 02:17
UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific convened a three-day regional preparatory meeting of UN agencies, governments and other stakeholders in Bangkok, Thailand, from 6-8 November 2017, the last in the series of regional consultations for the global compact on migration. The UN hosted an Expert Group Meeting in New York on ‘Integrated Approaches to International Migration’, outlining the challenges for public-sector organizations implementing migration-related aspects of the 2030 Agenda.

Event: 2018 Winter Youth Assembly

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:53
The 21st session of the Youth Assembly at the UN will convene on the theme, 'Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World'. The event is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Mongolia and the Slovak Republic. In alignment with the upcoming 2018 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), the conference will focus on the environmental dimensions of the 2030 Agenda, particularly Goals 6, 7, 11, 12, and 15.

Event: ECOSOC Youth Forum 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:43
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum will take place from 30-31 January 2018 (#YOUTH2030).