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Event: International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:41
The International Symposium and Annual Conference of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes' (10YFP) Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) will convene on the theme, 'Empowering Tourism Destinations’ Sustainability through Innovation'. The events are co-organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Governments of France, Morocco and the Republic of Korea as the lead and co-leads of the programme respectively, with the support of UN Environment and the 10YFP Secretariat.

SBSTA, SBI Closing Plenaries Convene, APA Considers Draft Conclusions: 14 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:59
The SBI adopted conclusions on: the provision of financial and technical support; common time frames for NDCs; a public registry for NDCs; a public registry for adaptation communication; the third review of the Adaptation Fund; education, training, public awareness, public participation and public access to information to enhance actions under the Paris Agreement; and gender and climate change. In the SBSTA closing plenary, conclusions were adopted on: the technology framework under the Paris Agreement; agriculture; and modalities for the accounting of financial resources provided and mobilized through public interventions in accordance with the Paris Agreement. The SBSTA also adopted a draft decision for consideration by the COP on agriculture.

COP 23 Side Events Spotlight Climate Action Champions, Link NDCs and SDGs: 14 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:57
During a side event titled, ‘Champions for Climate Action,’ the ADB announced a contribution of US$6 billion by 2020 to the NDC Partnership, and Australia pledged US$500,000 to the NDC Partnership Pacific Regional Hub. The Global Centre for Excellence on Climate Adaptation, launched on 14 November, will accelerate climate adaptation by recognizing, building and promoting excellence in all relevant stakeholder groups globally. During a side event titled, ‘Framing the Future: How to Strengthen a Collective Vision and Actions Based on International Targets,’ participants addressed a pathway to a sustainable 2050, the current geopolitical context and new social impacts, and internal management constraints.

UN, Stakeholders Launch Initiatives to Promote Risk Management and Transfer, Climate Insurance

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:55
The UNFCCC Secretariat launched the Clearing House for Risk Transfer. A COP 23 Presidency event, titled ‘Towards a resilient future: Frontiers of risk sharing,’ launched a higher ambition phase of the InsuResilience Global Partnership for Climate and Disaster Risk Finance and Insurance Solutions. The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change confirmed that it is building an in-depth Investor Practices Programme to help asset owners and managers better assess and manage climate risk and opportunity.

UN Environment Calls for “Zero-Failure” Approach to Mine Waste Storage

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:35
The UN Environment Rapid Response Assessment report, titled ‘Mining Tailings Storage: Safety is no accident,’ addresses rising global concerns about the safety, management and impacts of storing and managing large volumes of mining waste. In addition to calling for a UN Environment oversight body, the report emphasizes the need for a “safety-first” approach to tailings storage.

Preparations Begin for ECOSOC Review Negotiations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:28
UNGA President Miroslav Lajčák will appoint co-facilitators for the process related to the review of UNGA resolution A/RES/68/1 on the strengthening of ECOSOC. ECOSOC President Marie Chatardová is organizing a series of informal meetings with Member States as well as subsidiary bodies of the Council to discuss the process. DESA is developing an informal paper and holding discussions with stakeholders.

Third Committee Debates Inclusivity, Migrant Rights, Business Accountability

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:17
The UNGA's Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural) held its general debate on the promotion and protection of human rights from 13-30 October 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Some States inquired about the value added of the proposed 2035 agenda on human mobility, with the 2030 Agenda and the UN Global Compact for Migration already being developed. An Independent Expert said the IMF should “abandon its misguided prioritization of economic growth above all other considerations”.

Regional Commissions Reflect on AAAA Implementation

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 04:09
The UNGA's Second Committee held a dialogue with the heads of the UN's five regional commissions, to discuss priorities in the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda. ESCWA proposed the creation of an Arab Reconstruction and Development Bank and a dedicated Arab Financing for Development Forum, while ECLAC supported the creation of a Resilience Fund with debt relief and a Green Fund to restore and rebuild new infrastructure after disasters.

Event: Development Cooperation Forum 2018

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:09
The Development Cooperation Forum (DCF) will convene from 21-22 May 2018. The DCF operates in two-year cycles, with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convening the High-level Meeting of the DCF every other year. The DCF is one of the key mechanisms at global level for follow-up and review of the means of implementation under the 2030 Agenda. The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and ECOSOC's Financing for Development Forum are mandated to take the DCF's work into account. The 2018 session will be the sixth biennial meeting of the DCF.

Event: Third STI Forum

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 14:06
The Multistakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (STI Forum) will convene on 5-6 June 2018, a change from the dates planned earlier (16-17 May). The STI Forum is a component of the Technology Facilitation Mechanism (TFM). It is convened once per year by the ECOSOC President to discuss science, technology and innovation cooperation around thematic areas for the implementation of the SDGs.

Informal Consultations Agree on Draft Conclusions, APA Informal Notes: 13 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:23
During APA informal consultations on further guidance in relation to the mitigation section of decision 1/CP.21 (adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change), Parties agreed to forward a 180-page “preliminary material” document to the APA Co-Chairs. APA informal consultations agreed to draft conclusions on public registries for NDCs and adaptation communications.

COP 23 Side Events Address Removal of Fossil Fuel Subsidies, Subnational Climate Action in the US: 13 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:20
During a side event titled, ‘Filling the Void: US State-Driven Climate Leadership,’ California Governor Jerry Brown highlighted the Global Climate Action Summit to be held in September 2018 in San Francisco. Christiana Figueres, Mission 2020, characterized the Paris Agreement as a unidirectional highway leading everyone to a decarbonized global economy by 2050. A side event titled, ‘Implementing Paris and the SDGs through Fuel Subsidy Reform and Taxation: Country Best Practices,’ discussed international efforts to remove fossil fuel subsidies and invest in renewables, public transport and energy efficiency.

UNSG Briefs Governments on Development System Reform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:16
The UN Secretary-General said he has advanced towards delivering the "system-wide strategic document for collective support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," which was outlined in his reform proposals of June 2017. Guterres said separation between the RC system and UNDP is necessary, and that a merger of the governing boards of New York-based funds and programmes will be done progressively and under the guidance of Member States.

IGAD and Partners Launch Regional Land Governance Dialogue Platform

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:13
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a grouping of eight countries from the Eastern Africa and the Horn region, convened the inaugural Regional Multi-Stakeholders Dialogue Platform (RMDP) on land governance in the IGAD region. The dialogue focused on pathways for land administration in response to the African Union (AU) Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa. The RMDP took place concurrently with the 6th Capitalization Meeting of the EU-SDC funded Land Governance Programme, which was attended by project implementers from 10 African countries and Pakistan.

ECOSOC Sets Theme, Dates for Key 2018 Meetings

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:11
The 2018 Development Cooperation Forum will take place from 21-22 May 2018. The STI Forum will convene on 5-6 June 2018, a change from the dates planned earlier (16-17 May). ECOSOC’s 2018 integration segment will have the theme, ‘iCommunities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies'.

Generation 2030: COP 23 Presidency's Grand Coalition Supports Youth at UN Climate Negotiations

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:07
The COP Presidency is supporting the push by young people for a stronger role in helping to implement the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa reiterated the UNFCCC’s support for the COY as “a bridge to all COP 23 delegates”. A side event, titled ‘Intergenerational Inquiry,’ provided a platform for youth and decision makers to reflect on how young people can enhance implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

Generation 2030: African Youth Take Action on Climate Change

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:01
A traveling ‘climate caravan’ in Cameroon, with the participation of young people from the Congo Basin countries, showed what youth organizations are doing in terms of sustainable development and environmental protection. African youth issued a call for greater participation in UNFCCC processes.

Governments Consult on Irregular Migration in Preparation for Global Compact

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:55
The sixth and final intergovernmental consultation toward a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on irregular migration, decent work, and related issues. Countries will take stock of inputs from the consultations at a preparatory meeting in Mexico, and the UN Secretary-General will provide a report with recommendations by February 2018.

AFED Synthesizes Decade of Arab State of the Environment Reports

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:53
The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) report titled, ‘Arab Environment in 10 Years,’ analyzes a decade of AFED annual reports on the state of the Arab environment. The report finds wide disparities in the current status of environment from country to country, and across many environment sectors.

COP Stocktaking Plenary, Facilitative Sharing of Views Convene: 10-11 November Highlights

Climate Change Policy & Practice - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 02:04
During the stocktaking plenary, COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama informed Parties he would propose an approach to the Talanoa Dialogue in the second week. AOSIS called for the Talanoa Dialogue to ensure that the findings from the IPCC special report on 1.5°C are taken up before COP 24. Under the facilitative sharing of views, Armenia, Ecuador, Georgia, Serbia and Jamaica made presentations on their biennial assessment reports.