Africa

UNGA Endorses Political Declaration on IPoA [viewed]

Midterm Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action25 July 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) endorsed the political declaration of the midterm review conference, held in May 2016, on implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the least developed countries (LDCs) for 2011-2020(IPoA). The High-Level Midterm Review Conference focused on the LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development.

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

unctad1425 July 2016: Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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UN Announces Third Industrial Decade for Africa [viewed]

UNIDONEPADAfrican Union (AU)United Nations25 July 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed that the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa will be from 2016-2025, and called for the advancement of “sustainable industrialization” to reduce poverty and help implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions, Increase Access to Modern, Efficient Technology [viewed]

Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions20 July 2016: Announcements from various intergovernmental organizations over recent weeks hold promise for reducing emissions from the energy sector and increasing participation in the energy economy. Whether toolkits guiding decision makers on energy-related issues or technological analysis, the initiatives described below contribute to the implementation of both the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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WRI, OECD Event Highlights Policy Coherence for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

wri_oecd19 July 2016: Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a consistent and effective manner was the focus of discussions at a side event organized by the Governments of Sweden and Mexico, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI), in collaboration with a coalition of think tanks.

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Event: UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force [viewed]

This special event will take place at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has asked world leaders to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change. The event will also provide an opportunity for other countries to publicly commit to joining or ratifying the Paris Agreement by the end of 2016, and will help efforts to ensure early entry into force. The Paris Agreement will enter into force 30 days after at least 55 countries, accounting for 55% of global GHG emissions, deposit their instruments of ratification or acceptance.  

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Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment [viewed]

oewg3725 July 2016: Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38).

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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Addis Tax Initiative Highlights Domestic Resource Mobilization [viewed]

ati18 July 2016: A side event at the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) marked the first anniversary of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), which was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2015. Participants discussed recent developments in the ATI, as well as partner countries' needs in the area of domestic resource mobilization.

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