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Selection of Future UNEP, UNFCCC Leaders Announced[viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Solheim (Norway) as the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: Public Finance Leverages Private Flows to Renewables[viewed]

Universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy, one of the stated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed last year, starts with access to finance. Looking at the sustainable energy finance news coming out of April, a number of initiatives went beyond simply funding projects. They also built the capacity of developing country governments and companies to develop energy efficiency, energy access and renewables projects that will qualify for finance. Similarly, much of the finance was intended to make projects more attractive for private sector financing as well, compounding the impact of public funds.

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Consultations Advance for UNGA Resolution on 2030 Agenda Follow-up[viewed]

The co-facilitators on the global-level follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development held informal consultations with UN Member States and Major Groups and other Stakeholders (MGOS), to discuss elements of a UN General Assembly (UNGA) resolution. The resolution is expected to be finalized before the July 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for sustainable development (HLPF).

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Ahead of QCPR, Member States Consider Functions of UN Development System[viewed]

UN Member States discussed the potential of the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) to help address challenges and opportunities posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in the second module of a training series organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland.

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HLG Highlights First Steps towards 2030 Agenda in Eight Countries[viewed]

The High-Level Group in support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has issued a joint statement, highlighting the importance of leadership, partnership and responsibility at the highest level to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The joint statement was adopted by High-Level Group members on the occasion of the High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the SDGs that was convened by the President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), on 21 April 2016.

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Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released[viewed]

How does one ensure Parties are fulfilling their climate change commitments? The answer is a transparency and compliance regime. Transparency is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, documents issued by the UNFCCC Secretariat put Australia, Liechtenstein and New Zealand under the microscope, along with 17 developed countries that participated in the true-up period of the Kyoto Protocol's first commitment period (CP1). A number of activities related to transparency for developing countries also took place.

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight[viewed]

In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda[viewed]

Senior government officials shared their perspectives on sustainable development priorities in the Caribbean, during the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Among other priorities, participants stressed national ownership and integrated planning, and suggested addressing debt management through a Caribbean Resilience Fund.

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FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence[viewed]

International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place in April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt.

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Event: Thirty-sixth Session of ECLAC[viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) will bring together Ministers of Foreign Affairs, senior representatives from ECLAC member States, and other international organization and civil society stakeholders to reflect upon the region's development strategies in the context of commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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