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SIDS SIDS News / 21 September 2016
31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force
Read More: 31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force
21_September 2016: At a special ‘High-Level Event on Entry into Force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change' on 21 September, 31 countries deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement. Added to the 29 Parties that had already joined, these 60 Parties account for 47.76% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Having surpassed the first threshold for entry into force (55 Parties), the Agreement only needs enough new ratifications to account for an additional 7.24% of global GHG emissions in order to enter into force. continued...
UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification
Read More: UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification
20_September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation. continued...
New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement
Read More: New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement
19_September 2016: The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters. continued...
UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste
Read More: UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste
September_2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a toolkit, titled ‘Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers,' which describes legislation used by countries to address marine litter. The toolkit recommends reducing the overall production of marine litter through a circular economy approach that prevents the generation of waste products. continued...
2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support
Read More: 2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support
16_September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean. continued...
Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III
Read More: Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III
10_September 2016: A draft outcome document for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was agreed during informal negotiations that took place from 7-10 September 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. The document, titled "New Urban Agenda," is expected to be formally adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. continued...
SCF Forum Explores Financial Instruments for Addressing Loss and Damage
Read More: SCF Forum Explores Financial Instruments for Addressing Loss and Damage
6_September 2016: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) held its 2016 Forum under the theme, 'Financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.' Discussions at the Forum highlighted the need for a holistic and integrated approach to addressing the risks of loss and damage, while underscoring that there is no one-size-fits-all to mobilizing support. continued...
Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS
Read More: Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS
13_September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions. continued...
UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean
Read More: UNDP Recommends Focus on Multidimensional Vulnerabilities and Resilience in the Caribbean
12_September 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released its Human Development Report (HDR) for the Caribbean, recommending that countries adopt a new generation of public policies to increase economic, social and environmental gains, boost climate and finance resilience and protect people, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report finds that the high debt of Caribbean countries' and their middle-income country (MIC) status hinders their ability to access finance for sustainable development, which limits the region's potential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA
Read More: UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA
August_2016: In a report released ahead of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General provided an update on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) for the decade 2014-2024. Also transmitted to the UNGA was a draft Charter for the Technology Bank for the least developed countries (LDCs), outlining operational details of the Bank. continued...
SIDS SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Fourth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 19 Sep - 23 Sep
Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12) Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Sep - 23 Sep
Climate Week NYC New York City, US 19 Sep - 25 Sep
71st General Debate of UN General Assembly New York City, US 20 Sep - 30 Sep
Second Annual Solutions Summit New York City, US 21 Sep
UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force New York City, US 21 Sep
First Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnership Dialogue New York City, US 22 Sep
Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22) New York City, US 22 Sep
UNGA High-Level Segment on the Right to Development New York City, US 22 Sep
SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future New York City, US 23 Sep
CITES CoP17 Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 24 Sep - 5 Oct
Fifth LEDS LAC Regional Workshop Panama City, Panama 26 Sep - 28 Sep
39th Session of the ICAO Assembly Montreal, Quebec, Canada 27 Sep - 7 Oct
Tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum Panama City, Panama 28 Sep - 30 Sep
18th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans Incheon, Republic of Korea 30 Sep - 1 Oct
 
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