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SIDS SIDS News / 13 October 2016
UN Launches SDGs Financing Platform
Read More: UN Launches SDGs Financing Platform
10_October 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the launch of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Financial Innovation Platform aims to identify and pilot innovative finance instruments that can drive investment and support SDG interventions. Meanwhile, the World Bank Group released a 2030 vision document, identifying steps for the Bank to support the SDGs, including through open trade promotion, sustainable concessional financing, and helping to bridge the infrastructure gap. continued...
UNDP, World Bank Support Small States to Achieve SDGs
Read More: UNDP, World Bank Support Small States to Achieve SDGs
6_October_2016: Addressing the Small States Forum (SSF) during the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Annual Meetings, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said that during the current volatile and unpredictable times, Small States will continue to be affected by forces beyond their control, in particular climate change and disasters, and she outlined how UNDP plans to support them. Also during the Forum, the World Bank Group launched a report that takes stock of its engagement with Small States. continued...
Second Committee Considers Sustainable Development Approach in UNGA 71
Read More: Second Committee Considers Sustainable Development Approach in UNGA 71
11_October 2016: During the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) annual debate on sustainable development (agenda item 19), governments stressed the need for: aligning the Committee's agenda with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; addressing climate change, the El Niño phenomenon, desertification, land degradation and loss of biodiversity; strong partnerships; ensuring commensurate means of implementation with the ambition of the international agreements signed in 2015; and national ownership of development plans and strategies. continued...
Climate Vulnerable Forum Calls for Climate Finance Roadmap
Read More: Climate Vulnerable Forum Calls for Climate Finance Roadmap
6_October_2016: The third Ministerial Dialogue of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group called for a clear roadmap for raising US$100 billion in additional financing to build resilience to climate impacts in countries most vulnerable to climate change. continued...
World Bank, IMF Annual Meetings Address SDGs, Fragility and Conflict
Read More: World Bank, IMF Annual Meetings Address SDGs, Fragility and Conflict
9_October_2016: In the context of the highest number of developing countries in an economic recession since 2009, the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank Group explored ways of: handling the impact of globalization and technology; harnessing digital development; encouraging inclusion and integration; deploying finance for development; managing migration; and stimulating economic growth. The meetings also focused on issues pertaining to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and addressing root causes of fragility and conflict. continued...
Asia-Pacific Ministers Commit to SDG Action on Health, Environment
Read More: Asia-Pacific Ministers Commit to SDG Action on Health, Environment
8_October_2016: Ministers and high-level officials from 14 Asia Pacific countries pledged to tackle hazardous chemicals, marine pollution, climate change, air pollution, water and sanitation, and destruction of coral reefs at a meeting of the Ministerial Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries. The Forum resulted in the Manila Declaration on Health and Environment, which calls for action on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and identifies areas of collaboration within and between countries. continued...
Agreement on Global Measure to Curb Aviation Emissions Reached
Read More: Agreement on Global Measure to Curb Aviation Emissions Reached
7_October_2016: The 39th session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) General Assembly has resulted in an unprecedented agreement on limiting international aviation emissions. ICAO member States, in cooperation with industry and civil society representatives, have come to a consensus on a global market-based measure (GMBM) known as the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). The mechanism is the first adopted by an entire industry sector to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from international activity. continued...
Second Committee Debates SDGs, Climate Action
Read More: Second Committee Debates SDGs, Climate Action
5_October_2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) concluded its general debate for the 71st session, with many speakers highlighting the Committee's role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Countries emphasized the importance of enhancing international cooperation and financing for development (FfD) to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and urged action to tackle climate change and address the needs of the least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), middle-income countries (MICs) and other countries in special situations. continued...
Doha Amendment Reaches 70 Ratifications
Read More: Doha Amendment Reaches 70 Ratifications
23_September 2016: Since the Bonn Climate Change Conference, five Parties have accepted the Doha Amendment, bringing the total number of ratifications to 70. The Amendment will enter into force when 144 or three-quarters of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol have submitted their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary. continued...
UN Security Council Recommends António Guterres as Next UN Secretary-General
Read More: UN Security Council Recommends António Guterres as Next UN Secretary-General
6_October_2016: The UN Security Council adopted by acclamation a resolution recommending to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) that António Guterres of Portugal be appointed as the next UN Secretary-General, for a term of five years. The Council's decision was announced by Vitaly Churkin (Russia), president of the Council for the month of October, on 6 October 2016. Churkin expressed hope that the Council's “show of unity” in recommending Guterres will be translated to the UNGA's consideration of his nomination. continued...
Climate Change Agreement to Enter into Force 4 November
Read More: Climate Change Agreement to Enter into Force 4 November
5_October_2016: The Governments of Austria, Bolivia, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, Malta, Nepal, Portugal and Slovakia have deposited their instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change with the UN. These latest ratifications, deposited on 5 October 2016, bring the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have acceded to the Agreement to 74. As these countries represent 58.82% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the two threshold needed for the Paris Agreement to come to force have now been met. continued...
Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Mechanism Prepares for COP 22, CTCN Completes First Requests for Assistance
Read More: Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Mechanism Prepares for COP 22, CTCN Completes First Requests for Assistance
5_October_2016: Momentum is growing in the climate arena with mere weeks left until the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference, and the Paris Agreement nearing the threshold for entry into force. The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Advisory Board of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) have met in preparation for the Conference, agreeing on their joint 2016 report to the Conference of the Parties (COP). Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, and the Paris Committee on Capacity-building (PCCB). continued...
UNESCO Highlights Shortage of Teachers
Read More: UNESCO Highlights Shortage of Teachers
5_October_2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released statistics showing that nearly 69 million new teachers will be necessary to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, as called for in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO released the information on World Teachers' Day 2016, which focused on the theme, ‘Valuing Teachers, Improving their Status' to highlight the importance of teaching as a profession for global development, and to urge action to address the global shortage of teachers. continued...
UNGA Third Committee Opens Session with Focus on Youth, Aging
Read More: UNGA Third Committee Opens Session with Focus on Youth, Aging
4_October_2016: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) opened its session with a general debate on social development, which focused on youth, older persons and leaving no one behind. continued...
UN Secretary-General Issues Final Recommendations on QCPR
Read More: UN Secretary-General Issues Final Recommendations on QCPR
27_September 2016: The UN Secretary-General issued the final edited version of a report providing recommendations for the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) forthcoming negotiations on the 2016 Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR). The draft text for the QCPR negotiation is expected to be released on 17 October 2016. continued...
SIDS SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Kigali, Rwanda 8 Oct - 14 Oct
12th Session of the Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 11 Oct - 14 Oct
Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue Washington D.C., US 12 Oct - 13 Oct
Global Regional Consultative Process (GRCP) Meeting (Invitation Only) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 13 Oct
UNGA Consideration of Appointment of UN Secretary-General New York City, US 13 Oct
2016 Mayors' Summit on the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Rome, Lazio, Italy 13 Oct - 14 Oct
Fifth Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum Colombo, Sri Lanka 17 Oct - 19 Oct
44th Session of the IPCC Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 17 Oct - 20 Oct
Habitat III Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 17 Oct - 20 Oct
UNCCD CRIC 15 Nairobi, Kenya 18 Oct - 20 Oct
Seventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development Baku, Abseron, Azerbaijan 18 Oct - 21 Oct
Informal Meeting of UNGA Plenary with Secretary-General-designate New York City, US 19 Oct
UNGA Side Event on ICT for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship New York City, US 19 Oct
IWC66 Portoroz, Slovenia 20 Oct - 28 Oct
Climate Vulnerable Forum 2016 Addis Ababa, Adis Abeba, Ethiopia 22 Oct - 24 Oct
 
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