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SIDS SIDS News / 27 April 2016
FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence
Read More: FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence
20_April_2016: 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 from 18-20 April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt. continued...
Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy
Read More: Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy
25_April_2016: Over the past few days, announcements supporting carbon pricing and clean energy have been made. Ten leaders have issued a joint vision statement laying out the goal of doubling the percentage of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions covered by explicit carbon pricing to 25% by 2020, and of doubling it again to achieve 50% coverage within the next decade. In separate news, over 25 countries have pledged to unleash a potential investment flow of up to US$1 trillion into solar assets. And for its part, the New Development Bank has announced it will provide US$811 million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in Brazil, China, India and South Africa. continued...
175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day
Read More: 175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day
22_April_2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement. continued...
UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water
Read More: UN, World Bank Announce Members of High-Level Panel on Water
21_April_2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of ten Heads of State and Government and two Special Advisors to the High-Level Panel on Water, which was first announced in January 2016. The presidents of Mauritius and Mexico serve as Panel co-chairs, with the prime ministers of Australia, Bangladesh, Jordan and Netherlands, and the presidents of Hungary, Senegal, South Africa and Tajikistan also on the Panel. continued...
G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Call for Scaling Up Climate Financing
Read More: G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Call for Scaling Up Climate Financing
15_April_2016: A communiqué issued by the Group of Twenty (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting calls for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to continue scaling up its operations, and stresses the importance of monitoring and transparency of climate finance. In the communiqué, the ministers and governors also give further guidance to the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) for its July 2016 report and reaffirm their commitment to rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. continued...
IWC Relays Actions on Whale Reviews and Research
Read More: IWC Relays Actions on Whale Reviews and Research
April_2016: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has carried out a number of reviews and activities in advance of its 66th Scientific Committee (SC 66) meeting, which will convene in June, in Bled, Slovenia. These activities include: implementation reviews of two whale species; research on whale and vessel collisions; promotion of whale and dolphin watching; and collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). continued...
High-level Event Highlights Imperative of SDG Implementation
Read More: High-level Event Highlights Imperative of SDG Implementation
21_April_2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held a High-level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with high-level officials from approximately 136 UN Member States making statements on taking action at the country level, and interactive dialogues addressing ‘financing poverty eradication and sustainable development' and ‘technology and data for SDGs.' continued...
Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries
Read More: Fishackathon, FAO, WorldFish and Partners Address Challenges to Sustainable Fisheries
April_2016: Over Earth Day weekend, from 22-24 April, coders and science enthusiasts are participating in the third annual Fishackathon, during which teams develop new applications and tools to promote sustainable fisheries and address fisheries challenges, ranging from data collection to facilitate cost effective fish stock assessments to ghost fishing. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has also been working to address ghost fishing during the month of April, including through a process to develop a set of international guidelines on the challenges. Other fisheries related developments during the month of April include progress on signatories to the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and the creation of a locally managed marine area (LMMA) in Timor-Leste, a member of the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF). continued...
Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight
Read More: Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight
21_April_2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts. continued...
Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming
Read More: Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming
April_2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico. continued...
Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement
Read More: Organization of Islamic Cooperation Commits to Implementing SDGs, Welcomes Paris Agreement
15_April_2016: Heads of State and Government of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the OIC's 13th Islamic Summit. In the Conference's Final Communiqué, participants supported actions to address climate change and implement the SDGs, among others. continued...
Vulnerable Countries Urge Financial Responses to Climate Change Consistent with 1.5°C Limit
Read More: Vulnerable Countries Urge Financial Responses to Climate Change Consistent with 1.5°C Limit
14_April_2016: Finance ministers of the Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group consisting of 43 developing countries 'systemically' vulnerable to climate change have agreed to advance climate change responses through financial action compatible with the goal of keeping the global temperature rise below 1.5°C above preindustrial levels, calling for swifter progress towards the developed countries' commitment of US$100 billion annually. continued...
SIDS SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Third Meeting of the CFS OEWG on Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 29 Apr
ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016 New York City, US 2 May - 4 May
ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany 2 May - 5 May
15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues New York City, US 9 May - 20 May
World Migratory Bird Day 2016 worldwide 10 May
72nd Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 15 May - 19 May
Women Deliver 2016 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 16 May - 19 May
44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 16 May - 26 May
Capacity Development to Improve Management of ABNJ Workshop during Blue Week Grenada 2016 Saint George's, Saint George, Grenada 18 May - 21 May
UNEP Science-Policy Forum Nairobi, Kenya 19 May - 20 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 worldwide 22 May
World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul, Turkey 23 May - 24 May
Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement New York City, US 23 May - 27 May
Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly Nairobi, Kenya 23 May - 27 May
Thirty-sixth Session of ECLAC Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 23 May - 27 May
 
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