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Transparency and Compliance Update: COP 22 Documents Released for Transparency Framework Discussions, Submissions Deadline Approaching[viewed]

As the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC approaches, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of documents related to the transparency and compliance items on the various bodies' agendas. In the last month, reports and notes from the Secretariat have relayed the overall status of the submissions and review of the second Biennial Reports (BR2s) and updated on capacity-building progress for transparency. Status reports on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and reports on the technical review of BR2 submissions were also published.

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UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement[viewed]

UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement[viewed]

On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, the US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Technology Enhances Climate Resilience, Climate Change Security Risks Assessed[viewed]

Increasing climate resilience has been the focus of the recent weeks' events, initiatives and publications reported here. They have demonstrated that climate resilience and disaster disk management (DRM) can be enhanced by giving prominence to the role of technology and the private sector. The relationship between climate change and national security has also received attention.

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Governments Announce Commitments and Discuss Compacts on Refugees and Migrants[viewed]

During the UN High-level Plenary Meeting on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (HLM or Summit for Refugees and Migrants), Member States and other stakeholders outlined commitments and made proposals regarding two global compacts, one on refugees and another on safe, orderly and regular migration. Both compacts are expected to be negotiated by UN Member States over the next two years.

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High-Level Panel on Water Launches Call to Action on SDGs[viewed]

The High-Level Panel on Water (HLPW) issued a ‘Call to Action' at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, US, pressing for changes in the way that water is used and managed around the world.

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Leaders' Summit on Refugees Raises Financing, Promotes Long-Term Solutions, Supports Global Compact[viewed]

Participants at the Leaders' Summit on Refugees, convened by US President Barack Obama, heard announcements of pledges for approximately US$650 from companies, called for long-term solutions to the ongoing refugee crisis, and committed to working together to develop the proposed Global Compact on Responsibility Sharing for Refugees.

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31 Countries Join Paris Agreement at UN High-Level Event, Passing First Threshold for Entry into Force[viewed]

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.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification[viewed]

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.

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Islamic Finance in Focus in Discussion on Impact Investing[viewed]

On the margins of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) held an event on Islamic finance and impact investing, and their contributions for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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