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CBD SBSTTA 20 Adopts Recommendations on Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Ecosystem Restoration and EBSAs [viewed]

Delegates at the 20th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 15 recommendations.

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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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Mitigation Update: Saudi Arabia Adopts Vision 2030; Transport Goes Emissions-Free[viewed]

Recent news offers a glimpse of what the world might look like beyond fossil fuels. Oil superpower Saudi Arabia has announced a new strategy for its economy that aims at diversifying away from hydrocarbons, France is planning to set a price floor for carbon emissions, and emissions-free aviation is looking closer to reality. Transport on the ground is also going emissions-free in various parts of Europe. These various initiatives are contributing to countries' fulfillment of their commitments under the Paris Agreement, as well as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 (ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and 13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its effects).

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UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action[viewed]

The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.

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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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ESCAP Survey Cites SDGs as Entry Point for Productivity Gains[viewed]

The UN Economic and Social Survey for Asia and the Pacific 2016 calls for broad-based productivity gains, especially in agriculture, as well as higher and well-targeted fiscal spending, better infrastructure, and access to lifelong learning to counter the challenges of the global economic slowdown.

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UNGA, Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding Architecture[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) and UN Security Council concurrently adopted two substantively identical resolutions on the UN's peacebuilding architecture, which emphasize that the focus within the UN system should be on “sustaining peace.” The texts call for greater cooperation between UNGA, the Security Council and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The agreements also mark a shift from peacebuilding as preventing the recurrence of violence after wars, to peacebuilding as conflict prevention.

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UN Compiles Views on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes[viewed]

As part of an intergovernmental process on enabling indigenous peoples' participation at the UN, online consultations have been conducted with representatives of indigenous peoples and UN Member States, and the advisers for the process have released a compilation of views submitted. The online consultations took place in March and April 2016, with a focus on what measures are needed to enable indigenous peoples' participation in UN processes affecting them. In-person consultations are expected to take place during the upcoming 15th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII).

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