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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 26 July 2016
HLPF Adopts Ministerial Declaration, Hears 22 VNRs
Read More: HLPF Adopts Ministerial Declaration, Hears 22 VNRs
22_July_2016: The 2016 meeting of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a Ministerial Declaration, focusing on the meeting's theme of 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.' continued...
Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment
Read More: Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment
25_July_2016: Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38). continued...
Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus
Read More: Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus
19_July_2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area. continued...
Addis Tax Initiative Highlights Domestic Resource Mobilization
Read More: Addis Tax Initiative Highlights Domestic Resource Mobilization
18_July_2016: A side event at the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) marked the first anniversary of the Addis Tax Initiative (ATI), which was launched at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2015. Participants discussed recent developments in the ATI, as well as partner countries' needs in the area of domestic resource mobilization. continued...
National Leaders, Governments Send Mix of Signals on Paris Agreement Implementation
Read More: National Leaders, Governments Send Mix of Signals on Paris Agreement Implementation
18_July_2016: As focus turns towards national implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, The Elders released a statement calling on governments to act in accordance with the Agreement's vision. The 'Elders Statement on Climate Change' was released in the context of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which met from 11-20 July 2016, in New York, US, to review national action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A number of recent news items on national climate action have implications for both the Paris Agreement and SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). continued...
ECOSOC Compiles VNR Inputs
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13_July_2016: A report from the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) compiles the executive summaries of voluntary national reviews for the 2016 session of the High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF). The report includes executive summaries from the 22 countries that participated in the VNR, and Syria. continued...
UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation
Read More: UNDG Launches Publication on National SDG Implementation
20_July_2016: On the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the UN Development Group (UNDG) launched a publication on translating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice in 16 countries. At the launch side event, representatives of the Dominican Republic, Egypt, Montenegro, Pakistan and Sierra Leone presented their experiences and challenges related to SDG implementation. continued...
China Submits VNR Executive Summary
Read More: China Submits VNR Executive Summary
19_July_2016: China has submitted an executive summary of its Voluntary National Review (VNRs) report for presentation at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The document summarizes China's actions on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and highlights nine key areas for prioritization. continued...
HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs
Read More: HLPF Hears First-ever Voluntary National Reviews on SDGs
19_July_2016: Thirteen governments gave the first-ever Voluntary National Reviews, reporting on efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in their countries. The VNR presentations began on the second day of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Ministerial Segment. The reports - provided by Mexico, Morocco, Switzerland, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Norway, Madagascar, Georgia, Turkey, Finland, Samoa, Uganda and Germany - emphasized the need to: modify existing national economic and development planning processes; engage different government departments and broader technical expertise; develop indicators and collect data; and ensure high-level leadership. continued...
FAO's State of the World's Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry
Read More: FAO's State of the World's Forests Calls for Positive Interactions Between Agriculture and Forestry
18_July_2016: It is not necessary to cut down forests to produce more food. Promoting more positive interactions between agriculture and forestry can stop deforestation, build sustainable agricultural systems and improve food security. This is the key message of 'The State of the World's Forests' (SOFO), the flagship publication of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), presented at the opening of the 23rd session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO). continued...
UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries
Read More: UNEP Inquiry Highlights Green Finance in 13 Developing Countries
18_July_2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System has published a report highlighting the diverse experiences of 13 developing countries in directing finance toward sustainable development aims. Launching the report to coincide with the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), UNEP emphasized the need for financing at the level of US$5-7 trillion each year to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
UNESCO Committee Adds 12 Sites to World Heritage List
Read More: UNESCO Committee Adds 12 Sites to World Heritage List
17_July_2016: The 40th session of the World Heritage Committee adopted the Istanbul Declaration on the Protection of World Heritage, which invites States Parties to take measures and act together against the destruction of common heritage of humankind in cooperation with the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Participants also added 12 sites of special cultural or physical significance to the World Heritage List. continued...
Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning
Read More: Governments, Local Authorities, Stakeholders Discuss National SDG Planning
15_July_2016: Representatives of national and local governments and stakeholders discussed concrete challenges, opportunities and efforts at the local level for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event, titled 'How can national-level strategic planning ensure that no one is left behind,' took place on the sidelines of the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). It was organized by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the Independent Research Forum and the Government of Sweden. continued...
World Bank Report Highlights Urban Renewal Needs, Tools
Read More: World Bank Report Highlights Urban Renewal Needs, Tools
13_July_2016: Private sector participation is the most critical component in “rejuvenating decaying urban areas,” according to a report published by the World Bank and the Public Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF). The report, titled 'Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner's Guide to Leveraging Private Investment,' points to the need for “massive” financial resources for cities' rejuvenation that the public sector alone cannot provide. It also explains that while every city has areas of underused or distressed land as a result of changes in urban growth and productivity patterns, the issue is most prominent in developing countries, where decaying inner cities marginalize and exclude residents. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
ECOSOC Coordination and Management Meeting 3 New York City, US 25 Jul - 27 Jul
Habitat III PrepCom Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia 25 Jul - 27 Jul
Meeting of the CBD Informal Advisory Committee on Communication, Education and Public Awareness Montreal, Quebec, Canada 28 Jul - 29 Jul
Asia Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 1 Aug - 5 Aug
Informal Group on Household Wastes Montevideo, Uruguay 2 Aug - 4 Aug
Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Muara, Brunei Darussalam 3 Aug - 5 Aug
Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment New York City, US 3 Aug - 9 Aug
FishAdapt: Global Conference on Climate Change Adaptation for Fisheries and Aquaculture Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 8 Aug - 10 Aug
Pacific/Oceania Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 TBA 15 Aug - 19 Aug
Preparatory Committee on BBNJ New York City, US 26 Aug - 9 Sep
World Water Week 2016 Stockholm, Stockholms Lan, Sweden 28 Aug - 2 Sep
2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress Honolulu, HI, US 1 Sep - 10 Sep
Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2016 Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea 5 Sep - 7 Sep
Global Green Growth Week 2016 Jeju City, Jeju (Cheju-Do), Republic of Korea 5 Sep - 9 Sep
47th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders' Meetings Federated States of Micronesia 7 Sep - 11 Sep
 
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