National Action

Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands Establish Wadden Sea as Transboundary Ramsar Site [viewed]

RamsarDecember 2015: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention has welcomed a request from the Governments of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to recognize the Wadden Sea as a transboundary Ramsar site.

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Event: Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation 2016 [viewed]

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will organize its 2016 Annual Conference on the theme, ‘Together towards a sustainable future: The 2030 Agenda for Switzerland and the world'. Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver opening and keynote addresses, respectively, on the 2030 Agenda. Other UN officials will share their experiences in drafting the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including reflection on what the SDGs mean for individual countries. The conference will also feature panel discussions on: sustainable water management in Chad and Switzerland; sustainable development tools and partnerships; and public and private sector financing.  

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Fifty African Countries and China to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade, Strengthen Cooperation on Environment​ [viewed]

focac8 December 2015: Fifty African countries and China agreed to scale up their response to wildlife crime and trafficking at the Sixth Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The FOCAC Johannesburg Action Plan 2016-2018 commits the countries to work closely to tackle illegal trade in wildlife.

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As 2016 Begins, UN Calls for Delivering on SDGs [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)January 2016: The world officially commenced implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development on 1 January 2016, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) succeeding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expired on 31 December 2015. On the occasion, the UN highlighted the importance of partnerships and international solidarity in implementing the 2030 Agenda, and called for sharing experiences and tracking progress, including through an Annual SDG Progress Report.

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Event: ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting [viewed]

The annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to provide: guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions; and the opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations, the media and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academia and the private sector. The annual meetings, which are held in a member country in late April or early May and include the participation of finance and economic planning ministers, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and investment bankers, aim to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.  

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse 2016 Programs of Work, Admit Brunei Darussalam [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative15 December 2015: Participants at the 11th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-11) agreed on a number of decisions, including on the admission of Brunei Darussalam as a CTI-CFF member, a report on activities of the CTI-CFF since SOM-10 and the 2016 budget.

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Event: 2016 Annual Meetings of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation [viewed]

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 31st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is intended to provide a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, including finance ministers and central bank presidents, and representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks. A series of seminars will take place prior to the opening of the meeting. In addition to meetings of the Boards of Governors, the meeting will include sessions on, inter alia: the private sector as an engine of growth for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); strengthening financing for the private sector to promote growth; consolidating LAC's participation in global value chains; the Caribbean's energy challenge; protecting productive ecosystems, including the coasts and the ocean, through an integrated approach; a “Blue Urban Agenda”; and the Road to Habitat III. The annual meetings take place in late March or early April each year.  

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UNFCCC COP 21 Adopts Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iisd12 December 2015: On 12 December 2015, in Paris, France, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1), a universal, legally-binding agreement to take effect from 2020. Commenting on the new Agreement, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, stated, "The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort."

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Outcome [viewed]

cop219 December: Delegates at COP 21 discussed a revised version of the Paris outcome during an evening session of the Comité de Paris. Introducing the revised draft, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius informed parties that the text: is “inspired” by the ADP draft Paris outcome from Saturday, 5 December; incorporates ministerial facilitators' recommendations; and draws from ADP co-facilitators' suggestions and experience. He explained that the 29-page text, which contains three-fourths fewer brackets than the previous draft, aims to provide an overview of progress made and identify clear options on three cross-cutting issues still to be settled at the political level.

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COP 21 Ministerial Week Commences [viewed]

cop217 December 2015: The COP 21 ministerial week opened in Paris, France, beginning with the joint COP/CMP high-level segment, a contact group on JI meeting under the CMP, minister-led informal consultations under the Paris Committee on "support: MOI (finance, technology and capacity building),” as well as a meeting of the Committee itself, and bilaterals conducted by co-facilitators on: acceleration of pre-2020 action; ambition, including long-term goals and periodic review; differentiation, in particular with regard to mitigation, finance and transparency; and “support: MOI (finance, technology and capacity building).”

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