Climate Change

Bonn Challenge Celebrates 100 Million Hectares Milestone at WCC [viewed]

bonn_challange4 September 2016: With a series of events dubbed the 'Bonn Challenge Journey,' participants at the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) have marked a milestone in commitments for restoring degraded and deforested land under the Bonn Challenge. Including announcements made at WCC, the Bonn Challenge has now received commitments to restore 113 million hectares, putting the initiative on track to meeting its objective to restore 150 million hectares by 2020.

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Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change Panel Kicks-off Climate Journey at WCC [viewed]

word_conservation_congress2 September 2016: The Climate Change Journey, a series of more than 100 sessions, workshops and side events to take place during the 2016 International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), was kicked-off with a high-level panel on nature-based solutions on climate change.

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ADB Water Security Report Highlights Groundwater, Population and Climate Challenges [viewed]

ADB30 August 2016: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched its annual report on water security in Asia, noting some improvements in water security in the region and highlighting ongoing challenges in managing groundwater, population pressure and climate variability.

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World Conservation Congress Opens, Focus on Scaling up Action on SDGs [viewed]

word_conservation_congress1 September 2016: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 'Planet at the Crossroads,' opened on 1 September in Honolulu, Hawai'i, the US. The WCC will focus on the challenge of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. Over 6,000 participants from around the world are expected to attend the WCC, making it the largest gathering of environmental policymakers since the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and agreement on the SDGs.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on UN Environmental Conventions Implementation [viewed]

United Nations27 July 2016: The UN Secretary-General has transmitted a report on the 'Implementation of UN Environmental Conventions' (A/71/005 ) to the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The document includes reports submitted to the Secretary-General by the Secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). The report is one of a number of Secretary-General's reports of the UNGA's 2nd Committee in preparation for the 71st session of the UNGA, which begins in September 2016.

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Event: 8th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

The eighth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate will take place in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in room VII, on 15 September 2016. The meeting will take place immediately following the Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins (Geneva, 13-14 September 2016). The Task Force on Water and Climate will discuss, plan and provide guidance to the implementation of the activities on water and climate under the programme of work for 2016-2018 of the Water Convention.  

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Event: Sixth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

This workshop will consider the theme, 'Financing Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins,' and will convene back-to-back with the 8th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate. The workshop is organized in the framework of the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, in cooperation with international partners, including the World Bank Group, AGWA, IUCN and WMO. In light of the outcomes of UNFCCC COP 21 and in view of the upcoming COP 22 in Morocco, the workshop aims to facilitate implementation and financing of basin-wide adaptation - from strategies and plans to concrete measures - while considering differences in transboundary basins' governance, administrative structure and mandate. It will also consider the current global climate finance infrastructure, barriers and challenges in accessing climate finance for water and discuss how to ensure transboundary aspects are taken into account in national and local projects, where relevant. Private sector and innovative finance mechanisms will also be considered. The workshop will bring together water practitioners and authorities responsible for addressing climate change impacts, at the national and transboundary levels, with representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, financing institutions and the private sector.  

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Event: Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture [viewed]

This event will address the theme, 'Climate Action and Sustainable Land Use in Forestry and Agriculture: A High-Level Forum on Jurisdictional Leadership for Climate-Positive Land Use'. It is being organized to foster a shared understanding on effective approaches to realizing jurisdictional sustainability among national and subnational governments, the donor community, the private sector and civil society organizations (CSOs). Participants will explore issues related to jurisdictional programmes, including the importance of sustainable land use for achieving development, climate and inclusive growth goals, and how domestic policy priorities, corporate supply chain commitments and international support reinforce each other and accelerate the transition towards sustainable land use. This forum, which is taking place as part of Climate Week NYC, is being organized by the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, in partnership with The Consumer Goods Forum, the Earth Innovation Institute, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Forest Trends and The Nature Conservancy. The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 is a public-private partnership where partners take voluntary actions to reduce the tropical deforestation associated with the sourcing of commodities, such as palm oil, soy, beef, and paper and pulp.  

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US President Expands Papahānaumokuākea to Create World's Largest MPA [viewed]

USA Flag26 August 2016: US President Barack Obama created the world's largest marine protected area (MPA) by expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to protect and preserve the marine area of the Northwestern Hawaiian islands. The designation will provide protection for over 7,000 marine species, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, the threatened green sea turtle, endangered and threatened whale and dolphin species, yellowfin and bigeye tuna, and black coral that is 4,500 years old.

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IPBES Releases Final Summaries of Assessments on Pollinators, Biodiversity Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes25 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has released the final, laid-out versions of the Summaries for Policymakers (SPMs) of the Platform's first two assessments adopted at the fourth Session of the IPBES Plenary in February 2016.

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