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Capacity Building and Technology Update: Technology Action Plan Guidance Enhances Paris Agreement Implementation[viewed]

In Paris, the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC requested the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to initiate the elaboration of the technology framework established under the Paris Agreement, which, among other things, should facilitate the undertaking and updating of technology needs assessments (TNAs), as well as the enhanced implementation of their results. An enhanced guidance issued by the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) for preparing a technology action plan (TAP) supports the new technology framework as well as Parties' long-term vision on technology development and transfer reflected in the Paris Agreement.

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World Bank Approves Environmental and Social Framework Inclusive of Ten Safeguards[viewed]

An Environmental and Social Framework (ESF) meant to expand the protection of people and the environment in World Bank-financed investment projects has been approved by the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors following almost four years of review.

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Event: Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22)[viewed]

The 22nd Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will take place on 22 September 2016, in New York, US.

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Event: G20 Summit - China 2016[viewed]

The Group of 20 leaders will convene in Hangzhou, China, to discuss way to enhance international economic cooperation.

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APEC Senior Officials Discuss Actions Addressing Illegal Timber, Environmental Crime[viewed]

Senior officials and technical experts from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies discussed policy measures to address illegal logging, fishing, land development and mining at APEC's Third Senior Officials Meeting (SOM). Participants called for increased cooperation to ensure environmental sustainability and agreed on a timber legality guidance template.

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UN Launches Digital Campaign on Refugee Crisis[viewed]

On the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, the UN called for a ceasefire in Syria to enable delivery of urgently-needed food and medicines, and launched the 'World You'd Rather' digital campaign to promote a just and safer world.

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot[viewed]

Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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Event: Open Government Partnership Global Summit[viewed]

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit will bring together representatives from governments, civil society, academia and international organizations to share experiences and advance an open government global agenda.

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LAC Advances Negotiations on Principle 10 Regional Instrument[viewed]

Latin American and Caribbean countries held the fourth negotiating session on a regional agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters (Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development). The negotiating committee considered a revised draft text (LC/L.4059/Rev.2) that addresses substantive aspects of the agreement and reflects countries' earlier proposals.

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Event: Second Annual Solutions Summit[viewed]

The Second Annual Solutions Summit will highlight projects and exceptional innovators that are working to develop solutions to one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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