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Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean News / 3 May 2016
CBD SBSTTA 20 Adopts Recommendations on Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Ecosystem Restoration and EBSAs
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30_April_2016: 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. continued...
Ahead of QCPR, Member States Consider Functions of UN Development System
Read More: Ahead of QCPR, Member States Consider Functions of UN Development System
29_April_2016: 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. continued...
UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action
Read More: UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action
27_April_2016: 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. continued...
HLG Highlights First Steps towards 2030 Agenda in Eight Countries
Read More: HLG Highlights First Steps towards 2030 Agenda in Eight Countries
21_April_2016: 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. continued...
Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released
Read More: Transparency and Compliance Update: Australia, New Zealand Inventory Review Reports and 17 True-Up Period Review Reports Released
2_May_2016: 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. continued...
April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight
Read More: April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight
1_May_2016: 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). continued...
UNGA, Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding Architecture
Read More: UNGA, Security Council Adopt Resolutions on Peacebuilding Architecture
27_April_2016: 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. continued...
UN Compiles Views on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes
Read More: UN Compiles Views on Indigenous Peoples' Participation in UN Processes
27_April_2016: 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). continued...
FAO, Mountain Partnership to Launch Mountain Funding Facility
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27_April_2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Mountain Partnership Secretariat announced plans to launch a Mountain Facility, or funding mechanism, to address the increasing threat of hunger in mountain regions in developing countries. continued...
UN Secretary-General Urges Joint Action on Refugees and Migrants
Read More: UN Secretary-General Urges Joint Action on Refugees and Migrants
20_April_2016: The UN Secretary-General has released his report in preparation for the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-Level Meeting on the Large-Scale Movements of Refugees and Migrants, which will convene in September 2016. Ban calls on UN Member States to uphold the safety and dignity of refugees and migrants, commit to a global compact on responsibility-sharing on refugees, and develop and adopt a global compact for safe, regular and orderly migration. continued...
ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda
Read More: ECLAC Caribbean Committee Highlights National Ownership, Coordination for 2030 Agenda
22_April_2016: Senior government officials shared their perspectives on sustainable development priorities in the Caribbean, during the 26th session of the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), a subsidiary body of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Among other priorities, participants stressed national ownership and integrated planning, and suggested addressing debt management through a Caribbean Resilience Fund. continued...
IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future
Read More: IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future
20_April_2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016. continued...
OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators
Read More: OECD Factbook Reports on Economic, Social and Environmental Indicators
8_April_2016: The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released its annual statistical publication, the OECD Factbook 2015-2016. The Factbook provides statistical data on almost 100 indicators on population, economic production, household income and wealth, globalization, prices, energy and transportation, labor, environment and science, education, government and health. The Factbook reports data on all OECD countries and, where available, for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. continued...
FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence
Read More: FfD Side Events Focus on Tax and Debt, Financing Retreat Urges Coherence
20_April_2016: International organizations held several events on the sidelines of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) Inaugural Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) Follow-up (FfD Forum), which took place from 18-20 April. Participants highlighted the importance of domestic resource mobilization through improved tax collection, and addressing systemic issues and debt. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation Montreal, Quebec, Canada 25 Apr - 6 May
ECOSOC Integration Segment 2016 New York City, US 2 May - 4 May
Forest Carbon Partnership Facility PC21 Washington D.C., US 3 May - 5 May
15th Session of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues New York City, US 9 May - 20 May
World Migratory Bird Day 2016 worldwide 10 May
Women Deliver 2016 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 16 May - 19 May
44th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 16 May - 26 May
Capacity Development to Improve Management of ABNJ Workshop during Blue Week Grenada 2016 Saint George's, Saint George, Grenada 18 May - 21 May
UNEP Science-Policy Forum Nairobi, Kenya 19 May - 20 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2016 worldwide 22 May
World Humanitarian Summit Istanbul, Turkey 23 May - 24 May
Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement New York City, US 23 May - 27 May
Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly Nairobi, Kenya 23 May - 27 May
Thirty-sixth Session of ECLAC Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 23 May - 27 May
Midterm Review of Istanbul Programme of Action Antalya, Turkey 27 May - 29 May
 
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