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Issue #247 | 14 January 2016

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Editor's Note
2016: The Year of Implementation
The year 2016 has opened with a focus on implementing the key decisions taken in 2015. More.
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., Group Director, SDG Knowledge, IISD

Recent Guest Articles
Mobilising 100 Financial Institutions for Energy Efficiency
This month's COP 21 in Paris concluded with a universal agreement to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius, and to aim to further reduce it to below 1.5 degrees. More.
Franka Klingel, Knowledge and Policy Manager, Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Banking, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

New Reports and Resources
After Paris: Fiscal, Macroeconomic, and Financial Implications of Climate Change

An Introduction to Environmental Assessment

INDCs Offer Opportunities for Ambitious Action on Transport and Climate Change

Mainstreaming Climate Compatible Development

Integrating the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development: A Framework and Tools

Report of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators

UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report 2015

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation's Contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

IISD RS' Policy & Practice Knowledgebases
Natural Reources
Sustainable Development
Climate Change
Sustainable Energy
Chemicals and Wastes
Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
African Regional Coverage
Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage

Latest News
2015 Decision on Financing for Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

On 16 July 2015, the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) concluded with the adoption of the Outcome Document of the Conference, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). In support of the AAAA, a number of significant partnerships were launched during FfD3, including: the Addis Tax Initiative, which will support strengthening domestic tax systems; the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child, which brings together countries, donors and the private sector; and the Commission on Financing Global Education. More.

Photo: President of the UN General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, congratulates Hailemariam Desalegn, President of the 3rd International Conference on Financing for Development, Prime Minister of Ethiopia, at the close of the conference

2015 Decision on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 25 September 2015, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at a summit of Heads of State and Government. Many speakers called the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet. More.

Photo: Participants during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

2015 Decision on Climate Change

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." More.

Photo: L-R: Laurence Tubiana, COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency; UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres; and COP 21/CMP 11 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, celebrate the adoption of the Paris Agreement.

Other News
Climate and Atmosphere
Officials Highlight AAAA, 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement at 70th UNGA Anniversary

Malawi, First African Country to Undergo DRR Peer Review

IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement

UN Expert Group Urges Inclusion of People of African Descent in Climate Process

ECLAC Discusses Trade's Contribution to Combating Climate Change

Trade, Finance & Investment
OECD Reports ODA All-time High, But Decrease to LDCs

December 2015 Climate Finance Update

WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement

Biodiversity and Wildlife
GEF-FAO-GOF Program to Strengthen Capacity for Participation in ABNJ Negotiations

CITES SC66 Opens, Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade

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

Post-2015 Development Agenda
Panel Emphasizes Ethics in SDG Implementation

In QCPR Report, Secretary-General Calls for Aligning UN Development System with 2030 Agenda

CSOs Reflect on Early Implementation of SDGs, Indicators, Accountability

Ten Countries Volunteer for National Reviews at HLPF 2016

UNGA Adopts UN Budget, Authorizes US$7.55 Million for 2030 Agenda, AAAA

UN System Highlights Initiatives for SDG Implementation

Switzerland Initiates Preparatory Work to Implementing 2030 Agenda

Forests, Desertification and Land Issues
GSP Newsletter Recounts Soil Achievements in 2015

Governance of Tenure Newsletter Highlights Civil Society Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines

Water, Oceans and Wetlands
Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands Establish Wadden Sea as Transboundary Ramsar Site

22 Countries Join 'Because the Ocean' to Support Action on Climate Change and Oceans

Sustainable Development
Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016

CSocD Reviewing Working Methods for 2030 Agenda

UNGA Agrees on Inclusive Participation at Habitat III

UN Prepares for High-level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants

Arab Ministerial Forum Commits to SDGs, New Urban Agenda

UNGA Establishes SIDS Partnership Framework

As 2016 Begins, UN Calls for Delivering on SDGs

UNGA Adopts Concluding Resolutions on Sustainable Development

WSIS+10 Calls for Shift to "Knowledge Societies," Highlights ICTs' Role in 2030 Agenda

Member States, UN Agencies, Stakeholders Provide Views on Follow-up and Review

ECLAC Releases Revised Negotiating Text on Principle 10

Chemicals Management
UNIDO Launches Cleaner Production Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Key meetings in the next two weeks
CITES SC66: 11-15 January 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly: 16-17 January 2016. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Habitat III Thematic Meeting: Sustainable Energy and Cities: 20 January 2016. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting: 20-23 January 2016. Davos, Graubunden, Switzerland

Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation 2016: 22 January 2016. Zurich, Switzerland

Canada in the Post-2015 World: Outcomes of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs: 25 January 2016. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

UNCTAD Trade and Development Board: 62nd Executive Session: 25-27 January 2016. Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

IAEG-SDGs Briefing on Global Indicators Framework: 28 January 2016. New York City, US

African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session: 1-5 February 2016. Nairobi, Kenya

Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage: 2-5 February 2016. Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

54th Session of the UN Commission for Social Development: 3-12 February 2016. New York City, US

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