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Energy Initiatives Reduce Emissions, Increase Access to Modern, Efficient Technology[viewed]

Announcements from various intergovernmental organizations over recent weeks hold promise for reducing emissions from the energy sector and increasing participation in the energy economy. Whether toolkits guiding decision makers on energy-related issues or technological analysis, the initiatives described below contribute to the implementation of both the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all) and 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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Event: UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force[viewed]

This special event will take place at the invitation of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has asked world leaders to deposit their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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National Leaders, Governments Send Mix of Signals on Paris Agreement Implementation[viewed]

As focus turns towards national implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change, The Elders released a statement calling on governments to act in accordance with the Agreement's vision. The 'Elders Statement on Climate Change' was released in the context of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which met from 11-20 July 2016, in New York, US, to review national action towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A number of recent news items on national climate action have implications for both the Paris Agreement and SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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China Submits VNR Executive Summary[viewed]

China has submitted an executive summary of its Voluntary National Review (VNRs) report for presentation at the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). The document summarizes China's actions on implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and highlights nine key areas for prioritization.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: TEC Highlights 20 Years of Technological Assistance; Capacity-Building Activities Focus on DRR, Combating Desertification [viewed]

The past weeks' activities under and outside the UNFCCC sought to build developing countries' capacity on climate change adaptation, disaster risk management (DRM) and other climate change-related issues, and to identify additional opportunities with regard to capacity building, and technology development and transfer.

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African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22[viewed]

In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft held a Townhall event for candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General to discuss their vision. The event was globally televised live by Al Jazeera Media Network. Ten of the 12 current candidates participated, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the UN, and taking questions from UN Member States and the public, both from the floor and via video.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue VII Builds Momentum toward Paris Agreement Implementation[viewed]

During the seventh Petersberg Climate Dialogue, themed 'Making the Paris Agreement a Reality,' the 35 countries in attendance focused on swift implementation of the Paris Agreement. The German hosts announced a global partnership to support the implementation of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and indicated their intent to conclude the steps in the German ratification process before the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22) in November 2016.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on Infrastructure for Sustainable Development[viewed]

Actions to support infrastructure for sustainable development must target countries that face the largest infrastructure gaps, in particular countries in special situations, according to the UN Secretary-General's note on infrastructure for sustainable development (E/2016/70). The report, which was issued in advance of the UN Economic and Social Council's (ECOSOC) high-level segment thematic discussion on ‘Infrastructure for sustainable development for all,' calls on the UN system to provide support for sustainable infrastructure through integrated policy advice, technical assistance, data and capacity-building.

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Event: SDG Business Forum[viewed]

The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Business Forum will coincide with the high-level ministerial segment of the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

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