Climate Change Adaptation in the News

February 2020

February 2020

Videojuego de móvil, apuesta de la ONU para recabar opiniones sobre el clima

La Vanguardia

Friday 14 February 2020

Un videojuego para teléfonos móviles es la nueva apuesta de Naciones Unidas para conocer las opiniones de los ciudadanos sobre cómo actuar frente a la crisis climática.

"Mission 1.5", presentado este jueves en Nueva York, pone a los jugadores en la piel de un responsable político que debe decidir qué medidas adoptar para mantener el calentamiento global por debajo de 1,5 grados centígrados.

El videojuego pretende, al mismo tiempo, concienciar a la población sobre el peligro que plantea el cambio climático y recoger información sobre las posibles políticas para combatirlo.

El objetivo es desarrollar la mayor encuesta a nivel mundial sobre la acción climática, asegura el Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), el responsable de la iniciativa.

Además de tomar sus propias decisiones en el juego, la aplicación permite a los usuarios votar sobre cuáles consideran que deben ser las medidas más urgentes.

Esos datos serán analizados por la Universidad de Oxford y el PNUD se encargará de trasladarlos a los Gobiernos de todo el mundo para que los tengan en cuenta a la hora de desarrollar sus políticas.

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Nigeria and climate change challenge

The Nation Online Nigeria

Friday 14 February 2020

About a decade ago, the world learnt from scientific data that we were already at a tipping point of climate change. Part of recommendations from scientists to mitigate those unpleasant prospects of climate change was for global climate action plan aimed at a gradual disengagement from reliance on fossil fuels and to replace it with a lifestyle based on renewable energies. Research into reducing reliance on fossil fuels is on-going; soon Europe and the Americas will begin to run their cars on batteries, water and other renewable energies.

Our earth is burning up. Australia has been up in flames and sea levels are rising.  In the light of these global occurrences, does Nigeria see the big picture and her place in it? Is anyone, any policymaker, formulator or executor actually feeling today’s unusual heat, something we all inoculate ourselves from, with our air-conditioned spaces – our rooms, our cars and our offices?

Has anyone in authority, after the ban on the Okada or keke napeps actually taken a walk around and felt the direct heat on top of the heads of Nigerians? Our nonchalance and our irregular pose concerning issues related to the climate challenge surely baffle the rest of the world. How are the numbers ever going to add up for a country earning fantastic monies from that same commodity the world holds responsible for climate change, yet fails to invest in or take a strong position on issues related to renewable energy?

Over the years, nations and peoples have fought bitter wars over ownership and management of water bodies. These wars are being fought on a consistent keel in Nigeria today and it puts a certain focus on Nigeria. Here is a country with a region ravaged by desertification and droughts. The region parades the lowest human development index in the whole of West Africa. It has underage children being married off before their 15th birthday and abandons children on the streets to eke a meal from the streets. Consequently, nomadic herdsmen moving in droves to the South have often clashed with farmers, and resulted in unnecessary conflicts and unfortunate deaths. The UNDP Climate Change Adaptation recommended several strategies for Nigeria, and which can be found on their site. But what is the government response to the calamity of human development in that region?

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UNDP and Coca-Cola Foundation partner to advance plastic waste recovery in Ghana

Business Ghana

Thursday 13 February 2020

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Coca-Cola Foundation (TCCF), out doored a new project in support of Ghana’s efforts to promote a circular economy in the plastic waste management sector.

The implementation of the “Plastic Waste Recovery for a Circular Green Economy” project will be linked to the ‘Waste Recovery Platform’, which is connecting key stakeholders in the waste management value chain to promote waste recovery in Ghana.

The new project is expected to provide support to Micro, Medium and Small-Scale Enterprises and Businesses (MSMEs), to take advantage of green business opportunities in the waste management sector, by increasing awareness among households in urban and peri-urban areas on circular economy opportunities in Ghana. It will also support policy frameworks on plastics and provide support for the operationalization of the Waste Recovery Platform’s digital tools to facilitate data access and information exchange on plastic waste recovery among stakeholders in Ghana. 

Ms. Silke Hollander, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Ghana underscored UNDP’s continuous commitment to supporting Ghana’s transition towards a circular economy, within the National Plastics Management Policy. Calling for more partnerships to advance waste recovery in Ghana, she encouraged partners to join and support the Waste Recovery Platform for the protection of the environment and its resources, and for the creation of sustainable opportunities for all.

The Sustainability Manager of the Coca-Cola Foundation in charge of West Africa, Uche Ugbonna, highlighted the importance of keeping plastic waste out of the environment and expressed the Foundation’s excitement in partnering with UNDP, as per the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goal 17 (Partnerships).

He also emphasized the Foundation’s commitment to plastic waste recycling and contributions to recycling education, awareness creation, and community recovery program in Ghana.

The ‘Waste’ Recovery platform has since 2018 been advancing work around its four components, providing a physical space for networking and discussions, as well as setting up a digital space (app and website) to connect waste management actors and promote trade in waste materials. It has since provided about $250,000 grants to ten businesses to support innovations in waste recovery, create awareness and derive opportunities for resource recovery in Ghana.

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Opinion: A road map for accelerating sustainable urban transformation

Devex

Thursday 13 February 2020

Rapid urbanization is the defining megatrend of our times. It is shaping the way we live and the future of development in the 21st century. By 2030, 60% of humanity will be living in cities. Cities produce more than 70% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and consume two-thirds of the world’s energy. There is an urgent need to prepare cities to face upcoming challenges.

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China, el país del millón de humedales

El Agro Diario

Wednesday 12 February 2020

El Programa de Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) está desarrollando un ambicioso proyecto para preservar los humedales de China, un país que alberga más de 65,9 millones de hectáreas de estos ecosistemas, casi el 10% de su superficie total Los humedales son vitales para la salud de nuestro planeta. Al igual que los riñones, que filtran nuestra sangre para eliminar toxinas; los humedales almacenan, asimilan y transforman los contaminantes antes de llegar a la capa freática y a las vías fluviales. También ayudan a controlar las inundaciones, mitigar las sequías, desinfectar naturalmente las aguas residuales y retener carbono. A pesar de esto, en todo el mundo, los humedales se ven constantemente afectados por la actividad humana y no solemos darles la atención que merecen. Lamentablemente, China, que alberga más de 65,9 millones de hectáreas de humedales o el equivalente a casi el 10% de su área global, no es una excepción. Es por ello que en 2014 el Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD) relativo a Ecosistemas y Biodiversidad lanzó un amplio programa nacional para fortalecer la gestión de los humedales con el Fondo para el Medio Ambiente Mundial (FMAM). El programa incluye la coordinación regional de las provincias de Xinjiang, Hubei, Anhui, Hainan y la prefectura de Daxing’anling en Mongolia Interior, provincia de Heilongjiang.

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UNDP powers 12 Health Facilities under its Solar for Health Project

The Dawn Liberia

Tuesday 11 February 2020

A Solar for Health Project funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has targeted about 12 health centers in seven Counties, expected to benefit. Solar power facilities are to be installed in Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa, Bong, Gbarpolu, Montserrado, Lofa and Bomi Counties. At a technical handover of solar power at the Duport Road Health Center in Monrovia 05 February 2019, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Operations MulugetaAbebe, emphasized that the intervention aligns to UNDP’s role in identifying and testing innovative financing instruments and integrated solutions that achieve development targets and results. He said the initiative will Increase access to health services by vulnerable populations, reduce carbon emissions as Liberia struggles with climate change issues and Improve the overall power supply of health facilities.“UNDP is exploring innovative and sustainable options for increasing access to health services,” said Abebe. The Liberian Government under its National Development Framework- Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) highlights the energy sector as a part of the infrastructure transformation strategies in its new plan.Hence, UNDP believes that the Health sector could be a pioneer for promoting the creation of a local market for renewable energy. Abebe noted that this initiative provides another opportunity for UNDP to support the country in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by helping to respond to complex development challenges that the country faces. At the same time, the Director of Health Services, Dr. Lorraine Cooper, responding on behalf of the Ministry of Health and the Montserrado County Health Team, conveyed the government’s appreciation to UNDP for the gesture. Dr. Cooper stressed that such intervention has come at a time that Liberia like other countries around the world, is facing numerous challenges ranging from environmental degradation, fuel shortages on the global market, hike in prices to high maternal mortality. The quality of services at health centers is key to alleviating maternal deaths and there is no question that adequate lighting facilities play an important role,” Dr. Cooper noted. She urged authorities to develop sustainable strategies that would help make durable, the lifespan of the intervention.The technical and operational installation is being led by a Liberian owned Company called Eco-Power. Some of the facilities to benefit include: Sinje Clinic, Cape Mount County; Palala Health Center, Bong County;Konia Health Center, Telewoyan Hospital, Vahun Health Centre, and Kolahun health center all in Lofa County, as well as, St Timothy Hospital in Robertsport and the Buchanan Health Facility among others.

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Global Environmental Confab Convenes in Monrovia

Liberian Observer

Tuesday 11 February 2020

A major global environmental conference has convened here and is intended to sharpen the Green Climate Fund (GCF) vision and strategic priorities to deliver greater impact in support of climate action in the developing countries it serves.

The conference, which is a three-day informal meeting of the group, is the first of its kind in West Africa and the second on the continent. Delegates from various countries who are board members, advisors and active observers are in the country here to discuss how the GCF, the world’s largest fund dedicated to empowering countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to climate change, can adapt its 2020-2023 roadmap.

Speaking on behalf of President George M. Weah, the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel D. Tweah, Jr., said: “Protecting our planet now is not a choice but a mandate for this generation. As such, all governments, from both developed and developing countries, must harness resources through the Green Climate Fund to promote low carbon economies and climate resilient development.”

In the wake of advancing GCF’s Strategic Plan, Minister Tweah added that the meeting offers an opportunity for the Fund to understand the depth of the threats posed by climate change on developing countries and the need to provide resources faster.

He highlighted the significant roles that Liberia is playing in the fight against climate change globally with specific reference to the enormous rain-forest and its vast biodiversity that the country possesses.

Despite these, Liberia is very vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, especially being one of the countries with the highest rainfall in the world and a country that faces a rapid pace of deforestation.

GCF’s new Co-Chair from Canada, said Sue Szabo, said that the meeting is taking place at a critical time for the Fund for the body. She noted that a successful replenishment in 2019 means GCF must enhance its strategy to dramatically scale-up its programming and reach more vulnerable people, communities and countries with flexible and innovative solutions.”

“While addressing climate change as a long-term issue, we will nevertheless ensure that we will have results and we will have impact now on the ground,” she said.

The GCF Board, consisting equally of developing and developed country representatives, is meeting to progress the Fund’s strategic vision, priorities and plan for the next four years, to support countries’ efforts to combat the climate crisis and achieve their Paris Agreement goals.

Nauman Bashir Bhatti of Pakistan, who takes over the reins as new GCF Board Co-Chair this year, said: “As a country-driven organization, GCF must ensure it responds effectively to the needs and priorities of developing countries, and align its stakeholder engagements, portfolio, and financing accordingly. The review of the Strategic Plan will be taking this into consideration.”

Liberia is particularly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. With 560-kilometers of coastline and 70 percent of the population living in coastal cities, sea level rise and erosion both pose significant threats to the country.

 

Of GCF’s total approved funds of US$5.6 billion, nearly 40 percent, or US$2.2 billion, has been directed to African countries to support approximately 50 projects.

GCF drives climate finance to where it is needed most: developing countries, including those particularly vulnerable to climate change, among them African States, Small Island Developing States, and Least Developed Countries.

While expressing his gratitude to the Liberian Government for hosting the board meeting, Yannick Glemarec, GCF Executive Director, said: “The burgeoning demand for climate finance reflects the high ambitions shared by many developing countries to scale up climate action and the urgent need to do so. I’m confident this meeting will help refine the Fund’s strategy to finance transformative initiatives with life-changing potential.”

Liberia was selected to host meeting on November 14, 2019 at the 24th Session of the Board of Directors of the GCF in Songdo, South Korea, where the country was overwhelmingly endorsed—a move that signifies a major leap in attracting donor supports to address environmental and climate change challenges; improve the quality of living for Liberians and give boost to the economy.

GCF is a new global fund created to support the efforts of developing countries to respond to the challenge of climate change. It helps developing countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and adapt to the impact of climate change.

Liberia last year received US$805,000 as part of a US$2.2 million GCF Climate Fund grant to support its national climate adaptation planning process. This grant represents GCF’s first transfer of adaptation resources to a least developed country (LDC).

Supported through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the GCF-funded project “to advance the National Adaptation Plans (NAP) process for medium-term investment planning in climate-sensitive sectors (i.e. agriculture, energy, waste management, forestry and health) and coastal areas in Liberia” will work to strengthen institutional frameworks and coordination for the implementation of the NAP process, expand the knowledge base for scaling up adaptation, build capacity for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into planning, and budgeting processes and systems, and formulate financing mechanisms for scaling-up adaptation, including public, private, national and international.

EPA Executive Director said then that the funds would be to kick-start a cross-government approach to integrate climate change adaptation throughout key ministries, agencies and authorities, and to develop corresponding strategies. The focus area of the grant was identified by the government following a national stocktaking exercise that found limited inclusion of climate adaptation considerations in coastal planning and key sectors like agriculture, energy, forestry and health that would be adversely affected by climate change.

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San Andrés reciclará 3 mil kilos de plástico cada semana y los enviará a Bogotá

El Espectador Colombia

Tuesday 11 February 2020

Una alianza entre una organización de la comunidad raizal de San Andrés y la aerolínea Latam busca ayudar a resolver uno de los grandes desafíos de la isla: la contaminación de plástico. (Lea Registran temperatura récord en la Antártida)

La idea es que cada semana sean enviadas tres toneladas de este material a Bogotá, donde serán tratadas. Con ello, buscan evitar que el plástico continúe cayendo al mar.

El objetivo es “crear un círculo de economía circular", explicó en rueda de prensa Daniel Mitchell, presidente de Acoplásticos, la empresa que se encarga de contactar las compañías que reutilizarán el plástico en la capital. La iniciativa cuenta con el apoyo del Ministerio de Interior y el apoyo del Programa de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD).

Cada año, aproximadamente, en la isla se producen 25 mil toneladas de residuos. Una parte es producida por los más de tres mil habitantes que viven en San Andrés, pero la gran mayoría proviene de los 1,3 millones de turistas que visitan el archipiélago anualmente.

Para revertir la situación, la ONG Schooner Night Ethnic Association capacitó a 12 jóvenes para que acondicionaran una planta donde separan, compactan y trituran residuos que recogen al visitar 30 hoteles y recorrer barrios de la isla.

"Estimamos que en la isla se generan 80 toneladas diarias de basura. Todo entra pero nada sale y nos limitamos a dejar todos los residuos al relleno sanitario de Magic Garden", lamentó Lizeth Arigan, de la Schooner Night Ethnic Association. "El relleno sanitario es un problema ambiental y social, por las enfermedades que crea y porque no es la solución a un problema sostenido".

De las 80 toneladas que se acumulan en el basurero, un 40 % es aprovechable y la asociación raizal "solo evita que el 1 % de los residuos vaya a parar allí", detalló Arigan.


Agenda de Ambiente, Mujer y Diversidad: municipio y Nación trabajan en conjunto

Elonce

Tuesday 11 February 2020

En ese sentido, la Secretaria de Participación y Gestión Comunitaria, Juliana Robledo, junto a las subsecretarías de Mujer y Diversidad, Cristina Ingleson, y de Ambiente y Acción Climática, Vanesa Zehnder, mantuvo diversas reuniones con funcionarias y funcionarios del Poder Ejecutivo Nacional, con quienes dialogó sobre la implementación de programas y proyectos en Paraná, de acuerdo a la política trazada por el intendente Bahl.


En materia de ambiente, las funcionarias se reunieron con la titular de la Jefatura de Gabinete de Asesores del Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible, María Soledad Cantero con quien abordaron temas que actualmente son agenda de la ciudad y lo que permitió el trabajo posterior con la Secretaría de Control y Monitoreo Ambiental para avanzar en la temática de gestión de residuos, con sus claves en separación en origen y reciclaje inclusivo en particular. Posteriormente mantuvieron un encuentro con el presidente de la Administración de Parques Nacionales, Daniel Somma, con quien se conversó sobre el fortalecimiento técnico para las áreas protegidas y capacitaciones que involucren el componente social.

Con la coordinadora del Programa de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo (PNUD), María Eugenia Di Paola, en reunión posterior se dialogó sobre el valor de la generación y sistematización de información social para una participación con mayor inclusión y como línea de base para las definiciones de políticas relacionadas a diálogos sociales. También conversaron sobre las inquietudes que genera el cambio climático y las acciones para la mitigación y adaptación contempladas en el plan de la ciudad, destacando que el marco de las líneas de trabajo de PNUD se incluye la perspectiva de género como área programática transversal a las áreas de ambiente, desarrollo inclusivo y gobernabilidad.

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Togo: PNUD grants $286,000 to nine civil society organizations to preserve the environment and fight climate change

Togo First

Tuesday 11 February 2020

The PNUD has granted $286,000 to nine Togolese civil society organizations (CSO) to protect the environment and fight climate change. The related agreement was signed yesterday in Lomé, by Aliou Dia, Resident-Coordinator for PNUD Togo, and the heads of the nine organizations, in the presence of Togo’s minister of environment and forest resources. Koffi Dimizou. 

The monies were given as part of the Global Environment Fund’s microfinance program. The latter, which is carried out by the PNUD, aims at mitigating environmental threats by developing community projects. 

In this regard, the PNUD provides technical and financial support to civil society organizations. Its goal is to back community projects that preserve natural resources and make poor and vulnerable populations more resilient to climate change and environmental degradation.

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Togo: le PNUD alloue 286 000 $ aux initiatives de préservation de l’environnement

Agence EcoFin

Friday 7 February 2020

Au Togo, le PNUD appuie la lutte pour la préservation de l’environnement et contre le changement climatique par l’allocation de ressources financières à des Organisations de la société civile (OSC). Jeudi, l’organisation a octroyé 286 000 $ à neuf OSC qui militent pour la cause environnementale.

Une signature des conventions de financements s’est tenue ce jour à Lomé entre Aliou Dia (photo), coordonnateur-résident du PNUD au Togo, et les responsables des neuf organisations bénéficiaires, en présence de Koffi Aoufoh Dimizou, Secrétaire général du ministère togolais de l’Environnement et des Ressources forestières (MERF).

Les financements sont accordés dans le cadre du Programme de micro financements du Fonds pour l'environnement mondial (PMF/FEM). Ce programme est un mécanisme financier du Fonds pour l’environnement mondial (FEM), mis en œuvre par le PNUD.

L’objectif du programme est de réduire les menaces qui pèsent sur l'environnement mondial, via le développement et la mise en œuvre des initiatives communautaires. Concrètement, il s’agit d’apporter des appuis techniques et financiers directs (jusqu’à 50,000 USD) aux organisations de la société civile qui oeuvrent pour la conservation des ressources naturelles et renforcent la résilience des populations pauvres et vulnérables.

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Côte d’Ivoire-AIP/ La Semaine africaine du climat à Kampala en avril

Agence Ivoirienne de Presse

Thursday 6 February 2020

La prochaine Semaine africaine du climat se tiendra du 20 au 24 avril 2020, indique un communiqué de ONU changements climatiques, et ce, selon un accord entre le secrétariat de la Convention-cadre des Nations unies sur les changements climatiques (CCNUCC) et la République d’Ouganda.

Ces nouvelles dates profitent du sommet des chefs d’État et de gouvernement du G77 qui se tiendra au même endroit du 17 au 19 avril et faciliteront la participation des ministres et d’autres acteurs de haut niveau.

L’événement de Kampala, qui se tiendra au Centre de conférences Speke à Munyonyo, sera la première semaine régionale du climat à être organisée cette année. Suivront, les semaines du climat des régions d’Asie-Pacifique, d’Amérique latine et Caraïbes, et celle du Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord.

L’objectif principal de la Semaine africaine du climat consister au partage des techniques et connaissances dont disposent les gouvernements pour mettre en œuvre l’Accord de Paris en Afrique, en utilisant tous les outils de planification et de soutien disponibles. La Semaine servira également de plateforme pour les gouvernements nationaux et pour les parties prenantes non-parties pour s’engager, créer des partenariats et explorer des solutions qui peuvent apporter une action et un soutien en matière de climat à l’échelle.

La réunion rassemblera divers acteurs des secteurs public et privé et contribuera à renforcer le soutien en faveur d’une action climatique régionale accrue, en aidant à mettre l’Afrique sur la voie d’une faible émission de carbone et d’une résilience aux effets inévitables du changement climatique.

Outre les discussions sur la manière de mettre en œuvre au niveau régional l’Accord de Paris et les stratégies et plans climatiques connexes, une attention particulière sera accordée aux secteurs de la sécurité énergétique et l’accès à l’énergie ; de la sécurité alimentaire l’approvisionnement en eau ; ainsi que des infrastructures et de la mobilité urbaines.

La République d’Ouganda est le pays hôte de La Semaine africaine du climat. Son organisation se fera en collaboration avec les principaux partenaires que sont le secrétariat de l’ONU Changements climatiques, le Groupe de la Banque mondiale, le Programme des Nations unies pour le développement, le Programme des Nations unies pour l’environnement, la Commission économique des Nations unies pour l’Afrique, l’Union africaine et la Banque africaine de développement.

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First Regular Session of the UNDP Executive Board

UNDP

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Achim Steiner Statement Excerpt

...On climate change, we demonstrated that we can lift our game beyond the sum of our projects, launching the Climate Promise last September, focused on Ambition, Acceleration and Mobilization.

Through the Promise, UNDP will help 100 countries to enhance their NDCs with a demonstrated increase in ambition of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020, in time to submit before COP26 in Glasgow.

Making $25m available for this support it is one of UNDP’s direct contributions to the NDCs Partnership. We are working closely with key partners such as Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, the EU, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), IRENA, UNEP, FAO, UN-Habitat and others.

We are discussing enhancement with more than 120 countries, and support is already underway in in 88 countries, including 38 Least Developed Countries, 38 SIDS and 12 high-emitters.

A new phase of the Climate Promise will be launched this month: Mission 1.5 is a new mobile game to engage people on climate solutions and help them to choose actions for their country’s NDC. We will make the results available to governments starting this summer to directly inform the NDC enhancement process.

UNDP’s climate action support also extended beyond NDCs in 2019, working in and across our signature solutions. For example,

·         on resilience, UNDP helped 2.5 million people to access early warning systems and climate or disaster information, 54 countries to mainstream climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in their national;

·         on gender, we worked with 97 countries to strengthen women’s leadership and decision making in environmental management and with 74 countries to integrate gender into environment and climate policies, plans and frameworks; and,

·         On governance, with an integrated SDG team, UNDP worked hand-in-hand with the Uzbek government to address a number of SDG challenges in the shrinking Aral Sea region of Uzbekistan, building on local-government-led efforts to promote ecological and technological innovations in the basin.

We take such an integrated approach because, as we will discuss this afternoon in the context of the ‘Super Year’ of climate and nature action in 2020, we can no longer afford a false calculus of ‘environment versus economy’.

UNDP is working hard to provide that support. For example, with financing from the environment and climate vertical funds approved in 2019, 37.5 million people are expected to benefit from UNDP engagement in 44 countries.

These integrated projects will help countries to avoid 275 million tons of CO2 emissions. That’s the equivalent of taking 59 million cars off the road for a year.

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UNDP at the 10th World Urban Forum

UNDP

Wednesday 5 February 2020

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Decade of Action (2020-2030) is a decade of rapid urbanization.  By 2030, 60 percent of humanity will be living in cities, rising further to 70 percent by 2050. Cities produce more than 70 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and consume 80 percent of the world’s energy. Urbanization has direct impact on climate change, widening inequalities, population growth, ageing and environmental degradation.

The 10th World Urban Forum (WUF), the largest global urban conference is happening in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 8-13 February 2020. It takes into account key challenges for action to ensure sustainable urban development, including the need for aligned implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda.

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Opinion: Reaching climate resilience in Uganda should not come at the expense of making people poorer

Global Center on Adaptation

Monday 3 February 2020

Striking a balance between preserving the land and lifting people out of poverty is hugely challenging. An agricultural cooperative in Uganda is looking at ways to help families sustain themselves, while at the same time protecting the region’s valuable wetlands.

A difficult past has taught young Ugandan beekeeper Shildah Nabimanya the importance of protecting ecosystems.

Nabimanya, 18, moved with her family when she was a girl onto one of this landlocked East African nation’s vital wetlands to farm. But their drainage of the wetlands to graze cattle and grow crops did not go well. Their natural source of water depleted, the cattle had nothing to eat, and their only income and a major source of food disappeared.

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The digital building blocks of better communities

United Nations News

Monday 3 February 2020

In cities and communities across the world, citizens of all ages and backgrounds are getting the chance to literally play an important role in redesigning their public spaces, thanks to an innovative collaboration between the UN, and the company behind the popular computer game Minecraft.

“We need shade against strong sun and wind”, says Nsyamuhaki Joseph. “And places to enjoy arts and culture”. Mr. Joseph, a resident in the Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement in Kenya, was speaking during workshops held for residents of the site, which was set up in 2015 to cope with an influx of refugees from Sudan and other regional countries, into northern Kenya.

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