Report of the high-level political forum on sustainable development convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council at its 2020 session

In her summary of the high-level political forum on sustainable development (SDG) convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council at its 2020 session, the President of the Economic and Social Council reported that, according to the review by the forum of progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, progress has been uneven and acceleration is needed in many areas. Even before the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic revealed and deepened inequalities among and within countries, global progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals had stalled and, in some cases, reversed.

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Organization: Economic and Social Council

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Toolkit for young climate activists

Created by young people who are concerned about our planet´s situation and who, as activists, have faced many challenges when advocating and taking action. Its goal is to share clear, concise, easily understandable information that describes the course that global, regional and national climate action is taking, in order to prepare young people for full and informed participation. Available in English and Spanish.

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Organization: UNICEF

Theme: Youth

Topic: Education

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Nationally Determined Contributions Synthesis Report

This report synthesizes information contained in the 48 new or updated nationally determined contributions communicated by 75 Parties in accordance with decision 1/CP.21 and recorded in the interim registry of nationally determined contributions as at 31 December 2020. Document available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic and Russian.

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Organization: UNFCCC

Theme: Adaptation

Topic: Adaptation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2021

Summary report on the 8th ACE Dialogue,

The 8th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment was held virtually from June to December 2020 through two global and four regional events. The Dialogue provided a platform for representatives of Parties and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to advance discussions on recommendations and views on future work to enhance implementation of Action for Climate Empowerment.

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Organization: UNFCCC

Theme: Youth

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2021

Language: English

Peoples’ Climate Vote

With 1.2 million respondents, the Peoples’ Climate Vote is the largest survey of public opinion on climate change ever conducted. Using a new and unconventional approach to polling, results span 50 countries covering 56% of the world’s population. Poll questions were distributed through advertisements in mobile game apps in 17 languages, which resulted in a huge, unique, and random sample of people of all genders, ages, and educational backgrounds.

 

The Peoples’ Climate Vote is a pillar of the Mission 1.5 campaign launched in 2020 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to educate people about climate change solutions and ask them about the actions that they think governments should take. The aim of the Peoples’ Climate Vote was to connect the public to policymakers – and to provide the latter with reliable information on whether people considered climate change an emergency, and how they would like their countries to respond.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Youth

Topic: Environment, Education, Adaptation, Mitigation, Gender

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

The Little Book of Green Nudges

The Little Book of Green Nudges is a quick guide to reducing your campus’ environmental impact through behavioural change in the form of a concise and user-friendly publication. It summarises the evidence around what nudges work best while seeking to encourage more sustainable practices among students and staff across several behavioural categories. It also provides simple guidance on how to implement and evaluate behavioural interventions in a variety of contexts.

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Organization: UN Environment

Theme: Adaptation, Youth

Topic: Energy, Environment, Education, Adaptation

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action – Global Action Programme (GAP) Key Partners’ Report (2015-2019)

GAP Key Partners reported their progress against five key indicators in three surveys sent to Partners by UNESCO over the course of the programme. Key Partners were also invited to rate the benefits of their participation in the GAP for their work and provide qualitative data concerning their implementation progress. 

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Organization: UNESCO

Theme: Education, Youth

Topic: Education, Environment, Economic and Development Planning, Children

Type of material: Activity Report

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Integrating Action for Climate Empowerment into Nationally Determined Contributions: A Short Guide for Countries

In the framework of the 2020 review of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, this guide aims to provide countries with advice on how to enhance ambition and address the six elements of  ‘Action for Climate Empowerment’ (ACE) – Education, Training, Public Awareness, Public Access to Information, Public Participation and International Cooperation – in their respective NDCs. 

In five simple questions and answers, it provides suggestions for elements that can be integrated into the NDCs in order to make ACE an integral part of countries’ climate responses. The guide also shows why ACE is key to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and its greenhouse gas emission targets.

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Organization: UNESCO, UNFCCC

Theme: Education

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Education, Environment, Adaptation, Children, Mitigation, Population Dynamics, Science

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Country Progress on Climate Change Education, Training and Public Awareness: An Analysis of Country Submissions Under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

This document provides a status report on the implementation of climate change education (CCE) in countries.  The document outlines key findings from an analysis of country submissions to the UNFCCC Secretariat as part of UNFCCC reporting processes. The document highlights achievements and remaining gaps in the area of climate change education. The analysis presented in this document can also inform the reporting on three climate change education-related Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Targets, namely Targets 4.7, 12.8, and 13.3, and their global indicators.

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Organization: UNESCO

Topic: Culture, Education, Environment, Training, Children, Science, Public Participation, Capacity Development

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Gender, Climate & Security – Sustaining Inclusive Peace on the Frontlines of Climate Change

This report explains how gender norms and power structures shape the way women and men are impacted by—and respond to—risks caused by climate change and insecurity. It also displays how pre-existing inequalities, gender-related expectations, and unequal access to resources can leave some groups of women and men disproportionately vulnerable.

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Organization: UN Environment, UN Women, UNDP, UNDPPA

Topic: Environment, Security and Defence, Adaptation, Gender, Mitigation

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

The State of the World's Forests

As the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity 2011–2020 comes to a close and countries prepare to adopt a post-2020 global biodiversity framework, this edition of The State of the World’s Forests (SOFO) examines the contributions of forests, and of the people who use and manage them, to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

Forests cover just over 30 percent of the global land area, yet they provide habitat for the vast majority of the terrestrial plant and animal species known to science. Unfortunately, forests and the biodiversity they contain continue to be under threat from actions to convert the land to agriculture or unsustainable levels of exploitation, much of it illegal.

The State of the World’s Forests 2020 assesses progress to date in meeting global targets and goals related to forest biodiversity and examines the effectiveness of policies, actions and approaches, in terms of both conservation and sustainable development outcomes. A series of case studies provide examples of innovative practices that combine conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity to create balanced solutions for both people and the planet.

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Organization: FAO, UNEP

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Environment, Forestry, Biodiversity, REDD, Ecosystems

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Ghana: Process and Technical Report on Incorporating Climate Change into Environmental Assessment

The report looks at how to incorporate climate change issues into the full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes, as a practical way to ensure that development projects align with climate adaptation and mitigation measures.

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Organization: UNDP

Theme: Energy

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment, Finance, Adaptation, Biodiversity, Economic Analysis, Green Jobs/Economy, Mitigation, Science, Policy Instruments, Financial Mechanisms

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Kenya: Financing Strategy for Nationally Determined Contribution

Kenya’s NDC, which was submitted to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), includes mitigation and adaptation actions. Kenya seeks to transform to a low-carbon society and reduce its GHG emissions far beyond the 30 percent by 2030 relative to the BAU scenario of 143 MtCO2eq outlined in the NDC.

The NDC financing strategy is guided by the National Policy on Climate Finance 2016 which was established, inter alia, to improve the ability to mobilize and effectively manage and track adequate and predictable climate change finance. The main objectives of this assignment were to prepare costing details for climate priority actions considering the funding available through government sources, assess funding gaps that require international and private sector support and identify opportunities to address those gaps.

 

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Organization: UNDP

Topic: Environment, Finance, Forestry, Labour, Trade, Biodiversity, Economic Analysis, Ecosystems, Green Jobs/Economy, Mitigation, Science, Financial Mechanisms, Governance – General

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Weather, Climate and Water in Central Asia – A Guide to Hydrometeorological Services in the Region

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Organization: WMO

Topic: Energy, Environment, Water, Public Participation, Governance – General

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English, Russian

Building Transformative Institutional Adaptive Capacity: Assessing the Potential Contribution of PPCR to Build a Climate Resilient Water Governance Framework in Bolivia

This study refines a robust methodological framework to assess adaptive capacity in the Bolivian water governance system. Under the framework, an exploration of how governance systems have managed and responded to past extreme events, and what manifestations of adaptive capacity have arisen, has allowed for the examination of whether governance practices have hindered or enabled adaptive capacity, emphasizing transformative processes. This assessment thereby provides the foundation to explore the potential of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) under the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to address gaps, build adaptive capacity, and achieve transformative change in the Bolivian water sector.

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Organization: Climate Investment Funds, University of Geneva, IDB, University of Geneva

Topic: Energy, Environment, Finance, Industry, Land Use Management, Water, Adaptation, Chemicals and Waste, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Mitigation, Risk Reduction/Management, Technology

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Evidence on Private Sector Investments for Gender-Sensitive Climate Resilient Development in Tajikistan

This document provides guidance on how to design and implement gender-responsive, private sector-led investments that support climate-resilient development. It is intended to help investment officers, government representatives and implementing agencies apply a climate and gender lens at each stage of the project cycle. It distills lessons learned from three climate resilience projects with a private-sector focus under the Tajikistan Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), which aimed to build women’s and men’s climate resilience by enhancing their access to climate finance.

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Organization: Climate Investment Funds, European Bank for Research and Development, IMC Worldwide

Topic: Environment, Finance, Adaptation, Gender, Population Dynamics

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2019

Language: English

The Role of the Public Sector in Mobilizing Commercial Finance for Grid-Connected Solar Projects – Lessons Learned and Case Studies

This study explores how the public sector catalyzed commercial financing for grid-connected solar projects in selected developing countries. It offers a useful perspective to governments and development partners on their efforts to attract non-concessional sources of financing in the solar market. It focuses on the ability of the public sector to attract commercial investors and lenders, without analysis of the financing terms.

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Organization: Climate Investment Funds, World Bank

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment, Finance, Adaptation, Biodiversity, Mitigation, Technology

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2019

Language: English

Evaluation of Local Stakeholder Engagement in the CIF

Local stakeholder engagement (LSE) is one of the most important features of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), and a key issue for climate finance more broadly. This evaluation aims to better understand how LSE was envisioned and implemented in the CIF governance, country investment planning, and the implementation of investment plans. It identifies challenges, successes, and lessons that can increase the effectiveness of CIF’s LSE approach in current and future CIF programming. It also highlights good practice examples for effective LSE that could benefit other climate funds, multilateral development banks, countries, and local stakeholders, seeking to promote effective LSE in their governance and operations.

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Organization: Climate Investment Funds, Consensus Building Institute

Topic: Economic and Development Planning, Energy, Environment, Finance, Forestry, Adaptation, Population Dynamics, Technology

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Signals of Transformational Change: Insights from the Evaluation of Transformational Change in the CIF

This brief provides an overview of ‘signals’ that can demonstrate progress toward transformation to understand whether a transformational change is occurring or is likely to occur in the future. It stems from work undertaken by independent evaluators from Itad as part of the Independent Evaluation of Transformational Change in the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the broader CIF Transformational Change Learning Partnership. It provides a set of illustrative signals and ideas on how signals could be developed further.

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Organization: Climate Investment Funds, Itad

Topic: Energy, Environment, Finance, Forestry, Land Use Management, Adaptation, Biodiversity, Economic Analysis, Technology

Type of material: Analytical-Technical Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English

Integrating Climate Change into the Ethiopian Curriculum – An Annotated Guideline for Curriculum Developers

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Organization: UNITAR, EFC Ethiopia

Theme: Education

Topic: Education, Environment, Adaptation, Children, Mitigation, Science, Capacity Development

Type of material: Guidance Document

Publication date: 2020

Language: English