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The latest news from PAGE China, covering; events, learning and sharing opportunities, what we're reading, and UN news.

EVENTS

Special Coverage of COP26
31 October-12 November 2021 | Glasgow, UK

Amidst a background of rising concern surrounding the impact that man-made climate change is having on the planet, this year’s UN climate conference,COP26, has a particular urgency.

This year, the eyes of the world will be on the politicians, Heads of State, and the tens of thousands of businesses, activists, and citizens, who are gathering in the Scottish city of Glasgow to reach agreement on how to tackle a global crisis that many see as an existential threat.

There will be a lot of good materials and content produced in the coming weeks, includingthis video!

The ILO will be participating in several events throughout COP26 and we hope you will be able to join some of the sessions.

  • 3 November, 10.00-11.15 CET "COP26 informal working group meeting on Just Transition and Decent Work" (hosted by the ILO). The working group (WG) on DW and JT was initiated by ILO at CoP 23, and meeting in every CoP afterwards. Key points from this group were transmitted to the Pacific Dialogue event.

  • 4 November, 12:30 Samoa/ 00:30 CET, Pacific Regional Resilience Hub – COP26 side event, "Invitation to a Pacific Dialogue: Just Transition in the Pacific and Climate Action for Jobs" (hosted by the ILO and the Government of Samoa). Samoa Minister of Labour will open the event and countries will discuss how JT can be achieved in Pacific and how much has already been done. The event information can be accessed

    here. Key points transmitted to COP26 Climate Champions are attached.

  • 8 November 11-13:45 UK time, IBC on Climate Change: 1.5 degrees within reach for AP? Focus is to get Member States promote tools and opportunities to reduce GHG emission. UNEP and ESCAP are leading the coordination. ILO is part of the coalition. Registerhere.

  • 9 November 10:00 – 11:30 Fiji Time (GMT+12): Opportunities and Challenges for a Just Transition in the Pacific event organized by ADB, with ILO contributions. More information / registration available on https://cop-resilience-hub.org/.

  • 9 November 11:00 to 12:30 Fiji Time (GMT+12): Pacific Climate Change Mobility and Human Security COP26 Side Event. More information / registration available on https://cop-resilience-hub.org/.

  • 11 November 11:30 – 12:45. Side event co-organized by ILO, UNU INRA, and UN ECA titled Achieving a JT toward net zero: challenges and opportunity with focus on Africa. Indonesia delegate (Pak Medril) from Bannapenas, main counterpart for PAGE Indonesia, will share experiences from Indonesia on the Just Energy Transition planning process, including the support provided by PAGE Indonesia. (Lailly/Indonesia).

Finally, if you would like to receive updates on the major stories from UN COP26 sent straight to your inbox, subscribe here. You can also see the ILO's statementshere.

LEARNING AND SHARING OPPORTUNITIES

ILO Asia-Pacific Green Jobs Network Meeting, 27 October 2021, online

The October meeting of the ILO Asia-Pacific Green Jobs Network was held on 27 October 2021. The meeting introduced an update on CA4JI International Advisory Board meeting, ILO's participation at COP26 and key messages from the IPCC report for policymakers (annex 1), followed by an open discussion/tour de table.

Annex 2: Summary A-P Green Jobs Network_27 Oct 2021

WHAT WE'RE READING

China

Xi calls for stronger actions to jointly tackle climate challenge
2021-11-01 Source: Xinhua

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on all parties to take stronger actions to jointly tackle the climate challenge. Xi made the remarks in a written statement for the World Leaders Summit at the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which is being held in Glasgow from Monday to Tuesday.

"I hope all parties will take stronger actions to jointly tackle the climate challenge and protect the planet, the shared home for us all," he said. The adverse impacts of climate change have become increasingly evident, presenting a growing urgency for global action, he said. The Chinese president made a three-pronged proposal to address climate challenge, including upholding multilateral consensus, focusing on concrete actions, and accelerating the green transition.

"We will foster a green, low-carbon and circular economic system at a faster pace, press ahead with industrial structure adjustment, and rein in the irrational development of energy-intensive and high-emission projects," he said. He added that China will speed up the green and low-carbon energy transition, vigorously develop renewable energy, and plan and build large wind and photovoltaic power stations. China has recently released an action plan for carbon dioxide peaking before 2030, as well as a document titled "Working Guidance For Carbon Dioxide Peaking And Carbon Neutrality In Full And Faithful Implementation Of The New Development Philosophy." Xi said the country will roll out specific implementation plans for key areas such as energy, industry, construction and transport, and for key sectors such as coal, electricity, iron and steel, and cement, as well as supporting measures in terms of science and technology, carbon sink, fiscal and taxation, and financial incentives. "These measures will form a '1+N' policy framework for delivering carbon peak and carbon neutrality, with clearly-defined timetable, roadmap and blueprint," he added.

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China submits key documents on tackling climate change to UN
2021-10-29 Source: Xinhua

China has submitted two documents on its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and long-term emission control strategies to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, said the country's Ministry of Ecology and Environment.

The two documents, titled "China's Achievements, New Goals and New Measures for Nationally Determined Contributions" and "China's Mid-Century Long-Term Low Greenhouse Gas Emission Development Strategy," were handed in on Thursday, according to the ministry.

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China takes key measures against climate change: white paper
2021-10-27 Source: Xinhua

China has formulated and implemented a variety of strategies, regulations, policies, standards and actions to meet its targets in response to climate change, said a white paper released Wednesday.

As the largest developing country with a population of over 1.4 billion, China faces major challenges, including economic development, improving the people's lives, pollution control, and eco-environmental protection, according to a white paper titled "Responding to Climate Change: China's Policies and Actions." China has risen to these challenges to implement positive and effective moves in its strategy to peak carbon emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, said the white paper released by the State Council Information Office.

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China releases action plan to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030
2021-10-27 Source: Xinhua

The State Council, China's cabinet, has released an action plan to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030. The plan puts forward China's main objectives for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025) and the 15th Five-Year Plan period (2026-2030), including increasing the share of non-fossil energy consumption, improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

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China constructs over 6.6 bln sqm green buildings
2021-10-25 Source: Xinhua

The total floor area of China's green buildings has exceeded 6.6 billion square meters amid the country's efforts to promote high-quality development in urban and rural areas. Noting China's achievements of green development in urban and rural areas, Zhang Xiaohong, vice minister of housing and urban-rural development, stressed the arduous task of saving energy and reducing carbon emissions in urban and rural construction at a press conference on Monday.

China issued a guideline underpinning green development in urban and rural areas recently. Institutional mechanisms and policy systems for green development in urban and rural areas will be basically established by 2025, while green development will cover urban and rural areas in a comprehensive way by 2035, with an increased cut in carbon emissions, said the guideline.

The ministry will formulate a 14th five-year plan on urban and rural living environment planning and take measures to coordinate eco-environment, construction and social and cultural environment while promoting green development of regions and city clusters.

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China maps path to carbon peak, neutrality under new development philosophy
2021-10-24 Source: Xinhua

Chinese authorities on Sunday unveiled a guiding document on the country's work to achieve carbon peaking and carbon neutrality goals under the new development philosophy, laying out key specific targets and measures for the coming decades. By 2030, China's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will peak, stabilize and then decline, and by 2060, China will be carbon neutral and have fully established a green, low-carbon and circular economy, it says, reiterating the country's previous pledge.

"We are firmly committed to a green, low-carbon and high-quality development path that gives primacy to ecological civilization," says the document titled "Working Guidance for Carbon Dioxide Peaking and Carbon Neutrality in Full and Faithful Implementation of the New Development Philosophy."

The document, jointly released by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, outlines five major tasks, including creating a green, low-carbon and circular economy, improving energy efficiency, increasing the share of non-fossil energy consumption, lowering CO2 emissions and boosting the carbon sink capacity of ecosystems.

The guideline is the overarching document of China's "1+N" policy framework for carbon peaking and neutrality, and will, together with an action plan for carbon dioxide peaking before 2030, constitute the top-level design to help accomplish the carbon goals. Authorities are working on a number of sector- or industry-specific implementation plans, which will be put in place to arrange the work related to areas including energy, industries, transport and urban and rural construction. Supporting plans involving issues such as scientific and technological assistance, energy security, carbon sink capacities, as well as fiscal, financial and price policies will also be rolled out to complete the policy system.

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2nd UN Global Sustainable Transport Conference concludes with Beijing Statement
2021-10-17 Source: Xinhua

The Second United Nations (UN) Global Sustainable Transport Conference concluded in Beijing on Saturday, with a Beijing Statement released as an outcome document. Noting the importance of sustainable transport, the statement underscored that accelerating the transformation toward sustainable transport will be central toward creating a community of shared future for humankind. "New and emerging technologies, when properly applied, are key to solving many of the challenges to sustainable transport," said the statement, encouraging international cooperation, capacity-building and knowledge exchange among countries.

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World leaders commit to jointly tackling biodiversity loss at COP15
2021-10-13 Source: Xinhua

World leaders on Tuesday called for global awareness, broad consensus and concrete actions to preserve biodiversity at a United Nations conference held in China. The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, known as COP15, kicked off on Oct. 11 in Kunming, the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province. It attracts over 5,000 representatives from governments, international organizations, research institutes and enterprises. The leaders, in their speeches via video, pledged to make bold efforts at a time when the world is facing a worsening crisis of biodiversity loss.

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EU launches first green bond with record demand
2021-10-12 Source: Xinhua

The European Commission on Tuesday issued the first NextGenerationEU green bond, raising 12 billion euros. The final order book was over 135 billion euros, which meant that the bond has been more than 11 times oversubscribed, making it the largest green bond orderbook ever in global capital markets.

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Bank of China plans more green loans
2021-10-01 Source: Xinhua

Bank of China (BOC), one of the country's biggest lenders, has pledged to boost credit support for green projects in the 2021-2025 period. The bank will provide at least 1 trillion yuan (about 154.2 billion U.S. dollars) of funds for the green industry during the period, according to an action plan made by the BOC to serve China's carbon peak and neutrality goals. The share of green loans in the bank's overall domestic corporate loans will rise by no less than 5 percentage points from the end of 2020, the plan noted.

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Thailand

Building a sustainable future
2021-10-29 Source: Bangkok Post

In 2019, Thailand reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 17%. It has vowed to reduce it by 20-25% by 2030. The government recently unveiled the National Energy Plan. Approved in August, its framework pledges to achieve carbon neutrality by 2070. Pathways include generating 50% of electricity from renewable sources, promoting electric vehicles, upgrading the power grid, and relaxing rules for prosumers.

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Energy crossroads
2021-10-4 Source: Bangkok Post

The Thai government recently announced a policy to increase the share of renewable energy to at least 50 percent of the country's total needs, from about 15 percent now. B.Grimm Power itself is moving toward realising net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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Indonesia

Indonesia makes preparations for COP26 through inter-state cooperation
2021-10-25 Source: AntaraNews

Indonesia has made several preparations ahead of its participation in the Conference of Parties (COP) 26 on climate change in Glasgow, England, from October 31 to November 12, 2021. The country has reached an agreement to collaborate with Brazil on the issue of tropical forests at the conference, as both countries have the world’s largest tropical forests, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar noted here on Monday. Indonesia will also cooperate with the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the issue, with the tagline of Forest Power to Glasgow. In addition, Indonesia has set a target for the Forest and other Land Use Sector to become a net sink of carbon by 2030, which is something that the country's delegation will push for at the conference.

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Indonesia's Path to Net Zero CO2 Includes a Nuclear Plant and Banning ICE Cars
2021-10-22 Source: Bloomberg

Indonesia’s path toward using entirely renewable energy sources by 2060 includes banning the sales of fossil-fuel vehicles and operating a nuclear power plant. While the Indonesia has pledged to cut emissions by 29% within 10 years, the administration remains wary of the economic trade-offs. The government pushed through a carbon tax amid criticism that the levy at 30,000 rupiah ($2.11) per metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent, among the world’s lowest, won’t be enough to curb emissions. Key strategies on Indonesia’s plan to achieve NZE is provided.

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Coal-fueled power plants no longer an option: Energy Minister
2021-10-6 Source: Antara News

The development of coal-fueled power plants (PLTU) is no longer an option in Indonesia, which is moving to transition from fossil fuels to new and renewable energy, the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister has said. Based on state electricity company PT PLN’s power supply business plan (RUPTL 2021-2030), which was endorsed on September 28, 2021, the capacity of fossil energy-fueled power plants is targeted to increase by just 19.6 gigawatts, or 48.4 percent, in 10 years’ time. Meanwhile, the capacity of new and renewable energy-based power plants is projected to rise by 20.9 gigawatts, or 51.6 percent. This national energy policy is said to be coherent with Indonesian NDC target by 29 percent on its own and 41 percent with international support in 2030.

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Solar gets a boost in Indonesia's new $35bn renewable power plan
2021-10-05 Source: Nikkei Asia

Indonesia has announced a new electricity procurement plan that includes up to 500 trillion rupiah ($35 billion) for development of renewable energy-based power plants in the coming decade as Southeast Asia’s largest economy aims to cut its dependence on coal. State utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara, which holds a monopoly over the country’s power sector, on Tuesday called its latest procurement plan — the RUPTL 2021-30 — its “greenest” to date. Renewables will dominate construction of new power plants to be built nationwide through 2030 — accounting for 51.6% of the total 40.6 gigawatts of planned additional capacity. However, there is a concern whether this target is achievable or not, whether PLN will be able to draw enough private investment, however, “will depend largely” on the bidding process for both its engineering contractors and independent power producers. Previous joint report from BloombergNEF and IESR argues that PLN’s current power procurement process is “opaque, limiting competition and price discovery” — which has hindered investment in the renewable energy sector and also “increases costs to the public purse.”

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Indonesia starts process to raise VAT and introduce carbon tax
2021-10-01 Source: Nikkei Asia

The Indonesian government is gearing up to increase its COVID-battered state revenues by raising its value added tax and introducing other levies as part of an overhaul of a tax system that has failed to register a large majority of Indonesians. A draft of the bill seen by Nikkei Asia proposes that the carbon tax rate be set according to carbon market pricing, with a minimum rate of 30 rupiah (less than 1 cent) per kilogram of CO2 equivalent. Individuals and entities that "buy goods containing carbon and/or carry out activities that produce carbon emissions" must pay the carbon tax, the draft bill says. It adds that revenues collected "can be allocated" for measures to curb climate change. The bill does not indicate a timeline or when the carbon tax would be implemented. Further details are to be filled in by the government and ministerial regulations, it says.

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UN NEWS

‘Dramatic’ boost needed in climate adaptation: UN environment agency
2021-11-04 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Although policies and planning for climate change adaptation are increasing, financing and implementation lag behind, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in a new report launched on Thursday. The Adaptation Gap Report 2021: The Gathering Storm calls for ramping up funding and action to address the growing impacts of climate change.

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Guterres urges developed countries to deliver on climate pledge for vulnerable nations
2021-11-02 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

With world leaders expressing hope that the goal of supplying $100 billion a year in climate finance support for developing countries is within reach, the UN Secretary-General warned on Tuesday that the target would likely not be met until 2023 and would require additional funding after that.

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World leaders, corporations at COP26, take major step to restore and protect forests
2021-11-02 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

A pivotal pledge to save and restore our planet’s forests was officially announced on the second day of the COP26 World Leaders Summit, and with that deal came a long list of commitments from public and private sector actors to combat climate change, curb biodiversity destruction and hunger, and to protect indigenous peoples’ rights.

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COP26 opens in Glasgow with calls for ambitious solutions to tackle climate emergency
2021-11-01 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

The eyes of the world are on Glasgow, Scotland, as the United Nations climate summit known as COP26 opens with UN diplomats and politicians alike calling for more action – and ambition – to set out new commitments for curbing greenhouse emissions and adapting to the impacts of a warming planet.

With the official opening of the two-week conference coming hours after preliminary climate talks among world leaders at the G20 summit in Rome saw meager forward movement, and the release of a key report from the UN weather agency, WMO, warning that the past seven years are set to be thehottest on record, and our planet is heading into “uncharted territory”, the stakes for COP26 couldn't be higher.

Upon his departure from Rome, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in a tweet that while he welcomed the G20’s recommitment to global solutions, he was leaving the summit with his hopes unfulfilled.

“But at least they are not buried,” he said and added: “Onward to Glasgow and COP26 to keep the goal of 1.5 degrees alive and to implement promises on finance and adaptation for people and the planet.”

Mr. Guterres is addressing the COP26World Leader’s Summit which brings together Heads of State and Government, civil society and business leaders, who have been invited to set out the ambitious actions they are taking to reduce emissions, scale-up adaptation and mobilize finance, and to signal their commitment to ensuring that COP26 keeps 1.5°C in reach.

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COP26: Enough of ‘treating nature like a toilet’ – Guterres brings stark call for climate action to Glasgow
2021-11-01 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

As the World´s Leader Summit opened on day two of COP26, UN chief António Guterres sent a stark message to the world. “We are digging our own graves”, he said, referring to the addiction to fossil fuels which threatens to push humanity and the planet, to the brink, through unsustainable global heating.

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COP26: SDG or NDC? Our guide to the language you need to know
2021-10-26 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

If you’ve been following the UN for any period of time, you will quickly notice the plethora of acronyms, initialisations and jargon that abound across the Organization. There will be plenty more to confuse you at COP26 (a classic example in itself), so here’s our handy guide to help you make sense of some of the key buzz words you’ll be hearing, as the landmark climate change conference gets going.

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General Assembly debate underscores need to deliver on climate action
2021-10-26 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Bridging the financial and technical gaps that will limit global warming, is the focus of a high-level debate in the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. In his opening remarks, Assembly President Abdulla Shahid highlighted the “blunt realities” of climate impacts such as rising sea levels, which are threatening island nations like his homeland, the Maldives.

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‘Vague’ net zero promises not enough: planet still on track for catastrophic heating, UN report warns
2021-10-25 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

New and updated commitments made ahead of the pivotal climate conference COP26 in the past months are a positive step forward, but the world remains on track for a dangerous global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century even if fully met, a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned.

The report finds that net zero pledges, if fully implemented, could make a big difference and bring down the predicted global temperature rise to 2.2°C, providing hope that further action could still head off the most catastrophic impacts of climate change. However, so far these promises are “vague” and inconsistent with most 2030 national commitments, UNEP warns.

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UN chief calls for China commitment to ‘ambitious’ climate goals
2021-10-25 Source: UN News/ Asia and Pacific

The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on China to present an “ambitious” Nationally Determined Contribution in the run-up to the UN Climate Conference, COP26, starting in Glasgow at the end of this week.

António Guterres commended the country’s decision to end financing of coal-fired power plants abroad, and direct support for green and low carbon energy production, stating that the world “must do everything possible to keep the 1.5-degree goal of the Paris Agreement alive.” Mr. Guterres also said the UN also fully supports the Chinese presidency of theCOP15 Biodiversity Conference,happening in Kunming 25 April-8 May of next year. For him, “ambition on biodiversity and climate are mutually reinforcing.” “Both in Glasgow and Kunming, we must do our part to make peace with nature and safeguard our planet for future generations”, he added.

Mr Guterres was speaking at a ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of General Assembly resolution 2758, titled “Restoration of the lawful rights of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations”.

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‘No time to lose’ curbing greenhouse gases: WMO
2021-10-25 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Last year, heat-trapping greenhouse gases reached a new record, surging above the planet's 2011-2020 average, and has continued in 2021, according to a new report published on Monday by the UN weather agency.

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COP26: Praise for updated national climate plans, but ‘nowhere near’ goal
2021-10-25 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

New or updated climate action plans by governments can be effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but greater efforts are needed to keep global warming at bay, the UN climate change office (UNFCCC) said in a new report on Monday. The findings update an earlier report which synthesizes plans outlined by countries in their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement on climate change, which aims to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Plastic pollution on course to double by 2030
2021-10-21 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment released on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

The report highlights dire consequences for health, the economy, biodiversity and the climate. It also says a drastic reduction in unnecessary, avoidable and problematic plastic, is crucial to addressing the global pollution crisis overall. To help reduce plastic waste at the needed scale, it proposes an accelerated transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies, the removal of subsidies and a shift towards more circular approaches towards reduction.

TitledFrom Pollution to Solution: a global assessment of marine litter and plastic pollution, the report shows that there is a growing threat, across all ecosystems, from source to sea.

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Business leaders join UN chief to step up action for sustainability
2021-10-19 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Business leaders joined UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, to step up delivery of critical investment, for a ‘sustainable, net zero, resilient and equitable world’.

The Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance, which brings together 30 business giants worth an estimated $16 trillion, met Mr. Guterres in New York, and outlined concrete actions for the future.

Since October 2019, when the Secretary-General convened the GISD Alliance, its CEOs and other top executives have been working with the UN and other partners to develop guidelines and products that align the existing finance and investment ecosystem, with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Sustainable transport key to green energy shift: UN Secretary-General
2021-10-14 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

With global transport at a crossroads, government leaders, industry experts, and civil society groups are meeting in Beijing, China, for a UN conference to chart the way forward to a more sustainable future for the sector, and greater climate action overall.

In remarks to the opening, UN Secretary-General António Guterres underlined what is at stake. “The next nine years must see a global shift towards renewable energy. Sustainable transport is central to that transformation,” he said.

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Biodiversity commitment builds hope for 'living in harmony with nature'
2021-10-13 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

More than 100 countries on Wednesday committed to develop, adopt and implement an effective post-2020 global framework, that aims to put biodiversity on a path to recovery, by 2030 at the latest.

The Kunming Declaration, adopted at the end of the UN Biodiversity Conference’s latest High Level Segment, which took place in Kunming, China, calls on the States Parties to act urgently on biodiversity protection in decision-making and recognise the importance of conservation in protecting human health. Countries are expected to adopt the proposed global biodiversity framework in May 2022, following further formal negotiations next January.

The conference is being held in two phases. The current segment runs through Friday (15 Oct 2021) and will be followed by in-person meetings in Kunming from 25 April to 8 May 2022.

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UN chief calls for bold action to end 'suicidal war with nature'
2021-10-11 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

With more than a million species at risk of extinction, countries must work now to achieve a sustainable future for people and the planet, Secretary-General António Guterres told leaders attending the UN Biodiversity Conference, which opened on Monday from Kunming, China.

“We are losing our suicidal war against nature,” he said in a video message to the meeting, which is mainly being held virtually. The UN chief warned that “humanity’s reckless interference with nature” will have permanent consequences.

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WHO: Global health community prescribes climate action for COVID recovery
2021-10-11 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Ambitious national climate commitments are crucial for States to sustain a healthy, green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UN health agency report launched on Monday in the lead-up to the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Based on a growing body of research confirming numerous and inseparable links between climate and health, the World Health Organization’s (WHO)COP26 Special Report on Climate Change and Health spells out that transformational action in every sector, from energy, transport and nature to food systems and finance is needed to protect people.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the intimate and delicate links between humans, animals and our environment”, said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The same unsustainable choices that are killing our planet are killing people”.

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Access to a healthy environment, declared a human right by UN rights council
2021-10-08 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

The Human Rights Council recognised this Friday, for the first time, that having a clean, healthy and sustainable environment is a human right. In resolution 48/13, the Council called on States around the world to work together, and with other partners, to implement this newly recognised right. The text, proposed by Costa Rica, the Maldives, Morocco, Slovenia and Switzerland, was passed with 43 votes in favour and 4 abstentions - from Russia, India, China and Japan. At the same time, through a second resolution (48/14), the Council also increased its focus on the human rights impacts of climate change by establishing a Special Rapporteur dedicated specifically to that issue.

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Climate change, population increase fuel looming water crisis: WMO
2021-10-08 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

Improved water management, monitoring and forecasting are needed in the face of a looming global water crisis, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday. The warning comes as floods, droughts and other water-related hazards increase due to climate change, while the number of people experiencing “water stress” continues to rise amid population growth and dwindling availability. In 2018, some 3.6 billion people globally had inadequate access to water for one month per year, which is expected to surpass five billion by 2050. Water-related disasters have increased in frequency since the year 2000, according toThe State of Climate Services 2021: Water report, which was coordinated by WMO and includes input from more than 20 international organizations, development agencies and scientific institutions.

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UN chief promotes 'enormous' benefits of greener cities
2021-10-03 Source: UN News/ Climate and Environment

For the UN Secretary-General, the benefits of making cities more environmentally friendly are “enormous”, and include reduced climate risk, more jobs, and better health and well-being.

“City leadership in using green materials and constructing energy-efficient, resilient buildings powered by renewable energy, is essential to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” said António Guterres in his message forWorld Habitat Day, marked on Monday.

The theme for this year’s celebration of cities and towns worldwide is Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world. Cities are responsible for about 75 per cent of the world’s energy consumption and over 70 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Urban areas across the globe are facing the dual crises of COVID-19 and climate change, said the UN chief.

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ILO: Employment impact of the pandemic worse than expected
2021-10-27 Source: ILO

Ahead of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, ILO warns on stalled global labour market recovery and significant disparities between advanced and developing economies. The loss of working hours in 2021 because of the pandemic will be significantly higher than previously estimated, as a two-speed recovery between developed and developing nations threatens the global economy as a whole, says the International Labour Organization.

The eighth edition of the ILO Monitor: COVID-19 and the world of work, warns that without concrete financial and technical support, a “great divergence” in employment recovery trends between developed and developing countries will persist.

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Renewable energy jobs have reached 12 million globally
2021-10-21 Source: ILO

Ahead of COP26, a report by IRENA and ILO underscores the jobs potential of an ambitious climate strategy and calls for comprehensive policies in support of a just transition to a greener future. Renewable energy employment worldwide reached 12 million last year, up from 11.5 million in 2019, according to the eighth edition ofRenewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review 2021. The report was released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) at a high-level opening of IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Just and Inclusive Transitions, co-facilitated by the United States and South Africa.

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