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March 2018

Second Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Forum

March 20, 2018 - March 21, 2018
Radisson Blue Hotel, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates + Google Map

The 2nd Global Adaptation Network Forum will focus on some of the most pressing challenges for climate change adaptation and provide an opportunity for decision makers, policy experts and practitioners to share knowledge and experience on how to address these challenges.

News headlines draw attention, on an almost daily basis, to the impact of climate change around the world. The policy world is responding. The 2015 Paris Agreement includes, for the first time, a Global Adaptation Goal. The UN climate conference in Bonn in November 2017, under the Presidency of Fiji, underscored the importance of building climate resilience. But there is still a need to identify the most effective solutions to adaptation problems and to have the mechanisms in place to share that knowledge. The Forum will provide a venue to address these issues. Its results are intended to inform discussions and deliberations later in the year, including the meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Global Climate Action Summit.

The Forum will be organized jointly by UN Environment’s Global Adaptation Network and Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. Holding the Forum in Abu Dhabi provides an opportunity to consider some of the specific challenges in Gulf region, including how to ensure continued access to clean freshwater. The solutions developed in the region can be of relevance in other parts of the world.

There are four main themes for the Forum. These are:

1. From the Gulf to the World
This theme will consider the specific adaptation challenges facing Gulf States. It will consider the solutions and technologies that are being developed in the region. It will then turn to the issue of whether and how these solutions and technologies can be applied elsewhere. The role of the private sector in all stages will be examined.
2. Adaptation metrics: assessing risks and progress
The question of how to measure and assess different aspects of adaptation is becoming increasingly important. The private sector, including investors, would like to have a common metric for measuring physical climate risk. Many countries would like to be able to assess their progress towards becoming climate resilient. This theme will tackle these issues.

3. Adaptation Learning
There are different ways of developing, sharing and applying adaptation knowledge. This theme will consider some recent models and new institutions that are active in this area. Topics include: the role of universities in supporting resilience; the recently launched Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, the UN Climate Resilience Initiative (A2R) and the value of face-to-face learning exchanges.
4. Reaching the most vulnerable
It is widely recognized that adaptation policy and practice must reach the most vulnerable in society. However, to date that practice does not live up to this. This theme will consider the risks faced by different particularly vulnerable groups and communities and consider the actions needed to address those risks more effectively.

Cross-cutting theme: Adaptation and non-state actors
In addition to the four main themes, there will also be a cross-cutting theme on the role of non-state actors, including the private sector, in adaptation.

The Global Adaptation Network (GAN) promotes the mobilization and sharing of climate change adaptation knowledge and experiences that are critical for informing decision making, planning and practice. GAN links regional networks and partners in Asia-Pacific (APAN), Latin America and the Caribbean (REGATTA), Africa (AAKNet), West Asia (WARN-CC) and the United States (US EPA and EcoAdapt), helping them exchange knowledge, experiences and lessons learned.

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April 2018

World Resources Institute: Resource Watch Launch

April 11, 2018 @ 18:00 - 21:00 +04
Grosvenor Auditorium, Washington, D.C., Grosvenor Auditorium
Washington, DC United States
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Resource Watch is a collaborative initiative that provides trusted and timely data to monitor the Earth for a sustainable future. The platform has been in the works for a while, but we are pleased to announce that the launch of a beta version is near—we are currently finalizing data sets and incorporating feedback we’ve received from extensive user testing.

Over the next few weeks we will be working to finalize speakers for the event. We expect over 300 government and business leaders, technology partners, and researchers to attend. In addition, we anticipate significant media coverage as we unveil Resource Watch.

If you have not already done so, please fill out this simple form so we can add your partner page to the platform. For more information or help on doing this please contact Rose Gilroy at rose.gilroy@wri.org.

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Nexus 2018: Water, Food, Energy, and Climate

April 16, 2018 - April 18, 2018

The “Nexus” approach is the one that focuses on overlaps across sectors while respecting sectoral expertise in order to make better plans by understanding interactions.”
(Stockholm Environment Institute, 2017)
The Water Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel is hosting the Nexus conference addressing Water-Energy-Food and Climate through an Urban lens on the 16-18th of April 2018. Registration is now open.

This will be the second Nexus Conference that The Water Institute has organized. The first in 2014 made a significant input to the negotiations for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through the Chapel Hill Declaration. We also produced a book from the main input to the conference available on amazon The Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and an Agenda for Action

The 2018 Nexus Conference will aim to input to the Ministerial Declaration for the High Level Political Form and early input to the Heads of State review of the SDGs in 2019. It will offer a great place for governments, the UN and stakeholders to discuss the interlinkage agenda – possibly the only one.
There is now an interview with Global Connections TV on the Nexus and the SDGs available here to watch and use.

Confirmed speakers and chairs include: Liz Thompson former Barbados Environment and Health Minister, Elliott Harris UN Assistant Secretary-General UNEP, Jules Kortenhorst, Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Mountain Institute, Albert Butare, former Rwanda Minister of Energy, Pauliina Murphy, AVIVA Head of International Government Engagement, Maruxa Cardama, Special Advisor Cities Alliance, Jeb Brugmann, Director of Solutions Development and Innovation, 100 Resilient Cities, Yunus Arikan head of global policy and advocacy for ICLEI — Local Governments for Sustainability. Angie Fyfe Executive Director of ICLEI USA, Claudia Ringler, Chair FE2W Network, Diego Rodriguez World Bank, Naiara Costa Head Secretariat for Together 2030, Parfait M Eloundou-Enyegue Global Sustainable Development Report Advisory Board member, Amollo Ambole (ICSU and university of Nairobi, Franziska Schreiber Project Manager Adelphi, Jamie Bartram Director of The Water Institute at UNC, Dr Catalina Spataru (confirmed) UCL Energy Systems and Networks, Mark Howell Chair of Energy Systems Analysis at the Royal Institute of Technology, Marianne Haslegrave Director Commonwealth Medical Trust, and Susan Parnell African Centre for Cities
The conference agenda has the following sessions:
• Session 1: How can a Nexus approach contribute to the achievement of multiple SDGs and targets at the same time?
• Session 2: What are the Nexus challenges in the urban dimension
• Session 3: Cross-cutting issues for the Nexus themes
o How is health impacted by changing water availability due to climate change?
o Urban health challenges for water and waste water
o Urban challenges for migration and basic provisions
o Urban challenges of energy-water provision
• Session 4: Nexus Partnerships: Sharing experiences lessons learnt
• Session 5: USA approach to making cities more resilient
• Session 6: How to make science relevant to Nexus policy making
• Session 7: Solutions and tools to access renewable energy in an increased water stressed world due to climate change
• Session 8: The role of integrated water management and the sustainable agriculture and rural development approaches in an urbanized world
• Session 9: How could the Nexus approach be funded in a fair, equitable and green economy?
• Session 10: Capacity development for the nexus: where do we stand, what are the needs
• Session 11: What should the Heads of State SDG Meeting in 2019 say to address the Nexus

Do join us and share your experience and knowledge. We are looking for examples of different methodological approaches, indicators being used, comparative studies, solutions, toolkits, successful partnerships, gaps to be addressed, and reviews of the implementation of the relevant SDGs that address Nexus issues. Make your contribution to input to the 2018 High Level Political Declaration.

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GIS for a Sustainable World Conference – Esri

April 17, 2018 @ 08:00 - April 19, 2018 @ 17:00 +04
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October 2018

United Nations World Data Forum

October 22, 2018 @ 08:00 - October 24, 2018 @ 17:00 +04
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