The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

January 2018

Climate Bonds Initiative Annual Conference 2018

International market actors, leaders, and policymakers gather to discuss and debate how to scale the global green bond market from billions to trillions. Climate Bonds 2018 Annual Conference in March is the centrepiece of a green finance week in London.

From the China Green Bonds Investor Forum to the first 2018 meeting of the European Green Securities Steering Committee, green bond market growth is ‘the’ agenda. Plenaries and Parallel Sessions, the 2018 Green Bond Pioneer Awards and the Roundtables are where the big debates and discussions will take place on moving from billions to trillions and reaching the $1trillion milestone by the end of 2020.
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4th General Assembly of the World Youth Parliament for Water

The International Secretariat for Water and the World Youth Parliament for Water invite all young people active in the water sector to apply to join them in Brasilia this March. The theme of the Parliament is Water and Peace. The World Youth Parliament for Water will be held concurrently with the 8th World Water Forum from March 16-23, 2018 in Brasilia, Brazil.

Applications are open only until February 5. Don't miss your chance for a life-changing experience!
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High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018

The sixth session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 9-18 July 2018. The three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum will take place from 16-18 July, as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment.

The theme of HLPF 2018 will be: ‘Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies’. The sub-set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be reviewed in depth by HLPF 2018 will be: SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation), SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production), and SDG 15 (life on land). Goal 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development) is also considered each year. In addition, 48 countries are expected to present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). Read More...

Improving Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change Through Conflict Resolution: Lessons from Ethiopia

In recent decades, arid and semi-arid rangelands in the Horn of Africa have experienced the effects of two related threats: 1) increasingly frequent and severe droughts amplified by climate change, and 2) outbreaks of conflict among pastoralist groups whose access to natural resources has been squeezed by population growth, land development, administrative boundaries, rangeland degradation, and erratic and extreme weather. Development practitioners are giving increasing attention to the idea that collaborative community activities, focused on building key institutional relationships, may contribute to conflict prevention, and that lower levels of conflict can provide the opportunity to enhance the scope and quality of climate adaptation.

The January 18th Adaptation Community Meeting will feature Jeffrey Stark, a conflict and climate change specialist, to discuss the challenges and opportunities of addressing the climate-conflict nexus in programming. Mr. Stark will specifically speak to lessons learned from a recent assessment he conducted of the USAID-funded Peace Centers for Climate and Social Resilience (PCCSR) pilot project. This project, which ran from 2014 to 2017, endeavored to reverse patterns of pastoral conflict over natural resources in several districts in southern Ethiopia.
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