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High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: ensuring no one is left behind

The 2016 United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded on 20 July with the adoption of a declaration that commits ministers from around the world to leave no one behind in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Forum, which opened on 11 July, is the UN’s central platform for the follow-up and review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Don’t drop commitment to greener growth, Kyte urges UK

The UK needs to maintain its commitment to greener growth amid turbulence following the country’s referendum vote to leave the European Union, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, tells the Guardian.

Kyte, speaking before the appointment of Theresa May as the UK’s new Prime Minister, said generating more energy from cleaner sources would boost jobs and the economy at a time of uncertainty, and help poorer people the most.

Ensuring no one is left behind: UN to host High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development

From June 11 to 20, the United Nations will hold the 2016 High-level Political Forum for Sustainable Development in New York. The forum is the United Nations’ central platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Development Summit on September 25, 2015.

Donor funding for clean energy access needs ‘coordination and discipline’

Donor funding for clean energy access in developing countries needs coordination and discipline to deliver the right results, Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General and CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, tells the Christian Science Monitor.

“The basic message is: it isn’t just that governments have to change their ways, the whole international community that is supposed to be supporting government needs to do something slightly different going forward than it did in the past,” Kyte said during a meeting with reporters in Washington.

IRENA Report: 8.1 Million People Now Work in Renewables

A new report published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reveals that more than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry- a 5% increase from the 2014 figure of 7.7 million. This growth is significant as it stands in contrast to overall trends across the broader energy sector; the total number of renewable energy jobs worldwide rose in 2015 while jobs in the broader energy sector fell. According to IRENA director Adnan Z. Amin, “this increase is being driven by declining renewable energy costs and enabling policy frameworks.

Will Brexit threaten EU's climate leadership?

Britain's vote to leave the European Union has disrupted everyday affairs and may displace climate concerns as a political priority. The decision also removes what has traditionally been one of the EU's strongest voices in favor of emissions-cutting policies.

Rachel Kyte - CEO, Sustainable Energy for All and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All - recently spoke with Alissa De Carbonnel and Nina Chestney of Reuters.