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Making Green Hydrogen a Global Trade Commodity for Enhanced Climate Ambition
To comply with the Paris Agreement on climate change, a growing number of countries are setting ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets for the coming decades to achieve carbon neutrality. Suriname and Bhutan have already become carbon-neutral, largely due to small populations and dense forests absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). Denmark, France, Hungary, New Zealand, Sweden, and the UK have written their net-zero commitments into law. The EU and five other countries (Canada, Chile, Fiji, the Republic of Korea, and Spain) have included net-zero targets in proposed legislation. Fourteen states mention net-zero commitments in policy documents, and almost a hundred other countries are currently discussing potential adoption of net-zero targets.

Photo by Dominik Vanyi/ Unsplash Energy Working Groups Release Draft Reports
Preparations for the UN’s 2021 energy summit are advancing through the work of five inter-agency, multi-stakeholder groups. The initial drafts of five thematic reports have been released for discussion at working group meetings in April.
Featured Image - 130 Forum Seeks to Hold Decision Makers Accountable to Future Generations
The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) convened the tenth annual Youth Forum, a gathering described by the UN Secretary-General as the UN’s “foremost platform” for tackling the challenges facing youth. This year’s Forum also served as the launch of the first progress report of the UN’s system-wide youth strategy.
Photo Credit: Febiyan / Unsplash Circular Economy Toolbox for Europe Points to Guidance, Regulations
The UN Economic Commission for Europe released a toolbox of instruments to support governments’ adoption of a more circular economy. The instruments include legal frameworks, policy analysis documents, and good practice guidance.
Photo by IISD/Francis Dejon WTO Informal Dialogue Discusses Concept Note, Roadmap on Plastics and Trade
The Informal Dialogue on Plastics Pollution and Environmentally Sustainable Plastics Trade discussed World Trade Organization (WTO) members’ efforts to reduce plastics pollution and promote sustainable trade in plastics, with a focus on international cooperation and transparency. The Informal Dialogue aims to establish a “solid factual basis” on the topic with the aim of reaching an outcome at the 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which is scheduled for late 2021.

2021 ECOSOC Forum on Financing for Development Follow-up (FfD Forum)
12-15 April 2021 | New York City, US
VEF Virtual Series: Inclusive Infrastructure Development for Driving Low Carbon Industrialisation
14 April 2021 | virtual
Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI21)
19-22 April 2021 | Rome, Lazio, Italy (virtual)
VEF Virtual Series: Financial Mechanisms for Energy Efficiency and Buildings
21 April 2021 | virtual
Earth Day 2021
22 April 2021 | virtual
International Mother Earth Day 2021
22 April 2021 | worldwide
Leaders' Climate Summit
22-23 April 2021 | virtual
International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace 2021
24 April 2021 | worldwide
World Malaria Day 2021
25 April 2021 | worldwide
World Intellectual Property Day 2021
26 April 2021 | worldwide
16th Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 16)
26-30 April 2021 | virtual
Helsinki Chemicals Forum 2021
27-28 April 2021 | virtual
World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2021
28 April 2021 | worldwide
High-level Interactive Dialogue on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
29 April 2021 | New York City, US
Special Meeting of the Council on International Cooperation in Tax Matters 2021
29 April 2021 | New York City, US
ECOSOC Partnership Forum 2021
3 May 2021 | New York City, US (virtual)