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Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development[viewed]

Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which will take place in 2016. They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions[viewed]

The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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CBD Secretariat Issues Notification on Disaster Risk Reduction[viewed]

The notification stresses the role of ecosystem degradation in natural disasters, and the role of ecosystem conservation in DRR, and explains the relevance of DRR to a number of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Furthermore, the letter mentions findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impact of climate change on disaster events, and attention paid to DRR in the context of the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits[viewed]

An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion over the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can cut carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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Compliance Committee Releases Report for Lima[viewed]

In preparation for the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10), the Compliance Committee to the CMP has issued its ninth annual report to the CMP. The report (FCCC/KP/CMP/2014/2) summarizes the work of, and matters addressed by, the Committee during the period from 9 September 2013 to 5 September 2014.

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WMO Workshop Focuses on Improving Climate Services in Asian LDCs[viewed]

A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) regional workshop on the provision of weather- and climate-related services in least developed countries (LDCs) brought together participants from National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of eight Asian LDCs, including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Nepal, Myanmar and Yemen.

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CEM Partnership Releases Energy Savings Guide[viewed]

The Energy Management Working Group of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has launched a guide to help organizations globally in assessing the impacts of energy efficiency projects. The publication presents a simple and practical guide to performing measurement and verification for a project and quantifying related savings.

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Event: IV EUROCLIMA Seminar[viewed]

The fourth meeting of the EUROCLIMA Programme participants, which represents their first meeting since the Programme entered Phase II, will bring together EUROCLIMA national focal points, EU officials, and experts from associated organizations, namely the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).

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Event: Launch of SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerating Platform[viewed]

A luncheon will mark the launch of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerating Platform, where those countries, cities, companies, international organizations and civil society partners will be honored.

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Event: High-Level Event: Implementing Sustainable Energy for All[viewed]

This high-level event will include sessions on: financing sustainable energy for all, including a presentation of the report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF); investing in energy efficiency; accelerating innovation in renewable energy; and scaling up at the country level.

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