Outcome

An agreed text developed by various actors, which may or may not be legally-binding. Outcomes include resolutions by the UN General Assembly and decisions by the Multilateral Environmental Agreements’ Conference of the Parties and Meeting of the Parties.

Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications Launches DRR Initiatives [viewed]

ITU logo28 January 2016: Information and communication technology (ICT) experts are working to harness the power of telecommunications to both prevent and mitigate the impacts of natural disasters. Gathered for the second 'Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications (GET-2016): Saving Lives,' an international event focusing on the intersection of emergency telecommunications and climate change mitigation and adaptation, 500 participants from 90 countries adopted two global ICT initiatives aimed at enhancing disaster risk reduction (DRR).

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IRENA Assembly Focuses on Accelerating Renewable Energy Transition [viewed]

IRENA17 January 2016: The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly focused on accelerating the transition to renewable energy, in particular, by mobilizing investment. More than 1,000 officials and other stakeholders from over 150 countries convened in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 16-17 January 2016 to provide strategic and programmatic direction to the agency. In addition, IRENA launched a report on the economic benefits of renewable energy and announced funding for four renewable energy projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal.

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UNFCCC COP 21 Adopts Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iisd12 December 2015: On 12 December 2015, in Paris, France, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1), a universal, legally-binding agreement to take effect from 2020. Commenting on the new Agreement, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, stated, "The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort."

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Commonwealth Members Commit to Ambitious Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

commonwealth29 November 2015: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) adopted a Leaders' Statement on Climate Action in which Commonwealth members reconfirm their commitment to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Change Conference that signals the need for deep emission cuts, promotes low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways and raises mitigation ambition over time.

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UNECE Committee Explores Pathways to Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 November 2015: Participants at the 24th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE24) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed various pathways to sustainable energy, considered different conceptions of what "sustainable energy" is, and explored the challenges and opportunities of accelerating a transition in the UNECE region's energy system. The meeting featured a high-level segment that examined these issues in depth.

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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UN High-Level Events Address Water, Sanitation and DRR; UNSGAB Launches Concluding Report [viewed]

un_sanitation_day19 November 2015: The UN addressed the role of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water management in ensuring food security, increasing access to energy and tackling urbanization challenges at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. The Session convened as part of a series of coordinated events for the UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, which included World Toilet Day and culminated with the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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El Niño Conference Calls for Preparedness Action Based on Improved Forecasts [viewed]

elnino201518 November 2015: Scientists participating in the El Niño 2015 Conference noted that forecasts of, and preparedness for, the impacts of the 2015 El Niño event have improved. They called on decision makers to take action based on these improved forecasts, stressing that enhanced preparedness is highly dependent on action at the local level.

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IEA Ministers Call for Successful COP 21 [viewed]

IEA18 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) held its 2015 Ministerial meeting under the theme, 'Innovation for a Clean, Secure Energy Future.' According to the Summary of the Chair, Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, discussions focused on "the critical role that energy sector policies and energy innovation can play to successfully combat climate change." Among the meeting outcomes was a statement calling for the successful outcome of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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