Publication

UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning [viewed]

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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UNEP Releases Post-2015 Note on Human Health and Environment [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recommended measures to maintain a clean and healthy environment for human health, in its third briefing note on priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Bank Assesses Cost-Benefit of Black Carbon Controls in Transport [viewed]

World Bank2 April 2014: The World Bank has released a report titled 'Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles: Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis,' which attempts to quantify both the health and climate benefits from a variety of measures that could reduce transportation-related black carbon emissions.

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UNFCCC LEG Reviews Implementation of 2013-2014 Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC8 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a summary report of the 25th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), which, among other things, reviewed progress on implementation of the LEG work programme for 2013-2014. 

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre, BNEF Report on Renewables Market Share Growth [viewed]

global-trends7 April 2014: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Frankfurt School (FS)-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that renewable energy (excluding large hydro) accounted for 43.6% of new generation capacity in 2013. The new installations continued an upward trend in renewable energy additions, despite a 14% decrease in investment.

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CCAFS Moves towards Demand-Driven Research Approach [viewed]

CCAFS5 April 2014: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has embarked on an internal transformation process, which will move it towards a demand-driven, research for development approach.

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UNFCCC Publishes Parties' Submissions on REDD+ [viewed]

UNFCCCApril 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has posted submissions from Parties on “methodological guidance for activities relating to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries." The views presented from Parties are on: methodological guidance for non-market-based approaches related to the implementation of the activities referred to in decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70; and the issues referred to in decision 1/CP.18, paragraph 40.

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FAO Tool Assesses Options for Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

FAO7 April 2014: Seeking to systematically evaluate under which conditions bioenergy production does not threaten food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a tool to assess scalable opportunities for the sustainability of integrated food-energy systems.

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Bioversity Releases Seeds for Needs East Africa Poster [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalApril 2014: Bioversity International has released ‘Seeds for Needs in East Africa,' a poster from its Seeds for Needs projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The poster describes the project's background, activities, results and future steps.

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IFPRI Paper Discusses Farmers' Preferences for CSA in India [viewed]

IFPRI LogoApril 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a discussion paper, titled ‘Farmers' Preferences for Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA): An Assessment in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (IGP).' The paper discusses the findings of a study on farmers' preferences and willingness to pay (WTP) for climate-smart technologies in the IGP, a region that is highly vulnerable to climate change.

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