Publication

UNFCCC Releases GEF Report to COP 21 [viewed]

GEF11 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual report of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to the Conference of the Parties (COP). The document (FCCC/CP/2015/4) contains information on the GEF's response to COP guidance, and relevant GEF initiatives and achievements.

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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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ECLAC Reports on MDGs Progress [viewed]

ECLAC9 September 2015: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on progress in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) finds "a mixed picture”: while the region as a whole has made significant strides toward some MDG targets, progress has been uneven from one country to the next.

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UNCTAD Calls for Climate and Trade Policies to Support Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNCTAD8 September 2015: A policy brief by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the relationship between climate change and trade policies draws attention to changes in the policy landscape resulting from the adoption of the UN post-2015 development agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a global climate change agreement. The brief calls for this relationship to support the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication.

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UNEP DTU, CTCN Showcase Adaptation Monitoring and Evaluation Good Practices [viewed]

unep-ctcn7 September 2015: A publication launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) showcases practices that have been developed in monitoring and evaluating climate change adaptation. The report, titled ‘Good Practices in Designing and Implementing National Monitoring Systems for Adaptation to Climate Change,' compiles lessons learned from building and implementing indicator systems.

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UNEP: Holistic Waste Management Can Cut GHG Emissions 20% Annually [viewed]

UNEP7 September 2015: The first global waste status report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests that holistic management of the world's solid waste problem could cut annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 20% while generating green jobs, improving public health and saving countries billions of dollars.

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UNCCD Publishes Outcomes of 3rd Scientific Conference [viewed]

CST S-4 & UNCCD 3rd Scientific ConferenceSeptember 2015: A new publication, titled ‘Climate change and land degradation: Bridging knowledge and stakeholders,' contains the key outcomes of the 3rd Scientific Conference of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which took place in Cancun, Mexico, in March 2015. The report discusses how new interactions between climate change related demographic pressures and unsustainable land management practices are exacerbating land degradation and desertification and contributing to increased poverty, malnutrition, migration, political insecurity and conflict.

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UN-REDD Brief Examines Fiscal Incentives for Agricultural Commodities as Part of REDD+ Readiness [viewed]

unreddSeptember 2015: Noting that fiscal policies and incentives are often key underlying drivers of forest change and influence land use behavior in sectors that encroach on forests, a brief produced by the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) suggests that REDD+ provides an entry point to rethinking fiscal incentives for agricultural commodities as part of National REDD+ Strategies and Action Plans.

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UN-REDD/IIED Brief Explores the Potential of a Green Economy Approach to Africa's Forest Sector [viewed]

growing_a_green_economy_africaAugust 2015: A brief produced by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in partnership with the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) indicates that scaling up interventions focused on sustainability across Africa could help meet increased demand for timber while enabling sustainable forest management, as long as they are accompanied by actions to create an enabling environment.

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World Forestry Congress Opens with Launch of Global Forest Resources Assessment Report [viewed]

WFC_XIV7 September 2015: The 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) opened on 7 September 2015, in Durban, South Africa, convening on the theme 'Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future.' The opening was marked by the launch of the 'Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015,' the most comprehensive forest review to date, produced by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). It was preceded by a high-level event of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), aiming to define CPF's vision for forests and forestry in the post-2015 era.

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