Publication

Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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UN, Insurance Industry Partner for Sustainable Development [viewed]

psi17 June 2015: A platform launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is allowing insurance companies to make voluntary contributions to sustainable development through risk management, insurance products, investment, partnerships and disclosure frameworks. Through the platform and other activities of UNEP FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, insurers managing US$14 trillion and 20% of world premium volume are working with the UN toward a greener future.

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UNEP, PBC Detail Elements for China's Green Financial System [viewed]

unep_china12 June 2015: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, met with Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBC), to mark the publication of the final report of the Green Finance Task Force, addressing practical steps and policy recommendations for aligning China's financial and capital markets with sustainable development objectives.

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REN21 Reports Decoupling of CO2 Emissions and Economic Growth in 2014 [viewed]

REN2118 June 2015: For the first time in four decades, the world's gross domestic product (GDP) rose in 2014 without a coinciding rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report. The report also finds that 2014 was a record year for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, and that investments in renewables, excluding large-scale hydropower, reached US$270.2 billion. The developing world accounted for almost half that figure, at US$131.3 billion.

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Multilateral Development Banks Report 19% Increase in Climate Finance [viewed]

mdbs-logos-pr-header16 June 2015: Six multilateral development banks (MDBs) have launched the fourth edition of their annual joint report on climate finance. The report finds that, in 2014, the MDBs committed more than US$28.35 billion in financing to developing countries and emerging economies, with US$23.28 billion dedicated to mitigation efforts, and US$5.07 billion to adaptation work.

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'Targets Tracker' Highlights Gaps Between SDGs and National Priorities [viewed]

post2015-odi16 June 2015: Post 2015.org has released the ‘Targets Tracker,' an online database that allows users to view country goals alongside the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to compare the gap between existing national targets and SDG ambition. Analysis on these gaps is presented in a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘Mind the Gap? A Comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda.'

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IEA Outlines Pillars for Success at Paris Climate Change Conference [viewed]

IEA15 June 2015: A special report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) proposes a four-pillar approach to making the UN Paris Climate Change Conference a success from the energy perspective, namely through: a peak in energy emissions; a five-year review of national emission targets; a long-term emissions goal; and a process for tracking energy-sector achievements.

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Africa Progress Report 2015 Calls for Energy Revolution [viewed]

app5 June 2015: The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has released its Africa Progress Report 2015, titled 'Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities,' which calls on Africa's leaders to start an energy revolution that delivers energy access for all, and meets the demands of consumers, businesses and investors for affordable and reliable electricity.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights G7 Countries' "Responsibility to Lead" [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw5 June 2015: In an opinion piece for CNN, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argues that G7 countries have a “special responsibility to lead” in securing prosperity and dignity for all. The piece was published ahead of the Schloss Elmau Summit, held in Germany on 7-8 June 2015. Ban called on G7 leaders to “show they are serious about … protecting people and the planet.”

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UNEP Report Assesses Emission Reduction Impact of Climate Initiatives by Non-State Actors [viewed]

Unep Logo10 June 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report, titled 'Climate commitments of subnational actors and business: A quantitative assessment of their emission reduction impact.' The report examines actions by cities, companies and sectors that could complement government efforts on climate change mitigation and save up to 1.8 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) by 2020.

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