Publication

OECD, Bloomberg Philanthropies Urge Empowering Cities for Climate Action [viewed]

oecd-bloomberg17 September 2014: Choices made around infrastructure in cities could help avoid the worst impacts of climate change, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The report, titled ‘Cities and Climate Change: National Governments Enabling Local Action,' examines how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical climate action in cities.

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SBI and SBSTA 41 Annotated Provisional Agendas Released [viewed]

UNFCCC16 September 2014: In order to assist delegations in their preparations, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released the provisional agendas and annotations for the 41st meetings of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 41) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 41). The documents (FCCC/SBI/2014/9 and FCCC/SBSTA/2014/3) contain the meetings' provisional agendas, originally released on 2 September, with annotations.

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ADP Non-Paper on Draft Negotiating Text Elements Corrigendum Issued [viewed]

UNFCCC16 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a corrigendum (ADP.2014.6.NonPaper.Corr.1) to a non-paper containing parties' views and proposals on the elements for a draft negotiating text issued by the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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Nepal Identifies Drivers of Forest Loss [viewed]

unredd15 September 2014: The Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of the Government of Nepal has assessed the country's drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in order to develop policy options for REDD+. The assessment includes an evaluation of the effectiveness of previous forest policies and measures, and reports on four key drivers of forest loss that vary across Nepal's biophysical, ecological and social landscapes.

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UNFCCC Reports on 2nd Dialogue on Public Awareness [viewed]

UNFCCC15 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a summary report (FCCC/SBI/2014/15) on the second Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention, held during the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40), on 5, 8 and 11 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The Dialogue, attended by over 120 representatives of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (IGOs and NGOs), the private sector and the media, focused on good practices and lessons learned on public participation, awareness and access to information, and international cooperation on such matters.

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UNFCCC Informs on COP 20 Observer Organization Applications [viewed]

UNFCCC15 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a note on the admission of observers ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention (COP 20). The note (FCCC/CP/2014/4) contains a list of applicant organizations for admission as observers at COP 20, and information on the rules regarding the admission of intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as observers at sessions of the COP.

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Guest Article #110: Should We Stop the Green Oil Rush Altogether? [viewed]

Are biofuels a smart technology that can help solve the looming energy crisis or are they a threat to an already compromised global food and water security? Some thoughts on the climate change, food security and biofuels nexus. Two visions, who is right?

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Climate Economy Report Urges Decoupling Economic and Emissions Growth [viewed]

the-new-climate-economy16 September 2014: The New Climate Economy, a project of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, has released a report that finds that competitive markets and consistent government policy signals are critical for businesses and investors to create low-carbon jobs and growth. The report, titled 'Better Growth, Better Climate: The New Climate Economy Report,' was launched at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and presented to governments, as well as to business and finance leaders.

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IEA Measures Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA9 September 2014: A book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies and quantifies a broad range of positive impacts of energy efficiency, repositioning it as a mainstream tool for economic and social development. Noting that the traditional focus on energy efficiency as a tool for energy savings has prevented appreciation of its full value, the study argues that energy efficiency is a “hidden fuel” that can enhance the sustainability of the energy system, support strategic economic and social development objectives, and promote environmental goals and prosperity.

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UNEP Stresses Urgency of Climate Finance for Cities [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2014: A handbook published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on climate finance for mitigation in cities and buildings underscores the urgency of developing methods to help all cities gain access to climate finance while maximizing related social, environmental and economic co-benefits. Given that cities account for over 75% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the publication calls for the 2015 climate agreement to inspire cities into action. Cities, in turn, will need to support leaders and scale up mitigation projects based on best practice and sharing of lessons learned.

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