Intergovernmental Organization

Event: 10th Meeting of the IRENA Council [viewed]

The 10th Meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is expected to consider the draft work programme, draft budget and reports on progress in implementing the current Work Programme and Budget. IRENA's Council convenes twice per year, is accountable to the Assembly and is composed of 21 IRENA members who are elected on a rotating basis every two years. Council meetings normally last for two days and feature strategic discussions on the way forward of the Agency and future activities.  

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OECD Urges Enhanced Mitigation Action [viewed]

OECD_NEW20 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published an analysis of climate change mitigation policies in 44 countries, which finds that governments in these countries must significantly enhance their climate change policies in order to realize their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and achieve the goal of limiting the temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Focuses on Loss and Damage [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University19 October 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Reporting Services (RS) division, has released the second in a series of seven French language bulletins produced in the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, convening in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The bulletin focuses on the theme of loss and damage.

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Global Leaders Launch Carbon Pricing Panel [viewed]

cpl20 October 2015: Global leaders have come together to launch the Carbon Pricing Panel and to urge countries and companies around the world to put a price on carbon pollution. The Carbon Pricing Panel was convened by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde, joined by the Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria.

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IRENA Guide Supports Transition to ‘Age of Renewable Power' [viewed]

IRENA8 October 2015: A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) proposes a framework for the development of national roadmaps for power sector transformations. It identifies 20 measures to integrate variable renewable energy sources into electricity grids and presents lessons from countries already pursuing a power system transformation to renewable energy.

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Francophone Countries Discuss Linkages Among Land, Climate and SDGs [viewed]

francophone_unccd19 October 2015: The Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable (IFDD), a subsidiary body of the International Organization of the Francophonie (IOF), under the chairmanship of Senegal and in cooperation with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat, organized a discussion on the topic of how to use the fight against climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as leverage for soil preservation. The event took place on the sidelines of the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD.

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OECD, IEA Encourage Increased Climate Action by Non-State Actors [viewed]

oecd.iea15 October 2015: Cognizant that ambitious climate action will require efforts by a range of actors, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have published a report focusing on three types of non-State stakeholders, namely sub-national governments, the private sector and financial institutions, and their involvement in climate action. The report, titled 'Encouraging Increased Climate Action by Non-Party Stakeholders,' examines how the 2015 climate agreement, expected to be adopted in Paris in December 2015, could encourage increased mitigation actions by non-party stakeholders and the financing of such actions.

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SIDS DOCK Treaty Enters into Force [viewed]

sidsdock30 September 2015: A treaty establishing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK - entered into force on 30 September 2015, with a ceremony at UN Headquarters featuring the official handover of instruments of ratification by the first 11 contracting Parties: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles and Tuvalu. By the treaty, SIDS DOCK is established as an intergovernmental organization - the first global intergovernmental organization of island nations, according to a press release.

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INDC Forum Calls for Continued Strengthened Climate Ambition [viewed]

INDC Forum Rabat 201513 October 2015: Participants at the INDC International Forum discussed the overall effect of countries' contributions to the new international climate agreement that is expected to be adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference in November-December 2015. They concluded that, although the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by countries so far demonstrate their commitment to mitigate climate change, there is a need to continue to revisit and strengthen the global mitigation ambition.

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European Countries Adopt DRR Roadmap [viewed]

UNISDR - EC - French Flag9 October 2015: European countries have issued a plan for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which aims to reduce the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards by 2030, and increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020. The 6th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for DRR (EFDRR) aimed to facilitate discussions, exchanges and synergies towards DRR activities in Europe, as well as to provide inputs from the European Forum DRR Focal Points to the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

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