UNEP

Financing Institutions Pledge to Scale up Energy Efficiency Investment [viewed]

EBRD_UNEPFi17 September 2015: Seventy financial institutions from over 20 countries have committed to step up financing for energy efficiency investments and develop business strategies that save energy and reduce carbon emissions. The financial institutions, ranging from regional and microfinance institutions to national and global banks, met during an event, titled ‘Building a Global Energy Efficiency Financing Alliance,' where they were encouraged to share experiences about successful business strategies for developing and marketing energy efficiency finance products.

read more »

UNEP, CalPERS Call for Sustainable Institutional Investing [viewed]

unep_calpers14 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) - one of the largest public pension funds in the US - launched a report on ways for institutional investors to place sustainability concerns at the core of their policies. UNEP's press release highlights the potential for the global financial system, worth more than US$300 trillion, to promote sustainable development through wise investment.

read more »

Ozone Day Celebrates '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together' [viewed]

ozone_together16 September 2015: The UN system celebrated the International Ozone Day under the theme '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together,' celebrating the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Vienna Convention is the framework agreement under which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted.

read more »

Event: From Rio to Paris: Higher Education for Climate Change Action [viewed]

This event will discuss the roles and responsibilities of higher education institutions in business and technological innovation related to climate change adaptation and mitigation. It will take stock of progress made in advancing sustainable development and climate change by higher education institutions since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including best practices and lessons learned, and encourage new or enhanced commitments, especially those related to academic and scientific inputs into the formulation of climate policies. The event is expected to develop a message and policy recommendations for presentation at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event is organized by the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), a consortium of UN entities, including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), the UN University (UNU) and Global Compact.  

read more »

Event: UNEP Champions of the Earth Gala Event [viewed]

The Champions of the Earth Award is the UN's highest environmental honor, highlighting people and organizations who have led the world's response to climate change and sustainable development through example and action. The 2015 Champions of the Earth awards aim to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by showcasing outstanding efforts toward the transition to low-carbon, resource-efficient, inclusive and sustainable economic models.  

read more »

Guest Article #127: Technical Assistance for Sustainable National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Management Systems in West Africa [viewed]

Seven countries in West Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal and Togo) recently voiced their needs for assistance to meet their national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory reporting requirements under the Convention, in accordance with the Cancun and Durban agreements.

read more »

Event: Building a Global Energy Efficiency Financing Alliance [viewed]

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) are bringing together banks, leasing companies, insurance providers, development finance institutions (DFIs) and microfinance institutions for an event on 'Building a Global Energy Efficiency Financing Alliance'. Participants will share business strategies for integrating energy efficiency into investments. The event is intended to highlight the role energy efficiency plays as an economically effective means of combating climate change, especially in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Change Conference where Parties to the UNFCCC are expected to adopt a universal climate change agreement. EBRD and UNEP FI are organizing the event to encourage further investment in energy efficiency and highlight commitments to energy efficiency finance as part of the global response to climate change.  

read more »

LAC Carbon Forum Calls for Including Market Approaches in Paris Agreement [viewed]

Latinamericanforum11 September 2015: The 9th Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF 2015) concluded with calls for the use of market-based mechanisms and other forms of carbon pricing and climate finance to be included as mitigation and development tools in the global climate agreement expected to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

read more »

CCAC Working Group Reviews Draft Implementation Plan [viewed]

ccac_workingroup9 September 2015: During a meeting in Paris, France, from 8-9 September 2015, the Working Group of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) reviewed and further elaborated on the draft Implementation Plan for the Five-Year Strategy, whose framework was endorsed by the sixth CCAC High-Level Assembly (HLA) in May 2015. The Plan, which the seventh HLA is expected to approve and launch on the margins of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, outlines critical actions for the period 2015 – 2020 as laid out in the CCAC's Five-Year Strategy.

read more »

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.

read more »