UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: Seventh International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This meeting will explore how to deliver on national commitments, including nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the UNFCCC and investment in renewable energy to reduce the carbon intensity of the energy sector. Participants will share perspectives on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among others, can be implemented. The forum will also include an International Renewable Energy Conference, and the annual sessions of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Renewable Energy and Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency. Approximately 300 international energy experts, government officials, and representatives from the business community, financial sector, academia and civil society will attend the conference. This meeting is being jointly organized by the Government of Azerbaijan, the UN Regional Commissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21).  

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Event: 25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 25th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy will focus on: 'Energy for Sustainable Development'; how to deliver on national commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and potential solutions to be agreed on at an Energy Ministerial that will take place during the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017. The Committee will also exchange views on, inter alia: national actions; market realities in the context of low oil and gas prices; decision making during periods of risk and uncertainty; and the impact of decarbonization on fossil fuel assets, fossil fuel producers and energy markets in Europe. Topics addressed will also include: the effect of oil prices on the sustainable energy agenda; measuring and tracking progress regarding energy productivity; gaps between actions and nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and between NDCs and outcomes; the role of fossil fuels in a future energy system; the water, food and energy nexus and connections with smart cities and transport; and methane management in extractive industries. This meeting is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Heat-Related Deaths to Increase, Children and the Poor Most Climate Vulnerable [viewed]

adaptation and loss update8 August 2016: As reports of new temperature extremes exceeding the 50°C mark continue to come in, further climate change-related concerns have been voiced by the UN community. The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has expressed concern over a potential rise in deaths precipitated by heat. The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Bank have cautioned that children and the world's poor are among those disproportionately affected by climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and others have emphasized climate change impacts on food security. On the policy side, the Adaptation Committee (AC) and the Least Developed Countries (LDC) Expert Group (LEG) have issued a call for submissions from Parties and stakeholders on their Paris mandates.

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City Initiatives Contribute to SDG 11 [viewed]

unhabitat_idb_unce_itu1 August 2016: The UN and partners have developed and launched programmes and initiatives to make cities smarter and more sustainable, including the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) and a pilot project to monitor urban-environment related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched a guide to promote smart city management. These actions aim to contribute to SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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Mitigation Update: Southeast Asian Forest, European Transport Emissions Increasing, Cities and Businesses Scale-up Action [viewed]

july_mitigation_update4 July 2016: According to expert participants at a workshop in Paris, France, on 21 June, opportunities posed by solutions that cut across multiple energy end-use sectors are key to redefining climate ambition under the Paris Agreement's objective to keep global temperature rise to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and aiming at 1.5°C. This Mitigation Update highlights recently-published information on emissions and solutions, as well as numerous events related to mitigation, in a variety of key sectors, such as forests, transport, cities, private companies and finance.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: Regions Step up DRR Efforts and Resilience to El Niño, Human Mobility, Climate Change and Development Nexus Explored [viewed]

Adaptation_loss_and_damage30 June 2016: As May 2016 became the 13th consecutive month to break the global temperature records, the world's regions' need to adapt to the changing climate grew stronger. In 2015-2016, the periodic warming of the central to Eastern tropical Pacific, known as 'El Niño,' was the strongest since 1997-1998, causing some regions to receive more rain, and others to receive no precipitation. These changes impacted agriculture, food security and nutrition among the affected populations. During the past few weeks, the world's regions, States and sectors have redoubled adaptation efforts, focusing on building resilience and managing disaster risks. The news reported in this Update also demonstrate that the role of cooperation, innovation and knowledge dissemination in advancing climate change adaptation efforts cannot be underestimated.

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Europe Ministers Translate 2030 Agenda into Concrete Commitments on Green Economy, Clean Air, ESD [viewed]

efe810 June 2016: Participants at the Eighth Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed on a number of outcomes related to the green economy, air quality and human health, and education for sustainable development (ESD). During the Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region.

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IPoA Mid-term Review Calls for Greater Support to LDCs [viewed]

review29 May 2016: The Mid-term Review of the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA) for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for the Decade 2011-2020 has closed with a call for greater support to the world's more vulnerable countries. The review focused on the 48 LDCs and their progress over the past five years, and on finding ways to accelerate their sustainable development. The conference resulted in a political declaration that had been negotiated among UN Member States in the months leading up to the review.

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ITU, UNECE Launch United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative [viewed]

unece_itu26 May 2016: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy that will promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for transitioning to "smart sustainable cities." The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative will help implement Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Africa Forum Makes Recommendation for HLPF, Regional Follow-up [viewed]

UNECA27 May 2016: Inclusion should be the lens for ensuring integrated approaches to the implementation, follow-up and review of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to participants at the Second Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD). ARFSD 2 convened in advance of the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), as part of a series of regional preparatory processes to identify regional sustainable development priorities and generate recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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