UN Secretariat

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.  

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Event: Climate Week NYC 2015 [viewed]

The Climate Group is organizing Climate Week in New York City, US, to highlight the transformational actions and commitments that innovative leaders from sub-national governments and business are taking to tackle climate change. The week-long series will include over 70 events intended to drive climate action. Hosted by governments, companies, universities and organizations, the events include a wide range of topics, such as: 'Energy Productivity Index for Companies: Increasing Profits While Reducing Emissions' and 'Improving the Lives of Women and Communities through Cookstoves and Fuels' (21 September); 'The Case for Removing CO2 from Air: Connecting Problem to Solution' (22 September); 'Corporations and Climate Adaptation: Innovation in Emerging Economies' and 'Exterior Air Barrier Systems - High Performance Buildings' (23 September); the International Conference on Sustainable Development (23-24 September); the Carbon Forum North America and a Climate Data Summit (24 September); 'Managing Carbon Risk: From Principles to Practice' and the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative Roundtable III (25 September); the UN Private Sector Forum (26 September); the Social Good Summit (27-28 September); and 'Next Generation of Environmental Finance' (28 September).  

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Officials Highlight 2030 Agenda as UNGA 69's "Crowning Achievement" [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 September 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the President of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), Sam Kutesa of Uganda, offered reflections on the session during the last plenary meeting of UNGA 69. Kutesa and Ban highlighted the Assembly's agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), reform of the UN Security Council, and changes to the selection process for the next UN Secretary-General.

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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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Rachel Kyte Named SE4All Head [viewed]

SE4ALL3 September 2015: Rachel Kyte has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to SE4All. Kyte's appointment will begin on 1 January 2016. Kandeh Yumkella, who has served as SE4All CEO and Special Representative since the launch of the initiative in 2011, announced his resignation in March 2015 to return home to Sierra Leone.

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DESA Publishes Special Studies on Post-2015 Summit Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summitAugust 2015: Background papers have been made available for each of the six themes for the interactive dialogues during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda. The six themes were agreed during the fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda, on 22 May 2015. The papers, also listed as special studies, are published on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform managed by the Division for Sustainable Development at the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

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August 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

August 2015 Sustainable Energy1 September 2015: During August 2015, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP-DTU Partnership (UDP), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched publications and reported on events.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw24 August 2015: During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG [viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015. The meeting is intended to provide an opportunity to strategize and come up with a common message on how the UN system intends to support countries in achieving the environmental sustainability dimension of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the Summit. In a note regarding the Meeting, Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director and EMG Chair, proposed that the EMG discuss, among other things: UN system wide strategies so that the UN system can contribute to the environmental sustainability dimension of the SDGs; maximizing the EMG's effectiveness to be fit for purpose in the context of the post-2015 development agenda; and the EMG's role in coordinating UN system wide support for implementing the SDGs, including monitoring and reviewing progress of the environmental dimension. He also proposed the following modalities for the meeting's organization, including a technical preparatory segment and a senior officials segment, with the technical segment expected to meet twice prior to SOM-21 on 9 September by audio conference and on 21 September in person in New York. Also in preparation for SOM-21, the second mid-term technical segment meeting of senior EMG officials convened on 6 May 2015, with the aim of providing an update on progress made by the EMG since SOM20, and initiating a discussion on strategic and possible future issues for consideration and inclusion in the EMG 2016-2017 Programme of Work. SOM-21 will be hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting will be devoted to a strategic dialogue conducted through two panel discussions moderated by designated senior officials. This will based on the follow up and implementation of the environmental dimension of the SDGs and role and contribution of the EMG with the following issues being addressed specifically: 1. Main implementation challenges associated with responding to the Environmental Sustainability dimensions; 2. How effectively handle the nexus issues that cut across institutional boundaries (such as environment and health; environment and land management; environment and energy, etc.); 3. A System Wide Framework of Strategies on the Environment to enhance coherence in the UN system in responding to the SDGs; and 4. Role and contribution of the EMG in the follow up of the post-2015 development agenda and ways of maximizing its effectiveness.  

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IRENA, C2E2 Measure Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Synergies [viewed]

IRENA11 August 2015: Combining energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce global primary energy demand by 25% by 2030, compared to business as usual, according to a working paper published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2). According to the study, energy efficiency measures would account for 50-75% of these savings.

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