Finance

First African Green Growth Forum Aims to Unlock Economic Potential [viewed]

Global Green Growth Forum (3GF)13 May 2015: The first African Regional Green Growth Forum (3GF-Africa) aimed to identify barriers to Africa's sustainable development and ways to turn them into opportunities for green growth and improved livelihoods. The Forum, which brought together over 200 delegates, including African ministers of environment, policymakers, international financial and environmental experts, and private sector leaders, focused on new financing models for green growth, sustainable urbanization and sustainable lifestyles.

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UNEP Calls for Shifting US$2.5 Trillion Annually to Green Investment in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNEP13 May 2015: In January 2014, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The Inquiry's initial research in the Asia-Pacific region, compiled for the Regional Consultation on Financing for Development (FfD) in Asia and the Pacific, has revealed that redirecting US$2.5 trillion annually toward green and inclusive economic activities in the region is crucial for sustainable development.

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EE Global 2015 Highlights Leadership, Markets, Buildings and Investment [viewed]

alliance_to_save_energy13 May 2015: The 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) served as a platform for launching new tools and technologies, introducing ideas for energy efficiency governance, discussing ways to demonstrate the value of building efficiency to industry, and advocating proper valuation of energy efficiency in the marketplace. The Forum, in its eighth iteration, brought together thought leaders from private industry, the non-profit sector and government to inspire action to advance energy efficiency.

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G7, EU Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Energy Security​ [viewed]

G7 Germany12 May 2015: G7 energy ministers and their representatives, as well as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, convened to discuss ways to enhance sustainable energy security, including through energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative technologies.

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Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue [viewed]

SE4ALL14 May 2015: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is set to convene the Second Annual SE4ALL Forum under the theme ‘Financing Sustainable Energy for All'. The Forum, to be held from 18-21 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, will include the launch of the Global SE4ALL Commitment Platform, two-days of Multi-Stakeholder sessions and the first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN.

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World Bank Outlines Steps to Global Zero Net Emissions Before 2100 [viewed]

World Bank11 May 2015: The World Bank has launched a report that outlines three steps for reaching zero net emissions globally before 2100. In order to keep global temperature rise below 2ºC degrees Celsius, the report calls on governments to: avoid locking in damaging growth patterns; create incentives for investing in low-carbon growth; and establish support mechanisms for the poor and transformation opportunities for businesses.

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Outlines Importance of 2015 [viewed]

ECLAC7 May 2015: In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum blog, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) explains why the year 2015 is critical for sustainable development, noting that three big events in 2015 – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) – share a common foundation: the call that emerged in the 1990s for more sustainable growth and development patterns.

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Event: Sustainable Stock Exchanges Regional Dialogue Southeast Asia [viewed]

The Stock Exchange of Thailand, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment (PRAI), with support from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and other sponsors are hosting the dialogue. CEOs of stock exchanges, institutional investors, regulators and other policy makers will discuss challenges and opportunities to promote sustainable development through capital markets, including ways to promote the environmental, social and governance performance of listed companies. A high-level policy dialogue will take place in the morning, and workshops on sustainability reporting, climate disclosure standards and investor risk management in relation to water scarcity, land use and other natural resource management issues will run in parallel in the afternoon. The event is part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative (SSEI), led by UNEP, UNCTAD, PRAI and the UN Global Compact.  

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Event: Carbon Expo 2015: Global Carbon Market Fair and Conference [viewed]

The 12th edition of the Carbon Expo, organized by the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank Group and the Fira de Barcelona, will feature over 220 speakers in nine plenary sessions and 27 workshops, in addition to hosting 36 side events. The event will focus on carbon pricing, investors' expectations for the anticipated 2015 global climate change agreement and the transition to a low-carbon economy. Topics to be examined at the Expo's sessions include: Landscapes as a Green Growth Component to Bridge the Global Emissions Gap; Transforming the Energy Sector - The Next Generation of Climate Technologies; EU ETS [Emissions Trading System] Turns 10: A New Beginning?; and Climate Transparency: Comparing and Tracking Progress Toward and Beyond Paris 2015. The fair, held in conjunction with the conference, will host approximately 100 exhibitors displaying new technologies, carbon abatement solutions and information on emissions trading.  

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Event: Climate Week Paris [viewed]

The Climate Group is organizing the first Climate Week Paris, which will feature the Business and Climate Summit (20-21 May) and Climate Finance Day 2015 (22 May). Other activities during the week will include: the Green Investment Financing Forum (19-20 May); Roundtable II 'Increasing Ambition' (19 May) by the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi); an exhibition of the solar plane SOLAR IMPULSE 1 (19 May); a Green Investment Bank Workshop (20 May); a Roundtable Discussion on Climate Risk Disclosures and the Role of Financial Regulation (21 May); and the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) Launch Event (21 May). Other events will cover topics such as: measuring climate performance and carbon risk; wind energy solutions; innovative finance for climate resilience; turning urban challenges into opportunities in the face of climate change; low-carbon built environments; fast mitigation for high-emitting sectors; trade implications and synergies of a club of carbon markets; and innovations for a sustainable financial system.  

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