Finance

Global Investors Urge Strong Climate Change Action Ahead of Summit [viewed]

UNEP FI18 September 2014: Nearly 350 global institutional investors, responsible for managing over US$24 trillion in assets, released a statement ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit, urging Heads of State to take strong action on climate change. In the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change, investors call on governments to: set a stable and reliable price on carbon that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate challenge; develop plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies; and agree on an ambitious climate deal in 2015.

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Supervisory Committee Calls for Safeguarding JI [viewed]

UNFCCC17 September 2014: In its annual report to the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) has called on countries to take decisions that safeguard and improve Joint Implementation (JI).

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Event: 8th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The eighth meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will take place in Bonn, Germany. Issues on the provisional agenda of the meeting include: the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows; fifth review of the financial mechanism; 2014 and 2015 Forums of the SCF; draft guidante to the financial mechanism operating entities; financing for forests; measurement, reporting and verification (MRV); and the report of the SCF to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 20).  

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Event: Improving Transparency and Accountability Through Improved Tracking [viewed]

This event seeks to help enhance transparency and accountability in the tracking of climate-related development finance from public and private sources. Organized jointly by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Climate Policy Initiative (CPI), the event, held as a panel discussion, will focus on climate flows and recent initiatives contributing to their robust tracking. In particular, discussions will be centered on progress to date and still to be made in improving the coverage, transparency and quality of information and data on climate finance.  

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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits [viewed]

slocat17 September 2014: An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion during the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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Event: IV EUROCLIMA Seminar [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the EUROCLIMA Programme participants, which represents their first meeting since the Programme entered Phase II, will bring together EUROCLIMA national focal points, EU officials, and experts from associated organizations, namely the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). The first day will be devoted to interaction with the Iberoamerican Network of Climate Change Offices (RIOCC), which is holding its 11th annual meeting in Lima, Peru, from 30 September-1 October. The second day will look at EUROCLIMA in the context of the EU's recently-approved Indicative Cooperation Programme for Latin America for 2014-2020, preparations for COP 20, plans for EUROCLIMA in the 2014-2016 period, and presentations on EUROCLIMA work at the national level. The third day will examine mainstreaming climate change into development policy, strategic mitigation and adaptation measures, and promoting capacity building and knowledge interchange.  

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Event: Launch of SE4ALL Global Energy Efficiency Accelerating Platform [viewed]

A luncheon will mark the launch of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Global Energy Efficiency Accelerating Platform, where those countries, cities, companies, international organizations and civil society partners will be honored. The luncheon is being hosted by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the SE4ALL Energy Efficient Hub – Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Danfoss, Johnson Controls and the UN Foundation. The events is happening on the day before the UN Climate Change Summit. This event is by invitation only.  

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Event: High-Level Event: Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

This high-level event will include sessions on: financing sustainable energy for all, including a presentation of the report from the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF); investing in energy efficiency; accelerating innovation in renewable energy; and scaling up at the country level. The meeting is taking place just prior to the UN Climate Change Summit on 23 September. This event is by invitation only. The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) is an initiative of the UN Secretary-General.  

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UNGA 69 Opening Highlights Climate Summit, Responsibility for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

kutesa16 September 2014: On 16 September 2014, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th Session, which will convene under the theme ‘Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.'

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UN-Backed Report: 22 Million Displaced by Disasters in 2013 [viewed]

nrc-idmc17 September 2014: A UN-backed report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, mainly due to earthquakes or climate and weather-related events. The report further indicates that the risk of displacement due to disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades, largely because of the growth and concentration of urban populations.

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