Mitigation

Event: Ninth World Urban Forum [viewed]

The ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9), convened by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), will bring together thousands of stakeholders to share practices and knowledge on how cities are built, planned and managed. WUF9 participants will include representatives of: national, regional and local governments; non-governmental organizations; community-based organizations; research institutions and academies; the private sector; development finance institutions; foundations; the media; and UN organizations and other international agencies. The WUF's key objectives include: advocating for and raising awareness on sustainable urban development; advancing knowledge on sustainable urbanization through debates, and exchange of experiences and best practices; and coordinating and cooperating within and between different constituencies towards advancing and implementing the Habitat Agenda. WUF is the biggest major international event to address human settlements, including rapid urbanization and its impact on cities, communities, economies, climate change and policies. It meets every two years, and participation has increased to around 22,000 attendees from all over the world. WUF9 will be the first Forum to meet after the post-2015 development agenda process and the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in 2016.  

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week [viewed]

The city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Masdar are hosting Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 (ADSW) to promote sustainable development and accelerated adoption of clean energy. Concurrent events taking place during ADSW include: the International Water Summit; Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference; seventh Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) fifth Assembly; EcoWASTE; and ADSW Festival. The events are expected to attract upwards of 35,000 attendees, who will have the chance to learn about the interconnected challenges and opportunities related to water, energy and electricity access, technological innovation and sustainable development through exhibits, panels and workshops.  

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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IRENA Assembly Re-Appoints Director-General, Highlights Growing Role of Renewables [viewed]

irenna518 January 2015: During the fifth meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, over 1,000 representatives from 150 countries and 115 international organizations discussed ways to accelerate the growth of renewable energy, considering in particular such challenges as energy security, climate change and the future financing of the organization. The Assembly also re-appointed Adnan Amin as Director-General of IRENA.

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Guest Article #125: Promoting Climate Resilience in the Greater Mekong Subregion: The Role of the GMS Core Environment Program [viewed]

The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) comprises Cambodia, the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam, and the Yunnan and Guangxi Provinces of the People's Republic of China. Connected by the Mekong River, the subregion covers 2.6 million square kilometers and has a combined population of about 332 million. The GMS has been one of the fastest growing regions in the world, with gross domestic product (GDP) growth averaging over 9.5% annually between 2000 and 2009.

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Pope Francis, Holy See Advocate Action on Climate Change [viewed]

vatican-flag20 January 2015: The Holy See has published online the message of Pope Francis to the high-level segment of the Lima Climate Change Conference. In the statement, dated 27 November 2014, the Pope stresses the critical importance of the December 2014 negotiations and their impact on humanity, especially the poor and future generations. Referring to the work of the parties to the UNFCCC, he calls for this "ethical and moral responsibility" to be approached with an "open and generous spirit."

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Thailand Submits NAMA [viewed]

Thailand Flag19 January 2015: A communication from the Government of Thailand on its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) explains that the country will voluntarily attempt to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the energy and transportation sectors by 7-20% below business-as-usual (BAU) levels by 2020.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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Scientists Warn: Four Planetary Boundaries Crossed [viewed]

Stockholm Resilience Center16 January 2015: A team of 18 researchers has published findings that human activity has now moved the Earth beyond four of the nine planetary boundaries identified by scientists in 2009. The transgressed boundaries are: climate change; loss of biosphere integrity; land-system change; and altered biogeochemical cycles (phosphorus and nitrogen). The team's paper was published in Science on 16 January 2015.

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Celebrities Sign onto action/2015 Campaign, Urge Action on Climate and Poverty [viewed]

action-201515 January 2015: In a joint open letter, 31 celebrities have lent their voices to the action/2015 campaign, which calls on local and world leaders to take urgent action to alleviate poverty and mitigate climate change. The letter names 2015 as the most important year in global decision-making since the start of the new millennium, citing the UN summit on the post-2015 development agenda, and UN climate change conference, in September and December 2015, respectively.

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