Technology

European Cities Unite on Climate and Energy [viewed]

convenant_mayors15 October 2015: The Covenant of Mayors, a movement of European cities committed to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and its initiative 'Mayors Adapt,' composed of cities committed to preparing for the impacts of climate change, have joined forces in the fight against climate change. A ceremony launching the 'New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' took place at the European Parliament in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in November-December 2015.

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Event: Pre-COP 21 [viewed]

This Pre-COP is being held in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.  

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ADP 2-11 Opens, Considers Co-Chairs' Draft Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC19 October 2015: The 11th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-11) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has opened in Bonn, Germany. The week-long meeting is the last scheduled round of negotiations before the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC meets in Paris, France, to adopt a global climate change agreement.

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CDM Executive Board Agrees to Streamline and Simplify CDM [viewed]

UNFCCC16 October 2016: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed on a range of changes to the Mechanism's rules and processes, with the aim of streamlining and simplifying it.

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Peoples World Conference Calls for Structural Change to Fight Climate Change [viewed]

CMPCC11 October 2015: The Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and the Defense of Life was intended as “an urgent response to a failed capitalist system and civilization model that are the structural causes of the climate crisis.” The Conference, which took place from 10-12 October 2015, in Tiquipaya, Bolivia, included working group discussions on: the threats of capitalism against life; climate change and the culture of life; and continuing on the path of the defense of life.

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SIDS DOCK Treaty Enters into Force [viewed]

sidsdock30 September 2015: A treaty establishing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK - entered into force on 30 September 2015, with a ceremony at UN Headquarters featuring the official handover of instruments of ratification by the first 11 contracting Parties: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles and Tuvalu. By the treaty, SIDS DOCK is established as an intergovernmental organization - the first global intergovernmental organization of island nations, according to a press release.

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TEC, CTCN Release Key Messages for COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC12 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the 2015 joint annual report of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). The document (FCCC/SB/2015/1) also includes joint and individual key messages of the TEC and CTCN for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Second Committee Debates Priorities for 70th Session [viewed]

unga709 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 70th Session, focusing on the Committee's contribution to the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). There was also general consensus that the Committee should reinforce the need for a strong and meaningful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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IEA: Energy Efficiency Saved US$5.7 Trillion Since 1990 [viewed]

IEA8 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the '2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report (EEMR),' which evaluates the impact of energy efficiency in the energy system and assesses the scale and outlook for further energy efficiency investment using country-by-country energy efficiency indicator data and IEA expertise.

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IPCC-42 Concludes with Election of New Bureau [viewed]

Hoesung_Lee8 October 2015: The 42nd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-42) convened from 5-8 October 2015, in Dubrovnik, Croatia, bringing together 424 delegates from 136 countries. The meeting focused on the election of members of the IPCC Bureau and the Task Force Bureau (TFB), including the IPCC Chair, IPCC Vice-Chairs, Co-Chairs of the Working Groups (WGs) and TFB, Vice-Chairs of the WGs and TFB members. An informal session, hosted by the Croatian Government, provided the candidates for IPCC Chair with a forum to present themselves to delegates.

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