Technology

Paris Climate Change Conference Gathers Over 140 World Leaders on Opening Day [viewed]

cop21_iisdrscoverage30 November 2015: The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) opened with more than 140 Heads of State and Government and other high-level officials delivering statements at a Leaders Event organized by the COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency. Many leaders emphasized the crucial juncture the meeting represents in terms of securing humanity's future. The first plenary session of the 12th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) took place the night before, on Sunday evening, 29 November. ADP 2-12 will begin negotiations in spin-off groups on 30 November.

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November 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

november_climate_financeNovember 2015: During the month of November, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) reported on new financing, collaborations and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and forestry research centers launched studies, think pieces and multimedia content on, inter alia, climate-related disasters, vulnerability in Africa, stranded assets, Adaptation Fund activities and REDD+.

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November 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

November 2015 Sustainable Energy1 December 2015: During the month of November, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. AfDB, IDB and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released reports on financing and deploying clean energy. A number of related events took place throughout the month.

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October-November 2015 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_updateNovember 2015: This update provides information on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, including NAMAs seeking support for preparation and implementation, and related support, events and activities, for the period from October to November 2015.

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Guest Article #133: Delivering Carbon Capture and Storage: a 2°C Solution [viewed]

Over the coming days, world leaders will be meeting in Paris to negotiate a global climate agreement. For the first time in history, business is playing an active role in this transformational journey and is coming to Paris with concrete solutions to help governments in tackling climate change.

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ICAO, IMO Report to SBSTA on Aviation and Maritime Fuel Emissions [viewed]

ICAO-IMO24 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/MISC.5) containing the submissions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). ICAO and IMO submitted the reports, which focus on emissions from fuel used for international aviation and maritime transport, at the request of SBSTA at its 42nd session (SBSTA 42).

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UNFCCC Technology Executive Committee Reports on Technology Needs Assessments [viewed]

UNFCCC23 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the 'Guidance on enhanced implementation of the results of technology needs assessments: interim report by the Technology Executive Committee' (FCCC/SB/2015/INF.3). The report contains recommended improvements to the existing guidance on technology needs assessment (TNA), technology action plans (TAPs) and project ideas for the enhanced implementation of priority technologies for development and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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UNISDR Asia Partnership Meeting Advances Work on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

UNISDR20 November 2015: Participants at the 2nd Asia Partnership Meeting of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) have developed a draft regional plan for the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 in Asia. The draft plan will be submitted to the 2016 Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) for further discussion and adoption.

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Event: Transport Day at COP 21 [viewed]

Jointly organized by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT Partnership), the Bridging the Gap Initiative (BtG Initiative), and the Michelin Challenge Bibendum (MCB), Transport Day 2015 will offer an opportunity for international experts on transport and climate change to discuss the contribution sustainable, low carbon transport can make to climate change discussions. The programme includes panel sessions on: collaborative actions towards ambitious transformations; vision for an efficient, largely decarbonized transport sector by 2050; challenges in significantly decarbonizing by 2050; sustainable transport action announcements; sustainable transport champions; and keeping sustainable, low carbon transport on the international agenda after COP 21. The SLoCaT Partnership is hosted by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA).  

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Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kuwait, South Sudan, Yemen Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kuwait, South Sudan and Yemen have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 177.

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