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Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCCOctober 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Paraguay have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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India, Germany Step Up Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy [viewed]

india_germany6 October 2015: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their joint determination to boost clean energy and reach “an ambitious, comprehensive and equitable climate agreement” at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, during the third Inter-Governmental Consultations between India and Germany, held in New Delhi, India, on 5 October 2015.

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UNDP, UNFCCC, SPREP Hold INDCs Training Workshop for Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

undp_sprep_unfccc_australianflag1 October 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Australian Government convened a training workshop on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to support Pacific Island countries in reaching domestic agreements on their INDCs, and to provide an opportunity for these countries to share their experiences and good practices.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Draft Negotiating Text for Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three documents in advance of the October session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP): a Co-Chairs' non-paper containing a draft of the 2015 agreement (ADP.2015.8.InformalNote); a draft decision on ADP workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition)(ADP.2015.9.InformalNote); and a scenario note by the Co-Chairs on the eleventh part of the second session of the ADP (ADP 2-11) (ADP.2015.7.InformalNote), which will convene from 19-23 October 2015 in Bonn Germany.

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IEA Reports Accelerated Growth of Renewables [viewed]

IEA2 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a report, titled ‘Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015,' which assesses market trends for renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors. The report also identifies drivers and challenges to renewables' deployment and projects their growth through 2020. The report, launched during the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October 2015, further assesses potential impacts of enhanced policy actions under an accelerated case for renewable power.

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UN Secretary-General: Unlocking LDCs' Potential is 2030 Litmus Test [viewed]

unga701 October 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported that he is counting on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to "play a constructive role" in making the Paris Climate Change Conference successful. Ban said this during his address to a Ministerial Meeting of the LDCs, and added that unlocking LDCs' untapped potential will be the "litmus test" of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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Guest Article #128: A Call for Knowledge in the Age of Big Data [viewed]

“Knowledge is power,” goes the old adage. Whether Sir Francis Bacon or Thomas Hobbes (or someone else entirely) said it first, the fact that it still holds true today – in this epoch of big data and nigh-on endless information – is illuminating. For it is not information alone that is pivotal in the course of human events, but how that information is taken up, understood, and acted upon; how that information is turned into knowledge and from knowledge to action.

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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