Technology

Event: First Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum [viewed]

This high-level event will serve as the formal global launch of the UN Decade on Sustainable Energy for All, and as the first of regular yearly global platforms for launching new initiatives and projects in support of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and reporting on the progress of the initiative. The first day will be dedicated to SE4ALL multi-stakeholder partnerships, and consist of parallel sessions of highlighting progress made and lessons learned by SE4ALL partners on: universalizing energy access; doubling the amount of renewables in the energy mix; and doubling the rate of progress on energy efficiency. The second day will include an SE4ALL Advisory Board Meeting and High-level Global Leaders Dialogue, while the third day High-Level Ministerial Dialogue on "Energy in the Post-2015 Development Agenda".  

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UNEP, Cities Alliance Outline Tools for Integrating Environment into Urban Planning [viewed]

Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century8 April 2014: Rapid urbanization is an opportunity to build more sustainable, equitable and efficient cities and towns, according to ‘Integrating the Environment in Urban Planning and Management: Key Principles and Approaches for Cities in the 21st Century,' a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Cities Alliance. The report focuses on the City Development Strategy (CDS) as a tool to integrate environmental issues into city planning while reducing poverty, promoting inclusive economic growth and ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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Corporate Leaders Call for Capping Emissions in 'Trillion Tonne Communiqué' [viewed]

prince-of-wales-corporate-leaders-group8 April 2014: Seventy companies from five continents, coordinated by The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, have urged governments to put policies in place to prevent the cumulative emission of over a trillion tonnes of carbon.

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World Bank Assesses Cost-Benefit of Black Carbon Controls in Transport [viewed]

World Bank2 April 2014: The World Bank has released a report titled 'Reducing Black Carbon Emissions from Diesel Vehicles: Impacts, Control Strategies, and Cost-Benefit Analysis,' which attempts to quantify both the health and climate benefits from a variety of measures that could reduce transportation-related black carbon emissions.

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Event: UNGA Dialogue 1-2 on Technology Transfer Mechanism [viewed]

In UN General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 68/210, Member States decided to hold a series of four, one-day structured dialogues to consider possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The first two dialogues will be held back-to-back, on 29-30 April 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The themes for these two dialogues are 'Stock-taking of the debates on development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies,' and 'Assessing fragmentation, synergies, areas of duplication and opportunities for cooperation between existing mechanisms and processes, thus improving overall coherence and enhancing interlinkages,' respectively.  

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Event: World Green Economy Summit 2014 [viewed]

The World Green Economy Summit 2014 (WGES) is an initiative of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and will be held under the leadership of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy (DSCE), in conjunction with the water, energy and environment technologies exhibition 'WETEX 2014'. Summit partners include the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Global Energy Initiative, the CEO Platform for Green Growth in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Clean Energy Business Council. WGES is organized around the theme 'Global Partnerships, Sustainable Future'. It will constitute the first green economy summit in the Middle East and North Africa region, and will link up to the global efforts in securing a climate agreement in 2015 at UNFCCC COP 21.  

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FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre, BNEF Report on Renewables Market Share Growth [viewed]

global-trends7 April 2014: A report released by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Frankfurt School (FS)-UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance, and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that renewable energy (excluding large hydro) accounted for 43.6% of new generation capacity in 2013. The new installations continued an upward trend in renewable energy additions, despite a 14% decrease in investment.

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Cartagena Dialogue to Accelerate Preparations for Post-2020 Targets [viewed]

marshall island flag4 April 2014: Upon conclusion of the 13th Meeting of the Cartagena Dialogue for Progressive Action, which was hosted by the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Tony A. de Brum, Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, announced that the "alliance of progressive countries has for the first time forged a common purpose around a set of objectives for a new climate agreement, due to be signed in 2015".

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CDM Executive Board Addresses Double Counting Risks [viewed]

UNFCCC4 April 2014: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed on steps to address double counting risks where registered CDM project activities or Programmes of Activities (PoAs) are also authorized by other emission reduction programmes.

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FAO Tool Assesses Options for Integrated Food-Energy Systems [viewed]

FAO7 April 2014: Seeking to systematically evaluate under which conditions bioenergy production does not threaten food security, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has developed a tool to assess scalable opportunities for the sustainability of integrated food-energy systems.

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