Technology

Energy Outlook: Clean Energy Investments, RE Employment Increasing, Cities Unlock Mitigation Potential [viewed]

unfccc_wb_irena_iea2 June 2016: Energy-related news of the past few weeks reported here indicate that regional development banks' investments in clean energy are increasing. Other recent developments show that: renewables are currently firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy; energy efficiency (EE) action in urban environments helps cities transition to sustainable energy systems; and employment in renewable energy (RE) is on the rise. Events, initiatives and publications described in this update contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDGs 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

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Event: Tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum [viewed]

Organized by the UNFCCC, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Development Programme (UNDP), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank Group (WBG) and partners, the tenth Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) will bring together key players from the private and public sectors to discuss climate change mitigation, and reach out to cooperation agencies, potential investors and service providers. The LACCF will showcase opportunities in line with the Paris Agreement, including: Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) implementation; leveraging public and private finance for climate action; carbon pricing mechanisms and carbon markets; sustainable development and transformational change; public-private partnerships (PPPs); and innovative business models to fight climate change. The Forum will also feature the latest advances and resources on sustainable cities, agroindustry, energy, extractive industries, forests and transport. The LACCF will be held during the 2016 Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week, back-to-back with the Fifth Regional Platform for Low Emission Development Strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean (LEDS LAC) Regional Workshop themed 'Moving Towards a Resilient and Low-Emission Development: Implementing the Paris Agreement'.  

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ITU, UNECE Launch United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative [viewed]

unece_itu26 May 2016: The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have launched a global initiative to advocate for public policy that will promote the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as a catalyst for transitioning to "smart sustainable cities." The United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC) initiative will help implement Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG 11) on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

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Africa Forum Makes Recommendation for HLPF, Regional Follow-up [viewed]

UNECA27 May 2016: Inclusion should be the lens for ensuring integrated approaches to the implementation, follow-up and review of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to participants at the Second Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD). ARFSD 2 convened in advance of the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), as part of a series of regional preparatory processes to identify regional sustainable development priorities and generate recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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Bonn Climate Change Conference Kick-Starts Technical Work [viewed]

sb44_iisdrs26 May 2016: Taking place in the shadow of the historic Paris Conference, the Bonn Climate Change Conference of the UNFCCC was a low-profile meeting. It nevertheless had an ambitious agenda. It included the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), and the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1), the body created in Paris to prepare for the entry into force of the Agreement. The SBI and SBSTA were expected to take up a large list of issues that had been postponed in the run up to Paris, when the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) had taken center stage.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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US, Nordic Countries Pledge to Ratify Paris Agreement, Protect the Arctic [viewed]

us_nordic_countries13 May 2016: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the US have released a joint statement pledging enhanced cooperation on climate, energy and the Arctic, as well as on economic growth and global development.

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Energy Actors Showcase Innovative Sustainable Energy Tools, Resources, Technologies and Business Models [viewed]

energy_actors13 May 2016: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which seeks to support countries in their transition to sustainable energy, has concluded its '2016 Innovation Week' following a series of activities that addressed the theme ‘The Age of Renewable Power.' IRENA's work on energy innovation aims, in part, to support Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). In addition to IRENA, many other actors have made recent announcements that are expected to contribute to SDG 7. The following update shares some of the latest news on renewable energy, energy efficiency and energy access tools, resources, technologies and initiatives stemming from intergovernmental efforts.

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Bonn Climate Talks Open, Focus on Implementation of the Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC16 May 2016: The Bonn Climate Change Conference opened on 16 May, at the World Conference Center Bonn, in Bonn, Germany. The meeting comprises the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44), as well as the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1).

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Event: COP22 Low-Emissions Solutions Conference [viewed]

The COP22 'Low-Emissions Solutions Conference: Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions' will follow up on commitments made in the Paris Agreement on climate change, in which countries are responsible for submitting a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) for the period to 2030, as well as a Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) to 2050. Convening under the theme 'Global Brainstorming on Practical Pathways to Low Emissions,' the Conference will provide an opportunity to share knowledge, exchange information, identify bottlenecks, discuss best practices and prioritize future research. The conference will: support operationalization of the Paris Agreement; strengthen the technical capacities of countries to prepare their NDCs and LEDs; develop technology pathways for decarbonized energy systems; and create a dialogue among engineers and technology specialists on innovative solutions for a low-emissions future. The agenda includes the following issues: design of NDCS and LEDS; cities and energy efficiency in buildings; transport; power generation and distribution; and public policies and regulations to support the decarbonization of energy systems. The Conference will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC. It is the first time in the history of the COP that a large-scale technical solutions conference is being organized for countries, and the goal is that it become an annual event at future COPs. The Conference is being organized by the Government of Morocco, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.  

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