Technology

OECD Highlights Environmental, Social Costs of Under-taxation [viewed]

OECD_NEW30 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is urging governments to cease subsidizing company cars and to phase out the tax differential that exists between diesel and petrol. Research released by OECD concludes that developed countries are causing an increase in carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, often at lower rates than wages, which tends to encourage more driving.

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UNFCCC Releases ADP 2-5 Report [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the fifth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action on (ADP 2-5), which was held from 4-14 June 2014, in Bonn, Germany. The document (FCCC/ADP/2014/2) contains summaries of proceedings and discussions under the five agenda items of the ADP, as well as two annexes containing documents and informal notes prepared for considered by ADP 2-5.

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Japan, India Enhance Cooperation in Sustainable Energy [viewed]

india-japan3 September 2014: An annual summit meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Japan resulted in a joint statement, titled the ‘Tokyo Declaration for Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership,' and several announcements of enhanced cooperation in programmes and projects in the areas of sustainable energy and climate change.

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UNGA Debate Concludes with Focus on 2015 Agreement, Link to Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: On the final day of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 69th General Debate, speakers again addressed: their countries priorities for the post-2015 development agenda; climate change; health; and security. Closing the Debate on 30 September, UNGA President Sam Kutesa urged Member States to “make real and meaningful change in the livelihoods of humanity and the health of our planet.”

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Nigerian NGO Reducing Indoor Air Pollution through Clean Stoves [viewed]

smf25 September 2014: SMEFunds, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Nigeria, has announced that its clean cook stoves programme will reach over one million women and households in Africa by 2015. The announcement was made during the ‘Indoor Air Pollution' event, organized on 25 September 2014, in New York, US, on the sidelines of the 2014 Climate Summit.

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Event: High-level Event on Combating Climate Change [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly will convene this high-level event, with the aim of giving momentum and adding impetus to efforts to reach a global agreement in 2015 under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  

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Guest Article #112: Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Change, Renewable Energy, SLM [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014 entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the challenges of climate change. Delegates addressed climate change impacts, climate financing and the role of renewable energy and climate smart agriculture (CSA) in tackling climate change.

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Event: Training Course on Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation Efforts in the Transportation Sector [viewed]

This training course will enable senior policymakers to share knowledge about the status, projections, innovations, technological advancements and available policy tools relevant to climate change mitigation in the transportation sector. The event, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), from 23-25 September 2014, at Hiroshima University, Japan, will include learning and technical sessions, and a field visit. Participants, from the transport, infrastructure and environment ministries of selected developing Asian countries, will, inter alia: gain up-to-date knowledge on the climate change impacts of the transportation sector; understand available, mode-specific mitigation policy and technology options; and hold discussions on among policymakers involved in transportation and environment policy implementation.  

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Resilient Cities Acceleration Initiative Launched at UN Climate Summit [viewed]

climate-summit-201425 September 2014: During the UN Climate Summit, commitments were made to: raise US$2 billion for cities at risk from extreme weather events due to climate change; help 500 local governments develop resilience action plans by 2020; and double the number of cities and partners committed to building resilience by the end of 2015.

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