Technology

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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World Bank Identifies Clean-Tech Market Opportunities for SMEs [viewed]

world-bank-group24 September 2014: The World Bank Group has released a report, titled ‘Building Competitive Green Industries: The Climate and Clean Technology Opportunity for Developing Countries,' which quantifies opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries to generate profits and create jobs, while providing solutions to climate challenges.

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ICAO, Aviation Industry Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

icao-atag23 September 2014: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the aviation industry, represented by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), have announced a commitment to sustainable growth through actions including efficiency improvements, alternative fuel use, and market-based measures to cut emissions. The announcement was made as a contribution to the Climate Summit, which was held on 23 September 2014, in New York, US.

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Africa to Issue over US$1 Billion in Climate Change Catastrophe Bonds [viewed]

african-risk-capacity22 September 2014: In order to leverage available capital for climate change adaptation, African States are set to announce the African Risk Capacity (ARC) Extreme Climate Facility (XCF), a multi-year funding mechanism that will issue climate change catastrophe bonds. The bonds, to be issued in 2016, will provide additional financing to participating countries to enhance adaptation investments, in case extreme heat, droughts, floods or cyclones increase in frequency and intensity in Africa.

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UNGA General Debate Reflects on Climate Summit, Future Action [viewed]

unga6925 September 2015: The 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened for the second day of its general debate. Many speakers addressed climate change, reflecting on UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's Climate Summit and highlighting areas for future action.

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EBRD, CIF, GEF to Accelerate Climate Investments [viewed]

ebrd-cif-gef24 September 2014: The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is financing clean energy projects through its own investments, as well as through partnering with the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). These funds aim to scale up climate finance by providing concessional funding and enhancing knowledge sharing and advisory support, which has increased commercial financing for sustainable energy investments.

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UNFPA Tool Identifies Climate Vulnerable Populations and Areas [viewed]

iied-unfpa24 September 2014: The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed a tool, called ‘Demographic Exploration for Climate Adaptation' (DECA), which allows experts, policymakers and community members to identify where vulnerable people are located and what conditions contribute to their vulnerabilities.

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