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Event: 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This conference will focus on how to reduce loss of life and economic losses from disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards. Several thousand representatives of governments, international organizations and civil society are expected to attend the event, which comes at a time when millions are food insecure because of a very strong El Niño. The conference aims to encourage countries and others to go beyond disaster management to addressing the risks that lead to greater losses from disasters, including poverty, unplanned urbanization, environmental degradation and poor risk governance. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR), which was established in 2007 and takes place every two years, provides the opportunity for exchanging information, discussing the latest developments and knowledge, and building partnerships across sectors. It aims to improve DRR implementation through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, and build resilience. The Global Platform is organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), which is also the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.  

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Event: Global Green Growth Week 2016 [viewed]

Global Green Growth Week 2016 (GGGW2016), which will meet under the theme 'Maximizing Impact for Inclusive and Sustainable Green Growth,' will provide a platform to generate innovative solutions, leverage green growth opportunities and promote the delivery of pro-poor, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable growth. The event, which is being organized by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), will address four thematic priorities for inclusive, sustainable green growth: energy, water, land use and green cities. The event will bring together representatives from government, multilateral development banks (MDBs), international development agencies, the private sector, academia and non-governmental organizations. Participants will look at green growth policy, research, partnerships, financing and technology through policy dialogues, panel discussions, capacity-building workshops, country-focused briefings and technology exhibits. GGGW2016 will include: the Global Green Growth Summit, which will address the challenges of developing bankable projects and innovative green finance; the 4th Annual Conference of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, which will highlight the latest research and policy considerations affecting pro-poor inclusive growth; the Asian Regional Policy Dialogue, during which ministers will discuss policy options that address the challenge of transitioning away from coal use and toward green growth powered by renewable energy; the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership, which will strengthen cooperation to increase green investment in developing countries; the launch of the GGGI-New Climate Economy (NCE) Africa Initiative and the regional launch of the 2016 NCE report, which will support African policymakers navigate the development-climate change nexus; the Green Growth Fair and Technology Exhibit; country focus sessions showcasing more than 30 GGGI projects; the 9th session of the GGGI Council and the 5th session of the GGGI Assembly; and site visits to showcase Jeju Island's renewable energy and green growth projects.  

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IEA Confirms Decoupling of CO2 Emissions, Economic Growth in 2015 [viewed]

IEA16 March 2016: For the second year in a row, global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions registered no growth, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), while global gross domestic product (GDP) continued to grow. Releasing preliminary data for 2015, the IEA reported that CO2 emissions amounted to 32.1 billion tonnes in 2015 and have remained flat since 2013. The IEA pointed to a surge in renewables as a key factor, noting they accounted for 90% of new electricity generation in 2015.

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ESCAP Spotlights Rising Urban Disasters in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP10 March 2016: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a report that calls for urgent action to tackle increasing urban disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2015 Year in Review,' warns that the region's cities, with their growing population, depleted ecological buffers and outdated urban infrastructure, may not be equipped to tackle urban disasters.

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US, Canada Commit to Partner on Climate, Energy and the Arctic [viewed]

us_canada10 March 2016: During an official visit to the US, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama released a US-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, pledging to sign the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. The two leaders commit to advance climate action globally, outlining coordinated domestic climate action, and announce cooperation on clean energy and the Arctic.

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Event: UN Global Compact Event on Innovative Partnerships Enabling Green and Gender Inclusive Growth [viewed]

This side event hosted by the UN Global Compact will examine how companies are innovating and investing in inclusive business models using energy-efficient and low-carbon technologies, and turning the climate challenge into market opportunities for both women and men. The event takes place on the sidelines of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 60).  

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 [viewed]

During the month of June 2016, the European Commission will be hosting the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2016, which will promote energy-saving initiatives and the generation of power from clean, secure, efficient and renewable sources. The event includes a Policy Conference, to be held from 14-16 June 2016, during which approximately 60 sessions on sustainable energy policy will take place, with stakeholders debating new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. A second component of EUSEW is the Networking Village, where an exhibition and networking area gives attendees the opportunity to meet. In addition, a number of Energy Days organized by local public and private organizations will raise awareness about energy efficiency and renewables, such as through workshops, competitions or tours of power plants. Lastly, during the Policy Conference, an Awards Ceremony will be held to recognize outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables with prizes awarded from an expert jury and European citizens.  

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UNFCCC Releases Provisional Agendas for May Session [viewed]

UNFCCC4 March 2016: The first meeting of the subsidiary bodies of the UNFCCC since the Paris Agreement was adopted in December 2015 will take place from 16-26 May 2016, in Bonn, Germany. The Secretariat has released the provisional agendas of all three bodies that will be meeting, namely the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) and the 44th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44).

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Abu Dhabi Meeting Focuses on Sustainable Energy and Cities Ahead of Habitat III [viewed]

hiiiJanuary 2016: The Habitat III Thematic Meeting on Sustainable Energy and Cities concluded that massive deployment of low-carbon energy in the world's cities is needed, and resulted in the 'Abu Dhabi Declaration for Habitat III: Sustainable Energy and Cities,' which underscores that sustainable energy must be a core focus of the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016.

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CGIAR, CIFOR Outline Priorities and Targets [viewed]

cgiar_cifor2 March 2016: CGIAR has published its 'Strategy and Results Framework 2016–2030,' which describes how CGIAR will build on past successes and investments. The Framework also highlights the need to find innovative solutions to overcome barriers to success, and defines how to take advantage of emerging opportunities. It outlines CGIAR's three goals, or 'System Level Outcomes (SLOs)': reducing poverty; improving food and nutrition security; and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

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