Technology

Asian Ministerial DRR Conference Adopts Bangkok Declaration [viewed]

AMCDRR-626 June 2014: The Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) concluded with the adoption of the 'Bangkok Declaration,' which commends the progress made under the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) on capacity building, early warning systems, awareness-raising and understanding risk. Looking forward, the Declaration points to the need for increased attention to local resilience, scaling up public investment and utilizing public-private partnerships.

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UNFCCC Announces New Momentum for Change Advisory Panel Members [viewed]

Momentum for Change26 June 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has selected 12 high-profile leaders to join the Momentum for Change Advisory Panel in the fields of information and communication technology (ICT), sustainable energy, international diplomacy and non-profit advocacy.

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ADB, Japan Launch Low-Carbon Technology Fund [viewed]

adb-japan25 June 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Japan have announced the creation of the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JFJCM), which will promote the adoption of advanced low-carbon technologies in the Asian region.

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CIF 2014 Partnership Forum Focuses on Stakeholder Engagement [viewed]

cif-forum24 June 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) 2014 Partnership Forum brought together over 400 participants, representing governments, civil society, indigenous peoples, the private sector, development partners and researchers, to learn and share lessons emerging from the CIF on how to foster partnerships and attract investment to deliver low-carbon and climate-resilient development results.

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World Bank Analyzes Economic, Health Benefits of Climate-Smart Policies [viewed]

World Bank23 June 2014: The World Bank, in partnership with the ClimateWorks Foundation, has released an analysis that estimates global economic output could increase by US$1.8 trillion annually through government policies that encourage energy efficiency and improve public transport. The report finds that such policies could save over one million lives, reduce crop losses by 1-1.5 million tons, and avoid 355 to 520 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions.

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ADB Clean Energy Investments Exceed 2013 Goal [viewed]

ADBJune 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released a report titled ‘2013 Clean Energy Investments: Project Summaries,' which highlights that ADB's total investments in clean energy in 2013 amounted to US$2.3 billion, exceeding the annual target of US$2 billion. The report shows an increased focus on the public sector, with public or sovereign loans making up 72% of the total figure.

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Event: Fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

The meetings of the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, an initiative of the German Government, are co-chaired by Germany and the upcoming Presidency of the UN climate negotiations (Mexico in 2010; South Africa in 2011; Qatar in 2012; Poland in 2013; and Peru in 2014). The Dialogue brings together representatives from all regions of the world and all negotiating groups. Discussions are held in an informal style to facilitate an "open and honest" debate. The fifth Petersberg Climate Dialogue will take place under the theme "Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions," and will aim to introduce new ideas into the negotiations and discuss new strategies in preparation for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to take place in Lima, Peru, in December 2014. The meeting will be presided over by Federal Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks and Peruvian Minister for Environment Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.  

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Hutchison Medal Recognizes Ocean Fertilization Paper [viewed]

UNESCO IOC18 June 2014: The Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) awarded the Hutchison medal to a team of authors for their paper, titled 'Ocean Fertilization for Geoengineering: A Review of Effectiveness, Environmental Impacts and Emerging Governance.' The award recognizes it as a "practical and wide-ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking" paper that will "stimulate further debate within the chemical engineering community."

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IDB Finances Solar Power in Chile, Geothermal in Mexico [viewed]

IDB4 June 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently announced support for solar power in Chile and geothermal power in Mexico.

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Bonn Climate Change Conference Paves the Way to Lima [viewed]

bonn-climate-change-conference15 June 2014: The Bonn Climate Change Conference took place in Bonn, Germany, from 4-15 June 2014, and included the 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The fifth meeting of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-5) also took place.

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