Disasters & Humanitarian Relief

September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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Climate Change Issues Highlighted at UN Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2015: The UN Sustainable Development Summit, which met from 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The event brought together 136 Heads of State and Government, ministers, business leaders, and members of civil society, with many leaders highlighting the importance of reaching a strong, global climate agreement at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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UNISDR Initiative to Increase Private Sector Engagement in DRR [viewed]

UNISDRS27 September 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and its private sector partners have called on businesses to join an initiative that aims to increase resilience to both natural and manmade hazards. While the initiative, titled 'ARISE: the Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies,' will formally be launched at its first annual meeting in London, UK, in November 2015, its interim board met in New York, US, on the sidelines of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries [viewed]

post2015_iisdrs_sideevents27 September 2015: Protecting the Earth's shared natural resources in the context of population's accelerated growth was the focus of a high-level event organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Mongolia, Albania, Madagascar, Indonesia, Eritrea Submit INDCs [viewed]

mongolia_albania_madagascar_indonesia_eritrea24 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Mongolia, Albania, Madagascar, Indonesia and Eritrea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 73.

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WMO Reports on 2015 Arctic Sea Ice Extent, Global Mean Temperatures [viewed]

WMO22 September 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported on the issuance by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) of a preliminary announcement stating that Arctic sea ice reached its minimum extent for 2015 on 11 September at 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum since satellite records began at the end of the 1970s. According to WMO, this reinforces a long-term downward trend in Arctic ice extent, while in the Antarctic, sea ice extent is average, in contrast with recent years when Antarctic winter extents reached record high levels.

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EEA Assesses Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating Natural Hazards [viewed]

EEA21 September 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report highlighting the potential of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards. The report, titled 'Exploring Nature-Based Solutions: The Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating the Impacts of Weather- and Climate Change-Related Natural Hazards,' notes the definition of “green infrastructure” as “a strategically planned network of high-quality green spaces.”

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Event: First Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism [viewed]

This first meeting of the Executive Committee of the UNFCCC Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts is expected to discuss: vision and expectations of the Committee; rules of procedure of the Committee; two-year workplace of the Committee and the delivery of activities; arrangements for the operationalization of the Mechanism; and the annual report of the Executive Committee. The Loss and Damage Mechanism was established at the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, in 2013.  

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SDGs Present Opportunity for Sustainable Urbanization: UNDP Director [viewed]

UNDP21 September 2015: Urbanization presents an opportunity to formulate a "global socio-economic development path that is equitable, inclusive, risk-informed and just,” writes Magdy Martínez-Solimán, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UN Development Programme (UNDP). In a post on the UNDP blog, Martínez-Solimán welcomes Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on urban resilience and outlines key components of sustainable urban development.

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