Economics, Trade & Investment

UN-HABITAT Report Explores Climate Change, Urbanization in SIDS [viewed]

urbanization_climate_sidsMay 2015: A small island developing States (SIDS) urban agenda must reflect the cultural, economic and geographic characteristics of SIDS, in order to address sustainable urbanization in SIDS, according to a publication by the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). The report provides an overview of current trends in climate change and urbanization, describes the impact of climate change on cities in SIDS, and explores the role of urban planning and design as a tool for addressing the challenges and opportunities of climate change in relation to human settlements in SIDS.

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Nairobi Convention COP 8 Focuses on Western Indian Ocean's Marine and Coastal Environment Conservation [viewed]

UNEPnairobi-convention24 June 2015: The 8th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 8) to the Nairobi Convention for the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Eastern African Region convened under the theme, ‘Conserving the Marine and Coastal Environment for the Western Indian Ocean for the next 30 Years.'

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance Releases New Energy Outlook 2015 [viewed]

bloombergnewenergyfinance23 June 2015: Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has published its New Energy Outlook (NEO) 2015, which is a long-term forecast of the global energy sector. BNEF emphasizes five "seismic shifts" projected in the electricity sector over the next 25 years, based on analysis of expected demand, costs of generation and structural changes to the electricity system. The authors predict $12.2 trillion will be invested in global power generation through 2040, with 78% invested in emerging markets and 66.7% in renewables.

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Lancet Commission: Tackling Climate Change the Greatest Health Opportunity [viewed]

thelancet22 June 2015: The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change was established to map out the impacts of climate change and the necessary policy responses to ensure the highest attainable health standards worldwide. The Commission has released a report titled ‘Health and climate change: policy responses to protect public health,' identifying key messages and recommendations to accelerate action in the next five years.

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US, China Cooperate on CCS, Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy [viewed]

united_nations-china24 June 2015: The US and China have announced cooperation on two new carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as part of ongoing climate change cooperation being undertaken by the US-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). The two projects and a number of other plans for further cooperation on climate change mitigation were announced during a series of high-level climate change events held between the two governments in Washington DC, US, from 22-23 June 2015.

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Central America Makes Strides in Implementing Sendai Framework [viewed]

UNISDR20 June 2015: Central American countries are taking substantive steps to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030, which was adopted in March 2015, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan. The Framework calls for a holistic approach to the threat of disasters and for incorporating integrated disaster risk management (DRM) into existing national development priorities and policies.

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African Development Bank Launches Payments for Ecosystem Services Report [viewed]

AfDB9 June 2015: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has released the first report, titled ‘Payment for Environmental Services: A promising tool for natural resources management in Africa,' of an AfDB-Climate Investment Funds (CIF) knowledge series that will gather and share initial lessons in implementing and financing green and inclusive growth projects in Africa.

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EU Sustainable Energy Week Celebrates Clean and Efficient Energy Systems [viewed]

sustainableenergyweek201519 June 2015: With over 2,700 participants, more than 670 Sustainable Energy Days and side events Europe-wide, and a policy conference, EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 highlighted the need for efficient use of energy, expansion of renewable energy and, in the words of International Energy Agency (IEA) Chief Economist Fatih Birol, "a peaceful divorce between economic growth and emissions."

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FAO Assesses Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Trade [viewed]

fao_headquarters18 June 2015: In a book reviewing scientific and economic climate change impacts on food and agriculture over the past 20 years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) underscores policy implications for hunger, poverty and global food trade. Based on evidence gathered by a group of scientists and economists over these two decades, the book is intended as an accessible source for decision makers and practitioners working on food security, health and nutrition, water scarcity and climate adaptation.

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World Bank, IEA Rank Asia as Top Sustainable Energy Performer [viewed]

world-bank-iea18 June 2015: The World Bank and the International Energy Agency (IEA) published the second edition of the ‘Sustainable Energy for All Global Tracking Framework,' which evaluates global progress toward the three goals of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative. The report, which focuses on the period 2010-2012, finds that Asia was the best performing region, accounting for approximately 60% of the global progress on energy access and clean energy objectives.

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