Economics, Trade & Investment

UNGA Adopts Resolution on Samoa Pathway [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA14 November 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the 'SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway' (A/69/L.6), by consensus. The Samoa Pathway recognizes the adverse impacts of climate change and sea-level rise on SIDS' efforts to achieve sustainable development as well as to their survival and viability, and addresses economic development, food security, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and ocean management, among other issues.

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US, Japan Announce Pledges to the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

us-japan15 November 2014: The US has announced a US$3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). US President Barak Obama made the announcement on the eve of the G20 Summit, which convened in Brisbane, Australia, from 15-16 November 2014. In a separate announcement, also on the margins of the G20 Summit, Japan said it would pledge US$1.5 billion. With these two announcements, the pledges received thus far by the GCF amount to US$7.5 billion.

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ECPA Workshop Examines Renewable Energy's Changing Outlook [viewed]

ECPA logo27 October 2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) Clearinghouse organized a workshop examining 'Policies for the Promotion of a Sustainable Energy Sector' for participants from several South American countries, multilateral institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs). The workshop considered drivers behind increased efficiency and lower costs of wind and solar power and considered the infrastructure needed for bringing more renewables onto the grid.

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OECD Makes the Case for Green Growth in Southeast Asia [viewed]

OECD_NEW11 November 2014: As part of its Green Growth Series, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report detailing the unsustainability of Southeast Asia's current growth path. The report finds that climate change, fossil fuel-related pollution and an over-dependence on natural resources will hurt growth, prosperity and health in the long-run.

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Report Outlines Benefits of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Phase-Out [viewed]

odi-oilchange11 November 2014: The Overseas Development Network (ODI) and Oil Change International have published a report, titled ‘The Fossil Fuel Bailout: G20 Subsidies for Oil, Gas and Coal Exploration,' which discusses the scale and structure of fossil fuel exploration subsidies.

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UNEP Forum Urges Accelerated Transition to Energy Efficient Lighting [viewed]

enlighten11 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) en.lighten initiative has convened the Global Efficient Lighting Forum, which focused on accelerating the global phase-in of energy-efficient lighting products. The forum brought together representatives from electrical utilities, lighting manufacturers, development banks, financial institutions and international agencies to reaffirm their commitment to mitigate climate change by transitioning to energy-efficient lighting, and to discuss the best ways to accelerate such a transition.

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REN21 Reviews Decade of Renewable Energy Progress [viewed]

REN2110 November 2014:
 The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has launched ‘The First Decade: 2004-2014 – 10 Years of Renewable Energy Progress,' which documents the evolution of renewables since 2004, measures progress by technology and region, examines lessons learned and offers “a vision for the future.”

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IEA World Energy Outlook: 3.6°C Warming, Renewables Overtake Coal by 2040 [viewed]

IEA12 November 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its annual World Energy Outlook (WEO), which finds that, without a transformative shift in the global energy system, the world is set for warming well beyond 2°C. The report states that, even when the new carbon-constraining policies announced by governments are taken into account, emissions will rise 20% by 2040, putting the world on track for a 3.6°C increase in global average temperatures over the long-term.

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US, China Announce Emissions Targets [viewed]

china_us_flag11 November 2014: The US and China have released a joint announcement on climate change on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing, China.

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G-77/China, African Group Submit Views on Adaptation Fund Review [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published submissions from Bolivia, on behalf of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China), and Sudan, on behalf of the African Group, containing their views on the second review of the Adaptation Fund, in advance of the 41st session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) to be held in Lima, Peru, in December 2014.

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