Economics, Trade & Investment

Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kuwait, South Sudan, Yemen Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC24 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bahrain, Cuba, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kuwait, South Sudan and Yemen have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 177.

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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IRENA Report Examines Renewable Energy's Role in Curbing Climate Change [viewed]

IRENA23 November 2015: According to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), doubling the share of renewable energy in the world's energy mix by 2030 could result in half the emissions reductions needed to stay within the below 2°C warming goal. The report, titled 'REthinking Energy 2015,' adds that energy efficiency could supply the remaining emissions cuts necessary.

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IEA, IPEEC Evaluate Energy Efficiency in Buildings of Major Economies [viewed]

iea_ipeec23 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) have co-published a report, titled 'Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies,' which lays out the current state of energy performance in buildings over the period 2000-2012. The report finds that efficiency could save the equivalent of building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US combined annually.

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Event: Business and Industry (BINGO) Day at COP 21 [viewed]

The Business and Industry (BINGO) Day aims to showcase private sector leadership and action, provide constructive policy input from business, demonstrate the private sector's commitment to an ambitious agreement, and share expertise and best practices in technology cooperation, development and deployment, REDD+, climate finance and research and development. The Day's agenda includes panel sessions on: climate ambition in Indian industry; innovative solutions for stronger resilience; efficient, productive, and smart cities and grids; and innovation and scalable solutions in cross-sector collaboration. BINGO Day is organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).  

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Event: COP 21 NAMA Fair [viewed]

Organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) Fair will present examples of NAMAs that support low-emissions development and inspire further transformational action on the ground in developing countries. The Fair will provide a platform for mutual learning and exchange of experiences, as well as an opportunity meet with public and private international organizations actively engaged in supporting low-emissions development in developing countries. The Fair is organized in partnership with various organizations, including the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  

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Standing Committee on Finance Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2015: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has submitted information on the outcomes of its work in 2015 to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in advance of its 21st session. The COP will consider the report under its agenda item on matters relating to finance. The report (FCCC/CP/2015/8) covers, inter alia, the meetings, forums and virtual forum of the SCF, the development of a working paper on coherence and coordination of forest finance, and work on the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows.

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Cook Islands, Iran and Qatar Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Cook Islands, Iran and Qatar have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 171.

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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Guest Article #132: Making Climate Finance Count – Two Reports to Increase Transparency in the Lead Up to COP 21 [viewed]

As 2015 draws to a close, there is a strong hope that the Paris Climate Summit could represent a turning point in the global fight against climate change. To support discussions, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently published two reports.

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