Economics, Trade & Investment

IEA Ministers Call for Successful COP 21 [viewed]

IEA18 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) held its 2015 Ministerial meeting under the theme, 'Innovation for a Clean, Secure Energy Future.' According to the Summary of the Chair, Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, discussions focused on "the critical role that energy sector policies and energy innovation can play to successfully combat climate change." Among the meeting outcomes was a statement calling for the successful outcome of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Arab Countries Agree on Roadmap to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_arab13 November 2015: The Arab region agreed on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in order to reduce disaster losses, and which is intended to revitalize the disaster risk coordination mechanism established in 2007 by the League of Arab States. More than 120 participants representing governments, cities, academia, civil society, youth and international organizations met in Cairo, Egypt, to launch an Arab Strategy for DRR specific to the region's needs and priorities and aligned with the Sendai Framework's targets.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Event: 2nd ISDR Asia Partnership Meeting on Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

This meeting will discuss substantive preparations of the Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) 2016 to be held in New Delhi, India, from 14-17 November 2016. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to discuss issues related to implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) at the regional, national and local levels. The ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) aims to, inter alia, support the political leadership of the regional platform through the ministerial conferences, and improve regional coordination and coherence through experience sharing. IAP members have stressed the need for transforming the IAP to support implementation of the Sendai Framework. The meeting is being organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP).  

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Guest Article #131: More, Faster and Now: The Importance of Strengthening Efforts pre-2020 to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

In a few short weeks, governments will meet in Paris to hammer out a new global climate change agreement and strengthen ambition to tackle climate change in the pre-2020 period. Africa is playing a key role in these negotiations and sees Paris as a crucial opportunity for the world to deliver an outcome that is science-based, fair and strengthens global rules and institutions to address climate change.

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CARICOM Celebrates Energy Week, Energy Centre Inauguration [viewed]

CARICOM14 November 2015: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) hosted the fifth CARICOM Energy Week (CEW) under the theme 'EmPOWERING Our Sustainable Development.' The annual awareness-raising event highlights the importance of energy for economic development in the region. To mark CEW, the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) was inaugurated, and a baseline report for the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) was released.

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CDM Executive Board Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual report of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), covering the period from 1 October 2014 to 16 October 2015. The report highlights that the CDM is challenged by continuing low demand for certified emissions reductions (CERs) and resulting difficulties in continuing implementation or operation of CDM projects.

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SE4All Hub C2E2 Organizes Workshop to Accelerate Energy Efficiency [viewed]

se4all-ccef12 November 2015: The Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2), serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative, organized a four-day Global Workshop to Accelerate Energy Efficiency. C2E2 hosted the event with the aim of supporting the SE4All objective of doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency.

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UN-REDD Programme Concludes 15th Policy Board Meeting [viewed]

unredd11 November 2015: Three new National Programmes were presented by Chile, Myanmar and Peru at the 15th meeting of the UN-REDD Programme's Policy Board, held from 9-10 November 2015, in San José, Costa Rica. Support for the 2016-2020 phase of the Programme was reaffirmed by its three collaborating UN agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Policy Update #24: INDCs: Foundation for a Successful Outcome in Paris? [viewed]

With the Paris Climate Change Conference just around the corner, 134 intended national determined contributions (INDCs), representing more than 150 countries, have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat as of 12 November, and more are still expected before Paris. INDCs outline the climate actions that individual countries intend to undertake in the post-2020 period, under the new climate agreement to be decided on in Paris.[1] Viewing them in aggregate should enable the tracking of progress and determining whether they represent a collective level of ambition that will be sufficient to limit temperature rise below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels.[2]

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