Energy

Japan, US to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy [viewed]

us-japan28 April 2015: During a state visit by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the US, organized to honor the seven-decade partnership between the two countries, Prime Minister Abe and US President Barack Obama reaffirmed their countries' commitment to enhancing the bilateral partnership in a number of areas, including the environment and climate change, space and energy. The leaders announced the two countries would cooperate to address climate change and environmental degradation, and to deliver secure, affordable, sustainable and safe energy.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Greater Access to Climate Finance [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary28 April 2015: In an analysis published on the Group of 7/Group of 20 (G7/G20) website, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres focuses on the role the G7 should play in financing the transition to a low-carbon global economy. Figueres calls on the G7 "to help orchestrate" the build-up of the US$100 billion in climate finance that the developed world has agreed to provide annually by 2020, and to contribute to the global framework that will "green capital at levels high enough to transform the economy."

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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UNGA Holds Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature [viewed]

United Nations27 April 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an interactive dialogue on the theme ‘Harmony with Nature: Towards achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) including addressing climate change in the post-2015 development agenda,' in commemoration of Mother Earth Day, which is marked annually on 22 April. The meeting discussed how society should function to be consistent with a Harmony with Nature paradigm. A summary of the event will be circulated to Member States and stakeholders by the UNGA President.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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UNDP Climate Change Innovation Camp Focuses on Urban Resilience [viewed]

UNDP19 April 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) in the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia hosted a Climate Change Innovation Camp as the culmination of the country's first nationwide climate change campaign. During the three-day camp, the ten finalists in the campaign pitched their ideas, which focused on reducing human impact on the climate and increasing urban resilience. The winning two teams will receive US$10,000 to realize their ideas.

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Event: World Wide Views Day on Climate and Energy [viewed]

On 6 June 2015, hundreds of citizens reflecting the demographic diversity of their countries will attend day-long meetings to discuss climate change and energy issues, express their views and make up their minds about what they want their governments to do to ensure a sustainable future. This pubic consultation on climate change and energy is the largest ever organized and is in support of an ambitious new, universal climate change agreement to be agreed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, in December 2015. The results from the event will be ready in June and will be presented at COP 21. The project is initiated by the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Missions Publiques, the UNFCCC Secretariat and the French National Commission for Public Debate in partnership with World Wide Views.  

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CDM Executive Board Approves Methodologies on Electric Vehicles [viewed]

UNFCCC16 April 2015: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board has approved two new small-scale methodologies on using renewable energy sources to charge electric vehicles, which have been incorporated into the consolidated methodology on emission reductions by electric and hybrid vehicles. The consolidated methodology will now take into account and credit the reduced emissions from charging the vehicles with renewable energy sources.

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management [viewed]

iisdrrs_owg3524 April 2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36.

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Liechtenstein Submits INDC [viewed]

Liechtenstein flag22 April 2015: The Government of Liechtenstein has officially submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. In its contribution to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement, Liechtenstein states that it will aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, using 1990 as the baseline. The INDC assumes the possibility of incorporating reductions achieved abroad. The target will be subject to parliamentary approval.

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