Energy

UN Secretary-General Urges Action on Climate Change at Brussels Meetings [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw3 April 2014: In a series of meetings in Brussels, Belgium, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of EU-UN cooperation on climate change. In particular, Ban participated in the Greening Europe - Policy Spotlight 'On the Road to Paris 2015: Towards a New Global Climate Deal,' organized by Friends of Europe.

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EU-US Energy Council Urges Adopting New Climate Agreement in 2015 [viewed]

usa-eu-flag2 April 2014: The fifth EU-US Energy Council, which met in Brussels, Belgium, noted the shared EU-US objectives in evolving energy policies in support of a transition to a low-carbon economy and welcomed President Obama's Climate Action Plan and the work underway on the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Package to address key sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US and EU.

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Pacific Region Launches UN Decade for SE4All [viewed]

Sustainable Energy for All2 April 2014: The Pacific region launched the UN Decade for Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All), as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the efforts of island States in addressing sustainable development challenges at "a pivotal moment."

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Event: Clean Energy Ministerial 5 (CEM5) [viewed]

The Republic of Korea is hosting the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM5), which will gather energy ministers and other high-level delegates from over 20 of the world's largest economies to identify avenues to accelerate the transition to a global clean energy economy. CEM5 will focus specifically on identifying smart policies, programmes, and strategies to improve energy efficiency, clean energy deployment, and energy access expansion. It is also anticipated that governments will announce specific new commitments to advance these goals at the meeting. Participants include the 23 CEM government ministers and delegates, official observer organisations and other invited stakeholders.  

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C20 Conversations Invites Ideas for G20 Action on Climate and Sustainability [viewed]

c20March 2014: The Civil Society 20 (C20) Conversations is inviting individuals to submit their ideas for actions the Group of 20 (G20) can take at its 2014 Brisbane Summit on four areas: climate and sustainability; governance; inclusive growth and employment; and infrastructure. Discussion topics on climate and sustainability include climate change, climate finance and resource scarcity. 

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March 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

world-bank-gef-ifad-isdb-eib  31 March 2014: During the month of March, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and a regional development bank announced funding for several climate-related projects or initiatives. The World Bank has also provided an update on the growth of the green bond market.

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March 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

worldbank-idb--erdb-gef-afdb-eib31 March 2014: Throughout the month of March, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in countries including: the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), France, Kenya, the Philippines, Romania, Solomon Islands, Zambia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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UN Participates in Earth Hour, Cape Town Wins City Challenge Award [viewed]

UN goes dark for the Earth Hour 201129 March 2014: The UN switched off all non-essential lighting at its Headquarters in New York, US, from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time in observance of this year's Earth Hour. Other UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and around the world also participated, turning off lights to reduce carbon emissions and call the world to action on climate change.  

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Japan, PIFS Support Integrated Solar Energy-Desalination Plant in Palau [viewed]

PIFSMarch 2014: A project to integrate solar energy and saltwater desalination has increased the supply of clean water eight-fold for 450 residents of the Palau state of Peleliu. The project, designed to demonstrate opportunities at the water-energy nexus, is administered through the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), with support from the Government of Japan through the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund.

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Event: 2014 CIF Partnership Forum [viewed]

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) are jointly convening the 2014 CIF Partnership Forum, hosting more than 400 participants from civil society, the private sector, governments, indigenous peoples and academia. A special pre-conference event on 22 June, 'Stakeholder Day,' will be dedicated to discussing progress and challenges in engaging key stakeholders in the CIF's activities. During the conference, panels will address a variety of topics including managing climate change programs and unlocking private finance from mini-grids to REDD+. The CIF is the world's largest group of funds for climate action, channeling $8 billion to low carbon and climate resilient development. On 25 June, a field trip will take place.  

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