Energy

Event: Transport Day 2013 [viewed]

Organized by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport and the Bridging the Gap Initiative, Transport Day 2013 will convene during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), land transport is the fastest growing source of carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to 13% of global emissions and 23% of all energy-related emissions. The Day aims to: demonstrate the contribution that transport can make to mitigation and adaptation, specifically in the context of sustainable development; promote the integration of transport into policy making on climate change under the UNFCCC; and ensure that modalities for financing, capacity building and technology transfer under the UNFCCC are appropriate for the transport sector. The event will address such issues as: the mitigation potential of the transport sector; policy making on sustainable, low carbon transport in the developing world; ensuring effective nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) on transport; integrating adaptation into transport policies; and financing sustainable, low-carbon transport. Transport Day 2013 is expected to conclude with the adoption of the 'Warsaw Statement on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport,' which will contain recommendations on how to strengthen the integration of sustainable, low-carbon transport in the UNFCCC process, particularly the new global agreement on climate change. SLoCaT is a Type II Partnership under the UN. It is hosted by UN-DESA. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) act as regional focal points.  

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Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre Newsletter Highlights New Renewable- and Poverty-Reducing Energy Projects [viewed]

fs-unep-centre10 October 2013: The fourth newsletter of the Frankfurt School-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance highlights activities related to a new E-Learning Programme in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance, a microfinance institution project in Nepal and Ethiopia, and the UN CC:Learn pilot project in the Dominican Republic, among other items.

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Event: 22nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

At its 22nd session, the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will discuss issues including: achieving Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in the UNECE region; reliable and stable transit of energy resources and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation; reducing carbon intensity in the energy sector; and the role for gas in a green economy.  

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Event: UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP [viewed]

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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UNGA Second Committee Discusses Financing for Development [viewed]

UNGA16 October 2013: The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) took up its agenda item on financing for development and macroeconomic policy. In a meeting on 16 October 2013, in New York, US, Member States discussed global trade, sovereign debt, official development assistance (ODA), poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Latin America Attracts Growing Share of Clean Energy Investment: IDB, Bloomberg Report [viewed]

climate-scope16 October 2013: A study conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) finds that the Latin America and Caribbean region is attracting a growing share of global clean energy investment, changing from 5.7% of the world total of US$302.3 billion in 2011, to 6% of the world total of US$268.7 billion in 2012.

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World Energy Council Offers Ten-Point Agenda for Change [viewed]

world-energy-congress15 October 2013: The World Energy Council (WEC) has released a ten-point action plan and detailed guide to creating a framework to help governments, industry and key decision makers to address the inter-related challenges of energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability.

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OECD Report Analyzes Carbon Pricing and Climate Policies [viewed]

OECD9 October 2013: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a policy paper, titled 'Climate and carbon: Aligning prices and policies,' which contains lessons learned from OECD analysis on carbon pricing and climate policies. The report recommends that governments gradually phase-out fossil fuel emissions and provide consistent signals to consumers, producers and investors.

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Budapest Water Summit Calls for a Water-related Post-2015 Goal [viewed]

budapest-water-summit11 October 2013: The Budapest Water Summit brought together participants representing governments, international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector. The Summit discussed, in particular, the developments within and without the UN system on the development of water-related goals for the post-2015 development agenda.

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AfDB Launches Green Bond Programme for Financing Climate Solutions [viewed]

AfDB11 October 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched its inaugural Green Bond, which aims to provide funding for low-carbon and climate-resilient projects, focusing on, inter alia, programmes for sustainable energy and resilient landscapes. It furthers AfDB's aim to increase the use of public-private partnerships to meet development challenges.

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