Energy

G20 Leaders Reaffirm Commitments to Climate, Sustainable Development, Clean Energy, Green Finance [viewed]

g20-20165 September 2016: As leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) gathered for their 11th Summit in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September, there was no shortage of pressure from non-state actors for the Group to place climate change and related issues prominently on the agenda. The outcomes from the Summit indicate that these issues were central to many of the discussions, but the final commitments did not go as far as some had hoped.

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China, US and Cook Islands Join Paris Agreement [viewed]

cook_us_china3 September 2016: The Cook Islands (on 1 September), and China and the US (on 3 September) have deposited their legal instruments for joining the Paris Agreement with the UN. With these three countries, a total of 26 Parties to the UNFCCC have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, representing 39.06% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost [viewed]

Sustainable_energy_finance1 September 2016: The month of August saw several financing announcements that, instead of focusing on a single project, will support many aspects of the energy sector in several countries, in the context of economic and infrastructure development. In addition, this Update reports on various initiatives that will support the expansion of off-grid energy access, “green” the public transport sector and increase industrial efficiency. It also includes a new 'Go-To Resources' section, which lists newly-released sources of information related to sustainable energy project development.

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US Meets with India, Pacific Islands on Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

us_india_pifs2 September 2016: US leaders, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Special Envoy for Climate Change Jonathan Pershing, attended a number of meetings related to climate change in the past week, engaging with their counterparts at the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) and at the 10th Pacific Islands Conference of Leaders meeting.

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Sub-national Governments Push for Climate Action [viewed]

ccca2016_seoul_C40_iclei 2 September 2016: At two recent major events bringing together representatives of local and regional governments, municipal and provincial authorities showcased the action they are taking to address climate change and urged their national governments to follow suit. In addition, mayors of cities from the Group of Twenty (G20) countries penned an open letter to their leaders calling on them to make concrete plans to implement the Paris Agreement.

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CSOs Reflect on Education-Related SDGs, National Development Strategies, Resilience [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)31 August 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs) and other non-government actors have highlighted the contributions of libraries to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), shared lessons on how political context can shape the achievement of education-related SDGs, reflected on a national sustainable development strategy in Egypt, and released a resilience framework.

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Event: Sustainable Investment Forum [viewed]

The Sustainable Investment Forum will bring together approximately 300 participants from national and regional governments, international finance and the private sector to advance dialogue on effective public-private funding mechanisms for scaling up low-carbon innovation and green finance opportunities necessary to realize the goals of the Paris Agreement. Topics to be addressed include: measuring and standardizing climate disclosure; developing climate-friendly investment portfolios; low-carbon investment in emerging regions; private sector innovation for low-carbon growth; and cities and regions as drivers of change. The event is being organized by Climate Action as part of Climate Week NYC, taking place from 19-25 September 2016. Climate Action builds partnerships between business, government and public bodies to accelerate international sustainable development and advance a green economy, and was established in 2007.  

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Event: The 1.5°C temperature limit – A better climate for growth, development and food security [viewed]

This event, organized by Climate Analytics, will discuss the strong potential for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement to mutually reinforce each other's ambition and results. It will provide insight into how delivering on the 1.5°C limit will not only avoid severe risks and damages, especially to the most vulnerable, but will contribute to global prosperity through enhanced food security, energy independence, health and well-being, livelihoods and resilience. The event is convening during Climate Week NYC, which is taking place from 19-25 September 2016. Climate Analytics, which was founded in 2008, brings together interdisciplinary expertise in the scientific and policy aspects of climate change to synthesize and advance scientific knowledge on climate change in order to provide support and capacity building to stakeholders.  

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Event: Climate Week NYC [viewed]

Climate Week NYC will bring together business and government leaders to continue the transition toward net zero emissions, through sharing a vision of a strong, low carbon economy, which requires innovation, a clean energy revolution and finance mechanisms. The annual event, which is convened by The Climate Group, will take place from 19-25 September 2016, in New York, US, during the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). The opening ceremony, titled 'America Means Business: US Leadership in a Post-Paris World,' will focus on climate leadership in the 21st century, technology and innovation, and the clean energy transition. Climate Week NYC's “signature” event, 'Securing a Paris Dividend: Leadership and innovation for a strong, sustainable economy,' will include keynote addresses from: John Kufuor, former President of Ghana and the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Climate Change; Prakash Javadekar, Minister of State Environment, Forests and Climate Change, India; Michael Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); and Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President. More than 30 affiliated events, including government panel discussions, workshops, academic seminars, exhibitions and artistic productions, will take place throughout the week. Events will focus on, inter alia: the role of corporate campaigns in the changing global energy landscape towards renewable energy; climate neutrality; climate finance; catalyzing climate change innovation through charitable and impact investment; the role of green bonds in public finance; energy storage; sustainable investment; urban innovation for livable cities; innovative approaches for scaling up climate-smart agriculture; climate action and sustainable land use in forestry and agriculture; and transformative low-carbon scenarios and risk implications for fossil fuel demand. Carbon Forum North America and a US-Canada Renewable Energy Roundtable will also convene, as will the UN Private Sector Forum, which will focus on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Climate Group, which was founded in 2004, works with business and government to promote clean technologies and policies, in order to expand clean technology markets and reducing emissions.  

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August 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness, Simplified Access to Finance in the Spotlight; Caribbean Disaster Resilience and Relief Gets Support [viewed]

august_climte_update30 August 2016: During the month of August, the focus of multilateral climate financing activities turned to the South, with a number of high-level meetings and technical workshops focusing on access, readiness and the special circumstances of vulnerable developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed its first disbursement agreement and the Adaptation Fund reported a record level of requested support.

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