Governance

This section addresses issues related to the way climate change issues are treated at the local, national, regional and international levels, including the negotiations under the UNFCCC.

G20 Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group Holds Inaugural Meeting [viewed]

g20-turkey13 March 2015: During the first working session of the Group of 20 (G20) Energy Efficiency Finance Task Group (EEFTG), participants focused on enhancing understanding of the participating economies' challenges in increasing flows of energy efficiency finance and on potential opportunities for international cooperation in this area. The Task Group, coordinated by the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), was among the six work streams announced at the G20 Leaders' Summit in November 2014.

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Event: Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue [viewed]

The Dialogue is hosted by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Originally an initiative of Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, the first Dialogue was held in May 2010 as a follow-up to the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) and in preparation for COP 16. Representatives from all regions of the world gather at the Dialogue for informal discussions in support of the UNFCCC negotiating process. The Dialogues are chaired by Germany and the president of the upcoming COP (Mexico in 2010; South Africa in 2011; Qatar in 2012; Poland in 2013; Peru in 2014; and France in 2015).  

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Ninth GCF Board Meeting Opens [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new24 March 2015: The ninth meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) opened in Songdo, Republic of Korea, on 24 March. This meeting is the first since over US$10 billion was pledged to the Fund in late 2014, as part of the Fund's Initial Resource Mobilization (IRM). The meeting will focus on the remaining elements needed to begin approving programme and project proposals no later than the Board's 11th meeting.

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WCDRR Adopts Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

wcdrr_meeting19 March 2015: Representatives from 187 countries have adopted the ‘Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030,' making it the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda. The Framework, which was adopted following a marathon round of negotiations at the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in Sendai, Japan, includes seven targets and four priorities for action.

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UN Marks International Day of Forests with Special Session [viewed]

international_forests_day_21_march21 March 2015: The UN celebrated the annual International Day of Forests on 21 March with a special event at Headquarters in New York, US. The theme of the celebration, 'Create a Climate Smart Future,' focused on the intersection of forests with resilience, adaptation, mitigation and the global climate and development discussions.

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SE4ALL CEO Announces Departure [viewed]

Yumkella12 March 2015: The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Sustainable Energy for All and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative has submitted his resignation to the members of the SE4ALL Advisory Board. Kandeh Yumkella, SE4ALL CEO since July 2013, stated in a letter to the Advisory Board that, while not an easy decision, he believes it is time to "go home to serve [his] people in Sierra Leone."

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GFIA Focuses on Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

gfia11 March 2015: To help meet the goal of increasing agricultural production while minimizing environmental damage, the 2nd Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) met to showcase sustainable agriculture innovations and solutions. The forum featured, inter alia: a Global Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) Summit; a solutions conference on ‘Food Losses and Waste Initiative: From Prevention to Valorisation'; a two-day conference on ICT for Sustainable Agriculture; a session on ‘Edible Cities: Building Resilience with Urban Agriculture'; and an Innovations Programme, with sessions on agribusiness, water, mechanization, renewable energy and agroforestry.

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UNCCD Conference Stresses Role of Science and Traditional Knowledge in Scaling Up Land-Based Adaptation [viewed]

csts412 March 2015: The outcome from the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 3rd Scientific Conference emphasizes that, inter alia, "human actions are a key driver of desertification, land degradation and drought, and a contributor to climate change. Therefore, society must mitigate or reverse these stresses using innovative approaches to attain land degradation neutrality."

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EU Energy Council Meeting Signals Support for Energy Union [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL6 March 2015: The EU Energy Council met to discuss the European Commission's plans for an ‘Energy Union' for the EU. Held under the Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council (TTE) of the Council of the EU, the meeting focused on issues including energy security, energy efficiency, decarbonization and the internal energy market.

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Event: European Council Meeting March 2015 [viewed]

Among other agenda items, at their 19-20 March meeting of the Council, EU leaders will set out further orientations in view of building an Energy Union based on the work done by the Commission and in various Council configurations. The focus is expected to include enhancing energy security, completing the EU internal energy market, and pursuing efforts for more renewable energies and increasing energy efficiency.  

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