Governance

US, Pakistan Form Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

us-pakistan22 October 2015: The US and Pakistan released a joint statement on a range of issues, including: security; trade and investment; education, science and technology; clean, efficient and affordable energy; efforts to combat climate change; and people-to-people and cultural ties. In the statement, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif reinforce their commitment to an enduring US-Pakistan partnership, a prosperous Pakistan and a more stable region.

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IEA: INDCs Could Triple Energy Intensity Improvement [viewed]

IEA21 October 2015: Full implementation of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by mid-October would decouple power sector emissions from electricity demand, according to a special briefing by the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, based on IEA's estimates, the cumulative effect of implementing all INDCs submitted by mid-October also would lead to an average global temperature increase of around 2.7°C, which falls short of the “major course correction necessary” to stay below an average global temperature rise of 2°C.

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GEF Council Approves Regional Programme to Protect Amazon [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a “first-of-its-kind” multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80% of the Amazon and combat climate change. GEF says it will commit US$113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional programme covering Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which is expected to leverage US$682 million in additional financing over five years.

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US Companies Join 'Act on Climate' Pledge [viewed]

USA Flag19 October 2015: The US announced new commitments from companies that are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, bringing the total number of US companies that have signed onto the pledge to 81. Together, these companies have operations in all 50 US states, employ over nine million people, represent more than US$3 trillion in annual revenue, and have a combined market capitalization of over US$5 trillion.

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Event: 10th Meeting of the IRENA Council [viewed]

The 10th Meeting of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is expected to consider the draft work programme, draft budget and reports on progress in implementing the current Work Programme and Budget. IRENA's Council convenes twice per year, is accountable to the Assembly and is composed of 21 IRENA members who are elected on a rotating basis every two years. Council meetings normally last for two days and feature strategic discussions on the way forward of the Agency and future activities.  

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APUF-6 Anticipates Growing Resource Pressure from Region's Cities [viewed]

apuf_621 October 2015: The Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) reviewed the challenges of urbanization facing the region, as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) called for stronger governance of cities, better and more accessible data, and blended finance to support cities' capital investments.

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State of Europe's Forests Report Indicates Significant Progress [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)21 October 2015: Launched on the occasion of the seventh FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, held from 20-21 October 2015 in Madrid, Spain, the 'State of Europe's Forests 2015' report shows expansion of Europe's forest area and progress on sustainable forest management.

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Focuses on Loss and Damage [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University19 October 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Reporting Services (RS) division, has released the second in a series of seven French language bulletins produced in the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, convening in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The bulletin focuses on the theme of loss and damage.

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IRENA Guide Supports Transition to ‘Age of Renewable Power' [viewed]

IRENA8 October 2015: A report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) proposes a framework for the development of national roadmaps for power sector transformations. It identifies 20 measures to integrate variable renewable energy sources into electricity grids and presents lessons from countries already pursuing a power system transformation to renewable energy.

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European Cities Unite on Climate and Energy [viewed]

convenant_mayors15 October 2015: The Covenant of Mayors, a movement of European cities committed to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and its initiative 'Mayors Adapt,' composed of cities committed to preparing for the impacts of climate change, have joined forces in the fight against climate change. A ceremony launching the 'New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' took place at the European Parliament in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in November-December 2015.

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