Governance

OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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Nordic Council Assesses Options for Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform [viewed]

Nordic Council Logo10 February 2014: The Nordic Council of Ministers has published a paper, titled 'Nordic Cooperation on fossil-fuel subsidy reform in developing countries: Assessing Options and Opportunities,' which outlines how development partners can work together to end fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries.

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ADP Co-Chairs Outline Views on 2014 Work [viewed]

UNFCCC4 February 2014: The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has released an informal note containing the reflections of the Co-Chairs on progress made during the third part of the second session and on its work in 2014 (ADP.2014.1.InformalNote). The note addresses the 2015 agreement, preparation of national contributions, pre-2010 ambition and high-level engagement.

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IRENA Reviews Indicators of Renewable Energy Deployment Policies in Developing Countries [viewed]

IRENAFebruary 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), in collaboration with the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), has undertaken a systematic review of literature on indicators of effectiveness, efficiency, equity and institutional feasibility of national renewable energy deployment policies, with a focus on developing countries.

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World Economic Forum Focuses on Climate Change, Post-2015 [viewed]

World Economic Forum25 January 2014: The 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) focused on 'The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business.' Many speeches, events and presentations throughout the meeting centered on the impacts of climate change and global poverty, while participants looked forward to an ambitious post-2015 development agenda to address many of these challenges. 

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Event: Green Growth Knowledge Platform Regional Practitioners' Workshop [viewed]

The Green Growth Knowledge Platform's (GGKP) Workshop on Green Growth in Africa, titled 'Pathways to Green Growth in Africa,' aims to: explore the rationale for green(er) growth in an African context; facilitate policy dialogue and knowledge sharing; and discuss practical implementation issues. The workshop will focus on setting an African green growth vision through thematic sessions and exploring linkages among natural resources management, renewable energy and greening infrastructure. Participants will, inter alia, focus on green growth landscapes in Africa, including a discussion on the specific challenges faced by African countries, such as high dependence on natural resources for growth and rapid infrastructure, and discuss green growth in practice, including discussions on forest-friendly growth in the Congo Basin and parallel sessions designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas and identify areas for collaboration. Also during the workshop, The Program on Forests (PROFOR) will convene sessions, providing a practical introduction for assessing and monitoring forest governance and enhancing climate resilience including through climate change mitigation and adaptation.  

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January 2014 Water Finance Update [viewed]

World Bank AFDB21 January 2014: The World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) made a number of investments in the water and sanitation sector in January 2014, including in Albania, Bangladesh, Ghana, India, Madagascar, the Russian Federation, Togo and Viet Nam, for projects aimed at improving basic urban services, providing rural access to water supply and sanitation, expanding hydromet systems to monitor hydrological information, and improve the climate resilience of irrigated agriculture and water supply and sanitation services, among others.

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New CTCN Director Appointed [viewed]

Unep Logo18 January 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that Jukka Uosukainen has been appointed as the Director of the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the UNFCCC's Technology Mechanism.

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Monaco Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC27 December 2013: Monaco has become the fifth party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha amendment, which formalizes commitments for the period 2013-2020, the second commitment period of the Protocol.

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Event: IRENA Africa Clean Energy Corridor High-Level Meeting [viewed]

This ministerial meeting is being convened to consider an Action Agenda for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor, an initiative launched at the third session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly in January 2013, with the objective of developing clean, indigenous, cost-effective renewable power to support Africa's economic development. The Ministerial Round Table will discuss: benefits of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor; countries' views on the opportunity to move to a renewable energy future; key challenges that countries will face in making the transition; whether countries are fully equipped to use their renewables resource potential; and whether the concept of the Africa Clean Energy Corridor provides the necessary elements to enable renewable energy transition.  

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