Governance

Commonwealth Members Commit to Ambitious Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

commonwealth29 November 2015: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) adopted a Leaders' Statement on Climate Action in which Commonwealth members reconfirm their commitment to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Change Conference that signals the need for deep emission cuts, promotes low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways and raises mitigation ambition over time.

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UNECE Committee Explores Pathways to Sustainable Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 November 2015: Participants at the 24th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE24) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed various pathways to sustainable energy, considered different conceptions of what "sustainable energy" is, and explored the challenges and opportunities of accelerating a transition in the UNECE region's energy system. The meeting featured a high-level segment that examined these issues in depth.

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IRENA Report Examines Renewable Energy's Role in Curbing Climate Change [viewed]

IRENA23 November 2015: According to a report released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), doubling the share of renewable energy in the world's energy mix by 2030 could result in half the emissions reductions needed to stay within the below 2°C warming goal. The report, titled 'REthinking Energy 2015,' adds that energy efficiency could supply the remaining emissions cuts necessary.

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Carry Out ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in Tandem with SDGs, Says UN Secretary-General [viewed]

Asean22 November 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to implement its ASEAN Community Vision 2025 in tandem with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while speaking at the seventh ASEAN-UN Summit.

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Standing Committee on Finance Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2015: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has submitted information on the outcomes of its work in 2015 to the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP) in advance of its 21st session. The COP will consider the report under its agenda item on matters relating to finance. The report (FCCC/CP/2015/8) covers, inter alia, the meetings, forums and virtual forum of the SCF, the development of a working paper on coherence and coordination of forest finance, and work on the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Scenario Note for Paris Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2015: Co-Chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf (Algeria) and Daniel Reifsnyder (US) have released the scenario note for the 12th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12), which is scheduled to take place from 1-5 December 2015, in conjunction with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The scenario note sets out the Co-Chairs' proposed organization of work for the meeting.

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France Releases Pre-COP 21 Aide-Mémoire [viewed]

cop2119 November 2015: The incoming French Presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has released an aide-mémoire summarizing the outcomes of the Pre-COP meeting held from 8-10 November 2015 in Paris, France. The aide-mémoire reflects the incoming Presidency's "understanding of the broad lines of the discussion." The documents sets out the key messages from the four working groups on equity and differentiation, ambition, post-2020 finance, and pre-2020 action and support.

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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UN High-Level Events Address Water, Sanitation and DRR; UNSGAB Launches Concluding Report [viewed]

un_sanitation_day19 November 2015: The UN addressed the role of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water management in ensuring food security, increasing access to energy and tackling urbanization challenges at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. The Session convened as part of a series of coordinated events for the UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, which included World Toilet Day and culminated with the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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Warsaw International Mechanism Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) issued a report on its work to the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC. The report (FCCC/SB/2015/3) contains information on the Executive Committee's work during and after its first meeting in September 2015. It also provides recommendations to the COP.

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