Health

Advisory Group Discusses Measures to Promote Sustainable Transport [viewed]

United Nations12 June 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport agreed on measures to accelerate a shift towards more efficient, healthy, safe and sustainable transport systems at its meeting in Milan, Italy. The Group will produce an outlook report on global, sustainable transport that will address all modes of transport and a range of issues, including climate change, clean fuels, health and road safety.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights G7 Countries' "Responsibility to Lead" [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw5 June 2015: In an opinion piece for CNN, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon argues that G7 countries have a “special responsibility to lead” in securing prosperity and dignity for all. The piece was published ahead of the Schloss Elmau Summit, held in Germany on 7-8 June 2015. Ban called on G7 leaders to “show they are serious about … protecting people and the planet.”

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IRENA, Atlantic Council Global Energy Center Promote Renewable Energy in US [viewed]

IRENA - Atlantic Council1 June 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Atlantic Council Global Energy Center have hosted an event, titled 'The Renewable Energy Transition: The Impact on Climate Change, Energy Security and Economic Development,' to discuss IRENA's 'REmap 2030: A Renewable Energy Roadmap' and highlight renewable energy as an important component of US energy policy.

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CBD-WHO Report Discusses Linkages between Biodiversity and Health [viewed]

Connecting Global Priorities Biodiversity and Human Health4 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have released a report, titled 'Connecting Global Priorities - Biodiversity and Human Health,' which reviews current knowledge on the linkages between biodiversity and human health, and the impact of a decline in biodiversity and ecosystem services on health. Based on knowledge from a wide range of scientific disciplines, this publication provides a comprehensive overview of the complex relationships between biodiversity and human health in thematic areas. It also profiles linkages to other global concerns, including climate change and to the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNFCCC, UNEP, ICLEI Hold Technical Expert Meeting on Accelerating Energy Efficiency Action in Urban Environments [viewed]

UNFCCC - UNEP - ICLEI6 June 2015: During the first week of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on accelerating energy efficiency action in urban environments, organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, took place under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) from 5-6 June 2015.

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UNFCCC, IRENA Hold Technical Expert Meeting on Renewable Energy Supply [viewed]

UNFCCC - IRENA3 June 2015: During the first week of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on renewable energy supply, organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on 3 June 2015.

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WHO Updates Health and Climate Change Country Profiles [viewed]

WHO2 June 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) provided an update on the development of WHO/UNFCCC country profiles during a side event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference. ‘Country Profiles for Health and Climate Change' focused on experiences of and lessons learned by the WHO European Country Office in developing the profiles, which aim to support the development of national adaptation plans.

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May 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - Adaptation Fund - UNDP - GEF - World Bank - APEC - SLoCaT - UNISDR - ADB - EIB1 June 2015: Climate finance-related news and announcements during May 2015 were published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). AfDB, IDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank launched studies, reports and stories related to climate risk and finance. AfDB, ADB and the World Bank reported on climate change and finance-related events.

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UN Scientific Advisory Board Discusses "Big Ideas" for the Future of Humanity and the Planet [viewed]

United Nations26 May 2015: The third meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of the UN Secretary-General, which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 25-26 May 2015, discussed a call by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for members to express “scientific concerns you have about the future of people and the planet” for his consideration.

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IMF Estimates Global Energy Subsidies at US$5.3 Trillion [viewed]

IMF18 May 2015: A study by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concludes that, despite the decline in energy prices, global energy subsidies are “dramatically higher than previously estimated.” The working paper, which presents updated information on regional and global energy subsidies, argues that subsidy reform is in countries' own interests given related fiscal, environmental and welfare benefits.

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