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IEA Measures Multiple Benefits of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

IEA9 September 2014: A book by the International Energy Agency (IEA) identifies and quantifies a broad range of positive impacts of energy efficiency, repositioning it as a mainstream tool for economic and social development. Noting that the traditional focus on energy efficiency as a tool for energy savings has prevented appreciation of its full value, the study argues that energy efficiency is a “hidden fuel” that can enhance the sustainability of the energy system, support strategic economic and social development objectives, and promote environmental goals and prosperity.

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2014 SEED Awards Celebrate African, Low-Carbon and Women's Enterprises [viewed]

Seed10 September 2014: A total of 41 enterprises from Africa and elsewhere have received the 2014 SEED Award, which celebrates innovative social and environmental start-up enterprises in developing and emerging economies tackling key sustainable development challenges at community level. The awards were announced during the 2014 SEED Awards Africa Symposium, held from 10-11 September 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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NGOs Outline Position on Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris.20158 September 2014: Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) have published a report outlining what needs to be agreed at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris, France, in December 2015, what has changed since 1992 on the road from Rio to Paris, the prospects for an agreement and why a global agreement is needed.

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UN CC:Learn Promotes Learning on Climate Change and Health, Education [viewed]

UN CC:Learn4 September 2014: The One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) Secretariat has launched two resource guides for those interested in gaining a more advanced understanding of: the linkages between climate change and health; and formal and informal education on climate change at primary and secondary levels.

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First IRENA Flagship Series Report Charts Transition to Renewables [viewed]

IRENA8 September 2014: The first edition of a new flagship publication series of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) argues that a new power system that is based on renewable energy would enhance energy access and security, create jobs and safeguard health and the environment globally. Titled ‘REthinking Energy: Towards a New Power System,' the report argues that new approaches to electricity systems planning and market design, policy frameworks and funding, and training and education are required to "take the energy transformation to the next level."

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World Water Week Calls for Water Goal in Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

SIWI5 September 2014: World Water Week, which convened this year on the theme 'Energy and Water,' closed with a call for inclusion of a standalone water target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) under the post-2015 development agenda.

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SIDS Conference Concludes with 297 Partnerships, Adoption of Outcome Document [viewed]

Samoa Partnerships Commitment4 September 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) took place from 1-4 September 2014, in Apia, Samoa, on the theme of ‘The Sustainable Development of SIDS Through Genuine and Durable Partnerships.' The Conference produced an outcome document, titled ‘SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (SAMOA) Pathway,' which was negotiated during the preparatory process at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and adopted during the closing plenary.

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Study Values Carbon Credit Benefits [viewed]

icroaSeptember 2014: Imperial College London in partnership with the International Carbon Reduction and Offsetting Alliance (ICROA) have published a study, titled ‘Unlocking the Hidden Value of Carbon Offsetting,' which demonstrates how purchasing carbon credits creates opportunities for economic development, promotes environmental conservation, and improves people's lives by delivering numerous social benefits, including household savings, health benefits and improved water resources.

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August Water Finance Update [viewed]

erdb-wb-gef-adb-afdb31 August 2014: During the month of August, the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans or grants for projects in Laos PDR, Cameroon, South Africa, Armenia and Romania. The World Bank also reported on the implementation of projects in Viet Nam, Zimbabwe and India.

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SIDS Conference Discusses Climate Change, Resilience, Social Development, NCDs [viewed]

2sepsids2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) and development partners continued their general debate at the Third International Conference on SIDS on 2 September, in Apia, Samoa, addressing issues of debt restructuring, SIDS' resilience, waste management, climate change, sea-level rise and recovery from extreme weather events. Several SIDS speakers stressed that access to financing and operationalization of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) require the attention of the international community, in the quest for sustainable development.

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