Health

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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WHO Conference Calls for Strengthening Health Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

health-conference29 August 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate discussed linking climate, sustainable development and health policy. The conference also produced a draft summary recognizing the need to strengthen health resilience to climate change and highlighting the opportunity for climate change mitigation measures to achieve public health gains.

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WHO Conference on Health and Climate Opens in Geneva [viewed]

health-conference28 August 2014: The World Health Organization (WHO) Conference on Health and Climate opened on 27 August, in Geneva, Switzerland, at WHO headquarters. The aim of the conference is to catalyze action in addressing the impacts of climate change on health. Participants will focus on the thematic areas of strengthening health system resilience to climate risks and promoting health while mitigating climate change.

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UN Outlines Expectations for SIDS Conference [viewed]

SIDS Conference logo21 August 2014: The UN announced key outcomes that are expected from the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) taking place in Apia, Samoa, on 1-4 September, including over 300 new, SIDS-focused partnerships that will be monitored for their achievements.

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ADB Assesses Climate Change Costs in South Asia [viewed]

ADB19 August 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has published a report, titled ‘Assessing the Costs of Climate Change and Adaptation in South Asia,' which predicts that by 2050, the collective economy of six countries - Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka - will see an average annual economic loss of around 1.8% of GDP by 2050 that could rise to 8.8% in 2100 if the “world continues on its current fossil fuel-intensive path.”

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