Human Settlements & Population

Event: Young and Future Generations Day at COP 21 [viewed]

Young and Future Generations Day will comprise youth-led side events, workshops and activities and a continuous stream of creative actions that prove young people are key players in reaching innovative and ambitious solutions to climate change. A lead event on intergenerational equity, jointly organized by the UN Joint Framework Initiative on Children, Youth and Climate Change (YOUNGO), and the UNFCCC Secretariat in collaboration with the UN Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth, will provide an opportunity to engage youth delegates from around the world with key players on the intergovernmental climate change arena. Other events include interviews with COP 21 participants and side events related to youth.  

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Majority of Disasters are Weather-related: UNISDR Reports [viewed]

UNISDR23 November 2015: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has released a report, titled 'The Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters 1995-2015,' which finds that 90% of disasters around the world are caused by weather extremes, such as floods, storms heatwaves or droughts. Over the past 20 years, these disasters have caused 606,000 deaths and left 4.1 billion people injured, homeless or in need of emergency assistance.

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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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IEA, IPEEC Evaluate Energy Efficiency in Buildings of Major Economies [viewed]

iea_ipeec23 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) and International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) have co-published a report, titled 'Building Energy Performance Metrics: Supporting Energy Efficiency Progress in Major Economies,' which lays out the current state of energy performance in buildings over the period 2000-2012. The report finds that efficiency could save the equivalent of building energy use in China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and the US combined annually.

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UNGA Meets Informally on Refugee Crisis [viewed]

unga7019 November 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) held an informal meeting on advancing a comprehensive response to the global humanitarian and refugee crisis. Participants discussed: providing protection including through third-country resettlement; ensuring adequate and predictable financing; and increasing support to receiving countries. Many said it is not possible to continue business-as-usual in humanitarian affairs, and welcomed the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

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Bahamas, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC18 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Bahamas, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 168. The submission from the Bahamas covers the energy and forestry sectors; that from Saint Lucia covers energy, electricity generation and transport; and Saint Vincent's INDC focuses on energy (including domestic transport), industrial processes and product use, agriculture, land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), and waste.

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IEA Ministers Call for Successful COP 21 [viewed]

IEA18 November 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) held its 2015 Ministerial meeting under the theme, 'Innovation for a Clean, Secure Energy Future.' According to the Summary of the Chair, Ernest Moniz, US Secretary of Energy, discussions focused on "the critical role that energy sector policies and energy innovation can play to successfully combat climate change." Among the meeting outcomes was a statement calling for the successful outcome of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Arab Countries Agree on Roadmap to Implement Sendai Framework [viewed]

unisdr_arab13 November 2015: The Arab region agreed on a roadmap for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 in order to reduce disaster losses, and which is intended to revitalize the disaster risk coordination mechanism established in 2007 by the League of Arab States. More than 120 participants representing governments, cities, academia, civil society, youth and international organizations met in Cairo, Egypt, to launch an Arab Strategy for DRR specific to the region's needs and priorities and aligned with the Sendai Framework's targets.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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UNEP, Axa Group Highlights Insurance Industry's Role in Building Resilience [viewed]

unep_fi_axa_2 November 2015: The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative and the AXA Group, a global institutional investor, have published a report that showcases how cities and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are building resilience to climate risks, and highlights the important role the insurance industry plays in working with cities and SMEs to help build resilient and sustainable communities and economies.

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