Human Settlements & Population

EU Sustainable Energy Week Celebrates Clean and Efficient Energy Systems [viewed]

sustainableenergyweek201519 June 2015: With over 2,700 participants, more than 670 Sustainable Energy Days and side events Europe-wide, and a policy conference, EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 highlighted the need for efficient use of energy, expansion of renewable energy and, in the words of International Energy Agency (IEA) Chief Economist Fatih Birol, "a peaceful divorce between economic growth and emissions."

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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Malawi, Partners Assess Flooding Loss and Damage, Recovery Costs [viewed]

gfdrr-eu-un18 June 2015: With technical support from the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the UN and the EU, the Government of Malawi carried out a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) in the aftermath of the 2015 floods in Malawi, launching the findings on 18 June 2015, in Malawi. The assessment aimed to quantify the loss and damage from the floods, and estimate recovery and reconstruction costs. The assessment shows total loss and damage of US$335 million, while total recovery and reconstruction costs are approximately US$494 million.

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Event: World Summit Climate and Territories [viewed]

Hosted by Rhône-Alpes Region, the World Summit Climate and Territories is organized by a variety of networks and organizations. It has two objectives: to present concrete greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments from a range of territorial players; and to submit specific proposals for commitments from non-state actors to be acknowledged in a climate agreement in Paris. The commitments and proposals will be submitted to the French Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as to all UNFCCC parties.  

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Vienna Energy Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development [viewed]

viena-energy-forum20 June 2015: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Initiative, convened under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development.'

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Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015 Celebrates Tenth Anniversary [viewed]

asia-energy-forum19 June 2015: The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2015 brought together energy professionals for the tenth time in Manila, the Philippines, to hear presentations by more than 200 speakers and share best practices relating to clean energy policy and regulatory frameworks, technology development and applications, and business models and finance. The event was hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and organized by ADB, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Energy Council (WEC) and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO).

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Financing Needs, Sendai Framework [viewed]

ecosoc-has19 June 2015: The 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution encouraging UN Member States to support climate change adaptation and strengthen early warning systems, welcoming the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and the holding of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016. It also called for integrating work on development and humanitarian issues.

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IEA Outlines Pillars for Success at Paris Climate Change Conference [viewed]

IEA15 June 2015: A special report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) proposes a four-pillar approach to making the UN Paris Climate Change Conference a success from the energy perspective, namely through: a peak in energy emissions; a five-year review of national emission targets; a long-term emissions goal; and a process for tracking energy-sector achievements.

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WMO Congress Agrees on Post-2015 Priorities, Appoints New Secretary-General [viewed]

WMO12 June 2015: The 17th session of the World Meteorological Congress agreed on priorities for 2016-2019, adopting a new strategic plan and related budget. The Congress also appointed a new Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud, who will remain ‘Secretary-General emeritus,' reiterated that high-impact weather and climate extremes are likely to occur with greater frequency and intensity due to climate change, noting that while a window of opportunity still exists “to act and prevent irreversible damage,” it is closing fast.

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Bonn Climate Conference Focuses on Streamlining Negotiating Text for 2015 Agreement [viewed]

iisdrs-sd4211 June 2015: The Bonn Climate Change Conference under the UNFCCC included the 42nd sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), as well as the ninth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-9). Delegates in Bonn were faced with a gargantuan task. ADP negotiators had to produce a streamlined and concise negotiating text for the 2015 agreement; consider which elements to include in the agreement, and which ones to leave to COP decisions; and start substantive negotiations. They also had to continue efforts to enhance pre-2020 climate action. This packed ADP agenda stole the limelight, in spite of the SBSTA and SBI having a long list of outstanding issues for consideration.

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