Human Settlements & Population

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

read more »

Africa Progress Report 2015 Calls for Energy Revolution [viewed]

app5 June 2015: The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has released its Africa Progress Report 2015, titled 'Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities,' which calls on Africa's leaders to start an energy revolution that delivers energy access for all, and meets the demands of consumers, businesses and investors for affordable and reliable electricity.

read more »

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.

read more »

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.

read more »

UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

read more »

ECPA Ministerial Builds Momentum for Clean Energy Economy in Americas [viewed]

ECPA logo26 May 2015: Several clean energy initiatives have been launched at the 2nd Ministerial of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), which strived to further strengthen momentum in the region to combat climate change and accelerate clean energy technology and policies ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

read more »

SE4ALL Accelerators Plan Joint Action for High-Efficiency Products [viewed]

enlighten15 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) hosted the first joint Project Steering Committee meeting of the en.lighten and United for Efficiency (U4E) initiatives, developing strategic guidance for coordinated action by the two initiatives. U4E and en.lighten are the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative's Accelerators on appliances and lighting, respectively, and are working together to assist countries in leapfrogging to high-efficiency products.

read more »

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.

read more »