Human Settlements & Population

EE Global 2015 Highlights Leadership, Markets, Buildings and Investment [viewed]

alliance_to_save_energy13 May 2015: The 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) served as a platform for launching new tools and technologies, introducing ideas for energy efficiency governance, discussing ways to demonstrate the value of building efficiency to industry, and advocating proper valuation of energy efficiency in the marketplace. The Forum, in its eighth iteration, brought together thought leaders from private industry, the non-profit sector and government to inspire action to advance energy efficiency.

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Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue [viewed]

SE4ALL14 May 2015: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is set to convene the Second Annual SE4ALL Forum under the theme ‘Financing Sustainable Energy for All'. The Forum, to be held from 18-21 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, will include the launch of the Global SE4ALL Commitment Platform, two-days of Multi-Stakeholder sessions and the first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN.

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Event: Climate Week Paris [viewed]

The Climate Group is organizing the first Climate Week Paris, which will feature the Business and Climate Summit (20-21 May) and Climate Finance Day 2015 (22 May). Other activities during the week will include: the Green Investment Financing Forum (19-20 May); Roundtable II 'Increasing Ambition' (19 May) by the Low Carbon Technology Partnerships initiative (LCTPi); an exhibition of the solar plane SOLAR IMPULSE 1 (19 May); a Green Investment Bank Workshop (20 May); a Roundtable Discussion on Climate Risk Disclosures and the Role of Financial Regulation (21 May); and the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) Launch Event (21 May). Other events will cover topics such as: measuring climate performance and carbon risk; wind energy solutions; innovative finance for climate resilience; turning urban challenges into opportunities in the face of climate change; low-carbon built environments; fast mitigation for high-emitting sectors; trade implications and synergies of a club of carbon markets; and innovations for a sustainable financial system.  

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24 Mediterranean Mayors Sign Climate Change Covenant [viewed]

convenant_of_mayors6 May 2015: Twenty-four mayors and representatives of local authorities from six Union of the Mediterranean members have signed onto the Covenant of Mayors, thus committing themselves to help reduce carbon emissions.

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Co-Facilitators Identify 21 SDG Targets for Revision [viewed]

post20157 May 2015: The Co-Facilitators of the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda have issued a revised proposal on targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The revised proposal, which addresses 21 targets, under 11 SDGs, is expected to be discussed at the fifth intergovernmental negotiation session, convening on 18-22 May 2015.

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GFDRR Calls for Strengthening Disaster Recovery Systems [viewed]

gfdrrMay 2015: The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) has published a report that: documents the challenges and progress made globally in integrating disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures into post-disaster recovery and rehabilitation; and recommends policies for strengthening disaster recovery systems to enable countries to protect their development gains.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release June Session Scenario Note [viewed]

UNFCCC5 May 2015: The Co-Chairs of the UNFCCC's Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have released their scenario note for the ninth part of the Group's second session (ADP 2-9), to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2015. In the note (ADP.2015.3.InformalNote), Co-Chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf and Daniel Reifsnyder describe the objective of the meeting as "constructive negotiations" on the basis of the positions contained in the negotiating text agreed at ADP 2-8 in Geneva, Switzerland, in February 2015.

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ASEAN Summit Adopts Declaration on Climate Change and Resilience [viewed]

Asean27 April 2015: The Heads of State and Government of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have signed a declaration committing to economic, social, cultural, physical and environmental measures that will reduce vulnerability to disaster and climate-related risks. The signatories pledge their intention to systematically mainstream disaster risk management (DRM) and climate change adaptation into policy making at the local, national and regional levels through multistakeholder engagement.

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UNEP Launches District Energy in Cities Initiative in Europe, Central Asia [viewed]

UNEP Logo30 April 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its District Energy in Cities initiative in the European and Central Asian region during a workshop co-hosted with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC). At the workshop, several countries and cities committed to meeting climate change targets through modern district energy systems.

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WHO Assesses Air Pollution Cost in Europe [viewed]

oecd_who28 April 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a report, titled ‘Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: Clean air, health and wealth,' which assesses the economic burden of deaths and diseases resulting from outdoor and indoor air pollution in region.

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