Human Settlements & Population

UNEP and Partners Launch Energy Efficient Appliances Partnership [viewed]

UNEP23 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a partnership to reduce global energy demand, mitigate climate change and improve access to energy by accelerating the global transition to efficient appliances and equipment. The ‘Efficient Appliances and Equipment Partnership' supports the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, and builds on UNEP's ‘en.lighten' initiative on phasing out incandescent lamps.

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GEF Launches Sustainable Cities Program [viewed]

GEF23 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) launched an Integrated Program on Sustainable Cities in the context of the UN Climate Summit, which took place on 23 September 2014. The program will establish a common platform for cities to access and share solutions on climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy, transport and water.

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Climate Week NYC Opens with Focus on Low-Carbon Economy [viewed]

climate-week-nyc22 September 2014: Convened by the Climate Week NYC organizer The Climate Group, jointly with CDP, the opening day of the major, week-long event in New York, US, attracted the participation of global leaders from policy and business, and heard announcements of new greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction commitments from business and subnational governments. The event also marked the launch of a renewable energy campaign, a pro-mitigation business coalition, and a report on innovative climate and energy policies.

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013 [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - EIB - ADB - World Bank Group19 September 2014: The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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Habitat III PrepCom Recognizes Urbanization as Key to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UN-HABITAT18 September 2014: Participants called for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements at the first Preparatory Committee for the 2016 UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). They recognized Habitat III as an opportunity to create a coherent, integrated urban agenda and ensure urbanization's contribution to sustainable development, particularly within the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

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SLoCaT-Backed Study Calculates Public Transport Benefits [viewed]

slocat17 September 2014: An accelerated shift to clean public transport could save over US$100 trillion during the next 35 years, according to a study supported by the Partnership on Sustainable Transport (SLoCaT). The scenario study demonstrates how a shift in investment away from cars and towards public transport can reduce carbon dioxide emissions and result in savings in public and private capital, as well as in operating costs.

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CEM Partnership Releases Energy Savings Guide [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial10 September 2014: The Energy Management Working Group of the Global Superior Energy Performance (GSEP) Partnership, part of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), has launched a guide to help organizations in assessing the impacts of energy efficiency projects. The publication presents a simple and practical guide to performing measurement and verification (M&V) for a project and quantifying related savings.

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UN-Backed Report: 22 Million Displaced by Disasters in 2013 [viewed]

nrc-idmc17 September 2014: A UN-backed report reveals that 22 million people worldwide were displaced in 2013 by disasters, mainly due to earthquakes or climate and weather-related events. The report further indicates that the risk of displacement due to disasters has more than doubled over the last four decades, largely because of the growth and concentration of urban populations.

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OECD, Bloomberg Philanthropies Urge Empowering Cities for Climate Action [viewed]

oecd-bloomberg17 September 2014: Choices made around infrastructure in cities could help avoid the worst impacts of climate change, according to a report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Bloomberg Philanthropies. The report, titled ‘Cities and Climate Change: National Governments Enabling Local Action,' examines how enabling policy frameworks at the national level can support critical climate action in cities.

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World Bank Group Designs Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate [viewed]

Worldbanklogo15 September 2014: The World Bank Group has announced the design of the Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF), a pay-for-performance instrument that aims to stimulate investment in projects that reduce emissions while maximizing the impact of scarce public resources and leveraging private sector financing through the use of auctions.

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