Human Settlements & Population

GEF COP 20 Side Event Highlights Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Cities need to be at the heart of the transformation to a low-carbon economy, according to Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Speaking at an event on 'Sustainable Cities to Address Global Environmental Benefits,' she highlighted the rapid rate of urbanization globally and cities' contribution to energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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ICLEI, IPU COP 20 Event Highlights National and Local Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants presented local-level climate actions at an event 'From Vision to Action Plan: Raising the Global Level of Ambition through National and Local Action,' organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, panelists pledged their support for the Lima Communiqué to be presented to the High-Level Segment of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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IOM and UNCCD Sign Memorandum of Understanding [viewed]

UNCCD logo26 November 2014: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 105th session of the IOM Council. The meeting took place on 25-27 November 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.

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WRI, ICLEI, C40 Launch Global Standard for Measuring Municipal GHG Emissions [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The World Resources Institute (WRI), ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group have created a standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The organizations launched the 'Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC)' at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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MINES ParisTech Examines Urban Energy Strategies at COP 20 Event [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: An event organized by the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (MINES ParisTech) on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference focused on the design of climate-friendly strategies for cities to address climate change vulnerability and promote sustainability. 'The Need and Challenge of Ambitious Climate-Energy Strategies at the Urban Scale' presented concrete initiatives being undertaken by academia, local authorities and industry.

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IPCC Publishes Full Report on Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

IPCC28 November 2014: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published the full version of Working Group III's (WG III) contribution to the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), titled ‘Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change,' in advance of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru. The report explores solutions involved in climate change mitigation based on a comprehensive assessment of the relevant scientific, technical and socioeconomic literature and describes the costs, benefits, risks and trade-offs of alternative policy options.

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper on Actions with High Mitigation Potential [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released an updated technical paper compiling information on actions, initiatives and options for enhancing mitigation ambition and outlining their mitigation potential (FCCC/TP/2014/13). The technical paper, which updates similar compilations from 2013, will inform the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on raising pre-2020 ambition at the seventh part of its second session (ADP 2-7).

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UNFCCC 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award Winners Announced [viewed]

momentum-change25 November 2014: The UNFCCC's Momentum for Change initiative has announced the 12 winners of the 2014 Lighthouse Activity Awards, which include both “large, game-changing solutions and small, entrepreneurial efforts." Each of the 12 activities touches on one of four areas related to action: by and for the urban poor; that fosters women's leadership; that unlocks climate finance; and action that uses information and communications technology (ICT) solutions.

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SDSN Outlines Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the US [viewed]

unsdsn20 November 2014: The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) has released a report demonstrating that the US could achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2050. Using what the report indicates are conservative economic assumptions and existing or near-commercial technologies, the report creates four low-carbon scenarios, all leading to the 80% cut, which translates into an 83% reduction over 2005 levels.

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Sustainable Transport Advisory Group Sets Priority Areas, 3-Year Work Plan [viewed]

United Nations18 November 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's High-level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport has agreed on priority areas and a work plan for its three-year term. The Advisory Group agreed to consider the potential for sustainable transport to contribute to poverty alleviation, sustainable urbanization and sustainable growth, among other topics, and to promote the integration of sustainable transport in relevant intergovernmental processes, including the post-2015 development agenda.

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