Human Settlements & Population

European Cities Unite on Climate and Energy [viewed]

convenant_mayors15 October 2015: The Covenant of Mayors, a movement of European cities committed to energy efficiency and renewable energy, and its initiative 'Mayors Adapt,' composed of cities committed to preparing for the impacts of climate change, have joined forces in the fight against climate change. A ceremony launching the 'New Integrated Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy' took place at the European Parliament in the lead up to the Paris Climate Change Conference scheduled to take place in November-December 2015.

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Nansen Initiative Consultation Supports Protection for People Displaced by Disasters, Climate Change [viewed]

nansen_initiative14 October 2015: Delegates to a two-day Nansen Initiative Global Consultation have adopted the 'Agenda for the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced Persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change,' a voluntary agreement meant to protect those driven from their countries by natural disasters, including the impacts of climate change.

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European Countries Adopt DRR Roadmap [viewed]

UNISDR - EC - French Flag9 October 2015: European countries have issued a plan for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which aims to reduce the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards by 2030, and increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020. The 6th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for DRR (EFDRR) aimed to facilitate discussions, exchanges and synergies towards DRR activities in Europe, as well as to provide inputs from the European Forum DRR Focal Points to the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

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WBG/IMF Annual Meetings Address Climate Change, SDGs [viewed]

wbg.imf11 October 2015: The 2015 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which met from 9-11 October 2015 in Lima, Peru, were the first to be held in Latin America since 1967. The meetings consisted of plenary sessions, panel discussions and seminars, which addressed, inter alia, inequality, the economic slowdown, renewable energy, climate change, and the Bank's twin goals of ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity. They brought together government ministers, development experts, CEOs and celebrities.

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IEA: Energy Efficiency Saved US$5.7 Trillion Since 1990 [viewed]

IEA8 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the '2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report (EEMR),' which evaluates the impact of energy efficiency in the energy system and assesses the scale and outlook for further energy efficiency investment using country-by-country energy efficiency indicator data and IEA expertise.

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REN21, UNIDO Publish Report on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Southern Africa [viewed]

REN21 - SADC - UNIDO7 October 2015: The Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have published a report that illustrates the achievements of cooperation in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in promoting the market-based uptake of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and services. The report, titled the ‘SADC Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report,' was launched at a side event during the South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference (SAIREC) 2015, which convened from 4-7 October 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Submits INDC, California Adopts Clean Energy Targets [viewed]

Bosnia and Herzegovina and California Flags6 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bosnia and Herzegovina has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 150.

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UNGA Debate Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

unga703 October 2015: During the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Heads of State and Government as well as Vice-Presidents, ministers and other high-level officials addressed climate change, among other issues. The statements to the UNGA, which were delivered from 28 September to 3 October 2015 in New York, US, tackled, inter alia: the 2015 agreement; the long-term global goal; climate finance; climate impacts and losses; and mitigation pledges. The general debate followed on the heels of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, during which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted.

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WHO Calls for Action to Protect Health from Climate Change [viewed]

World Health Organization (WHO)7 October 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a call to action to raise awareness regarding the health opportunities that can be realized by tackling climate change. The call to action will be presented at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC that will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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APEC Adopts DRR Framework [viewed]

apec30 September 2015: Senior disaster management officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) have introduced a collaborative platform for strengthening the resilience of Asia-Pacific economies, in light of the 'new normal' of increasing natural disaster threats due to climate change. The APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will guide policy coordination within and between APEC economies to combat the increasing frequency, magnitude and scope of disasters, which are endangering lives and economic stability.

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