Science, Assessment & Monitoring

Event: 24th Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 24th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will meet under the theme ‘Pathways to Sustainable Energy'. The meeting will provide the opportunity for member States to review progress on implementing the Programme of Work 2014-2015, before discussing and endorsing the future programme of work 2016-2017 and the strategic framework of the UNECE sub-programme on sustainable energy 2018-2019. The meeting will focus on the Committee and its six subsidiary bodies on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production, coal mine methane, gas, renewable energy and resource classification. An international high-level panel on 19 November 2015 will explore what sustainable energy means for the UNECE region, for both reducing the energy environmental footprint and ensuring needed energy for sustainable development. The meeting will be preceded by the third edition of the Geneva Energy Conversations on 17 November, which will address the role of fossil fuels in sustainable energy systems.  

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GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

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Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

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Adaptation Fund, AfDB Supporting Climate Finance Readiness [viewed]

Adaptation Fund23 October 2015: The Adaptation Fund and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), through its Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), are supporting initiatives to build the capacity of African countries to attract financing for and implement projects for climate change adaptation.

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UNCCD COP 12 Discusses SDG Target on Land Degradation Neutrality, DLDD Links with Climate Change [viewed]

cop12unccd23 October 2015: The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) adopted 35 decisions following deliberations on agenda items related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), including how to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) target to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) and how to align the UNCCD's goals and Parties' action programmes with the Goals. Parties also considered messages for the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will take place from 30 November-11 December 2015.

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2015 on Path for Hottest Year [viewed]

WMO23 October 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced that 2015 will most likely be the hottest year on record. According to the Global Climate Report from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the world just experienced the hottest January-September on record, as well as the hottest September on record. WMO's provisional Statement on the Status of Global Climate for 2015 will be released in November 2015 in advance of and to inform discussions at the Paris Climate Change Conference. WMO will also release a summary of the global climate from 2011-2015.

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US, Pakistan Form Clean Energy Partnership [viewed]

us-pakistan22 October 2015: The US and Pakistan released a joint statement on a range of issues, including: security; trade and investment; education, science and technology; clean, efficient and affordable energy; efforts to combat climate change; and people-to-people and cultural ties. In the statement, US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif reinforce their commitment to an enduring US-Pakistan partnership, a prosperous Pakistan and a more stable region.

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IEA: INDCs Could Triple Energy Intensity Improvement [viewed]

IEA21 October 2015: Full implementation of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) by mid-October would decouple power sector emissions from electricity demand, according to a special briefing by the International Energy Agency (IEA). However, based on IEA's estimates, the cumulative effect of implementing all INDCs submitted by mid-October also would lead to an average global temperature increase of around 2.7°C, which falls short of the “major course correction necessary” to stay below an average global temperature rise of 2°C.

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GEF Council Approves Regional Programme to Protect Amazon [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a “first-of-its-kind” multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80% of the Amazon and combat climate change. GEF says it will commit US$113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional programme covering Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which is expected to leverage US$682 million in additional financing over five years.

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Adaptation Committee Reports on Progress Ahead of SBI, SBSTA [viewed]

UNFCCC20 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the Adaptation Committee (FCCC/SB/2015/2) on its work from November 2014-October 2015, in preparation for the 43rd sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The report highlights progress made toward: promoting coherence in adaptation under the Convention and synergies with organizations, centers and networks; providing technical support and guidance to Parties on adaptation actions and means of implementation; and outreach, awareness raising and information sharing.

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