Science, Assessment & Monitoring

IRENA, MIST Find Solar PV Cost-Competitive in the UAE [viewed]

renewable_energy_prospectsApril 2015: According to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), renewable energy, in particular electricity from solar photovoltaics (PV), has been cost-competitive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2014. Prepared as part of IRENA's REmap country study series, the report finds that increasing the share of renewable energy in the UAE's energy mix to 10% and electricity generation mix to 25% by 2030 could generate annual net savings of at least US$1.9 billion.

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Event: Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting [viewed]

The second meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Turkish Presidency will take place 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. In relation to energy sustainability during its 2015 Presidency, Turkey is focusing on: access to reliable energy; energy investments; the reasons behind the high costs of renewable energy investment; deploying public and private resources for energy investment; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan and monitoring its implementation; improving the Joint Organisations Data Initiative; and the implementation of price reporting agencies principles to improve energy market transparency.  

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UN-REDD Moves towards Implementation [viewed]

logos_unredd_fao_gef15 April 2015: Demonstrating a shift from planning and preparation to implementation, a number of funding mechanisms, support tools and projects for REDD+ have been launched.

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Structured Expert Dialogue on 2013-2015 Review: Last Session's Report Released [viewed]

UNFCCC7 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report on the fourth and last session of the structured expert dialogue (SED) on the 2013-2015 review. The 2013–2015 review is carried out by the Conference of the Parties (COP) with assistance from the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), which established a joint contact group. The COP established the SED in 2012 to support the work of the joint contact group and ensure the scientific integrity of the review through a focused exchange of views, information and ideas.

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Development Finance Institutions Work on Principles for Tracking Climate Finance [viewed]

world_bank_idfc3 April 2015: Over two dozen development finance institutions are working on common sets of principles that each will use for tracking climate finance. The first set for tracking mitigation finance has been agreed and similar principles for tracking adaptation finance and the ability to leverage finance will follow later this year. Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, said that common methodologies will help “build trust that climate finance is flowing.”

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UNFCCC Outlines Next Steps for BURs [viewed]

nama_news2 April 2015: With the first set of biennial update reports (BURs) submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat by non-Annex I (developing) country parties, the international consultation and analysis (ICA) process will begin within six months, according to the UNFCCC Secretariat. On its Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) News site, the Secretariat presents a guide to the next steps under ICA.

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Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee Submits Review Recommendations [viewed]

UNFCCC1 April 2015: The Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC) has submitted its recommendations on the review of the JI guidelines (FCCC/SBI/2015/5), prepared in accordance with the request from the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol at its tenth session (CMP 10).

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African Workshop Builds Capacity on National GHG Inventories [viewed]

MRV27 March 2015: The Third African Regional Workshop, titled ‘Technical Training on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories and Developing GHG Reporting Programmes' and hosted by the International Partnership on Mitigation and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), brought together participants from Angola, Egypt, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work [viewed]

ECOSOC1 April 2015: The 2015 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the theme of 'Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.' Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, in dialogue with UN Member States and civil society representatives, the Segment examined policy recommendations for decent work and employment, and how these issues fit in with ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and other UN processes.

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African Finance Ministers Address FfD, Data Revolution, Climate Change [viewed]

UNECA AU31 March 2015: The Eighth Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Specialised Technical Committee of Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development agreed on a ministerial statement that addresses progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and support for the post-2015 development agenda, financing for development (FfD), the data revolution and climate change, among other issues. The meeting convened under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development.'

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