Science, Assessment & Monitoring

New Zealand Submits INDC [viewed]

new-zealand7 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that New Zealand is the 46th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), committing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. According to the INDC, the target corresponds to a reduction of 11% from 1990 emissions, which will be used as the formal reference level.

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IRENA Assesses Renewables Readiness of Fiji, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu [viewed]

IRENA2 July 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released Renewables Readiness Assessments (RRAs) for three small island developing States (SIDS): Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu. The RRAs find that the three countries could meet their energy needs, expand energy access, decrease electricity costs and strengthen energy independence through a combination of renewable energy resources.

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Poverty, Climate, Indicators in Focus of Stakeholder Input [viewed]

post2015July 2015: Civil society and other stakeholders issued policy briefs and articles with proposals and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing, inter alia: the multi-dimensional poverty index; indicators; follow-up and review; the June version of the post-2015 zero draft; and potential impacts of climate change on achieving the SDGs.

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Event: IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting [viewed]

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by the UN Statistics Division and hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The meeting objectives are to: review the list of possible global indicators; discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues, including data disaggregation; and discuss the work plan and next steps. Registration for stakeholder participants is available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s3bZo9t0SQIiRHysd9rinIEG1tBOlnXpzWm4j31jeXg/viewform  

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Global Commission Identifies Economic Opportunities that Mitigate Emissions [viewed]

new_climate_economy6 July 2015: The Global Commission on the Economy and the Climate has released a report that identifies ten concrete economic opportunities that could also reduce emissions, and close up to 96% of the gap between business-as-usual emissions and the level required to limit temperature rise to below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels. The report was prepared in the context of international climate negotiations for a new climate deal expected to be reached at the Paris Climate Change Conference in November-December 2015.

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Final MDG Report: Gains, Shortfalls Point Way to Post-2015 Success [viewed]

milenium_goals_report6 July 2015: Extreme poverty was ended for more than one billion people through efforts under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the final edition of the MDGs Report. The 2015 report highlights achievements in access to drinking water, universal primary education, child and maternal health, gender equality and eliminating hunger, among others. However, the report also underscores the need for more work as part of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind.

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CARICOM Countries Address Renewable Energy, SIDS' Development, Climate Change [viewed]

CARICOM5 July 2015: The 36th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) focused on energy, bolstering education systems, and Haiti's "looming humanitarian crisis," among other issues. A high-level symposium on sustainable development convened on the sidelines of the Conference.

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Singapore Submits INDC [viewed]

singapure3 July 2015: The Government of Singapore has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, making it the 45th Party to do so. According to its submission, the country intends to achieve a 36% reduction in its 2005 emissions intensity by 2030. It also plans to stabilize its emissions levels, aiming to peak emissions by around 2030.

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UNECE Reviews Montenegro's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECEJuly 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the third 'Environmental Performance Review' of Montenegro, which discusses policy-making, implementation and the financing of environmental policies and projects.

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WMO, WHO Issue Guidance on Heat-Health Warning Systems [viewed]

WMO WHO1 July 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have jointly published a report titled ‘Heatwaves and Health: Guidance on Warning-System Development.' The report focuses on warning systems to address health risks posed by heatwaves, which are becoming more frequent and intense as a result of climate change.

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