Sustainable Development

Event: Second Session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 2nd meeting of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy. Discussions will include: a report on the implementation of the Work Plan 2014–2015; progress made in renewable energy uptake, including key messages and next steps from the ongoing status report in the region; the UNECE's role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy, and contributing to global actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Other topics include: the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development; cross-cutting issues and coordination of work on renewable energy; renewal of the Mandate and Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy for 2016–2017; and key messages for the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy was established to advance renewable energy and energy for all in the UNECE region. It also facilitates regulatory and policy dialogue and sharing of best practices, with a view to increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.  

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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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IRENA REmap 2030 for Africa Finds High Growth Potential for Renewables [viewed]

IRENA5 October 2015: African countries, on average, could meet 22% of their energy needs with renewable energy by 2030, according to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report is part of IRENA's global REmap 2030 initiative, which sets a roadmap to doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030.

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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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Event: UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days [viewed]

This series of coordinated events on water and sanitation includes the Second Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters, the UN World Toilet Day and the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). The Session on Water and Disasters will develop messages and recommendations for major UN conferences, including the Paris Climate Change Conference and Habitat III. World Toilet Day aims to inspire action and underscore the urgency of ending open defecation, especially for women and girls, and will focus on sanitation and nutrition. The New York event will focus on how improved sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health.

During its final meeting the UNSGAB will share its final report and recommendations on advancing water and sanitation objectives in the post-2015 era with the UN Secretary-General and the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination.  

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Second Committee Begins Session with Focus on 2030 Implementation [viewed]

unga707 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) opened its General Debate for the UNGA 70th Session. Member States focused on issues related to the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The General Debate is taking place on 7-9 October, and will be followed by a discussion of the Committee's working methods on 9 October.

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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UNDP, UNFCCC, SPREP Hold INDCs Training Workshop for Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

undp_sprep_unfccc_australianflag1 October 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Australian Government convened a training workshop on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to support Pacific Island countries in reaching domestic agreements on their INDCs, and to provide an opportunity for these countries to share their experiences and good practices.

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Event: High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016) [viewed]

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016.  

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G20 Energy Ministers Convene Historic Meeting, Adopt Communiqué [viewed]

g20-turkey3 October 2015: G20 Energy Ministers met for the first time in the history of the G20 to discuss collaboration between G20 countries on strategic energy issues, on the basis of the G20 Energy Principles agreed to at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014.

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