Sustainable Development

Guide Offers Green Bonds Toolbox [viewed]

scaling_up_green_bond9 December 2015: The Climate Bonds Initiative and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched a guide for public sector decision makers on scaling up green bond markets for climate change mitigation and other objectives of sustainable development. The guide aims to accelerate the growth of the green bond market to achieve the US$6.2 trillion of annual investment estimated necessary to build the infrastructure of low-carbon economies around the world.

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NEPAD with Partners Launch African Resilient Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

nepad_wb_wri6 December 2015: Launched at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, France, by the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative will be implemented in partnership with the World Bank and World Resources Institute (WRI) through forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate-smart agriculture, and rangeland management.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Outcome [viewed]

cop219 December: Delegates at COP 21 discussed a revised version of the Paris outcome during an evening session of the Comité de Paris. Introducing the revised draft, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius informed parties that the text: is “inspired” by the ADP draft Paris outcome from Saturday, 5 December; incorporates ministerial facilitators' recommendations; and draws from ADP co-facilitators' suggestions and experience. He explained that the 29-page text, which contains three-fourths fewer brackets than the previous draft, aims to provide an overview of progress made and identify clear options on three cross-cutting issues still to be settled at the political level.

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Earth to Paris Coalition: Time for Bold Action for Climate [viewed]

earth_to_paris9 December 2015: “Everyone has a role to play” in addressing climate change, agreed UN leaders, advocates, business and other leaders at 'Earth To Paris—Le Hub,' which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Participants at the event discussed cross-sector solutions to climate change, stressing that now is the time for bold action.

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Equator Prize Ceremony Honors 21 Indigenous and Local Community Groups [viewed]

equatorinitiative8 December 2015: The Equator Initiative Prize Ceremony, described as the ‘Academy Awards for Sustainable Development,' honored 21 indigenous and local community groups from 19 countries for their “outstanding achievements in advancing sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” The ceremony, which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, recognized winners for their contributions and innovations in preventing deforestation, protecting endangered wildlife species, securing land rights and creating jobs for their communities, among other actions.

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UNEP and ICLEI Announce Collaboration [viewed]

unep_iclei8 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability at the Cities & Regions Pavilion on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The MoU is expected to serve as an umbrella for a range of initiatives between UNEP and ICLEI, addressing areas such as sustainable consumption and production (SCP), air pollution, biodiversity, energy and transport.

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COP 21 Considering Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop218 December 2015: Negotiations advanced on the draft outcome of COP 21, with minister-led informal consultations, bilaterals and party-led breakout groups under the "Comité de Paris" on: support: MOI (finance, technology and capacity building); acceleration of pre-2020 action (workstream 2, excluding pre-2020 finance); adaptation, and loss and damage; differentiation, in particular with regard to mitigation, finance and transparency; ambition, including long-term goals and periodic review; facilitating implementation and compliance; preamble; forests; cooperative mechanisms; and response measures.

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Energy Day Launches Major Initiatives on Renewables, Efficiency and Access [viewed]

s4all_irena_lpaa7 December 2015: A number of major cooperative initiatives on renewable energy, energy access and energy efficiency were announced during Energy Day at the Paris Climate Change Conference. Hundreds of participants from governments, businesses and financial institutions participated in the event held as part of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) Focus on Energy.

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GLF Highlights Climate-related Land-Use Issues and Research [viewed]

glf_paris7 December 2015: The 2015 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) gathered more than 3,000 people to discuss priority issues including land restoration, financing for sustainable landscapes and strengthening the role of indigenous peoples and local communities in land-related decision-making. Several publications were launched in concert with the Forum, which convened from 5-6 December 2015, on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Coalition of Financial Institutions Sign Five Principles for Mainstreaming Climate Action [viewed]

finantial_institutions7 December 2015: A coalition of 26 financial institutions has signed on to five voluntary principles, titled ‘Mainstreaming Climate Action Within Financial Institutions,' pledging to scale up their efforts to address climate change and to continue to integrate climate considerations into their investments and advisory functions. The principles outline how financial institutions can: commit to climate strategies; manage climate risks; promote climate smart objectives; improve climate performance; and account for climate action.

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