Sustainable Development

World Bank Explores Climate Change-Poverty Relationship [viewed]

fao-worldbankNovember 2014: The World Bank Group has published a paper that explores the relationship between climate change and poverty by examining the impact of climate change on: poor people's livelihoods and wellbeing; the risk for non-poor people to fall into poverty; and the ability of poor people to escape poverty. The document, titled ‘Climate Change and Poverty: An Analytical Framework,' proposes four “channels” that determine household consumption and through which households may escape from or fall into poverty: prices, assets, productivity and opportunities.

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GEF COP 20 Side Event Highlights Climate Action in Cities [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Cities need to be at the heart of the transformation to a low-carbon economy, according to Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Speaking at an event on 'Sustainable Cities to Address Global Environmental Benefits,' she highlighted the rapid rate of urbanization globally and cities' contribution to energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNDP Administrator Calls for Synergy Among Development, Disaster and Climate Agreements [viewed]

UNDP7 December 2014: “Coherence across the poverty eradication, disaster reduction and climate agendas is essential for inclusive, low emission and climate-resilient development,” UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark said in a session on ‘Zero Poverty. Zero Emissions. Within a generation?' during the Development & Climate Days at the 20th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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ECLAC Updates Study on Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo5 December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published an update of its study ‘The Economics of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean: Paradoxes and challenges of sustainable development,' which provides an overview of expected climate impacts in the region, as well as subregional and national figures. The report explains that, while growth in the region has led to improved economic and social conditions, it has had negative impacts on the environment, economy and society as a whole, including through more air pollution in urban areas and a deterioration of natural assets, such as water resources and forests.

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IEA Releases 2014 Insights on Energy, Climate Change and Environment [viewed]

IEA10 December 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) addresses the interconnections between climate change policies and the global energy sector in its report 'Energy, Climate Change and Environment: 2014 Insights.' The report presents: ways to retire high-emission assets, such as coal plants; important lessons for designing an emissions trading system (ETS); examples of co-managing air pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and trends in energy metrics.

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UN-REDD COP 20 Event Examines REDD+ Post-2015 [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) organized a high-level dialogue to explore a post-2015 vision for REDD+ as a catalyst for sustainable development and the 2016-2020 role of UN-REDD. The side event, 'Looking Forward: REDD+ Post 2015,' convened on the margins of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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GEF Considers Experience Gained in Adaptation and Way Forward [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) organized a side event titled 'What Do We Know About Adaptation? Perspectives on the UNFCCC Adaptation Experience and the Way Ahead' at the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, Gambia and Tuvalu shared their adaptation experiences as part of a broader discussion on project implementation successes and challenges, difficulties in sustaining support and the future of financial mechanisms and adaptation funds.

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COP 20 Event Showcases Joint Crediting Mechanism for Developing Countries [viewed]

limacop208 December 2014: The event 'Actions for Low-Carbon Development in Developing Countries through the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)' covered current efforts and activities under the JCM. The JCM aims to facilitate the diffusion of low-carbon technologies, products, systems, services and infrastructure; the implementation of mitigation actions; and the sustainable development of 12 developing countries.

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2015: Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity [viewed]

Transforming Transportation 2015 will convene under the theme of Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity. Participants will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities and discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will impact urban transport, with an emphasis on data and technology, governance, and international financial flows. Transforming Transportation is an annual conference co-organized by the World Resources Institute's EMBARQ Initiative and the World Bank.  

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UNGA Adopts Resolution on SD Financing Report [viewed]

unga698 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) discussed and adopted a resolution on the ‘Report of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF)' (A/69/L.32). By the resolution, the Assembly reaffirms that the ICESDF report, the Open Working Group (OWG) on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Outcome Document and the UN Secretary-General's synthesis report are valuable inputs for the preparations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD).

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