Transport

This section addresses the ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from travel, including: the reduction of the fossil carbon content of transport fuel; the increase in fuel efficiency of vehicles; the encouragement of a move towards more environmentally friendly forms of transport; and the possible inclusion of transport in emissions trading schemes.

Event: Global Sustainable Transport Conference [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is convening the first-ever global conference on sustainable transport in recognition of the critical role that sustainable transport plays in combating climate change and achieving sustainable development. The Conference will build on intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport and bring together stakeholders from governments, the UN system and other international organizations, the private sector and civil society to engage in a dialogue that emphasizes the integrated and cross-cutting nature of sustainable transport and its multiple roles in supporting the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Conference will address, inter alia: all modes of transport, including road, rail, aviation, ferry and maritime; the concerns of developing countries, including least developed countries (LDCs), landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS); transport in both urban and rural areas; energy and transport; public transport; road safety; and financing for sustainable transport. The Assistant Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management will serve as the Secretary of the Conference, while the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) will serve as the Conference Secretariat.  

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Event: Transforming Transportation 2017 [viewed]

Transforming Transportation is the annual conference co-hosted by the World Bank and EMBARQ, the urban mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local governments, multilateral development banks, foundations, civil society, research institutions, and businesses from around the world. At Transforming Transportation, they share the latest experiences, information, and best practices around sustainable transport.  

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China, US and Cook Islands Join Paris Agreement [viewed]

cook_us_china3 September 2016: The Cook Islands (on 1 September), and China and the US (on 3 September) have deposited their legal instruments for joining the Paris Agreement with the UN. With these three countries, a total of 26 Parties to the UNFCCC have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, representing 39.06% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Offer Broad Energy Sector Support; Off-Grid, Transport, Industry Receive Boost [viewed]

Sustainable_energy_finance1 September 2016: The month of August saw several financing announcements that, instead of focusing on a single project, will support many aspects of the energy sector in several countries, in the context of economic and infrastructure development. In addition, this Update reports on various initiatives that will support the expansion of off-grid energy access, “green” the public transport sector and increase industrial efficiency. It also includes a new 'Go-To Resources' section, which lists newly-released sources of information related to sustainable energy project development.

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Adaptation and Loss and Damage Update: COP 22 Preparations Pick Up Speed; Regions Enhance DRM Cooperation [viewed]

unisdrs_unfccc_pifs1 September 2016: With the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 7-18 November 2016, less than three months away, preparations are underway. The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a number of meeting documents, and Parties have been submitting their views on a range of issues, including the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP) on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change. The outcomes of several upcoming September meetings will also feed into the Marrakesh Climate Change Conference.

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Sub-national Governments Push for Climate Action [viewed]

ccca2016_seoul_C40_iclei 2 September 2016: At two recent major events bringing together representatives of local and regional governments, municipal and provincial authorities showcased the action they are taking to address climate change and urged their national governments to follow suit. In addition, mayors of cities from the Group of Twenty (G20) countries penned an open letter to their leaders calling on them to make concrete plans to implement the Paris Agreement.

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August 2016 Climate Finance Update: Readiness, Simplified Access to Finance in the Spotlight; Caribbean Disaster Resilience and Relief Gets Support [viewed]

august_climte_update30 August 2016: During the month of August, the focus of multilateral climate financing activities turned to the South, with a number of high-level meetings and technical workshops focusing on access, readiness and the special circumstances of vulnerable developing countries. The Green Climate Fund (GCF) signed its first disbursement agreement and the Adaptation Fund reported a record level of requested support.

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Event: 25th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 25th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy will focus on: 'Energy for Sustainable Development'; how to deliver on national commitments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and potential solutions to be agreed on at an Energy Ministerial that will take place during the Eighth International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 11 June 2017. The Committee will also exchange views on, inter alia: national actions; market realities in the context of low oil and gas prices; decision making during periods of risk and uncertainty; and the impact of decarbonization on fossil fuel assets, fossil fuel producers and energy markets in Europe. Topics addressed will also include: the effect of oil prices on the sustainable energy agenda; measuring and tracking progress regarding energy productivity; gaps between actions and nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and between NDCs and outcomes; the role of fossil fuels in a future energy system; the water, food and energy nexus and connections with smart cities and transport; and methane management in extractive industries. This meeting is being organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  

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2015 Climate Finance by MDBs at US$25 Billion [viewed]

2015_climate_finance9 August 2016: In 2015, six multilateral development banks (MDBs) jointly committed more than US$25 billion in climate finance. According to the '2015 Joint Report on Multilateral Development Banks' Climate Finance,' in addition, a total of US$55.7 billion were committed in co-finance, raising the total to US$80.8 billion. The sum committed in 2015 by the six MDBs represents an 11% drop compared to climate financing commitments in 2014, at US$28.3 billion, but is above 2013 levels (US$23.8 billion). The 2014 report (published in 2015) did not include data for co-financing.

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Mitigation Update: Cities Intensify Climate Action; IMO, ICAO Take Steps to Enable Mitigation Policies [viewed]

cdp_unfccc_imo_icao_mrv4 August 2016: The year 2015 has been confirmed as the hottest on record since at least the mid-to-late 1800s, according to the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The 'State of the Climate in 2015' report published in the Bulletin of the AMS notes the combined effect of long-term global warming and a very strong El Niño effect, and reports record-high sea levels, upper ocean heat content, global sea surface temperatures, global surface temperatures, and major greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations.

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