Transport

UNU-IAS Report Highlights Urban Climate Co-Benefits [viewed]

Unuiaslogo18 November 2013: The UN University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) has launched a policy report, titled ‘Urban Development and Climate Co-Benefits: Aligning Climate, Environmental and Other Development Goals in Cities.' The report examines challenges and opportunities in implementing urban climate co-benefit approaches, with a particular focus on developing country cities and sub-national processes in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Japan.

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Transport Day 2013 Concludes with Warsaw Statement on Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

Transport Day 201317 November 2013: Transport Day 2013, which took place alongside the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, was supported by the Bridging the Gap initiative (BtG) and the Joint Convener Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), with a focus on rethinking transport and climate change.

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OECD Finds Successful Green Economy in Austria, Recommends Improvements [viewed]

OECD6 November 2013: Austria's green economy and environmental performance meet high standards, according to an assessment from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), but has room for improvement on pollution and other issues. The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) for 2013 highlights progress made since the previous report for Austria, in 2003. EPRs of OECD member countries are now in their third cycle.  

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Climate Finance Tracking Website Launched [viewed]

AfDBNovember 2013: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced its efforts to develop a climate finance tracking methodology, through collaboration to develop a joint multilateral development bank methodology for tracking adaptation and mitigation finance. 

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Bunker Fuels, GEF and GCF [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, which address information on bunker fuels, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). These topics will be considered under the agenda of different bodies during the upcoming days. 

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EEA Finds Car Manufacturers Met 2012 Average Carbon Emissions Targets [viewed]

EEA30 October 2013: A report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) indicates that major car manufacturers are aligned with average carbon dioxide (CO2) vehicle emissions targets for 2012 in the EU.

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BASIC Countries Call for Warsaw to be an "Implementation COP" [viewed]

Flag of China29 October 2013: The 17th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change brought together representatives from Brazil, India, South Africa and China (BASIC), who adopted a joint statement emphasizing that the upcoming Warsaw Climate Change Conference "should be an implementation Conference of the Parties (COP)."

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SLoCaT Partnership Invites Input on Draft Warsaw Declaration on Low Carbon Transport [viewed]

slocat23 October 2013: The Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) has invited input on a draft Warsaw Declaration on Low Carbon Transport and Sustainable Development, which it is being developed in collaboration with sustainable transport and development institutions. 

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Event: Transport Day 2013 [viewed]

Organized by the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport and the Bridging the Gap Initiative, Transport Day 2013 will convene during the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), land transport is the fastest growing source of carbon dioxide emissions, contributing to 13% of global emissions and 23% of all energy-related emissions. The Day aims to: demonstrate the contribution that transport can make to mitigation and adaptation, specifically in the context of sustainable development; promote the integration of transport into policy making on climate change under the UNFCCC; and ensure that modalities for financing, capacity building and technology transfer under the UNFCCC are appropriate for the transport sector. The event will address such issues as: the mitigation potential of the transport sector; policy making on sustainable, low carbon transport in the developing world; ensuring effective nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) on transport; integrating adaptation into transport policies; and financing sustainable, low-carbon transport. Transport Day 2013 is expected to conclude with the adoption of the 'Warsaw Statement on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport,' which will contain recommendations on how to strengthen the integration of sustainable, low-carbon transport in the UNFCCC process, particularly the new global agreement on climate change. SLoCaT is a Type II Partnership under the UN. It is hosted by UN-DESA. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) act as regional focal points.  

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UN-HABITAT Identifies Access as Key for Sustainable Urban Transport [viewed]

UN-HABITAT7 October 2013: The UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) released ‘Planning and Design for Sustainable Urban Mobility: Global Report on Human Settlements 2013' as part of its World Habitat Day Celebrations.

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