Africa

Private Sector Forum Commits to Support Achievement of SDGs [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact26 September 2015: The Private Sector Forum resulted in more than 35 corporate commitments to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including through investments in low-carbon infrastructure and solutions to make clean energy affordable and accessible. Also at the Forum, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the UN Global Compact and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) launched ‘the SDG compass,' a tool for helping companies to maximize their contributions to the Global Goals.

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Mongolia, Albania, Madagascar, Indonesia, Eritrea Submit INDCs [viewed]

mongolia_albania_madagascar_indonesia_eritrea24 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Mongolia, Albania, Madagascar, Indonesia and Eritrea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 73.

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Montenegro, Mauritania, Ghana Submit INDCs [viewed]

ghana_mautitania23 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Montenegro, Mauritania and Ghana have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 68. In their submissions, Montenegro, Mauritania and Ghana commit, respectively, to reduce emissions by 30%, 22.3% conditionally, and 45% conditionally, all by 2030. Montenegro's target is in comparison to 1990 levels, and the latter two use a business as usual (BAU) reference level.

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Equator Prize Announces 2015 Winners [viewed]

equatorinitiative21 September 2015: The 21 winning initiatives of the 2015 Equator Prize include a indigenous group in Brazil that inspired the film 'Avatar'; a conservation group in Indonesia that is saving sea turtles; a movement for pygmy rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a community-based organization in the poorest region of Afghanistan that is restoring areas affected by conflict and creating new jobs. The prize is the "flagship programme" of the Equator Initiative, a partnership that brings together the UN, governments, civil society, businesses and grassroots organizations to advance sustainable development solutions.

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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 September 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels.

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ODI Provides Scorecard on SDGs, Recommends Early Action [viewed]

odi_development_progress21 September 2015: Without increased effort, none of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be met, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). However, if countries emulate the performance of the top-performing countries “there is much to be hopeful about," it says. The report recommends early action to raise national ambitions, plan implementation and strengthen the focus on equity.

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Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea Submit INDCs [viewed]

comoros_grenada_equatorial21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 65. All three INDCs address both mitigation and adaptation.

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IAEA Conference Highlights Links with SDGs [viewed]

IAEA18 September 2015: Delegates to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 59th annual General Conference recognized clear linkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agency's work, also adopting resolutions on strengthening IAEA's work on nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation, and approving the IAEA budget for 2016-2017.

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Tunisia Submits INDC [viewed]

Tunisia Flag16 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Tunisia is the 62nd Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which contains the Party's mitigation objective of reducing its carbon intensity 41% by 2030 compared to its 2010 carbon intensity level. The Party specifies that a 13% reduction is an unconditional goal, but that an additional 28% can be achieved, conditional on support from international financing, capacity building and technology transfer.

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TEC 11 Reviews Technology Needs Assessment Methodology, Innovation Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC11 September 2015: During the 11th meeting of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC 11) of the UNFCCC, experts identified policies and guidance to help developing countries identify their technology needs and implement climate change mitigation and adaptation solutions. The week-long meeting also addressed climate technology finance and highlighted innovative clean technologies.

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