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US, China Leaders Outline Vision for Paris [viewed]

china_us_flag25 September 2015: The Presidents of the US and China have issued a Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change comprising a vision for the UN Paris Climate Change Conference, and announcements on advancing domestic climate action and enhancing bilateral and multilateral climate cooperation. China announced plans to launch a national emissions trading system (ETS) in 2017 and ¥20 billion (US$3.14 billion, September 2015) for climate finance. The US highlighted its Clean Power Plan.

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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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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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C20 Calls for World Economy that Works for All [viewed]

g20-turkey16 September 2015: The Civil 20 (C20), a civil society platform of the Group of 20 (G20), issued a communiqué calling for world leaders to champion inclusive growth that respects human life, rights and dignity, and planetary boundaries. The Communiqué was issued by the third annual C20 Summit, which brought together hundreds of civil society delegates to finalize C20's recommendations to the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015.

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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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UNFCCC Reports on 3rd Dialogue on Education and Training [viewed]

UNFCCC21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary report (FCCC/SBI/2015/15) of the 3rd Dialogue on Article 6 of the Convention (education and training), held during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), from 2-3 June 2015. The Dialogue was attended by representatives of governments, and of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), as well as by experts, practitioners and stakeholders. Participants shared experiences and exchanged ideas, best practices and lessons learned regarding climate change education and training, and related international cooperation.

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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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EU, Republic of Korea Discuss Climate, Sustainable Development, Energy [viewed]

eu_rok15 September 2015: The anticipated global climate agreement to be adopted in December 2015, energy efficiency and biodiversity conservation were among the topics addressed at the Eighth Bilateral Summit of the Republic of Korea and the EU. The two parties delivered a joint statement underlining their commitment to work with other countries to deliver an “ambitious” and “effective” agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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