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Silva2015 Calls for Development of Forest-Related Indicators on SDGs [viewed]

Participants at Ssilva20156 November 2015: Silva2015, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), addressed the theme 'The Value of Forests.' The session gathered representatives from 39 countries from Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and North America, who pledged to continue their efforts to build climate change into national forest programmes, and asked UNECE and FAO to develop global forest-related indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on existing indicators.

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Indonesia Burning: Update [viewed]

Indonesia BurningNovember 2015: As fires continue to burn across millions of hectares in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium has produced a series of stories and videos based on research from its on-site scientists. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has also expressed deep concern, underscoring the need to address the issue through a long-term integrated approach.

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China, France Call for Comprehensive Stocktaking of GHG Emissions Cuts Every Five Years [viewed]

france_china2 November 2015: Meeting less than a month before the Paris Climate Change Conference, French President François Hollande and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that the outcome expected in Paris should include provisions for a five-year review of progress toward reaching long-term emissions goals. The Presidents released a statement following the meeting, explaining that "the results of this stocktake will inform parties in regularly enhancing their actions in a nationally determined manner."

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PA13 Hears Partner Updates, PMR Publishes Report on Carbon Leakage [viewed]

pmr30 October 2015: The 13th meeting of the Partnership Assembly (PA13) of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and accompanying workshops received updates on mitigation initiatives from around the world, including energy policy developments in Chile, the status of China's carbon market developments, the Norwegian Carbon Credit Procurement Program, and climate mitigation initiatives in Sri Lanka. PA13 also received updates from the UNFCCC on progress towards Paris and from the World Bank on its Carbon Pricing Initiatives and Transformative Carbon Asset Facility.

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BASIC Ministers Commit to Ambitious Paris Agreement [viewed]

Flag of China31 October 2015: The Ministers from the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) have reiterated their commitment to reaching an equitable, ambitious, comprehensive, balanced and durable agreement in Paris through a transparent, inclusive and party-driven process. In their joint statement, the Ministers call for accelerating textual negotiations on the basis of “the revised non-paper” issued by the UNFCCC on 23 October 2015.

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CEM Predicts Huge Growth in Off-Grid Appliance Market [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial29 October 2015: According to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the global market for off-grid appliances is expected to experience “rapid, significant growth," with consumer spending on off-grid fans, televisions and refrigerators increasing from US$525 million in 2015 to a possible US$4.7 billion in 2020. The research also highlights challenges that must be overcome in order for the market's potential to be fully realized, in regard to energy efficiency, finance, tariffs and taxes, distribution, consumer awareness and customer service.

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Event: 2015 International Energy Agency Ministerial [viewed]

The 2015 International Energy Agency (IEA) Ministerial, meeting under the theme ‘Innovation for a Clean, Secure Energy Future,' will emphasize the importance of increased cooperation among IEA member countries, emerging economies and the business community. The Ministerial meeting, which convenes every two years, helps set strategic priorities for the IEA. The IEA Secretariat digests what has been discussed and develops ideas for existing or new work programmes, which it then presents to the Governing Board of the IEA. Ministerial meetings also enable member countries to agree to undertake domestic or collective actions in the field of energy policy. Ministers from the 29 IEA member countries, nine partner countries (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa and Thailand plus one candidate country for accession, Chile) and representatives from the African Union (AU), the EU, the Nuclear Energy Agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are expected to attend the 2015 IEA Ministerial Meeting in Paris. CEOs from the IEA Energy Business Council representing companies active in energy or related fields will also attend. The meeting will be chaired by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.  

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Asia-Pacific Meeting Recognizes DRR as Integral to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2015: The fourth session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) endorsed a set of recommendations and initiatives to enhance regional cooperation and make DRR an integral part of sustainable development in the region. Countries agreed to work together to: strengthen technical areas, such as drought monitoring and early warning; enhance the use of space applications; and promote risk-sensitive development strategies.

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China's Central Committee Meeting Calls for Active Involvement in Climate Change, 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Flag of China29 October 2015: The Communique of the fifth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee Meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) indicates that China will actively undertake international responsibilities and obligations including active involvement in responding to global climate change negotiations and active participation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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