Asia

New IPCC Chair Elected [viewed]

Hoesung_Lee7 October 2015: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has elected Hoesung Lee, Republic of Korea, as its new Chair. Lee was elected by 78 votes to 56 in a run-off with Jean-Pascal van Ypersele of Belgium. Speaking after the vote, Lee said he was "honored and grateful" to have been elected. He underscored the need for more information regarding existing options for preventing and adapting to climate change.

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Second Our Ocean Conference Galvanizes 80 Initiatives, US$2.1 Billion in Commitments [viewed]

Second Our Ocean Conference6 October 2015: The Second Our Ocean Conference generated US$2.1 billion in commitments on oceans, including announcements of more than 80 initiatives on marine conservation and protection and the protection of over 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean. The Conference aimed to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the world's oceans.

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APEC Adopts DRR Framework [viewed]

apec30 September 2015: Senior disaster management officials from the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) have introduced a collaborative platform for strengthening the resilience of Asia-Pacific economies, in light of the 'new normal' of increasing natural disaster threats due to climate change. The APEC Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) will guide policy coordination within and between APEC economies to combat the increasing frequency, magnitude and scope of disasters, which are endangering lives and economic stability.

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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India, Germany Step Up Cooperation on Climate Change, Energy [viewed]

india_germany6 October 2015: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their joint determination to boost clean energy and reach “an ambitious, comprehensive and equitable climate agreement” at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in December 2015, during the third Inter-Governmental Consultations between India and Germany, held in New Delhi, India, on 5 October 2015.

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Afghanistan Submits INDC [viewed]

afghanistan flag6 October: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Afghanistan has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out the country's intended mitigation contribution and its adaptation priorities.

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October Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2015: Since 18 August 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria, Bhutan, Hungary, Madagascar, Panama, Samoa, Switzerland and Thailand have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 49.

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G20 Energy Ministers Convene Historic Meeting, Adopt Communiqué [viewed]

g20-turkey3 October 2015: G20 Energy Ministers met for the first time in the history of the G20 to discuss collaboration between G20 countries on strategic energy issues, on the basis of the G20 Energy Principles agreed to at the G20 Leaders' Summit in Brisbane, Australia, in November 2014.

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IEA Reports Accelerated Growth of Renewables [viewed]

IEA2 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) launched a report, titled ‘Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2015,' which assesses market trends for renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors. The report also identifies drivers and challenges to renewables' deployment and projects their growth through 2020. The report, launched during the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October 2015, further assesses potential impacts of enhanced policy actions under an accelerated case for renewable power.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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