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69th UN General Debate Opens, Addressing Post-2015 Agenda, Climate Change [viewed]

unga6924 September 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its 69th General Debate on 24 September 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Many Heads of State and Government addressed the post-2015 development agenda, including its architecture and means of implementation (MOI). Many applauded UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's UN Climate Summit the day before, with several calling for future actions, including a legally binding agreement on climate change. Speakers also addressed strengthening international security, reforming the UN and tackling Ebola.

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Mexico, Singapore Accept Doha Amendment [viewed]

mexico-singapur23 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat reported that Mexico and Singapore have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 15.

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Eleven Sites Added to UNESCO Global Geoparks Network [viewed]

global geoparts23 September 2014: The Global Network of Geoparks has grown to 111 sites, with the addition of 11 new sites at the sixth International UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Conference on Global Geoparks, held from 19-22 September, in Saint John Brunswick, Canada.

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UN Private Sector Forum Focuses on Carbon Pricing [viewed]

United Nations Global Compact23 September 2014: The 2014 UN Private Sector Forum, held as part of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit, brought together approximately 400 global business, government and civil society leaders. During the event, a list of 31 ‘Carbon Pricing Champions' was announced and 11 ‘Corporate Commitments to Climate and Energy' were presented.

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Over 1000 Businesses, 73 Countries Support Carbon Pricing [viewed]

World Bank23 September 2014: Seventy-three countries and 22 states, provinces and cities, alongside over 1,000 business and investors, have signed a statement signaling their support for carbon pricing to help limit global temperature increase to below 2ºC, citing climate change as “one of the greatest global challenges" that "threatens to roll back decades of development and prosperity.”

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UN Partners Discuss Raising Global Demand for Sustainability [viewed]

UNDP UNEPunorcid22 September 2014: A day prior to the UN Climate Summit 2014, a high level discussion, on the theme 'Towards a Deforestation-Free Future: The Demand-Side Challenge,' discussed how to generate and increase demand for products and services that contribute to land-based climate change mitigation, as well as sustainable development overall. The event identified the need to address the imbalance between the supply of sustainable production on one hand, and private sector initiatives and innovative finance, as related to demand for sustainable production and supply chains, on the other.

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ADB Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: A modeling study published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) identifies several positive macroeconomic impacts from improving energy efficiency. The study focuses on seven Asian countries from 2010 to 2050, and finds that energy efficiency policies would have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditure, investment, and result in an increase in intraregional trade.

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Guest Article #111: High-Efficiency Appliances for a Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

Living standards and populations are growing across the globe, and the new, increasingly urbanized, middle classes are looking to the creature comforts that have long been taken for granted by others. This process is a welcome indicator that many nations are moving into or toward the middle-income zone and bringing a higher quality of life for their citizens.

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High-Level Event Focuses on Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

Yumkella22 September 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) high-level event, titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Energy for All,' featured high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at the country level.

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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