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First Dresden Conference Discusses Nexus Approach to SDGs [viewed]

UNU27 March 2015: The UN University Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) convened the inaugural Dresden Nexus Conference, with a focus on a “nexus approach” to climate change, urbanization and population growth, and how it could contribute to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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African Workshop Builds Capacity on National GHG Inventories [viewed]

MRV27 March 2015: The Third African Regional Workshop, titled ‘Technical Training on National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories and Developing GHG Reporting Programmes' and hosted by the International Partnership on Mitigation and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), brought together participants from Angola, Egypt, the Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Russian Federation, Gabon Submit INDCs [viewed]

flags_russia_gabon1 April 2015: The Governments of the Russian Federation and Gabon have submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. With their submissions, a total of 35 parties have formally announced their INDCs. The Russian Federation's contribution brings the total emissions from industrialized countries covered by INDCs to nearly 80%. Gabon is the first African country to announce an INDC.

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ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work [viewed]

ECOSOC1 April 2015: The 2015 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the theme of 'Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.' Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, in dialogue with UN Member States and civil society representatives, the Segment examined policy recommendations for decent work and employment, and how these issues fit in with ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and other UN processes.

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UNEP Global Trends Report: New Solar and Wind Installations Hit Record High in 2014 [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the 9th iteration of its 'Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment' (GTR), reporting that 2014 saw a 17% increase in renewable energy investments over 2013. GTR 2015 also finds that 2014 was the best year on record for newly installed renewables capacity at 103 gigawatts (GW), an amount equivalent to the total capacity of the US's 158 nuclear power plant reactors.

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March 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

march_2015_sustainable_rnergyMarch 2015: Sustainable energy finance projects in Albania, Armenia, Chad, China, Georgia, Honduras, Latvia, Morocco, Poland, Romania, Ukraine and the EU were announced by the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Commission, European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank during the month of March. In addition, the multilateral development banks (MDBs) and World Bank released publications related to sustainable energy finance, and EBRD and the World Bank hosted energy efficiency and renewable energy events.

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Event: G7 Summit [viewed]

In addition to standing agenda items on the global economy and foreign, security and development policy, the heads of state and government of the Group of Seven (G7) will consider: protection of the marine environment, marine governance and resource efficiency; antibiotic resistance, neglected and poverty-related diseases, and Ebola; retail and supply chain standards; and empowering self-employed women and women in vocational training. On development policy, the G7 will address in particular the post-2015 development agenda, as well as other conferences taking place in 2015, such as the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The Group will also continue its work on the Rome G7 Energy Initiative for Energy Security. On the second day of the Summit, G7 leaders will hold a dialogue with leaders from African nations. The G7 members are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US.  

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European Mayors to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

europeans_mayors26 March 2015: Representatives from 30 European capitals and major cities met to express and formalize their commitment to address climate change, emphasizing the role major urban centers play in this field. The meeting, which took place on 26 March 2015, in Paris, France, came in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015. French President Francois Hollande addressed the European mayors, stating that major cities must be “pioneers” in terms of low-emission practices.

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Renewable Energy Met 15% of EU Energy Demand in 2013 [viewed]

ec26 March 2015: Energy from renewable sources met 15% of gross energy consumption in the EU in 2013, according to the EU's statistical office, Eurostat. This figure compares with the 8.3% of energy consumption covered by renewables in 2004. Since then, renewables have grown in all EU countries, with 13 at least doubling their renewable share over the last ten years.

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Norway, Mexico Submit INDCs [viewed]

mexico_norway30 March 2015: The Governments of Norway and Mexico submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC on 27 and 30 March 2015, respectively. The submissions followed those by Switzerland and the EU, and brought the total number of parties to the UNFCCC that have formally submitted their INDCs to 32.

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