Europe

SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals [viewed]

EEA2 March 2015: “The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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February 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

feb_2015_energy_financeFebruary 2015: In February, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF) of the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA) announced funding for sustainable energy projects. Recipient countries include Belarus, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Honduras, India and the UK.

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Event: Indicators and Data for Climate Resilient Development: From Data to Information and Knowledge to Policy Actions [viewed]

This workshop aims to identify a core set of indicators and data sets for gauging climate resilient development to enable measurement in areas such as natural hazards, vulnerability, adaptive capacity, mitigation, resilience and development. Key topics for discussion include: vulnerability to climate change, adaptive capacity and resilience; targets and indicators post 2015; development; and natural hazards related to climate change. The European Commission's (EC) Joint Research Centre Institute for Environment and Sustainability (JRC-IES) and the Climate Change Unit of the Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO C2) are organizing the workshop as part of efforts by the Global Climate Change Alliance's Flagship Initiative (GCCA+) to strengthen policy dialogue and cooperation on climate change issues.  

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UK Government Responds to EAC Review, Clarifies Positions on Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Flag UK10 February 2015: The UK Government published a response to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's (EAC) report on recommended actions and support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In its responses, the Government explains and reiterates its position on the proposed SDGs, also addressing: natural capital accounts; climate change and the SDGs; energy subsidies; poverty and trade; air pollution; resource efficiency and the circular economy; forest indicators; biodiversity funding and support for marine protected areas (MPAs); and education and youth engagement in the SDGs.

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Switzerland Submits First INDC, Aims to Reduce Emissions 50% by 2030 [viewed]

flag switzerland27 February 2015: The Government of Switzerland has become the first party to the UNFCCC to announce its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC). The INDC states that the country will reduce emissions 50% below 1990 levels by 2030, with 30% of those reductions achieved within its borders. The remaining reductions may be attained via projects completed abroad, according to the contribution.

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Ceremony Concludes SIDS Year, Emphasizes Links with 2015 Processes [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml24 February 2015: Speakers reflected on the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at a closing ceremony, noting the Year's efforts to raise awareness of SIDS' contributions to the global community, their resilience, their cultural heritage and the special challenges faced by SIDS in achieving sustainable development, including climate change and sea level rise, vulnerability to external shocks, and degradation of their biodiversity and marine resources. Many speakers discussed SIDS within the context of the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Developing (FfD 3) and climate change negotiations.

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February 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_eib_idb_cif_wbank and_citiFebruary 2015: During February 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Citi corporation reported on funding and new financial instruments. IDB, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) and the World Bank launched publications on, inter alia, climate resilience, green growth and carbon pricing, and reported on a regional event in Asia.

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Governments of France, Philippines Launch Manila Call to Action on Climate Change [viewed]

flags_french_philippines26 February 2015: In conjunction with the State visit of François Hollande, President, France, to the Philippines, French actress Marion Cotillard and Philippine Senator Loren Legarda launched the 'Manila Call to Action on Climate Change.' In the declaration, the French and Philippine governments call for climate action, solidarity and justice, cooperation, and financial and technological solidarity.

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European Commission Launches Strategy for Energy Union with Climate Change Policy [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL25 February 2015: The European Commission has adopted a framework strategy that aims to create, for the European Union, a resilient ‘Energy Union' with a forward-looking climate change policy. An annexed action plan presents fifteen "action points" for the coming years, including electricity market legislation, enhanced regional cooperation, increased funding for energy efficiency and a new renewable energy package. Two related communications focus on improved electricity interconnection and a vision for a global climate change agreement in Paris in December 2015.

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UNSG Updates Membership on Climate Negotiations [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw23 February 2015: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefed UN Member States on the status of global climate change negotiations. He discussed progress made at recent meetings of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and said a few key issues remain to be decided, including climate finance, adaptation and resilience, and accelerating action.

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