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Event: Second Session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 2nd meeting of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy. Discussions will include: a report on the implementation of the Work Plan 2014–2015; progress made in renewable energy uptake, including key messages and next steps from the ongoing status report in the region; the UNECE's role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy, and contributing to global actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Other topics include: the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development; cross-cutting issues and coordination of work on renewable energy; renewal of the Mandate and Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy for 2016–2017; and key messages for the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy was established to advance renewable energy and energy for all in the UNECE region. It also facilitates regulatory and policy dialogue and sharing of best practices, with a view to increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.  

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Submits INDC, California Adopts Clean Energy Targets [viewed]

Bosnia and Herzegovina and California Flags6 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bosnia and Herzegovina has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 150.

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UNGA Debate Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

unga703 October 2015: During the general debate of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Heads of State and Government as well as Vice-Presidents, ministers and other high-level officials addressed climate change, among other issues. The statements to the UNGA, which were delivered from 28 September to 3 October 2015 in New York, US, tackled, inter alia: the 2015 agreement; the long-term global goal; climate finance; climate impacts and losses; and mitigation pledges. The general debate followed on the heels of the UN Sustainable Development Summit, during which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted.

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Second Committee Begins Session with Focus on 2030 Implementation [viewed]

unga707 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) opened its General Debate for the UNGA 70th Session. Member States focused on issues related to the implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The General Debate is taking place on 7-9 October, and will be followed by a discussion of the Committee's working methods on 9 October.

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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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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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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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