Europe

SIDS DOCK Treaty Enters into Force [viewed]

sidsdock30 September 2015: A treaty establishing the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Sustainable Energy and Climate Resilience Initiative – SIDS DOCK - entered into force on 30 September 2015, with a ceremony at UN Headquarters featuring the official handover of instruments of ratification by the first 11 contracting Parties: Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, the Cook Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles and Tuvalu. By the treaty, SIDS DOCK is established as an intergovernmental organization - the first global intergovernmental organization of island nations, according to a press release.

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European Countries Adopt DRR Roadmap [viewed]

UNISDR - EC - French Flag9 October 2015: European countries have issued a plan for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), which aims to reduce the number of deaths and economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards by 2030, and increase the number of countries with national and local DRR strategies by 2020. The 6th Annual Meeting of the European Forum for DRR (EFDRR) aimed to facilitate discussions, exchanges and synergies towards DRR activities in Europe, as well as to provide inputs from the European Forum DRR Focal Points to the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

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UNCCD COP 12 Opens, Reiterates Links between Land, Climate and SDGs [viewed]

unccd_cop1212 October 2015: In their opening statements at the twelfth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), many delegates welcomed the recognition of the importance of land restoration in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a specific target on land degradation neutrality (LDN).

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NATO: Climate Change Poses Significant Threat Multipliers [viewed]

NATO12 October 2015: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has stated that climate change poses “significant threat multipliers that will shape the security environment in areas of concern to the Alliance.” The statement is included in a resolution adopted by NATO's Parliamentary Assembly, which is urging the 28 NATO members to support a legally binding agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in November-December.The resolution was adopted on 12 October 2015, during the Parliamentary Assembly's annual meeting in Stavanger, Norway, where lawmakers called on NATO to improve strategic awareness of the security threats posed by climate change.

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Second Committee Debates Priorities for 70th Session [viewed]

unga709 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 70th Session, focusing on the Committee's contribution to the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). There was also general consensus that the Committee should reinforce the need for a strong and meaningful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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IEA: Energy Efficiency Saved US$5.7 Trillion Since 1990 [viewed]

IEA8 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the '2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report (EEMR),' which evaluates the impact of energy efficiency in the energy system and assesses the scale and outlook for further energy efficiency investment using country-by-country energy efficiency indicator data and IEA expertise.

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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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