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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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SE4ALL Global Facilitation Office Launched in Vienna [viewed]

SE4ALL3 November 2014: The Global Facilitation Office of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative was launched on 3 November, in Vienna, Austria, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The establishment of the office represents a key step in the institutionalization of SE4ALL, which seeks to ensure universal energy access, a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and a doubling of the rate of energy efficiency improvements globally, by 2030.

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Event: Climate Justice: Addressing the Global Challenge and Scotland's Contribution [viewed]

This international roundtable conference, organized by CIFAL Scotland, a UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)-affiliated training center for Northern Europe, will provide a space for discussing the challenges of climate change, climate justice as a human right, and Scotland's contribution to climate justice. In 2012, the Scottish government launched the 'Climate Justice Fund,' the value of which was doubled to £6 million in 2013. The Fund currently supports projects in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia in the areas of water and food security, and action against climate change impacts, such as floods, droughts and severe weather. The one-day conference will include opening remarks by UNITAR representatives, a keynote speech by Humza Yousaf, Minister for External Affairs and International Development of the Scottish Government, and a panel discussion.  

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October 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

climate-finance3 November 2014: During October 2014, the Asian Development Bank (ABD), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on climate resilience projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America, among others.

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Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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URBES Highlights Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Urban Areas [viewed]

theurbes28 October 2014: The Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project released a factsheet on green infrastructure that highlights how cities can use green infrastructure to tackle economic, environmental and social challenges while becoming more resilient to climate change, improving quality of life and strengthening the economy. The factsheet describes the European Union's (EU) Green Infrastructure Strategy, which aims to create a policy framework for promoting green infrastructure projects, and the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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Conference Adopts Guadeloupe Roadmap on Biodiversity and Climate Change [viewed]

guadeloupe201430 October 2014: High-level representatives and experts from more than 40 countries, territories and independent states attending the ‘International Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change' adopted the ‘Message from Guadeloupe' on biodiversity loss and climate change impacts in the European Union's (EU) outermost regions (ORs) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs). The message presents a five-year roadmap that addresses five priorities: building resilience to climate change; addressing biodiversity loss; developing a green and blue economy; advancing research; and facilitating access to resources.

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New EU Car Fleet Emissions Performance in Line with Targets [viewed]

EEA30 October 2014: According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), efficiency of passenger cars and vans in the EU has improved over the past years, and the number of electric cars, albeit still low, is increasing rapidly. The report, which presents data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from these vehicles, finds that, on average, both passenger cars and vans sold in 2013 were already below the maximum permitted emissions per kilometer threshold set by the European Commission for 2015.

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EU-Sponsored Workshop Explores Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

better9 October 2014: The ‘Bringing Europe and Third Countries Closer Together through Renewable Energies' (BETTER) project, co-funded by the EU's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, organized an EU stakeholder workshop to discuss research outcomes, potential cooperation mechanisms, policy conclusions, action plans and a roadmap beyond 2020.

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