Europe

UNGA President Addresses European Parliament on Post-2015, FfD 3 and Climate Change [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA3 June 2015: In a meeting with the European Parliament, the President of the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, highlighted the “historic responsibility” to ensure successful outcomes from the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) and the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21).

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Event: Central American Workshop on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

The Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agricuture (IICA), the Central American Agriculture Council (CAC), the French Institute of Central America (IFAC), France's French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and UNEP co-organized the workshop "Perspective of Central America Toward COP21". The morning session of the first day will be videocast on the web at http://www.iica.int/Esp/organizacion/LTGC/ForosTecnicos/Paginas/Foro3-2015.aspx#tabs4, while the rest will feature technical presentations by specialists, followed by panel discussions aimed at exchanging experiences and initiatives in the region aimed at adapting agriculture to climate change and mitigating the sector's greenhouse gas emissions.  

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

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European Commission Launches Smart Specialization Platform on Energy [viewed]

smart_specialisation_platform26 May 2015: The European Commission launched a new 'Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy' (S3P-ENERGY) at a high-level conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 May 2015, designed to help European regions and EU member States to make full use of EU funds earmarked for sustainable energy under the EU's Cohesion Policy.

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Carbon Expo 2015 Highlights Market Mechanisms for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

CARBON EXPO 201228 May 2015: The 12th edition of the Carbon Expo instilled a sense of renewed optimism about the future of carbon markets, according to event organizers. The 2015 Carbon Expo, which is a global carbon market fair and conference, brought together stakeholders from the policy, business, non-governmental, research and financial realms to discuss carbon pricing and finance tools for transitioning to low-carbon economies.

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May 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB - IDB - Adaptation Fund - UNDP - GEF - World Bank - APEC - SLoCaT - UNISDR - ADB - EIB1 June 2015: Climate finance-related news and announcements during May 2015 were published by the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Adaptation Fund, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the World Bank, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). AfDB, IDB, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank launched studies, reports and stories related to climate risk and finance. AfDB, ADB and the World Bank reported on climate change and finance-related events.

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May 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-GEF-IDB-OPEC-World BankMay 2015: In May, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and World Bank announced funding for sustainable energy projects.

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CIF Expands Investment Opportunities to 72 Countries [viewed]

CIF19 May 2015: Decisions taken during the semi-annual Climate Investment Funds (CIF) governing body meetings will bring the US$8.1 billion CIF to a total of 72 developing and middle-income countries in the areas of renewable energy, technology, sustainable forestry and climate resilience. During the meetings, the CIF earmarked US$100 million to Ghana, Nicaragua and Haiti to help them develop their renewable energy markets.

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