Europe

Arctic Council Addresses Climate Change, Resilience [viewed]

Arctic Council17 March 2016: A Senior Arctic Officials' (SAO) Meeting of the Arctic Council (AC) focused on, among other issues, two cross-cutting themes, namely climate change and resilience, and future AC's work on oil and gas. In particular, the AC considered: the potential effects of the Paris Agreement on future work of the Council; reducing emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane (BCM), also in the oil and gas sector; and operationalizing the One Health initiative of the AC's Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG).

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Guest Article #141: Interview with Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN-REDD Programme Secretariat [viewed]

To mark the occasion of the International Day of Forests, celebrated annually on 21 March, IISD RS conducted an interview with Mario Boccucci, Head of the UN collaborative initiative on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (UN-REDD) Programme.

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IEA Confirms Decoupling of CO2 Emissions, Economic Growth in 2015 [viewed]

IEA16 March 2016: For the second year in a row, global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions registered no growth, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), while global gross domestic product (GDP) continued to grow. Releasing preliminary data for 2015, the IEA reported that CO2 emissions amounted to 32.1 billion tonnes in 2015 and have remained flat since 2013. The IEA pointed to a surge in renewables as a key factor, noting they accounted for 90% of new electricity generation in 2015.

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UN Special Rapporteur Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Human Rights [viewed]

united_nations_human_rights4 March 2016: A global temperature increase of one or two degrees Celsius would adversely affect human rights, including the rights to life, development, food, water, health and housing, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John Knox, told the Human Rights Council (HRC). Knox stressed that human rights obligations with respect to climate change include decisions about how much climate protection to pursue, as well as the mitigation and adaptation measures through which protection is achieved.

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UN Statistical Commission Agrees on SDG Indicator Framework as "Practical Starting Point" [viewed]

47unsc11 March 2016: The UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) agreed, "as a practical starting point," with the global indicator framework proposed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs), noting that the indicators are "subject to further technical refinement." The Commission also took decisions on capacity building for national statistical systems, and climate change and governance statistics.

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Stats Commission Discusses Climate Change Statistics, SDGs [viewed]

47unsc10 March 2016: As part of the UN Statistical Commission's (UNSC) 47th session, governments discussed climate change statistics and related issues, including their relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular Goal 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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InforMEA Seeks Feedback on Effectiveness [viewed]

InforMEAMarch 2016: The United National Information Portal on Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) (InforMEA) has launched a survey seeking input from stakeholders on the effectiveness and usefulness of InforMEA, and seeking input on how it may be improved. Responses are requested by 23 March 2016.

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G20 Finance Ministers Cooperate on Taxation, Infrastructure Investment, and Green Finance [viewed]

unep_g2027 February 2016: The Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors concluded a two-day meeting in Shanghai, China, pledging to enhance economic resilience, promote infrastructure investment, cooperate on tax matters and develop options for mobilizing private capital for green investment.

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Preparations Underway for INDC Implementation [viewed]

Partnership on Mitigation and MRV9 March 2016: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV has reported that several developing countries, including Mexico and Viet Nam, have started planning for the implementation of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) under the UNFCCC, with support from their developed country partners. In addition, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been working closely with developing country policymakers, most recently in Latin America, to identify ways to "convert INDCs into action."

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 [viewed]

During the month of June 2016, the European Commission will be hosting the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2016, which will promote energy-saving initiatives and the generation of power from clean, secure, efficient and renewable sources. The event includes a Policy Conference, to be held from 14-16 June 2016, during which approximately 60 sessions on sustainable energy policy will take place, with stakeholders debating new policy developments, best practices and sustainable energy ideas. A second component of EUSEW is the Networking Village, where an exhibition and networking area gives attendees the opportunity to meet. In addition, a number of Energy Days organized by local public and private organizations will raise awareness about energy efficiency and renewables, such as through workshops, competitions or tours of power plants. Lastly, during the Policy Conference, an Awards Ceremony will be held to recognize outstanding innovation in energy efficiency and renewables with prizes awarded from an expert jury and European citizens.  

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