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ECOSOC Reflects on SIDS Conference, Post-2015, Climate Processes [viewed]

ECOSOC1 October 2014: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held an informal stock-taking meeting on the outcome of the third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The conference took place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014, and the stock-taking meeting allowed UN Member States to reflect on the Conference outcome document, the 'SAMOA Pathway,' as well as the way forward.

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Policy Update #16: UN Climate Summit Resets Course for High-Level Climate Debate [viewed]

“dear matafele peinam… they're marching for you, baby they're marching for us because we deserve to do more than just survive we deserve to thrive.” (Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Marshallese poet, writer, performance artist and journalist speaking at the opening of the 2014 Climate Summit)

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Second Committee Begins Debate on Priorities for "Pivotal" Year [viewed]

unga697 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) began its substantive work, on 7 October 2014, with a statement from Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo, a keynote address from Janet Gornick, and the start of the Committee's general debate. The debate continues on 8-9 October.

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BNEF: Global Clean Energy Investments on the Rise [viewed]

bloombergnewenergyfinance2 October 2014: According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), over the first nine months of 2014, global investments in clean energy were 16% higher than during the same period in 2013. Total clean energy investments in this period reached US$175 billion. Investments in the third quarter of 2014 were similarly higher than in the previous year, driven in part by record-high investments in solar energy in China and Japan.

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September 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

climatefinanceoctSeptember 2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in various countries, including Albania, Burkina Faso, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Peru and Republic of Congo.

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September 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-afdb-eib-idb-cif-worldbank-gef-ifad1 October 2014: In September 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank reported on various climate finance developments, including in the areas of green bonds, transport, forest emissions and climate resilience.

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Water Scarcity, Security Subject of GWP-Med Book [viewed]

GWP Global logotype30 September 2014: A new book, titled ‘Water Scarcity, Security and Democracy: A Mediterranean Mosaic,' has been released by Global Water Partnership - Mediterranean (GWP-Med) and the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University.

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OECD Highlights Environmental, Social Costs of Under-taxation [viewed]

OECD_NEW30 September 2014: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is urging governments to cease subsidizing company cars and to phase out the tax differential that exists between diesel and petrol. Research released by OECD concludes that developed countries are causing an increase in carbon emissions, traffic congestion and air pollution by under-taxing company cars and diesel fuel, often at lower rates than wages, which tends to encourage more driving.

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EEA Study on F-gases Reports Falling Net Supply, Increasing Imports [viewed]

EEA29 September 2014: A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, in 2013, the net supply of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the EU fell by 1.4% measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). While production of the gases decreased, imports increased by 12%. An EU regulation on F-gases, applied from 2015 onwards, will aim to reduce related emissions by two-thirds from 2010 levels, by 2030.

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UNGA Debate Concludes with Focus on 2015 Agreement, Link to Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga6930 September 2014: On the final day of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) 69th General Debate, speakers again addressed: their countries priorities for the post-2015 development agenda; climate change; health; and security. Closing the Debate on 30 September, UNGA President Sam Kutesa urged Member States to “make real and meaningful change in the livelihoods of humanity and the health of our planet.”

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