Near East

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Greater Access to Climate Finance [viewed]

Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary28 April 2015: In an analysis published on the Group of 7/Group of 20 (G7/G20) website, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres focuses on the role the G7 should play in financing the transition to a low-carbon global economy. Figueres calls on the G7 "to help orchestrate" the build-up of the US$100 billion in climate finance that the developed world has agreed to provide annually by 2020, and to contribute to the global framework that will "green capital at levels high enough to transform the economy."

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April 2015 Water Finance Update [viewed]

afdb_gef_idb_wb_gwpApril 2015: During the month of April, international financial institutions (IFIs), including the African Development Bank (AfDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank, announced financing for projects related to water resource management, sanitation services and water conflict resolution. In addition, the Global Water Partnership (GWP) undertook an initiative for climate-proofing water investment in the Caribbean.

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Major Economies Forum Discusses Expectations Ahead of Paris Conference [viewed]

MEF21 April 2015: The 21st meeting of the Leaders' Representatives of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) brought together ministers and officials from 15 major economies, as well as from Maldives, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Marshall Islands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland and Turkey. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the UNFCCC Secretariat and the UN Secretary-General's office, as well as the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP).

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IRENA, MIST Find Solar PV Cost-Competitive in the UAE [viewed]

renewable_energy_prospectsApril 2015: According to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), renewable energy, in particular electricity from solar photovoltaics (PV), has been cost-competitive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) since 2014. Prepared as part of IRENA's REmap country study series, the report finds that increasing the share of renewable energy in the UAE's energy mix to 10% and electricity generation mix to 25% by 2030 could generate annual net savings of at least US$1.9 billion.

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Adaptation Fund Board Streamlines Small Entities' Accreditation [viewed]

Adaptation Fund10 April 2015: At its 25th meeting, the Adaptation Fund Board (AFB), inter alia, approved financing for climate adaptation projects in India, Jordan and Morocco, introduced a streamlined accreditation process for small entities and accredited two new implementing entities.

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Carbon Forum Asia Fosters Collaboration on Market-Based Measures [viewed]

carbon_forum_asia27 March 2015: The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and Koelnmesse organized the inaugural Carbon Forum Asia (CFA) Workshop, bringing together actors from the entire carbon and energy market value chain to discuss trends in carbon pricing, the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and developments in climate finance. The two-day CFA 2015 Workshop focused on the Asian experience in implementing market-based solutions to reducing carbon pollution.

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Event: First Global Methane Initiative Workshop and Exhibition in the Middle East [viewed]

The Saudi Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is hosting this Global Methane Initiative (GMI) workshop to disseminate technical information, present profit-generating technologies and share best practices that cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. Saudi Arabia is a member of the GMI, which is an international public-private initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane abatement and recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source in the agricultural, coal mine, municipal solid waste, oil and gas, and wastewater sectors. The event is being organized in cooperation with Saudi Aramco, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the UN Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).  

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ECOSOC Hosts Integration Segment on Employment and Decent Work [viewed]

ECOSOC1 April 2015: The 2015 Integration Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) addressed the theme of 'Achieving sustainable development through employment creation and decent work for all.' Bringing together leaders from the public and private sectors, in dialogue with UN Member States and civil society representatives, the Segment examined policy recommendations for decent work and employment, and how these issues fit in with ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda and other UN processes.

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Event: Sixth Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly will convene from 16-17 January 2016. The event will consider, among other things, the Agency's work programme for 2016/2017 and review its medium-term strategy.  

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AMCEN Declaration Urges Action on Climate Change, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Green Economy [viewed]

African Ministerial Conference on Environment (AMCEN)6 March 2015: African ministers called for adaptation-mitigation parity in the 2015 climate agreement at the 15th session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Ministers also supported measures to develop a common wildlife strategy, enhance natural resources management, ensure an inclusive green economy and support the continent's poverty eradication and sustainable development efforts.

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