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IEA: Energy Efficiency Saved US$5.7 Trillion Since 1990 [viewed]

IEA8 October 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published the '2015 Energy Efficiency Market Report (EEMR),' which evaluates the impact of energy efficiency in the energy system and assesses the scale and outlook for further energy efficiency investment using country-by-country energy efficiency indicator data and IEA expertise.

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Finance Ministers of the 'Vulnerable Twenty' Launch Founding Communiqué [viewed]

v208 October 2015: The Finance Ministers of 20 countries, representing nearly 700 million people threatened by climate change, announced a series of actions to strengthen climate resilience and low-emission development domestically and globally. In their statement, the Ministers of the 'Vulnerable Twenty' (V20), commit to collective and decisive action, including by promoting the mobilization of climate finance, sharing best practices and engaging in joint actions.

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Second Eye on Earth Summit Opens in Abu Dhabi [viewed]

Eye on Earth6 October 2015: The second Eye on Earth Summit has opened in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, with leaders hailing the agreement on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was unanimously adopted by UN Member States in September. The Summit aims to spark new partnerships, agreement on guidelines for data governance and support for countries developing their own environmental data policies.

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Afghanistan Submits INDC [viewed]

afghanistan flag6 October: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Afghanistan has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out the country's intended mitigation contribution and its adaptation priorities.

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October Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2015: Since 18 August 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria, Bhutan, Hungary, Madagascar, Panama, Samoa, Switzerland and Thailand have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 49.

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September 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy_sep_2015October 2015: During September 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Clean Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank, among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and related plans. AfDB and IFC launched publications and reported on events.

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Climate Change Issues Highlighted at UN Sustainable Development Summit [viewed]

United Nations28 September 2015: The UN Sustainable Development Summit, which met from 25-27 September 2015, in New York, US, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets. The event brought together 136 Heads of State and Government, ministers, business leaders, and members of civil society, with many leaders highlighting the importance of reaching a strong, global climate agreement at the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Bhutan, Costa Rica, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Lebanon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Zimbabwe Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bhutan, Costa Rica, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Israel, Lebanon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Solomon Islands, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Zimbabwe have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). All the INDCs outline the countries' intended mitigation contributions, as well as their adaptation priorities, needs and efforts.

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UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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