Near East

Policy Update #17: Human Security and Climate Change [viewed]

The issues of human security and conflict in relation to climate change have evolved to a place where they now constitute a recognized and important component in the climate change conversation, and are being addressed in a diverse range of fora through meetings, reports and changes in policy.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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Event: Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week [viewed]

The city of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Masdar are hosting Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 (ADSW) to promote sustainable development and accelerated adoption of clean energy. Concurrent events taking place during ADSW include: the International Water Summit; Abu Dhabi Renewable Energy Conference; seventh Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony; International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) fifth Assembly; EcoWASTE; and ADSW Festival. The events are expected to attract upwards of 35,000 attendees, who will have the chance to learn about the interconnected challenges and opportunities related to water, energy and electricity access, technological innovation and sustainable development through exhibits, panels and workshops.  

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Calls for Ensuring Means of Implementation in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Addressing the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt called for the post-2015 development agenda to be supported by “clear means of implementation (MOI) that can guarantee success.” Giving a special address to the CPR's 129th Session, Sameh Shoukry cautioned against agreements with commitments that cannot be implemented, and recommended a post-2015 process that completes the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and draws lessons learned from their implementation.

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WEF Report Identifies Climate Issues as a Top Global Risk [viewed]

World Economic Forum15 January 2015: The World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Global Risks Report identifies: climate-related issues among the top global risks the world will face over the next ten years, both in terms of likelihood and impact; extreme weather as the second most likely major risk; and the failure to adapt to climate change among the top five global risks in terms of impact.

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IOM, Sciences Po Assess Migration, Environment and Climate Change Nexus [viewed]

iomlogo5 January 2015: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Paris Institute for Political Science (Sciences Po) have jointly published a report, titled ‘The State of Environmental Migration 2014: A Review of 2013,' which aims to enhance the understanding of links between natural disasters, including sudden natural onset events and slow onset events, and human mobility. The report seeks to raise awareness on the effects of climate change on the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.

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December 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

AfDB-ADB-EBRD-EIB-IDB-GEF-WB-CIFDecember 2014: During the month of December, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved finance for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Uruguay, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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GRID-Arendal Highlights Blue Forests Project Launch [viewed]

GRID ARENDALDecember 2014: GRID-Arendal's interim marine newsletter highlights the launch of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Blue Forests Project, which will explore how to harness the value of carbon and other coastal ecosystem services to improve ecosystem management.

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Event: ICAO Environmental ​Seminars in the Middle East Region [viewed]

As part of a series of two environmental seminars held back-to-back in each region of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Aviation and Environment Seminar will be held from 23-24 March 2015, and the States' Action Plans Seminar will be held from 24-25 March 2015, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for the Middle East Region. The seminars are supporting ICAO member States in their efforts to institute climate-friendly aviation. The first seminar, intended for civil aviation, environment, energy, industry, civil society, academia, and National Action Plan (NAP) representatives, as well as the general public, will cover: aviation and environmental outlook, aircraft noise, local air quality, global emissions, sustainable alternative fuels, market-based measures, technology, operations, green airports, States' action plans, assistance to States and financing. The second seminar is for NAP Focal Points to learn about ICAO Guidance on State Action Plans; the Action Plan Emissions Reduction (APER) website, supporting documents and ICAO tools; assistance for the implementation of the Action Plan; and States' best practices.  

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