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Guest Article #140: Potential Effects of Climate Change on Transboundary Plant Pests and Diseases: FAO's Response and Contributions [viewed]

Approximately one-third of global crop production is lost every year to plant insects and diseases, including migratory insects and diseases, referred to as transboundary plant pests, which spread to a number of countries and can reach epidemic proportions in which control and management require cooperation between those countries. Climate change is expected to affect, where crops are cultivated, the distribution of plant pests, the introduction of new pests, the frequency of major pest outbreaks, and the risk of pesticide residues in food.

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Event: G20 Green Finance Study Group Meeting #2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) under the Group of 20 (G20) Chinese Presidency will take place on 22 March in London, UK. In 2016, the GFSG will work on identifying institutional and market barriers to green finance, and options for enhancing the ability of the financial system to mobilize private green investment. The GFSG will prepare a synthesis report on related findings for the third G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in 2016, scheduled to take place from 23-24 July 2016, in Chendgu, China. The G20 is an international forum for the governments and central bank governors from 20 major economies. It includes the European Union (EU), which is represented by the European Commission and the European Central Bank, and 19 countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.  

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China's G20 Presidency Holds Green Finance, Energy Sustainability Meetings [viewed]

di_logo28 January 2016: The Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) and the Energy Sustainability Working Group were among the first meetings held under China's presidency of the Group of 20 (G20). The meetings took place in January 2016, and focused on the agenda for the year ahead, with the GFSG agreeing to prepare a synthesis report on the role of the financial system in mobilizing private green investment, in advance of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in July 2016.

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Guest Article #139: Building Climate Resilience through Technology Transfer and Innovation [viewed]

The recent historic agreement achieved at COP 21 in Paris resulted in unprecedented momentum for tackling climate change – including scaling up action on climate change adaptation. Climate resilience on a wide scale can only be achieved with the engagement of the private sector. While climate change affects all parts of the world, developing countries are particularly vulnerable. Technology transfer is therefore believed to be key in supporting countries to improve their resilience.

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

finace_climateFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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January 2016 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

january2016_energyFebruary 2016: During the month of January, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic Development Fund (NDF), Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. In addition, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank released reports related to financing and deploying clean energy.

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WHO Predicts Increased Global Health Impacts Due to El Niño [viewed]

WHO22 January 2016: Severe drought, flooding, heavy rains and temperature rises are all known El Niño effects that can lead to food insecurity and malnutrition, disease outbreaks, water shortages and disruption of health services, according to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO). The report indicates that the current 2015-2016 El Niño is predicted to be the worst in recent years and comparable to the 1997-1998 El Niño, which had major health consequences. WHO warns that the health implications of the 2015-2016 El Niño are expected to be more intense in developing countries, which have less capacity to reduce such impacts.

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UNEP, IDB Cooperate to Support SDGs and Paris Agreement [viewed]

unep_idb20 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) have announced that they will cooperate on environmental conservation in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change. The IDB is set to increase its financial support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to more than US$150 billion over the coming years.

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2016 Zayed Future Energy Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2016: The US$4 million Zayed Future Energy Prize has been presented to the winners for 2016. The prize, which recognizes innovative solutions that aim to lead to a sustainable energy future, were announced during a ceremony at the World Future Energy Summit on 19 January 2016 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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IRENA Assembly Focuses on Accelerating Renewable Energy Transition [viewed]

IRENA17 January 2016: The sixth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly focused on accelerating the transition to renewable energy, in particular, by mobilizing investment. More than 1,000 officials and other stakeholders from over 150 countries convened in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from 16-17 January 2016 to provide strategic and programmatic direction to the agency. In addition, IRENA launched a report on the economic benefits of renewable energy and announced funding for four renewable energy projects in Antigua and Barbuda, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Senegal.

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