Near East

CEM Predicts Huge Growth in Off-Grid Appliance Market [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial29 October 2015: According to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the global market for off-grid appliances is expected to experience “rapid, significant growth," with consumer spending on off-grid fans, televisions and refrigerators increasing from US$525 million in 2015 to a possible US$4.7 billion in 2020. The research also highlights challenges that must be overcome in order for the market's potential to be fully realized, in regard to energy efficiency, finance, tariffs and taxes, distribution, consumer awareness and customer service.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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Second Committee Discusses Post-2015 Macroeconomic Issues [viewed]

unga7028 October 2015: UN Member States addressed how international trade, the international financial system, external debt sustainability and commodities can contribute to development during a discussion of macroeconomic policy questions. Delegates also addressed the follow-up to and implementation of the outcomes of the International Conferences on Financing for Development.

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IISD, Nordic Ministers Project GHG Reductions from Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform [viewed]

norden_publication22 October 2015: A new report looking at potential impacts of fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) in 20 countries estimates that reform could bring an average reduction in national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 10.92% by 2020, and an annual average savings of US$92.83 per tonne of GHG emissions removed. The emission cuts could increase, the report finds, to 18.15% if 30% of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy cuts are reinvested into energy efficiency and renewables from 2016-2025.

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UNDP Highlights Value of Simultaneously Addressing Climate Change, Poverty [viewed]

empowering_the_poor17 October 2015: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), co-sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), on ‘Empowering the Poor in Changing Climate,' addresses the positive link between poverty reduction and climate change adaptation. With case studies from around the world, the report looks at how countries are using GEF resources to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities that have higher exposure to climate risk.

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Governments Air Priorities for 2030 Agenda, Sustainable Development [viewed]

unga7020 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its discussion of sustainable development (agenda item 20) and several sub-items, including on climate change, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and small island developing States (SIDS). UN Assistant Secretary-General, Lenni Montiel, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), who introduced several reports of the UN Secretary-General, said sustainable development is not confined to one item on the Committee's agenda; instead, the Committee should consider all issues before it through the lens of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Antigua and Barbuda, Guinea, Niger, Oman, Uganda Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC19 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Antigua and Barbuda, Guinea, Niger, Oman and Uganda have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 154.

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UNDP Highlights Links between Poverty Reduction and Adaptation [viewed]

Undp13 October 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has published a report that showcases the experiences and knowledge generated through the various UNDP initiatives on adaptation, and how countries have been working on national initiatives to transition to green, inclusive, climate-resilient development paths. The report, titled 'Empowering the Poor: Experience from UNDP supported Initiatives on Adaptation,' features 12 case studies that illustrate that adaptation and poverty reduction are inherently linked and must be addressed simultaneously.

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Second Committee Debates Priorities for 70th Session [viewed]

unga709 October 2015: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held its General Debate for the 70th Session, focusing on the Committee's contribution to the implementation of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA). There was also general consensus that the Committee should reinforce the need for a strong and meaningful outcome at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), taking place in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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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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