Northern America

Canada Submits INDC [viewed]

CANADA Flag15 May 2015: The Government of Canada has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. Canada intends to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions economy-wide by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Canada is the 38th party to formally submit an INDC.

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EE Global 2015 Highlights Leadership, Markets, Buildings and Investment [viewed]

alliance_to_save_energy13 May 2015: The 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) served as a platform for launching new tools and technologies, introducing ideas for energy efficiency governance, discussing ways to demonstrate the value of building efficiency to industry, and advocating proper valuation of energy efficiency in the marketplace. The Forum, in its eighth iteration, brought together thought leaders from private industry, the non-profit sector and government to inspire action to advance energy efficiency.

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G7, EU Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Energy Security​ [viewed]

G7 Germany12 May 2015: G7 energy ministers and their representatives, as well as European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, convened to discuss ways to enhance sustainable energy security, including through energy efficiency, renewable energy and innovative technologies.

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MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United

Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants

about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

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Global CO2 Concentrations Reach Record High [viewed]

noaa7 May 2015: Atmospheric CO2 concentrations reached a record global average in March 2015, underscoring the importance of reaching an effective and universal climate agreement in Paris in December 2015. According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), monthly global average CO2 concentrations surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm) in March 2015 for the first time since the administration began tracking atmospheric CO2.

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Japan, US to Enhance Cooperation on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy [viewed]

us-japan28 April 2015: During a state visit by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the US, organized to honor the seven-decade partnership between the two countries, Prime Minister Abe and US President Barack Obama reaffirmed their countries' commitment to enhancing the bilateral partnership in a number of areas, including the environment and climate change, space and energy. The leaders announced the two countries would cooperate to address climate change and environmental degradation, and to deliver secure, affordable, sustainable and safe energy.

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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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WMO Hurricane Committee Prepares for Upcoming Season [viewed]

WMO18 April 2015: The 37th session of the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Hurricane Committee met to: review the 2014 hurricane season in the Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific basins; prepare for the upcoming hurricane season; and improve warning systems for hazards, such as storm surges and coastal flooding.

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Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship [viewed]

Arctic Council25 April 2015: The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, which marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US chairmanship (2015-2017), brought together ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council. Ministers adopted the 2015 Iqaluit Declaration, which highlights the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the stage for the upcoming US chairmanship.

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