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UNDP Report Showcases Role of Innovation for SDGs, Climate [viewed]

undp_innovation20307 June 2016: Innovation can contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the development of new approaches, tools and partnerships, according to a recent report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Innovation Facility. The report, titled ‘2015 Year in Review: Innovation for 2030,' showcases 62 initiatives in 45 countries that tested or scaled new approaches and emerging technologies to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, manage climate risk and natural hazards, advance gender equality and prevent conflict.

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US, India Reaffirm Support for Early Entry into Force of Paris Agreement [viewed]

us_india7 June 2016: During an official visit to the US, Indian Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met with US President Barack Obama in the White House for their third major bilateral summit. The two leaders reviewed the deepening strategic partnership between the US and India and pledged to pursue new opportunities to, inter alia, bolster economic growth and sustainable development. The joint statement issued at the conclusion of their meeting addresses climate, clean energy, clean energy finance and sustainable development, among other issues.

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Mission Innovation Countries to Double Clean Energy Investment by 2021 [viewed]

mi3 June 2016: The inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial (MIM) took place in conjunction with the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7), bringing together countries that have committed to increase their support for clean energy research and development, and providing an opportunity for individual countries to highlight plans and actions under MI and announce new collaborations. On 1 June, closed-door discussions for MI ministers and delegates were held, chaired by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. The latter stated that MI is critical to funding the basic scientific research and development that will underpin the advanced clean energy solutions needed to combat climate change in the 21st century, noting such technologies will help drive down adoption costs to grow low-carbon economies.

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CEM7 Launches New Campaigns on Advanced Cooling, Corporate Sourcing of Renewables, Energy Management [viewed]

cem3 June 2016: The Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) took place from 1-2 June 2016 in San Francisco, California, US, in conjunction with the inaugural Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial and chaired by US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz noted that San Francisco was chosen as host city because of its role in innovative technology. On 1 June, the CEM met in closed-door discussions and, on 2 June, the CEM7's Open Press Public Private Action Summit convened.

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Energy Outlook: Clean Energy Investments, RE Employment Increasing, Cities Unlock Mitigation Potential [viewed]

unfccc_wb_irena_iea2 June 2016: Energy-related news of the past few weeks reported here indicate that regional development banks' investments in clean energy are increasing. Other recent developments show that: renewables are currently firmly established as competitive, mainstream sources of energy; energy efficiency (EE) action in urban environments helps cities transition to sustainable energy systems; and employment in renewable energy (RE) is on the rise. Events, initiatives and publications described in this update contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDGs 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) and 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere).

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Transparency and Compliance Update: UNFCCC National Reporting News Highlighted, Capacity Building Initiative Launched [viewed]

unfccc_gef_mrv1 June 2016: A transparency and compliance regime is vital for building international trust and confidence that action to address climate change is taking place, as well as for assessing how to facilitate further action. In the last month, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released updates regarding national reporting from Parties on their climate change action, including a status report on Switzerland's greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, the status of Biennial Report (BR) submissions and assistance from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to developing countries for their Biennial Update Reports (BURs). In addition, during the Bonn Climate Change Conference, held 16-26 May, 13 developing country Parties presented their experience with preparing BURs, and the GEF updated participants on progress toward establishing and funding the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT).

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US, Saudi Arabia to Establish Consortium to Promote sCO2 Power Cycles [viewed]

usa_sa2 June 2016: The US and Saudi Arabia have announced their intention to establish an international consortium to promote the research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) of supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles. The announcement was made during the inaugural Mission Innovation Ministerial meeting, which is taking place in San Francisco, California, US.

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Prioritize Clean, Efficient Energy, Invest in Infrastructure to Expand Electricity Access [viewed]

energy_update_jun1 June 2016: During the month of May, many multilateral development banks (MDBs) hosted their annual meetings, at which sustainable energy was often a central theme. The African Development Bank (AfDB), for instance, has placed powering the African continent “on the front burner,” putting it at the top of its priority list.

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G7 Declaration Supports Action on 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

g7_201627 May 2016: The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Ise-Shima Summit in Japan adopted a Declaration that addresses major global economic and political challenges, and commits to making progress on development, economic and security issues to ensure global peace, security and prosperity. In the Declaration, leaders commit to efforts to implement commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNEP Releases GEO-6 Regional Assessments [viewed]

GEO619 May 2016: A series of regional reports on the state of the planet's health deliver the message that environmental deterioration is occurring much faster than previously thought and action is needed now to reverse the worst trends. The ‘Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessments,' published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), is a compilation of six reports examining environmental issues affecting the world's six regions: the Pan-European region, North America, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and Africa.

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