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G7 Environment, Education Ministers Showcase SDG Implementation [viewed]

g7_201616 May 2016: Environment ministers from the Group of 7 (G7) gathered ahead of the 2016 G7 Summit to share their domestic actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and called for action under the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). Also in advance of the Summit, education ministers convened for the first G7 Education Ministers' meeting, and issued a declaration reaffirming commitments to quality education. The G7 Ise-Shima Summit will take place from 26-27 May 2016, in Ise-Shima, Japan.

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Event: 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum [viewed]

In 2016, EE Global will explore how utilities, regulators, legislators and companies are incorporating cost-effective energy efficiency measures into their business to help meet increasing demand. Attendees will also engage in networking, partnership building, and action inspiring energy efficiency discourse while discussing how energy efficiency can be made into a sustainable and scalable business strategy. Speakers will include Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), and Rachel Kyte, CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All).  

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G7 Energy Ministers Focus on Energy Security for Global Growth [viewed]

g7_20162 May 2016: Energy Ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) and the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy met under the theme 'Global Energy Security for Growth.' The ministerial meeting concluded with the adoption of a joint statement, titled the 'Kitakyushu Initiative on Energy Security for Global Growth,' in which the Ministers express their intention to: "play their full part" in implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and accelerate work towards transitioning to an energy system that enables a decarbonisation of the global economy; and facilitate investments for secure and sustainable energy.

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Policy Update #32: Monthly Forecast: May 2016 [viewed]

After a full schedule of high-profile events, statements, and commitments in April, policy work in May 2016 will be guided by key documents on sustainable development.

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Major Economies Forum Considers Paris Agreement Implementation [viewed]

major_economies_forum24 April 2016: Two days after 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement, the Major Economies Forum on Climate and Energy (MEF) met in New York, US, and contemplated how to continue the momentum ushered in by the adoption of the Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 21). The 24 April meeting was the first time the MEF, which includes the world's largest emitters, convened since the Agreement was adopted in December 2015.

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Outlook on Green Finance: Impetus Grows for Carbon Pricing, Clean Energy [viewed]

cp_india_france_ndb25 April 2016: Over the past few days, announcements supporting carbon pricing and clean energy have been made. Ten leaders have issued a joint vision statement laying out the goal of doubling the percentage of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions covered by explicit carbon pricing to 25% by 2020, and of doubling it again to achieve 50% coverage within the next decade. In separate news, over 25 countries have pledged to unleash a potential investment flow of up to US$1 trillion into solar assets. And for its part, the New Development Bank has announced it will provide US$811 million in a first round of loans for clean energy projects in Brazil, China, India and South Africa.

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175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day [viewed]

iisdrs_paris_agreement22 April 2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.

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G20 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Call for Scaling Up Climate Financing [viewed]

g20-201615 April 2016: A communiqué issued by the Group of Twenty (G20) Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting calls for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to continue scaling up its operations, and stresses the importance of monitoring and transparency of climate finance. In the communiqué, the ministers and governors also give further guidance to the G20 Green Finance Study Group (GFSG) for its July 2016 report and reaffirm their commitment to rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.

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Implementation Update: As Governments Prepare for Paris Agreement Signing Ceremony, Carbon Pricing in the Spotlight [viewed]

paris_agreement_ceremony21 April 2016: In the lead up to the Paris Agreement on climate change Signing Ceremony, various events have added to the growing momentum of what is expected to be one of the largest ever signing events. In the shadow of the announcement by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that March 2016 recorded the highest combined global average temperature of any March since 1880, the growing number of countries expected to sign the Paris Agreement on 22 April is also on track to set a record. This Implementation Update summarizes activities by UNFCCC Parties as they focus on mitigating and adapting to these warming trends, especially following the adoption in 2015 of the Paris Agreement and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It includes: recent buzz around market mechanisms, carbon pricing and scaling private sector involvement; the growing impetus ahead of the High Level Signing Ceremony; an outlook to the May session of the UNFCCC; good news about European cars; and Fiji's post-disaster recovery efforts.

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