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EU, US Call for Ambitious Mitigation Contributions from Major Emitters [viewed]

usa-eu-flag26 March 2014: The EU and the US held a Summit in Brussels, Belgium, which concluded with the adoption of a joint statement emphasizing the two countries' "strong partnership." In the statement, the US and the EU call on major economies and significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emitters to make ambitious mitigation contributions in the 2015 agreement to be adopted in Paris.

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IEA Publishes 2050 Roadmap for Energy Storage [viewed]

IEA19 March 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has published a study, titled 'Technology Roadmap: Energy Storage,' which aims to promote understanding of the applications, functions and costs of energy storage technologies, and identify the most important actions needed for their development and deployment in light of global climate and energy goals.

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Bloomberg and CEM Review 2013 Clean Energy Policy and Markets [viewed]

Clean Energy Solutions Center25 February 2014: The Clean Energy Ministerial's (CEM) Clean Energy Solutions Center and Bloomberg New Energy Finance have published their latest bi-annual briefing, summarizing investment, regulatory, and other developments in clean energy. The issue highlights that, while costs of renewables reduced in 2013, so did investment.

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CARIAA Targeting Research on Climate Change Adaptation in Africa and Asia [viewed]

cariaa7 March 2014: The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has launched a research programme on climate change adaptation that is to be conducted by four consortia. The research will focus on three climate change “hotspots”—sensitive regions inhabited by large numbers of people: semi-arid regions; deltas; and glacier and snowpack-dependent river basins.

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Event: World Water Day [viewed]

World Water Day 2014 takes place on March 22, with events in 2014 focusing on the theme of "Water and Energy". The events this year are coordinated by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN University (UNU). Events celebrating World Water Day will take place across the globe, including in Sri Lanka, the US, the Philippines, Benin, Poland and Tunisia among many others, and are expected to engage stakeholders, government officials, non governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations and youth on issues related to water and energy.  

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IDB Hosts Discussion Panel on Healthy, Green and Sustainable Cities [viewed]

IDB26 February 2014: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/CoA) co-hosted a discussion panel for the launch of the Winter 2014 issue of 'Americas Quarterly,' centered on the theme 'Our Cities, Our Future: Making Cities Healthy, Green and Sustainable.' 

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US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

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Event: ICAO State Action Plan Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) Region [viewed]

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) State Action Plan Seminar for the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NAAC) region will provide national action plan focal points with information on how to develop and update State action plans, with a focus on data collection and mitigation measures undertaken by States. This event is reserved only for national focal points that have been nominated by their respective State.  

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US Outlines Views on 2015 Climate Agreement [viewed]

USA FlagFebruary 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the US submission on elements of the 2015 agreement, in which the US indicates its support for more ambitious efforts by a broad range of countries and the application of the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and capabilities (CBDR/RC), but not for a "bifurcated approach to the new agreement," in reference to groupings decided in 1992.

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UNECE and FAO Pledge Continued Cooperation on Forests [viewed]

FAO UNECE6 February 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have reaffirmed their commitment to forests through the adoption of the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests.

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