European Commission Launches Smart Specialization Platform on Energy [viewed]

smart_specialisation_platform26 May 2015: The European Commission launched a new 'Smart Specialisation Platform on Energy' (S3P-ENERGY) at a high-level conference in Brussels, Belgium, on 26 May 2015, designed to help European regions and EU member States to make full use of EU funds earmarked for sustainable energy under the EU's Cohesion Policy.

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UNDP-GEF Annual Report Provides Performance Ratings of US$10.35 Billion in Projects [viewed]

UNDP - GEF22 May 2015: The UN Development Programme Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP-GEF) released its seventh annual performance report, providing progress and quality ratings of environment and sustainable development projects to the value of US$10.35 billion.

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Post-2015 Co-Facilitators Release Zero Draft of 'Transforming Our World' [viewed]

post20152 June 2015: The Co-Facilitators for the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda, David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya, have issued the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, which will convene in September 2015. The zero draft, titled ‘Transforming our world by 2030: A new agenda for global action,' was circulated to UN Member States with a letter from UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa on 2 June.

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CIFOR, UNEP Investigate REDD+ Benefit Sharing Projects [viewed]

cifor_unep_cbfp2 June 2015: In order to support benefit sharing, which is garnering attention in REDD+ preparedness, especially as countries move towards results based payments, projects in Kenya, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) are gathering experiences and developing and testing decision-making support tools.

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Six Major Oil Companies Call for Stronger Carbon Pricing [viewed]

TOTAL - eni - bp - Shell - Statoil1 June 2015: BG Group, BP, Eni, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total have sent an open letter to governments and the UN, expressing readiness to further limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions if States introduce carbon pricing systems where they do not yet exist at the national or regional levels and eventually link them into a global system that puts a price on the environmental and economic costs of GHG emissions.

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IDB Outlines Climate Change Risk Management Options in LARC's Transport Sector [viewed]

new_logo_idbMay 2015: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has released a publication, titled 'Climate Change Risk Management Options for the Transportation Sector' in Latin America and the Caribbean, which identifies climate change risks and risk management options that can be incorporated into IDB-investments in the transportation sector.

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Event: 67th Semi-annual IEA-ETSAP Meeting [viewed]

The International Energy Agency's (IEA) Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) will hold its 67th semi-annual meeting from 1-2 June 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the meeting will comprise two events: the ETSAP Regular Workshop; and the ETSAP Executive Committee Meeting. Topics covered during the workshop will include: impacts of renewable energy promotion; renewable energy technology integration; forecasting road transport energy demand; the energy-water nexus; decarbonization pathways; and synergies and co-benefits of climate change mitigation. The event will be held back to back with the International Energy Workshop 2015, hosted by IRENA in Abu Dhabi, the UAE, from 3-5 June.  

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Next Round of Climate Change Negotiations Opens in Bonn [viewed]

UNFCCC1 June 2015: Negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened in Bonn, Germany, on 1 June 2015, to continue work on the text of the Paris 2015 universal climate agreement and on the most effective ways to raise climate action before 2020.

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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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Transport Ministers Call for Global Policies to Mainstream Low-Carbon Transport [viewed]

itf_201528 May 2015: The Council of Ministers of Transport at the International Transport Forum (ITF) 2015 Annual Summit issued a 'Declaration from Ministers on Transport, Trade and Tourism' on the value of pursuing low-carbon transport towards the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In their Declaration, ministers “recognize that the new international climate agreement, which is to be forged and agreed by COP 21, should encourage mainstreaming of low-carbon transport in global policies on climate change and sustainable development.”

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