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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ESCAP 71 Establishes Energy Committee, Disaster Information Centre [viewed]

UNESCAP29 May 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted 14 resolutions at its 71st session, including agreement to promote transport and information and communications technology (ICT) links, establish a centre to share and manage disaster information, and create a Committee on Energy.

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SE4ALL Accelerators Plan Joint Action for High-Efficiency Products [viewed]

enlighten15 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) hosted the first joint Project Steering Committee meeting of the en.lighten and United for Efficiency (U4E) initiatives, developing strategic guidance for coordinated action by the two initiatives. U4E and en.lighten are the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative's Accelerators on appliances and lighting, respectively, and are working together to assist countries in leapfrogging to high-efficiency products.

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OECD, IEA Examine Proposals on Strategic Review and Climate Finance [viewed]

oecd_ccxgMay 2015: The Secretariats of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have released two papers, titled 'Strategic Review: Implications of Proposals to Date for Mitigation Contributions' and 'Assessing Options to Increase Climate Support.'

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CEM6 Announces Actions for Global Clean Energy Transition [viewed]

CEM6 Participants28 May 2015: During the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6), “ambitious actions to accelerate the global transition to clean energy” were announced, including global efforts addressing critical technology and policy challenges of efficient lighting, low-carbon power systems and information availability regarding low-carbon development policies. At CEM6, ministers agreed to launch an enhanced, second phase of work under the CEM, referred to as “CEM 2.0.”

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Carbon Expo 2015 Highlights Market Mechanisms for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

CARBON EXPO 201228 May 2015: The 12th edition of the Carbon Expo instilled a sense of renewed optimism about the future of carbon markets, according to event organizers. The 2015 Carbon Expo, which is a global carbon market fair and conference, brought together stakeholders from the policy, business, non-governmental, research and financial realms to discuss carbon pricing and finance tools for transitioning to low-carbon economies.

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UNDP, WRI Release a Guide for Preparing and Designing INDCs [viewed]

undp_wriMay 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) have published a report guiding countries on the preparation and design of their climate commitments, titled 'Designing and Preparing Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).'

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