UNEP Launches District Energy in Cities Initiative in Europe, Central Asia [viewed]

UNEP Logo30 April 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its District Energy in Cities initiative in the European and Central Asian region during a workshop co-hosted with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC). At the workshop, several countries and cities committed to meeting climate change targets through modern district energy systems.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Cooperative Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document that summarizes key cooperative activities it has carried out with other international organizations since April 2014. The document summarizes key activities in the areas of: technology; finance; capacity building; adaptation; mitigation; climate knowledge, comprised of science, research and systematic observation; gender; cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats through the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions; the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; contribution of the private sector through the UN Global Compact; and communications.

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WHO Assesses Air Pollution Cost in Europe [viewed]

oecd_who28 April 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a report, titled ‘Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: Clean air, health and wealth,' which assesses the economic burden of deaths and diseases resulting from outdoor and indoor air pollution in region.

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Event: Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change [viewed]

Held on the theme, ‘forest tenure, restoration, and green growth' the dialogue, hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), will explore forest governance and tenure reform as an important element in forest landscape restoration. In particular, the dialogue will build a common understanding and identify key policy messages on the links between forest tenure, restoration and green growth. The Dialogue is also expected to identify policy opportunities and distill key messages to inform relevant policy discussions including the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in November-December 2015, the various REDD+ initiatives, as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  

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International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions, Response Measures [viewed]

International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions30 April 2015: A two-part workshop on carbon management, organized by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco, focused on methane emissions and mitigation in the oil and gas sector, as well as the adverse social and economic impacts of mitigation measures (response measures).

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12th Carbon Fund Meeting Considers Extension Beyond 2020 [viewed]

Forest Carbon1 May 2015: Participants at the 12th meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF12) considered, inter alia: the extension of the Fund's term beyond 2020; the 2016 budget proposal; and the Emission Reduction Programme Document (ER-PD) business process and Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) terms of reference (TOR). The meeting also provided an opportunity to share early ideas on ER-Programme Idea Notes (ER-PINs), including from Argentina, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Laos, Mozambique and Nicaragua.

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UNFCCC Reports on Enhanced Availability of Web-based Scientific Information [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared a note presenting actions it has undertaken to enhance the availability and visibility of scientific information on the Convention's website. The document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.1), which draws from information available on the UNFCCC's website and social media sites, will be considered by the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42), scheduled to take place from 1-11 June in Bonn, Germany.

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Andorra Submits INDC [viewed]

andorra_flag30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that the Government of Andorra has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC). Andorra intends to reduce net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37% as compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario by 2030. Andorra is the 37th party to formally submit an INDC.

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April 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

April 2015 Climate Finance30 April 2015: During April 2015, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), the Adaptation Fund, the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the World Bank, Climate Finance Options and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on project news and other climate finance-related developments.

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Scientific Advisory Board Highlights Science, Technology and Innovation as MOI [viewed]

United Nations29 April 2015: Members of the UN Secretary-General's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) called for improving the interface between science and policy in order to develop and implement solutions to global challenges. The call was made at a roundtable with UN Member States on means of implementation (MOI) and the post-2015 development agenda. The Board also underscored the importance of science in facilitating transformations toward local low-carbon economies and sustainable urbanization.

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