Guest Article #112: Sustainable Energy for All in the Americas: Combating Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The United Nations Initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has the goal of ensuring universal access to modern energy services, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, all by 2030. These goals both work to combat climate change and provide an improved standard of living and greater opportunities for citizens.

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UNEP Calls for Action on Mangroves [viewed]

UNEP29 September 2014: On the occasion of the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has issued a report, titled 'The Importance of Mangroves to People: A Call to Action.' The report details the economic and environmental importance of mangroves, as well as tools and policy measures available for protecting them.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Change, Renewable Energy, SLM [viewed]

unga6929 September 2014: As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014 entered its second week, speakers continued to reflect on the challenges of climate change. Delegates addressed climate change impacts, climate financing and the role of renewable energy and climate smart agriculture (CSA) in tackling climate change.

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Urgency of Healthy Oceans Stressed by Experts, Officials [viewed]

italy-palau-monaco26 September 2014: At a high-level special event on ‘Healthy Oceans and Seas: Paving the Way Towards a Sustainable Development Goal,' participants addressed specific ways to conserve and promote the sustainable use of oceans, seas and marine resources, in relation to the proposed SDG 14. Climate change was also a strong theme of the discussion.

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Arctic Sea Ice Sixth Lowest on Record [viewed]

Wmo25 September 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that the area of Arctic sea ice fell to approximately five million square kilometres this year, the lowest of the year and the sixth lowest on record, which reinforces the downward trend in Arctic ice extent.

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Event: BINGO Day at COP 20 [viewed]

The Business and Industry (BINGO) Day, taking place during the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 20), will be organized by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The event will serve to present the activities and messages of business and industry organizations concerned about the potential impacts and opportunities presented by the negotiations.  

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Event: Training Course on Climate Change Impacts and Mitigation Efforts in the Transportation Sector [viewed]

This training course will enable senior policymakers to share knowledge about the status, projections, innovations, technological advancements and available policy tools relevant to climate change mitigation in the transportation sector. The event, organized by the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), from 23-25 September 2014, at Hiroshima University, Japan, will include learning and technical sessions, and a field visit. Participants, from the transport, infrastructure and environment ministries of selected developing Asian countries, will, inter alia: gain up-to-date knowledge on the climate change impacts of the transportation sector; understand available, mode-specific mitigation policy and technology options; and hold discussions on among policymakers involved in transportation and environment policy implementation.  

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Meetings of the CBD and its Protocols Open in Pyeongchang [viewed]

CBD29 September 2014: The seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (Cartagena Protocol COP/MOP 7) has opened in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea. It will be followed by the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), which will run from 6-17 October 2014, also in Pyeongchang, and the first Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) (NP COP/MOP 1), which will be held during the second week of CBD COP 12, from 13-17 October 2014.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS [viewed]

United Nations27 September 2014: During days three and four of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, many speakers addressed climate change. Speakers focused on international and national action, including transitions to renewable energy, and financing. Small island developing States (SIDS) particularly urged action, emphasizing they are already experiencing adverse effects on food and water security, biodiversity and oceans.

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CGIAR Development Dialogues Highlight Agriculture and Sustainable Development Links [viewed]

CGIAR25 September 2014: The first CGIAR Development Dialogues held in New York, US, focused on the role of agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry, landscapes, and food systems with regard to climate change and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting followed CGIAR's announcement at the Climate Summit 2014 to dedicate at least 60% of its annual budget to climate-smart agriculture.

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