Vienna Energy Forum Focuses on Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development [viewed]

viena-energy-forum20 June 2015: The Vienna Energy Forum (VEF), organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) Initiative, convened under the theme ‘Sustainable Energy for Inclusive Development.'

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Asia Clean Energy Forum 2015 Celebrates Tenth Anniversary [viewed]

asia-energy-forum19 June 2015: The Asia Clean Energy Forum (ACEF) 2015 brought together energy professionals for the tenth time in Manila, the Philippines, to hear presentations by more than 200 speakers and share best practices relating to clean energy policy and regulatory frameworks, technology development and applications, and business models and finance. The event was hosted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and organized by ADB, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Energy Council (WEC) and the Korea Energy Management Corporation (KEMCO).

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ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment Highlights Financing Needs, Sendai Framework [viewed]

ecosoc-has19 June 2015: The 2015 Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution encouraging UN Member States to support climate change adaptation and strengthen early warning systems, welcoming the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) 2015-2030 and the holding of the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016. It also called for integrating work on development and humanitarian issues.

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EU High-Level Event Considers Future Vehicle Emissions Policy [viewed]

ec18 June 2015: The European Commission held a high-level event on decarbonizing the European road transport sector, which is responsible for one quarter of the EU's energy consumption and approximately one fifth of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The event examined potential next steps for road-based climate change mitigation in the context of: the expected 2015 climate agreement; the goal to hold average temperature rise below 2°C compared to pre-industrial levels; and commitments by the Group of Seven (G7).

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Papal Encyclical Highlights Climate Change as Critical ‘Moral Issue' [viewed]

vatican18 June 2015: Pope Francis has released his encyclical, which calls on the Catholic world and "all men and women of good will” to address global environmental deterioration. The papal letter, titled ‘Laudato Si' or ‘Praised Be' (a reference to a prayer from the Pope's namesake St. Francis, the patron saint of ecology), declares that climate change is one of the principal challenges facing humanity and that the science of climate change is clear. Pope Francis adds that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth, "our common home."

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RRI Dialogue Explores Links Among Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth [viewed]

iucn-rri18 June 2015: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) organized its 17th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change under the theme 'Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth.' The day-long event featured four panel-led discussions, which highlighted the centrality of tenure and rights to successful forest landscape restoration (FLR) and debated the role of FLR in "green growth."

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UN, Insurance Industry Partner for Sustainable Development [viewed]

psi17 June 2015: A platform launched by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is allowing insurance companies to make voluntary contributions to sustainable development through risk management, insurance products, investment, partnerships and disclosure frameworks. Through the platform and other activities of UNEP FI's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative, insurers managing US$14 trillion and 20% of world premium volume are working with the UN toward a greener future.

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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UNEP, PBC Detail Elements for China's Green Financial System [viewed]

unep_china12 June 2015: UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, Achim Steiner, met with Pan Gongsheng, Deputy Governor of China's central bank, the People's Bank of China (PBC), to mark the publication of the final report of the Green Finance Task Force, addressing practical steps and policy recommendations for aligning China's financial and capital markets with sustainable development objectives.

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REN21 Reports Decoupling of CO2 Emissions and Economic Growth in 2014 [viewed]

REN2118 June 2015: For the first time in four decades, the world's gross domestic product (GDP) rose in 2014 without a coinciding rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, according to the Renewables 2015 Global Status Report. The report also finds that 2014 was a record year for wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, and that investments in renewables, excluding large-scale hydropower, reached US$270.2 billion. The developing world accounted for almost half that figure, at US$131.3 billion.

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