France Outlines Expectations for Paris COP [viewed]

frenchflag29 August 2014: French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius outlined his country's expectations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), which will be held in Paris, France, from 30 November to 11 December 2015, focusing on the adoption of a legally-binding agreement, subsequent pledges by all countries, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and carbon pricing.

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Second Africa Drylands Week Discusses SLM, Food Security, Adaptation [viewed]

africanunionlogo29 August 2014: The Second Africa Drylands Week focused on the role of sustainable land management in the context of Africa's Year of Agriculture and Food Security, with participants addressing achievements in, and challenges to, drylands development.

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UNEP Online Course Focuses on Disaster Risk, Ecosystem-Based Solutions [viewed]

UNEP28 August 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has unveiled the first-ever 'Massive Open Online Course' (MOOC) on how to minimize disaster risk through natural or ecosystem-based solutions. The MOOC, titled ‘Disasters and Ecosystems: Resilience in a Changing Climate,' which was introduced during the 5th Annual International Disaster Risk Conference (IDRC), aims to broaden awareness on a range of tools for eco-disaster risk reduction and adaptation by demonstrating how climate change, disasters and the environment are linked.

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UNECA Highlights Blue Economy Potential of African SIDS [viewed]

UNECA28 August 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) have released a report, titled ‘Climate Change in the African SIDS: The Paradox of the Small.' The report highlights that the blue economy can help African small island developing States (SIDS) to achieve their development aims and tackle challenges related to economic and climate change vulnerability. UNECA will launch the report during a side event to the Third International Conference on SIDS.

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IEA Releases Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report [viewed]

IEA28 August 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has launched its 'Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2014,' which finds that policy uncertainty could slow renewable energy expansion over the next five years. While the report projects renewable generation will grow by 45%, and will make up almost 26% of total global electricity generation by 2020, deployment of new renewable power capacity is expected to slow and stabilize after 2014.

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UNFCCC, ILO Strengthen Collaboration on Climate, Green Economy [viewed]

unfccc-ilo27 August 2014: Guy Rider, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), have released a joint statement highlighting the socioeconomic benefits of a transition to a green economy, including social inclusion, poverty alleviation and better jobs. According to the statement, shifting to a green economy could generate an additional 60 million jobs over the next 20 years.

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UNFCCC Launches Multilateral Assessment of Developed Country Targets [viewed]

UNFCCC27 August 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched the multilateral assessment (MA) initiative that will enable developed countries to compare their individual efforts in meeting their greenhouse gas (GHG) emission limitation and reduction targets.

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UN-REDD Discusses Legal Protection of Indigenous Rights in the DRC [viewed]

unredd25 August 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a summary of 'Legal reforms to support indigenous peoples' rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo.' The brief presents progress on the recognition of indigenous peoples' rights in the REDD+ process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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Lighting Global Urges Shift from Kerosene to Solar Lights [viewed]

lighting.globalAugust 2014: Lighting Global has released a study, titled ‘Energy and Carbon Benefits of Pico Powered Lighting,' which confirms that modern solar lighting products designed for low-income families without access to grid electricity are far more energy efficient than kerosene lamps. Through Lighting Global, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank collaborate to support sustainable growth of the global off-grid lighting market in order to increase access to modern lighting services for people without access to reliable electricity.

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Event: Integrating Migration into Development: Diaspora as a Development Enabler [viewed]

An international workshop on ‘Integrating Migration into Development: Diaspora as a Development Enabler' will focus on the interrelationships between migration and the three pillars of sustainable development (economic, social and environmental), and will include the contributions of migrants to development. The event is being co-organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The workshop will focus on the positive impacts of migrants and migration on development. It will feature some environmental panels that will discuss migration as an adaptation strategy.  

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