IEA Presents Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Roadmap [viewed]

IEA30 June 2015: A report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) examining the potential of hydrogen in the global energy mix stresses its usefulness as an energy carrier that allows for low-carbon energy to be stored, including in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The report estimates that a 25% share of FCEVs in global road transport by 2050 can contribute up to 10% of the cumulative transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions reductions required for moving from a 6°C average global temperature rise scenario (an extension of current trends) to a 2°C scenario.

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Event: International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 edition of the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2015) will be held under the theme 'Solutions for Change: Forging Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships towards 2030'. The two-day Forum will focus on creating cross-sectoral and multi-level partnerships to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and climate change targets as one overarching goal. Plenary sessions will consider the development of the goals and targets for adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and for a 2015 climate change agreement, including ways to bridge the two processes. Parallel sessions will cover a range of related topics, from technology transfer and international scientific cooperation to waste management and the role of cities. The event is being co-organized by the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).  

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Event: 2nd Africa Food Security and Adaptation Conference (AFSAC2) [viewed]

This conference will convene under the theme ‘Africa's Soil the New Frontier: Re-imagining Africa Food Security Now and into the Future under a Changing Climate'. The conference will explore how to sustainably tap into soil, one of Africa's key resources, in order to enhance food security and climate change resilience, while creating new employment opportunities for the continent's increasing youth population. Specific sessions will address a range of strategies to promote and transform ecosystem-based adaptation (EBA) driven agriculture in Africa, including how to: build scalable and inclusive business models; tap into innovative financing; involve women and youth more effectively; harness education, information and communication technology, and data; scale up EBA extension and knowledge services; incentivize private sector involvement; and contribute to increased South-South cooperation and capacity building. Building on the thematic discussions, the conference will focus on how to maximize policy frameworks and develop an action plan for implementing and scaling up EBA approaches and agro-value chains across Africa.

The conference is co-organized by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with a range of partners from UN Agencies, international research and policy organizations, civil society networks and the private sector.  

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IFAD, CCAFS Outline Smallholder Farmers' Role in Reducing Emissions [viewed]

ifad-ccafs8 July 2015: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) have released the 'Mitigation Advantage Report' at Our Common Future Under Climate Change Science Conference held by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, France.

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New Zealand Submits INDC [viewed]

new-zealand7 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that New Zealand is the 46th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), committing to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. According to the INDC, the target corresponds to a reduction of 11% from 1990 emissions, which will be used as the formal reference level.

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UNEP Inquiry Event Urges Aligning Financial System with Sustainable Development Objectives [viewed]

inquiry-axa3 July 2015: At an event hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and AXA insurance company, high-level experts called attention to the misalignment between the current financial system and the goal of creating a sustainable, resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. Panelists called for considering environmental risk when determining financial risk and risk pricing, boosting financial education to increase access to financial services and favorably treating long-term investments that limit climate risks.

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IRENA Assesses Renewables Readiness of Fiji, Marshall Islands and Vanuatu [viewed]

IRENA2 July 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released Renewables Readiness Assessments (RRAs) for three small island developing States (SIDS): Fiji, the Marshall Islands and Vanuatu. The RRAs find that the three countries could meet their energy needs, expand energy access, decrease electricity costs and strengthen energy independence through a combination of renewable energy resources.

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Poverty, Climate, Indicators in Focus of Stakeholder Input [viewed]

post2015July 2015: Civil society and other stakeholders issued policy briefs and articles with proposals and recommendations on the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), addressing, inter alia: the multi-dimensional poverty index; indicators; follow-up and review; the June version of the post-2015 zero draft; and potential impacts of climate change on achieving the SDGs.

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Event: IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting [viewed]

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by the UN Statistics Division and hosted by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The meeting objectives are to: review the list of possible global indicators; discuss the global indicator framework, interlinkages across targets and critical issues, including data disaggregation; and discuss the work plan and next steps. Registration for stakeholder participants is available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s3bZo9t0SQIiRHysd9rinIEG1tBOlnXpzWm4j31jeXg/viewform  

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Event: Africa Climate Talks: West/Central/North Africa and West African SIDS [viewed]

Under the theme, 'Democratizing Global Climate Change Governance and Building an African Consensus toward COP 21 and Beyond,' the Africa Climate Talks (ACT!) are being organized by the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. This series of interconnected sub-regional and Africa-wide events will contribute to Africa's preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, engaging Africans from all walks of life. ACT! aims to raise public awareness of climate change, hear perspectives of linkages between climate change issues and Africa's development, and consider the potential implications of COP 21 outcomes for Africa. ACT! for the West, Central and North Africa regions and the West African small island developing States (SIDS) will take place in Dakar, Senegal, on 1-3 October 2015. ClimDev-Africa is a joint Programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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