UNFCCC Releases COP 20 and CMP 10 Provisional Annotated Agendas [viewed]

UNFCCC22 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released provisional annotated agendas for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 10) to be held in Lima, Peru, from 1-12 December 2014.

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Equator Prizes Awarded to 26 Local and Indigenous Leaders [viewed]

equator-prize-winner21 September 2014: The 2014 Equator Prize Awards Ceremony event honored 26 leaders of local and indigenous communities around the world, whose efforts to address climate change head on and innovate new solutions to issues of food security, land management and water conservation led to their selection from 1,234 global nominations. The Equator Initiative is a partnership between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and various public and private donors.

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EU Climate Action Commissioner Hosts Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change [viewed]

European Union 21 September 2014: An Informal Ministerial Roundtable on Climate Change, focusing on progress on the UN climate change negotiations, was hosted by EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard. The roundtable was held in the lead-up to other major climate events held in New York, including the 20th meeting of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) and the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit.

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2013 Global Carbon Emissions Reach New Record [viewed]

global-carbon-project21 September 2014: Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel burning and cement production reached a record 9.9±0.5 billion tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2) in 2013, rising 2.3% over the previous year and 61% above the rate in 1990, according to the Global Carbon Project. The results, published in the ‘Carbon Budget 2014,' predict that emissions will grow by another 2.5% to 10.1±0.5 GtCO2 in 2014.

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UNFCCC Discusses Timing of COP/CMP President's Election [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note, titled ‘Adjusting the Timing of the Election of the President,' which discusses options for adjusting the timing of the election of the President of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP), as well as options for strengthened coordination between the President and incoming COP and CMP Presidencies to ensure a smooth transition between sessions.

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UNFCCC Reports on 2014-2015 Budget Performance [viewed]

UNFCCC19 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the budget performance for the first six months of the biennium 2014–2015 of the trust funds administered by the Secretariat (FCCC/SBI/2014/10). The information presented includes income and expenditure, and results achieved as of 30 June 2014.

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ADB Highlights Positive Economic Impacts of Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ADBSeptember 2014: A modeling study published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) identifies several positive macroeconomic impacts from improving energy efficiency. The study focuses on seven Asian countries from 2010 to 2050, and finds that energy efficiency policies would have a positive impact on private consumption, government expenditure, investment, and result in an increase in intraregional trade.

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Event: Indoor Air Pollution [viewed]

This open event, part of the Climate Week NYC, will be organized by SMEFUNDS, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) aiming to end poverty through promoting sustainable enterprise development in Africa. The event will seek to mobilize a partnership and increase awarenes on the impact of indoor pollution on women in low-income households in Africa, and will result in a call for action on the matter.  

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Guest Article #111: High-Efficiency Appliances for a Low-Carbon Future [viewed]

Living standards and populations are growing across the globe, and the new, increasingly urbanized, middle classes are looking to the creature comforts that have long been taken for granted by others. This process is a welcome indicator that many nations are moving into or toward the middle-income zone and bringing a higher quality of life for their citizens.

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High-Level Event Focuses on Implementing Sustainable Energy for All [viewed]

Yumkella22 September 2014: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) high-level event, titled ‘Implementing Sustainable Energy for All,' featured high-level multi-stakeholder panels on financing SE4ALL, investing in energy efficiency, accelerating innovation in renewable energy, and scaling up at the country level.

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