ASEAN Commits to Efficient Lighting [viewed]

logo_asean_unep28 April 2015: A commitment announced by member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the 19th annual meeting of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Sub-Sector Network (EE&C-SSN) could slash electricity consumption by 35 terawatt hours (TWh) and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 20 million tons annually, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Under the commitment, ASEAN members will switch to high efficiency lighting solutions.

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Meetings Seek to Strengthen Forest Actions in Europe and the Mediterranean [viewed]

fao_ec1 May 2015: The reports from two forest events held in March 2015 and covering Europe and the Mediterranean have been released, focusing on the role of forests in a green economy and the future of the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Progress under Nairobi Work Programme [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on the progress made in implementing activities under the Nairobi work programme on impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate change (NWP) ahead of the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 1-11 June 2015.

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UNEP Launches District Energy in Cities Initiative in Europe, Central Asia [viewed]

UNEP Logo30 April 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched its District Energy in Cities initiative in the European and Central Asian region during a workshop co-hosted with the World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC). At the workshop, several countries and cities committed to meeting climate change targets through modern district energy systems.

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UNFCCC Summarizes Cooperative Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a document that summarizes key cooperative activities it has carried out with other international organizations since April 2014. The document summarizes key activities in the areas of: technology; finance; capacity building; adaptation; mitigation; climate knowledge, comprised of science, research and systematic observation; gender; cooperation with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariats through the Joint Liaison Group of the Rio Conventions; the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; contribution of the private sector through the UN Global Compact; and communications.

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WHO Assesses Air Pollution Cost in Europe [viewed]

oecd_who28 April 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a report, titled ‘Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: Clean air, health and wealth,' which assesses the economic burden of deaths and diseases resulting from outdoor and indoor air pollution in region.

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Event: Seventeenth RRI Dialogue on Forests, Governance, and Climate Change [viewed]

Held on the theme, ‘forest tenure, restoration, and green growth' the dialogue, hosted by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), will explore forest governance and tenure reform as an important element in forest landscape restoration. In particular, the dialogue will build a common understanding and identify key policy messages on the links between forest tenure, restoration and green growth. The Dialogue is also expected to identify policy opportunities and distill key messages to inform relevant policy discussions including the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, in November-December 2015, the various REDD+ initiatives, as well as the Green Climate Fund (GCF).  

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International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions, Response Measures [viewed]

International Experts Workshops Discuss Methane Emissions30 April 2015: A two-part workshop on carbon management, organized by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources and Saudi Aramco, focused on methane emissions and mitigation in the oil and gas sector, as well as the adverse social and economic impacts of mitigation measures (response measures).

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12th Carbon Fund Meeting Considers Extension Beyond 2020 [viewed]

Forest Carbon1 May 2015: Participants at the 12th meeting of the Carbon Fund (CF12) considered, inter alia: the extension of the Fund's term beyond 2020; the 2016 budget proposal; and the Emission Reduction Programme Document (ER-PD) business process and Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) terms of reference (TOR). The meeting also provided an opportunity to share early ideas on ER-Programme Idea Notes (ER-PINs), including from Argentina, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Guyana, Laos, Mozambique and Nicaragua.

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UNFCCC Reports on Enhanced Availability of Web-based Scientific Information [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared a note presenting actions it has undertaken to enhance the availability and visibility of scientific information on the Convention's website. The document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.1), which draws from information available on the UNFCCC's website and social media sites, will be considered by the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42), scheduled to take place from 1-11 June in Bonn, Germany.

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