World Disasters Report Highlights Culture in DRR [viewed]

ifrs28 October 2014: The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has published the ‘World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on Culture and Risk.' The report explores how culture should be considered in disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts and analyzes the influence of disaster and risks on culture. It concludes that DRR approaches must recognize why people are living with risks and how their behavior and attitudes related to culture affect their exposure and sensitivity to hazards.

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Guest Article #115: The Valuable Relationship Between Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

Because of its possible effects on climate change and on natural resource degradation, the way in which we produce our food is a globally important issue. Agriculture − including its contribution to deforestation and its use of fossil fuels – is said to account for almost one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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October 2014 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy-financeOctober 2014: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and other donors undertook activities and approved funding for sustainable energy projects in, among other countries, Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Comoros, Guyana, Kenya, the Maldives, Mali, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Romania, Ukraine, Uruguay, Turkey, and Viet Nam.

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UNWTO, UNEP Launch International Partnership on Sustainable Tourism [viewed]

unep-wto5 November 2014: A new international programme to catalyze sustainable tourism over the next decade was launched at the World Travel Market (WTM 2014). The Sustainable Tourism Programme of the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns (10YFP) will be led by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the Governments of France, the Republic of Korea and Morocco, with the support of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which hosts the 10YFP Secretariat.

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UNEP Makes Business Case for Eco-innovation [viewed]

UNEP5 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a publication, titled ‘The Business Case for Eco-Innovation,' which is part of UNEP's Eco-innovation Project. According to the publication, companies are facing growing market and regulatory pressures in the face of declining resources and environmental degradation, extreme weather events are impacting on business profitability, and global water demand is expected to exceed supply by 40% within 20 years.

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IRENA Council Holds Eighth Meeting [viewed]

IRENA4 November 2014: The 8th meeting of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Council convened from 3-4 November, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to provide guidance to the Agency's programmes and activities, and to decide on the agenda for the IRENA Assembly in 2015. The Council also discussed strategies to increase the Agency's engagement in global climate action, and received three new permanent representatives.

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UNFCCC Synthesizes Work of the Forum on Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared a note synthesizing the work of the forum on the impact of the implementation of response measures. The document (FCCC/SB/2014/INF.4) is based on views, information and review of the work of the forum provided by parties and relevant organizations. The 40th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) requested the Secretariat to prepare the synthesis paper for consideration at SBSTA 41 and SBI 41.

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SE4ALL Global Facilitation Office Launched in Vienna [viewed]

SE4ALL3 November 2014: The Global Facilitation Office of the UN Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative was launched on 3 November, in Vienna, Austria, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The establishment of the office represents a key step in the institutionalization of SE4ALL, which seeks to ensure universal energy access, a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix, and a doubling of the rate of energy efficiency improvements globally, by 2030.

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UN-REDD Newsletter Focuses on South-South Learning [viewed]

unreddNovember 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) released the November 2014 edition of its newsletter highlighting a regional workshop in Africa to facilitate South-South learning and the exchange of experiences on developing national REDD+ programmes.

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