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India, France Express Support to Successful Paris Conference[viewed]

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande issued a joint statement affirming their support to ensuring a successful outcome at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, and stressing the importance of timely submissions of intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and raising pre-2020 ambition. In the statement, made during an official visit by Prime Minister Modi to Paris, France, the two leaders also announced cooperation on smart cities and sustainable energy.

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IRENA, MIST Find Solar PV Cost-Competitive in the UAE[viewed]

According to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), renewable energy, in particular electricity from solar photovoltaics (PV), has since 2014 been cost-competitive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Prepared as part of IRENA's REmap country study series, the report finds that increasing the share of renewable energy in the UAE's electricity generation mix to 25% by 2030 could generate annual net savings of at least US$1.9 billion.

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Event: Ministerial Meeting of African LDCs on Structural Transformation, Graduation and the Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The Ministerial Meeting of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) aims to support African LDCs to make progress in poverty eradication, peace and development for graduating from the LDC category as well to support the achievement of internationally agreed development goals, including goals and targets under the Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA).

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Event: Energy Sustainability Working Group Meeting[viewed]

The second meeting of the Energy Sustainability Working Group under the Group of 20 (G20) Turkish Presidency will take place 25-26 May 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Event: Second Gathering of the Road to Paris Partners[viewed]

As part of Climate Week Paris 2015, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) will gather for their second meeting as partners of the Road to Paris initiative.

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Clean Energy Initiatives Announced at US-CARICOM Summit[viewed]

US President Barack Obama and leaders from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) met in Kingston, Jamaica, for a US-CARICOM Summit that focused largely on energy security, affordable energy and climate change mitigation. In conjunction with the Summit, the US announced increased support for the Caribbean through a number of energy and climate initiatives.

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GWEC Reports Record Growth in Wind Power Installations in 2014[viewed]

According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), more than 51 GW of wind power capacity were installed globally in 2014. GWEC's Global Wind Report 2014, launched on 1 April, explores growth in new wind power generating capacity during the year and provides an updated five-year market projection for the sector.

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Event: Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity[viewed]

The Tropical Landscapes Summit aims to affirm and promote existing commitments that exist across various sectors and to discuss the various opportunities and challenges that exist in enhancing green investment in Indonesia beyond a critical threshold.

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Mayors Commit to Climate Action Ahead of Paris Conference[viewed]

The ICLEI World Congress 2015, the triennial sustainability summit of local and subnational governments worldwide, led to a number of climate announcements intended to increase local climate action. The Congress brought together over 3000 participants, including over 100 mayors from around the world, and boasted the largest number of participants at a congress to date, with many others attending virtually via a live stream.

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UNEP Report Proposes Pooling Facilities as Solution to Micro-grid Financing[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched a study on mini-grids that proposes ‘Mini-grid Pooling Facilities (MPFs)' as a solution to overcoming key investment barriers. Presenting mini-grids as a critical solution for improving energy access globally, the study examines the challenges of associated investment risks and transaction costs, and proposes addressing these through project and capital pooling.

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