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SE4ALL Ministerial Dialogue Hears Commitments from Over 100 Countries[viewed]

Opening the final day of the Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, a part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, SE4ALL CEO Kandeh Yumkella urged participants to make commitments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 on energy. The day was largely dedicated to announcements of leadership commitments and actions towards the SE4ALL objectives, with over 80 representatives from governments, business, civil society, multilateral agencies and international organizations outlining their efforts.

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Climate Week Paris Showcases Business Leadership on Climate Change[viewed]

Planned 200 days in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, Climate Week Paris highlighted that "climate action makes good business sense." Business leaders, policymakers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alike confirmed that a strong global climate change agreement, to be adopted at COP 21, will be a critical signal to the private sector to scale up their low-carbon activities.

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Climate Finance Day Focuses on Shifting Capital to Low-Carbon Economy[viewed]

At the Paris 2015 Climate Finance Day, key stakeholders from the financial sector gathered for four roundtables on climate change, which all centered around the theme of shifting trillions of dollars toward the goal of limiting global warming below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. In addition, two platforms for tracking climate actions in the financial sector were announced and speakers throughout the day discussed tools for mitigating risk and transaction costs of climate-friendly projects.

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Stakeholder Launch of Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 Held at Climate Week Paris[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Climate Action held a Stakeholder Launch of the Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 (SIF15) at Climate Week Paris, 200 days ahead of the SIF event to be held at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in December 2015. UNEP and Climate Action partner to host the SIF, which is the largest business-focused event at each COP session.

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Business Leaders Call for Global Climate Deal, Net Zero Emissions[viewed]

During the Business & Climate Summit, a key event of Climate Week Paris, leaders of major businesses worldwide called on policymakers to leverage public and private finance to shift to a low-carbon economy, introduce carefully designed and predictable carbon pricing, and eliminate fossil-fuel subsidies. The Summit mobilized over 6.5 million companies from more than 130 countries through 25 business networks, who pledged to lead the global transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy.

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Campaign to Align Corporate Emission Reduction Targets with 2°C Goal[viewed]

The Science Based Targets initiative has launched a global campaign to recruit 100 companies by the end of 2015 to set emission reduction targets in line with climate science. While 80% of the world's 500 largest companies are setting such targets, only the most proactive companies are doing so at the level required to meet the internationally agreed goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2°C above pre-industrial levels by 2100.

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Civil Society Calls for Inclusive SE4ALL Agenda[viewed]

The Alliance of CSOs for Clean Energy Access (ACCESS) hosted a workshop, titled ‘Voices from the Field,' with the participation of almost 50 organizations working to bring safe, reliable and affordable energy to those who lack it. Participants included civil society groups, commercial and social enterprises, and community-based organizations who are working directly with households, entrepreneurs and communities.

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Subnational Governments Sign Under2 MOU[viewed]

A group of 12 subnational governments, representing more than US$4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people, have signed the ‘Under2 MOU,' a commitment to take leadership on climate action at the relevant levels of jurisdiction. The 12 signatories include: California, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, in the US; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California and Jalisco in Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario and British Columbia in Canada; and Wales, UK.

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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity"[viewed]

20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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SE4ALL Launches Sustainable Bioenergy Initiative[viewed]

A multi-stakeholder coalition has been launched, co-chaired by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), to scale up the development and deployment of sustainable bioenergy solutions in order to: meet global sustainable energy needs; and contribute to the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) goals of doubling global renewable energy use and ensuring universal energy access by 2030.

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