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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly[viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

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Mitigation Update: Solar and Wind Prices Plummet as Temperatures and Sea Levels Rise[viewed]

The first five months of 2016 have served as a reminder of the urgency of mitigating climate change as each month, January-May, has set global temperature records, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). On 17 June, the WMO announced May's record, saying combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was 0.87°C above the 20th century average of 14.8°C. May is the 13th consecutive month to set a global temperature high.

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Event: 2016 Business and Climate Summit[viewed]

This Summit will bring together leaders from business, government and finance to develop a roadmap for how business, in the short, medium and long term, can take advantage of a swift transition to the net zero carbon economy.

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CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management[viewed]

The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June.

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April-June 2016 NAMA Update: Linkages Among NAMAs, NDCs and Finance Explored for Enhanced Implementation and Support[viewed]

This periodic update focuses on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, events and activities, for the period from mid-April 2016 to mid-June 2016. During this period, a number of workshops were organized on capacity building for NAMA design and implementation. The linkages among NAMAs, nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and finance also received attention.

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Capacity Building and Technology Update: SB 44 Outcomes Focus on Implementation of Paris Agreement, GEF Establishes CBIT Trust Fund[viewed]

The 44th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 44) and Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 44) and the first session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA 1) were held in Bonn, Germany, from 16-26 May 2016. The sessions presented the first opportunity for Parties to consider Paris mandates on capacity building and technology development and transfer, including the terms of reference (ToR) for the Paris Committee on Capacity-building, the Paris Agreement's technology framework, and the scope and modalities for the periodic assessment of the Technology Mechanism in the context of how it serves the Paris Agreement.

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SE4All Advisory Board Endorses 'Going Further, Faster' Strategy[viewed]

To ensure universal access to modern energy services, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix - these are the 2030 goals of the UN's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative. In order to get there, the SE4All Advisory Board has endorsed the Strategic Framework for Results 2016-2021: ‘Going Further, Faster.'

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Event: Workshop on Business-to-Business Energy Efficiency Networks[viewed]

Following the 2015 Hamburg Group of 7 (G7) Initiative for Sustainable Energy Security, the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) will jointly host a full-day workshop on business-to-business Energy Efficiency Networks (EENs) on 15 September 2016, in Berlin, Germany.

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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Alicia Bárcena Named IRP Co-Chair[viewed]

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), was appointed co-chair of the International Resource Panel (IRP), a body of natural resource scientists and experts hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Bárcena will co-chair the panel with Janez Potočnik, former EU Commissioner for the Environment and IRP co-chair since 2014.

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