Climate Change

Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development [viewed]

SIWI24 August 2015: World Water Week, organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), marks its silver jubilee in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on water for development. SIWI notes that, although considerable progress has been made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets to achieve improved access to key basic services during the first 15 years of this century will not be fully reached. It adds that about one billion people worldwide still lack access to safe water, and a higher number lack access to basic sanitation.

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APP Highlights Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities [viewed]

app20 August 2015: The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has released its annual flagship publication, the Africa Progress Report (APR) 2015, titled 'Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities.' The APP consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa, and is chaired by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General.

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Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21 [viewed]

germany-brazil20 August 2015: Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Islamic Climate Change Declaration Calls for Zero Emissions Strategy [viewed]

islamic_climate_change18 August 2015: Islamic leaders, during an International Islamic Climate Change Symposium, called on the world's 1.6 billion Muslims to take an active role in combating climate change and urged governments to agree to a new climate change agreement in Paris. The Symposium convened to discuss proposed messages from the Islamic community and to mobilize stakeholders in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. It also aimed to seek consensus on an ‘Islamic Declaration on Climate Change,' which was drafted and circulated for comments prior to the symposium.

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IRENA, C2E2 Measure Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Synergies [viewed]

IRENA11 August 2015: Combining energy efficiency and renewable energy can reduce global primary energy demand by 25% by 2030, compared to business as usual, according to a working paper published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2). According to the study, energy efficiency measures would account for 50-75% of these savings.

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Event: ATAG Global Sustainable Aviation Summit 2015 [viewed]

The 2015 Global Sustainable Aviation Summit will focus on preparing the industry for both the upcoming 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in November-December 2015 and the 39th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly in 2016. Aviation industry representatives, suppliers, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), regulators, and environmental groups are anticipated to attend the conference. The participants will engage in discussions on: the roles of technology, alternative fuels and market-based measures in achieving a 50% reduction in our carbon footprint by 2050; sustainable aviation; noise mitigation; environmental management; and environmental communications. The conference is being organized by the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG), with collaboration from the Airports Council International (ACI), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA) and International Air Transport Association (IATA).  

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UNGA President Circulates Amended 2030 Agenda [viewed]

post201512 August 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, circulated the outcome document of the UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, agreed by consensus at the conclusion of the intergovernmental negotiation process on 2 August 2015. Kutesa informed Member States that he will convene a plenary meeting of the Assembly in early September to take action on a draft resolution that will transmit the outcome document to the UNGA's 70th session for consideration and adoption during the Summit.

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FYR Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Benin and US Announce Climate Plans [viewed]

macedonia_trinidad_tobago_benin_us_flags7 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Benin have formally submitted intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 53. In addition, the US Government finalized its Clean Power Plan, an integral part of its INDC submitted on 31 March 2015.

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2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Being Prepared for UNGA Consideration [viewed]

post20152 August 2015: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted at the conclusion of the post-2015 development agenda negotiations on 2 August 2015, contains five sections, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group (OWG) in 2014, with several revisions for specificity and consistency with international ambition. The document for consideration by the 69th UN General Assembly (UNGA) is expected to be finalized and made available ahead of the UN summit for the adoption of the agenda, which will take place from 25-27 September 2015.

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