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International Year of SIDS Closes with Reflections on Progress [viewed]

IYSIDS-logo-sml26 January 2015: The International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded on 26 January 2015. Activities during the Year highlighted the contributions of SIDS to the world and the challenges facing SIDS.

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SE4ALL Launches African Energy Leaders Group [viewed]

SE4ALL23 January 2015: In an effort to drive the necessary reforms to provide energy services to the 625 million people currently lacking electricity access in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative has drawn together high-level political and economic leaders from the continent to form an African Energy Leaders Group (AELG). The AELG will promote policy reforms to create an inviting investment environment, foster public-private partnerships and advocate for renewable energy.

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IRENA, ADFD Announce Project Loans for Renewable Energy in Rural Communities [viewed]

IRENA18 January 2015: The International Renewable Energy Agency and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (IRENA/ADFD) Project Facility have announced US$57 million in concessional loans for renewable energy projects in developing countries around the world. The joint facility promotes renewable energy as a focus for foreign development assistance with long-term sustainable development benefits.

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UNFCCC Launches National Contributions Web Portal [viewed]

UNFCCC22 January 2015: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has launched a web-based portal for submissions by parties to the UNFCCC of their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). The Secretariat will prepare a report on the aggregate effect of INDCs communicated via the portal a month in advance of the Paris Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place in December 2015.

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UNEP Identifies Innovations for Scaling up Sustainable Development Financing [viewed]

UNEP21 January 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report, titled 'Pathways to Scale,' which identifies "critical innovations in the US$300+ trillion global financial system that can help bring together the historically separate agendas of financial reform and sustainable development." Drawing on country-level examples of financial market and institutional reforms, the report proposes a number of pathways towards 'closing the asset and investment gap' at national and higher levels.

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FAO Convenes Global Meeting of Criteria and Indicators Experts [viewed]

FAO16 January 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) convened an expert meeting on criteria and indicators (C&I) for sustainable forest management (SFM) to discuss progress in the implementation of the project, ‘Strengthening criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in policy and practice.'

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UNFF Launches Website to Support Financing for SFM [viewed]

UnffJanuary 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) launched a website to support the ongoing Facilitative Process adopted to assist developing countries in identifying and accessing financing for sustainable forest management (SFM). The Facilitative Process is based on the tenants of a bottom-up approach that takes into account the multiple uses and values of forests as well as the range of ecosystem services they provide.

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IRENA Launches Online Knowledge Hub 'REsource' [viewed]

irenaa5.119 January 2015: REsource, a free, online information hub launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), allows users to easily access the latest renewable energy statistics, country-specific data and market information. IRENA has designed REsource with functions for customizing graphs and tables, comparing renewables use and deployment metrics across countries, and monitoring and analyzing trends.

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Al Gore Receives ZFEP Lifetime Achievement Award [viewed]

Zayed Future19 January 2015: Former US Vice President Al Gore has received the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) for his “personal and political commitment to raise international awareness about the dangers of climate change, while reinforcing optimism that the global community can and will successfully tackle the challenge.” His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, presented Gore with the award during a ceremony held during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015.

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IPBES to Undertake Thematic Assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration [viewed]

ipbes17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) has approved a timetable for carrying out an assessment on land degradation and restoration. The assessment is part of a first set of three thematic assessments to be carried out by the Platform between 2015 and 2018. The final outcome will include an executive summary presenting key findings and policy-relevant conclusions, a summary for policymakers and an eight-chapter report.

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