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ACWA Power Middle East, ENERGY, WATER, Desalinisation

ACWA Power is a Saudi developer and operator of an international portfolio of electricity and desalination facilities.
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Afval Energie Bedrijf Europe, WASTE & RECYCLING, WATER, URBAN & BUILT ENVIRONMENT

In the city of Amsterdam three public organisations Waternet, The Waste and Energy Company (AEB) and World Waternet are leading partners for green metropolitan solutions.
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Agrobanco South America, FINANCE, INDUSTRY, Agriculture

Banco Agropecuario - AGROBANCO, Peruvian State-owned development bank, is all about providing small and mid-size producers the financial solutions they need to foster sustainable growth achieving their goals
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Aliaxis WATER, Water Companies & Providers, Industrial Applications, Water Efficiency

The Aliaxis Group is a leading global manufacturer and distributor of primarily plastic fluid handling systems
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Amcor WASTE & RECYCLING, WATER, INDUSTRY, Worldwide

Amcor offers exclusive and innovative solutions that are at the forefront of the packaging industry
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Anglo American ENERGY, INDUSTRY, Mining, Worldwide

Anglo American is a leading global mining company and their commitment to sustainable development and good governance are essential to their success.
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Arçelik Group ENERGY, INDUSTRY, Electronics & Software, Energy Efficiency

Arçelik Group is one of the leading players in the global home appliances industry. It is a member company at the Turkish Climate Platform, part of the Corporate Leaders Network for Climate Action.
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Autodesk ICT, URBAN & BUILT ENVIRONMENT, Design & Architecture, Hardware & Software

Autodesk, a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, delivers a broad portfolio of solutions to help make sustainable buildings and infrastructure easier and more cost-effective.
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Avaya BUSINESS SERVICES, ICT, Worldwide

Avaya core technologies provide sustainable solutions that re-use existing IT infrastructure investments to increase access to information and technology, improve employee productivity, reduce travel and its associated emissions and trim operational expenses.
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Avery Dennison BUSINESS SERVICES, Printing, Office Supplies & Infrastructure, Worldwide

Avery Dennison is a global leader in labeling and packaging materials and solutions. The company’s applications and technologies are an integral part of products used in every major market and industry
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  • Opening Speech By UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw at the 19th Conference of Parties to...

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    World Humanitarian Summit must be 'turning point' in cooperation to tackle crises - UN chief...

    At the launch of One Humanity: Shared responsibility report...

    G20 Green Finance Study Group Meets for the First Time in Beijing...

    The GFSG will collaborate with other G20 groups and related external initiatives....

    International Meeting to Protect the World's Sharks Convenes Next Week...

    The second Meeting of Signatories to the Convention on Migratory Species Sharks MOU will take place in San José, Costa Rica, from 15 to 19 February....

    Speech by UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner at the Launch of Kenya Green University Network...

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  • FAO calls for international action on antimicrobial resistance

    Antimicrobial resistance" or AMR is “one of the greatest threats to public health worldwide” and calls for a globally coordinated effort to counter the risks it poses to food security, FAO Deputy Director General Helena Semedo warned European ministers of health and agriculture at a conference on antibiotic resistance in Amsterdam.

    Zika: FAO Director-General says agency is ready to contribute to international efforts

    As the leading UN agency on animal health and pest control, FAO can assist affected nations with targeted interventions while ensuring that people and the environment are not exposed to health and other risks stemming from the inappropriate use of potentially dangerous chemicals.

    UN agencies warn of escalating food crisis in South Sudan

    South Sudan is facing unprecedented levels of food insecurity, as 2.8 million people - nearly 25 percent of the country's population - remain in urgent need of food assistance, and at least 40,000 people are on the brink of catastrophe, three UN agencies warned today.

    Somalia continues to face large-scale food insecurity compounded by poor rainfall and drought

    Somalia will continue to face large-scale food insecurity between now and June 2016 as a result of poor rainfall and drought conditions in several areas, trade disruptions, and a combination of protracted and new population displacements.

    FAO Food Price Index starts 2016 dropping to nearly 7-year low

    The FAO Food Price Index fell in January, slipping 1.9 percent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular.

  • Lima Call for Climate Action Puts World on Track to Paris 2015

    A new 2015 agreement on climate change, that will harness action by all nations, took a further important step forward in Lima following two weeks of negotiations by over 190 countries.

    New Portal Highlights City and Private Sector Climate Action

    A way to increase the visibility of the wealth of climate action by cities, regions, companies and investors was launched today by the government of Peru.

    New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs

    A new documentary released on 11 December 2014 highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate change around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima.

    Winners of United Nations Climate Change Awards Honoured in Lima

    Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, were treated to an evening of hope and optimism as the winners of the 2014 Momentum for Change Awards were feted tonight at a gala event.

    Forest Announcements Pave Way for Climate Action

    At the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, a group of five countries has taken steps towards improved national and global forest action.

  • UN-Habitat supports a community initiative in East Jerusalem

    Ramallah, February 11, 2016 – On February 8th, 2016 UN-Habitat jointly with Bimkom – Planners for Planning Rights and the Local Community Center of Sur Baher inaugurated a playground in Sur Baher. This initiative comes as part of the Scaling up and Deepening of Planning Support to Palestinian Communities in East Jerusalem project funded by […]

    Improving the quality of life of people through sustainability

    Rio de Janeiro, 11 February 2016 – The phrase belongs to Elkin Velasquez, UN-Habitat´s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, during the signing of the agreement between the UN agency and the government of Risaralda (Colombia). Pact for Sustainability and Competitiveness is a document that includes actions for development in 14 municipalities through the implementation of […]

    CPI Global City Report – 2015

    In 2012, UN-Habitat created a tool to measure the sustainability of cities. This tool known as The City Prosperity Index was accompanied by a conceptual matrix, the Wheel of Urban Prosperity. In 2013, UN- Habitat received numerous requests from local authorities and central governments to estimate their respective prosperity indexes. Mayors and other decision makers […]

    The City Prosperity Initiative – Brochure

    In 2012, UN-Habitat created a tool to measure the sustainability of cities. This tool known as The City Prosperity Index was accompanied by a conceptual matrix, the Wheel of Urban Prosperity. In 2013, UN- Habitat received numerous requests from local authorities and central governments to estimate their respective prosperity indexes. Mayors and other decision makers […]

    The Global Goals for Sustainable Development and City Prosperity Initiative

    The high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda was held from25 to 27 September 2015, in New York, during the United Nations summit. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity. All countries and stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, […]

  • In Mogadishu, WFP Is Supporting The Most Vulnerable People With Cash-Based Transfers

    Across Somalia, more than a million people are struggling to meet their basic food needs, particularly internally displaced people and the urban poor. With support from the European Union’s humanitarian aid and civil protection department (ECHO), WFP is now providing the most vulnerable people in Mogadishu with cash-based assistance so they can shop for the food they need. WFP is increasingly providing cash-based transfers in places where food is available in the markets, but lack of income prevents vulnerable families from accessing it.  

    “We Bend Like Reeds But Do Not Break” Coping With Drought In Haiti

    WFP in Haiti is working with people there as they cope with the effects of a devastating drought, made worse by El Nino. Singing as they work helps this community through the hard labour of soil preservation and land restoration. “Fanm yo, nou se wozo, nou se wozo, se wozo nou ye, yo met boule nou, yo met koupe racin nou, lé la pli a tonbe n’ap boujonnen…”: “Women, we are reeds… they may burn us, they may cut our roots, when the rain falls, we will sprout again…”

    Drought In Ethiopia: 10 Million People In Need

    Ethiopia is in the grip of its worst drought in recent history. More than ten million people are in need of assistance according to the Government and humanitarian agencies. On Sunday 31 January, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited Ethiopia to see first-hand the consequences of the drought in one of the worst affected areas.

    Sierra Leone: Moms And Their Babies Are Returning To The Health Centres

    Use of basic health services drastically reduced at the height of the Ebola outbreak. The population was hesitant to approach the health centres due to fears of either contacting Ebola or being labelled as someone affected by it. Getting mothers and children back to the health centres to access critical maternal and child health services has been challenging. In partnership with the Government of Sierra Leone, The World Food Programme (WFP) is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to increase uptake of services. Through the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in children aged 6-59 months and pregnant and nursing mothers at Peripheral Health Units (PHUs), WFP is also helping to improve the nutrition status of vulnerable groups, reaching more than 43,000 children and mothers across the country.

    University of Notre Dame Students Fighting Hunger

    Next month, students, educators and academic leaders from across the U.S. will come together to amplify their voices in the global fight against hunger at the annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit. Over 250 anti-hunger advocates will convene in Columbia, Missouri, 26-27 Feb. to exchange ideas on ways to stamp out hunger around the globe.

  • ADB Provides $400 Million to Support Philippines CCT Program

    ADB has approved a $400 million loan to help the Philippines further expand its flagship conditional cash transfer program, which provides regular health and education grants to millions of the country’s poorest households.

    President Nakao Signs Partnership Framework with Australia

    ADB President Takehiko Nakao today signed a new framework for cooperation to reinforce ADB’s partnership with Australia to reduce poverty and achieve inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Asia and the Pacific.

    ADB, IFC to Help Extend Mobile Telecom Services Across Myanmar

    ABD and IFC are providing loans of $300 million to Ooredoo Myanmar for the rollout of a mobile telecommunication network across Myanmar. 

    New ADB Cambodia Country Director Assumes Office

    ADB has appointed a new Country Director for Cambodia, Samiuela T. Tukuafu. A Tongan national, Mr. Tukuafu officially started in this post on 1 February, 2016.

    ADB Supports Disaster Risk Management, Financial Inclusion Projects

    ADB nd the governments of Thailand and Japan launched two projects which will help Thailand strengthen community-based disaster risk management, and support efforts to enhance financial inclusion in low income communities.

  • Publication: The context of natural forest management and FSC certification in Brazil

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    Publication: Agrarian change in tropical landscapes

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    Register now: Asia-Pacific Forestry Week

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    Highlights of 2015: Social impacts of oil palm in Indonesia: A gendered perspective from West Kalimantan

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    Publication: Power, policy and the Prunus africana bark trade, 1972-2015

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  • Northern Powergrid regional energy investment gets GBP 250m EIB backing

    The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, has agreed to provide GBP 250 million for investment over two years by Northern Powergrid to upgrade electricity distribution infrastructure and reinforce the electricity network to enable a smarter electricity network for 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. Tom Fielden, Northern Powergrid’s Finance Director, said: “We have an ambitious GBP 3 billion, eight-year investmen...

    GBP 432m European backing for education and energy investment in the north-east and Yorkshire

    The European Investment Bank, Europe’s long-term lending institution, today confirmed significant support totalling GBP 432 million for new investment in education and energy schemes in the north-east and Yorkshire.  This includes GBP 100 million to underpin Newcastle University’s capital development programme, GBP 250 million for investment by Northern Powergrid and GBP 82 million to connect the Westernmost Rough windfarm to the national electricity network. “Long-term investment is crucial ...

    GBP 100m investment in Newcastle University campus development

    Newcastle University is to benefit from a £100m loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) that will be used to fund a number of ambitious building projects both on campus and in the city. Representing the largest ever loan for a university outside London and the south east, the 30-year loan will provide 50% of the funding for a number of major projects over the next four years. These include the re-development of Richardson Road student accommodation, the £58m Urban Sciences Building on Sc...

    Georgia: EIB supports urban reconstruction and highway upgrading with EUR 150m

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) is extending two loans to Georgia to finance urban reconstruction and the improvement of critical infrastructure. A EUR 100 million loan, split into two 50 million components, will be used to address the needs resulting from the damage inflicted by the 2015 floods in Tbilisi, and to rebuild and upgrade infrastructure in selected municipalities across the country. A separate EUR 49.45 million loan will fund upgrades to the E-60 East West Highway, a vital link...

    EIB, the EU Bank, strengthens support for economic growth and competitiveness in Romania

    Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), will visit Romania later today to discuss the European Investment Bank’s engagement in the country and explore opportunities to provide greater support for long-term investment to accelerate economic development in Romania and improve the quality of life of the country’s citizens. In his first visit to the country since the new government took office in November 2015, EIB President Werner Hoyer will meet the Romanian President Kla...

  • The 7th International Climate & Environmental Fair

    Gwangju, Republic of Korea

    Call for Proposals for Sub-Saharan Cities: Explore Support from Covenant of Mayors

    The Covenant of Mayors is expanding beyond the wider European region, into Africa - aiming to...

    Hopes for the Second Week of COP21

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    Resilient Cities January Update

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    President Benigno S. Aquino III Supports National Launch of Compact of Mayors in Philippines

    In November 2015, in advance of COP21, the Compact of Mayors was officially launched in the...

  • Inter-American Development Bank becomes first regional development bank to join partnership to advance digital payments

    Inter-American Development Bank supports digital payments to promote financial inclusion and government savings in Latin America.

    IDB joins multilateral lenders to explore support to economic program for Suriname

    IDB joins multilateral lenders to explore economic support program to help Suriname meet the challenges it is currently facing.

    Peru to expand access to financing for small producers at the base of the pyramid

    IDB approves loan of $5 million to benefit small rural producers in Peru.

    IDB closed 2015 with $11.3 billion in financing approvals

    IDB approved loans and guarantees totaling $11.3 billion to borrowing countries in Latin America and Caribbean during 2015.

    IDB supports climate change adaptation program for Buccoo Reef, Tobago

    IDB grant of $500,000 for climate change adaptation on Buccoo Reef in Tobago

  • Watershed Indicators: The challenge of consistency

    Across Canada, different levels of government (federal, provincial, municipal, First Nations), non-governmental organizations, academics, citizen science groups and other stakeholders collect data related to watersheds and their health.

    Not only are environmental data (e.g., water quality, biodiversity) relevant to watershed health, but so too are data on social and economic measurements (e.g., human health, economic activities).

    While a significant amount of data exists, shaping it into indicator frameworks to help measure and guide watershed management poses particular challenges. Foremost among these challenges is the fact that watersheds often cross borders. Not only do many cross municipal, provincial or territorial boundaries, a large number are also international watersheds. With this fragmentation of jurisdictions and wide range of stakeholders collecting data, there are often differences in data types and collection methods. This variation poses a challenge in getting a coherent picture of the entire watershed. When using different indicator sets within the same watershed, how can watershed managers and decision-makers ensure they are getting an accurate picture and comparing “apples to apples”?

    In 2014–2015, with support from Environment Canada, the Canadian Sustainability Indicators Network (CSIN) explored the question of watershed indicator consistency and coherency across Canada and between Canada and the United States.

    The ultimate goal was to advance understanding of indicator consistency between and among regions of Canada and to create a strengthened umbrella forum for organizations working on sustainability indicators at the local, regional and national levels. It is anticipated that the lessons learned about consistency and coherency in indicators can be transposed to non-watershed topics, as fragmentation of jurisdictions and differences in data collection techniques are hardly unique to watersheds.

    Publication Year: 
    2015

    Sustainability Impacts of Chinese Outward Direct Investment: A review of the literature

    Outward direct investment (ODI) by the People’s Republic of China has grown very rapidly since 2004, and in 2014, China’s ODI flows attained USD 123.1 billion.

    The past decade has witnessed remarkable growth in Chinese outward investments, and there is a growing number of academic studies, policy papers and media reports discussing the operations and impacts of Chinese companies overseas. This literature review aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the sustainable impact of Chinese outward investments. The specific objectives of this literature review are:

    1. Providing a balanced view of the current state of knowledge of the sustainable development impact of Chinese ODI.
    2. Providing an overview of the diverse perspectives and concerns relevant to Chinese policy-makers and companies “going out.”
    3. Providing insights into the Chinese policy and business strategy measures that would improve outcomes and address concerns.
    4. Providing direction on further avenues for research and possible future collaboration.

    In this review exercise, 384 papers were collected, including 262 in English, 83 in Chinese and 39 in Spanish, based on an inventory of the available research drawing on academic databases, think tanks and international organizations, and a search of non-governmental organizations’ reports, private sector reports and newspaper articles.

    Publication Year: 
    2016

    Canada in the Post-2015 World (French recording)

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    IISD in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre were pleased to host a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.

    Here is a recording of the event in French.

    Click here for more information about the event.

    Canada in the Post-2015 World (English recording)

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    IISD in collaboration with the International Development Research Centre were pleased to host a half-day panel to discuss the implications of the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs for Canada and the international community.

    Here is a recording of the event in English.

    Click here for more information about the event.

    Webinar: Fiscal Instruments and Energy Subsidies within Nationally Determined Contributions

    Join us for this webinar on February 16, 2016 at 10:00 am (CET), 2:30 pm (IST), 4:00 pm (WIB).

    Following the success of the agreement of UNFCCC talks in Paris it is clear that the urgent and early effort to reform government subsidies to fossil fuels can be considered alongside other energy carbon mitigation actions that countries have at their disposal through the use of economic instruments. 68 countries recognised the role of economic instruments within their NDCs, with 13 including fossil fuel subsidy reform. The removal of energy subsidies to fossil fuels is estimated to lead to emission reductions of USD 93 per tonne of CO2.

    This webinar enables participants to:

    • understand the process of fuel tax reforms and links to sustainable development and climate resilient energy systems;
    • understand how countries have practically incorporated this within their INDC based on previous or planned policy changes;
    • learn more about existing models available to assess the removal of government subsidies to consumers and producers of fossil fuels on emissions baselines and intensities;
    • the next steps for technical support regarding monitoring, reporting and verification from changes in economic instruments for climate mitigation outcome; and
    • discuss opportunities for building bankable projects.

    Speakers include:

    • Satryo Bramono Brotodiningrat, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN, WTO and other International Organization
    • Ms. Inkar Kadyrzhanova, UNFCCC
    • Dr. Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Global Subsidies Initiative, IISD
    • Laura Merrill, Global Subsidies Initiative, IISD
    • Phillip Gass, IISD

    The webinar will take place on Tuesday February 16th at 10.00 Geneva, 14.30 Delhi, 16.00 Jakarta, via Webex and will last for 1.5 hours.

    To register for this webinar click here, or more information please contact Laura Merrill at lmerrill@iisd.org.

    Date: 
    Tuesday, February 16, 2016
    Location: 
    Online

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    Op Ed by IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin (originally published in Gulf News) Less than two months ago, world leaders adopted a landmark climate agreement in Paris, securing decisive global action on climate change. The 32-page agreement has two goals, to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, … Continue reading From Negotiation to Action: Scaling-up Renewables Post COP21

    Sustainable Energy and Cities at WFES

    “Renewable energy and cities” was the theme of high-level meetings held on the side lines of the World Future Energy Summit. These thematic meetings discussed priorities for a New Urban Agenda and developed policy recommendations in advance of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The event resulted in thematic … Continue reading Sustainable Energy and Cities at WFES

    Scaling up Renewable Energy in the GCC

    According to a report released today by IRENA, scaling up renewable energy in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries would reap multiple benefits. Renewable Energy Market Analysis: The GCC Region, finds that GCC countries could save 11 trillion litres of water withdrawal (a 16 per cent decrease), save 400 million barrels of oil in power … Continue reading Scaling up Renewable Energy in the GCC

    IRENA and Terrawatt Seek Massive Solar Scale-Up

    IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin met with Isabelle Kocher, Deputy General Manager of Engie and first Chairperson of the private sector Terrawatt Initiative, today on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit. The meeting took place in the presence of H.E. Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates and the … Continue reading IRENA and Terrawatt Seek Massive Solar Scale-Up

    Thought Leaders Talk Renewable Energy Solutions, Innovation and Action at Fourth Annual IRENA Financial Times Event

    Over 500 leaders from government, business and civil society gathered yesterday at the headquarters of IRENA to discuss scaling up renewable energy as the cornerstone of global climate change mitigation. For the fourth consecutive year, the Financial Times-IRENA Question Time Debate provided a unique opportunity to discuss the international renewable energy agenda following the conclusion … Continue reading Thought Leaders Talk Renewable Energy Solutions, Innovation and Action at Fourth Annual IRENA Financial Times Event

  • Press release: ITU’s 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications adopts ICT strategies to reduce impact of natural disasters

    Forum recognizes the key role of information & communication technologies in preventing and mitigating disaster impact Kuwait City, 28 January 2016 – Over 500 participants from 70 countries attending ITU’s 2nd Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications: Saving Lives (GET2016, Kuwait City, 26-28...

    Press Release: Harnessing ICTs to save lives: Emergency telecommunications in disaster management

    ITU’s Second Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications opens in Kuwait City Kuwait City, 26 January 2016 – The Second Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications: Saving Lives opened today in Kuwait City, welcoming leaders from government, business, academia, non-governmental organizations and...

    Submarine comms cables for climate monitoring and disaster warning: New publications from ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC Joint Task Force

    A new ITU/WMO/UNESCO-IOC study has analyzed potential sources of funding for the use of submarine communications cables in ocean and climate monitoring and disaster warning, finding that the most promising sources of funding appear to be in select development banks,...

    ITU-T to develop framework for VoLTE/ViLTE interconnection

    Year 2016 kicks-off with a new, high-priority ITU-T standards initiative to broker the international agreement of a framework for the interconnection of Voice and Video over LTE (VoLTE/ViLTE)-based networks. The framework will assist in expanding industry’s offer of VoLTE/ViLTE ‘roaming’,...

    Press release: Global partners join forces at Davos to connect the unconnected by 2020

    Estimated cost of connecting next 1.5 billion is USD 450 billion Davos, 21 January 2016 – A new global dialogue focused on getting the next 1.5 billion unconnected people online was forged at a special session of the UN Broadband Commission for...

  • NRDC: Clean Power Plan Will Prevail on Legal Merits

    WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) -- The Supreme Court today blocked implementation of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, pending litigation in the lower courts over a challenge by the coal industry.

    Obama Budget Sets Priorities to Continue Progress

    WASHINGTON (February 9, 2016) – President Obama today submitted a budget proposal that would double funding for clean energy research, create a $1.65 billion fund for infrastructure projects to lessen the impacts wrought by climate change, impose a $10-per-barrel tax on oil to help develop clean vehicles, public transit and urban planning, and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

    NRDC, Allies Urge Supreme Court to Deny Industry’s Bid to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

    WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) -- The Natural Resources Defense Council today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a coal industry request to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, saying the industry’s assertions of irreparable harm have no substance.

    Obama’s Plan to Increase Transportation Investments also is Good for Climate

    WASHINGTON (February 4, 2016) -- President Obama in his budget proposal next week will propose increased  U.S. investments in public transit, high-speed rail and a new generation of energy-efficient cars, trucks and aircraft, to be paid for with a $10-per-barrel fee on oil that would be phased in over five years, the White House announced Thursday.

    NRDC: Flint Hearing Most Notable for Key Absences

    NEW YORK (February 3, 2016) – The U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing today to explore the Flint water crisis.  

  • Your guide to making the business case for saving energy in your building portfolio

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    Indore moves towards sustainable mobility for all

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    WBCSD launches action plan to reduce energy consumption in Jakarta’s building stock

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    New “Champions 12.3” Coalition to Inspire Action to Reduce Food Loss & Waste

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    New Global Commission to Put Business at the Centre of Sustainable Development

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  • South Africa Pledges to Peak Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2025

    South Africa’s newly released climate plan pledges to peak national emissions that cause climate change by 2025 and goes further than other countries on adaptation by quantifying what it will cost to adapt to climate change in light of several possible emissions scenarios. National greenhouse gas emissions will peak between 2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and decline in absolute terms thereafter under South Africa’s plan, known as an Intended National Determined...

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