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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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  • Press Releases - Auto industry reacts to parliament vote on RDE

    Brussels, 3 February 2016 – The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) welcomes the direction set by the European Parliament in...

    Press Releases - Automobile industry reiterates call for urgent clarity on RDE

    Brussels, 2 February 2016 – Ahead of the vote on real driving emissions (RDE) in the European Parliament tomorrow, the European Automobile...

    News - Job opportunity: Smart Mobility Director, responsible for connectivity and automation

    ACEA is recruiting a Smart Mobility Director to lead and manage its regulatory and public affairs activities in the rapidly developing fields of...

  • 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.

    ADB Releases Funds for Results-Based Loans to Improve Sumatra Power Grid

    today announced the first disbursement of $120 million under a $600 million results-based lending program to strengthen the electricity grid in Sumatra, after the state-owned power company PLN met the conditions for release of the funds.

    Asian Development Bank Institute Ranked Second Among World's Government-Affliated Think Tanks

    The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) was ranked second among the world’s government-affiliated think tanks, after the World Bank’s Development Research Group.

  • Publication: Agrarian change in tropical landscapes

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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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    Publication: The distribution of powers and responsibilities affecting forests, land use, and REDD+ in Tanzania

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  • La BEI et la Caisse des Dépôts financent l’Université de Lyon à hauteur de 230 M€

    Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-Président de la Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et Odile Renaud-Basso, Directrice générale adjointe, directrice des Fonds d'épargne de la Caisse des Dépôts, annoncent leur financement conjoint d’un montant global de 230 M€ pour financer les travaux de réhabilitation énergétique de l’opération Lyon Cité Campus, en présence de Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Ministre de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, de Gérard Collomb, Président de...

    Spain: EIB and Bankia sign EUR 500 million agreement to finance SME projects

    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Bankia signed this morning a EUR 500 million loan contract designed to facilitate access to credit for SMEs and midcaps. Bankia will match the loan with a further EUR 500 million, meaning that a total of EUR 1 billion will be made available for financing Spanish businesses under this agreement. The contract was signed today by EIB Vice-President Román Escolano and Bankia’s CEO, José Ignacio Goirigolzarri. SMEs and midcaps (firms with up to 3 000 employee...

    Finland: record high support in 2015 and EUR 230m loan for Helsinki Airport expansion

    In 2015 the European Investment Bank (EIB), the EU’s long-term lending institution, fostered projects in Finland with loans totalling EUR 1.62bn – this is an all-time record high EIB commitment in Finland. Today, the EIB provided a EUR 230m loan to Finavia Corp., the Finnish airport operator, for the expansion of Helsinki Airport. This investment will enable the international hub to serve 20 million passengers by 2020. EIB Vice-President Jan Vapaavuori said, opening the press conference: “The...

    Visit to Turkey of an official EIB delegation led by Vice-President Pim van Ballekom

    A top-level European Investment Bank Group delegation, led by EIB Vice-President Pim van Ballekom , is in Ankara today and tomorrow for talks with Turkish Government representatives. The discussions are intended to further strengthen and broaden the scope of EIB Group financing in Turkey. Vice-President van Ballekom met with Mr Mehmet Şimşek, Deputy Prime Minister , Ms Fatma Güldemet Sarı , Minister of the Environment and Urbanisation , and Mr Cavit Dağdaş, Acting Treasury Undersecretary . Du...

    Syrian refugee crisis: the EU’s bank calls for an ambitious response

    Today at the Supporting Syria & the Region London 2016 Conference, the President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Group Werner Hoyer will lay out how the EIB will support international efforts in Turkey, the Middle East and North African countries affected by the refugee crisis. Werner Hoyer will add that the activities of the EIB Group could be increased in partnership with donors and provided the right conditions to underpin loans with grants are in place. This would support the go...

  • The 7th International Climate & Environmental Fair

    Gwangju, Republic of Korea

    Hopes for the Second Week of COP21

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    Resilient Cities January Update

    • Registration for Resilient Cities 2016 opens February 15th • Thank you for contributing to shape...

    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...

    Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network Edition #31

    • Metropolitan Solutions 2016 • From Paris Agreement to Habitat III: A Global Preview of...

  • 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

  • Avoiding a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development

    The High-Level Political Forum is responsible for tracking and facilitating the implementation of Agenda 2030. Two things must happen is it's to be successful. 

    Overseeing Agenda 2030—How to Avoid a Repeat of the Commission on Sustainable Development

    When the idea of a Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was first floated in the lead-up to the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the proposal was to create a powerful body—on a par with the UN Security Council—that would defuse threats to sustainable development the way the Security Council tries to with threats to peace. In the end, no consensus supported that level of ambition, and the CSD was placed solidly under the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the central UN platform for addressing the world’s economic and social issues. This was a downgrading that virtually guaranteed its lack of effectiveness. After all, if ECOSOC did its job properly, there would be no need for CSD.

    CSD nevertheless tried bravely to confront the tide, inviting ministers of finance, environment and development to seek consensus around a set of issues and, in the first years, made some progress.  However, it slowly lost its wider audience, becoming essentially a meeting of environmental officials, worryingly similar to the UN Environment Programme’s Governing Council. In the last years, it limped along, a general embarrassment to the sustainable development community, displaying few vital signs and certainly failing to advance anything material on the environment, much less on the sustainable development agenda. In 2012, Rio+20 finally put CSD out of its misery and created, in its stead, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), tasked to track and facilitate the implementation of Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.  It will meet annually at ministerial level and, every four years, at the level of Heads of State or Government.

    The HLPF sounds eerily similar to the CSD—all hope that it might serve as an independent new body, responding to the initial hopes of the Earth Summit, were dashed early on. It is now rare to find mention of the HLPF in any official document that does not immediately add “under the auspices of ECOSOC.” Certainly the politics around the New York missions to the UN will not allow HLPF to escape the cold clutches of ECOSOC, which begs the dual question: isn’t ECOSOC’s job now primarily to oversee the universal agenda adopted by member states for the coming fifteen years? And if we need HLPF to take the lead because ECOSOC is incapable of doing so, isn’t placing the HLPF solidly under ECOSOC’s auspices a kiss of death?

    Hard-nosed New York veterans and the master gamesmen and women in the UN missions will wryly observe that it is politically unacceptable to undermine ECOSOC by placing HLPF outside it, much less above it. Realism dictates that we must make do with the instruments that we have and not dream idly of creating new ones, especially ones that would require a change in the UN charter. How, then can we offer HLPF a chance of playing a positive role?

    The answer must be to circumscribe the scope of issues it should be debating and to prepare those debates meticulously. The risk is that the flow of reporting will combine into a mighty river that will culminate in a massive flood of undigested information surging towards New York. There is a very real risk that this flood will overwhelm HLPF and ensure that its debates are confined to generalities. 

    Two related issues must be addressed in order to counter that risk. First, the member states have adopted a bottom-up system for reporting on the implementation of Agenda 2030. It will be essential that countries report in a format and on a schedule that allows for analysis and comparison. This will also help make it possible to aggregate the information at the regional level and to identify the key areas of progress, as well as the major lessons learned and the obstacles to progress that most urgently need lifting. If the national and regional reporting processes function properly, then what is sent to HLPF for discussion can be focused, practical and manageable.

    Second, however, even if this happens, there are other streams of reporting, including UN entities that are meant to report on their implementation efforts, and various non-UN intergovernmental bodies, such as the OECD, the World Bank or the WTO. Then there is the thematic reporting which may or may not be the same as the reports backing HLPF’s discussion of the themes of their choice. Nor is it clear what role is played by the proposed Global Sustainable Development Report. Is it synthesis of all reporting streams? Or only of the UN part? Or will it adopt a thematic approach?

    The confusion around reporting and follow-up is to some extent normal. The challenges presented by the complex, comprehensive and universally-applicable Agenda 2030 are enormous and it is still early days. But unless it can be sorted soon and with a view to ensuring that HLPF can genuinely serve as a forum for discussing the removal of obstacles to full implementation, all the elements are present to shove HLPF down the CSD path towards irrelevance and oblivion.

    HLPF can only be as good as the process that feeds it. Top priority should be given to ensuring that this is robust, effective and as untainted by New York politics as possible.

    Publication Year: 
    2016

    1st Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

    The Forum was held October 1–2, 2007, in Singapore, co-hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Centre on Asia and Globalisation, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.

    It brought together over 30 negotiators from 25 developing countries for two days of intensive sessions. The agenda, formulated by a steering committee of negotiators, gave ample opportunity for participants to share their experiences and learn both from fellow negotiators as well as from experienced arbitrators, distinguished academics and other expert presenters.

    There was overwhelming consensus at the close of the meeting on the value of the event, and the need for more such events, as well as strong offers of support for organizing any subsequent meetings. IISD is in the process of raising the funds for a second forum, as well as exploring other recommendations made by the participants for serving the community of developing country investment negotiators.

    All of the conference materials are posted below.

    Date: 
    Monday, October 1, 2007 to Tuesday, October 2, 2007
    Location: 
    Singapore
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    Forum agenda (PDF - 58 KB)
    Participants' list (PDF - 40 KB)
    Speakers' bios (PDF - 134 KB)
    Meeting Report (PDF - 76 KB)
    Results of the participants' survey (PDF - 142 KB)

    2nd Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

    On November 2–4, 2008, co-organizers IISD, the South Centre, and the Moroccan Department of Investment held the 2nd Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators in Marrakech, Morocco.

    The First Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators was held in Singapore on October 1–2, 2007, and was attended by over 30 negotiators from 25 developing countries.

    The Second Annual Forum updated participants on key issues in the International Investment Law regime today. These issues included: the changes in this field at the multilateral, regional and bilateral levels; the role of development policy space and home country and investor obligations; the link between investment agreements and climate change; and other relevant topics. The background papers and presentations are posted below.

    Date: 
    Sunday, November 2, 2008 to Tuesday, November 4, 2008
    Location: 
    Marrakech, Morocco
    Topic: 

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    Agenda (PDF - 107 KB)
    Meeting Report (PDF - 2.5 MB)

    3rd Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

    The Third Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators was held in Quito, Ecuador, on 9-11 November 2009.

    The event was hosted by the Universidad Andina Simon Bolivar and it was co-organized by the Government of Ecuador, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and the South Centre.

    Governments from all developing country regions were represented at this meeting, including a significant number of least developed countries. The Third Annual Forum was attended by 60 participants from 33 countries. We were also very pleased to have achieved gender equality among the speakers and near-complete gender equality among participants.

    The three-day event provided ample opportunity for participants to share their experiences and learn from fellow negotiators, as well as from experienced arbitrators, distinguished academics and other expert presenters. The Forum was lauded for its contribution to the knowledge of the developing country negotiators at both a technical level and a policy level. The discussions showed how the investment treaty regime has broad links to multiple issues that impact an array of government decision-makers and decisions.

    The Third Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators

    Date: 
    Monday, November 9, 2009 to Wednesday, November 11, 2009
    Location: 
    Quito, Ecuador
    Topic: 

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    Pdf File Title: 
    Agenda (PDF - 433 KB)
    Meeting Report (PDF - 595 KB)
    Nothing Sacred: Developing Countries and the Future of International Investment Treaties (PDF - 206 KB)

  • From Negotiation to Action: Scaling-up Renewables Post COP21

    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, 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.  

    A Fix for Flint: Groups File Federal Lawsuit to Secure Safe Drinking Water in Flint

    FLINT, Mich. (January 27, 2016)- A coalition of  local citizens and national groups filed suit today seeking federal court intervention to secure access to safe drinking water for the people of Flint, Michigan.

    NRDC: U.S. Supreme Court Decision Great News for Consumers and the Environment

    WASHINGTON (January 25, 2016) — The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority to design rules and incentives that allow electricity customers to get paid for reducing consumption during periods of high energy demand. The decision keeps the door open for important clean energy resources to compete with traditional fossil plants in regional energy markets and save customers money on their electricity bills.

  • 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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    A Closer Look at Brazil’s New Climate Plan (INDC)

    This week Brazil formally submitted its climate plan, also known as its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC). The country’s INDC comes on the heels of joint climate change declarations it’s made in recent months with China, Germany and the United States, showing that the country is committed to a creating a successful international climate agreement in Paris later this year. The INDC calls for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 37 percent below 2005 levels by 2025; 43...

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    7 Big Moments from Climate Week 2015

    Even for those of us who work on climate change every day, last week was one of the most inspiring events in a long time. From the Pope’s messages to renewed business engagement to major countries throwing their support behind action, the sense of momentum was striking. With the Paris climate summit only two months away, leaders harnessed the opportunity to raise their voices and make it known that business, the public, governments, faith groups and civil society are taking climate action to...

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    Setting the Bar for Success at the Paris Climate Summit

    This December, negotiators from nearly 200 countries will convene in Paris with the aim of forging a legally-binding international climate agreement. The new pact will incorporate more ambitious national commitments to address climate change than ever before. What is the proper yardstick for measuring success in Paris? Is it whether country leaders agree to a new global pact, or does success hinge on whether country commitments will limit global warming to under 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F)?...

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    US-China Climate Change Announcement Signals New Phase for Global Action

    Nearly a year ago, the United States and China laid out their national climate action plans for the coming years. These were the first in what is now a substantial list of national climate action plans—plans that will form the basis of a new international climate agreement to be finalized in Paris later this year. Now, the world’s two biggest emitters have taken the next step by cementing their plans, jointly announcing key actions they’ll take to achieve their national goals, and clarifying...

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