Ahead of he 2017 UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Erik Solheim submitted a report entitled Towards a pollution-free planet, which describes the challenges posed by global pollution, outlines current efforts to address pollution and suggests 50 actions to tackle the problem.
Stella McCartney and Ellen MacArthur have partnered to launch a revolutionary report which urgently calls for a new, shared vision for a circular fashion industry, in order to eliminate environmental externalities.
Sustainability is one of the three pillars of Olympic Agenda 2020 alongside credibility and youth. In line with its recommendations, the IOC has developed a Sustainability Strategy. Based on the responsibility of the IOC as an organization, as the owner of the Olympic Games, and as the leader of the Olympic Movement, it focuses on infrastructure and natural sites, sourcing and resource management, mobility, workforce, and climate.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) published its new “Energy Access Outlook: From Poverty to Prosperity” report, where it expanded its country-by-country electricity and clean cooking access database, and assessed the status for all developing countries, reviewing recent trends and policy efforts up to 2016.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) published its latest report on the progress and cost trajectory of energy storage technologies and their role within a future electricity system fuelled principally with renewable energy.
In its new report on green finance, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has noted that the G20 and other countries have taken huge strides over the last year towards mobilizing public resources and private capital needed to make sustainable development and climate action a reality.
Investment is the lifeblood of the global energy system. Individual decisions about how to direct capital to various energy projects – related to the collection, conversion, transport and consumption of energy resources – combine to shape global patterns of energy use and related emissions for decades to come. Government energy and climate policies seek to influence the scale and nature of investments across the economy, and long-term climate goals depend on their success. Understanding the energy investment landscape today and how it can evolve to meet decarbonisation goals are central elements of the energy transition. Around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stem from energy production and use, which puts the energy sector at the core of efforts to combat climate change.
This report was drafted by a working group of United Nations entities, the World Bank, and other stakeholders to suggest a common understanding of the blue economy; to highlight the importance of such an approach, particularly for small island developing states and coastal least developed countries; to identify some of the key challenges its adoption poses; and to suggest some broad next steps that are called for in order to ensure its implementation.
The signing of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 was rightly hailed as a truly historic moment in the fight against climate change. It marked the start of the most important race in our existence – the race to curb global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions so that global temperature rise remains below 2 degrees Celsius and, ideally, below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
2016 marked the start of a new era in global action against climate change, with the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4, less than a year after its adoption. The Marrakech Action Proclamation, issued at the end of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in November 2016, reaffirmed the Parties’ commitment to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and encouraged the ratification of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.
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