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2019-12 09
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COP25: Global investors urge countries to meet climate action goals

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More than 630 investors who collectively manage over $37 trillion in assets are calling on governments across the world to step up action to address climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.  Their call to action came in a statement signed on Monday in Madrid, where countries are attending the UN COP25 conference to strengthen implementation of the 2015 treaty which seeks to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.  At #COP25 now, investors, companies and governments are stepping up climate ambition for a #netzero future. Follow live here https://t.co/B97WIUb45S #TheInvestorAgenda pic.twitter.com/ZK5TMDpCYj — UNEP FI (@UNEP_FI) December 9, 2019 “The global shift to clean energy is underway, but much more needs to be done by governments to accelerate the low carbon transition and to improve the resilience of our economy, society and the financial system to climate risks,” the investors wrote.  The Global Investor Statement to Governments on Climate Change urges action that includes phasing out thermal coal power, ending subsidies for fossil fuels, and updating and strengthening nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.  Current commitments leave an “ambition gap” that will not prevent global average temperature from rising beyond the 1.5°C threshold, they warned.  The statement was developed by the seven founding partners of The Investor Agenda which was launched last year to scale up investor action in support of the transition to a low-carbon economy.  The 631 institutional investors who signed it oversee the assets of billions of beneficiaries worldwide, including pension funds.  “With the immense influence that these investors hold in our economy, government leaders ought to respond to this collective call to action with the urgency and ambition required to power a net-zero emissions economy”, said Mindy Lubber, CEO and President of Ceres, one of the seven founding partners of The Investor Agenda.  The other founders are the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change, CDP, the Investor Group on Climate Change, the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment network, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative.  Source: UN News Date: 9 December 2019

2019-11 25
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Climate Change Increases the Risk of Violence Against Women

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UN Climate Change News, 25 November 2019 - The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which is a mainstay of the UN calendar, has assumed a new dimension with the challenges presented by climate change. With the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC predicting an increase in natural disasters and the subsequent devastation in communities around the world, gender-based violence risks becoming an even bigger problem if it is not properly tackled. Unfortunately, violence against women and girls is deep-rooted in our societies and the international observance serves as a symbol of resistance as well as a call to action to eliminate gendered physical, economic and psychological violence. The 2019 theme is ‘Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands Against Rape.’  Climate change is recognized as a serious aggravator of gender-based violence.  Around the world, climate change-induced crises have also been shown to worsen domestic violence, whether in relation to sexual and reproductive health or  discrimination against indigenous communities. Violence against women is not limited to developing countries. Research conducted into natural disasters, such as bushfires and droughts, in one developed country found that they have increased the risk of domestic violence in rural regions. One of the reasons for this is the social and psychological pressure arising from  loss of income resulting      from the growing impact of climate change on the agricultural sector. It is also an issue that goes beyond domestic gender-based violence.  A report by CARE found that “in most disasters, women and girls are worst affected”. The report highlights that one out of five women who are refugees or who have been displaced because of a natural disaster has experienced sexual violence. Climate action is therefore an essential component in the ongoing fight to eliminate violence against women and girls. The world also needs greater involvement of women in climate action, for example by putting an emphasis on gender mainstreaming in the policymaking process. Tackling the issue of violence against women and girls is an important step towards achieving the core objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is to leave no one behind. This aligns with the need for gender equality and gender mainstreaming. UN Climate Change continues to be a driving force in supporting gender equality in its process, through the Gender Action Plan (GAP) and the Lima work programme on gender (LWGP). The GAP and the LWGP are both set to be reviewed this year at the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid. Source:UN News Date: 25 November 2019

2019-11 19
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How Developing Countries Are Scaling up Climate Technology Action

Date:2019-11

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UN Climate Change News, 19 November 2019 – A key factor in tackling the climate crisis involves the widespread development and use of climate technologies, with technical and financial support for developing countries. The UN Climate Change secretariat, together with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNEP DTU Partnership, has just released a new brochure containing success stories covering concrete examples of the latest climate technology action on the ground in different regions, countries and sectors. “Technological innovation is central to low-emission and climate-resilient development throughout the world,” said UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa, underscoring its importance in meeting the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, which is to hold the global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial era. Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) is a set of country-driven activities leading to the identification, prioritization and diffusion of climate technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Through a TNA, developing countries identify their climate technology needs. They then develop a technology action plan to turn their climate technology needs into concrete action on the ground. One example showcased in the new publication comes from Ghana, which identified an ‘Integrated Climate Monitoring and Early Warning System’ as a key technology to increase the country’s resil­ience to climate change. Ghana prepared a readiness proposal aimed at strength­ening the country’s capacity to build an early warning sys­tem for droughts. Approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the project will allow the country to adapt to increased climate variability within the agriculture and water sectors. A further example tackles unsustainable energy use in buildings in Armenia. Energy use is responsible for 24% of the country’s CO2 emissions and half of the energy use in buildings is dependent on imported fossil fuels. Armenia’s TNA identified improving energy efficiency in buildings as a high priority to reduce both CO2 emissions and dependence on fossil fuel imports. The project has re­ceived funding from the GCF with co-financing from other sources, thereby laying the basis for a more climate-sustainable buildings sector in accordance with Armenia’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC). “The TNA process lays the foundation for solid proposals that are attractive to financial institutions and that help in national policy formation and the articulation of NDCs,” said Mark Radka, Chief of the Energy and Climate Branch at the UN Environment Programme. The financial resources to support developing countries in conducting TNAs and implementing climate technology actions is provided by operating entities of the Financial Mechanism, such as the GCF, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and other financial institutions. In addition, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the operational arm of the Technology Mechanism, provides technical assistance to developing countries to support the implementation of climate technology actions. At the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Madrid, governments will consider how to further enhance support for the implementation of climate technology action on the ground with the support of the bodies of the Technology Mechanism - the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and CTCN - as well as the operating entities of the Financial Mechanism - the GCF and the GEF. Various events will also take place showcasing some of the successfully implemented climate technology actions in developing countries. See the new brochure on TNA success stories here. Further information about the TNA project and related events coming up at COP 25 in Madrid can be found here. Source: UN News Date: 19 NOV, 2019

2019-11 19
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Budget airline EasyJet vows to operate net-zero carbon flights

Date:2019-11

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European budget airline EasyJet says it will become the first major carrier to operate net-zero carbon flights, offsetting carbon emissions from the fuel used on every flight. The company says Tuesday it will offset the carbon “by investing in projects that include planting trees or protecting against deforestation.” The cost of the program is estimated at 25 million pounds ($32 million). The airline described the effort as an “interim measure” while new technologies are being developed, including efforts to develop hybrid and electric planes. The measure is part of other initiatives to reduce emissions, such as using a single engine when taxiing. EasyJet says that as part of a goal to de-carbonize aviation, it has signed a preliminary deal with Airbus to jointly research hybrid and electric aircraft. Source: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Date: November 19, 2019

2019-10 29
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Indonesia launches fund management agency to tackle climate change, environmental issues

Date:2019-10

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 The Indonesian government launched here on Wednesday an agency called Environment Fund Management Body tasked to manage environmental funds in addressing climate change and environmental issues. The agency supervised by the financial ministry is expected to professionally manage the environmental funds so as to assure effectiveness of activities to protect the environment, reducing carbon emissions. "The agency would apply accountable and transparent principles in its operation. It applies international environment fund management standards," Indonesian Coordinating Minister for the Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said in his remarks to address the agency's launching event. The chief economic minister expected the agency would coordinate with partners and other parties, including domestic and foreign donators to assure optimum use of relevant funds to finance activities aimed at addressing environment protection as well as reducing impacts of climate change and carbon emission. On the same occasion, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said, "The agency would further concrete our Paris Agreement moves. The agency will give systematic financing to control and handle activities to reduce climate change and carbon emission."   Source:Xinhua Date:Oct 29,2019