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Ban Ki-moon hails US, China’s resolve to endorse Paris Agreement

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United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has commended Thursday’s Joint Presidential Statement on climate change by the leaders of the People’s Republic of China and the United States announcing that both countries will sign the Paris Agreement at a special ceremony at the United Nations on 22 April, the first day the Agreement is open for signature. He further welcomed ...

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Papua New Guinea submits first NDCs

Peter O'Neill

Papua New Guinea has emerged the first nation to submit its nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The UNFCCC secretariat has thus created a new page on its website to capture the NDCs, which are countries’ formal climate action plans under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. According to the UN body, NDCs set out ...

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Net-zero emissions may become law in the UK


Energy minister Andrea Leadson tells MPs the Government is seeking to commit to capture ‘the momentum of Paris’ A key Paris climate treaty commitment to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions will be enshrined in UK law, the Government has said. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom told MPs that the Government wanted to capture “the momentum of Paris” and would seek to ...

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Photos: Ségolène Royal visits Côte d’Ivoire

Ouattara Alasane

Newly appointed President of COP21, Ségolène Royal, last week paid a courtesy visit to the West African French-speaking nation of Côte d’Ivoire. Royal, who recently replaced Laurent Fabius, the French Minister of Environment, Energy and Marine, was in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, for several days, apparently to gather the support of President Ouattara Alasane towards the realisation of Africa’s transition to renewable ...

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New COP21 president sets agenda to build Paris Agreement momentum


The new President of the UN climate change process, French Minister of the Environment, Energy and the Sea, Ségolène Royal, on Monday February 22, 2016 visited the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bonn, Germany and underlined the need for continued momentum to build on the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement, which was reached in ...

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IEA: How to reinvent electricity markets after COP21

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To ensure sustainability and supply security, an International Energy Agency (IEA) report prescribes a new balance between regulation and competitive markets Electricity markets are undergoing massive transformation, as the push for low-carbon power generation shifts the industry towards high investment in renewables and other new technologies even as demand stagnates or declines in many countries. Just in time, the IEA ...

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How Paris Agreement empowers women to act on climate


Governments, institutions and agencies are increasingly considering ways in which women and gender considerations can be better integrated into climate action planning. The Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals agreed last year are said to be accelerating this trend, according to a IUCN Global Gender Office Analysis Women around the world, particularly rural woman, experience energy poverty more ...

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UNEP, partners devise agenda on sustainable real estate

Eric Usher

On 12th December 2015, history was made in Paris when 195 countries agreed to work together to substantially curb global warming by limiting it to a maximum of to 2°C, possibly 1.5°C, and phase out fossil fuels by the end of the 21st century. More than ever before, governments all over the world are now constrained to find cost-effective ways ...

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Nepal submits climate action plan

Khadga Prasad Oli

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal on Thursday submitted its new climate action plan to the Bonn, Germany-based UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Nepal’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) comes shortly after the adoption of a new universal climate change agreement in Paris last December. Including Nepal, 189 parties to the UNFCCC have formally submitted their INDCs. The Paris Agreement will ...

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How nations can build confidence in Paris Agreement, by study

Alina Averchenkova

Countries, including members of the G20, should strengthen the credibility of their pledges to limit or reduce annual emissions of greenhouse gases in order to build confidence in the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a new report published on Monday (February 1, 2016) by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre ...

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