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Study Draws Lessons from Indian Renewable Mini-Grids[viewed]

A review study published by the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) characterizes the development of renewable energy-powered mini-grids in India as a “successful venture.” The report examines rural electrification based on renewable energy mini- and micro-grids, with specific references to successful, publicly-supported solar photovoltaic (PV) and biomass implementation programmes.

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MDBs Report on Climate Finance Provided in 2013[viewed]

The third edition of the Joint MDB Report on Climate Finance 2013 has been expanded to include a better sectoral breakdown, and divisions by public and private operations. Since 2011, multilateral development banks (MDBs) have provided over US$75 billion in climate finance to developing and emerging economies, while, in 2013, they provided US$23.8 billion to address climate change, with 80%, or US$18.9 billion, dedicated to mitigation and 20%, or US$4.8 billion, going to adaptation.

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UNFCCC Reports on Meeting on REDD+ Non-market-based Approaches[viewed]

The Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has released the report of an in-session expert meeting on non-market-based approaches, such as joint mitigation and adaptation approaches for the integral and sustainable management of forests, to support the implementation of the activities referred to in COP Decision 1/CP.16, paragraph 70 (REDD+ activities).

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Global Investors Urge Strong Climate Change Action Ahead of Summit[viewed]

Nearly 350 global institutional investors, responsible for managing over US$24 trillion in assets, released a statement ahead of the UN Climate Change Summit, urging Heads of State to take strong action on climate change. In the Global Investor Statement on Climate Change, investors call on governments to: set a stable and reliable price on carbon that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate challenge; develop plans to phase out fossil fuel subsidies; and agree on an ambitious climate deal in 2015.

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UNGA Holds First-ever Discussion on Child Marriage[viewed]

UN Member States discussed the human rights and development impacts of child, early and forced marriages (CEFM) and how to end child marriage within a generation, during the first-ever panel discussion on child marriage organized by the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Circulating the summary of key messages from the discussion, UNGA President John Ashe said the event had helped to raise awareness of the harmful impact of CEFM on its victims, the development costs to society at large, and the need for increased international and national action to end the practice.

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CBD Reports Identify 48 Western South Pacific, Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic EBSAs[viewed]

The Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released two reports on ‘Ecologically or Biological Significant Areas (EBSAs): Special places in the world's oceans,' which describe areas that meet EBSA criteria from the Western South Pacific and from the Wider Caribbean and Western Mid-Atlantic. The reports identify ocean areas “that are most crucial to the health functioning of the global marine ecosystem,” with the aim of identifying areas in which to focus and prioritize marine conservation and management.

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GRID-Arendal, INTERPOL Reports Show How to Identify Forest Crime[viewed]

INTERPOL and GRID-Arendal, a centre collaborating with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), have published three reports on 'How to Identify Forest Crime' in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The reports use pictures to guide readers through the identification of forest crime as well as steps to take in prosecuting a suspect.

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GRID-Arendal, Rainforest Foundation Norway Publish 'The State of Rainforests 2014'[viewed]

GRID-Arendal, a collaborative centre of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Rainforest Foundation Norway have released a report on 'The State of Rainforests 2014' based on the 2010 Global Forest Resources Assessment carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and a remote sensing study by University of Maryland.

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IWC65 Adopts Resolutions on Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling and Migratory Cetacean Species[viewed]

Delegates adopted several resolutions at the 65th session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), including resolutions on aboriginal subsistence whaling, whaling under special permit and highly migratory cetacean species. IWC 65 also agreed on resolutions related to its Scientific Committee (SC), civil society participation and transparency at the IWC as well as its programme of work for its two year inter-sessional period.

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Samoa, UNDP Sign Agreement on Implementing Rio Conventions[viewed]

The Government of Samoa and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) signed a project agreement on ‘Capacity for Implementing Rio Conventions in Samoa.' The project aims to accelerate Samoa's efforts to meet its international obligations on biodiversity, climate change and desertification.

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