UN adopts approach to sustainable urban agenda with UAE backing

The 193 countries of the United Nations, represented by over 30,000 delegates, on Monday night adopted a milestone new approach to sustainable urban development, with prominent assistance from the United Arab Emirates. Cities now represent around 80% of global GDP, and by 2050 are expected to grow in population from 3.9 billion in 2014 to 6.3 billion in 2050, making them a priority focus for the international community. Mohammed Yusouf Al Awadi, UAE Ambassador to Peru, Non-Resident Ambassador to Ecuador and Costa Rica, and the UAE’s Head of delegation to…

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Cuba Seeks To Expand Role Of Renewable Energy

HAVANA, Cuba, Aug 25 2016 – The government of Cuba and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) are holding a workshop on approaches to operating and planning electricity systems with higher shares of variable renewable energy in the island nation of Cuba. Taking place in Havana from the 24th to 26th of August, with the support of the German Government’s International Climate Initiative, the three-day workshop is the first of its kind in the country and will facilitate the exchange of knowledge between Cuban technical experts and international planners and…

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Sustainable Energy: Derisking Investment vs Subsidies

With an ambitious yet aspirational goal to keep global temperatures within 1.5-degree rise by 2100, a global shift to renewable energies is essential to achieving the Paris Agreement. Yet, undertaking such a monumental shift requires a combination of both public and private resources. This can be a challenge, especially for developing countries that may be deemed ‘risky’ by investors. However, these challenges are not insurmountable. Efforts can and should be taken to address perceived risks and to leverage both public and private resources. The climate case for investing in renewables…

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