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UNEP DTU Partnership celebrates its 25 year anniversary
UNEP DTU Partnership came together in full strength along with its partners to mark the occasion of its 25 years working on energy, climate and sustainable development at the UN city.

To celebrate this silver jubilee milestone, a panel of luminaries was organized who commented on UNEP DTU's work and continuing significance, encouraging it to continue its central role in bringing research on new technologies to policy makers, its leading efforts at analytical and advisory services as well as its large capacity development work in Asia, Africa and the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

The panel of speakers comprised Connie Hedegaard, Chairman of KR Foundation and former Danish Climate and Energy Minister, Sandrine Dixon-Decleve, Chief Partnerships Officer of SE4All initiative, Ligia Noronha, UNEP DTIE Director, Nathalia Feinberg, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Søren Salomo, Director of DTU Management Engineering, Neils Axel Nielsen, Senior VP of Technical University of Denmark and John Christensen, Director of UNEP DTU Partnership. 
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Fifth NAMAcademy brings together stakeholders
The NAMAcademy, a capacity building initiative by UNEP DTU Partnership hosted its fifth training session in Denmark from May 23 -27 at the UN City, and a training session for 25 participants from Latin America in Quito, Ecuador  from 13 - 17 June, in collaboration with OLADE. The NAMAcademy, which has established itself for providing training on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA), and implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to developing countries, was unique in several ways in this session. Amongst the 10 participants from nine different countries attending the NAMAcademy training in Denmark, for the first time the classroom based training comprised participants who were not only climate change practitioners and project developers but also representatives of donors and support institutions. 
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Africa Carbon Forum 2016: Climate Change Response Requires Finance, Cooperation and Participation

Success tackling climate change and achieving sustainable development in Africa will take finance, cooperation and real engagement with non-state actors, participants heard in high-level sessions that wrapped up this year’s Africa Carbon Forum in Kigali, Rwanda.

“Development must simply be sustainable. Otherwise it is not development,” said Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural Resources of Rwanda. “We can only meet the Sustainable Development Goals if we deal with climate change.” 

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New funding to help cities world-wide implement efficient district energy
The Bitten and Mads Clausen Foundation, which owns the Danfoss Group, announced on June 6, DKK 9 million in new funding to support UN’s District Energy in Cities initiative under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Partnership and its Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform.

The new funds, spread over three years, will create a team of deployable district energy experts to support UNEP’s District Energy in Cities initiative in scaling-up, retrofitting and developing district energy projects. 
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Technology Needs Assessment project: Promotion of Renewable Energy in Morocco
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Morocco has developed an ambitious Energy Strategy where climate change mitigation and promotion of renewable energy are considered a high priority. Henceforth, under the TNA project, renewable energy will be identified as a priority sub-sector, with solar technologies identified as a priority group of technologies. Based on the outcomes of the TNA project, a NAMA document on PV technology in the household sector was developed under the FIRM (Facilitating Implementation and Readiness for Mitigation) project.
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The Adaptation Finance Gap report, the second in UNEP’s series of Adaptation Gap reports, finds that total bilateral and multilateral funding for climate change adaptation in developing countries has risen substantially in the five years leading up to 2014, reaching $22.5 billion. But the report warns that, despite this increase, there will be a significant funding gap by 2050 unless new and additional finance for adaptation is made available. The cost of adapting to climate change in developing countries could rise to between $280 and $500 billion per year by 2050, a figure that is four to five times greater than previous estimates.
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