New: Pivotal Year—WRI’s 2015 Annual Report

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PARIS (December 12, 2015)— Today in Paris, nearly 200 UN delegates united around a global agreement to address climate change, the Paris Agreement. The agreement will bring all countries together into a common framework to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions.

Following are statements by Andrew Steer and Jennifer Morgan.

Dr. Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute, said:

PARIS (December 3, 2015) – At the Paris climate conference (COP21), building efficiency took center stage with the launch of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction.

Supported by a new $2 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), World Resources Institute (WRI) will leverage and expand its work with city and subnational governments to advance building efficiency policies and actions. The GEF funding to WRI and its partners will help scale up the Building Efficiency Accelerator, which was launched in 2014. These efforts will be coordinated by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, which aims to create more livable and sustainable cities around the world.

PARIS (November 30, 2015)- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other leaders announced the International Solar Alliance today in Paris. The newly formed solar alliance of more than 120 countries will play an important role in advancing solar deployment around the world.

Following is a statement from Manish Bapna, Managing Director, World Resources Institute:

According to several media reports, a coalition of countries and private sector investors will announce a commitment to invest several billion dollars in clean energy research & development (R&D) on Monday, November 30, the first official day of COP21. The initiative is being led by Bill Gates, along with at least 20 countries, including the United States, France, India and others. The countries are expected to double the amount of R&D funding for clean energy from $5 to $10 billion over the next five years.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL (November 19, 2015)– The World Health Organization (WHO) released the Declaration from the Second Global High-level Conference on Road Safety: Time for Results. The Declaration recommends a set of actions to improve road safety through stronger management, legislation and enforcement. WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities is a member of the United Nations Global Road Safety Collaboration and has provided expertise on the connection of sustainable mobility and road safety.

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