News in Brief 30 November 2015 (PM)

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Delegates take a break from discussions at the COP21 climate conference in Paris Photo: UNclimatechange

New International Solar Alliance launched at COP21

A new International Solar Alliance has been launched on the first day of the COP21 climate change talks in Paris, France.

The move was welcomed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who said promoting solar energy would strengthen energy security and access for millions across the developing world.

He called on developed countries to partner with the Alliance, by providing technological and financial help.

The Alliance was launched by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, alongside French President, Francois Hollande.

India has set itself a target of installing 175 gigawatts of renewable energy production by 2022 and to have 40% of all its energy capacity generated by non-fossil fuels, by 2030.

Public-private coalition commits billions to global warming solutions

A series of public and private funding commitments translate into billions of dollars of new investment to find solutions to global warming.

President Obama, and the billionaire US philanthropist Bill Gates, joined business leaders and politicians from more than 20 countries to announce a series of new initiatives at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Nineteen governments including the US, China and India will join the "Mission Innovation" initiative that commits governments to double funding for energy research.

Meanwhile, Mr Gates launched the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, which will see 28 of the world's richest investors putting money into new technologies that focus on clean energy.

Attacks on UN peacekeepers in the Congo condemned

An attack by the so-called Allied Democratic Forces group against peacekeepers from the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) was condemned by the UN Secretary-General on Monday.

The attack on Sunday, which left one Malawian peacekeeper dead and another wounded, was just the latest in a string of attacks by the ADF, in the North Kivu region, in which more than 500 civilians have died.

Four soldiers fighting with government forces were also killed on Sunday, together with a number of civilians.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice.

#shareyourwarmth campaign launched to help vulnerable Palestinians

A new campaign aiming to raise two million dollars for Palestinian refugees looking to survive the winter gets underway on Tuesday.

The #shareyourwarmth initiative is the brain-child of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in the near east.

As temperatures fall, the agency needs emergency funds to repair shelters, provide food and extra cash for Palestinian families in areas such as the Gaza Strip.

Matthew Wells, United Nations

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