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UN-REDD and FCPF Welcome Civil Society Observers[viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have announced the outcomes of the self-selection process for Civil Society Observers.

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Transparency International Evaluates UN-REDD[viewed]

Transparency International has conducted an assessment on the level of accountability of the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD). The assessment reveals that UN-REDD has achieved some best practices in transparency although there is some room for improvement when considering criteria for accountability at the senior policy level.

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BNEF Assesses Clean Energy Activities in Emerging Economies[viewed]

A study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) assessing clean energy activities and investments in emerging markets has found that capacity additions in these markets, over the past five years, totalled 142 GW, representing faster growth than in developed countries, and equal to more than France's existing clean energy capacity.

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TEC, CTCN Release Report to COP 20[viewed]

In preparation for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, the Secretariat has released an advance version of a joint report detailing the activities and functions of the Technology Executive Committee (TEC) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN). In the bodies' joint key messages for the COP, they report that the Technology Mechanism is "fully operational and fulfilling its mandate" and emphasize the need for stable financial support for effective operation.

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Global Green Growth Forum Discusses Production and Consumption, Launches Partnerships[viewed]

The Fourth Global Green Growth Forum (3GF2014) explored key related questions and launched or leveraged 11 collaborative partnerships. The Forum, which brought together over 500 leaders and decision makers from governments, cities, businesses, finance and civil society, explored actions needed for promoting sustainable production and consumption for a greener economy under the theme ‘Changing Production and Consumption Patterns through Transformative Action.'

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Turks and Caicos Islands Joins Carbon War Room Ten Island Challenge[viewed]

Turks and Caicos Islands has committed to working to increase renewable energy production and energy efficiency through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Carbon War Room and the Rocky Mountain Institute. Through signing the MoU, Turks and Caicos joined the ‘Ten Island Challenge' initiative, which supports islands in moving away from fossil-fuel dependence by identifying technical and commercial solutions for facilitating low-carbon energy used in the Caribbean.

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EU-Backed Project Launches Electronic Atlas on Climate Change Adaptation[viewed]

A collaborative European research project has launched a website with stories and maps relating to climate change adaptation issues. The website, titled ‘Climaps: A Global Issue Atlas of Climate Change Adaptation,' was developed as part of the three-year ‘Electronic Maps to Assist Public Science (EMAPS)' project, which received funding from the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7) ‘Science in Society' programme, and used the ‘controversy mapping' method to illustrate the main actors and controversies around major scientific debates.

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EU to Exceed 2020 Energy and Climate Targets[viewed]

The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published an updated analysis of the EU's progress toward its 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, renewable energy and efficiency goals. The results suggest that the EU is on track to meet all three targets by 2020, but that subsequent targets set for 2030 will require more effort nationally and at the EU level.

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UN-REDD Releases Semi-Annual Progress Update [viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released its 2014 Semi-annual Progress Report in preparation for its Thirteenth Policy Board Meeting. The report highlights the completion of the external evaluation of UN-REDD, which covered the period 2008 to 2013.

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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions[viewed]

The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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