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Human Rights Experts Publish an Open Letter to UNFCCC State Parties[viewed]

A group of independent experts of the Human Rights Council of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published an open letter titled ‘A New Climate Change Agreement Must Include Human Rights Protections for All.' The letter urges State Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to recognize the adverse impacts of climate change on the enjoyment of human rights and to adopt urgent and ambitious measures to prevent further harm.

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WMO: September 2014 Average Temperature Breaks Records[viewed]

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported record-breaking average temperatures in many parts of the world during the first three quarters of 2014. Drawing from a variety of datasets in the run-up to its provisional annual 'Statement on the Status of the Global Climate' to be released in November, WMO also announced that Arctic sea ice shrunk to its 2014 minimum of 1.94 million square miles on 17 September, the sixth smallest area since 1979. Antarctic ice, however, reached its largest annual maximum (7.76 million square miles) since 1979 on 22 September.

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Climate Field School Increases Agricultural Productivity, Food Security[viewed]

The Climate Field School, organized by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) with the Agriculture Agency of Banten Province in the village of Gempolsari, convened for a three-month session from 14 July to 3 October 2014, during which farmers reported a 25% increase in corn harvests.

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UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched an industrial refrigeration project titled ‘Reducing greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance emissions through technology transfer in industrial refrigeration' in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to help the country address climate change and ozone layer depletion challenges.

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Policy Guide on Mandates and Entry Points for Gender Equality Under UNFCCC Published[viewed]

The Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), on behalf of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA), have published a technical guide titled ‘United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Decisions and Conclusions: existing mandates and entry points for gender equality' for the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC to take place in Lima, Peru from 1-12 December 2014.

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UNFCCC Secretariat Publishes Questions and Answers on Legal and Institutional Aspects of the 2015 Agreement[viewed]

The Legal Affairs Programme of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a document titled ‘Questions and answers on some legal and institutional aspects of the 2015 agreement' for the sixth part of the second session of negotiations under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) taking place in Bonn, Germany, from 20-25 October 2014. The UNFCCC Secretariat has prepared the questions and answers at the request of the ADP Co-Chairs.

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Mitigation Partnership Hosts African Regional Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs[viewed]

The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measuring, reporting and verification) hosted a workshop on preparing biennial update reports (BURs) for African countries. The 'African Regional Workshop: Peer-to-Peer Exchange on BURs,' organized in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana, was the second such experience-sharing event for African Parties preparing national communications under the UNFCCC.

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Structured Expert Dialogue Assesses Adequacy of Long-Term Global Goal[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a summary report of the third meeting of the structured expert dialogue (SED 3), which aimed to contribute to assessing the adequacy of the long-term global goal and overall progress towards achieving it based on Working Group II (WGII) and III (WGIII) contributions to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). During SED 3, IPCC experts presented findings from AR5 WGII and WGIII and highlighted their relevance to both themes of the 2013–2015 review, which was followed by a moderated discussion.

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Transboundary Basins Workshop Focuses on Adaptation to Climate Change[viewed]

The Fifth Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins focused on developing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies and measures, taking into account specific outcomes at the transboundary level. The workshop brought together experts working on adaptation to climate variability and change, with a focus on transboundary basins, was preceded by the 7th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 13 October, and was convened under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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ADB Workshop Examines Climate Change Implications in Mekong Region[viewed]

Following a workshop that examined 'Mekong Protected Areas and Climate Change – Implications for Livelihoods and Development,' over 60 participants from the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) are returning home to implement country action plans based on the best practices, tools and adaptation strategies learned at the workshop. The results of the workshop will also inform the 'Protected Areas, Development, and Climate Change in the GMS (PAD2)' project, set to commence in 2015.

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