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Policy Update #22: Climate Countdown: What Can Be Expected in the Lead Up to Paris?[viewed]

The UN negotiations being undertaken by the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) are expected to culminate at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which will be held in December 2015 in Paris, France, with the adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the UNFCCC.

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UN Secretary-General Visits Nigeria, Discusses 2030 Agenda[viewed]

During an official visit to Nigeria, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed ways in which state governors can contribute to implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also met with Nigeria's business and philanthropy leaders to address their role in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing climate change. The visit took place from 23-24 August 2015, in Abuja, Nigeria.

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FCPF, UN-REDD Provide Guidance on Grievance Redress Mechanisms[viewed]

The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) have developed a joint guidance note that proposes an approach to strengthening in-country capacity for grievance resolution activities to be carried out during the readiness phase of projects on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, including the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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ITTO Highlights Fire Management Approaches, Guide to Carbon Benefits in Forestry Projects[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its quarterly newsletter Tropical Forest Update, which looks at the development of fire management in tropical forests since the 1980s, including through some of ITTO's fire-related initiatives. The newsletter also presents a new guide for measuring and making use of the carbon benefits generated in forestry projects.

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Event: Meeting of Senior Government Officials Expert in Environmental Law on the Midterm Review of the Montevideo Programme IV[viewed]

The meeting of senior government officials expert in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Programme for the Development and Periodic Review of Environmental Law (Montevideo Programme IV), which is being convened by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), will bring together experts in the field of environmental law from governments, as well as various organizations.

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Event: 21st Senior Officials Meeting of the EMG[viewed]

The 21st senior officials meeting of the Environmental Management Group (EMG) (SOM-21) will be held in conjunction with the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015.

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Stockholm World Water Week Focuses on Water for Development[viewed]

The opening plenary of World Water Week featured a lecture by Stockholm Water Prize Laureate Rajendra Singh, and a statement on 'Raising the profile of water in the global climate discourse' by Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otálora, President of the COP 20 to the UNFCCC. A high-level panel discussion also took place, featuring: Gina Casar, UN Development Programme (UNDP); Adnan Amin, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); Héla Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund (GCF); Barbara Frost, Chief Executive, WaterAid; and Laura Barneby, Unilever.

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APP Highlights Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities[viewed]

The Africa Progress Panel (APP) has released its annual flagship publication, the Africa Progress Report (APR) 2015, titled 'Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa's Energy and Climate Opportunities.' The APP consists of ten distinguished individuals from the private and public sector who advocate for equitable and sustainable development for Africa, and is chaired by Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General.

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Brazil, Germany Strengthen Cooperation Ahead of COP 21[viewed]

Brazil and Germany have expressed determination to work towards a successful 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. In a joint statement issued during Brazilian-German intergovernmental consultations, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the two countries would aim for “a fair, ambitious, long-term, comprehensive and legally binding agreement under the UNFCCC.”

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IMF, USAID to Cooperate on Capacity Development [viewed]

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation in capacity development. The MOU was signed on 20 August 2015 in Washington DC, US.

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