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CCAC High-Level Assembly Endorses Framework for Five-Year Strategic Plan[viewed]

The sixth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has initiated the development of a detailed implementing and planning instrument, the 'CCAC Five-Year Strategic Plan.' The Assembly endorsed a framework for the Plan with a view to launching it at the next High-Level Assembly, which will be held on the margins of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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SE4ALL Global Energy Ministerial Opens, Highlights "Trillion-Dollar Opportunity"[viewed]

20 May 2015: The first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue, taking place as part of the Second Annual Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum, opened with UN leaders emphasizing the interlinkages between sustainable energy and sustainable development, crisis management, poverty eradication and economic growth. The Ministerial Dialogue is being convened with the objective of reaffirming the Rio+20 determination “to act to make sustainable energy for all a reality.”

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OECD Hosts Second Green Investment Financing Forum at Climate Week Paris[viewed]

As part of Climate Week Paris, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) organized the second Green Investment Financing Forum (GIFF) from 19-20 May 2015. The event brought together senior government officials and key actors in financing green infrastructure investment for a candid discussion with special focus on green investment banks.

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LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris[viewed]

Senior officials and negotiators from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries gathered for the ‘4th Meeting of Chief Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean' to discuss the content of a climate change agreement, which is expected to be adopted during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015.

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Southwest Pacific Ministers Focus on Climate-Smart Agriculture[viewed]

The Eleventh Meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Southwest Pacific Ministers for Agriculture convened under the theme 'Climate-Smart Agriculture.' After hearing a presentation on the vulnerability of Pacific agriculture and forestry to climate change, ministers noted the importance of a “climate and economically smart” agriculture approach that can strengthen production and processing of staple food crops.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue Strengthens Momentum Ahead of Paris[viewed]

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President François Hollande addressed the Dialogue, and released a joint statement, titled ‘Petersberg Dialogue Call for Climate Action.' In the joint statement, they support: an “ambitious, comprehensive and binding UN climate agreement” in Paris; the goal of limiting global temperature increase to below 2°C; and a “fundamental shift” of investments into low-carbon infrastructure, technologies and climate-friendly land use.

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF[viewed]

The Ministers invited: the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) to give appropriate consideration to the issue of financing for forests and SFM as one of its priorities; forum members, financing institutions and the private sector to aim to ensure investment and development finance take account of forests in poverty eradication and sustainable development; the UNFCCC COP to consider the importance of forests and SFM in both climate change mitigation and adaptation, in accordance with its mandates; the COPs to the CBD, UNCCD and UNFCCC to consider outputs of the future IAF; and existing and emerging forest-related financing initiatives, including GEF and GCF, to support the implementation of SFM.

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UNEP Calls for Resource-Efficient Growth in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

During the First Forum of Ministers and Environment Authorities of Asia Pacific, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report detailing patterns of resource use in the Asia-Pacific region. The report, titled 'Indicators for a Resource Efficient and Green Asia and the Pacific,' finds that wasteful use of resources is detrimental the region's future growth, but that countries in the region have great potential for low-carbon and resource-efficient growth.

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Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean[viewed]

The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) met to discuss the outcome of the GOC report, ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015.

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UNFCCC Updates on Annex I Party Reporting[viewed]

In preparation for the 42nd session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) taking place in June 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.3) informing parties of the status of reporting by Annex I parties as of 30 April 2015. The update provides the status of the submission and review of the sixth national communications (NC6s) and first biennial reports (BR1s).

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