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Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management [viewed]

The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36.

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FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition[viewed]

Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes. Some Member States wished to leave room for further negotiations on MOI after FfD 3, while others argued that could diminish the level of ambition of FfD 3.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability[viewed]

“A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” These were among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship[viewed]

The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council that marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US chairmanship (2015-2017) brought together ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council. Ministers adopted the 2015 Iqaluit Declaration, which highlights the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the stage for the upcoming US chairmanship.

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Liechtenstein Submits INDC[viewed]

The Government of Liechtenstein has officially submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. In its contribution to the anticipated 2015 climate change agreement, Liechtenstein states that it will aim to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030, using 1990 as the baseline. The INDC assumes the possibility of incorporating reductions achieved abroad. The target will be subject to parliamentary approval.

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UNFCCC Proposes 2016-2017 Activities to be Funded from Supplementary Sources[viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a proposal on activities for 2016-2017 not covered by the core programme budget. The addendum document (FCCC/SBI/2015/Add.2) is intended for consideration in conjunction with the proposed programme budget for 2016-2017 and the Secretariat's work programme (FCCC/SBI/2015/3 and Add.1).

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ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group Concludes Technical Assistance Round[viewed]

The Energy Efficiency Working Group of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) organized four events and prepared four case studies, which concluded the Working Group's latest technical assistance round. The Working Group, chaired by Mexico, has worked since 2011 providing technical assistance and advice to Governments of the Americas in support of their energy efficiency and conservation goals.

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UNFF and Partners Discuss SFM and Climate Finance in Southeast Asia[viewed]

In preparation for upcoming discussions on financing for sustainable forest management (SFM) at the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), the UNFF Facilitative Process and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organized a workshop on forest and climate financing in Southeast Asia.

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CARIAA Explores Adaptation in Climate Change Hotspots in Africa and Asia[viewed]

The Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) has released an open access special issue of the Regional Environmental Change series, titled ‘Adaptation in climate change hotspots: Change under way in Africa and Asia'.

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Event: EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015[viewed]

EU Sustainable Energy Week will bring together public authorities, energy agencies, research organizations, NGOs, businesses and private consumers to share best practices and ideas on secure, clean and efficient energy.

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