Announcement / Statement

This category includes notifications, announcements regarding high-level staff changes and appointments, speeches, press conferences, or official letters from high-level representatives related to climate change.

Comoros Accepts Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

comoros18 December 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Comoros has accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). This announcement brings the total number of parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 22.

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UNSG Says “Stars Are Aligned” for Historic Action in 2015 [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw17 December 2014: “The stars are aligned” for the international community to take historic action on climate, sustainable development and financing in 2015, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he reviewed the challenges and achievements of 2014. He called the Lima session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the “most encouraging” climate negotiations so far, and urged a high level of ambition in forging a new global agenda for development and securing a climate change agreement in 2015.

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WMO: 2014 on Track to be Europe's Warmest Year on Record [viewed]

Wmo17 December 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has reported that analysis of European temperature data from January through November 2014 confirms that 2014 will almost certainly be Europe's warmest year on record. A new analysis of European temperature records dating back to the 1500s estimates the January-December annual mean temperature to be .3°C above the previous record set in 2007.

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Peru, Colombia, Austria Bring GCF Pledges Near US$10.2 Billion [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new11 December 2014: Peru, Colombia and Austria announced pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) during the Lima Climate Change Conference. The contributions bring the total pledged close to US$10.2 billion equivalent from 27 countries.

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Catholic Bishops Urge Foundation for Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: A group of Catholic bishops have called for ending fossil fuel use and urged negotiators at the Lima Climate Change Conference to lay the foundation for an internationally binding climate agreement in Paris in 2015.

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CIF Pledges Reach US$8.3 Billion [viewed]

CIF8 December 2014: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) has received approximately US$765 million in funding for its four programmes, bringing total CIF contributions to approximately US$8.3 billion. The additional financing will enable the CIF to expand into more countries and bridge a financing gap faced by some of its programmes.

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GCF Passes US$10 Billion Mark Following Pledges from Australia, Belgium [viewed]

australia-belgia9 December 2014: Pledges from Australia and Belgium to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have pushed GCF capitalization over the US$10 billion threshold. Australia committed AU$200 million while Belgium pledged €51.7 million.

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Five Countries Submit Forest Data to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC8 December 2014: On the occasion of the twentieth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Colombia, Guyana, Indonesia, Malaysia and Mexico submitted their national data on forest sector emission reductions.

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World Bank President Highlights Role of Economic Transformation in Net Zero Emissions [viewed]

Worldbanklogo8 December 2014: In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington DC, US, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim called on countries to price carbon, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, create conditions favoring renewable energy and invest in projects that can withstand extreme weather events. He said a 2015 agreement must send signals to investors and financial markets that could help transform economies toward achieving zero net emissions of harmful pollutants before 2100, in order to keep temperature below 2°C. According to Kim, economic policy will be key to achieving this goal.

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Peruvian Environment Ministry and ICRAF Sign MoU [viewed]

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)7 December 2014: The Peruvian Environment Ministry, represented by Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vida, and the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), represented by Director-General Anthony Simons, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for inter-institutional cooperation. The MoU: builds on existing collaboration between the two institutions on themes such as land-use planning for low-carbon development, and climate change adaptation and mitigation; and is expected to spur an intensification of work in such areas as the detection and rehabilitation of degraded land.

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