Announcement / Statement

Rachel Kyte Named SE4All Head [viewed]

SE4ALL3 September 2015: Rachel Kyte has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative and the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to SE4All. Kyte's appointment will begin on 1 January 2016. Kandeh Yumkella, who has served as SE4All CEO and Special Representative since the launch of the initiative in 2011, announced his resignation in March 2015 to return home to Sierra Leone.

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Fatih Birol Assumes IEA Leadership, Visits China [viewed]

IEA1 September 2015: Fatih Birol has begun his term as the new Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Birol, a Turkish citizen, succeeds former Dutch economy minister Maria van der Hoeven as the Agency's head. Birol joined the Agency in 1995, where he has acted as Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics. Prior to joining the IEA, Birol served in the Secretariat of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

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Co-Chairs Announced for Post-2015 Summit Interactive Dialogues [viewed]

post2015_summit31 August 2015: UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa has announced the Heads of State and Government who will serve as Co-Chairs of each interactive dialogue session during the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda (Sustainable Development Summit), taking place on 25-27 September 2015. In his letter accompanying the list, Kutesa indicates that the selection of Co-Chairs was based on submissions as well as consultations with the regional groups of Member States.

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Algeria, Colombia Submit INDCs [viewed]

algeria_colombia7 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria and Colombia are the 58th and 59th Parties, respectively, to formally submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs). Algeria's INDC includes a target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 7-22% below a business as usual (BAU) reference level by 2030. In its INDC, Colombia puts forward a unilateral, unconditional GHG reduction target of 20% compared to BAU by 2030, as well as a conditional 30% reduction target.

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WMO Updates on El Niño/La Niña [viewed]

WMO1 September 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has provided an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña, which notes that a “mature and strong El Niño” is now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The update states that most climate outlook models suggest the 2015-16 El Niño is likely to further strengthen before the end of the year, and that surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean are likely to surpass 2°C above average. During August, east-central tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures ranged between 1.3° and 2.0°C above average, exceeding El Niño thresholds by around 1°C.

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Dominican Republic Submits INDC [viewed]

dominican republic flag18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Dominican Republic is the 57th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which announces a conditional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 25% below 2010 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of the country's vision for 2030, as supported by its 2030 National Development Strategy (NDS).

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August Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC18 August 2015: Since the month of May, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Liberia, Maldives, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, Seychelles, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Viet Nam have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 41.

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Submits INDC [viewed]

congo18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the 56th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets a conditional emissions reduction target of 17% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. The Party's intended contribution is dependent on adequate support in the form of technology transfer, capacity development and financial resources.

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Djibouti Submits INDC [viewed]

Djibouti14 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Djibouti is the 55th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which communicates the Party's intention to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by 40%, compared to projections in Djibouti's reference scenario. The Party adds that an additional 20% reduction could be achieved, conditional on new international funding, such as could be provided by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Final Accounting of Kyoto Protocol First Commitment Period Commences [viewed]

UNFCCC10 August 2015: Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol have entered the final 100 days of the Kyoto Protocol's accounting period, during which they can make up any shortfall in meeting their emission reduction targets under the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period.

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