Announcement / Statement

UN Special Rapporteur: Climate Change Threatens Right to Food [viewed]

OHCHR3 November 2015: The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, has issued a press release warning that climate change poses "severe and distinct threats to food security," which, as argued in her interim report in August 2015 (A/70/287), could result in another 600 million people suffering from malnutrition by 2080.

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China, France Call for Comprehensive Stocktaking of GHG Emissions Cuts Every Five Years [viewed]

france_china2 November 2015: Meeting less than a month before the Paris Climate Change Conference, French President François Hollande and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed that the outcome expected in Paris should include provisions for a five-year review of progress toward reaching long-term emissions goals. The Presidents released a statement following the meeting, explaining that "the results of this stocktake will inform parties in regularly enhancing their actions in a nationally determined manner."

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World Cities Day Highlights Role of Good Urban Design [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2015: The UN marked World Cities Day under the theme, ‘Better City, Better Life,' with global celebrations at the Expo 2015 Milano in Milan, Italy and around the world. The Day aims to raise awareness of sustainable urbanization, including on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 on inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities.

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China's Central Committee Meeting Calls for Active Involvement in Climate Change, 2030 Agenda [viewed]

Flag of China29 October 2015: The Communique of the fifth Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee Meeting of the Communist Party of China (CPC) indicates that China will actively undertake international responsibilities and obligations including active involvement in responding to global climate change negotiations and active participation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Nordic Ministers Call for Transition to Highly Energy-Efficient, Low-Carbon and Climate-Resilient Economies [viewed]

Nordic Council Logo28 October 2015: Ministers from the Nordic countries have confirmed their commitment to reach an "ambitious, global and legally binding agreement" on climate change in a declaration signed at the annual Nordic Council's session in Reykjavik, Iceland. The climate and environment ministers signed the declaration a month before the climate talks in Paris, France, where the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC is expected to adopt a universal climate change agreement.

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Buddhist Leaders Call to Scale up Climate Finance [viewed]

gbccc29 October 2015: In a statement released by the Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective, Buddhist leaders - including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh - have called on world leaders to reach “an ambitious and effective climate agreement” at the Paris Climate Change Conference. The ‘Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders' urges humanity to act on the root causes of climate change, which they write is driven by fossil fuel use, unsustainable consumption patterns, lack of awareness and lack of concern about the consequences of our actions.

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EU Launches GCCA+ [viewed]

gcca29 October 2015: The next phase of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) has been launched by the EU to provide approximately €350 million in the period up to 2020 to support developing countries' fight against climate change. In this phase, known as GCCA+, will focus on the most vulnerable countries and use the EU funds to leverage additional investments from private and public sources.

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Bishops Appeal to COP 21 for Ambitious, Legally Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

appeal_to _COP_2126 October 2015: Cardinals, patriarchs and bishops representing the five continental groupings of national episcopal conferences have made an appeal to the negotiators at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which will meet in Paris, France in December 2015. The appeal, which follows other calls by religious leaders of all faiths, outlines a ten-point policy proposal, linking climate change to social injustice and the exclusion of the world's poorest and most vulnerable.

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UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Awards Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2015: The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity awards, which honor innovative, scalable and replicable climate actions from around the world, have been announced. The 16 selected initiatives come from around the world and a variety of sectors, highlighting inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities. The announcement of the 2015 Lighthouse Activities comes as Parties to the UNFCCC prepare to adopt a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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Event: Press Conference: UNFCCC Presents Aggregation Report of INDCs [viewed]

The UNFCCC Secretariat is hosting a press conference to present the synthesis report analyzing the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by Parties to the UNFCCC by 1 October 2015. The press conference, to be held in Berlin, Germany, will be live-streamed. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth, German Environment Ministry, will speak at the conference.  

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