Announcement / Statement

LAC Countries Launch Land Restoration Project [viewed]

limacop207 December 2014: Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries and regional programmes, in partnership with regional and global organizations, have launched ‘Initiative 20x20,' a country-led effort to begin restoring 20 million hectares of degraded land by 2020. The initiative, which aims to restore forests and ecosystems, reduce poverty and improve agricultural productivity, was launched on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru.

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Scientists Call for Recognition of Biodiversity in Climate Negotiations [viewed]

cbd-iai5 December 2014: A declaration prepared by a group of scientists calls for better integration of biodiversity concerns into climate change politics and negotiations. Scientists and policymakers presented the declaration to Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru's Environment Minister and president of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The declaration asks climate change policymakers to take biodiversity into account while also recognizing the role scientists must play in providing timely information to policymakers.

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Costa Rica Announces Temporary Retirement from Coalition for Rainforest Nations [viewed]

costarica30 November 2014: The Government of Costa Rica has announced its temporary retirement from the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovernmental organization aimed to promote the responsible stewardship of the world's tropical rainforests.

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Norway Pledges US$258 Million to GCF [viewed]

norway-flag5 December 2014: Norway has announced it will provide US$258 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) over the next four years, bringing the total amount pledged to the GCF to US$9.95 billion and closer to the GCF Pledging Conference's goal of US$10 billion.

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Africa Group of Negotiators Stress Adaptation as a Priority [viewed]

UNECA5 December 2014: In a press conference held on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Africa Group of Negotiators highlighted their priorities for international climate change negotiations. African delegates stressed adaptation and political parity as a priority for Africa.

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Tuvalu, Nauru Accept Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC4 December 2014: The UNFCCC has announced that Nauru and Tuvalu have 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 21.

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Namibia First Developing Country to Submit BUR [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2014: Namibia has become the first developing country to submit a ‘biennial update report' (BUR) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. The BUR summarizes Namibia's actions to implement the Convention, including mitigation actions and their effects.

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UNDP, Mitsubishi UFJ Announce Shortlisted Proposals for Climate Finance Award [viewed]

World Bank UNDP3 December 2014: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) MDG Carbon and Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. have announced 12 shortlisted proposals for the Climate Finance Innovation Award. The winning proposal will be awarded US$10,000.

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2014 One of Hottest Years on Record, Says WMO [viewed]

WMO3 December 2014: 2014 is turning out to be one of the hottest years, if not the hottest year, on record, according to preliminary estimates by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). WMO attributes the high temperatures to record high sea surface temperatures, which contributed to heavy rainfall and floods in many countries and extreme drought in others. The WMO's provisional statement of the ‘Status of the Global Climate in 2014' is intended to inform the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Lima, Peru.

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Spain Announces EUR120 Million Pledge to GCF [viewed]

spanish-flag28 November 2014: The Government of Spain has pledged to commit €120 million to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), bringing total GCF contributions to US$9.7 billion equivalent. The announcement was made in advance of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, which is opening in Lima, Peru, on 1 December 2014, and just after the first GCF pledging conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany, on 20 November 2014.

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