Announcement / Statement

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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PGA Announces Organizational Details of High-level Events [viewed]

unga692 December 2014: UNGA President Sam Kutesa has announced the preliminary organisational arrangements for a series of High-Level Thematic Debates and a High-Level Event to be convened in the first half of 2015, and finalized dates for several of them. According to his note, the events aim to contribute to formulating the post-2015 development agenda and mobilizing means for its implementation. The outcome of each debate and event will be a President's summary.

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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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