Announcement / Statement

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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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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