Announcement / Statement

Equator Prize Winners Announced [viewed]

equatorinitiative9 June 2014: The UN-led Equator Initiative has announced the recipients of its Equator Prize, which recognizes “local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” Winners from around the world are using community-based, grassroots action to tackle climate change, environment and poverty.

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Brazil Voluntarily Submits Key Data on Emission Reductions in Forest Sector [viewed]

brazil-unfccc6 June 2014: Brazil submitted information and data on its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions in the forest sector to the UNFCCC Secretariat, becoming the first developing country to voluntarily submit such data for assessment by technical experts. This information and data form the basis for Brazil's forest reference emission level (FREL) for the Amazon biome, where Brazil has been collecting forest data since 1988. 

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World Oceans Day Celebrated Globally [viewed]

World Oceans Day8 June 2014: The UN commemorated World Oceans Day on 8 June 2014, under the theme, 'Together we have the power to protect the ocean!' The Day also lent special attention to the designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and fell on the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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WED 2014 Spotlights SIDS [viewed]

worlddayunep5 June 2014: This year's World Environment Day (WED), hosted by Barbados and celebrated under the banner ‘Raise your Voice, Not the Sea Level', focused on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the risks and opportunities they face, particularly with respect to climate change. The Day lent an additional focus to the 2014 International Year of SIDS, as well as the Third International Conference on the Small Island Developing States, which will convene in Samoa from 1-4 September 2014. 

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Alcamo Appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary [viewed]

UNFCCC4 June 2014: Former UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Chief Scientist and award-winning environmental modeling researcher Joseph Alcamo was appointed Special Science Adviser to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres. He will be providing pro bono advice to the Secretariat.

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CDM Executive Board Agrees on Improvements to CDM Procedures [viewed]

UNFCCC1 June 2014: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has agreed to allow flexibility in timing of the validation of monitoring plans for all scales of CDM project activities and programmes of activities (PoAs).

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China Becomes 10th Party to Accept the Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol [viewed]

UNFCCC2 June 2014: China has become the tenth party to the Kyoto Protocol to accept the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the period 2013-2020, the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

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US EPA Proposes 30% Emission Reductions from Power Plants by 2030 [viewed]

EPA2 June 2014: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed regulations requiring existing coal-fired power plants to reduce their emissions. The Clean Power Plan is a flexible proposal aimed at ensuring a healthier environment, spurring innovation and strengthening the economy, which, for the first time, cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of such pollution in the US. The plan is expected to protect public health and fight climate change while supplying reliable and affordable power.

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As CO2 Concentrations Top 400 ppm, WMO Warns Time is Running Out [viewed]

WMO26 May 2014: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have crossed a new threshold, with April's monthly concentration topping 400 parts per million (ppm) throughout the northern hemisphere. While atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 ppm in April 2012, this record is the first time the monthly average did. The WMO predicts the global annual average carbon dioxide concentration will cross this threshold in 2015 or 2016.

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NAMA Registry Records First Match [viewed]

UNFCCC23 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Austria is supporting a Georgian sustainable forestry project in what is the first match recorded by the UNFCCC's registry of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs).

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