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UNGA's Oceans and Law of the Sea Resolution Focuses on Marine Debris, Climate Change [viewed]

UNGA9 December 2013: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted, by a recorded vote of 115 in favor to one against (Turkey), with two abstentions (Colombia, Venezuela), its annual omnibus resolution on oceans and the law of the sea (Resolution A/RES/68/70).

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Central American Ministers Adopt Efficient Lighting Strategy, Action Plan [viewed]

sica-meso-unep-enlighten6 December 2013: The energy ministers of all of the countries in Central America, the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Mexico have adopted a regional strategy on efficient lighting that will phase out incandescent bulbs, mercury content in other lamp types, increase lighting efficiency and lead to a common approach to handling lighting waste.

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Warsaw Conference Adopts Decisions on ADP, REDD+, and Loss and Damage [viewed]

warsaw-closing-plenary23 November 2013: Negotiations during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference focused on the implementation of agreements reached at previous meetings, including pursuing the work of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.

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IEA Ministerial Recognizes Role of Energy Sector Reform for Mitigation [viewed]

IEA20 November 2013: The International Energy Agency and six partner countries – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa – have released a joint declaration announcing their intention to enhance cooperation. IEA Member Country Energy Ministers also released a statement on the importance of energy sector reform to mitigating impacts from climate change.

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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CIF Approves Forest Funding for Peru and Energy Access in Liberia [viewed]

CIF30 October 2013: The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) Sub-Committee Meetings concluded with endorsement of the final pilot country plan from Peru for $50 million under the Forest Investment Program (FIP), and the endorsement of Liberia's $50 million investment plan under the Scaling Up Renewable Energy Program in Low Income Countries (SREP), a targeted program of the Strategic Climate Fund (SCF). The FIP also approved $16.45 million to support forest and climate information gathering and systematization in Brazil.  

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Adaptation Fund Approves Rwanda Project, Accredits SPREP [viewed]

Adaptation Fund1 November 2013: The Adaptation Fund Board (AFB) approved a new project in Rwanda and accredited the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) as a Regional Implementing Entity (RIE) of the Adaptation Fund at its 22nd meeting.

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MOP 25 Agrees Decisions on ODS Alternatives, SIDS [viewed]

mop2525 October 2013: The 25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 25) agreed to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS). The meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 21-25 October 2013.

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IMO Meeting Adopts Amendments to Regulate Marine Geoengineering [viewed]

IMO18 October 2013: The 35th Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter, 1972 (London Convention) and 8th meeting of Contracting Parties to the 1996 Protocol thereto (London Protocol) concluded with the adoption of amendments to the London Protocol addressing marine geoengineering.

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Africa Climate Conference 2013 Identifies Priority Areas for Research [viewed]

africa-climate-conference-201323 October 2013: The Africa Climate Conference 2013 (ACC2013) brought together over 300 delegates who adopted a statement identifying four priority areas for research in order to address critical gaps in understanding the African climate system and to bridge the climate science-policy divide.

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