Publication

UN High-Level Events Address Water, Sanitation and DRR; UNSGAB Launches Concluding Report [viewed]

un_sanitation_day19 November 2015: The UN addressed the role of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and water management in ensuring food security, increasing access to energy and tackling urbanization challenges at the Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters. The Session convened as part of a series of coordinated events for the UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015, which included World Toilet Day and culminated with the final meeting of the UN Secretary-General's Special Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB).

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El Niño Conference Calls for Preparedness Action Based on Improved Forecasts [viewed]

elnino201518 November 2015: Scientists participating in the El Niño 2015 Conference noted that forecasts of, and preparedness for, the impacts of the 2015 El Niño event have improved. They called on decision makers to take action based on these improved forecasts, stressing that enhanced preparedness is highly dependent on action at the local level.

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Warsaw International Mechanism Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM) issued a report on its work to the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNFCCC. The report (FCCC/SB/2015/3) contains information on the Executive Committee's work during and after its first meeting in September 2015. It also provides recommendations to the COP.

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UNFCCC Describes 2014-2015 GHG Inventory Review Activities [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has a released a document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.9) on greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory review activities for consideration by the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at its 43rd session. Annexed to the document are the conclusions and recommendations from the 12th meeting of GHG inventory lead reviewers held in Bonn, Germany, on 2-3 March 2015.

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UNFCCC Compiles Annex I Parties' Reporting on Minimizing Impacts of Response Measures [viewed]

UNFCCC17 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a paper (FCCC/WEB/ART314/2015) compiling the information provided by Annex I Parties that are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol on efforts to minimize the adverse impacts associated with response measures, in accordance with Article 3.14 of the Protocol. According to the paper, 17 Parties submitted information in 2015 on minimizing these impacts in their National Inventory Reports (NIRs), with nine presenting major changes and/or additional information.

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WorldRisk Report 2015: Food Insecurity Increases Disaster Risk [viewed]

UNU17 November 2015: 
The UN University (UNU) has launched a report addressing the consequences of extreme natural events in 171 countries, and the connection between food security and disaster risk. Upon the report's launch, Peter Mucke, Managing Director of the WorldRiskReport 2015, said crises and disasters cause hunger, the “catastrophic effects of natural hazards” can be decreased by ensuring that people are fed, and hungry people are more vulnerable to disasters, wars and conflicts.

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Guest Article #132: Making Climate Finance Count – Two Reports to Increase Transparency in the Lead Up to COP 21 [viewed]

As 2015 draws to a close, there is a strong hope that the Paris Climate Summit could represent a turning point in the global fight against climate change. To support discussions, Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) recently published two reports.

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UNFCCC Showcases Actions with High Mitigation Potential Pre-2020 [viewed]

UNFCCC18 November 2015: Drawing from the outcomes of a series of Technical Expert Meetings (TEMs) held in 2014 and 2015 under the Technical Examination Process (TEP), the UNFCCC Secretariat has published 'Climate Action Now – A Summary for Policy Makers 2015.' The Summary focuses on examples of solutions from around the world that hold high potential for mitigating climate change and can be implemented in the pre-2020 period.

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Focuses on Mitigation [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University16 November 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services (IISD RS) has released the fifth in a series of seven French language bulletins produced in the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, convening in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The bulletin focuses on the theme of mitigation.

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CCAFS Outlines Six Steps to Climate-Smart Agriculture [viewed]

CCAFSNovember 2015: The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) has pubished a booklet on six steps needed to achieve climate resilience in agriculture while also reducing agricultural emissions. Using examples from five years of CCAFS research, the booklet lays out how actions on disseminating technology, promoting insurance, delivering climate forecasts, enhancing national enabling environments, informing global policies and processes, and scaling up investments in climate smart-agriculture contribute to making the world's poorest farmers more climate resilient.

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