Publication

UNDP and Partners Make the Case for Ecosystem-Based Adaptation [viewed]

making_the_caseDecember 2015: Launched on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, a publication by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and partners showcases lessons learned from Nepal, Peru and Uganda in integrating ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) into broader adaptation strategies, and in making the required policy and finance shifts.

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Guest Article #136: The Green Climate Fund Starts Funding Climate Action in Developing Countries [viewed]

A few weeks ahead of the start of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where climate negotiators are set to gather to seal the fate of the Universal Climate Agreement, the Green Climate Fund sent a strong message to the world community: Its Board approved its initial set of projects and programmes, financing USD 168 million, with an additional allocation of USD 195 million over time, overall catalyzing up to USD 1.3 billion in private and public investments. This marks the end of the GCF launch phase and kick-starts the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries.

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Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition Announces New Members, Releases First Annual Report [viewed]

pdc_logo7 December 2015: On the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC) formally announced its two newest members and released its first annual report describing the decarbonization strategies of its members and suggesting priorities for future action.

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ADB Brief Highlights Southeast Asia's Mitigation Potential and Climate Vulnerability [viewed]

ADB7 December 2015: In a briefing paper, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that the impacts of climate change could reduce gross domestic product (GDP) in Southeast Asia by up to 11% by the year 2100 if no action is taken, and highlights the potential for countries to limit their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially by avoiding deforestation.

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Global Good Practice Publication Analyzes INDCs, LEDS, NAMAs and MRV Systems [viewed]

mrv_unepDecember 2015: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme have released a second edition of the Global Good Practice Analysis (GPA 2.0), which discusses 19 case studies demonstrating how intended nationally-determined contributions (INDCs), low-emission development strategies (LEDS), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems are being effectively designed and implemented across a range of national contexts in developed and developing countries.

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ADP Issues Draft Paris Outcome for Consideration by COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC5 December 2015: On Saturday 5 December, at the end of the first week of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) adopted conclusions transmitting the text titled ‘Draft agreement and draft decision on workstreams 1 and 2 of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action' (FCCC/ADP/2015/L.6/Rev.1) to COP 21 for further consideration.

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Oceans Day Urges Single Climate-Ocean Agenda [viewed]

cop214 December 2015: Participants at the Paris Climate Change Conference Oceans Day urged that climate change and oceans be addressed as a "single agenda." They recommended ways to advance this agenda both within and outside the UNFCCC and welcomed actions through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13 and 14, on climate and oceans, respectively.

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City Leaders Commit to “Game-Changing” Climate Actions [viewed]

cop214 December 2015: City leaders committed to reduce emissions and take actions to promote low-emission, climate-resilient urban infrastructure in a series of events on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. The events featured commitments and a publication launch.

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Africa Transport Forum, Africities Discuss Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

afdb_unhabitatDecember 2015: Participants at two conferences in Africa discussed the importance of sustainable urbanization for the continent. The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Africa Transport Forum 2015 stressed the role of green, inclusive transport in stimulating Africa's sustainable development and ensuring sustainable urbanization. Participants at the Africities Summit presented a common urban agenda ahead of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), making Africa the first region to do so.

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SDSN Calls for Decarbonization Plans alongside INDCs [viewed]

logo_DDPP30 November 2015: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network's (SDSN) Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) issued a working paper calling for all countries to design long-term Deep Decarbonization Pathways, and to reflect these plans in short-term climate strategies, such as the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

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