Publication

UNFCCC Reports on Assessing Risk and Vulnerability of Agricultural Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the in-session workshop on the assessment of risk and vulnerability of agricultural systems to different climate change scenarios at regional, national and local levels, including but not limited to pests and diseases, which was held on 3 June 2015, in Bonn, Germany, during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42). The document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.7) summarizes the workshop proceedings for further consideration by SBSTA 43 scheduled to take place during the period between 30 November to 1 December 2015, in Paris, France.

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UNFCCC Reports on Early Warning Systems and Contingency Plans for Agriculture [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the in-session workshop on the development of early warning systems (EWS) and contingency plans in relation to extreme weather events and their effects such as desertification, drought, floods, landslides, storm surge, soil erosion, and saline water intrusion, which was held on 2 June 2015, in Bonn, Germany, during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 42). The document (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/INF.6) summarizes the workshop proceedings for further consideration by SBSTA 43 scheduled to take place during the period between 30 November to 1 December 2015, in Paris, France.

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Climate Week NYC "Overwhelmingly Demands" an Ambitious Global Climate Deal [viewed]

climate-week-nyc28 September 2015: The seventh Climate Week NYC came to an end with key business and sub-national leaders gathering for the Week's signature event and calling on negotiators to match their ambition. The global business figures represented Fortune 500 listed companies who announced plans to switch to 100% renewable energy and adopt science-based carbon targets, while local leaders spoke for the many sub-national governments that have enacted major action programmes to cut emissions.

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UNCCD, UNEP Release Infographic and Video to Welcome Adoption of SDG Target on LDN [viewed]

unep-unccd25 September 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have come together in celebration of the UN's adoption of the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' to launch an infographic brochure and video on the importance of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 15.3 “to achieve a Land Degradation Neutral World.”

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Aide-Mémoire from Second Informal Climate Ministerial Consultations Released [viewed]

france-peru18 September 2015: The French Presidency of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC and the Peruvian COP 20 Presidency held informal consultations at the ministerial level with the object of stepping up the pace of negotiations ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference, where a universal climate change agreement is expected to be adopted. The consultations focused on means of implementation (MOI), i.e. finance, technology and capacity building, and adaptation and loss and damage.

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UNFCCC Reports on Gender Composition [viewed]

UNFCCC21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a 'Report on Gender Composition' (FCCC/CP/2015/6), which enables Parties to track their progress towards meeting the goal of gender balance in advancing gender-sensitive climate policy. The report was published as a result of the Conference of the Parties (COP) decision that additional efforts need to be made to improve women's participation in bodies established under the Convention and its Kyoto Protocol, and its adoption of a goal of gender balance.

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EEA Assesses Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating Natural Hazards [viewed]

EEA21 September 2015: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has published a report highlighting the potential of green infrastructure in mitigating the impacts of weather- and climate change-related natural hazards. The report, titled 'Exploring Nature-Based Solutions: The Role of Green Infrastructure in Mitigating the Impacts of Weather- and Climate Change-Related Natural Hazards,' notes the definition of “green infrastructure” as “a strategically planned network of high-quality green spaces.”

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Working Papers Assess CDM's Sustainable Development Tool [viewed]

unep-dtu15 September 2015: The Wuppertal Institute and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership have published three working papers on the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board (EB)'s Sustainable Development Tool.

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OECD: Government Support to Fossil Fuels Hampers Climate Change Efforts [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 September 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its Inventory of Support Measures for Fossil Fuels 2015. According to the findings, governments of OECD countries and key emerging economies are spending US$160-200 billion annually to support the consumption and production of fossil fuels.

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ODI Provides Scorecard on SDGs, Recommends Early Action [viewed]

odi_development_progress21 September 2015: Without increased effort, none of the 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be met, according to a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). However, if countries emulate the performance of the top-performing countries “there is much to be hopeful about," it says. The report recommends early action to raise national ambitions, plan implementation and strengthen the focus on equity.

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