Intergovernmental Process

UN Secretary-General, COP 20, COP 21 Presidents Host Climate Change Working Lunch [viewed]

informal_talks27 September 2015: A group of world leaders expressed their support for a durable and meaningful Paris climate change agreement that provides a long-term vision of a poverty-free world, sends clear signals of a economic transformation and is underpinned by concrete actions. The messages came out of an informal high-level working lunch on climate change hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, US, on 27 September, held in parallel with the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.

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US, China Leaders Outline Vision for Paris [viewed]

china_us_flag25 September 2015: The Presidents of the US and China have issued a Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change comprising a vision for the UN Paris Climate Change Conference, and announcements on advancing domestic climate action and enhancing bilateral and multilateral climate cooperation. China announced plans to launch a national emissions trading system (ETS) in 2017 and ¥20 billion (US$3.14 billion, September 2015) for climate finance. The US highlighted its Clean Power Plan.

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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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C20 Calls for World Economy that Works for All [viewed]

g20-turkey16 September 2015: The Civil 20 (C20), a civil society platform of the Group of 20 (G20), issued a communiqué calling for world leaders to champion inclusive growth that respects human life, rights and dignity, and planetary boundaries. The Communiqué was issued by the third annual C20 Summit, which brought together hundreds of civil society delegates to finalize C20's recommendations to the G20 Leaders Summit 2015, taking place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15-16 November 2015.

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Four Arctic Council Working Groups Address Cross-Cutting Issues at "Historic" Joint Meetings [viewed]

Arctic Council18 September 2015: Four of the six Arctic Council Working Groups met in parallel from 14-18 September 2015, in Tromsø, Norway. According to the Arctic Council Secretariat, the meeting was unprecedented, allowing the four Working Groups to meet in a joint session mid-week to discuss cross-cutting issues. Arctic State and indigenous Permanent Participant organization delegates to the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Groups were joined by accredited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and non-Arctic State observers for the meetings.

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US, Chinese Subnational Leaders Issue Climate Declaration [viewed]

climate_leaders_summit16 September 2015: A number US and Chinese subnational leaders issued the US-China Climate Leaders Declaration stressing their determination to lead climate actions in their respective countries, municipalities and regions. The declaration was issued at the US-China Climate Leaders Summit, an outcome of the US and Chinese Presidents' Joint Announcement on Climate Change of November 2014.

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Clean Energy Ministerial Roundtables Summary Released [viewed]

Clean Energy Ministerial11 September 2015: A summary report of the six public-private roundtables held at the 6th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM6) has been published, highlighting outcomes from dialogues on topics ranging from accelerating energy productivity to sustainable urban energy transitions. The publication compiles key messages and recommendations shared by private-sector and government leaders during the roundtables.

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New Climate Economy Explores Low-Carbon Development in Cities [viewed]

the_new_climate_economy8 September 2015: A report published by the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low-emission transport, building efficiency and waste management could save US$17 trillion by 2050 and reduce emissions by 3.7 gigatonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (GtCO2e) per year by 2030, or more than the current annual emissions of India. The report, titled ‘Accelerating Low-Carbon Development in the World's Cities,' states that with complementary national policies, including low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies and carbon pricing, savings could top US$22 trillion.

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G20 Finance Ministers Discuss Sustainable Development, Climate Change [viewed]

g20-turkey5 September 2015: Finance ministers and central bank governors of the Group of 20 (G20) released a communiqué from their third meeting under the Turkish G20 presidency, welcoming the outcomes of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) and looking forward to successful and positive outcomes at the UN summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda and the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Event: G20 Energy Ministers Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the Turkish Presidency of the Group of 20 (G20), the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 2 October. Among other things, G20 energy ministers are expected to endorse an Energy Access Action Plan as a voluntary collaboration mechanism. Other priorities of the Turkish G20 presidency in the area of energy include: energy efficiency; the G20 Principles on Energy Collaboration; rationalizing and phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies; and the Joint Organisations Data Initiative.  

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