Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UNFCCC Publishes Country Views on REDD+ Safeguard Information Systems [viewed]

UNFCCC6 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has compiled submissions received from developing country Parties on their views regarding information systems to track the implementation of safeguards for REDD+ (Decision 1/CP.16, Appendix I). The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) asked parties to comment on their experiences, lessons learned and challenges in developing such systems.

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ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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UNFCCC Reports on GHG Inventory Reviews [viewed]

UNFCCC4 November 2014: In preparation for the 41st session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), the UNFCCC Secretariat has published: an annual report on the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/
INF.17); and an annual report on the technical review of GHG inventories and other information reported by UNFCCC Annex I Parties that are also Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/
INF.18).

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Event: Green Climate Fund High-Level Pledging Conference [viewed]

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) will hold a high-level pledging conference on 20 November, in Berlin, Germany. The conference will be co-hosted by Germany's Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller, and Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. The pledging conference is open to all governments intersted in contributing to the GCF, and high-level representatives are expected from more than 20 countries. Germany is hosting the event in accordance with a pledge made during the Fund's Initial Resource Mobilization process. Capitalization of the GCF will mark a milestone for the negotiations at the UN Climate Change Conference, scheduled to take place from 1-12 December 2014, in Lima, Peru.  

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UNFCCC Outlines Training Programme for Review Experts [viewed]

UNFCCC5 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note containing a draft training programme for review experts for the technical review of information reported under the Convention related to greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories by Annex I Parties included in Annex I to the Convention (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.19).

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UNFCCC Summarizes Kyoto Protocol Methodological Issues [viewed]

UNFCCC5 November 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper on the implications of the implementation of decisions 2/CMP.7 to 4/CMP.7 and 1/CMP.8 on the previous decisions on methodological issues related to the Kyoto Protocol (FCCC/TP/2014/6).

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UNFCCC Outlines Implications of JI Modalities on Kyoto Protocol Processes [viewed]

UNFCCC31 October 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a technical paper on the implications for the Kyoto Protocol processes and systems, of the modalities for expediting the continued issuance, transfer and acquisition of joint implementation (JI) emission reduction units (ERUs) (FCCC/TP/2014/4).

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Guest Article #115: The Valuable Relationship Between Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

Because of its possible effects on climate change and on natural resource degradation, the way in which we produce our food is a globally important issue. Agriculture − including its contribution to deforestation and its use of fossil fuels – is said to account for almost one third of total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Discussions Begin on Modalities, Substance of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

unga694 November 2014: Macharia Kamau, Permanent Representative of Kenya, and David Donoghue, Permanent Representative of Ireland, convened the first informal meeting of the plenary on the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda. After a second informal meeting on 10 November, the co-facilitators will be able to plan next steps in the process, Kamau said.

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