Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Russian Federation, Gabon Submit INDCs [viewed]

flags_russia_gabon1 April 2015: The Governments of the Russian Federation and Gabon have submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC Secretariat. With their submissions, a total of 35 parties have formally announced their INDCs. The Russian Federation's contribution brings the total emissions from industrialized countries covered by INDCs to nearly 80%. Gabon is the first African country to announce an INDC.

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UNFCCC Discusses Arrangements for Intergovernmental Meetings [viewed]

UNFCCC31 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note by the Executive Secretary on ‘Arrangements for Intergovernmental Meetings' (FCCC/SBI/2015/2) to be discussed at the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI). The document includes a section on the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) and the 11th session of the COP serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), which will take place in Paris, France, in November-December 2015.

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US Submits INDC [viewed]

USA Flag31 March 2015: The US has submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) to the UNFCCC Secretariat, formalizing its commitment to cut emissions by 26-28% below its 2005 levels by 2025. The contribution will represent an approximate doubling in the rate of its emissions cuts and is consistent with a straight line emission reduction pathway from 2020 to reductions of 80% or more below 2005 levels by 2050, according to the submission.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Fund Supports Community Seed Network in Guatemala [viewed]

ITPGRMarch 2015: With support from the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), a project implemented by the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and focusing on the documentation and conservation of genetic diversity of maize and beans has strengthened the local association of farmers and established a local seed network. The project started with the establishment of a local network to assess storage practices, the availability of seed and sowing practices, as well as the information on and perception of the negative impacts of climate change.

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Norway, Mexico Submit INDCs [viewed]

mexico_norway30 March 2015: The Governments of Norway and Mexico submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC on 27 and 30 March 2015, respectively. The submissions followed those by Switzerland and the EU, and brought the total number of parties to the UNFCCC that have formally submitted their INDCs to 32.

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UNCCD CRIC 13 Addresses Sustainable Land Management Linkages in Post-2015, Climate Agendas [viewed]

cric_1327 March 2015: Delegates to the 13th session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) made a critical assessment of the status of the Convention and exchanged views on how to ensure its continued relevance and effectiveness. Pointing to the continuing “implementation gap” despite the high number of submitted country reports, several delegates questioned whether “we are collecting the right information to spur further action,” and suggested that a focus on synergies with the other Rio Conventions and adopting a global target on land degradation neutrality (LDN) could enhance the Convention's impact.

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UNFCCC Releases Programme Budget Proposal for 2016-2017 [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has launched its proposal for a programme budget for the biennium 2016-2017 for consideration by the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 42). The document (FCCC/SBI/2015/3) contains information on, inter alia, the approach of the Executive Secretary to framing the proposal, the structure of the proposed budget, additional requirements and the proposed programme budget.

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UNFCCC Publishes SBI 42 and SBSTA 42 Agendas [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the agenda for the 42nd sessions of the Subsidiarity Body for Implementation (SBI) (FCCC/SBI/2015/1) and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/1).

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UN Urges Improved Water Governance and Action on World Water Day [viewed]

un-water22 March 2015: On World Water Day, UN leaders and others called for urgent cooperation to ensure access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The 2015 World Water Development Report (WWDR), which the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched for the Day, recommends a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water, which the report says would contribute to poverty alleviation and improvements in the environment, health and food and energy production.

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Civil Society Organizations Hold National and Online Consultations Ahead of Desertif'actions 2015 [viewed]

desertif_actions_years_of_soilsMarch 2015: As part of preparations for the global civil society forum, Desertif'actions 2015, local and international organizations are holding a series of national preparatory workshops and a multilingual online consultation between February and May 2015 on the theme: ‘Climate change and the preservation of drylands – time to act!'

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