Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Event: 12th Meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

During its 12th meeting, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board is set to discuss a number of pending issues related to fully operationalizing the Fund, and its policies and procedures. Among other things, the Board intends to consider proposals from entities wishing to be accredited by the Fund. The meeting will take place the week of 7 March 2016, with exact dates to be determined based on the length of the agenda. The Board governs and supervises the GCF based on guidance from the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, including on matters relating to policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria and matters related thereto.  

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UNFCCC Releases Technical Paper to Aid Streamlining ADP Texts [viewed]

UNFCCC6 November 2015: At the 11th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-11), held October 2015, Parties requested the UNFCCC Secretariat to draft a technical paper identifying areas of closely related concepts, duplication and possible areas for streamlining in the draft Paris agreement and decisions. The paper (ADP.2015.12.InformalNote) has been released for Parties' consideration ahead of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Set Roadmap for HFC Amendment [viewed]

Delegates huddle outside the plenary room on the last day of MOP 278 November 2015: The 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 27) adopted decisions on essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs), and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS), among other substantive and procedural decisions. Following protracted negotiations, Parties also agreed to a road map for negotiating an amendment on the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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GCF Board Approves First Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new6 November 2015: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) is set to fund its first projects after the Board approved eight proposals at its 11th meeting (GCFB 11). The approved funding, which is contingent on fulfillment of specified conditions for seven of the projects, totals US$168 million. At the meeting, the Board also adopted an initial monitoring and accountability framework for accredited entities, a process to develop a strategic plan, a decision on the readiness programme and an updated set of administrative guidelines on procurement.

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Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action Registers 2,245 Commitments [viewed]

UNFCCC Lima and Paris Climate Change Conferences6 November 2015: The UN, the French and Peruvian Governments, and businesses have added a total of 2,245 commitments to the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA) portal, launched in 2014 by the Peruvian Presidency of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC. The information released brought the total number of commitments registered in the NAZCA portal to 6,649.

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Fiji Submits INDC [viewed]

Fiji Flag5 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Fiji has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 157. Fiji's INDC is specific to the national energy sector, where it aims to achieve a 30% reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario by 2030.

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PA13 Hears Partner Updates, PMR Publishes Report on Carbon Leakage [viewed]

pmr30 October 2015: The 13th meeting of the Partnership Assembly (PA13) of the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR) and accompanying workshops received updates on mitigation initiatives from around the world, including energy policy developments in Chile, the status of China's carbon market developments, the Norwegian Carbon Credit Procurement Program, and climate mitigation initiatives in Sri Lanka. PA13 also received updates from the UNFCCC on progress towards Paris and from the World Bank on its Carbon Pricing Initiatives and Transformative Carbon Asset Facility.

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UNEP DTU Releases Report on Benefits of Energy Efficiency Measures [viewed]

multiple_benefits_of_measures13 October 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership (UDP) has published a report, titled 'The Multiple Benefits of Measures to Improve Energy Efficiency,' analyzing the various benefits of national energy efficiency programmes. The report comes as Parties to the UNFCCC are preparing their national climate action plans for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21). UDP highlights that energy efficiency is a critical mitigation option for meeting emission reduction commitments.

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Guest Article #129: Below 2°C - Together We´ll Make It [viewed]

Just a few weeks before the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, one can literally feel the attention and the tension rising – not only in the negotiation rooms, but also in the ministries, in the media and in the public in general. During the last weeks, many people have asked me the same question: Will Paris deliver what Copenhagen was not able to deliver? My answer is always “Jein” – a mixture between the German words Ja (yes) and Nein (no).

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UNFCCC Releases Synthesis Report on INDC Aggregate Effect [viewed]

UNFCCC30 October 2015: As mandated by the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC at its 20th session, the Secretariat has released a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) submitted by Parties as of 1 October 2015. The report underscores that, while the INDCs could deliver sizable emissions reductions and slow emissions growth over the next 10 years, their implementation will not result in aggregate annual emissions consistent with least-cost 2°C scenarios levels.

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