Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Afghanistan Submits INDC [viewed]

afghanistan flag6 October: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Afghanistan has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out the country's intended mitigation contribution and its adaptation priorities.

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UNDP, UNFCCC, SPREP Hold INDCs Training Workshop for Pacific Island Countries [viewed]

undp_sprep_unfccc_australianflag1 October 2015: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Australian Government convened a training workshop on Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to support Pacific Island countries in reaching domestic agreements on their INDCs, and to provide an opportunity for these countries to share their experiences and good practices.

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Event: 34th Meetings of the CCAMLR and its Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 34th meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and its Scientific Committee will convene in Hobart, Australia. The meeting is expected to address, among other issues: illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; climate change; catch documentation scheme (CDS); vessel monitoring system (VMS); harvested species (krill, fish; fish and invertebrate by-catch); incidental mortality; spatial management and impacts on the Antarctic system; compliance with conservation measures in force; and compliance evaluation procedures.  

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Draft Negotiating Text for Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released three documents in advance of the October session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP): a Co-Chairs' non-paper containing a draft of the 2015 agreement (ADP.2015.8.InformalNote); a draft decision on ADP workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition)(ADP.2015.9.InformalNote); and a scenario note by the Co-Chairs on the eleventh part of the second session of the ADP (ADP 2-11) (ADP.2015.7.InformalNote), which will convene from 19-23 October 2015 in Bonn Germany.

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October Update on Doha Amendment Ratification [viewed]

UNFCCC5 October 2015: Since 18 August 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Algeria, Bhutan, Hungary, Madagascar, Panama, Samoa, Switzerland and Thailand have accepted the Doha Amendment, which formalizes commitments for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol (2013-2020). These announcements bring the total number of Parties that have deposited their instruments of acceptance to 49.

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UNFCCC Reports on Submission and Review of Sixth National Communications, Biennial Reports [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note outlining the status of submission and review of sixth national communications (NC6) and first biennial reports (BR1) (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.9). At the time of the note's preparation, the Secretariat had received national communications from all 43 Annex I Parties and Kazakhstan. Twenty-six Parties submitted them before the due date of 1 January 2014, while 17 and Kazakhstan made their submissions after the due date.

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JI Supervisory Committee Approves 2016-2017 Business and Management Plans [viewed]

UNFCCC30 September 2015: During its 37th meeting, the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee approved its two-year business plan and management plan (MAP) for the period 2016-2017. The business plan sets out the strategic direction for JI during 2016 and 2017, and the MAP outlines the work, capacity needs and estimated resources that will be needed to implement the business plan.

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Guest Article #128: A Call for Knowledge in the Age of Big Data [viewed]

“Knowledge is power,” goes the old adage. Whether Sir Francis Bacon or Thomas Hobbes (or someone else entirely) said it first, the fact that it still holds true today – in this epoch of big data and nigh-on endless information – is illuminating. For it is not information alone that is pivotal in the course of human events, but how that information is taken up, understood, and acted upon; how that information is turned into knowledge and from knowledge to action.

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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Argentina, Belize, Botswana, India, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mozambique, the Philippines, Samoa, San Marino, Sierra Leone, Thailand Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC1 October 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that San Marino, Samoa, the Philippines, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Thailand, Argentina, Mozambique, India, Belize, Botswana and Sierra Leone have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 148.

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