Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

SBSTA Chair Provides Information on Systematic Observation Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The Chair of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Lidia Wojtal (Poland), has released an information note to guide Parties in their preparation for the agenda item on research and systematic observation at the 43rd session of the body. The note explains the various documents related to the SBSTA's deliberations on systematic observation and outlines possible elements of conclusion text.

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Guest Article #131: More, Faster and Now: The Importance of Strengthening Efforts pre-2020 to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

In a few short weeks, governments will meet in Paris to hammer out a new global climate change agreement and strengthen ambition to tackle climate change in the pre-2020 period. Africa is playing a key role in these negotiations and sees Paris as a crucial opportunity for the world to deliver an outcome that is science-based, fair and strengthens global rules and institutions to address climate change.

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CDM Executive Board Reports to COP 21 [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the annual report of the Executive Board (EB) of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 11), covering the period from 1 October 2014 to 16 October 2015. The report highlights that the CDM is challenged by continuing low demand for certified emissions reductions (CERs) and resulting difficulties in continuing implementation or operation of CDM projects.

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Policy Update #24: INDCs: Foundation for a Successful Outcome in Paris? [viewed]

With the Paris Climate Change Conference just around the corner, 134 intended national determined contributions (INDCs), representing more than 150 countries, have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat as of 12 November, and more are still expected before Paris. INDCs outline the climate actions that individual countries intend to undertake in the post-2020 period, under the new climate agreement to be decided on in Paris.[1] Viewing them in aggregate should enable the tracking of progress and determining whether they represent a collective level of ambition that will be sufficient to limit temperature rise below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels.[2]

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Group on Earth Observations Adopts Mexico City Declaration [viewed]

geo1213 November 2015: The Twelfth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XII) and the 2015 Mexico City Ministerial Summit concluded with the adoption of the Mexico City Declaration and the approval of the GEO Strategic Plan for 2016-2025.

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Egypt, Pakistan Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC12 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Egypt and Pakistan have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 161. Egypt's INDC focuses largely on mitigation in the energy sector, especially through efficiency and alternative energy sources. Pakistan's INDC notes studies calculating the country's emissions projections are underway, which will allow the Party to make specific commitments.

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UNCCD Publishes Brief on Land-Climate Nexus [viewed]

land_matters_for_climate11 November 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has published a brief titled, ‘Land matters for climate: Reducing the gap and approaching the target​,' ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Paris, France. The publication states that additional commitments contained in the UNCCD's Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target − which envisages rehabilitating 12 million hectares of degraded land globally each year − could help close roughly 25% of the estimated emissions gap of 13 gigatonnes of equivalent CO2 (GtC02e), and amounts to “two-thirds of the expected emissions reduction pledges of all INDCs [Intended Nationally Determined Contributions] in the year 2030.”

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Pre-COP 21 Focuses on Ambition, Fairness, Post-2020 Financing and Pre-2020 Action [viewed]

Paris Climate Change Conference - November 2015 (UNFCCC COP 21)10 November 2015: In preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, 62 ministers gathered in Paris, France, for a three-day "Pre-COP" at the invitation of incoming COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development. The Pre-COP aimed to consider potential compromises and build political momentum, particularly in the areas of ambition, fairness, post-2020 financing and pre-2020 action.

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Saudi Arabia, Sudan Submit INDCs [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Saudi Arabia and Sudan have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 159. Saudi Arabia's INDC indicates it will pursue economic diversification and adaptation with the aim of generating mitigation co-benefits. Sudan's INDC identifies objectives in the energy, forestry and waste sectors designed to guide the country toward low-carbon development.

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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 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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