Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

FYR Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, Benin and US Announce Climate Plans [viewed]

macedonia_trinidad_tobago_benin_us_flags7 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the former Yugoslav Republic (fYR) of Macedonia, Trinidad and Tobago, and Benin have formally submitted intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 53. In addition, the US Government finalized its Clean Power Plan, an integral part of its INDC submitted on 31 March 2015.

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Event: Caring for Climate Business Forum at COP 21 [viewed]

Hosted in conjunction with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, the third annual Caring for Climate Business Forum will bring stakeholders from the business and investment community together with representatives from the UN, civil society and governments to focus on driving action on climate change. The first day of the event will consist of a plenary session, as well as thematic sessions on carbon pricing, science-based target setting, responsible policy engagement, adaptation and finance. It will also feature announcements of new commitments to climate action. During the second day, a high-level meeting of government representatives, Chief Executives of Caring for Climate and UNEP Finance Initiative (FI) signatories will take place. The event is being jointly organized by UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UNFCCC Secretariat in coordination with the French COP 21 Presidency.  

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GCF Calls for Public Input on Monitoring and Accountability Framework [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new4 August 2015: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat is seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders on an Initial Monitoring and Accountability Framework for Accredited Entities. The Framework is being developed by the GCF Secretariat under the guidance of the GCF Board to ensure compliance with the GCF's fiduciary standards, environmental and social safeguards, and gender policy.

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CDM Approves Integrated Methodology on Electrification of Communities [viewed]

UNFCCC24 July 2015: During its 85th meeting, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Executive Board approved an integrated CDM methodology for electrification of communities. The new methodology integrates approaches from existing methodologies. It broadens the coverage of small-scale methodologies for electrification and simplifies the monitoring procedures to reduce transaction costs without compromising environmental integrity.

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Kenya Submits INDC [viewed]

Kenya Flag23 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Kenya has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 30% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario of 143 megatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2-eq). Kenya is the 49th Party to submit its INDC.

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Monaco Submits INDC [viewed]

monaco29 July 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has announced that Monaco is the 50th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets out a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. The INDC is communicated in the context of Monaco's previously announced goals of reducing emissions 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

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ITTO Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

IttoJuly 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published its annual report, highlighting progress achieved in 2014 through field projects, policy work and research. The publication summarizes the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for the Sustainable Management of Natural Tropical Forest, the release of the 'Rewarding the Service Providers' policy brief, and the organization of the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, among other activities.

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Policy Update #21: Cracking the Climate Code in Time for the Paris Agreement [viewed]

At the end of 2015, the world's attention will be focused on Paris, France, where countries are due to finalize the development of a new “protocol, another legal instrument or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties.” This new agreement is due to be completed in 2015, and to take effect in 2020. Many recognize that action in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is only a fraction of the subnational, national and regional efforts by governments, companies and citizens to address climate change. In the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC, it is important to understand what has come before, in order to put the future climate agreement and efforts by others into context.

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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down [viewed]

iisdrs-oewg3624 July 2015: The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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ADP Co-Chairs Issue Streamlined Geneva Negotiating Text [viewed]

UNFCCC24 July 2015: The Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) have issued a scenario note for the tenth part of the second session of ADP (ADP 2-10) that includes a consolidated version of the formal Geneva negotiating text. The Co-Chairs also released a document containing elements for a draft decision on ADP workstream 2 (pre-2020 ambition).

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