Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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UNFCCC, IRENA Hold Technical Expert Meeting on Renewable Energy Supply [viewed]

UNFCCC - IRENA3 June 2015: During the first week of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, a Technical Expert Meeting (TEM) on renewable energy supply, organized by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in partnership with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), took place under the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) on 3 June 2015.

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IEA Report Finds Slowing Rate of Clean Energy Technology Deployment [viewed]

Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2015 (TCEP 2015)27 May 2015: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a report, titled 'Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2015 (TCEP 2015),' which examines progress in the development and deployment of key clean energy technologies and concludes that the rate of growth has slowed and is no longer on track to meet the 2°C Scenario set out in the IEA's 'Energy Technology Perspectives 2015 (ETP 2015)' report.

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WHO Updates Health and Climate Change Country Profiles [viewed]

WHO2 June 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) provided an update on the development of WHO/UNFCCC country profiles during a side event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference. ‘Country Profiles for Health and Climate Change' focused on experiences of and lessons learned by the WHO European Country Office in developing the profiles, which aim to support the development of national adaptation plans.

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Next Round of Climate Change Negotiations Opens in Bonn [viewed]

UNFCCC1 June 2015: Negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened in Bonn, Germany, on 1 June 2015, to continue work on the text of the Paris 2015 universal climate agreement and on the most effective ways to raise climate action before 2020.

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GCF Set to Begin Funding Projects [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new23 May 2015: The Government of Japan and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a contribution arrangement confirming the conversion of Japan's pledge of US$1.5 billion equivalent, which carries the Fund over the required 50% threshold to begin allocating resources for projects and programmes in developing countries.

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Climate Week Paris Showcases Business Leadership on Climate Change [viewed]

climate_week_paris22 May 2015: Planned 200 days in advance of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, Climate Week Paris highlighted that "climate action makes good business sense." Business leaders, policymakers and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) alike confirmed that a strong global climate change agreement, to be adopted at COP 21, will be a critical signal to the private sector to scale up their low-carbon activities.

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Event: UNFCCC In-Session Workshop on Long-Term Finance [viewed]

At its 20th session, the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC requested the Secretariat to organize annually through 2020 in-session workshops on long-term finance, focusing on adaptation finance, needs for support to developing country parties and cooperation on enhanced enabling environments, and support for readiness activities. The 2015 workshop will take place in conjunction with the intersessional negotiations at the Bonn Climate Change Conference in June. The workshop will be held over two afternoons. The programme includes: presentations by the thematic bodies of the UNFCCC, including the Adaptation Committee, the Least developed countries Expert Group (LEG), the Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) and the Technology Executive Committee (TEC); and sessions on scaling up finance to foster adaptation actions in developing countries and fostering investments to enhance resilience to climate change. The sessions will include case studies and break-out groups on the following four topics: the role of collaborative arrangements for managing climate risks; accessing climate finance by strengthening institutional capacity; policy, legal frameworks, country strategies and priority sectors for investments in climate-resilience; interaction between public and private for scaling-up funding and investments in climate resilience. The Secretariat will prepare a summary report of the workshop to present to the COP at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.  

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UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF [viewed]

iisdrs_unff1115 May 2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals.

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UNFCCC Updates on Annex I Party Reporting [viewed]

UNFCCC13 May 2015: In preparation for the 42nd session of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) taking place in June 2015, the UNFCCC Secretariat has released a note (FCCC/SBI/2015/INF.3) informing parties of the status of reporting by Annex I parties as of 30 April 2015. The update provides the status of the submission and review of the sixth national communications (NC6s) and first biennial reports (BR1s).

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