Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Climate Action and UNEP Launch Climate Action Publication 2015-2016 [viewed]

climate_action30 November 2015: Introducing the ninth edition of the 'Climate Action Publication,' UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner indicates that it shows how various elements can fit together to deliver lasting, meaningful change through the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the “Paris climate deal.” Steiner's foreword to the publication notes that the integration of environmental sustainability, social equity and economic progress in the 2030 Agenda “is galvanizing momentum for a strong, universal climate agreement.” The publication was produced for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Initiatives Announced to Double Clean Energy Research and Development [viewed]

cop2130 November 2015: Twenty major economies launched an initiative to double their investments in clean energy research and development (R&D), while a group of private major investors announced a coalition pledged to invest in early-stage development of technology coming out of the aforementioned initiative. Both were formally announced at the opening of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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UNFCCC Report Identifies Ways to Realize Mitigation Potential [viewed]

UNFCCC30 November 2015: The UNFCCC has published a report outlining policies, initiatives and actions that could be scaled up and replicated by countries to realize significant mitigation potential in the pre-2020 period. Together, the report, titled ‘Climate Action Now: Summary for Policymakers 2015,' and a dedicated website, Climate Action 2020, aim to highlight the potential for greater climate action and ambition before 2020.

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Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué Presented to UNFCCC [viewed]

UNFCCC30 November 2015: At the opening of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, New Zealand's Prime Minster John Key presented the Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform Communiqué to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christina Figueres. The Communiqué, which calls on the international community to increase efforts to phase out subsidies for fossil fuel production and use, was endorsed by 40 governments and more than 100 businesses and international organizations.

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CDM Approves First Methodology for Aviation Sector [viewed]

UNFCCC27 November 2015: The Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has approved its first methodology aimed at incentivizing emission reductions in the aviation sector. The methodology, titled 'AM0116: Electric taxiing systems for airplanes,' was developed jointly by the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and entails installing electric motors to the landing gear of aircraft to reduce emissions as airplanes maneuver around runways.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Gathers Over 140 World Leaders on Opening Day [viewed]

cop21_iisdrscoverage30 November 2015: The 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) opened with more than 140 Heads of State and Government and other high-level officials delivering statements at a Leaders Event organized by the COP 21/CMP 11 Presidency. Many leaders emphasized the crucial juncture the meeting represents in terms of securing humanity's future. The first plenary session of the 12th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) took place the night before, on Sunday evening, 29 November. ADP 2-12 will begin negotiations in spin-off groups on 30 November.

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October-November 2015 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_updateNovember 2015: This update provides information on individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, including NAMAs seeking support for preparation and implementation, and related support, events and activities, for the period from October to November 2015.

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Event: Land Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

This one-day event will take place on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, and will address the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a solution to climate change'. A series of panel discussions will explore interlinkages between the achievement of land degradation neutrality (LDN) targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. Specific sessions will address, among other topics: ecosystem based adaptation; evergreen agriculture and land restoration; ecological rainfall infrastructure: a new perspective on how forests and trees matter for climate; and ‘Desertification, Land degradation and Climate Change - Time to Act!' The event will also explore civil society contributions to LDN, including through the ‘4 per mill' initiative to spur a transition towards agroecology.  

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Niue Submits INDC [viewed]

niue25 November 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Niue has formally submitted its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), bringing the total number of Parties that have made their submissions to 178. The submission expresses Niue's intent to achieve a 38% share of total electricity generation from renewable energy by 2020. Subject to additional international assistance, the country could accomplish 80% renewables by 2025, according to the INDC.

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