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IGOs, Development Banks and UN Agencies React to Paris Agreement [viewed]

paris_agreementDecember 2015: Upon adoption of the Paris Agreement by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France, a broad array of stakeholders, including UN agencies, development banks and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), responded to the outcome reached by the 196 UNFCCC Parties. The Agreement, which will be opened for signature in April 2016, aims to strengthen the global response to climate change, hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.

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Event: Global Climate Observation: The Road to the Future [viewed]

This conference will enable producers and users of climate observations, as well as other stakeholders, to review and provide input to and feedback on the next Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) implementation plan, which is being prepared for the UNFCCC Secretariat. The conference will: discuss current monitoring of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) and possible new areas for ECVs; enable an assessment of the quality of the current observing system; highlight achievements in producing ECVs in the areas of atmosphere, ocean and land; discuss how defining ECVs contributes to understanding energy, water and carbon cycles; identify future needs related to adaptation and mitigation requirements in other areas, such as desertification, biodiversity and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and address new developments based on COP 21 outcomes as well as technology and climate communications. The conference is expected to result in a list of priorities and actions, some of which may be included in the implementation plan.  

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December 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

energy2015January 2016: During the month of December, the African Development Bank (AfDB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Caribbean Development Bank (CBD), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Investment Bank (EIB), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. ADB and EIB released reports on financing and deploying clean energy.

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Event: Resumed OEWG 37, OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The resumed 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 15-16 July 2016, followed by OEWG 38 from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016.  

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Event: 37th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 37th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (OEWG 37) will focus on the Dubai Pathway on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which is intended to lead to adoption of an HFC Amendment to the Protocol at the 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) in October 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda.  

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Event: 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG). The meeting will be preceded by the resumed OEWG-38 session, which will take place on 8 October.  

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Event: Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage [viewed]

The Second Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Associated with Climate Change Impacts. The meeting is expected to discuss, inter alia: engagement of Executive Committee members in external activities; the Committee's two-year workplan and the delivery of activities; progress and intersessional e-brainstroming related to the Warsaw Mechanism's various action areas and related activities; specific work to be undertaken in the first half of 2016; any relevant requests arising from the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; and arrangements for the Mechanism's operationalization.

The Warsaw Mechanism, which was established at COP 19 in November 2013, aims to address loss and damage associated with the impacts of climate change, including extreme events and slow onset events in developing countries that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change. The Mechanism's Executive Committee aims to guide the implementation of the functions of Mechanism, and is guided by and accountable to, and reports annually to, the COP.  

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Event: UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework [viewed]

This conference will promote and support the availability and application of science and technology to disaster risk reduction (DRR)-related decision making. It will bring together the science and technology community, policymakers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions to discuss how the science and technology community can support implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030. The expected conference outcomes are to: launch the UN Office for DRR's (UNISDR) Science and Technology Partnership for implementing the Framework; discuss and endorse the UNISDR Science and Technology Roadmap to 2030; and identify expected outcomes of science and technology work under the Framework's priorities for action and ways to monitor progress and review emerging needs. The conference will include a high-level panel during which the Science and Technology Roadmap will be introduced, agreed and endorsed. It will also include workstreams on: the Scientific and Technical Partnership to support the Framework's implementation; understanding disaster risk, risk assessment and early warning; leveraging science through capacity development and research; and use of science, technology and innovation tools, methods and standards to support implementation and reporting. Each work stream will include various subgroup meeting on related themes.

This conference is being organized by UNISDR in coordination with its Scientific and Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and in cooperation with, inter alia, the International Council for Science (ICSU), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UN University (UNU), and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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Event: Course on Geospatial Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Horn of Africa [viewed]

The aim of this 10-day course, which is being sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is to provide participants with: geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing methodologies related to disaster risk assessment; and training on the concepts of available geospatial technologies and methodologies for risk assessment and satellite-based mapping. At the end of the course, students are be expected to be able to: define and describe basic concepts and terminologies related to geospatial information technology (GIT); apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping; identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to DRR; apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment; and understand and explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in DRR.

The course will: provide insight into the various tools available in GIS for DRR; and introduce students to applications of geospatial technologies for DRR, with case studies for flood and drought, and map layouts. This course will include: lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios; 10 modules; and a balanced approach between theoretical and practical methodologies.

The course is targeted to disaster management professionals working in government organizations who want to strengthen their practical skills in applications of geospatial technologies for DRR. Upon completion of the course, students will be presented with a UN Certificate from UNITAR. Participants are encouraged to complete the course ‘Getting Started with GIS' (http://training.esri.com/gateway/index.cfm?fa=catalog.webCourseDetail&courseid=2500).  

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Takes Stock of Paris Outcome [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University22 December 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services (IISD RS) has released the final French language bulletin in a series that focused on the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, which convened in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The seventh bulletin takes stock of the Paris Agreement and accompanying COP decision.

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