Economics, Trade & Investment

UNFCCC Reports on Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge for Adaptation [viewed]

UNFCCC8 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a meeting report on available tools for the use of indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation, needs of local and indigenous communities, and the application of gender-sensitive approaches and tools for adaptation (FCCC/SBSTA/2014/INF.11), which includes a summary of recommendations identified by participants for further consideration.

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Event: Second Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The Second Forum of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from 21-22 June 2014. The theme of the Forum will be 'Mobilizing Adaptation Finance'. Sessions on the first day will focus on: the state of adaptation finance; mainstreaming adaptation in national planning; mobilizing public and private sector sources of finance; and ways to improve dissemination of adaptation best practices. The second day will feature break-out groups on: urban areas and infrastructure; water management and human health; agriculture and land-use; and energy and transport.  

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WMO South West Pacific Meeting Addresses Strengthened Weather and Climate Services [viewed]

WMO8 May 2014: During the World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Regional Association for the South West Pacific session, meteorologists discussed how to strengthen weather and climate services in a region that is particularly vulnerable to heatwaves, drought, tropical cyclones and flash floods, as well as rising sea levels caused by climate change. 

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CCXG Forum Discusses Climate Finance, 2015 Agreement [viewed]

OECD_NEWMarch 2014: A group of country delegates and experts, known as the Climate Change Expert Group (CCXG), held its Global Forum for exchanging information on technical issues in the international climate change negotiations. The Forum provided a platform for an informal dialogue among countries on climate financing, creating a durable and flexible agreement in 2015, and accounting.

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Event: Sixth Africa Carbon Forum [viewed]

The Africa Carbon Forum (ACF) will take place from 2-4 July 2014, in Windhoek, Namibia. The Forum will: inform attendees of developments in carbon markets; provide a venue for connecting carbon project developers and investors; showcase lessons from completed Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects in Africa; feature presentations on public and private sector strategies for promoting CDM benefits in Africa; and encourage networking and discussions among technical experts, project developers and carbon buyers. The Forum is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UNEP Riso Centre, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), the World Bank, and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Standing Committee on Finance [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) will meet in Bonn, Germany, from 16-18 June 2014. During the meeting the SCF will be invited to consider: a working draft of the biennial assessment and overview of climate finance flows (BA); the draft technical paper on the fifth review of the financial mechanism; approaches to financing for forests; draft guidance to the operating entities of the financial mechanism; and its work plan for MRV of support beyond the BA. The SCF will also be invited to recommend next steps for linkages work with the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI) and the thematic bodies of the Convention.  

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CIFOR's Forest Asia Conference Discusses Landscape Approach to Forestry [viewed]

forest-asia-summit-20146 May 2014: Participants at the Forests Asia Summit 2014 committed to promote a landscape approach in forestry management, research and education. Summit participants also supported strategies to promote green growth policies, strengthen law enforcement in relation to land tenure, land use and trade, develop a low-carbon economy and reaffirm the potential for REDD+.

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US Releases Third National Climate Assessment [viewed]

USA Flag6 May 2014: The US Global Change and Research Program (USGCRP) released the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which, to date, is the most “comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report on US climate change impacts ever generated.” The report, a key deliverable of US President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, confirms that climate change is not a distant threat but is currently occuring and has immediate impacts, and that most of the warming over the past 50 years is due to human activities.

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Adaptation Fund Launches Climate Finance Readiness Programme [viewed]

Adaptationfund1 May 2014: During a Seminar on Readiness for Climate Finance, the Adaptation Fund launched a two-year initiative to strengthen the capacity of national and regional entities to receive and manage climate finance.

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World Bank Issues Draft Statement Carbon Pricing [viewed]

World Bank5 May 2014: The World Bank is calling on countries and companies to back a proposed statement on carbon pricing that is expected to be launched at the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit on 23 September 2014.

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