Economics, Trade & Investment

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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Event: Understanding the FCPF Carbon Fund's Methodological Framework [viewed]

The World Bank's Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) Carbon Fund will host a webinar on its Methodological Framework, which was approved in December 2013 by Carbon Fund Participants as guidance for the development of large-scale REDD+ projects. The webinar, held under the theme 'REDD+ Forestry and Climate Learning' will be the first in a series of sessions on a variety of aspects related to REDD+ and the FCPF. Following a presentation, participants are invited to ask questions and engage in a discussion on topics related to the Framework.  

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate [viewed]

The 18th meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate will take place in Mexico City, Mexico. Among the attendees at this event will be the Co-Chairs of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The 17 major economies participating in the MEF are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the EU, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the UK, and the US.  

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Leaders Plan for Climate Action at Abu Dhabi Ascent [viewed]

united-nations-uae5 May 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) convened the 'Abu Dhabi Ascent,' a special meeting dedicated to preparing world leaders for the 2014 Climate Summit being hosted by the Secretary-General on 23 September. The 'Abu Dhabi Ascent' is the first international conference to draw on the results of the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports.

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CIFOR Annual Report Celebrates 20 Years [viewed]

CIFOR5 May 2014: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released its 2013 Annual Report, which celebrates its 20th anniversary and highlights a shift in focus towards a landscape approach.

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UNFCCC Reports Efficiency Gains for 2012-2013 [viewed]

UNFCCC2 May 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a report on efficiency gains made during the biennium 2012–2013 (FCCC/SBI/2014/INF.4), in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI 40). The document summarizes measures taken by the Secretariat to improve efficiency in a sustainable manner, describes the delivery of relevant outputs, and provides examples of specific efficiency gains, including cost savings and costs avoided.

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UNIDO Workshop Prepares CIS Members for GEF-6 [viewed]

UNIDO28 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) convened an inception workshop aimed at sharing experiences in addressing environmental issues in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and informing CIS members of UNIDO's approach to projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to advance sustainable industrial development.

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UNFCCC Publishes Submissions on REDD+ Non-Carbon Benefits [viewed]

UNFCCC30 April 2014: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat has published a compilation of submissions by parties on methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits (NCBs) resulting from the implementation of REDD+ activities, in advance of the 40th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 40).

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