International Negotiations

UNITAR, Gabon Cooperate on Diplomacy, Climate Change [viewed]

Unitar20 November 2014: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Government of Gabon have signed two agreements aimed at strengthening multilateral diplomacy and building the capacity of Gabonese diplomats and Ministerial officials. As outlined in the agreements, UNITAR's Multilateral Diplomacy Programme will continue training the country's diplomats in a range of fields, including climate change, through 2015.

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IEA Proposes Five Actions for Energy Sector Decarbonization [viewed]

IEA20 November 2014: The International Energy Agency (IEA) has proposed a list of five actions and implementation options for decarbonizing the energy sector. The proposal, which offers concrete recommendations for a 2015 climate agreement, appears in a document titled, ‘The Way Forward: Five Key Actions to Achieve a Low-Carbon Energy Sector.'

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Montreal Protocol MOP 26 Adopts 26 Substantive Decisions [viewed]

Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP21 November 2014: The Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (VC COP 10) and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP MOP 26) have concluded in Paris, France, with MOP 26 adopting substantive decisions on: essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs); availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons; and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances.

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US$9.3 Billion Pledged to GCF [viewed]

green-climate-fund-new20 November 2014: Representatives from 21 governments presented pledges at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) High-Level Pledging Conference amounting to US$9.3 billion. The GCF underlined that this is the highest sum ever raised within a five-month period for an international financing mechanism dedicated to combating climate change.

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France, Pacific Community Hold High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change [viewed]

SPC - French Flag17 November 2014: The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) hosted a High-Level Dialogue on Climate Change between Pacific leaders and French President François Hollande, who will preside the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris, France. During the Dialogue, the Pacific Community urged France to take on a strong leadership role in 2015 to adopt a meaningful climate change agreement and pledged their support to Hollande during preparations for COP 21.

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MRV Partnership Francophone Workshop Focuses on NAMAs, GHG Inventories and INDCs [viewed]

MRV1 November 2014: The Cluster Francophone of the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (measurement, reporting and verification) held a workshop aimed at exchanging lessons learned and building the capacity of francophone negotiators on nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs).

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Eastern Partnership Negotiators Prepare for Lima COP [viewed]

MRV14 November 2014: In advance of the December 2014 climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru, countries of the Eastern Partnership participated in a Panel on Environment and Climate Change under the theme 'Economic Integration and Convergence with EU Policies.' The two-day seminar focused on intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) and what to expect at the 20th and 21st sessions of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20 and COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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AOSIS Prepares for Lima [viewed]

Aosis12 November 2014: The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) identified finance as a major priority going into the next round of climate change negotiations. The coalition met for a two-day summit in Seychelles to consolidate its position ahead of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC in December 2014, in Lima, Peru.

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G20 Addresses Growth, Energy, Climate Change, Trade and Ebola [viewed]

G20AUSTRALIA16 November 2014: Group of Twenty (G20) leaders have released a communiqué following the conclusion of the G20 Leaders Summit. The event drew approximately 4,000 delegates and 3,000 media representatives, and provided an opportunity for leaders to discuss global economic issues and use “their collective power to improve people's lives.” The communiqué outlines G20 policy discussions and commitments.

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US, Japan Announce Pledges to the Green Climate Fund [viewed]

us-japan15 November 2014: The US has announced a US$3 billion pledge to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). US President Barak Obama made the announcement on the eve of the G20 Summit, which convened in Brisbane, Australia, from 15-16 November 2014. In a separate announcement, also on the margins of the G20 Summit, Japan said it would pledge US$1.5 billion. With these two announcements, the pledges received thus far by the GCF amount to US$7.5 billion.

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