International Negotiations

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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November 2015 Sustainable Energy Finance Update [viewed]

November 2015 Sustainable Energy1 December 2015: During the month of November, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), among others, announced sustainable energy project funding and initiatives. AfDB, IDB and Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released reports on financing and deploying clean energy. A number of related events took place throughout the month.

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Commonwealth Members Commit to Ambitious Legally-Binding Climate Agreement [viewed]

commonwealth29 November 2015: The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) adopted a Leaders' Statement on Climate Action in which Commonwealth members reconfirm their commitment to negotiate a legally-binding agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Change Conference that signals the need for deep emission cuts, promotes low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways and raises mitigation ambition over time.

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Focuses on Pre-2020 Ambition [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University27 November 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services (IISD RS) has released the sixth in a series of seven French language bulletins produced in the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UNFCCC, convening in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The bulletin focuses on pre-2020 ambition.

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ADP Co-Chairs Release Scenario Note for Paris Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC20 November 2015: Co-Chairs Ahmed Djoghlaf (Algeria) and Daniel Reifsnyder (US) have released the scenario note for the 12th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12), which is scheduled to take place from 1-5 December 2015, in conjunction with the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The scenario note sets out the Co-Chairs' proposed organization of work for the meeting.

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France Releases Pre-COP 21 Aide-Mémoire [viewed]

cop2119 November 2015: The incoming French Presidency of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC has released an aide-mémoire summarizing the outcomes of the Pre-COP meeting held from 8-10 November 2015 in Paris, France. The aide-mémoire reflects the incoming Presidency's "understanding of the broad lines of the discussion." The documents sets out the key messages from the four working groups on equity and differentiation, ambition, post-2020 finance, and pre-2020 action and support.

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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Francophone Climate Negotiations Bulletin Focuses on Mitigation [viewed]

IISD RS - OIF - IFDD - Senghor University16 November 2015: The International Institute for Sustainable Development's Reporting Services (IISD RS) has released the fifth in a series of seven French language bulletins produced in the lead up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, convening in Paris, France, in November-December 2015. The bulletin focuses on the theme of mitigation.

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WHO Calls for Strong Climate Agreement to Protect Health [viewed]

WHO17 November 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued a statement urging countries to consider the impacts of climate change on human health during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, in order to reduce climate-related deaths and protect future generations' health. WHO has also released a first set of climate change and health country profiles to support negotiators in considering health issues during COP 21.

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G20 Summit Discusses 2030 Agenda, COP 21 [viewed]

g20-turkey16 November 2015: At the Antalya Summit, leaders from the Group of 20 (G20) discussed inclusiveness, investment and implementation – themes based on the Turkish Presidency's priorities – as well as sustainable development and climate change in the run-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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