International Negotiations

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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Guest Article #131: More, Faster and Now: The Importance of Strengthening Efforts pre-2020 to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

In a few short weeks, governments will meet in Paris to hammer out a new global climate change agreement and strengthen ambition to tackle climate change in the pre-2020 period. Africa is playing a key role in these negotiations and sees Paris as a crucial opportunity for the world to deliver an outcome that is science-based, fair and strengthens global rules and institutions to address climate change.

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Business, Civil Society Leaders Call for Securing Ambitious Long-term Goal in Paris [viewed]

thebteam16 November 2015: A group of business and civil society leaders, led by the B Team, issued an open letter to Heads of State in support of an ambitious climate change agreement. In the letter, they request that the existing commitment by Parties to the UNFCCC to limit global average temperature increase to 2°C above pre-industrial levels be translated into an actionable long-term goal at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Policy Update #24: INDCs: Foundation for a Successful Outcome in Paris? [viewed]

With the Paris Climate Change Conference just around the corner, 134 intended national determined contributions (INDCs), representing more than 150 countries, have been submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat as of 12 November, and more are still expected before Paris. INDCs outline the climate actions that individual countries intend to undertake in the post-2020 period, under the new climate agreement to be decided on in Paris.[1] Viewing them in aggregate should enable the tracking of progress and determining whether they represent a collective level of ambition that will be sufficient to limit temperature rise below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels.[2]

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Morocco, France Issue Tangier Call for Strong, Solidarity-based Climate Change Action [viewed]

morocco_france28 October 2015: The Permanent Missions to the UN of Morocco and France issued a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon containing the 'Tangier Call for Strong, Solidarity-based Action on Climate Change.' The Call is aimed at mobilizing the international community ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC.

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Guest Article #130: New Thinking on Agriculture and Fossil Fuel Subsidies [viewed]

New Zealand is a small, globalized economy built on the land sector. Our farming systems are mostly based on pastoral agriculture. In any given year, our land sector produces about 70% of the value of New Zealand's merchandise exports. As a consequence, there must be few other countries where milk prices are headline news, watched closely by currency traders, bank economists, and dairy farmers alike.

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