International Negotiations

UN Secretary-General Stresses Importance of Climate Finance [viewed]

bankimoon-warsaw20 November 2013: Addressing a ministerial meeting on the sidelines of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has underscored the importance of climate finance for addressing climate change, saying it can both fuel confidence in the negotiations and scale up action on the ground. In turn, a new climate agreement by 2015 will “do more than anything else to unlock the huge investment necessary" for adaptation and mitigation.

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Secretary-General Calls on Countries in Warsaw to Act Wisely and Urgently [viewed]

christiana-figueres-and-ban-ki-moon19 November 2013: The high-level segment of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference opened with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on countries to rise to the climate challenge with "wisdom and urgency," paving the way to a binding climate change deal by 2015.

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UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2013 Presented in Warsaw [viewed]

unep-emissions-gap-report-201313 November 2013: Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation, facilitated a side event at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference that focused on the launch of UNEP's 'Emissions Gap Report 2013' and options for closing the emissions gap together with the role of pledges in climate negotiations.

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Representatives from Developed Countries Discuss Fast-Start Finance [viewed]

enbots-event112 November 2013: The UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat organized a side event on 'Fast-Start Finance - Lessons Learned 2010-2012,' during which representatives from a number of developed countries discussed their efforts related to fast-start finance.

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UNFCCC Publishes Documents on Bunker Fuels, GEF and GCF [viewed]

UNFCCC10 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration during the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, which address information on bunker fuels, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). These topics will be considered under the agenda of different bodies during the upcoming days. 

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Event: Fourth Session of the IRENA Assembly [viewed]

The fourth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Assembly, IRENA's supreme governing body, will immediately precede the World Future Energy Summit (WFES), the International Water Summit (IWS) 2014, and EcoWASTE 2014, which together form Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW 2014).  

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COP 19 Opens in Warsaw [viewed]

warsaw-climate-change11 November 2013: The 2013 Warsaw Climate Change Conference opened in Warsaw, Poland, and will continue until 22 November. The Conference includes the 19th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 19) to the UNFCCC and the 9th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 9).

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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UNFCCC Releases SBSTA Documents Ahead of Warsaw [viewed]

UNFCCC7 November 2013: The UNFCCC has released documents for consideration in discussions during the upcoming session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to be held in Warsaw, Poland, from 11-22 November 2013.

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CIFOR Brief Calls for Greater Clarity on REDD+ Verification [viewed]

CIFOR6 November 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has released its sixty-sixth information brief, which focuses on removing verification obstacles to the successful negotiation of an international REDD+ mechanism.

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