International Negotiations

UK Environmental Audit Committee Hears Evidence on SDGs, Post-2015 Process [viewed]

UK Parliament2 December 2014: The Environmental Audit Committee of the UK House of Commons conducted a hearing on the Government's priorities and positioning in negotiating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The hearing covered, inter alia, the number of goals, the possibility of an SDG on climate change, and UK representation in the overall post-2015 process.

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Member States Debate Working Methods, Scope and Timing of Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Post 2015 Process3 December 2014: UN Member States convened for an informal plenary meeting on “the organization and modalities for intergovernmental negotiations and remaining issues related to the Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda.” Governments responded to the co-facilitators' “food for thought” paper of 17 November 2014, which had been issued following the consultations of 4 and 10 November. Member States are expected to meet again next week to discuss a new calendar of eight negotiating dates, circulated by the co-facilitators at the end of the session.

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EU-US Energy Council Statement Highlights Climate Change Commitments [viewed]

usa-eu-flag3 December 2014: The EU and the US are committed to leading the fight against climate change, according to a joint statement released by the sixth meeting of the EU-US Energy Council. As outlined in the statement, the Council welcomed the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction commitments of the EU and the US, applauded their respective pledges to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and discussed mobilizing long-term investments in sustainable energy for developing regions.

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UNFCCC SCF Releases Biennial Assessment of Climate Finance Flows [viewed]

UNFCCC3 December 2014: The UNFCCC Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) has released a compilation of information and data on financial flows supporting mitigation and adaptation within countries and via international support. The assessment estimates a lower range of global total climate finance flows of US$340 billion a year for the period 2011-2012 and an upper range of at least US$650 billion.

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GEF Publication Summarizes 20 Years of UNFCCC COP Guidance [viewed]

GEF3 December 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has presented a report to the 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC in Lima, Peru, on its response to guidance received at COP 19 in 2013. As an operating entity of the UNFCCC's financial mechanism, the GEF functions under the guidance of and is accountable to the COP, which decides on UNFCCC-related policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria.

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CAN International Event Proposes INDC Equity Reference Framework [viewed]

limacop202 December 2014: Participants addressed challenges related to the scope and operationalization of equity approaches for the assessment and review of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. Climate Action Network Canada (CAN-Rac) and Climate Action Network International (CAN International) organized the event, titled 'Equity and Differentiation in the Context of INDCs: The State of the Debate.'

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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CIFOR Makes Case for Tenure in REDD+ [viewed]

CIFOR1 December 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The third in the series outlines the importance of land tenure in REDD+.

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CIFOR Explores REDD+ Social Safeguards in Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania [viewed]

CIFOR1 December 2014: In support of discussions on REDD+ at the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a series of briefs on REDD+ safeguards. The first in the series examines social safeguards in Brazil, Indonesia and Tanzania.

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Mitigation and MRV Partnership Meeting Discusses INDCs [viewed]

MRV1 December 2014: Participants exchanged views regarding what a rules-based architecture for a global climate agreement could imply at the 15th informal meeting of the International Partnership for Mitigation and MRV, which convened on the sidelines of the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, in October 2014.

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