Oceans & Coasts

Four Arctic Council Working Groups Address Cross-Cutting Issues at "Historic" Joint Meetings [viewed]

Arctic Council18 September 2015: Four of the six Arctic Council Working Groups met in parallel from 14-18 September 2015, in Tromsø, Norway. According to the Arctic Council Secretariat, the meeting was unprecedented, allowing the four Working Groups to meet in a joint session mid-week to discuss cross-cutting issues. Arctic State and indigenous Permanent Participant organization delegates to the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Groups were joined by accredited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and non-Arctic State observers for the meetings.

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Eye on Earth Receives 120 SDG Project Submissions [viewed]

eye_on_earth16 September 2015: The Eye on Earth partnership has received 120 project proposals ahead of its Abu Dhabi summit, taking place from 6-8 October 2015. The partnership highlighted that all of the projects seek to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including action on sustainable cities, climate change, land degradation and oceans.

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US, Chinese Subnational Leaders Issue Climate Declaration [viewed]

climate_leaders_summit16 September 2015: A number US and Chinese subnational leaders issued the US-China Climate Leaders Declaration stressing their determination to lead climate actions in their respective countries, municipalities and regions. The declaration was issued at the US-China Climate Leaders Summit, an outcome of the US and Chinese Presidents' Joint Announcement on Climate Change of November 2014.

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Tunisia Submits INDC [viewed]

Tunisia Flag16 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Tunisia is the 62nd Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which contains the Party's mitigation objective of reducing its carbon intensity 41% by 2030 compared to its 2010 carbon intensity level. The Party specifies that a 13% reduction is an unconditional goal, but that an additional 28% can be achieved, conditional on support from international financing, capacity building and technology transfer.

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Pacific Leaders Adopt Declaration on Climate Change Action [viewed]

PIF11 September 2015: Leaders at the 46th Pacific Island Forum have issued a Declaration on Climate Change Action, laying out 13 points that Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) call for as part of the outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The Declaration also underscores the growing threat posed by climate change to PICTs, and the difficulty the region faces in adapting.

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Arctic Conference Highlights Priorities for and Challenges Facing the Region [viewed]

glacier_20151 September 2015: The US Government convened the ‘Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER)' to highlight international and domestic priorities in the Arctic, define critical challenges facing the region, raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic, and focus on innovative approaches to address challenges at the local, national and international levels.

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WMO Updates on El Niño/La Niña [viewed]

WMO1 September 2015: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has provided an update on the current situation and outlook of El Niño/La Niña, which notes that a “mature and strong El Niño” is now present in the tropical Pacific Ocean. The update states that most climate outlook models suggest the 2015-16 El Niño is likely to further strengthen before the end of the year, and that surface water temperatures in the east-central tropical Pacific Ocean are likely to surpass 2°C above average. During August, east-central tropical Pacific Ocean surface temperatures ranged between 1.3° and 2.0°C above average, exceeding El Niño thresholds by around 1°C.

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Submits INDC [viewed]

congo18 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the 56th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which sets a conditional emissions reduction target of 17% by 2030 compared to a business-as-usual (BAU) scenario. The Party's intended contribution is dependent on adequate support in the form of technology transfer, capacity development and financial resources.

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Djibouti Submits INDC [viewed]

Djibouti14 August 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Djibouti is the 55th Party to formally submit its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC), which communicates the Party's intention to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2030 by 40%, compared to projections in Djibouti's reference scenario. The Party adds that an additional 20% reduction could be achieved, conditional on new international funding, such as could be provided by the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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