Science, Assessment & Monitoring

COP 21 Ministerial Week Commences [viewed]

cop217 December 2015: The COP 21 ministerial week opened in Paris, France, beginning with the joint COP/CMP high-level segment, a contact group on JI meeting under the CMP, minister-led informal consultations under the Paris Committee on "support: MOI (finance, technology and capacity building),” as well as a meeting of the Committee itself, and bilaterals conducted by co-facilitators on: acceleration of pre-2020 action; ambition, including long-term goals and periodic review; differentiation, in particular with regard to mitigation, finance and transparency; and “support: MOI (finance, technology and capacity building).”

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ADB Brief Highlights Southeast Asia's Mitigation Potential and Climate Vulnerability [viewed]

ADB7 December 2015: In a briefing paper, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) estimates that the impacts of climate change could reduce gross domestic product (GDP) in Southeast Asia by up to 11% by the year 2100 if no action is taken, and highlights the potential for countries to limit their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, especially by avoiding deforestation.

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SBI, SBSTA and ADP Conclude in Paris, Drafts Forwarded to COP [viewed]

cop215 December 2015: On 4 December, the SBI and SBSTA concluded their work, but three items remained unresolved: the 2013-2015 review; capacity building under the Convention and the Kyoto Protocol; and impact of the implementation of response measures. On 5 December 2015, the ADP closed its work, adopted its conclusions, and forwarded the draft agreement and draft decision to the COP.

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Legislators Summit Highlights Role in 2030 Agenda, DRR, Expected Paris Agreement [viewed]

globe_international5 December 2015: Legislators from around the world discussed their role in implementing, monitoring and enforcing the major agreements of 2015: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); and the expected agreement from the Paris Climate Change Conference. The discussions took place at the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) COP 21 Legislators Summit.

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UNEP DTU Partnership Releases Guidance Note on Developing INDCs [viewed]

December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership has released a Guidance Note on developing Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). The note explains the relevant elements of the Lima Decision of 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC, and offers a step-by-step guide on how countries can express the mitigation and adaptation components of their INDC.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Negotiations Continue; Side Events Consider Renewable Energy and Cities [viewed]

cop213 December 2015: On Thursday, 3 December, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP 2-12) contact group continued consideration of the negotiating text of the agreement and associated decisions. Spin-off groups, contact groups and informal consultations continued throughout the day.

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COP 21 Land Day Addresses SDG and Rio Conventions Linkages to Climate Resilience [viewed]

UNCCD logoRio Conventions Pavilion2 December 2015: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and various partners organized Land Day as part of the programme of the Rio Conventions Pavilion at the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC. The discussions took place under the overall theme of ‘Land Degradation Neutrality as a Solution to Climate Change.'

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OECD, IEA Publish Reports on Climate Change Mitigation and Reporting [viewed]

oecd.ieaNovember 2015: The Secretariats of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Energy Agency (IEA) have published two reports on climate change mitigation and on reporting.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Considers Reports from Funds, Side Events Consider Land, Farmers, INDCs [viewed]

cop21_iisdrs2 December 2015: On Wednesday, 2 December, African parties to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) endorsed Morocco to host COP 22. Also during the COP plenary, the Strategic Climate Fund reported that, for the first time, it has provided two draft compiled texts on guidance to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation, Other Commitments Announced [viewed]

unfccc_cop212 December 2015: National and local governments, river basin organizations, civil society and businesses announced the creation of coalitions and initiatives related to water and climate change at an event on ‘Water Resilience' under the Lima to Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which is convening at the Paris Climate Change Conference. These initiatives include: the Paris Pact on Water and Adaptation, MegaCities Coalition on Water; Business Alliance for Water and Climate Change; Adaptation of the West African coastal areas; and Maritime Regions in Action against Climate Change.

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