Science, Assessment & Monitoring

UN Climate Summit Offsets Emissions [viewed]

climate-summit-201429 September 2014: As part of a commitment to make the UN system climate neutral, the UN has measured the carbon footprint of the 2014 UN Climate Summit and will offset the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created by buying Certified Emission Reductions (CERs). An equivalent of 18,639 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) will be purchased by the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat from the Adaptation Fund, at a total offset cost of approximately US$6,000.

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India, US Establish Strategic Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

india.us1 October 2014: The US and India have agreed to a series of sustainable energy and climate change joint measures under a new strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy and climate change. The announcement was made during the first bilateral summit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, which took place from 26-30 September in Washington DC, US.

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GEF to Address Biodiversity, Livelihoods, Climate Resilience in Belize [viewed]

GEF30 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Board of Directors has approved a five-year project to sustainably manage Belize's natural resources and promote alternative livelihoods for local communities. The project will also strengthen institutional capacity to enhance climate resilience, including increasing ecosystem resilience to climate change impacts.

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UNFCCC Outlines Available Information for SED [viewed]

UNFCCC29 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published a note outlining the national information that will be available, and when it will be available, for consideration by the structured expert dialogue (SED). The information is grouped into three primary categories.

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September 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb-afdb-eib-idb-cif-worldbank-gef-ifad1 October 2014: In September 2014, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank reported on various climate finance developments, including in the areas of green bonds, transport, forest emissions and climate resilience.

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PRI, Major Institutional Investors to Disclose Carbon Footprint [viewed]

unepfi-montrealpledge29 September 2014: The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and a group of major institutional investors have launched a commitment to measure and disclose annually the carbon footprint of their investment portfolios. The first group of investors signing the ‘Montreal Carbon Pledge' represents a portfolio of over US$500 billion, and the UN-supported PRI aims to attract a total commitment of US$3 trillion by December 2015.

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EEA Study on F-gases Reports Falling Net Supply, Increasing Imports [viewed]

EEA29 September 2014: A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, in 2013, the net supply of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the EU fell by 1.4% measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). While production of the gases decreased, imports increased by 12%. An EU regulation on F-gases, applied from 2015 onwards, will aim to reduce related emissions by two-thirds from 2010 levels, by 2030.

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UNFCCC Releases COP 19 Report Revision [viewed]

UNFCCC25 September 2014: The UNFCCC Secretariat has issued a revision to the report on action taken by the Conference of the Parties at its 19th session (COP 19), which contains decisions 16-23/CP.19 adopted by the COP.

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Blue Carbon Initiative Helps Assess Coastal Ecosystems Carbon Stocks [viewed]

thebluecarboninitiativeSeptember 2014: The Blue Carbon Initiative, co-led by Conservation International (CI), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has produced a manual, titled ‘Coastal Blue Carbon: Methods for assessing carbon stocks and emissions factors in mangroves, tidal salt marshes, and seagrass meadows.'

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Event: 2nd Technical Workshop on the Draft Revised Guidelines for the Technical Review of Annex I GHG Inventories [viewed]

The second technical workshop on the draft revised guidelines for the technical review of greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories from Annex I Parties will take place in Bonn, Germany. The workshop is part of the work programme on the revision of the guidelines for the review of biennial reports (BRs) and national communications (NCs) for developed country parties. It will allow for further discussion on outstanding issues to advance the text of the revised UNFCCC Annex I inventory review guidelines. The workshop, open to all parties, will be organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat under the guidance of the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). A draft of the revised UNFCCC Annex I inventory review guidelines prepared by the UNFCCC Secretariat, as per the request of the 40th session of the SBSTA, will serve as input to the discussions.  

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