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Commission Details Links between Environmental Degradation, Human Health [viewed]

the_economist_planetary_healthOctober 2015: The degradation of ecological systems and natural resources combined with unsustainable consumption and production are jeopardizing the health and well-being of future generations, according to a Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health report. The report establishes clear linkages between human health and changing environmental conditions, such as increased carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, ocean acidification and increased fertilizer use in agriculture, particularly in Africa.

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UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Awards Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2015: The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity awards, which honor innovative, scalable and replicable climate actions from around the world, have been announced. The 16 selected initiatives come from around the world and a variety of sectors, highlighting inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities. The announcement of the 2015 Lighthouse Activities comes as Parties to the UNFCCC prepare to adopt a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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IISD, Nordic Ministers Project GHG Reductions from Fossil Fuel Subsidies Reform [viewed]

norden_publication22 October 2015: A new report looking at potential impacts of fossil fuel subsidy reform (FFSR) in 20 countries estimates that reform could bring an average reduction in national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 10.92% by 2020, and an annual average savings of US$92.83 per tonne of GHG emissions removed. The emission cuts could increase, the report finds, to 18.15% if 30% of the savings from fossil fuel subsidy cuts are reinvested into energy efficiency and renewables from 2016-2025.

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Adaptation Fund, AfDB Supporting Climate Finance Readiness [viewed]

Adaptation Fund23 October 2015: The Adaptation Fund and the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), through its Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF), are supporting initiatives to build the capacity of African countries to attract financing for and implement projects for climate change adaptation.

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UNDP Highlights Value of Simultaneously Addressing Climate Change, Poverty [viewed]

empowering_the_poor17 October 2015: A report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), co-sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), on ‘Empowering the Poor in Changing Climate,' addresses the positive link between poverty reduction and climate change adaptation. With case studies from around the world, the report looks at how countries are using GEF resources to reduce the vulnerability of poor communities that have higher exposure to climate risk.

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Defense Ministers Highlight Climate Threats to Peace and Security [viewed]

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14 October 2015: At the International Conference on the Implications of Climate Change for Defense, convened by France's Ministry of Defense in the lead-up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, defense authorities and experts from 35 countries, the UN, the African Union and the EU shared views on the implications of climate change for defense, peace and security.

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Workshop Stresses EbA as Basis for Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

CBD21 October 2015: Governments should examine ecosystem-based approaches to climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction (DRR) to provide safety nets for communities, according to the messages of a technical workshop held in Johannesburg, South Africa. The workshop messages were delivered at a side event to the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

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Africa MDG Report Reviews Progress, Looks Forward to SDGs [viewed]

UNECA28 September 2015: Despite challenging initial conditions, African countries have made progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the 2015 edition of an Africa-focused MDG report. This year's report, titled ‘Assessing Progress in Africa Toward the Millennium Development Goals,' emphasizes that success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on embracing the three dimensions of sustainability, and on “credible means of implementation,” including financing and renewed commitment.

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Event: FCPF Participants Assembly and Participants Committee Meeting [viewed]

Organized by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the twentieth meeting of the Participants Committee is expected to address the readiness package of Costa Rica and mid-term progress reports with requests for additional funding by Chile, Mozambique and Nepal. The eighth meeting of the Participants Assembly is expected to hear reports and address administrative and legal matters. A joint FCPF/UN-REDD Programme Knowledge Exchange Day is scheduled for 8 November.  

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Religious Leaders Urge Ambitious Climate Agreement [viewed]

faith-leaders-declaration20 October 2015: UNFCCC Executive Director Christiana Figueres received a statement from a delegation of 154 faith and spiritual leaders representing different faith groups, headed by South African Archbishop Thabo Makgoba, calling for an ambitious climate agreement, reminding governments to commit to emission cuts and climate risk reduction, and pledging contributions from their own faith communities, including fossil fuel divestment.

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