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GCF COP 20 Event Considers 2015 Prospects [viewed]

limacop2011 December 2014: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) Secretariat organized an event on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference to raise awareness on priorities for the GCF Board and Secretariat in 2015, as well as support for country actions. The event, titled 'GCF Outlook - Prospects for the GCF in 2015,' was also an opportunity to address concerns among parties about potential inaccessibility of funds, especially for middle-income small island developing States (SIDS).

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COP 20 Africa Day Highlights African Concerns at Climate Negotiations [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: Africa Day at the Lima Climate Change Conference provided a platform and opportunity to critically examine the implications of the post-2015 climate change agreement for the continent and how to enhance the involvement of women and youth in climate change adaptation. The day included a high-level event on 'Africa in a Post-2015 New Climate Change Agreement.'

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PROVIA E-Tool Prototype Tested at COP 20 [viewed]

PROVIA5 December 2014: In 2015, the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA) will launch an electronic tool (e-tool) to accompany its 'Guidance on Assessing Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation to Climate Change.' During the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), which developed the Guidance and the e-tool, held consultations with potential users of the tool to garner feedback in the lead-up to its launch.

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FCPF Releases 2014 Annual Report [viewed]

Forest CarbonDecember 2014: The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) has released its 2014 Annual Report, noting that there are now 47 FCPF Country Participants and highlighting the US$830 million raised by the Readiness Fund and Carbon Fund.

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IRENA Publishes Second Edition of NAMA Handbook [viewed]

IRENADecember 2014: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released the second edition of the 'IRENA Handbook on Renewable Energy Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs),' which guides policy makers and NAMA developers as they seek to use NAMAs to deploy renewable energy and mitigate climate change. The guidance offered is supported by case studies from Tunisia, Chile and Mexico.

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Bioversity International Receives Grant to Test Farming Approach to Combat Climate Change [viewed]

usaid-bioversity10 December 2014: Bioversity International has announced the receipt of a US$1 million grant by the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID to crowdsource crop improvement to combat climate change for smallholder farmers in Central America.

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Austrian Panel on Climate Change Presents 2014 Assessment Report [viewed]

limacop2010 December 2014: The 'Austrian Assessment Report 2014' of the Austrian Panel on Climate Change (APCC) was presented at a side event at the Lima Climate Change Conference. The report provides an overview of research on climate change in Austria. Participants heard high-level statements and presentations on the findings and potential actions stemming from the report.

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African Group of Negotiators, AMCEN Discuss Adaptation, Mitigation, Finance Priorities [viewed]

AfDB10 December 2014: Representatives of the African Group of Negotiators (AGN) presented the status of climate change negotiations and discussed African priorities on adaptation, mitigation and finance at a high-level ministerial briefing of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). The briefing took place on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference.

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COP 20 Gender Day Recognizes Women's Role in Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: On the occasion of 'Gender Day' at the Lima Climate Change Conference, the UNFCCC Secretariat organized a High-Level Event on Gender and Climate Change, under the theme 'Men and Women Taking Action on Gender Equality and Climate Change: How Far Have We Come?' The event recognized the necessity of including women in decision-making processes and their particular capacity to share information on resilience and adaptation to climate change.

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ICLEI, IPU COP 20 Event Highlights National and Local Climate Action [viewed]

limacop209 December 2014: Participants presented local-level climate actions at an event 'From Vision to Action Plan: Raising the Global Level of Ambition through National and Local Action,' organized by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference. At the event, panelists pledged their support for the Lima Communiqué to be presented to the High-Level Segment of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UNFCCC.

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