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Guest Article #136: The Green Climate Fund Starts Funding Climate Action in Developing Countries [viewed]

A few weeks ahead of the start of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where climate negotiators are set to gather to seal the fate of the Universal Climate Agreement, the Green Climate Fund sent a strong message to the world community: Its Board approved its initial set of projects and programmes, financing USD 168 million, with an additional allocation of USD 195 million over time, overall catalyzing up to USD 1.3 billion in private and public investments. This marks the end of the GCF launch phase and kick-starts the flow of climate finance through the Fund to developing countries.

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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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GGGI Launches Inclusive Green Growth Partnership [viewed]

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) 7 December 2015: The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), in collaboration with multilateral development banks (MDBs) and UN regional, economic and social commissions, has launched the 'Inclusive Green Growth Partnership' to support finance for green growth projects that promote inclusiveness, shared prosperity and equitable growth in emerging economies.

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CGIAR Announces Initiative to Increase Soil Carbon Sequestration [viewed]

CGIAR7 December 2015: The CGIAR Consortium announced a five-year initiative that will work with farmers in developing countries to increase carbon sequestration in soil, with the aim of promoting agricultural yields as well as mitigating climate change.

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Global Good Practice Publication Analyzes INDCs, LEDS, NAMAs and MRV Systems [viewed]

mrv_unepDecember 2015: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Low Emission Capacity Building Programme have released a second edition of the Global Good Practice Analysis (GPA 2.0), which discusses 19 case studies demonstrating how intended nationally-determined contributions (INDCs), low-emission development strategies (LEDS), nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs), and measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems are being effectively designed and implemented across a range of national contexts in developed and developing countries.

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Guest Article #135: Getting Policies Right on the Road from Paris: How the Clean Energy Solutions Center Can Help Countries Implement Their INDCs [viewed]

Negotiators from more than 190 countries are meeting in Paris this week to reach a global climate agreement. As the international community works to ensure that the agreement will be inclusive, fair, and ambitious, the critical question on everyone's mind is “What's Next?”

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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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Commitments to Reduce SLCPs Featured at LPAA Event [viewed]

lpaa_unep_ccac4 December 2015: Governments and industry leaders committed to reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) at the Focus Event on SLCPs held under the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) and organized by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The event featured progress and commitments in the freight, refrigeration, solid waste, oil and gas sectors as well as a proposal to phase-down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol.

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Africa Transport Forum, Africities Discuss Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

afdb_unhabitatDecember 2015: Participants at two conferences in Africa discussed the importance of sustainable urbanization for the continent. The African Development Bank's (AfDB) Africa Transport Forum 2015 stressed the role of green, inclusive transport in stimulating Africa's sustainable development and ensuring sustainable urbanization. Participants at the Africities Summit presented a common urban agenda ahead of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), making Africa the first region to do so.

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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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